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Rainfall in Southwestern Oklahoma Provides A Little Relief to Drought

TEXOMA -- With severe drought in Texoma and extreme drought out west, crop experts say recent rain is providing a little relief.

Finally over the past 5 days rain has fallen in areas of Oklahoma and Texas under extreme drought.

"Texoma has not seen that much of the rain. Anywhere from a quarter close to an inch since Tuesday early afternoon but out west several areas receiving three to four inches of rain," says Meteorologist Cathy Corbett.

While the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma still need a lot more rain, the current storm system is providing a touch of relief.

"Well certainly all the rain we get helps but when I look at a rainfall summary for January 1 through yesterday (May 26th) we are still 8 inches behind year to date in south central Oklahoma," says Jim Johnson a Soils and Crops Consultant for the Samuel Noble Foundation in Ardmore, OK.

A lot of the rain fell over the drainage basin which will eventually run into Lake Texoma.

"Our inflow is increasing into Lake Texoma. As of 9 o'clock this morning, inflow is steadily increasing so it may take another day or two or three to get the effects of the beneficial rainfall out in western part of the state to get into Lake Texoma.

The Army Corps says some of the rain may have fallen in other lakes such as Altus and Waurika and some may be lost to absorption, but they say Lake Texoma is seeing some benefit.

If more spring rain doesn't happen the only relief would be in tropical moisture this summer, however with NOAA predicting a 50% lower than average number of storms this season, chances of a tropical system for Texas is small.

The Climate Prediction Center says the drought in Texas and Oklahoma will persist and possibly intensify through the next few months. Climatologists say it would take anywhere from 18 to 30 inches of rain over the next six months to bust the current drought over the panhandles.