Since last week we've been tracking a storm system that slowly worked its way across the western U.S. and is now pushing through Oklahoma. Even after the upper level low moves out of the state, it will still impact our area for a few more days. That means showers and storms will be possible in the afternoon and early evening hours through the end of the week.
Before this system brought much-needed moisture, Tulsa was about 9.5 inches below normal for the year.
While the rain has provided us with some relief from our current drought conditions, this is not going to be a drought-ending event. However, this system did bring significant rainfall across parts of Green Country. Here is the latest rainfall totals from the Oklahoma Mesonet reporting stations over the past five days, but some areas have recorded even higher totals.
After looking at our rain stats from last year, I had to go back 10 months to July 21, 2013--1.75 inches--to find rain totals close to what we've seen lately. The last three days Tulsa has recorded 2.6", and it's been nearly two years since we have seen a two-day rain event like this one--August 25-26, 2012 at 2.44".
With a chance for showers and storms into the weekend, the totals will go even higher. The latest model data shows 1/2 inch to over 1" with higher amounts possible for areas along the Oklahoma/Arkansas state line.