Driest Spring On Record? Maybe.
We received some much-needed moisture from our latest spring storm, but was it enough to end the current dry spell in some parts of Green Country? Here is a look at rainfall accumulation from the Oklahoma Mesonet for the period May 10-12.
Once again, Southeast Oklahoma was the big winner, and it seems to be a trend these days. In fact, the latest drought monitor shows the drought-free zone to be along I-40 while the rest of Oklahoma continues to be very dry.
Tulsa officially received 0.47 inches of rain May 12, but we are still down 7.42" for the year. We continue to fall further behind in our rainfall from a climatological standpoint. The good news is that Tulsa's normal rainy season has a few more weeks to go.
Interesting to note is the lack of moisture is very similar to the dust bowl years. Are we forecasting or predicting a new dust bowl era? No, we are not. We are simply looking at historical data and comparing. Green Country could collect a little more rain in the coming days thanks to a series of disturbances which will provide us with slight chances for rain through the weekend. The precipitation outlook the next 8-14 days has changed very little, though, and we have an equal chance of seeing little to no rain.
Driest Springs on Record(Tulsa, OK)
1888-2013 (Spring Season: March-May)
Information from National Weather Service Office in Tulsa
1. 1932 (4.29")
2. 2014 (5.11") So Far
3. 1911 (5.31")
4. 1934 (5.53")