Rainfall in Oklahoma breaks records

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 1, 2009 at 12:06 am •  Published: May 1, 2009
BURNEYVILLE — Wednesday’s rainfall at the Oklahoma Mesonet station in Love County was the state’s highest daily total in nearly 36 years, shattering a state record and two local Mesonet records.

The station recorded 12.89 inches of rain between 10:50 a.m. Wednesday and 5:10 a.m. Thursday. The previous daily rainfall record at the site was 6.62 inches on April 28, 2006.

The one-day deluge even broke Burneyville’s monthly rainfall record, 12.01 inches in June 2004. Adding rain that fell in Burneyville earlier in the month, the April 2009 total is 15.36 inches.

The rainfall also set a new daily high for any station on the Mesonet, which was established in 1994. The previous high was 9.89 inches June 14, 1996, at Cheyenne.

Including weather reporting networks other than Mesonet, Burneyville’s one-day total has been topped only three times in Oklahoma’s recorded history:

• Oct. 11, 1973, when 15.68 inches fell in Enid.

• April 4, 1934, when rainclouds dumped 13.79 inches in Cheyenne.

• May 11, 1950, when 13.58 inches fell in Purcell.