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January 20, 2013

State ends warmest year on record, hopes for rain

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

The answer to eventually ending the drought would be about an inch of rain per week, each week, for the next three to four months, according to McManus.

“Oh yeah, that would be perfect. Unfortunately Oklahoma’s weather is usually far from perfect,” McManus said.

“We have another spring rainy season coming up, so hopefully that will get back to normal. We’ve had two bad spring rainy seasons the past two years and that’s really led to the heat and drought we’ve had during the summers.”

The drought’s drying effect on the soil also leads to the overall heating, with no moisture to absorb the heat, McManus said, and contributes to the lack of rainfall

“It has sort of a feedback effect, if you have good soil moisture it evaporates into the atmosphere to aid in the precipitation process,” he said.

“It’s not the overriding effect, if we get moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, from the south, that would overcome that (lack of soil moisture), but it really tends to keep the atmosphere drier,” McManus said.

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