Oklahoma Water Science Center
USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
Oklahoma Drought News
Data and other aspects of the state moisture situation can be found in the Oklahoma Water Resources Bulletin, "Summary of Current Conditions" (Courtesy of Oklahoma Water Resources Board).
A variety of drought indicators can be used including precipitation, streamflow, ground-water levels, reservoir storage and the Palmer Index.
The streamflow plots (hydrographs) at the following six U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging stations are indicators of the drought conditions in Oklahoma. The present streamflows are compared with the median flows of record, which are a good index of the expected streamflow conditions.
Included on the NDMC page is a link to the U.S. Drought Monitor
which is a drought monitoring effort between the NDMC, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, and NOAA.
The monthly Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and precipitation for each of the Oklahoma Climatic Divisions can be seen at the National Climatic Data Center Climate Visualization System (CLIMVIS).
The Oklahoma Climatological Survey at the University of Oklahoma, has Oklahoma Summary Precipitation Statistics and Oklahoma Climatological Data available. Oklahoma Rainfall Update.
USGS GroundwaterWatch has current water resources conditions for selected wells, including a Below Normal Groundwater Levels Map that shows current conditions for long-term groundwater wells hydrologic drought hydrologic drought information for Oklahoma.
The first "Below Normal Streamflow Map" shows the average streamflow conditions for the past 7 days, highlighting locations in Oklahoma that are experiencing low flows or hydrologic drought.
The second "Below Normal Streamflow Map" shows the 7-day average streamflow conditions in the hydrologic units of Oklahoma for the day of year, highlighting locations that are experiencing low flows or hydrologic drought.
The maps depict 7-day average streamflow conditions as computed at USGS gaging stations. The colors represent 7-day average streamflow compared to percentiles of 7-day average streamflow for the day of the year. The maps represent conditions adjusted for this time of the year. Only stations having at least 30 years of record are used. By averaging over past 7 days, the values on the map are more indicative of longer-term streamflow conditions than either the "Real-time streamflow" or the "Daily streamflow" maps.
During winter months, parts of the state may have fewer dots than at other times of the year due to ice effects.
The data used to produce this map are
provisional and have not been reviewed or edited.
They may be subject to significant change.