Tahlequah Daily Press

June 9, 2014

Series of storms bring needed rain to ‘abnormally dry’ Cherokee County

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Rainfall in and around Cherokee County is bringing relief to an abnormally dry area of the state, while folks in western Oklahoma are hoping they can get even a small taste of what the rest of the state has received.

Northern and western parts of Cherokee County have been considered abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, while central, eastern and southern parts of the county are in a “moderate drought.”

But days of rainfall may be putting a dent in the problem. Data collected by Oklahoma Mesonet show many parts of Cherokee County have received more than 6-1/2 inches of rain in the past 30 days – and in some small corners of the county, measurements have topped 8 inches.

The same can be said for much of eastern Oklahoma.

Folks in the panhandle have seen less than 2 inches of rain in most places. Their “exceptional” and “extreme” drought conditions continue.

According to the National Weather Service, chances of rain exist in Cherokee County through at least Thursday. Daytime highs in the 80s could also help spur severe thunderstorms throughout the week similar to storm systems that blew through the area Thursday evening and Friday.

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com