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Big rains in TX/OK- a necessary nuisance

Yes, the likely buckets of rains aren’t going to be fun to waddle through this weekend if you’re reading this from southern Kansas, Oklahoma or the panhandle of Texas. Yes, it’s going to be soggy (again) this weekend- and very stormy as well.

But it’s all (well, mostly) good news- and I’m sure this isn’t exactly breaking news for residents of drought-stricken north Texas, Kansas or Oklahoma.

We’ve got a busy weekend ahead here for the Central Plains and into Texas and Oklahoma, and so long as we can dodge the worst of the severe weather (there’s a solid risk of it, including tornado chances all weekend, so look out), it’s going to be a good thing. A very, very good thing potentially, as long as projected rainfall totals translate into reality over the next 72 hours or so.

Here’s a look at projected rainfall totals for this weekend from the WPC (Weather Prediction Center) branch of the National Weather Service:


Here’s a look at the drought situation, last updated Thursday:



See how beautifully the rains correspond with the hardest-hit regions? Keep in mind that particularly in western Oklahoma and in the Texas panhandle, those areas average roughly 15-20 inches of rain a year, so getting an inch or two makes a BIG difference in these parts. Couple that with significant rains in the same areas less than two weeks ago, and we’ve come a long way in a short amount of time in putting a very solid dent into the drought situation in this agriculture-intensive part of the country. The rain this weekend is, as they say, a necessary evil, so long as we don’t see too much severe weather like we saw near Ada, Oklahoma this morning, courtesy of @nethertonj on Twitter (best wishes, John):


Let’s cross our fingers that the severe weather is at a minimum while keeping rainfall at a maximum. Now, for California…

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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