Nowata, Osage and Washington counties remain in a moderate drought despite June’s storms, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center predict drought conditions to worsen this month.


The Climate Prediction Center’s July forecast reveals increased odds for above normal temperatures and below normal rainfall across Oklahoma.


Oklahoma’s state climatologist, Gary McManus, said the Gulf of Mexico was in a giving mood throughout June, feeding a deep plume of tropical moisture and a succession of storms across Oklahoma.


“Not all areas were quite as fortunate as others, but a substantial portion of the state received significant, drought-reducing rainfall,” McManus said.


McManus said the most rainfall fell between the east Panhandle through central and east central Oklahoma. Readings of 6-to-8 inches were most common in those areas.


However, areas along the Red River, the far northeast and western Panhandle were 2-to-4 inches below normal.


The Oklahoma Mesonet reporting site in Copan reported 5.14 inches of rain in June. The reporting site in Wynona recorded 5.57 inches of rain in June, which is the highest rainfall total of the year at that site. The reporting site in Nowata recorded 3.14 inches of rain last month. Rainfall totals in February and May were greater than 3.14 inches.


In Bartlesville, the total precipitation was 3.87 inches in June. Normal rainfall for the month is 5.35 inches.


So far, it has been a dry July in Bartlesville. The Bartlesville Municipal Airport is reporting that only 0.2 inches of rain has fallen there in the first 10 days of the month. Rain has occurred in just two of those 10 days.


McManus said June was still on the hot side despite the rain. The statewide average temperature was 80.1 degrees, which is 3.6 degrees above normal.


“That lofty mark, combined with the warmest May in Oklahoma history, propelled the May-June period to the warmest on record as well at 77.5 degrees,” he said.


The Washington County forecast for the rest of the week calls for highs in the mid-90s and lows in the mid-70s through Friday. Saturday, the forecast calls for a high near 98.