Climate Summary for OKC – September 2006


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
105 PM CDT MON OCT 2 2006

OKZ004>048-050>052-TXZ083>090-032000-
105 PM CDT MON OCT 2 2006

...SEPTEMBER 2006 MONTHLY SUMMARY...

THE DROUGHT CONTINUES BUT WITH A MUCH NEEDED REPRIEVE FROM THE HOT
SUMMERTIME TEMPERATURES. SEPTEMBER HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE FIFTEEN
DEGREES COOLER THAN AUGUST HIGH TEMPERATURES.

FOR OKLAHOMA CITY:

WITH THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS HAVING EXTREMELY HOT TEMPERATURES...
THIS PAST MONTH WAS JUST WHAT WE NEEDED. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS
BELOW NORMAL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE FEBRUARY... AND ONLY THE 2ND
TIME SINCE AUGUST 2005. TEMPERATURES REACHED 90 DEGREES FOUR
TIMES... COMPARED TO THE AVERAGE OF TEN TIMES. THE 90 DEGREE TOTAL
TIED FOR THE 2ND FEWEST SINCE 1996. THE COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE
OCCURRED ON THE 28TH WHEN THE TEMPERATURE ONLY REACHED 70 DEGREES.
THIS WAS COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE SINCE MAY 10TH. THE HIGHEST
TEMPERATURE WAS ON THE 16TH WHEN THE TEMPERATURE WARMED TO 95
DEGREES. THAT DAY WAS ONE OF ONLY SIX DAYS WITH ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES.

IF HISTORY HOLDS TRUE FOR THIS YEAR... OKLAHOMA CITY HAS SEEN ITS
LAST 100 DEGREE TEMPERATURE IN 2006. THE LATEST 100 DEGREE
TEMPERATURE OCCURRED IN 1997 ON SEPTEMBER 30TH. IN OCTOBER THE
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE OCCURRED IN 1938. ON THE FIRST OF THAT MONTH...
THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 97 DEGREES.

PRECIPITATION CAME IN AT JUST BELOW NORMAL... WHICH BROKE A STRING
OF CONSECUTIVE ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION TOTALS. THE TOTAL
PRECIPITATION WAS 3.76 INCHES... WHICH WAS 0.22 INCHES OFF THE
NORMAL VALUE. MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON EIGHT DAYS...
WITH A DAILY RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.49 INCHES FALLING EARLY ON THE
17TH. THE TOTAL FALLS A QUARTER OF AN INCH SHY OF LAST MONTH...
WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST TOTAL FOR THE YEAR SO FAR. THE TOTAL FOR THE
YEAR IS 22.83 INCHES... OR 5.38 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THE DROUGHT
STILL CONTINUES WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION NEEDED FOR SEVERAL
MORE MONTHS. HERE IS A TABLE OF THE 2006 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION FROM
HIGHEST TO LOWEST:

RANK MONTH TOTAL PRECIPITATION
1 AUGUST 4.01
2 SEPTEMBER 3.76
3 JULY 3.42
4 APRIL 3.18
5 MAY 3.01
6 MARCH 2.78
7 JUNE 2.32
8 JANUARY 0.27
9 FEBRUARY 0.08
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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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