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February 2009

  • No river flooding occurred this month, though the Illinois River near Tahlequah rose above action stage.
  • Drought conditions improved during the month, with portions of Pittsburg, Latimer, Pushmataha, and Choctaw counties currently shown as abnormally dry according to the Drought Monitor. Fire wx is still a concern however, with many counties in Eastern OK under burn bans. Check out the government drought portal: www.drought.gov
  • Fort Smith ranked as the 19th warmest February on record.
  • Tulsa only had 3 days with measurable rain: Feb 9-11. A new daily rainfall record of 1.27" was set on Feb. 10 (old record 0.80" in 1905). No snow was reported this February.
  • 2008-09 Winter: Tulsa was slightly above averave in temperature, ranking 38th warmest out of 104 years, and was the 57th driest (65th wettest) out of 121 years.
  • 2008-09 Winter: Fort Smith was above average for temperature, ranking as the 50th warmest out of 127 years. Fort Smith was the 62nd wettest (66th driest) out of 127 years this winter.
  • Tulsa had a record daily high temperature of 81 on 2/26 (old record 79 in 1996). Other records this February include: Fayetteville set a record warm minimum temp of 58 on 2/07 (old record 50 in 1965); McAlester had a record high of 82 on 2/26 (old record 81 in 1986), record warm minimum temperatures of 52 on 2/06 and 59 on 2/07 (old record on 2/7 was 52 in 1966), a record rainfall of 1.10" on 2/10 (old record was 0.24" in 1993), and record warm mean temperatures set or tied on 2/6, 2/7, 2/26.

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