OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A lack of rainfall combined with the third-warmest November since records began in 1895 has intensified and spread drought conditions across Oklahoma at the beginning of the final month of the year.
Overall, nearly 57 percent of Oklahoma is in moderate to extreme drought and another 28 percent is rated abnormally dry. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows extreme drought in nearly three percent of southeastern Oklahoma and severe drought in the southeast and the Panhandle region.
The December forecast shows drought continuing in much of the eastern half of the state and in the Panhandle.
State climatologist Gary McManus said the statewide average rainfall total for November was 1.23 inches, 1.28 inches below normal, while the average temperature of 54.6 degrees is the third warmest November on record.
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