Most of the South was wetter and cooler than normal this week. Heavy rain fell from central Texas to southeast Oklahoma. Reports of 4 inches or more of rainfall were common. The rains missed other portions of the region, especially coastal Texas, the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, plus the … Read More

If your crystal ball is not working, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a potential drought. Another drought will occur – the only question is when. Some best management practices can prepare us for a potential drought: forage management, grazing management and utilization … Read More

Much-needed precipitation fell across most of Oklahoma, prompting the contraction of drought in some locations. Anywhere from a half inch to nearly 3 inches fell mostly north of I-40 in Oklahoma. There was a precipitation surplus in parts of western Oklahoma stretching into north Texas, prompting the further contraction of … Read More

Across much of the South, no measurable rains fell during the period. This was especially true for Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Departures during the last 30- and 60-days were generally about 10-25 percent below normal. One of the driest parts of the region was around the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and … Read More

Areas of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles had improvements this week as the rains continued in the short term and continue to improve the longer-term issues that allowed exceptional drought to be removed in Oklahoma. Severe drought was introduced into northeast Oklahoma, and abnormally dry and moderate drought were also … Read More

On this week’s map, conditions continued to deteriorate in parts of the region, including southwestern Oklahoma and portions of Texas that have largely missed out on recent rainfall events during the past 30 days. In southwestern Oklahoma and north-central Texas, areas of Exceptional Drought (D4) expanded in response to poor … Read More

A sharp line between no drought and moderate to exceptional drought continued to slice across Oklahoma and Texas. On April 15, topsoil moisture was rated 72 percent very short in Oklahoma, along with 66 percent in Texas. In the drought-affected areas, rangeland, pastures, and winter grains continued to greatly suffer. … Read More

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a State Disaster Declaration April 13 for a number of Texas counties experiencing extraordinary drought conditions resulting in an increased threat of wildfire. These drought conditions pose an imminent threat to public health, property, and the economy. In response, Gov. Abbott has authorized the use of all … Read More

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb extended and expanded a burn ban Tuesday from 16 counties to include 36 counties in western and central Oklahoma due to extreme and extraordinary fire danger. Lamb, who is acting governor while Governor Mary Fallin is in Florida on an economic development-related trip, also signed … Read More

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency April 13 for 52 counties due to wildfires and ongoing drought conditions. More than 200,000 acres have burned across the state since Thursday, including large fires in Woodward and Dewey counties that have prompted numerous evacuations. Extreme fire conditions were expected … Read More