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July on average is fourth-driest month in Oklahoma

Some areas of Oklahoma have received more than 3 inches of rain in recent days. Others have not been so fortunate.
by Bryan Painter Modified: July 16, 2013 at 9:30 am •  Published: July 15, 2013

Recent rains in central Oklahoma may help ease the sting of summer, a local climatologist said.

July is the fourth-driest month in Oklahoma, and it was living up to that reputation until the weekend.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network station in Kingfisher had recorded 3.3 inches of rain, while Norman had received 2.9 inches, and the site in west Oklahoma City had measured 2.8 inches. Those were among the rainfall leaders since Saturday.

Going into Monday, the statewide daily average temperature for July 1-14, from the Oklahoma Mesonet was 80.2 degrees, 0.7 degrees below normal.

Oklahoma City's official high temperature Monday at Will Rogers World Airport was 78 degrees.

The average high for July 15 is 94 degrees.

“We have really gotten lucky with this little summertime storm system,” said Gary McManus, of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

“The moisture it brings can mean a much milder summer from this point thanks to the additional soil moisture. We should see more green after this, which will also help keep those extreme summer temperatures down a bit.

“It can still get hot ... it is summertime in Oklahoma, after all. But this might have saved part of the state from some of that misery.”

Recent days

The statewide rainfall average for July is 2.74 inches, McManus said.

By midafternoon Monday, some portions of the state had received 1 to more than 3 inches of rain since the weekend.

Conditions were getting dry again across all of Oklahoma, and for some, it marked a continuation of drought back to October 2010, McManus said.

“So anybody getting any rainfall will find it to be of great benefit,” McManus said Monday afternoon.

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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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