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Drought to Flood.

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Portions of our state have gone from drought to flood which is very evident on the 48 hour rainfall map to the right courtesy of the OK Mesonet. Too bad those rains could not have been spread out a little more for those that have missed out. And, it would have been nice to have the rain spread out over a longer period of time, but we will take it. This has certainly put a significant dent in the drought situation and puts at least this side of the state in much better position going into the driest months of the year.

Speaking of dry, we will have the opportunity to dry out over the next few days as the cool front will finally push through the state this afternoon and early evening followed by sunny skies for the rest of the week. Look for temperatures to be falling off rather quickly late this afternoon and early this evening as our winds shift to a more NW direction. There may also be some lingering rain or showers, but by morning our skies will be clearing and it will be much cooler. Temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s along with a brisk NW wind of 10-20 mph will make it feel downright cold to start the day.

Sunny skies and northerly winds with temperatures in the 50s are expected for Wednesday, we will likely see frost if not a light freeze to start the day on Thursday followed by a gradual warming trend. A return to southerly winds will initiate the warming trend and those winds look to be strong and gusty by Friday and continuing through the coming weekend. That will eventually pull more moisture up this way so a few showers or storms will be possible by Sunday into Monday.

There are preliminary indications that the coldest air of the season will be coming our way later in that following week. Hopefully, it will be a dry system, but it is way too early to make that determination.

In the meantime, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot

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