The Norman Transcript


May 9, 2014

More showers necessary to avoid scorcher



McManus said rain typically shuts off in mid-June, and Oklahoma gets hot. When the soil is moist, the summer sun heats the soil, creating evaporation, which is a cooling process. Without soil moisture, the intense summer sun bakes the earth.

“The science really can’t tell us yet what to expect this summer,” McManus said. “It all depends on the next five to six weeks.”

Right now, Lake Thunderbird is at a normal level. It’s harder for most people to gauge what is going on below ground with the soil moisture content.

“If we continue in this dry pattern and we go into this summer with a drought in place, we might be in for one of these scorchers,” McManus said. “It could be a real(ly) unfortunate situation for Norman and the surrounding area.”

Joy Hampton



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