Driest October In A Long Time

30 October 2008
Driest October In A Long Time

I’ve crunched the numbers for October 2008 and they do not look good. For much of Texoma, it’s the driest October in more than 30 years. Virtually all locations received less than half of their average precipitation during the month.

October has been the 2nd wettest month of the year during the 30-year average period of 1971-2000, with about five inches typically. Now, we’ve had two consecutive extremely dry months in a row.
Below is a listing of cities by percentage of normal rainfall measured in October 2008:
Ranked from driest to wettest

Bonham
6%

Durant
6%

Paris
6%

Sherman/Denison
10%

Antlers
11%

Atoka
20%

Coalgate
23%

Madill
25%

Marietta
25%

Gainesville
28%

Ada
30%

Ringling
33%

Tishomingo
37%

Davis/Sulphur
40%

Hugo
43%

Duncan
47%

Pauls Valley
52%



The rain pattern for November does not look a whole lot better…but there’s some suggestion in the global circulation that the second half of the month may moisten up as we get a more “active” short-wave trough pattern.

Take Care,
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
KXII-TV

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