Rain Soaks Green Country

Most of eastern Oklahoma received a soaking rainfall Wednesday and Thursday, with most areas picking up about a half inch of rain to record amounts. McAlester received a record 5" rainfall total.

That 5" rain total for McAlester caused serious flooding issues. Dry weather the next couple of days will help the rivers and streams return to normal.

Ironically, last July was extremely wet too, and enough rain fell in July of 2013 that Eastern Oklahoma was removed from being in a drought. However, the months up until now have been very dry.

As a result, the drought index is still considered to be in a moderate category. But, that doesn't include the past 36 hour rainfall.

It appears that the drought label might be removed from the area with the soaking rainfall we received over the past 36 hours.