Some of the least overall precipitation we have recorded over a ten day period. The amounts observed with the mesonet sites came in late on the 20th.
Severe drought continues across the entire area, and very little precipitation fell during the month of January. Thanks to the many observers that continue to report daily “zeros”. I know it’s difficult to keep interest during such a long period without significant precipitation. Hopefully we will be seeing changes soon!
The latest drought monitor shows that about the southeast half of our area is considered “Abnormally Dry” – while the northwest half of the area is in “Moderate Drought”. Areas of severe drought cover a lot of eastern and southern Oklahoma, and extreme drought has made a return to northwest Oklahoma.
None of our reporting stations were able to exceed 1/2 inch of precipitation from December 21st until January 10th.
There are no significant precipitation events evident in model data through the end of the month, so drought severity is likely to increase into February.
Each year at the start of climatological winter, CoCoRaHS takes the time to acknowledge observer participation. This year, we have one station in our six county area that will receive a ten year participation award. OK-LG-6, located 3.7 miles north northwest of Guthrie in Logan County.
Over the last year, 11 of our area stations submitted reports at least 98% of the time. I know there are a lot of zeros in there!
OK-BL-1 / 9.8 WNW Geary
OK-GD-7 / 3.6 WNW Enid
OK-GD-9 / 3.3 W Enid
OK-KN-2 / 0.4 NE Okarche
OK-CN-1 / 0.2 SE Mustang
OK-CN-23 / 1.8 NNE Calumet
OK-LG-6 / 3.7 NNW Guthrie
OK-LG-14 / 6.2 NNW Edmond
OK-PY-16 / 0.4 E Yale
OK-PY-8 / 3.2 WNW Cushing
OK-PY-9 / 3.0 W Glencoe
Every report matters! Thanks to all our observers for each and every observation!