Great Rain, Bad Timing!

Sunday, September 18th 2011, 10:58 pm
By: News On 6

Beneficial rain finally reached our corner of the world. The timing certainly wasn't ideal, but many folks took it in stride considering how badly we needed a good soaking! Rainfall totals ranged from 0.5" of rain near Copan to nearly 3.4" in Stigler. Check out the 5-day rain total map to the right. Green Country enjoyed some much-needed water, but we need several more of these events (at the very least) to make a serious dent in the drought. Still, it was a welcome sight providing some relief.

Well, it's Oklahoma and soaking rains often come along with severe weather. As I mentioned, the timing was bad - especially bad for anyone trying to see the OSU/TU game at Chapman Stadium Saturday night (or should I say, Sunday morning?) The bowing line of storms took aim at Tulsa shortly after 9:00 P.M., and brought forth a deluge of rain followed by training thunderstorms. To the fans who weathered the storm and stuck it out till 3:35 A.M., I commend you!

This recent bout of inclement weather reminds us that severe weather is not confined to the spring months in Oklahoma. In fact, we are entering a secondary severe weather season as the jet stream strengthens and the clash of air masses becomes common over the Southern Plains. Of course, you know where to turn the TV dial when severe weather arises again this fall!

As the weekend draws to a close, so does our chance of rain and severe weather. A cold front is sweeping the moisture away, ushering in a drier (but not necessarily cooler) air mass. This sets us up for a seasonable next couple days with highs in the mid-80s. Our next shot of rain won't arrive until Wednesday. Until then, enjoy the return of sunny skies!

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