Rain drenched central Oklahoma Monday, breaking a daily record in Oklahoma City.
As of 6 p.m., 3.01 inches of rain had fallen at Will Rogers World Airport, National Weather Service meteorologist Daryl Williams said. The previous record of 1.73 inches was set in 1903.
“As dry as we've been, we need to set some rainfall records,” Williams said.
The most rainfall recorded in one day in March was 3.50 inches, set in 2007, he said.
Norman more than doubled its total rainfall for the calendar year by sundown. The city received 3.99 inches of rain by 7:30 p.m., according to the Oklahoma Mesonet.
Until Monday, Norman had only recorded 3.95 inches in 2012.
In Oklahoma City, the west Mesonet site recorded 2.83 inches of rainfall by 7:30 p.m.
The east site received 2.71 inches of rain, and 2.27 inches fell on the north site.
Chandler also saw 3.62 inches of rain, and the site in Washington had 3.46 inches from midnight at 7:30 p.m., according to the Mesonet.
Monday night, State Highway 16 was closed because of water about two miles north of Okay in Wagoner County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. No other highways were closed in the state because of the rain, the Transportation Department said, but flash flooding was reported on some Oklahoma City and Norman roads. Drivers are encouraged to avoid areas where water covers the road.
Storms triggered power outages throughout the day. At its peak, more than 1,500 customers were without power in Oklahoma City, but service was restored by 6:30 p.m., according to the OGE SystemWatch website.
Lightning also is thought to be responsible for an oil tank battery fire on SE 149 and Air Depot Boulevard on Monday morning, Deputy Fire Chief Marc Woodard said. The fire created a tall column of smoke.
The rain is expected to continue this week.
“It's not going to rain all the time; it's not going to rain everywhere, but for the metro for instance, we've got a 50 percent chance of rain tomorrow and again for tomorrow night,” Williams said Monday.
Rain chances are 40 percent in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, according to the weather service.
Temperatures are expected to top out in the mid-60s and fall into the mid-40s overnight until Friday.