April showers bring slight relief to Oklahoma drought

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OKLAHOMA CITY – For the last several year, Oklahoma has been experiencing a severe drought.

During the month of April, most of the Sooner State saw at least four to six inches of rain during the month.

According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the statewide average rain total was 4.8 inches, 1.6 inches above normal and the 17th wettest April since records began in 1895.

West central Oklahoma was treated to its second wettest April on record and Cheyenne recorded 13 inches of rain for the month, marking the wettest April on record and their wettest month ever.

On April 7, 40 percent of the state was listed in extreme-to-exceptional drought.

The month’s final map on the 30th saw that amount reduced to 24 percent.

Despite the beneficial rain, most lakes remain well below their normal capacity.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center released a precipitation outlook in May.

It indicates there is a chance for above normal precipitation for the western half of the state.

However, the drought is expected to either persist or intensify for north central Oklahoma through the rest of the month.

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