Texoma Drought Getting Worse by the Day

Fri 24 Nov 2017

November 2017 is likely to go down as one of the driest and warmest on record for Texoma. Many areas have had less than half an inch of precipitation in the past 30 days, October 24 to November 24, when this was posted.

This is a period that normally yields around four inches of precipitation. So we’re talking 30-day rainfall in many cases at about 15% of normal. Bad news!

Couple this with record warmth in October and we can see how the drought conditions are getting bad. Virtually all of Texoma is now in a moderate drought, with a significant portion in a severe drought, including all of Choctaw, Fannin and Lamar Counties and portions of adjacent counties (see color table at bottom of map).

An unusual November weather pattern, partially the result of La Nina, continues to favor rain-stingy skies. Please be especially careful when handling any ignition sources outdoors as fire danger is very high…and getting worse by the day.

Take Care,
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
News 12 / KXII-TV

Texoma finds itself in a moderate to severe drought thanks to skimpy rainfall and record warmth / US Drought Monitor data
The jet stream is displaced far to the north, denying Texoma much energy for rain events.