At least eight tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma in June, bringing the statewide total to its third-highest since records began in 1950, the state climatologist said.

“The tumultuous weather of May calmed somewhat with the transition to June, the first month of climatological summer,” state climatologist Gary McManus said in his monthly weather summary. “Despite the seasonal switch, however, there was still plenty of unsettled weather in store for Oklahoma.”

The number of tornadoes in 2019 is now 115. Only 1999’s count of 145 and 2011’s 119 rank higher, he said.

“Regardless of the total, 2019’s tornadoes have been particularly costly to lives and property,” McManus said. “This year’s tornadoes killed four and injured another 41, and produced significant property and infrastructure damage in their wake.”

According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the statewide average rainfall total for the month was 5 inches, 0.48 inches above normal to rank as the 33rd wettest June since records began in 1895.

“A bit of a drying out occurred across western and parts of north central Oklahoma, but ample moisture along the Interstate 35 corridor and the eastern third of the state more than made up for those deficits.

“Combined with the gargantuan totals of May, the June rains propelled the two-month period’s statewide average to 15.52 inches, the fifth wettest on record with a surplus of 6.05 inches,” he said.

The January-June average of 26.46 inches exceeded normal by 7.43 inches to rank as the seventh wettest such period on record.

Temperatures for June were below average, as forecast by the Climate Prediction Center.

The July temperature and precipitation outlooks from the CPC show increased odds of above-normal precipitation and below-normal temperatures for most of the state.

The CPC’s three-month outlook for July, August and September also shows the state has increased odds for below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation.


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