What a wonderful sight: rain falling from the sky! We can skip watering our thirsty plants and let our vehicles get a shower courtesy of Mother Nature, for once. After all the pleading I've heard for rain in the forecast, we finally have our wishes granted. Unfortunately, it will likely continue into the weekend, which is chock full of outdoor festivals, walks, and football games. I guess beggars can't be choosers.
So far, most of the showers have been light and have only given us a superficial soaking in Tulsa. As of Friday afternoon, portions of southern Oklahoma have bucketed over an inch of rain. If you've missed out on the soaking rain thus far, there are more rounds of rain and possibly thunderstorms to come.
With that said, if you are planning to head out to any of the festivals or games this weekend, make sure you pack a rain jacket or umbrella. I'm not expecting the whole weekend to be a wash-out, but the clouds will likely hold thick much of the time. The timing of the rain is a bit of a crap shoot, and an additional inch of rainfall still appears likely.
We'll take all the rain we can get. The latest Drought Monitor (shown above) now shows 93% of the state in extreme to exceptional drought. That is up 7% in coverage from last week. Hopefully this period of active weather will bring down those numbers.
The one matter of good news for those out and about this weekend is that temperatures will rebound. A warm front will slowly push northward, bringing our highs to around 80° Saturday.
Once again, friends, sorry for the timing of this rain. Hopefully, it will quench our land and not dampen our spirits!
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