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May 2009

  • Tulsa ranked as the 29th coolest and 37th wettest May on record.
  • Tulsa ranked as the 48th coolest (59.8 deg F) and 22nd wettest (16.16") Spring on record.
  • Fort Smith ranked as the 43rd coolest and 10th wettest May on record.
  • Fort Smith ranked as the 59th coolest (61.0 deg F) and 21st wettest (17.33") Spring on record.
  • Tulsa set a daily rainfall record on May 1 with 3.01" (previous record was 2.10" in 1944).
  • May 1st: Pryor mesonet station had a record daily rainfall amount of 7.70" (over 5" came within 1 hour). The daily maximum rainfall record for Pryor had been 6.05" from May 10, 1943...and the record for the mesonet station had been 5.92" on May 5, 1998.
  • Tulsa recorded a record number of consecutive days with a trace or more of rainfall. The new record is 22 consecutive days; the old record was 13 consecutive days, which occurred in May 1935 and April 1957.
  • There were 16 river flood events this month.
  • The Neosho River near Commerce reached minor flood stage twice in June.
  • According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, southeast OK had the 9th wettest Spring on record and the 7th wettest April-May period.
  • ENSO neutral conditions are ongoing, but the Climate Prediction Center issued a El Nino watch (conditions favorable for development in the next few months).