A rare late season blizzard occurred across the Panhandle of the state over the last couple of days of April. Cimarron County was hardest hit with nearly the entire county seeing at least 11 inches of snow. Amounts dropped with each mile east across Texas and Beaver counties. Only a trace of snow was observed over far eastern sections of Beaver County.
The record books got dusted off in Okarche. The total precipitation on April 21st was 4.30 inches. This breaks the old record for the day of 0.49 of an inch set in 2014. Also, this set a record for the most daily precipitation in the month of April. The previous record was 3.23 inches set on April 11, 1994.
This ranks as the 4th most daily rainfall on record for Okarche:
1 – 7.12 – 19-Aug-07
2 – 6.50 – 18-Sep-88
3 – 4.55 – 4-Mar-04
4 – 4.30 – 21-Apr-17
5 – 4.22 – 26-Aug-96
The CoCoRaHS network is slowly expanding, but we will never have too many observers. We have recently added several observers in Canadian County, and a new observer just south of Loyal has filled a big hole over western Kingfisher County.
One of the best ways to get people interested is simply by word of mouth. If anyone knows anybody that would like to become an observer in one of the above counties, please direct them to the https://cocorahs.org/ website.
In this six-county area, we will welcome any observers. However, there are five areas in particular that are void of precipitation observations:
1) Northern Blaine County - Canton, Okeene, Hitchcock
2) Southern Canadian County – The Union City area
3) Eastern Kingfisher and western Logan counties – Crescent, Cashion
4) Northern Kingfisher and southern Garfield counties – Hennessey, Bison, Lacey, Waukomis
5) Northern and eastern Garfield County – Hillsdale, Kremlin, Hunter, Garber, Covington
Thanks to all of our current, dedicated observers!