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Cool and Dry in the East; Turning Stormy in the Northwest

Much cooler temperatures behind a cold front will bring a feeling of fall to the East Coast today. In addition, an active fall storm pattern developing in the Pacific Northwest this week will bring areas of heavy rain and high elevation snow. Northern California will benefit from rainfall this week that will aid firefighters given the recent large wildfires. Read More >

 

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August 2016 & Summer 2016

  • Fort Smith: No daily records were set or tied this month.
  • Using the radar-derived estimated observed precipitation from the RFCs, rainfall totals for August 2016 ranged from around 0.25” to around 10”. A large portion of the area received 1”-3” of rain this month, with the greatest deficits over Okfuskee and Okmulgee Counties. This corresponds to 10% to near 300% of the normal August rain for most of eastern OK and northwest AR. However, most of the area saw below normal rainfall this month, with the above normal rainfall occurring over far southeast OK, west central AR, and isolated locations elsewhere.
  • August 2016 was a dry month for most of eastern OK and northwest AR despite rain occurring on many days this month. Temperatures were near normal on average, though the first and last parts of the month were above normal, while below normal temperatures prevailed mid-month.
  • No flooding occurred along mainstem rivers this month.
  • According to the Drought Monitor from August 30, 2016, D2 (Severe Drought) had developed over eastern Wagoner County. D1 (Moderate Drought) conditions existed over portions of Rogers, Wagoner, Muskogee, Mayes, far western Cherokee, far southern Craig, far southern Nowata, and western Choctaw Counties in northeast OK. D0 (abnormally dry conditions but not in drought) were present across portions of eastern Osage, Creek, Tulsa, Washington (OK), Nowata, Craig, Ottawa, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, McIntosh, far southern Pittsburg, Delaware, Cherokee, Adair, Sequoyah, western Pushmataha, and Choctaw Counties in OK. No drought or abnormally dry conditions were occurring in Arkansas.
  • According to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, the 30-day period August 2-31, 2015 was the 17th wettest for northeast Oklahoma, the 37th wettest for east central Oklahoma, and the 22nd driest for southeast Oklahoma.  Records go back to 1921. For the 60-day period Jul 3-August  31, 2015, northeast Oklahoma ranked as the 8th wettest, east central Oklahoma was the 2nd wettest, and southeast Oklahoma was the 21st driest period.  For the Water Year-to-date, October 1, 2014-August  31, 2015, northeast Oklahoma ranked as the 10th wettest, east central Oklahoma was the record wettest, and southeast Oklahoma was the 12th wettest period.
Summer (June-July-August) 2016