Oklahoma is one of the country’s richest sources of aviation, biotechnology, energy, and telecommunications. The state economy relies largely upon the production of these, and they also have a lot of resources for natural gas, agriculture, and oil. Of course, Oklahoma is immensely well known for its scenic qualities. There are a lot of great views to take in, and even the local citizens rarely manage to grow tired of them. Adding to the natural beauty are a wealth of mountain ranges, mesas, forests, and prairies. These features are largely thanks to Oklahoma’s location within the Great Plains and the United States Interior Highlands.
The downside of course is that the weather can get a bit rough. That means high winds, large sheets of rain, and potential tornadoes. Still, it’s something that the locals tend to learn how to deal with, and modern meteorology has made a lot of advancements that make being made aware of oncoming storms ahead of time more useful than ever before.
Oklahoma also sits within a region that has seen a large degree of cattle drives over the years. As the early southern and eastern settlers began moving towards the middle of the country many years ago, the rich livestock convinced many to stick around. There was also some government approved safe zones for Native Americans within the same region, making it an interesting mix of the old America and the new.
In fact, Oklahoma’s name in and of itself is Native American in its origin. It comes from the Chocktaw saying “okla humma”, which actually translates roughly to “red people” in English. The name was suggested by a Choctaw Chief (Allen Wright) in 1866 during a negotiation with US federal government over the use of existing Native American territory. His idea was to have at least one state with native control.
The wildlife in Oklahoma is varied, including several types of deer, antelopes, bobcats, coyotes, birds, mountain lions, and many others. There are also a lot of chickens, badgers, bison, and armadillo present. Also of note, Oklahoma has some of the largest number of prairie dogs anywhere.
The weather in Oklahoma definitely changes between the seasons. The winter months are generally quite dry, but by May there’s quite a lot of precipitation. Thunderstorms tend to pop up as the spring transitions into summer. By the middle of the summer, the air dries up again. Droughts are fairly common around this time, making it a sometimes rough experience.