Rainfall down in Oklahoma last year

Saturday, January 3rd 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahomans had fewer raindrops falling on their heads in 2003.

The state had 27% less rain than normal last year. The statewide average was 26.6 inches.

Oklahoma City had its eleventh-driest year with 22.63 inches of rain.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Gallant says the amount is substantially low for the state.

That caused problems for wheat farmers, and so did unusually high temperatures in some areas.

Oklahoma City's average temperature for the year was 60.1 degrees. Gallant says that's about average for the past 112 years.

But officials say northern Oklahoma wheat suffered from more heat.