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Oklahoma drought continues: KFOR meteorologist speaks of extended dry season, increased fire risk statewide

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Dry and windy conditions are continuing to be an issue throughout the Early State. Long periods of time without enough rainfall, plus high winds caused the fire brigade to constantly battle the blaze, like the great grass fire in the country. Logan and Oklahoma counties, among other areas of Oklahoma.

“As we head into the early days of the year, this is usually where we see our peak fire conditions,” said KFOR meteorologist Damien Lodes.

Lodes says our above average rainfall in 2021 results in overgrown vegetation. While great at the time, that excess can cause problems during the colder months.

“If you have more of that because of the increased rainfall, you have more things to burn,” Lodes said. “Whenever you start to see arid conditions with that excess vegetation, it’s just like a negative feedback loop where you get worst case, worst case scenario, with The worst case scenario is where you have the driest conditions experiencing an overabundance of vegetation that mixes up with wind conditions. ”

These conditions, perfect for the above-moderate to hazardous fire season in Oklahoma, run from late December through March.

Comparing Oklahoma’s drought conditions to a year ago, and even three months ago, reveals a disturbing contrast.

“We had one of the driest December of all time,” Lodes said. “So we’ll be in that pattern for the foreseeable future, at least for the winter.”

Seasonal rainfall outlook (Image: CPC)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like much rain will come our way any time soon, except for a low chance for the next ten days.

“So West Oklahoma is going to be bone dry, central Oklahoma, we could have showers, drizzle some day, which I think is mid-next week, and then in eastern Oklahoma we could possibly see some showers developing,” Lodes said.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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