The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

September 5, 2013

This is the strangest summer weather in our recent memory

ENID, Okla. — Each February, Groundhog Day prognostications let us know if spring will come early or winter will continue.

Too bad we don’t have a bellwether for summer. This season has been the strangest weather in recent memory.

“Compared to the last couple of years, it’s been extremely unusual,” associate state climatologist Gary McManus told The Associated Press.

Earlier summer rains spared Oklahoma from a disastrous drought. Some experts say the additional moisture caused an increase in snake bites thus far in 2013. We’re certain the unseasonably cooler weather is bringing out the spiders in northwest Oklahoma.

Recently, however, we’re back in a dry spell.

According to Oklahoma Mesonet, a system of weather-recording stations across the state, the last measurable rain in the area came Aug. 15-17.

That means drought is creeping back. U.S. Drought Monitor shows about one-half of 1 percent of the state in exceptional drought, and just less than 10 percent in extreme drought — the two worst categories.

These increased temperatures and lack of moisture are more typical for the season. We were starting to wonder if summer was ever going to happen.

It’s just in time, considering that fall officially begins this month.

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