March 2007 Climate Summary

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
400 PM CDT MON MAY 14 2007

OKZ004>048-050>052-TXZ083>090-151200-
400 PM CDT MON MAY 14 2007

…MARCH 2007 MONTHLY SUMMARY…
RECORD WARM AND MOST IMPORTANTLY RECORD PRECIPITATION WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS
AT BOTH OKLAHOMA CITY AND WICHITA FALLS.

FOR OKLAHOMA CITY:

AFTER JANUARY AND FEBRUARY THAT HAD SOME PRETTY COLD AIR… WARM AIR
TOOK HOLD AND DID NOT LET GO FOR ALMOST THE ENTIRE MONTH. ALTHOUGH
NOT THE WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD… THIS MONTH WILL GO DOWN AS THE
SECOND WARMEST IN RECORDED HISTORY. BELOW IS A TABLE OF THE TOP-TEN
WARMEST MARCH MONTHS ON RECORD:

RANK WARMEST YEAR
1 60.6 1910
2 60.2 2007
3 59.5 1907
4 57.4 1938
5 57.2 1935
6 56.8 1946
7 56.7 1905
8 56.6 1921
9 56.4 1967
10 56.2 1936

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 60.2 DEGREES… WHICH WAS 9.2 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. BOTH THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURES AND LOW TEMPERATURE
AVERAGES WERE WELL ABOVE NORMAL… THE HIGH BY 8.6 DEGREES AND THE
LOW BY 9.8 DEGREES. ONLY THREE DAYS OF THE MONTH DID NOT HAVE
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL. SIXTEEN DAYS OF THE MONTH HAD
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AT OR ABOVE 10 DEGREES. THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE
OF THE MONTH OCCURRED ON THE 21ST WHEN THE MERCURY HIT 82 DEGREES.
THIS WAS THE WARMEST TEMPERATURE SINCE NOVEMBER 8TH. DURING THE
LAST 13 DAYS… SEVEN OF THEM WERE ABOVE 60 DEGREES! TWO OF THOSE
DAYS WERE RECORDS FOR THE MONTH. THE OTHER SIX DAYS HAD LOW
TEMPERATURES OVER 50 DEGREES.

THE BIGGER STORY WAS THE WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION THAT FELL
DURING THE MONTH. BENEFICIAL RAINFALL OF OVER ONE INCH FELL ON THREE
DIFFERENT DAYS. ONE EVENT ON THE 29TH AND 30TH DROPPED 4.93 INCHES
OF RAINFALL. THE TOTAL OF 3.50 INCHES THAT FELL ON THE 30TH WAS NOT
ONLY A DAILY RECORD… BUT AN ALL TIME RECORD FOR ANY DAY IN MARCH.
THIS WAS THE MOST CALENDAR DAY RAINFALL SINCE OCTOBER 22ND 2000.
ALTHOUGH GETTING THIS MUCH PRECIPITATION IN ONE DAY IS RARE… THE
TOTAL DOES NOT MAKE IT INTO THE TOP-TEN DAILY RAINFALL RECORDS. THE
TOTAL FOR THE MONTH CAME IN AT AN ASTONISHING 8.02 INCHES. THIS IS
THE ALL-TIME MARCH TOTAL PRECIPITATION RECORD. BELOW IS A LIST OF THE
TOP-TEN MARCH PRECIPITATION RECORDS:

RANK PRECIP TOTAL YEAR
1 8.02 2007
2 7.85 1988
3 6.76 1973
4 6.60 1985
5 6.45 1998
6 6.18 1948
7 5.51 1938
8 5.05 1929
9 4.90 1902
10 4.79 1894

THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR IS NOW 8.02 INCHES. COMPARE
THIS TO THE 3.13 INCHES THAT JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 2006 RECEIVED. IT
TOOK OKLAHOMA ALMOST A MONTH AND A HALF LONGER TO RECEIVE THIS MUCH
PRECIPITATION LAST YEAR. ALTHOUGH THE MONTHLY TOTAL IS A GOOD START
TO RELIEVING THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS DROUGHT… MORE EVENTS WITH HEAVY
RAINFALL IS NEEDED TO PULL US OUT OF THE DROUGHT COMPLETELY.

WITH THE BEGINNING OF SPRINGTIME COMES SEVERE WEATHER AND THIS MONTH
WAS NO DIFFERENT. ON THE 29TH… A TORNADO STRUCK WESTERN PARTS OF
THE CITY CAUSING DAMAGE TO TREES… ROOFTOPS… AND HIGH POWER
LINES. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT RATED THE
TORNADO AN EF-2 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. ALSO… HEAVY RAINFALL
FALLING FROM THE 29TH THROUGH MUCH OF THE 30TH CAUSED MANY AREAS TO
RECEIVE FLASH FLOODING. MANY ROADWAYS WERE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH
WATER…. WITH MANY LAKES… STREAMS… AND RIVERS RISING TO MORE
NORMAL LEVELS.

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