Drought worsens in Northwest Oklahoma
The western portion of Garfield County is listed in extreme drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor in the latest report released Thursday, which is the second-worse drought category.
The rest of western Oklahoma, including parts of Alfalfa, Major, Woods, Woodward and part of Grant counties are also listed in as in extreme drought or exceptional drought, the worst category.
The rest of Garfield County, along with Kingfisher County and about half of Grant County, are listed as in severe drought, the third-worst category.
The Mesonet weather-recording station in Breckinridge recorded 1.33 inches of rain so far this year, and 1.44 in the last 90 days as of Thursday.
Of the 1.33 inches this year, 1.13 came in the last 30 days during the few days of rain in the latter half of February.
A portion of Woodward County, along with Woods and Alfalfa counties, are in the exceptional drought zone.
Despite the current drought conditions in the western half of the state, Lt. Gov.
Fallin’s modified burn ban, only two counties are in county-commissioner burn bans – Alfalfa and Major counties, according to Oklahoma Forestry Services.
"Garfield County is split between extreme and severe drought conditions.
That’s usually a dry pattern for us.