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Warm Temperatures and Drought in Texoma


TEXOMA -- For the month of November, approximately 23 days have been at or above normal for Ada, Ardmore, and Sherman observation stations.  For Oklahoma it is the 26th month out of the last 32 to finish above normal.

So why all this warm weather?

"The weather pattern particularly the past several days has included this upper level disturbance south of Alaska, this disturbance has moved little and really kept the cold air all bottled up, not allowing areas of cold air to flow into the south central United States. We have also had a surface high over the southeastern U.S. keeping winds strong from the south over Texoma. This brings in warm and humid at the surface," explains KTEN's own Meteorologist Cathy Evans.

The lack of rain has not helped matters either.  Almost all of the viewing area is currently under extreme drought.

"The ranchers, their pastures are in really poor conditions right now (because of) the lack of rainfall, the lack of soil moisture," says Chuck Jones, the Agricultural Extension Agent for Grayson County.

A large part of Texoma has experienced the 4th driest November on record. With the lack of rainfall the cool season grasses are in poor condition for the cattle and farm animals to graze on.

One viewer e-mailed, "my father and I are dependent on rain for our livelihood ...our neighbors wheat looks rough and dust for calves will be an issue soon," says Mark Bond from Loves Valley, OK.

Jones says if we don't get rain soon, entire wheat crops could be lost.

"Typically we get rainfall in the fall, or early in the winter. And they really depend on that time period to recharge the soil moisture".

Long term, the National Climate Prediction Center is forecasting this drought to persist and for above normal temperatures to continue.