Texoma YTD Rainfall: Late September UPDATE

Rainfall during September 15-18 was very welcome across Texoma, providing desperately needed soil moisture for some areas. However, many spots also were left wishing for rain as the 1-inch plus rainfall areas covered less than 1/3 of our area geographically.

Even though widespread precipitation of 1 to 2 inches fell along the Washita River drainage, Lake Texoma rose only an inch over the period. This illustrates just how little runoff was generated as thirsty soils quickly absorbed the rain.
What’s even more telling is the Year-To-Date (YTD) rainfall. It’s a sad story indeed:
City Rainfall YTD (inches) Normal YTD (inches) % of normal YTD
Ada 13.22 25.53 52%
Ardmore 13.96 24.15 58%
Antlers 16.26 32.43 50%
Atoka 15.96 31.05 51%
Bonham 15.30 30.36 50%
Durant 12.37 29.98 41%
Gainesville 10.26 22.77 45%
Hugo 18.08 32.43 56%
Madill 13.46 26.22 51%
Marietta 14.15 23.46 60%
Paris 21.31 32.43 66%
Sherman-Denison 17.54 29.00 60%
Sulphur 13.46 2415 56%
Tishomingo 13.99 26.22 53%
                 All figures are for the period Jan 1- September 19, 2011.
The situation is even more dire than the above table shows, because most of the rain fell before June. The combination of the hottest summer on record and the four-month drought means the overall dry situation across our area remains critical.
Generally dry weather is expected through early next week with the exception being a few showers possible Wed-Thu of this week.
Take Care,
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist


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  • by Rachel Location: Texas on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    What are the chances the weather pattern will change this fall and allow some significant rainfall?
  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Sep 22, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    David, Oh sir, how much I agree with you! But alas, my "Wishcast" for highs in the 60s will have to wait a few more weeks. 90-plus weather looks quite likely for much of next week. Well there is the hope for things to change but right now I'd peg odds of 90-or-better for parts of next week at 2 out of 3. Yes, this is a truly awful year in all respects weather-wise. Take Care, Steve
  • by David Location: Heat Dome on Sep 21, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    Steve, I sure hope that you are wrong about potential mid-90's early next week. This summer simply refuses to die.
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