Another round of welcome rainfall soaked soils across the Red River Valley on May 8. Amounts ranged from “almost too much” in the east to “it was nice, but wish we had gotten more” in the west (discussion continues below the map):
Some of the heaviest rain took place in the areas needing it most: the extreme drought-plagued zones of Fannin and Lamar County. The May 8 rainfall will lift these areas out of the deep drought into a milder state of dryness. In fact, soils are saturated in Choctaw, Fannin, Lamar and Pushmataha Counties for the time being, where most locations received over three inches of water from the sky. No significant flooding was observed during the event.
Lake Texoma won’t benefit much from this particular rain since the 1” plus amounts fell mainly downstream of the watershed.
The next shot of rain comes on Monday May 12 when a strong cold front plows into a moisture-rich environment, so some multi-inch precipitation totals might be in the cards once again. Perhaps more of the runoff will get into the big lake next time. Lake Murray is also very low so we can root for a good Ardmore rainfall too.
News 12 / Weather Authority