Heavy rain in Oklahoma causes some flooding

Monday, rainfall broke a daily record in Oklahoma City. By 6 p.m., 3.01 inches had fallen at Will Rogers World Airport, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. The previous record of 1.73 inches was set in 1903.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm •  Published: March 19, 2012

Rain drenched central Oklahoma Monday, breaking a daily record in Oklahoma City.

As of 6 p.m., 3.01 inches of rain had fallen at Will Rogers World Airport, National Weather Service meteorologist Daryl Williams said. The previous record of 1.73 inches was set in 1903.

“As dry as we've been, we need to set some rainfall records,” Williams said.

The most rainfall recorded in one day in March was 3.50 inches, set in 2007, he said.

Norman more than doubled its total rainfall for the calendar year by sundown. The city received 3.99 inches of rain by 7:30 p.m., according to the Oklahoma Mesonet.

Until Monday, Norman had only recorded 3.95 inches in 2012.

In Oklahoma City, the west Mesonet site recorded 2.83 inches of rainfall by 7:30 p.m.

The east site received 2.71 inches of rain, and 2.27 inches fell on the north site.

Chandler also saw 3.62 inches of rain, and the site in Washington had 3.46 inches from midnight at 7:30 p.m., according to the Mesonet.

Monday night, State Highway 16 was closed because of water about two miles north of Okay in Wagoner County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. No other highways were closed in the state because of the rain, the Transportation Department said, but flash flooding was reported on some Oklahoma City and Norman roads. Drivers are encouraged to avoid areas where water covers the road.

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