Drought Relief? Might be More Like “Temporary Respite”

  • Joe Wertz

Parts of Oklahoma have received a lot of rain lately, and some municipalities like Norman have lifted mandatory water conservation measures.

But drought cycles often include periods with a lot of rain, reports the Norman Transcript’s Joy Hampton, who interviewed John Harrington, director of Water Resources for the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments:

… often that comes in ‘flashy’ events — lots of water in a short time that hits the ground, causes flooding, and then goes to Arkansas,” Harrington said. “Two weeks after the event there is scant evidence that the rain ever happened.”

More than half the state was still experiencing drought conditions, June 11 data from the U.S. Drought Monitor show — much of which was concentrated in the panhandle and southwestern parts of the state.