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Looking back at recent rain and ahead to cooler days and nights

by Bryan Painter Published: September 17, 2013

In recent days, some areas have seen their dry spell end. Others have seen just a trace and some continue to wait.

This morning I took at look at some of the different Oklahoma Mesonet maps in terms of days and have looked at some of those who received rains. Keep in mind that rain amounts can vary within not only an area but within a county or community.

These are just totals recorded specifically at Mesonet weather network locations.

The 24-hour map shows Hobart received 1.65 inches; El Reno, 1.40 inches; Bessie 1.11; Mangum, .87 and Weatherford .81. Again, there were reports of much higher local amounts and several areas recorded no rain during that time period.

Now we’ll go out a little more. These are not necessarily the leaders in terms of rainfall in that time period, but are just examples of what has been recorded in that time span.

For instance, the two-day Mesonet rainfall map had Burbank with 3.79 inches and Wynona with 2.95. The five-day Mesonet totals included Cheyenne at 2.59 inches;  Erick, 2.30 and Walters with 1.48. The seven-day reflected well on the western Panhandle as Kenton had received 5.42 inches and Boise City, 3.64.

This morning’s “Hazardous Weather Outlook” from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office (at 5 a.m.) called for “Scattered showers and thunderstorms” to persist much of today, but severe storms were not expected.

The discussion noted, “Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will continue this morning mainly over parts of central and eastern Oklahoma. These storms are not expected to be severe but may produce brief heavy downpours. The showers and thunderstorms will likely diminish in areal coverage through the morning hours.

“Daytime heating will increase instability this afternoon and scattered showers and thunderstorms may redevelop, especially near weak boundaries left from the morning activity. Wind shear will remain weak, but instability will be sufficient for a few strong storms. The strongest storms may produce wind gusts to around 50 mph, small hail, heavy downpours and frequent lightning. The storms may linger into the early evening before diminishing later tonight.”

The thunderstorm outlook for Wednesday through Monday said, ” A brief respite from showers and storms is expected Wednesday. A cold front is expected to enter northern Oklahoma late Thursday and move south Thursday night and Friday. A good chance for rain and thunderstorms will exist as this front passes through.”

Following is a look ahead at the National Weather Service, Norman forecast for Oklahoma City for Friday through Monday:

Friday– A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Saturday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Sunday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Monday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

And here’s a look ahead at the National Weather Service, Tulsa Forecast Office forecast for Tulsa for Friday through Monday:

Friday– A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Friday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Saturday — Sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday Night — Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Sunday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday — Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Monday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

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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