Drought Monitor: Most of Oklahoma seeing dry conditions

(U.S. Drought Monitor)

It's been a dry December across the state, with most counties facing drought-like conditions.

According to the latest release from the U.S. Drought Monitor, Oklahoma County is listed as "Abnormally Dry" for the time of year. A large swath across the central part of the state is also "Abnormally Dry", with the area just to the south in a "Moderate Drought" stage.

The entire state has seen very limited precipitation at the end of 2017. Oklahoma only received 0.07" of rainfall for the entire month of November. Oklahoma City is nearly 2" below average rainfall since Jan. 1.

Southeastern Oklahoma has been hit hardest by the lack of precipitation. Most counties are listed in a "Severe Drought" stage, with the far eastern part of McCurtain County seeing "Extreme Drought" conditions.

The only states to escape any sort of drought-like conditions are Osage, Pawnee, Noble and Payne.

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