Rainfall Over the Weekend Attacks the Drought- the Monday Morning Rainfall MapMon, 27 Aug 2012 05:36:48 CDT
Rainfall amounts across Oklahoma during the weekend that has just concluded were spotty- with the best coverage from just west of the Oklahoma City metro in central Oklahoma- eastward into northeastern Oklahoma near Tulsa and south of of Tulsa. Two of the larger rainfall amounts were in Bixby with 3.13 inches of rain and in Jay at 2.84 inches of the wet stuff.
The storms that brought the rain were strong and dumped a lot of rain in many areas very quickly- so there was runoff in many locations- helpful in the country for pond water in some cases- but not as helpful in rebuilding a profile of soil moisture. Retired OSU Professor Dr. Ron Elliott wrote us over the weekend about the Saturday night rains in Stillwater- saying "Last night (Saturday), between 7:25 and 7:40, the Stillwater Mesonet station recorded 1.08 inches of rainfall. In those 15 minutes it received more than the total of 0.87 inch received over the preceding 70 days (June 16 thru August 24)." The Stillwater Mesonet station in the map above shows 1.9 inches of rain over the last four days- over half of that apparently came in that fifteen minute period.
The rains of the weekend will likely help at least somewhat with the most recent Drought Monitor map for Oklahoma- as shown below (this released last Thursday, August 23) which may prove to be the peak of the drought conditions for Oklahoma this year, assuming we do get periodic systems moving through the state and bringing rain for the balance of this summer into fall.
Nationally- the weather talk is all about Issac- but Alan Crone with the News on 6- KOTV in Tulsa- says that the impact for Oklahoma will be limited at best. Alan says "We do have at least two solutions that bring the system up East Texas and into Eastern OK by Friday, but the model consensus keeps the system more eastward bring the remnant low across Ark and points eastward into the weekend. This means, currently, our forecast will include only a small mention of precipitation or clouds from Isaac for the Friday time period. Any track adjustments left or west of the current projections could eventually require an increase of storm chances for Eastern Ok or Western Arkansas."
Read all of Alan's review of this week's weather for Oklahoma by clicking here.
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