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Climate Data Shows Last Month Second-Wettest June On Record

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30-day rainfall accumulation in Oklahoma as of 7:35 a.m. on July 2, 2014.

Preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet show the state averaged about 5.8 inches of rain in June - about an inch-and-a-half above normal for this time of year.

Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus says six Mesonet stations in northern Oklahoma recorded at least 9 inches of rain this month...Buffalo had the highest rainfall total at 10.4 inches.

An inch of rain fell somewhere in Oklahoma on 19 of the months 30 days, and that helped relieve some of the drought in the state as well.

Sixty-six percent of the state is in at least a severe drought, compared to 73 percent in May. The percentage of Oklahoma in exceptional drought, the worst category, dropped from 26 percent in May to 11 percent at the end of June.

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down in the month of June. All were rated EF-1 or lower. So far Oklahoma has had 11 tornadoes in 2014, the second-lightest year since 1950. The only year with fewer tornadoes was 1988 when the state recorded ten twisters.

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