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December 27, 2013

Abnormally dry ... still

ENID, Okla. — Much of Garfield County is rated as abnormally dry, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report.

Parts of the southern and eastern parts of the county are listed as drought-free, while a small corner of northwest Garfield County is listed in moderate drought.

Most of Grant County also is listed as abnormally dry, the lowest classification of drought U.S. Drought Monitor reports.

Drought conditions worsen as you go farther west.

All of Alfalfa and Woodward counties are listed in moderate drought, as are most of Woods and Major counties. The extreme western part of Woods County is in severe drought, which is the third-worst category.

The only parts of the state listed in exceptional drought, the worst category, are in extreme southwestern Oklahoma.

Statewide, more than 50 percent of the state is listed as drought-free, including most of central and eastern Oklahoma. That’s a big improvement from the beginning of the year, when just more than 37 percent of the state was listed in exceptional drought and none was listed as drought-free.

North-central Oklahoma, which includes Garfield County, is almost at normal precipitation for the year, according to Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Total rainfall averages 31.11 inches for the region, which is 99 percent of normal.

However, in the last 30 days, north-central Oklahoma has received only 36 percent of normal rainfall, an average of .49 of an inch in the region.

The Breckinridge Mesonet weather-reporting site has recorded .75 of an inch of precipitation this month, while the Lahoma site has recorded .60 of an inch.

A wetter-than-normal summer helped alleviate drought conditions in Garfield County. The Breckinridge and Lahoma Mesonet sites recorded 6.87 inches and 7.45 inches of rain, respectively, in July. That was followed by 2.99 inches of rain in August in Breckinridge and 3.63 inches in Lahoma.

Since then, precipitation figures at the Breckinridge site have been 1.84 inches in September; 2.83 inches in October; and 1.75 inches in November.

For Lahoma, the figures are 2.78 inches in September; 2.38 inches in October; and 1.32 inches in November.

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