The Norman Transcript

January 17, 2014

Mark those calendars

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Program those sprinklers and mark the calendars. With the dry, warm days following a frigid and icy December, Norman residents have begun to turn on their lawn sprinklers over the last few days.

It comes as the city council this week made permanent odd-even water rationing rules for city water customers. The council’s action follows several years of temporary rationing measures. It also comes long before any growing season begins.

Lake Thunderbird’s water level is not nearly as low as it was a year ago. The pre-emptive rules may keep the level up, but some steady, spring rains would go a long way toward easing the strain on Norman’s water supply.

For December, the statewide average precipitation total from the Mesonet was 1.53 inches, about a half-inch below normal, to rank as the 59th wettest December on record.

The annual average precipitation total came in at 37.01 inches, 0.32 inches above normal, to rank as the 36th wettest year on record. Central Oklahoma received an average of 44.65 inches to rank as the 11th wettest on record for this area, according to the state climatologist’s office.

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