We had some rain, Easter Sunday at Quartz Mountain. There were some sprinkles of rain in the morning and rain showers in the evening. Most of the sources indicate between 0.2 and 0.3 inches of rain fell at both Lake Altus-Lugert and Tom Steed reservoir. Altus had a bit more at 0.57 of rain.
Growing up in Michigan, I always heard “April showers bring May flowers” and “rain on Easter brings seven Sundays of rain”. So far April showers have been sparse. Wouldn’t it be great, if we had rain the next seven Sundays? Of course, the saying does not indicate “the next” seven Sunday-just seven. So it could be that it will rain only on seven Sundays for the rest of the year.
However, weather folklore is even less reliable than specific day weather forecasting weeks in advance. There are just too many variables in weather forecasting to make accurate predictions 14 days out for any single day.
While weather folklore might not be totally accurate, it is often “in the ball park”. For example: “Early Easter, early spring. Late Easter, late spring.” Easter was rather late this year and we had snow in Oklahoma Monday April 14. Let’s hope that was the last snow of the season.
Here’s one last Easter weather saying, we can check the accuracy of this year: “The weather on the first Sunday after Easter settles the weather for the whole summer”. At the time this article is being written we have a 20% chance of rain on the first Sunday after Easter. Those rain chance percentages change every time you change stations and every day that passes. We’ll have to wait and see IF we get rain on April 27 and again the next six Sundays AND if we end up with a wet summer. IF we end up in the predicted “el Nino” weather pattern, Oklahoma should enter a cooler and wetter weather pattern from June 2014 through May 2015. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?