OK Drought Monitor--Big Increase in Worst Categories

Okiedawn OK Zone 7November 29, 2012

This week's Oklahoma Drought Monitor map shows that drought continues to intensity again across most of the state.

The amount of OK in Extreme (D-3) and Exceptional (D-4) increased significantly since last week's report. Over 90% of OK now is in Extreme or Exceptional Drought.

The OK Drought Monitor map is linked below.

Dawn

Here is a link that might be useful: OK Drought Monitor for 11/27/12

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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

The linked news article from the News section of the OK Mesonet describes in detail how drought worsened during November.

Here is a link that might be useful: Drought Picture Worsens During November

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 9:57AM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

And I just finished watching Dust Bowl on PBS - scary.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 11:00AM
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Okiedawn OK Zone 7

Helen, I agree!

Dawn

    Bookmark   November 30, 2012 at 7:24PM
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biradarcm(7b)

I just back from the South-Central Climate Science Center Science Workshop...in identifying near- and longer-term, high-priority mitigation measures (research) related to climate induced impacts in the region. Based on the interaction with climate folks, things seems to be not positive in next few(?) years, but I am bit positive that assumptions may go wrong and things will get better... -Chandra

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 7:10AM
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soonergrandmom

Chandra, I sure hope that you are right and the rains come. I worked for awhile yesterday digging out some grass that had taken root during the summer when it was just too hot to be outdoors, and my garden still has some moisture. Of course, I am in (or near) that sliver of the State that isn't quite so bad. We are not getting measurable rainfall, but we have had a few light sprinkles and several days last month with just a light mist. I have a low tunnel which has condensation inside the plastic many mornings, and a tub of lettuce that I watered yesterday for the first time in November. I am not nearly as dry as I was during the summer months.

2013 may be the year that we should plant the heat lovers and dry tolerant plants only.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 10:44AM
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slowpoke_gardener

I am pretty dry also. Because of the drought and being to busy I did not plant a cover crop. One of the problem I have with a cover is it does not permit the soil to dry as well (I live in a low wet area). This may have been my best year for a cover crop.

I am also thinking about having a well drilled. The cost of food, well drilling, and everything else is going up much faster than the interest at the bank, a well may be my best investments.

I fear that our living standards are going to drop pretty fast over the next several years.

Larry

    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 12:16PM
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