Oklahoma out of drought

Oklahoma, out of drought.

Southwest drought monitor maps showing almost all white

Only small spots of abnormally dry or moderate drought showing in both Texas and Oklahoma.

The maps are white. Weekly drought monitor maps from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show only small spots of abnormally dry or moderate drought in both Texas and Oklahoma.

In Texas, only 1 percent of the state is considered in moderate to exceptional drought and that 1 percent is represented by a small dot in the Northwest corner of the state. A few blemishes of pale yellow, indicating abnormally dry, surround that 1 percent with small patch of abnormally dry in Central Texas and a small area along the southwest border with Mexico.

A week earlier, Texas was showing only 5 percent of the state in moderate to exceptional drought.  Three months ago, 43 percent of the state was rated in moderate to exceptional drought and a year ago that figure was 68 percent.

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Reservoirs also have made significant progress over the past few weeks with most lakes near normal. West Texas reservoirs, however, “continue to be below normal for this time of year,” the report says.

Oklahoma is equally well off, showing just more than 11 percent of the state as abnormally dry. That small percentage is mostly in the Oklahoma Panhandle.  The southwest corner of the state, which has spent most of the last four years in exceptional drought status, is now drought-free.

A week earlier, Oklahoma’s map was showing 22.69 percent in abnormally dry to exceptional drought status. Three months ago more than 98 percent of the state was rated in abnormally dry to exceptional drought status, similar to conditions a year ago with 95 percent in that range.

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