Drought returns to parts of Oklahoma after its wettest year

OKLAHOMA CITY – Following the wettest year on record, parts of Oklahoma are dry again, with moderate drought or abnormally dry conditions affecting more than 640,000 Oklahomans.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says about 48 percent of the state is abnormally dry and 14 percent in moderate drought, a higher percentage of drought and dry conditions than any other state in Oklahoma’s seven-state region except New Mexico. A portion of Wagoner County in northeastern Oklahoma is experiencing severe drought conditions.

Oklahoma state climatologist Gary McManus says south central Oklahoma from southern Cleveland County to the Red River and parts of northeastern Oklahoma, including Mayes, Rogers and Wagoner counties, are the driest in the state.

Last year, the state waded through the wettest year on record with an average of 53.88 inches of rain.