Daily Historical Weather for October 13
Despite being in an extreme drought, areas of heavy rain were seen across central and eastern Oklahoma on this date in 2012. Oklahoma City set a record for a daily rainfall total when 2.56 inches accumulated. Indicative of how dry the 2012 summer was, this 2.56 inch daily amount equaled the rainfall totals for the months of July and August combined.
Although not a weather phenomenon, residents of central Oklahoma received a rude welcome to the morning of October 13th, 2010, in the form of an earthquake. According to the United States Geological Survey, at 9:06 am CDT, a magnitude 4.3 earthquake occurred 5 miles ESE of Norman. Central Oklahoma has been no stranger to relatively smaller earthquakes over the last several months, but this one seemed to be felt by a larger number of people. People from Oklahoma City, to Tulsa, to Kansas City reported feeling the ground shake. Although the earthquake got the attention of many people, no significant damage was reported.
During the afternoon of October 13th, 1960, large hail nearly covered the ground across a large part of central Jackson County, in southwest Oklahoma. Hail up to the size of baseballs, with some chunks shaped like saucers, destroyed the roofs of most businesses and homes in Olustee. Large hail also pounded the Stillwater area the same evening. Hail up to 4 inches in diameter caused damage in and around the city, including damage to roofs and broken windows.
"On this date in 1923, widespread rain began, which would eventually cause severe flooding along the North Canadian River. A breach of Lake Overholser Dam forced the evacuation of 15,000 residents in Oklahoma City. The results of this flood led to a radical redistribution of housing patterns in the city, as higher income families moved northward, away from the river.