July Rains Ease Drought

Gary McManus, State Climatologist — The unusually wet and mild weather Oklahoma enjoyed through much of May and June continued into July, providing the state with uncharacteristic summertime drought relief. The Southern Plains heat dome still managed to meander its way over Oklahoma for short periods, however, basting the state in intense heat and stifling humidity. The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Pauls Valley reached a network-record heat index of 126 degrees on July 13, besting the previous record of 125 degrees from Calvin back on Aug. 9, 1999. The Mesonet’s heat index records date back to 1997. Summer returned in…

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