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El Reno 77 days with less than a quarter-inch of rain; Goodwell and Hooker, 103 days, and there's more

by Bryan Painter Published: January 22, 2014
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True,  the winter is often dry. But below is a map and a chart that might add to understanding conditions this winter.

One, a map from the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network,  shows the number of consecutive days without at least one quarter of an inch of rain.

The second, a chart from the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, shows not only rainfall by region, but also how that compares historically.

Add to that the fact that some areas — such as southwestern and western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle — have been battling drought since October 2010 with little to no break.

 

Last 30 Days: Dec 23, 2013 through Jan 21, 2014
Normals data from 1971-2000
Climate Division Total Rainfall Departure from Normal Pct of Normal Rank since 1921 (93 periods) Driest on Record Wettest on Record
Panhandle 0.23″ -0.32″ 42% 38th driest 0.00″ (2011-12) 3.86″ (2006-07)
N. Central 0.42″ -0.58″ 42% 33rd driest 0.01″ (1985-86) 2.94″ (1948-49)
Northeast 0.88″ -0.85″ 51% 23rd driest 0.01″ (1985-86) 6.00″ (1932-33)
W. Central 0.24″ -0.69″ 26% 25th driest 0.00″ (1922-23) 2.53″ (1948-49)
Central 0.75″ -0.77″ 49% 36th driest 0.00″ (1985-86) 4.61″ (1997-98)
E. Central 0.85″ -1.46″ 37% 22nd driest 0.03″ (1985-86) 8.31″ (1932-33)
Southwest 0.29″ -0.83″ 26% 24th driest 0.00″ (1922-23) 3.27″ (1932-33)
S. Central 0.43″ -1.59″ 21% 14th driest 0.03″ (1985-86) 6.52″ (1932-33)
Southeast 1.09″ -2.00″ 35% 13th driest 0.30″ (1985-86) 8.86″ (2006-07)
Statewide 0.58″ -0.99″ 37% 17th driest 0.05″ (1985-86) 4.45″ (1997-98)

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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