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41 Inch Rainfall Deficit in Wichita Falls

It's hard to believe but since the beginning of the drought at the beginning of the decade we have missed out on 41 inches of rain.
These are Texoma and Oklahoma lake levels as of Monday, May 5, 2014. (2014 NWS OUN)
These are Texoma and Oklahoma lake levels as of Monday, May 5, 2014. (2014 NWS OUN)
It's hard to believe but since the beginning of the drought at the beginning of the decade we have missed out on 41 inches of rain.

According to the National Weather Service information from our local district office, Norman, OK; that has jurisdiction over Wichita Falls, Texas, we need that much rain to get us back to normal.  No wonder we are approaching a Stage Five Water Emergency.

The average precipitation from October 2010 to April 2014 is 100.6".  The city of Wichita Falls has received 60.00".  That is a 40.6" (rounded to 41") deficit.

In addition here is a look at the lake levels around Wichita Falls:
  • Lake Arrowhead:  23.4%
  • Lake Kemp:  21.6%
  • Lake Kickapoo:  30.6"
  • Waurika Lake:  40.0%
  • Tom Steed Lake:  27.0%
  • Altus Lake:  11.0%

May is one of the wettest months of the year in Texoma.  As citizens we rely on the rainfall from this month to help our lakes and water reserve sustain itself.  However as of the 5th the rains have not come.  And for the next 48 hours the forecast is dry.

One good thing is that often showers and thunderstorms in May often bring severe weather in the form of very large hail (sometimes to the size of softballs and grapefruit), damaging thunderstorm winds (up to 70mph) and tornadoes.  If we aren't getting the thunderstorms we aren't getting the severe weather.  And often when severe thunderstorms form they travel at 50 mph or greater which would put down a minimal amount of rain at best.

Stay tuned and hopefully the rains will come.  Pray for rain.

Check out the pictures attached to this story as well as the internet links.

KFDX Meteorologist Bryan Rupp

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