The Edmond Sun

January 18, 2013

Drought worsens in Okla. County

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — All of Oklahoma County is experiencing extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Each week, the agency releases a map showing the conditions across the country. Extreme drought conditions now exist in all of Oklahoma, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, McClain and Kingfisher counties, almost all of Kingfisher and Canadian counties and much of Grady County, according to the map released Thursday by the agency.

Several weeks ago, Oklahoma County was experiencing severe to extreme drought.

The Drought Monitor map uses a five-level intensity scale beginning with abnormally dry at the low end and increasing to moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional.

Portions of northern and western Oklahoma, and the Panhandle, are experiencing exceptional drought. The extreme drought area covers south central and parts of southern Oklahoma, and all of eastern Oklahoma except for the far northeastern and southeastern corners of the state.

Other hard hit areas include Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and parts of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

The outlook through April 30 calls for drought conditions in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas to persist or intensify.

The National Weather Service’s forecast for Edmond calls for no chances of precipitation through Jan. 25 with highs in the 60s on Saturday, 50s on Sunday and low 40s on Martin Luther King Day.  341-2121, ext. 108