Drought Conditions Are Improving
Much of Green Country has received good rainfall totals the past few weeks. In drought-stricken areas like Pawnee, Osage, Tulsa and Rogers counties, totals have ranged from 2 to 5 inches with some spots receiving even higher amounts south of I-40. While the rain has certainly helped, there are still a number of counties where extreme to severe drought conditions remain. Here is the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update. EXTREME DROUGHT: Southwest Osage, most of Pawnee and western Creek counties. SEVERE DROUGHT: Covers area from Tulsa, Vinita to Okemah along I-40. MODERATE DROUGHT: From Grove, Pryor to Henryetta. The rest of the area is either abnormally dry or experiencing near normal conditions.
Another factor helping to ease our drought conditions was the cool snap we experienced in mid-July. Over the next couple of weeks, the weather models have been consistent in keeping below normal temperatures through the first week in August. Plus, the chance for rain is still trending above normal through early August. Even with our recent rains and cooler temperatures we still need a lot more rain. Tulsa is down by more than 8 inches for the year.