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Record Maximum 82 F HOLL 2002
Record Minimum -3 F MEDF 2003
Record Rainfall 2.12" NOWA 2011

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Glory Glory Hallelujah!


That sure do look purty, don't it (that's Okie for "That sure does look pretty,
does it not)? We could go with the rain gauge half empty version, which is "NW OK
still missing out," but we're hoping they'll get some eventually. So we're going
with the rain gauge half full version of RAIN, GLORIOUS RAIN! It's still not a
drought-buster in any part of the state...yet. 


But it could get there.


So we're still dealing with long-term consecutive day periods without significant
rainfall across the NW and far SW. Woodward and Hooker have still gone 132
consecutive days without a drop of moisture. Surely that will change soon.


However, we have had some chinks show up in this drought's armor. The deep
reds and oranges of the significant deficits over 30 days are starting to fade
in places. 


Okay, but here's another problem. That freezing line has plunged south, as far
as I44. 


Okay, precip falling...temperatures below freezing. It doesn't take a 
State Climatologist to figure out we're in trouble. No, seriously, I couldn't 
figure it out, so I turned to the NWS and sure enough, we now have winter 
weather advisories out for much of northern and central Oklahoma.


That runs until noon in the far NW and 5pm farther to the south, so you'll 
need to slow down and travel safely. Those bridges and overpasses are going
to get dangerous. 

To complete the storm's sundry impacts, we have a flood watch across far
eastern Oklahoma, with flood warnings already in place.


So let's keep it up, Mother Nature. We do need a push back to the NW, but
again, we'll take it!

Gary McManus
State Climatologist
Oklahoma Mesonet
Oklahoma Climatological Survey
(405) 325-2253