Four days of rain is coming to an end across the area but not after dumping more than 2 inches of much-needed moisture.
Before the first of several storm systems entered the area Wednesday night, Southwest Oklahoma was in the grips of the one of the worst droughts in history second only to last year. At more than 10-12 inches below normal for the year, the lack of rainfall was apparent across the area with dry ponds, yellow grass and brown leaves scuttling across roads several weeks before normal.
Those parched conditions have since been replaced with massive puddles, soggy lawns and some roads that look more like small creeks. They're conditions most Southwest Oklahomans are probably content with, as it brings much-needed relief heading into the area's longest traditional "dry season" from late November and early December through February.
But all good things have to come to an end, and the rain is leaving the area. The last system, which rotated over Southwest Oklahoma for much of the day Saturday, slowly drifted off toward the east throughout the evening and overnight hours. It will soon be replaced by seasonable temperatures and partly cloudy skies, according to the National Weather Service.