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Daily Historical Weather for March 31

The winter and spring months of the year 2011 were very dry. In the midst of a historical drought, March 2011 ended up being the 2nd driest March in Oklahoma City history and the 4th driest at Wichita Falls, Texas.

On March 31, 2008, a powerful low pressure system developed over northwest Oklahoma, with a dry line extending south from the low. As a result, numerous severe thunderstorms developed across western Oklahoma during the late afternoon hours and moved into central Oklahoma during the evening. Hail larger than the size of baseballs and winds gusting to 60 mph were frequently reported as the storms advanced eastward. A few tornadoes were also reported, one of which affected the Oklahoma City area, with several homes and businesses damaged.

A round of severe storms on March 31, 1959, caused damage across much of Oklahoma. In Noble and Pawnee Counties, tornadoes caused damage to farms, while in Shawnee, a golf ball-sized hailstone knocked one person unconscious. Baseball-size hail fell in Thackerville, with some stones as large as 11 to 12 inches in circumference. This created holes in roofs, windshields, and even produced craters in the ground.


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