Heavy rains moved in the Altus area overnight. Some areas experienced flash flooding, but by dawn, the storms had eased up to only light rain.
Forecast for the remainder of the day was for a 90% chance of precipitation, with thunderstorms ending in the morning. Rains for the Altus area were expected to end by mid afternoon.
Accumulated precipitation was .82” in Altus this morning, with another .79” expected before the end of showers today.
With the rains came a cold front, dropping temperatures from 100 degrees yesterday, to an expected high of 71 degrees today.
Temperatures for Thursday should be around 85 degrees, with Friday and Saturday back into the 90s. That means great weather for the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo events, which starts off with a cattle drive on Thursday morning, the rodeo Thursday through Saturday, and a parade on Saturday. (See the special Rodeo section in today’s edition for more information).
Thunderstorms move back into the extended forecast for Sunday and Monday with highs in the 80s.
The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to show Oklahoma devoid of drought, and the National Weather Services Climate Prediction Center’s (CPC) monthly drought outlook for August has predicted more of the same. CPC’s August outlooks calls for increased odds of above normal precipitation, and below normal temperatures for the state this month.
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