2012: A Year of Weather Contrasts in Texoma

2012 was a year of great weather contrasts for Texoma. There were no major tornadoes, and overall it was a very quiet spring for severe weather here. On the other hand, two summer micro-burst wind events struck Calera (in Bryan County) in just two weeks. It was the warmest year on record as a whole, but then we had a white Christmas. And, the drought was never far away.

The year began with a soggy January: rainfall was more than twice the monthly average and this continued a wet trend from December of 2011 in helping re-fill Lake Texoma. The lake had reached its lowest level in 33 years by November of 2011, then rose 6 feet by January of 2012. The U.S. Drought monitor report removed much of Texoma from any drought condition by the end of March as seasonal rainfall continued.

Severe weather was quite sparse in Texoma in 2012, with no significant tornadoes reported. There were a number of straight-line wind events, most of them happening in the summer.  Three people were injured when high winds flipped their mobile home in Randolph (Fannin County) on June 13. Two destructive straight-line wind events struck Calera just two weeks apart (July 26 and August 12). Ardmore was raked by a straight-line wind event on September 5, when winds to 78 mph were recorded just west of town.

                              Microburst that brought 90-mph winds to Calera on August 12.

 The entire area gradually slipped back into drought during the fall thanks to rain-stingy skies and warm temperatures.  Rainfall was less than half of average in every month from July to December, and less than 20% of average for the Oct-Nov period. Lake Texoma steadily fell from early July through the end of the year, and it dipped below 612 by early December: more than 5 feet below the conservation pool stage.

More drought statistics: The period May-November was the driest on record for Oklahoma as a state. The fall of 2012 (Sep-Nov) was the 7th driest on record in north Texas.

The year 2012 tied with 2006 as the warmest on record in Texoma overall.

December wrapped up on a cold note with 1 to 5 inches of snow falling on Christmas Day, making for the second Texoma white Christmas in just 3 years.  Winds to more than 30 mph made for near-blizzard conditions in some areas that day. It was quite a weather ride in 2012!

Precipitation for 2012 (in inches) and percent of normal:

Ada:  27.50…..67%

Ardmore:  27.16…..70%

Atoka:  35.86…..77%

Durant:  35.12…..76%

Gainesville:  21.53…..58% 

Hugo:  36.43…..77%

Paris:  34.12…..76%

Sherman:  34.03…..78%


Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist

News 12







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