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Rainfall totals light in most areas, drought will continue
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Rainfall totals light in most areas, drought will continue

Rainfall totals light in most areas, drought will continue
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Rainfall totals light in most areas, drought will continue

With just over a half-inch of rain recorded at Tulsa International Airport, it appears the latest round of precipitation will do little to alleviate drought conditions which prevail across the state.

Brad McGovack, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Tulsa, tells KRMG that rainfall totals did reach 1-3 inches in spotty areas around northeast Oklahoma, but even that amount of rain won't help much.

He says the area is between  6 and 7 inches below average for the year, and adds that the lack of rainfall is compounded by the fact that last year was abnormally dry as well.

"This just adds on to the dry year that we had last year, so it's kind of a cumulative effect that's making the drought that much worse," McGovack said.

The rain chances will continue through Monday, but no severe weather is expected.

McGovack says Monday a front will move through that will be more organized, raising the chance for thunderstorms slightly, but that rain totals will remain low to moderate.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma Forestry Services officials say the governor-issued burn ban may be lifted from some counties following the weekend's rain.

However, county burn bans may still be in effect in those same counties.

Click on this link to see the latest burn ban information from the state.

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