When Will Our Stingy Skies Bring Some Rain?

Published: Dec. 11, 2017 at 9:36 PM CST
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Mon 11 Dec November 2017 / 9:30 pm

A persistent dry pattern that took shape in October continues deep into December. Almost all of Texoma is now in a severe drought condition.

Here’s why it’s so dry - we’re seeing a continuous series of high-pressure zones move southward from southern Canada and the Pacific Northwest, giving Texoma a “parade” of rainless cold fronts.

The small areas of high pressure behind each front quickly move away and allow southwesterly winds (dry) to return before the next one arrives. This is making for an elevator-like pattern of up-and-down temperatures during the next week.

The low-level flow has driven Gulf moisture hundreds of miles to our south, and the upper level winds from the northwest are blocking any Pacific element; this leaves us with essentially no hope for rain until the pattern changes, which looks to be a while.

All outdoor burning should be avoided if there’s any significant wind, or if you live in a Burn Ban county.

Check our KXII weather page for a daily update on Burn Ban areas.

Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist

News 12 / KXII-TV

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