The wettest stretch of weather of the year moved into its third day here Saturday, canceling a large portion of the last pre-football weekend of scheduled outdoor events.
More than an inch of rainfall fell locally Saturday, adding to the 1.6 inches Thursday and the additional half inch Friday. That combined 3.1 inches of moisture as of about 7 p.m. Saturday — with more expected overnight — easily topped the highest precipitation total for a continued storm during a year that had only seen a total of 14.2 inches prior to Thursday. It also brought some measure of relief to the decreasing number of area farmers who hadn’t already lost fall crops to the parching summer conditions in force here prior to week’s end. (The total rainfall for the year is still down 9 inches from the average.)
The 1.6 inches of rain that fell Thursday did not, however, represent the highest single-day total of 2012. That distinction continued to be held by the day before the opening of Country Stampede in mid-June, when campers were greeted by 2.01 inches of rain.
Fast-moving water could be seen in some of the low areas of the city Saturday evening, particularly along Third Street and the east shopping areas. But the big damage Saturday appeared to be to the outdoor activity schedule. The most significant casualty was a major soccer tournament that was expected to bring dozens of teams - and their money - from around the state to Anneberg Park. It had to be called off when city officials declared the field unplayable due to weather.
A Manhattan High football scrimmage also was canceled because of the rain.
The Cattle Baron’s Ball, a large fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society held at the Moyer Ranch, was prepared to brave the stormy conditions Saturday night under a large tent. Also fighting the weather to at least a draw Saturday was the OK Kids Day at Tuttle Creek State Park, which included morning 5K and 10K runs as well as numerous other activities. Most of those were run as planned.
Forecasts suggested the heavy weather probably would begin to dissipate overnight, but offered no guarantees. The forecast for Sunday envisioned scattered morning showers, probably breaking up as the day went along, but with a 30-percent prospect of storm activity off and on during the day.