Most if not all towns in Southwest Oklahoma and Northwest Texas have seen their city supply lakes fall below 30 percent of capacity. Triggering Stage 4, Drought Disaster water rationing measures. Archer City’s City manager (about 40 miles south of my tiny garden plot), said the city now has a 60 day supply of water in it’s only city water supply lake.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said “The coming winter is likely to cause drought conditions to parts of the Southeast and little or no relief for the long parched Southwestern states.
NOAA predicts below average precipitation in the southwest and southeastern U.S. while the northern Rocky Mountains will see more snow usual. Large portions of the Southwest and the Plains states have been dealing with a three + year drought that has begun to ease only in the past few months.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry extended a drought emergency proclamation at the beginning of November, citing threats to aquifers and reservoirs and an increased risk of wildfires across all but 10 of the state’s 254 counties.
NOAA said New England, the Southwest, South central states and parts of the Southeast are expected to have a warmer than average winter, while the northern Plains will be colder than normal. NOAA said this winter isn’t expected to be influenced by either an El Nino or La Nina. Without this strong seasonal influence, winter weather is often affected by short term climate patterns, such as the Arctic Oscillation, that are not predictable beyond a week or two Mike Halpert, acting director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said “it’s important to pay attention to your local daily weather forecast throughout this winter.” Winter officially begins December 21.
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