Seattle-like weather will stay a few more days

By John David Sutter Published: August 19, 2008
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First basketball, now the weather.

August weather that seems more at home in Seattle than Oklahoma is expected to bring mist and chill to the Sooner State for most of the week.

High temperatures have been 15 to 20 degrees below normal in recent days, as a low pressure system from Canada has settled over the area. The heaviest rain is concentrated in southern Oklahoma, but the Oklahoma Panhandle was under flash flood warnings Monday.

That's big news there, since the area has been stuck in a long-term drought.

Across the state, the cool, wet weather is expected to stick around until the end of the week, with a return to more typical temperatures in the 90s Friday and Saturday, said Scott Curl of the National Weather Service in Norman. After that, another weather system may cool things off again, Curl said.

Derek Arndt, assistant state climatologist, said it's rare for this type of cool-weather storm system to affect Oklahoma in August, typically the hottest month of the year.

"It's very welcome,” he said.

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BY THE NUMBERS
Top rainfall totals
In inches, recorded by Mesonet for the

24-hour period ended 7 p.m. Monday:

Walters: 5.77

Hooker: 4.16

Mangum: 3.59

Duncan: 3.34

Slapout: 3.18

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