By Gary McManus, State Climatologist — Three strong cold fronts brought the summer heat to its knees during August, but drought took advantage of a mostly dry month to proliferate across western Oklahoma. The far southeast was anything but parched, however, after several rounds of heavy precipitation and a brush with the outskirts of Hurricane Laura left it with nearly a foot of rain for the month. There were sporadic outbursts of severe weather during August. Straight line winds of 70 mph and greater were suspected in the derailment of 16 train cars in Ellis County on August 10, and…

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