Oklahoma Drought Monitor Map 12/10/2013
I haven't posted one of these in a while, so here it is. This week's edition of the Oklahoma Drought Monitor Map is linked below.
While 49.22% of Oklahoma remains in some stage of drought, ranging from Abnormally Dry to Exceptional, my part of Love County is back in the white for the first time in about 18 months. Woo hoo! I'll celebrate by watching the rain that is falling outside right now.
Let us not forget, though, that almost half our state, most of it in the western half of the state, remains in drought and in some areas, where Severe to Exceptional Drought persists, water supplies are low and it is critical that these water levels rise before summer (hopefully long before). At least some of these areas already are in Stage 3 or Stage 4 water restrictions, or are facing them this spring, and those are pretty harsh restrictions.
All I wanted for Christmas was to be out of drought because I had decided I would not compile a grow list, purchase a single seed or make a single plan for Spring planting until and unless we made it out of drought. So, somewhere in the midst of all the holiday preparations, I need to find time to squeeze in some garden planning and order a couple of seed packs because it looks like I might get to plant a garden in 2014, after all.
Now, if only the light rain that is falling at above-freezing temperatures here would just melt off all the ice that remains in our yards here, as well as on secondary, lightly-traveled roadways. I know some of you may get freezing rain and hope everyone stays safe today and tonight.
Here is a link that might be useful: Oklahoma Drought Monitor 12/10/2013