Southeastern Oklahoma sets drought record

Tuesday, October 25th 2005, 8:51 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Southeastern Oklahoma is now in a record drought.

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey says the past six months are the driest on record since record-keeping began in 1921. Since April 27th the region is more than 12 inches below normal rainfall.

Cattle ranchers say grass for grazing was already stunted by a cool spring and dry summer and now with the first frost the grass won't grow much more this season. Many ranchers are already feeding hay to their herds -- more than a month earlier than usual.

A marina manager at Broken Bow Lake says the lake is nearly 17 feet below normal and wildlife officials have stopped stocking trout in the Lower Mountain Fork River because the shallow water is too warm for the fish to survive.