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April 22, 2014

High rainfall recorded for Duncan, more expected this week

DUNCAN — Duncan’s rainfall total for 2014 nearly doubled between Sunday night and Monday morning, when the community received 2.06 inches of precipitation.

That rainfall brought the year-to-date total to 4.7 inches, a step up from the 2.64 inches previously recorded Saturday. However, the total rainfall could increase this week, as the National Weather Service has forecasted several days of rain.

Within the 24-hour period from Sunday morning to Monday morning, Duncan received its most significant rainfall since March 16, when the total amount of precipitation went above 1 inch (1.21 inches to be specific). The rainfall received during those two days makes up nearly 70 percent of the total rainfall for 2014.

The rainfall recorded Monday morning was also the highest rainfall Duncan has received in a 24-hour period since March 2012, when 2.1 inches was recorded.

If the National Weather Service’s predictions are correct, Duncan could receive more precipitation Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. With the exception of Friday, this week’s storms may possibly be severe, according to the National Weather Service.

Although April has been the wettest month this year, recording a total of 2.45 inches of rain so far, March had more days of measurable rainfall (six compared to April’s four). The total rainfall for March was 1.77 inches.

Because of the rainfall received between Sunday morning and Monday morning, the Board of Stephens County Commissioners chose not to re-instate of burn ban. In fact, Duncan has been without a burn ban since Feb. 3, when the board removed the ban a week earlier than its expiration date.

According to the Oklahoma Forestry Department, only four counties in Oklahoma have a burn ban in place. All are located in the northwest corner of the state. Alfalfa, Cimarron, Custer and Rogers Mills counties all established 30-day burn bans March 31, and those bans are set to expire April 28.

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