October 2006 Climate Summary


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
840 PM CDT FRI OCT 3 2006

OKZ004>048-050>052-TXZ083>090-052300-
840 PM CDT THU OCT 3 2006

...OCTOBER 2006 MONTHLY SUMMARY...

THE DROUGHT CONTINUES... BUT MANY AREAS... INCLUDING THE WICHITA
FALLS METRO AREA RECEIVED RECORD SETTING RAINFALL TO PROVIDE MUCH
NEEDED RELIEF.

FOR OKLAHOMA CITY:

TEMPERATURE-WISE... OKLAHOMA CITY HAD A SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE
MONTH. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS 62.8 DEGREES...
WHICH WAS 0.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALTHOUGH THE MONTH STARTED OUT
WITH TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE 90 DEGREES... THERE WERE ALSO SEVERAL
DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S AND 60S. THE COOLEST HIGH
TEMPERATURE OCCURRED ON THE 22ND WHEN THE TEMPERATURE ONLY REACHED
58 DEGREES. THIS WAS COOLEST HIGH TEMPERATURE SINCE MARCH 24TH. THE
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS ON THE 1ST AND 2ND WHEN THE TEMPERATURE
WARMED TO 91 DEGREES. MANY AREAS ACROSS OKLAHOMA EXPERIENCED THEIR
FIRST FREEZE OF THE SEASON. ON THE MORNING OF THE 22ND... THE
TEMPERATURE AT OKLAHOMA CITY FELL TO 34 DEGREES. YOU DID NOT HAVE TO
VENTURE FAR INTO THE SURROUNDING SUBURBS TO FIND TEMPERATURES BELOW
FREEZING HOWEVER.

PRECIPITATION AT WILL ROGERS WORLD AIRPORT UNFORTUNATELY CAME IN
WELL BELOW NORMAL... ALTHOUGH MANY LOCATIONS SOUTH OF OKLAHOMA CITY
RECEIVED SUBSTANTIALLY MORE PRECIPITATION. THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION
WAS 1.56 INCHES... WHICH WAS 2.08 INCHES OFF THE NORMAL VALUE.
MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION OCCURRED ON ONLY FOUR DAYS... WITH THREE
MORE DAYS THAT RECORDED A TRACE. THE PRECIPITATION TOTAL MAKES
OCTOBER THE THIRD DRIEST MONTH THIS YEAR... WITH ONLY JANUARY AND
FEBRUARY RECEIVING LESS. THE TOTAL FOR THE YEAR IS ONLY 24.39
INCHES... OR 7.46 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 OCTOBER 1.56
9 JANUARY 0.27
10 FEBRUARY 0.08

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