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Severe thunderstorms possible from the central Plains to the upper Midwest

Severe thunderstorms containing damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall, and a few isolated tornadoes will be possible this afternoon into tonight from the central Plains to the upper Midwest. The threat is expected to shift east into the Great Lakes region by Friday. In addition, heavy rainfall could cause localized flooding concerns. Read More >

 

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January 2017

  • Using the radar-derived estimated observed precipitation from the RFCs, rainfall totals for January 2017 ranged from 1.25” to near 5”, with the minimum occurring in the lower Arkansas River basin area. This corresponds to near 300% to near 50% of the normal January rainfall from north central OK to southeast OK and west central AR. The rainfall pattern this month was wet to dry from northwest to southeast across eastern OK and northwest AR, which is flipped from what is normally observed.
  • No mainstream river flooding occurred this month.
  • January 2017 was a 3°-5° above normal across eastern OK and northwest AR, despite a few arctic outbreaks of cold air, some snow, and an ice storm. Rainfall was above normal northwest of I-44 and below normal southeast of I-44.
  • According to the Drought Monitor from January 31, 2017, D3 (Extreme Drought) conditions continued over western Pushmataha and western Choctaw Counties and developed over portions of Haskell, Latimer, Sequoyah, Le Flore, Crawford, Sebastian, and Franklin Counties in southeast OK through west central AR. D2 (Severe Drought) encompassed portions of Pawnee, Creek, Tulsa, Rogers, Wagoner, Adair, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, McIntosh, Pittsburg, Haskell, Sequoyah, Latimer, Le Flore, Choctaw, and Pushmataha Counties in eastern OK, and Washington, Madison, Sebastian, Crawford, and Franklin Counties in west central AR. D1 (Moderate Drought) conditions existed over portions of Osage, Washington, Nowata, Rogers, Wagoner, Mayes, Delaware, Cherokee, Adair, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Okfuskee, McIntosh, Pittsburg, Latimer, Le Flore, and Pushmataha Counties in eastern OK and Benton, Carroll, Washington, and Madison Counties in northwest AR. D0 (abnormally dry conditions but not in drought) were present across portions of Osage, Nowata, Delaware, Craig and Ottawa Counties in eastern OK, and Benton and Carroll Counties in northwest AR.
  • According to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, January 2017 was the11th wettest for northeast Oklahoma, the 38th wettest for east central Oklahoma, and the 46th driest for southeast Oklahoma.  Records go back to 1921.  For the Water Year-to-date, October 1, 2016-January 31, 2017, northeast Oklahoma ranked as the 42nd driest, east central Oklahoma was the 14th driest, and southeast Oklahoma was the 8th driest period.