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August twilight zone: Oklahoma City has wettest August ever!

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By News9 Meteorologist Carrie Rose.

It didn't take a tropical storm to do it, just a Canadian low pressure system stuck in an upper level high pressure ridge.  August 2008 is now the wettest August ever in Oklahoma City history!  And we basically did it in a 2-day period.  Here's the stats:

Through Tuesday, August 19:  OKC has had 9.51" for the month.

This is now the #1 wettest August on record.

The OLD top ten:

Rank

Wettest

Year

1

8.34

1906

2

7.44

1934

3

6.77

1966

4

5.84

1996

5

5.82

1992

6

5.65

1893

7

5.55

1989

8

5.52

1939

9

5.39

2007

10

5.38

1933

We broke a 102-year-old record!  Not only did we break it, we smashed it by more than an inch, and there is still a chance for more rain Wednesday. 

Oklahoma City's average August rainfall is 2.48".  Interestingly enough, we surpassed that value Tuesday alone!  Oklahoma City has had 2.95" August 19.  So we had more than the entire average August rainfall that day alone!

Last August 2007 was the 9th wettest August on record, mostly as a result of the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin moving over Oklahoma and dumping tremendous rainfall in the state.  Kingfisher was hardest hit, with much of the area flooding in a short amount of time. 

Similarly high rainfall totals have occurred through the past several days, with the highest totals around ten inches in southern Oklahoma along the Red River Valley. 

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