Drought clings to much of Oklahoma


The drought in eastern Oklahoma might show signs of easing this week based on the latest winter storm.
Otherwise, the Oklahoma Mesonet reported little improvement across the state.
There was little change in Oklahoma’s drought situation in January, with 89% of the state in at least moderate drought at the end of the month according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The Climate Prediction Center’s February precipitation
outlook indicates increased odds for above normal precipitation across the eastern four-fifths of the state, but especially for the eastern one-third of Oklahoma.
The temperature outlook shows increased odds of above normal
temperatures for far southeastern Oklahoma. The hopeful precipitation outlook leads to CPC’s February drought forecast of improvements across the eastern one-third of the state. Drought is expected to persist across the western two-thirds, however.