February Report Card…
Thu 1 March 2018
We started February in a severe drought, even to an extreme drought category for a zone that extended from Ada southward to Atoka and Tishomingo. Much of that was erased in a hurry when the skies opened up beginning February 18. From then until the end of the month we saw some heavy-duty deluges along the way.
As is typical, eastern Texoma received the greatest amounts of rain, with Paris receiving the highest total anywhere in our region with a whopping 13.55 inches! February normally logs about three inches of rain.
2018 now ranks as one of the five wettest February's on record; the last time we had more Feb. precipitation was in 2001, 17 years ago.
Temperature-wise, we were essentially dead-on normal with a monthly average of 46.6 degrees, just two tenths of a degree above the long-term climate numbers. The coldest day came February 5 and the warmest day the 17th. Extremes on the morning of the 5th ranged from 12 degrees at Ada to 14 in Ardmore and 17 degrees at Durant and Sherman-Denison.
What about the last freeze of the season? That typically comes between March 20 and March 30, so don’t get too excited about planting those tomatoes just yet. Frost can typically wander into the forecast a week or two beyond the last freeze, into early April.
News 12 / KXII-TV