With the area still struggling with drought conditions, Monday night’s soaking rain was a welcome sight for Altus and Southwest Oklahoma. According to Gary Stickland of the OSU Extension office, accumulations varied anywhere from under an inch to 2-1/2 inches.
“It seems like the areas south and west of Altus got the least amount with 3/10 to 1/2 inch,” said Strickland. “The areas to the north got the most with 1”-1-1/4” north of Blair, to over 2” in the Martha area.”
Altus Air Force Base reported 0.91”, and in-town rain gauges reported 1-1/2” to 2”.
Stickland said the heaviest rainfall from the storm moved the center of the county, leaving a “decent amount of moisture.”
“It will help some of the farmers who are preparing for planting wheat,” Strickland said. “Some already have their fields ready. They have just been waiting for better weather conditions.”
Strickland said that those who received the smallest amounts of rain in the area will of course receive the smallest amount of benefits from it, “Even though it won’t be as hot as it has been, the moisture we received from this rain won’t last long,” he said. “It was still wonderful to get,” he added.
Altus and the surrounding area still has a 30 percent chance of more rains today, with a 50 percent chance by week’s end.
According to Weather Underground, the average rainfall for the area is .05”, with historical rainfall up to 2.22”.