The Norman Transcript

Headlines

February 25, 2013

Blizzard’s precipitation could ease drought conditions in NW Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Wheat farmers were hopeful that Oklahoma’s third winter storm in the past week would help make a dent in a drought that has gripped the state since last summer.

The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for the northwestern corner of the state, including the Panhandle, and predicted snow could fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour early Monday morning. Woodward County’s emergency managers were expecting 8-12 inches and said there was an outside chance they could see 15 inches or more.

“Some models are showing extreme amounts,” said Matt Lehenbauer, the county’s emergency management director.

The snow is largely welcomed, but the wind won’t be.

“I’m not so much concerned with the snow total as the wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph, even up to 50 miles per hour. We’re expecting white-out conditions,” he said.

Up to 13 inches of snow fell around Woodward and Waynoka last week and up to 6 inches of snow were still on the ground Sunday before the new storm arrived.

Much of Oklahoma has suffered through severe drought. Rainfall totals for most locations were more than 10 inches below normal, and in west-central Oklahoma the two-year total of 51 inches was the fourth-lowest since record keeping started in 1895 — 12 years before statehood.

Joe Kelly, a wheat farmer in western Oklahoma, said the snow will be good if winds forecasted near 50 mph won’t blow it away.

“As it begins to soak in, it really, really helps,” said Kelly, who has 1,800 acres near Altus. “We’ve got moisture underneath it right now and that’s going to be a tremendous boost.”

The moisture from snow and recent rain has changed the outlook of wheat farmers.

“It’s changed from a dismal outlook to a hopefully optimistic outlook,” he said.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Body 1 Police identify woman found dead Monday

    Norman police have identified a woman found dead in her home at 2202 Donna Drive Monday afternoon. Police responded at 1:25 p.m. to the residence of Cassandra Thompson, 30, after receiving a report that she had not shown up for work ...

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Residents speak out about document regarding shelter photos

    Norman and metro-area residents showed up in overwhelming numbers, many in red shirts, for an Animal Shelter Oversight Board meeting Monday night demanding for their opinions to be heard....

    July 29, 2014

  • Mixon’s attorney says athlete acted in self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense. “This past Friday morning, Joe Mixon found himself in a situation ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Cool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The dog days of summer are coming in with a whimper. Weather forecasters say a cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week....

    July 29, 2014

  • Be ready for ‘prolonged’ Gaza war, prime minister says

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to ...

    July 29, 2014

  • FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were ...

    July 29, 2014

  • County moves forward on nursing home bonds

    Cleveland County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution authoring a county trust to issue up to $15 million for a nursing home on the site of the former Whispering Pines nursing home at 501 E. Robinson St....

    July 29, 2014

  • Deal to improve health care costs $17B

    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Breast Care Center will relocate to HealthPlex

    The Norman Regional Health System will move its Breast Care Center to the HealthPlex campus, making it more accessible for patients, hospital officials said Monday. At its monthly board meeting, the Norman Regional Hospital Authority ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Little Axe Health Center hosting blood drive

    Norman-area blood donors this summer will not only save lives when they donate with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), they’ll also get “Feel Cool” T-shirts and two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo....

    July 29, 2014