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Synopsis

 

The combination of a very moist air mass, unstable air, fairly strong wind shear for late July, and a potent low pressure disturbance allowed for widespread showers and thunderstorms across much of Oklahoma and parts of western north Texas (see image below). Surface dew points were generally in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Precipitable water values were over 2 inches, above the 99th percentile for late July. The air was unstable with MLCAPE 1000-2500 J/kg. The low pressure disturbance helped to lift the moist unstable air.

Climatology of Precipitable Water (PWAT)
Climatology of Precipitable Water (PWAT)
12Z (7am) Environmental Sounding
12Z (7am) Environmental Sounding
 

The showers and storms moved southeast throughout the night, moving into deeper moisture. These showers and storms became very efficient at producing heavy rain. Rainfall rates were generally 1-3 inches per hour in the heaviest bands, though unusually high rates up to 9 inches per hour were observed. These rates overwhelmed drainage systems and small ditches and waterways, causing flash flooding with impassable roadways and numerous water rescues 3-9 am near the Oklahoma City metro and Lawton areas. A few severe thunderstorms occurred near Weatherford and Lawton, producing hail up to the size of golf balls and 60-65 mph winds.

 

Fast Facts

  • Oklahoma City ASOS at Will Rogers Airport set a new daily record of 3.53 inches of rainfall for July 26th with records dating back to 1890.

  • Oklahoma City ASOS at Will Rogers Airport recorded an amazing 1.09 inch of rainfall in 7 minutes with a rate of 9.34 inches per hour.

  • Lawton Fort Sill ASOS recorded 5.58 inches of rainfall 7 pm July 25 - 7 pm July 26, while the Lawton Airport ASOS recorded 4.44 inches of rainfall.

  • Walters, Oklahoma Mesonet site recorded 3.36 inches in one hour, 350-450 am.

Rainfall Totals

 

This image shows the total precipitation from 5 AM CDT July 25 to 5 AM CDT July 27. Much of the higher amounts fell in as little as 2 to 4 hours.

48-hour Rainfall Total in Oklahoma from 5 AM CDT on 7/25/2013 - 5 AM CDT on 7/25/2013

 

Local Storm Reports

 

Flash Flood Summary

 
NWUS54 KOUN 261353
LSROUN

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
853 AM CDT FRI JUL 26 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0550 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 WSW VALLEY BROOK      35.39N 97.51W 
07/26/2013                   OKLAHOMA           OK   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            KWTV REPORTS I-240 AND SANTA FE FLOODED...WITH UP TO 1 
            FOOT OF WATER COVERING ROADWAYS AND WATER UP TO CAR 
            BUMPERS.

0620 AM     FLASH FLOOD      3 NE WILL ROGERS AIRPOR 35.44N 97.57W 
07/26/2013                   OKLAHOMA           OK   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            KOCO REPORTS SW 29TH AND MAY AVE FLOODED WITH 1 TO 2 FEET
            OF WATER WITH 4 TO 5 CARS FLOODED/STALLED.

0626 AM     FLASH FLOOD      LAWTON                  34.60N 98.42W 
07/26/2013                   COMANCHE           OK   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            KSWO 7 NEWS IN LAWTON REPORTED NUMEROUS 
            ROADS/INTERSECTIONS CLOSED IN AND AROUND THE LAWTON/FT. 
            SILL AREA DUE TO FLASH FLOODING.

0641 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 SW OKLAHOMA CITY      35.44N 97.55W 
07/26/2013                   OKLAHOMA           OK   STORM CHASER    

            STORM CHASER/MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHER REPORTS INTERSECTION OF 
            SW 20TH AND PENN FLOODED...UP TO 1 FOOT OF WATER.

0656 AM     FLASH FLOOD      3 W NORMAN              35.22N 97.50W 
07/26/2013                   CLEVELAND          OK   PUBLIC          

            PUBLIC REPORTS W MAIN ST CLOSED DUE TO FLASH FLOODING 
            BETWEEN NW 36TH AND 48TH. NW 36TH CLOSED SOUTH OF W MAIN 
            STREET DUE TO FLOODING...STALLED CARS.

