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March 16, 2014

Duncan gets needed rain

Tyler Boydston
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Rain hit the Duncan area Saturday afternoon, but forecasts call for a dry spell to dash hopes of an end to the drought.

Ketchum Ranch  and Halliburton Field Airport registered 1.27 and 2.3 inches of rain, respectively,  Saturday, following a lack of appreciable rain in the area.  

Observations Program Leader of the National Weather Service of Norman Forrest Mitchell said precipitation in the area has been rare for the past weeks, less than one-tenth of an inch having fallen in the10 days leading up to Saturday’s rainfall.

According to Mitchell, the last measurable rainfall for the area was 38 days prior on Feb. 5 when one-fourth of an inch was recorded in Duncan.

Up until Saturday, Duncan had received only 0.71 inches this year, compared to 2013’s 3.77 inches.

Mitchell said the normal precipitation for mid-February to mid-March is between two and three inches.

“The bulk of Stephens County is standing at 1-1/2 inches for Saturday,” Mitchell said.

However, the much-awaited rain won’t last long as forecasts are predicting sunny skies for this week, which doesn’t bode well for the town’s water rationing and the dwindling water supply.

“The rest of the coming week will be dry,” Mitchell said. “After a slight cold front, we’ll warm up to the 60s Monday and even the 70s on Tuesday.”

The city of Duncan already is in Stage 3 water rationing due to drought. The rationing began in September and limits residents’ water usage to 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays and Saturdays.