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April 11, 2013

Quick decline of Tuesday temps brings moisture

DUNCAN — The rain reflects what’s to be expected of spring, but rapid change in temperatures reflects Oklahoma’s affinity for inconsistency.

Following five days of warming weather and a lack of rain, temperatures declined Tuesday night, only to bring rainfall with it. By Wednesday morning, 0.85 inches of rain had been recorded by the National Weather Service site at The Duncan Banner.

This additional rain, which didn’t account for the rainfall throughout Wednesday, brings the 2013 rainfall total to 6.06 inches. This is 3.10 inches less than what was recorded by April 10, 2012.

Regardless of the lower amount of rainfall, this April has already received more rain than all the rainfall in April 2012, which was 2.06. This makes for a difference of about 0.06 inches.

So far in this month, The Banner has recorded 2.12 inches of rainfall. By the same point in April 2012, only 1.48 inches was recorded.

Despite this rainfall, this year is still behind last year’s total to the same time because of lower rainfall totals in January and March of this year. January this year was 1 inch behind January 2012, while March this year was 3.72 inches behind.

Aside from April this year, the only month to finish out ahead of last year’s total was February. This February had a rainfall total of 2.40, which was 1.56 inches ahead of February 2012’s total of 0.84 inches.

In addition to the rainfall, The Banner also recorded significant changes in the temperatures. The high for Tuesday was recorded at 81 degrees. By Wednesday morning, the temperatures were down to 33 degrees.

This is the lowest temperature recorded since The Banner recorded a low temperature of 34 degrees on April 4.

According to the Weather Channel website, weather is supposed to clear and temperatures are expected to get warmer. By the weekend, temperatures will be moving into the 70s and 80s.

Saturday’s high is expected to be around 72 degrees, while Sunday’s high is expected to be at 82 degrees. No rain is expected in the next five days.

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