Rain fell overnight in Altus late Sunday evening and into Monday, with scattered showers throughout the morning. According to Gary McManus of the State Climatologist Oklahoma Mesonet Oklahoma Climatological Survey, these types of rains are more typical summertime rain patterns that the heavy rains of June and early July.
According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the statewide average for the month was 5.89 inches, 3.01 inches above normal and the sixth wettest July since records began in 1895. The Altus and Tipton Mesonet sites finished with less than an inch, the former receiving a paltry 0.16 inches.
According to Altus Air Force Base Weather, Monday’s rainfall total was .17” with a continued 50% chance of rain today. Today is the last day of predicted rainfall for the next several days.
State Climatologist McManus has stated taht the 2015 calendar year is on pace to top 1957 as the wettest on record. The moisture in July brought the January-July rainfall total up to a statewide average of 34.73 inches, nearly 13 inches above normal and ranked as the wettest first seven months of the year on record. That tops the previous record holder’s total of 34.17 inches set back in 1957, on its way to a record annual total of 47.88 inches. Many stations across south central and east central Oklahoma have already surpassed their annual average in just the first seven months alone.
The U.S. Drought Monitor continued to show an Oklahoma devoid of drought, and the NWS’ Climate Prediction Center’s (CPC) monthly drought outlook for August predicted more of the same. CPC’s August outlooks called for increased odds of above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures for the northern half of the state during August.
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