|About the Book|
Water year 2011 (October 1, 2010, through September 30 2011 in Oklahoma and the second-driest year to date (based on precipitation) since 1925. Drought conditions worsened substantially in the summer, with the highest monthly average temperature record for all States being broken by Oklahoma in July (89.1 degrees Fahrenheit), June being the second hottest and August being the hottest on record for those months for the State since 1895. Drought conditions continued into the fall, with all of the State continuing to be in severe to exceptional drought through the end of September. In addition led to declaration of states of emergency, water-use restrictions, and outdoor burning bans- caused at least $2 billion of losses in the agricultural sector and higher prices for food and other agricultural products- caused losses of tourism and wildlife- reduced hydropower generation- and lowered groundwater levels in State aquifers.