Portions of Cherokee County received welcome relief Thursday evening as a storm system moved through the area, dumping several inches of rain in places. But not everyone was so lucky.
Small areas of north-central Cherokee County, especially near Peggs and along the northern State Highway 10 corridor, received rainfall amounts upward of 1 to 1-1/2 inches, according to Oklahoma Mesonet data. Areas of extreme southern and southwestern Cherokee County recorded more than 2-1/2 inches of rain from the system.
But folks in Tahlequah proper, and in most other parts of Cherokee County, seemed to have missed considerable rainfall amounts, and were treated mostly to a lightning show produced by the passing storm system. The majority of the county recorded no rainfall to, at most, a quarter of an inch, according to Oklahoma Mesonet.
Officials say Cherokee County’s burn ban will continue until substantial rainfall helps put a dent in what has been deemed extreme drought conditions.
“We’re going to keep going with the burn ban for now,” said District 3 Commissioner Mike Ballard. “Some places got buckets full of rain, but most of the county didn’t. We’re looking for widespread rain that would cover the whole county.”
The National Weather Service in Tulsa forecasts a continuing string of “dangerous, record-breaking heat” this week, including triple-digit temperatures reaching upwards of 108, with no chance of precipitation listed
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