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Rain good for agriculture, not enough for lakes
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For the past several months, Oklahoma has been in a drought and some of the conditions have been severe.

Now it has rained for almost 24 hours and the entire state got some moisture.

This is great news for agriculture, farmers and ranchers are happy.

This rain was good for the winter wheat in western Oklahoma.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough rain for our lakes and reservoirs.

Canton and Altus lakes are both only at 16 percent capacity, Lake Thunderbird is only 63 percent full and Lake Hefner still needs a good 14 inches to reach capacity.

Officials said in addition to being great for winter crops, the rain is putting us on the right track for summer.

“It also sets the stage for some of our summertime crops across the state,”Jeffery Basara said, Director of Research with Oklahoma Climatological Survey. ”If we can get heavy rainfall in the southern portion, that will help the cotton crops and range land. Our range land for our cattle and stock ponds have needed the moisture as well.”

Officials said it will take about an inch of rain an hour for several days to get those lake levels back up to capacity.

They said rain is not good enough, it has to specific places, near the reservoirs that flow to the lakes.

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