Parts of Oklahoma have been suffering from severe and exceptional drought conditions for three straight years. That is a long time, especially for communities in western Oklahoma.
But this drought might be closer to its beginning than its end, and with little warning could encompass the entire state next year.
John Steinbeck does not often rise to the list of universally revered authors among Oklahomans. His book, The Grapes of Wrath, is widely viewed as presenting a negative view of the state's residents.
But University of Oklahoma history professor David Wrobel says the state's reputation has not been cursed by the book.