Oklahoma City flooding: Train of rains bring record total

One Oklahoma Mesonet in Oklahoma City station received more than 10 inches in 14 hours after having received 13.25 inches for the year prior to Monday's storms.

BY BRYAN PAINTER Published: June 15, 2010

Some areas of Oklahoma were hit by a train of storms Monday that dumped double-figure rain totals.

The Oklahoma Mesonet's Oklahoma City North station had received 13.25 inches of rainfall for the year going into the day.

However, about 4:15 a.m. Monday, rain began to fall at that station near Wilshire Boulevard and Broadway Extension on the property of The Oklahoman.

By 8:40 a.m., that station had received more rain — 7.76 inches — than it had in the previous 60 days. By 9:50 a.m., 8.94 inches had fallen, which surpassed the total for the previous 90 days, and the total continued to climb with 10.47 inches of rain by 6:05 p.m., about 14 hours later.

Just after 11 p.m., the site went over the 11-inch mark for Monday rainfall.

"Thunderstorms developed along a front across Oklahoma in an area of very moist and unstable air,” said Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office. "The storms trained, or moved repeatedly like the cars on a train, over the same area resulting in very heavy rainfall totals.”

Some areas of the state received heavy rain, but through much of the day into early evening, the rains pelted one main area, as Oklahoma County had several locations with 7 or more inches of rain. In comparison, the Mesonet station at El Reno had received 1 inch of rain by about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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