The latest wave of storms set a NEW RECORD FOR RAINFALL in Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service says more than 3.4 inches of rain fell in Oklahoma City yesterday, making it the RAINIEST MARCH DAY ON RECORD in the city. The most rain to fall on a March day previously was 2.84 inches on March 28th, 1988. The storms spawned tornado warnings in three counties, but the weather service has received no reports of twisters touching down. The main threat was considered flooding, and flash flood warnings were issued for much of southern and central Oklahoma.
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TEXAS - Lubbock has received more than 700 percent of its normal March rainfall, with much of the RECORD-BREAKING RAIN falling within the last week. The city has officially received 5.94 inches of rain since March 1, smashing the previous record for the entire month (3.56 inches), which was set in 1941. Also joining the record books is San Antonio, which has received 7.06 inches of rain so far this month, making it the WETTEST MARCH ON RECORD. The previous record was 6.12 inches set in March 1992. The cold side of the massive storm system continues to bring snow to the northern Rockies and the High Plains. The automated recording station in the mountains west of Lander, Wyo., has reported that 72 inches of snow has fallen since Tuesday, while more than two feet has fallen in Lander.
NEW ZEALAND - A heavy rain warning remains in place over the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne Ranges. Severe weather that buffeted Northland on Thursday was still causing problems as it moved eastwards. Steady rain had been falling since Thursday afternoon. Climate scientists say such heavy rain is a RARE event. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says the rain that fell during the past two days in some parts of the region was a ONE-IN-150-YEAR EVENT. Three months' worth of rain fell within 36 hours in several parts of Northland Thursday. There were no reports of injuries or death due to the storm despite the widespread damage to the region. The Waitangi River was reported to have burst its banks and swept away a hillside, along with four apartments and a camping ground. "The river is now in most of our rooms and up to the front of our restaurant. (It's) normally 150 metres away."