Well, it was a prolonged drought cycle that we finally saw come to an end, 6 years after it began.

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2015 was the most dramatic change. Compare the maps from start to finish.

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Look at the rainfall totals below and how that compares to normal.

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Surprisingly it wasn’t a record rainfall year for OKC as it was in a few remote areas. You an also see how this compares statewide broken down into regions.

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So are we in the clear? For now, yes. We are heading into a surplus again for a couple of years at least. As you can see by the first graphic above, drought cycles are very common in Oklahoma and can range from just 2¬†years to as much as 10! Let’s hope we don’t see that 10 anytime soon! -AT

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