Moderate Drought Returns to Texoma

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A sizable chunk of Texoma finds itself in a moderate drought as we move through late July.

It’s a story we’ve seen many other times: we go from excessive, flooding rainfall in late spring straight into a very dry and hot pattern during the summer. No bells rang, no pages turned…just BAM…DRY!

Well that’s what takes place with the upper high quite often, a sudden shift in the air flow and storm track as we’ve seen again this summer.
Here are some rainfall totals from within the moderate drought zone, for the 30-day period ending July 22:

Antlers: .42”

Atoka: 1.12”

Durant: .35”

Hugo: .46”

Paris: only .08”

A sizable portion of Texoma not in the moderate drought classification is now in a “slight” drought; here soil moisture is higher from heavy rainfall events earlier in the month of June, but things are drying quickly. For instance, Ardmore has received only .43” in the past month.

Another negative factor is the heat. Although we’ve only seen a few days of 100+ weather, virtually every day since mid-June has been hotter than the 30-year average. This means more evaporation…and a faster return to parched soils.

Here’s hoping for some rain…but no flooding.

Take Care,

Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
News 12 / KXII-TV