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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Oklahoma

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. This map shows drought conditions across Oklahoma using a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4). The USDM is a joint effort of the National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA, and NOAA. Learn more.

The following state-specific drought impacts were compiled by the National Drought Mitigation Center. While these impacts are not exhaustive, they can help provide a clearer picture of drought in Oklahoma. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crops are stressed (wheat, canola, alfalfa, pecans); winter wheat germination is delayed
  • Stock pond levels decline
45.9
of OK
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Summer crop and forage yields are reduced
  • Wildfire risk increases
  • Lake recreation activities are affected; deer reproduction is poor
30.8
of OK
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Dryland crops are severely reduced; pasture growth is stunted
  • Cattle are stressed
  • Burn bans begin
14.8
of OK
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Grasses are dormant, and hay is nonexistent; planting is delayed; fields are spotty; emergency CRP grazing is authorized
  • Cattle have little water and feed
  • Wildfires are increasing in number and severity; air quality is poor, with dust storms and smoke
5.1
of OK
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Ground is cracking; farmers are bailing failed crops or abandoning fields; pastures are bare; land is abandoned
  • Cost of hay and water is high and supplies are scarce; producers are liquidating herds
  • Burn restrictions increase; fire season is long
1.5
of OK
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crops are stressed (wheat, canola, alfalfa, pecans); winter wheat germination is delayed
  • Stock pond levels decline
41.0
of OK
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Summer crop and forage yields are reduced
  • Wildfire risk increases
  • Lake recreation activities are affected; deer reproduction is poor
31.3
of OK
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Dryland crops are severely reduced; pasture growth is stunted
  • Cattle are stressed
  • Burn bans begin
15.8
of OK
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Grasses are dormant, and hay is nonexistent; planting is delayed; fields are spotty; emergency CRP grazing is authorized
  • Cattle have little water and feed
  • Wildfires are increasing in number and severity; air quality is poor, with dust storms and smoke
5.5
of OK
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Ground is cracking; farmers are bailing failed crops or abandoning fields; pastures are bare; land is abandoned
  • Cost of hay and water is high and supplies are scarce; producers are liquidating herds
  • Burn restrictions increase; fire season is long
1.5
of OK
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crops are stressed (wheat, canola, alfalfa, pecans); winter wheat germination is delayed
  • Stock pond levels decline
49.0
of OK
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Summer crop and forage yields are reduced
  • Wildfire risk increases
  • Lake recreation activities are affected; deer reproduction is poor
42.6
of OK
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Dryland crops are severely reduced; pasture growth is stunted
  • Cattle are stressed
  • Burn bans begin
34.8
of OK
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Grasses are dormant, and hay is nonexistent; planting is delayed; fields are spotty; emergency CRP grazing is authorized
  • Cattle have little water and feed
  • Wildfires are increasing in number and severity; air quality is poor, with dust storms and smoke
17.2
of OK
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Ground is cracking; farmers are bailing failed crops or abandoning fields; pastures are bare; land is abandoned
  • Cost of hay and water is high and supplies are scarce; producers are liquidating herds
  • Burn restrictions increase; fire season is long
2.9
of OK
(D4)
249,255
people in Oklahoma are affected by drought
66
counties with USDA disaster designations
30th
wettest May was in 2022, over the past 128 years
55th
wettest year to date was in 2022, over the past 128 years

Explore Drought Conditions by City and County

Summary

View up-to-date drought conditions down to the city and county level, including temperature, and precipitation conditions, key drought indicators, outlooks, historical conditions, and water supply, agriculture, and public health maps.

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Drought in Oklahoma from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Oklahoma lasted 239 weeks beginning on November 2, 2010, and ending on May 26, 2015. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of October 4, 2011, where D4 affected 69.82% of Oklahoma land.

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a national map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought. The USDM relies on drought experts to synthesize the best available data and work with local observers to interpret the information. The USDM also incorporates ground truthing and information about how drought is affecting people, via a network of more than 450 observers across the country, including state climatologists, National Weather Service staff, Extension agents, and hydrologists. Learn more.

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