Lack of precipitation leads to ‘severe drought’ declaration
Drought has been declared for much of Northwest Oklahoma following another dry week in the region, U.S Drought Monitor is reporting.
"A dry week for the region, but also a very cold week, with most of the eastern portions of the region recording temperatures 5 to10 degrees below normal," according to a report for the High Plains region, which includes Oklahoma.
"Dryness over the last 3 months has been a concern, even during the fall and winter months."
The lack of precipitation and continued cold have led to drought declarations across the region.
"Moderate drought conditions were expanded over all of eastern Colorado, western Kansas and more of central Kansas," according to the report.
"Severe drought was also expanded over southwest Kansas while a new area of extreme drought was introduced along the Oklahoma border where less than 10 percent of normal precipitation has been recorded over the last 90 days."
Extreme drought has been declared in parts of Beaver, Major and Alfalfa counties.
Most of Woodward County is also included in the extreme drought, as well as all of Woods and Harper counties.
The majority of Major and Alfalfa counties are classified as under severe drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor.
Portions of Garfield and Grant counties are under severe drought, but the majority of both counties are under moderate drought.