Drought Conditions Are Improving

The latest update on our current drought conditions is out, and since the last report from the U.S. Drought Monitor we've seen an improvement across parts of eastern Oklahoma. The Monitor tracks the extent of how dry it is across the U.S. and currently shows that 50% of the state is still dealing with severe to exceptional drought conditions. However, in recent weeks parts of Green Country received significant rainfall, which the Oklahoma Mesonet 30-day rainfall depicts very well with 4-8" falling in areas like Skiatook, Pryor and McAlester. The rainfall provided a much needed boost, and now almost 20% of eastern Oklahoma is not dealing with drought conditions. It might be hard to believe that even with all the precipitation we received in July and August, Tulsa is still down more than 7.5" for the year. There are a couple of chances for storms over the next 8 days, but the activity looks spotty at best. At least there is a chance, though.