Will Rogers World Airport saw .43″ of precipitation in January. I can write that this morning, because it’s a sure bet we won’t see rain today. All of that precipitation occurred during the ice storm. Average precipitation for January is 1.28″, so it goes without saying that we fell short.
We went into the ice storm with severe drought in southwestern/southcentral Oklahoma. That classification could change a bit when we receive the new drought monitor next Thursday. But, with the exception of the ice storm, it’s been dry and we are entering another stretch of dry weather.
There’s a point to all of this…
A Fire Weather/Red Flag Warning is in effect for this afternoon. Gusty southwest winds will lower the humidity this afternoon and will raise the temperature, all of which will enhance the fire danger. The good news is that we should melt any remaining ice in central Oklahoma with a high of 70 degrees. That’s not a record, but it will feel nice.
We are tracking a cold front that will move through early Sunday morning. It won’t bring rain, but it will bring colder temperatures for Sunday.