How Dry Was January in Texoma?

Thu 1 Feb 2018 / 9:00 pm

January was another rain-stingy month for most, but not all Texomans – the exception was east of Highway 75 where totals were near normal for the month. A few spots like Paris actually received slightly above average precipitation for the month.

On the other hand, more than half of the News 12 viewing area is now in a severe drought, with all areas at some level of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor (see map).

The outlook for the first half of February is not promising for any serious moisture; the frequent passage of cold fronts and their penetration deep into the Gulf is keeping the quality moisture well to our south.

Until that changes, rain events won’t sport enough precipitation to ease the drought for most.

January rainfall totals (normal is a little over two inches):
Ada: 37”
Antlers: 1.33”
Ardmore: .12”
Atoka: .99”
Bonham: 1.25” *
Durant: 1.53”
Gainesville: .07”
Hugo: 1.99”
Paris: 2.57”
Sherman-Denison: .43”
Tishomingo: .26”
*estimate based on recorded rainfall at nearby stations; actual data not available.

The highest total in Texoma was in eastern Pushmataha County at Cloudy, OK where 4.77” fell!

A reminder to PLEASE be very careful when handling any ignition source outdoors. February is often the worst fire month of the year as windy days are frequent, vegetation remains dormant and temperatures begin to warm.

Fire season normally winds down by Mid-March as fresh grass emerges; of course, if we continue in this parched pattern, the green-up will be delayed, prolonging fire season possibly into April.

Take Care,
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
News 12 / KXII-TV