It's the first day of October and it seems the morale is much higher across the state after how September ended. It's no secret September was a dry month. We had the Governor declare a state-wide burn ban, the drought monitor seemed to worsen every week, and any cold front that managed to work itself into the state came through dry. (Keep in mind, these rainfall amounts I use are from the official reports at Will Rogers World Airport). Up until this past Tuesday, the most rain we had on any given day in September was only 0.77 inches on the 13th. The next highest amount? 0.02 inches on the 5th. That, my friends, was our collective rainfall up to the 25th – a whopping 0.79 inches in Oklahoma City.
Fast forward to today, the first of October. OKC's total rainfall for September? 3.57 inches! We gained just over 2 and ¾ inches in a week's time! The amount received here in OKC was on the higher end of the statewide totals. I've included a map of the 7-day rainfall totals you can click on and view. The data comes courtesy of the Oklahoma Mesonet. Some totals that stand out: 5.18 inches in Stigler, 5.14 inches in Okemah, and a whopping 6.02 inches in Byars! There's another area between Eufaula, Okemah, and Holdenville that received anywhere from 6 to 8 inches!
Of course, these are the official reporting stations across the state. We get reports all the time from YOU, telling us you've received more or less than the amounts we show on the air. Sadly, that's the nature of reporting rainfall totals: they're different at any given point across the state. I've included a couple of pictures from viewers to our News 9 share page of rain gauges illustrating that point. The first is from Kroos Farm in Prague where the gauge clearly shows over 5.5 inches of rain. The second is in Seminole showing 4 inches. Both of those gauges are higher than the reporting stations in their respective counties.
No matter where you were in Oklahoma over the past week, chances are, you received some amount of rain, whether it was a tenth of an inch or over 6 inches. Every drop helps when you're talking about a drought that grips the entire state. October 2011 saw just less than 6 inches of rain in OKC. Here's top hoping we can replicate that amount, or even break it, this year!