US Drought Monitor July 5, 2011--100% Drought
It is a small change but a significant one. On this week's U. S. Drought Monitor Map, fully 100% of our state is now classified as being in drought. It really isn't a huge change....only 0.13% was not in drought last week.
I've linked the Oklahoma Drought Monitor map below. The worst areas, those in D-3 (Extreme Drought) and D-4 (Exceptional Drought) didn't change much, but partly that's because once you reach D-4 there's no way to show it is getting worse since D-4 is as bad as it gets. If you're in a D-4 area, the best way to monitor how much worse your area is getting is by checking your Keetch-Byram Drought Index numbers for your county, which update daily. If anyone wants to know how to do that, let me know and I'll show you how.
An oddity that has persisted in Love County for several weeks now is that we have four drought classifications in our county all at once. This week, we have D-0 (Abnormally Dry) in some parts of the the county and then varying degrees of drought from 'Moderate' to 'Severe' to 'Extreme' in other parts of the county. So, I guess if you live in our county, you may think the drought is horrific or not too bad or anywhere in between depending on where in the county you live.
One of these days I'll get to link it when it is showing improvement!
Here is a link that might be useful: Oklahoma Drought Monitor Map July 5, 2011