(KTEN) – With minimal rainfall plaguing Oklahoma, it’s no surprise that the state is dealing with drought conditions.

With the newly issued drought monitor on October 13, the current drought conditions are the worst since 2013 with 86% of the state experiencing extreme to exceptional drought. This is the most widespread extreme to exceptional drought in Oklahoma since 2013.

A large portion of the exceptional drought is centered over Texoma.

With low rainfall, Oklahoma drought conditions are worsening

 

Compared to 2013, the current drought is quickly approaching 2013 levels with 86% of the state seeing extreme drought conditions compared to 2013’s 87%. Additionally, 29% of Oklahoma is currently experiencing exceptional drought compared to 2013’s 42%.

2013 to 2022 drought comparison of the Sooner State

 

Oklahoma has not approached the magnitude of the 2011 drought and with rain on the way, it looks like we have the potential to edge off the drought by a small margin.

2011 drought conditions in Oklahoma