Drenching Rains Erasing Texoma's Drought

The second soaking rain event of January has effectively ended the drought over most, if not all, of Texoma.

Rainfall averaged over 3” for the Jan 24-25 rainfall event as shown here (discussion continues below maps):

A 1 to 2 inch rain event Jan 9-10, steady rain in December, and the Jan 25th deluge worked to give much of our area more than twice the normal rainfall during the past two months.

The northern reaches of Texoma received the least rain,with amounts near normal, while the bulk of our region is now very saturated.

Slight drought conditions may remain in Pontotoc and Murray Counties with the rest of Texoma now drought free.

City Dec 2011- Jan 2012 Rainfall % of Normal
Ada  4.01 100%
Antlers  10.56 211%
Ardmore  6.04 151%
Atoka  10.72 214%
Bonham  9.32 186%
Durant  9.95  200%
Gainesville  6.39  160%
Hugo  11.81  236%
Madill  7.04  176%
Marietta  5.82  146%
Paris  11.95  239%
Sherman-Denison  9.75  195%
Sulphur 4.50  113%
Tishomingo  4.85  122%

 

The abundant rainfall has erased the dry soils and low lake levels of recent months. Lake Texoma has risen more than 4 feet during the past eight weeks and is now at its highest level since June of 2011.

Normal spring rainfall will be needed to keep us from slipping back into drought, but soils and lakes are in the best shape we’ve seen since early last summer.

Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist

KXII-TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

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