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"A Very Wet Year in Oklahoma"

The rains began in March, 2007.

By July, as the rains continued to fall, the USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center sensed that water year 2007 (October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007) might become historic in terms of duration of high-water discharge (number of days) and geographic extent.Because the events of the year placed a stress on our Science Center’s resources (workforce and equipment/supplies), our potential and preparedness for responding to similar events in the future became a key topic of discussion in our office. We felt that mutual benefit for Oklahoma was to be gained through the collaboration of experts who have a role in the preparedness for similar events in the future. So on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, the USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center convened a “meeting of the minds” to discuss Oklahoma’s extraordinarily wet year.The meeting was held at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. We were hosted by the National Weather Service (thanks to Dr. John Snow, Dean of OU School of Meteorology and Geography).

The response to our November meeting was overwhelming. Based on presentations from a range of technical experts, water year 2007 in Oklahoma was indeed unique. The subjects discussed ranged from precipitation patterns, river discharge and reservoir storage, economic and social impacts, transportation, electric power transmission, and agricultural flood control.

To facilitate the dissemination of information presented at the meeting to interested parties, we provide the presentations in a PDF format below. If you have any questions about the meeting please feel free to contact Stan Paxton ( or Carol Becker ( at the USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center at 405 810-4400.

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