Long Holiday Rainfall Totals Top Four Inches- The Latest MapsTue, 27 May 2014 04:58:15 CDT
Memorial Day Weekend rainfall totals show a large area of the state finally received measurable precipitation, with southwest Oklahoma leading the way for the first time in many months as the area receiving the most rainfall. The map above is a snapshot of rainfall as of early Tuesday morning, May 27th back to Thursday morning in order to capture all of the rain making storm system that rolled through over the several days of the long holiday weekend.
The southwest Oklahoma Mesonet sites of Hobart, Mangum and Fort Cobb all topped four inches of rainfall over this period, as did Blackwell in north central Oklahoma. This system produced significant rainfall in a large band from southwest Oklahoma to the norhteast corner of the state, with Hollis receiving 2.34 inches of rain during the period and Miami just under two inches since last Thursday.
Disappointing rainfall totals were seen especially in the areas of the southwest where they missed the bigger totals- Walters, for example, ended up with just .54 of an inch of rain, Chickasha and Ninnekah both checked in with just .55 and in the northwest, a typical total was .72 inches of rainfall at Cherokee.
The map below shows Oklahoma after this rainfall event, with a look at days without at least a quarter of an inch of rainfall- Shawnee, of all places, is now the dryness leader in this graphic, having gone sixty days without at least a quarter of an inch of rainfall.
The bottom graphic is a reminder of the latest Oklahoma Drought Monitor from early last week- before the rainfall arrived. It shows the exceptional and extreme drought that grips the state- and when you add in the rainfall since then- you get a feel of who needed the rainfall the most versus who actually got it. Clearly, southwest Oklahoma desperately needed a big rainy weekend- and many locations in that region of the state got a really nice dent placed into their par of the Drought Monitor.
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