How Did Sunday's Rainfall Measure Up?

Published 04/06 2014 08:15PM

Updated 04/06 2014 10:07PM

As of April 3, much of Texoma remains under extreme and exceptional drought. Much of the focus lately
has centered on the watershed and  where rain needs to fall to restore lake levels for Lake Arrowhead,
Lake Kemp and Lake Kickapoo. These are the lakes that provide much of Texoma with its water supply.
Low lake levels are a long-term impact from the persistent drought. The rain we saw Sunday will only
help ease some of the short term impacts like low soil moisture and fire danger.

While most of Texoma saw some sort of rainfall Sunday, it was generally light. There were a few decent
totals. Wichita Falls picked up just over half an inch at Sheppard AFB. Bowie picked up one inch.
However, counties in the core of the exceptional drought - Jackson, Tillman, Wilbarger, Baylor, Hardeman,
Foard and Knox counties did not see much rain.

When it comes to the water shed (outlined in red), the eastern half did see some rain. This is good for
Lake Arrowhead and Lake Kickapoo. However, very little rain fell in the western half of the water shed
where Lake Kemp is located. Overall, amounts were very light and will likely not have that great of an
impact on lake levels. Below are Doppler radar estimated rainfall totals, not official totals.

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