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Tulsa drought status upgraded to extreme
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Tulsa drought status upgraded to extreme

Tulsa drought status upgraded to extreme

Tulsa drought status upgraded to extreme

Last week northeast Oklahoma had moderate to severe drought conditions. 

And this week it’s not getting any better.

“This week we saw some additional deterioration in the drought conditions across the entire state,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Nicole McGavock.  “Most of northeast Oklahoma is in severe to extreme drought conditions, and that does include a portion of Tulsa County.”

McGavock says the U.S. Drought Monitor shows extreme drought conditions extending from southern Tulsa County to large portions of Wagoner County, Muskogee County, and Okmulgee County. 

Extreme drought conditions also exist in portions of Pawnee, Payne, and Osage counties. Residents in western Oklahoma and much of Arkansas are experiencing exceptional drought conditions. 

McGavock says scattered showers are not the antidote to this dry summer.  “What we really need is widespread slow, steady rain preferably for several days.  But the forecast is not looking good for that to happen.  We’re going to see the high pressure set back up, with temperatures around 100 degrees and no rainfall so that’s only going to make matters worse.” 

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