Near Record Rainfall Brings Relief to Drought-Stricken Sooner State

Christopher Lane II with The Oklahoman reported last weekend’s rain provided much relief to some drought-stricken areas of Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma City recorded 8.27 inches of rain for the partial month, ranking the 5th wettest July on record. As of this morning, the Oklahoma City metro area recorded 8.27 inches of rain for the month, making this the 5th wettest July on the list.

“It was largely a good week for central and northwestern Oklahoma, from Woodward down to Oklahoma City,” said Meteorologist Nolan Meister of the National Weather Service.

“We almost have too much rain across the northwest,” said Meister. “Hopefully, it won’t turn into too much of a good thing.”

With three weeks to go in the summer, there’s a possibility that the July 1996 record of 11.9 inches may be history.

While the state is currently in the midst of its most severe drought in half a century, the storms and rainfall brought some much-needed relief for crops and land.