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Rain during Oklahoma State fair isn't uncommon, state weather records suggest

Time for the Oklahoma State Fair? Rain likely isn't far behind, Oklahoma climatological records suggest.
by Bryan Painter Published: September 14, 2012

Of those 122 September 13ths, the official Oklahoma City rainfall total was at least one-tenth of an inch on 27 of those days, or 22 percent of the time.

McManus said if you consider the days surrounding the 13th have somewhat similar statistics, you're going to have rain from time to time during the state fair.

A closer look shows that, on the opening days of the state fair from 2000 to Thursday, there was measurable precipitation — more than a hundredth of an inch — on six of those 13 days. The most rainfall on any of those days was 1.46 inches in 2009.

In 2002, 1.45 inches fell on the second day of the state fair, and in 2003 it didn't rain on opening day, but there was precipitation the day before and the day after the opener.

If there were a definite connection between rainfall and any day of the state fair, Dewald and the cattle producers he represents “would push for monthly state fairs.”

Oklahoma experienced a devastating drought last year.

And although portions of Oklahoma have been in a continuous drought, some areas received a little relief in the latter part of 2011 and into 2012.

Three months ago, 1.7 percent of the state was considered to be experiencing extreme to exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report.

However, the report released Thursday morning showed 94.68 percent in extreme to exceptional drought.

“Any rain is very welcomed,” Dewald said.

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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