August 1, 2013 | 6:05 PM CDT - We are now 2/3rds of the way through the summer of 2013. This summer has been good for some areas, including Central and Eastern Oklahoma that are now out of the drought. That’s right. Cities such as Oklahoma City and Tulsa are officially out of the drought according to the latest US Drought Monitor.
US Drought Monitor – Oklahoma
It’s not surprising considering Oklahoma City saw nearly 10 INCHES of rain last month! That’s comparable to what folks in the wetter parts of Florida see in July. It was officially the second wettest July on record for Oklahoma City.
Wet July For Oklahoma City – NWS In Norman
Farther to the south and west, folks have not been quite as lucky. In fact, the drought has worsened over the last 1-2 months across many areas in Texas. As of now, here are the Drought Conditions some Texas cities are experiencing…
Texas Drought Status – July 30, 2013
This is certainly not what you want as you head into the month of August. The monthly drought outlook from NOAA/CPC calls for some improvement across Northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandles with persisting drought farther south and east. While Drought redevelopment across Central and Eastern Oklahoma is not forecast by the CPC, some areas could still see the dryness creep back. This appears most likely across parts of South Central and Southeast Oklahoma.
Monthly Drought Outlook – Valid August 2013
I’ll continue to keep you posted on the latest as this month evolves. In the short-term, the favored area for normal to above-normal rainfall is across the northern part of the region. The southern half will see continued drier-than-normal conditions for the foreseeable future. The pattern could change later this month, however. Let’s hope we get some rain!