The drought is slowly making a tighter grip on the state with the latest report from the federal government Drought Monitor indicating the entire state has abnormally dry conditions.
The Oklahoma Mesonet shows 76% of Oklahoma is in a moderate drought while 28% is under what’s classified as a severe drought.
“This all culminates in the brand new Drought Monitor map, which shows worsening conditions across western Oklahoma, with severe drought now painted in along the far western border with Texas,” said Gary McManus, State Climatologist.
He said prospects for relief in the form of rain or snow aren’t good. “A bit bleak” is how he described them. He said drought busters don’t normally happen this time of year.