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Rain Brings Some Relief

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
October 10, 2011

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The Oklahoma Climatological Survey says this past weekend’s rainfall was a good start to get parts of Oklahoma out of the drought, but much more is needed.

Three to five inches of rain fell over the weekend mostly along the I-35 corridor brining relief from the drought to areas in central Oklahoma.

But, Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus says some places started out this fall 15 to 25 inches below normal in precipitation.

“Three to four inches is a really good start at refilling that soil moisture or replenishing that soil moisture and whatever didn’t soak into the soil ran off into those farm ponds.”

McManus says while there might have been some flooding, the cooler temperatures and low winds kept the water from evaporating too quickly.

He says Oklahoma needs more events like that, but long range forecasts still show below normal rainfall and above normal temperatures through fall.

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