Rainfall record in Miami proves how wet NE Oklahoma is
Imagine 80 inches of rainfall in any one place in Oklahoma? Hard to believe, but it was in Miami and Gary McManus, State Climatologist with the Oklahoma Mesonet says the mark is nearly 38 inches above normal. That’s Miami, Oklahoma, not Florida.
“37.6 inches above normal? For the year? Are you kidding me? I mean…am I kidding you? NO! Miami has received 80 inches of rain for the year thus far,” he wrote in Wednesday’s Mesonet update.
The previous annual high rainfall records for Miami were 66.85 inches in 1973, 64 inches in 2015, 63.86 inches in 1985 and 57.21 inches in 1927.
“When you top your previous record by more than 13″, you’ve done a bit of hard work for the year. And it’s pretty darned close to the wettest year for ANY location in state history,” continued McManus.
But it hasn’t been the wettest site in Oklahoma on record. That honor belongs to Daisy in Atoka County when 89.69 inches of rain fell in the 2015 monster El Nino. Tuskahoma had 88.27 inches in 1990
“It’s tough to beat a SE OK station for rainfall records, though. Cheer up, NE OK. You still have the 24-hour snowfall
record of 27″ at Spavinaw (Feb. 10, 2011),” said the climatologist.
“Now on the other end of the spectrum is Eva, OK, in Texas County, which has had 12.8″ thus far in 2019. Even though that’s only 5” below normal for that area, it’s still only 72% of normal, and for an annual total, that means drought. The last 60-
120 days haven’t helped much either.”
McManus had some advice for the anticipated rain next week.
“Don’t expect the totals to go up much in the next week. Some light rain here and there a time or two, then maybe something more exciting lurking later next week?”