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Drought Conditions are Getting Worse in Texoma

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The heat and wind are not making drought conditions in Oklahoma or Texas any better. In fact they are making the drought worse.

For Terry Kirkpatrick, his dream has always been to own a hundred cattle, but the drought is causing him to settle for only about 25.

"Sold all the heifers and steers cause there wasn't enough grass. You want to replenish, cull some old cows, save some young cows and keep doing that. Well there wasn't enough grass to do that," says Kirkpatrick whose family owns a cattle ranch in Sherman and Gainesville.

April and May are usually the wettest months of the year, however 2014 April's rainfall did not measure up.

"When you look at the year to date it is even more significant the lack of rainfall we have had. You can see close to 10 inches below normal in Grayson county and four to five in Ada and Ardmore and even up to six inches in Atoka county," says Meteorologist Cathy Corbett.

So ranchers like Kirkpatrick are having to make due with what little rain we do get. Oklahoma Climatologists say its only getting worse as the dry soil conditions cause hotter temperatures, a factor Sunday afternoon when western Oklahoma hit 100 degrees in early May, breaking numerous records.

"We are seeing a rapid intensification across most of the state mainly due to a lack of rainfall. It stresses the vegetation which again increases the drought impacts and it sort of becomes a feedback effect," explain Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus from the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

So much so the summer could be very hot for the state climatologists say it could compare to the summers of 2011 and 2012.

As for Kirkpatrick he is concerned for the future.

"Now its getting more and more serious as population moves in here so if we don't have water you can't grow."