Weekend storms could help Oklahoma in drought battle

After suffering from months of drought that have decimated crops and drained lakes, parts of Oklahoma have finally started to see the amounts of rain needed to pull them out of the current dry spell.
by Adam Kemp Modified: June 6, 2014 at 8:22 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014


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Jimmy Reynolds brushes water off the roof of the Oakwood Apartments, 5824 NW 34, on Friday. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
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Jimmy Reynolds brushes water off the roof of the Oakwood Apartments, 5824 NW 34, on Friday. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN SARAH PHIPPS -

A line of severe thunderstorms Friday morning brought much needed relief to some and problems to others, as winds and rains pounded large parts of the state.

After suffering from months of drought that have decimated crops and drained lakes, parts of Oklahoma have finally started to see the amounts of rain needed to pull them out of the current dry spell.

Parts of Oklahoma City received 1.2 inches of rain since Thursday afternoon, adding to the more than four inches Oklahoma City saw over the past two weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

The northeast part of the state received the most rainfall in the past 10 days; Blackwell, Stillwater, Bristow and Porter all received more than five inches of rain in that time period.

“This is exactly what we need to alleviate those problems and hopefully there is more to come,” said Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. “It’s not going to end the drought completely, but every little bit helps.”

The outlook for the state was looking very bleak heading into the hottest and driest part of the year, McManus said. But the recent rain will really give everything a boost heading into the dry season.

“It was definitely one of the driest January-to-May periods on record,” he said. “Hopefully we get a little more rain so we can handle what’s next when the rains shut off and the heat starts in full force.”

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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