The past month turned out to be the second wettest August in Oklahoma on record as rainfall totaled an average of 6.42 inches. The Oklahoma Mesonet reports the total was 3.47 inches above normal and only .06 less than the record set in August 1915.
State Climatologist Gary McManus reported ten Mesonet sites recorded at least 10 inches of rainfall in August while 79 received between 5 and 10 inches. He said the Oklahoma City East site led the Mesonet with 13.04 inches.
While August was a wet month for Oklahoma the climatological summer June 1-Aug. 31 was the 29th wettest on record with a statewide average of 12.24 inches. That’s only 1.89 inches above the normal.
From January to Aug. 31, the state received an average of 30.59 inches, 5.73 inches more than the normal. It also ranked as the eighth wettest such period on record.