According to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, the Jan-April 2014 period was desperately dry. The four-month period ranks as the second driest on record. The statewide average rainfall was 4.20 inches, nearly 5.5 inches below normal. Medford in Grant County, one of the state's most bountiful winter wheat producing areas, is more than 8 inches below normal. State Climatologist Gary McManus says the state experienced a multitude of dry, windy days that saw massive dust storms in the Panhandle that often pushed east into the main body of Oklahoma. Those conditions helped propel drought towards the northern and eastern sides of the state.