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Why we shouldn't be fooled by the portion of summer that acted like spring ... and a look at the forecast.

by Bryan Painter Published: August 28, 2013

A look at the 30-day rainfall map of the Oklahoma Mesonet shows close to 10 of the 120 weather network stations having received 8 inches or more of rain.

For many that received it, the rain was much very much needed.

But don’t let that rain cloud the current picture.

In the last 10 days only two stations on or west of Interstate 35 have recorded rainfall.

In all, less than 25 of the 120 stations have received rain in that time period. Of those which have recorded rain, Shawnee leads the way with .65 inches.

“We have to remember that it’s still August and it’s still summer, so we probably got a little bit spoiled by all that rainfall from mid-July through a couple of weeks ago,” Gary McManus, Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

And even though there are those who received rains, it’s important to remember those who didn’t. For example in the southern third of the state, several sites received less than 1.5 inches. That south central region has average 1.3 inches in the last 30 days and that is the 17th driest on record for that period.

And even for some portions of Oklahoma that did receive 3 to 5 inches, they had been battling drought since 2010.

While the last 365 days, marks the 20th wettest for central Oklahoma, that period is the  17th driest period in the Panhandle region, 21st driest in the southwest region and 22nd driest for southeast Oklahoma.

Other weather news:

– The overall state forecast for Oklahoma, posted Wednesday morning from the National Weather Service, Tulsa –

Today…Sunny. Highs 90 to 100.

Tonight…Mostly clear. Lows 67 to 78.
Thursday…Sunny. Highs 92 to 103.
Friday…Mostly clear. Lows 68 TO 78. Highs 92 to 103.
Saturday…Mostly clear. Lows  69 TO 78. Highs 94 to 102.
Sunday….Mostly clear. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows 68 to 79. Highs 92 to 102.

– The Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service, Norman Forcast Office –

A weak weather disturbance will pass close to northwest Oklahoma. Isolated showers and brief storms may occur near this feature.

From Thursday through Tuesday, no thunderstorms are expected.

Hotter weather is expected late in the week through at least Sunday. Heat index values will rise to 100 or slightly higher each afternoon. Take precautions to prevent the development of heat related illness.


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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