Several rounds of rain over the past two months has led to drastic improvements in the drought across the state. The latest drought monitor was released this morning and shows five percent of the state is in the exceptional drought category down from 35 percent just this May. There are still places that are needing a lot more water, especially the panhandle and southwestern Oklahoma.
Another way to see the improvement across Oklahoma is to take a look from space. Check out the satellite images from the past four years. Each of these images are snapshots from a July day. Look at how the dormant brown vegetation across Oklahoma and the southern plains has been replaced with green lush vegetation this year. All the added moisture in the soil and in the vegetation helps to keep temperatures from getting out of control.
We are about to heat up though, just a little above average through the weekend. Highs will climb up to around 100 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Take the heat seriously, and protect yourself against heat exhaustion. Another unseasonable cold front swings in early next week and will knock our highs back down to near record cool. More rain is on the way as well with the most likely rain chances on Wednesday.
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