0700 AM     FLASH FLOOD      1 SSW NORMAN            35.20N 97.45W 
07/26/2013                   CLEVELAND          OK   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            KWTV REPORTS INTERSECTION OF ELM AND LINDSEY FLOODED WITH
            1 TO 2 FEET OF WATER.

0700 AM     FLASH FLOOD      1 SSE NORMAN            35.21N 97.44W 
07/26/2013                   CLEVELAND          OK   NWS EMPLOYEE    

            NWS EMPLOYEE REPORTS THE INTERSECTION OF BOYD AND CLASSEN
            FLOODED WITH 1 TO 2 FEET OF WATER.

0700 AM     FLASH FLOOD      1 S NOBLE               35.12N 97.39W 
07/26/2013                   CLEVELAND          OK   NWS EMPLOYEE    

            NWS EMPLOYEE REPORTS WATER OVER HIGHWAY 77 IN SOUTH 
            NOBLE.


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JTK
 

Regional Precipitation Summary

 
ASUS64 KOUN 270317
 RTPOK 
 
 OKLAHOMA TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
 732 PM CDT FRI JUL 26 2013
 
 VALUES REPRESENT 18 HOUR HIGH... 18 HOUR LOW
 AND PRECIPITATION OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS
 ENDING AT 7 PM CDT
 
 .BR OUN 0726 C DH19/TAIRZS/TAIRZI/PPDRZZ
 :
 :                                  HIGH   LOW   PCPN
 :
 :...WESTERN OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS...
 LTS : ALTUS AFB                  :  88 /  72 /   .06
 CSM : CLINTON                    :  87 /  69 /  1.17
 FDR : FREDERICK                  :  88 /  72 /   .40
 GAG : GAGE                       :  89 /  67 / TRACE
 GUY : GUYMON                     :  88 /  64 /   .15
 HBR : HOBART                     :  87 /  70 /  2.04
 LAW : LAWTON/AIRPORT             :  87 /  71 /  4.44
 FSI : LAWTON/FORT SILL           :  86 /  72 /  5.58
 SPS : WICHITA FALLS              :  88 /  73 /   .35
 :
 :...NORTHERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
 GOK : GUTHRIE                    :  86 /  72 /  1.08
 OKC : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILL ROGERS  :  85 /  71 /  3.55
 PWA : OKLAHOMA CITY/WILEY POST   :  83 /  69 /  2.67
 TIK : OKLAHOMA CITY/TINKER AFB   :  82 /  70 /  2.13
 PNC : PONCA CITY                 :  88 /  70 /   .22
 SWO : STILLWATER                 :  85 /  71 /  1.30
 :
 :...EASTERN OKLAHOMA...
 BVO : BARTLESVILLE               :  82 /  71 /  1.45
 MLC : MCALESTER                  :  79 /  71 /  1.54
 MKO : MUSKOGEE                   :  78 /  71 /   .42  ...PCPN ESTIMATED...
 TUL : TULSA/INTL AIRPORT         :  82 /  71 /   .81
 RVS : TULSA/JONES AIRPORT        :  83 /  73 /   .52
 .END
 
 THESE DATA ARE PRELIMINARY AND HAVE NOT UNDERGONE FINAL
 QUALITY CONTROL BY THE NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER
 /NCDC/. THEREFORE THESE DATA ARE SUBJECT TO REVISION.
 FINAL AND CERTIFIED CLIMATE DATA CAN BE ACCESSED AT
 WWW.NCDC.NOAA.GOV.
 

Storm Photos

 
Flooding in Grady County Flooding in Grady County Flooding in Grady County

Images above from Grady County. Photos courtesy of Pattie Anderson

Flooding in Cotton County on July 27, 2013

Image above from Cotton County. Photo courtesy of Bryan Goode