Weekend rains encouraging, but not enough to lift burn ban


Monday, October 16th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Rain fell heavily across much of Oklahoma yesterday but it wasn't enough to cure a longtime drought or to cause officials to lift a statewide burn ban -- at least yet.

Rains totaling more than one inch in several cities and more than two inches in Norman fell in a massive storm system that moved across the state yesterday. But Dan Mahoney, a spokesman for Governor Keating, says officials need to evaluate the situation before deciding whether to lift the ban.

Agronomist Roger Gribble says the rain will no doubt help farmers who planted in dry soil, but that it is just enough to make plants sprout. He says more is still needed.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Brown says the rain will help dampen fire danger in the state, but that it isn't a drought-ender.

Rain and high winds and hail fell in Ellis County near Catesby, but no damage was reported.

Widespread showers were expected to continue across the state today and eventually stop by midday.

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