Weather and Climate

Large hail will be the primary hazard, followed by damaging wind gusts. There is also a low potential for tornadoes across parts of the area late Sunday afternoon and evening.
Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Much of Oklahoma could be in for a round of severe storms with large hail and possibly tornados Sunday afternoon.

Norman Forecast Office meteorologists say the greatest threat appears to be tennis ball-sized hail and 60-70 mile-per-hour wind.

Updated 5:57 p.m.

Wednesday evening's tornado touched down several times as it moved across Osage, Tulsa, and Rogers counties.
Zack Jones / Twitter

At least seven people were injured in severe storms in northeast Oklahoma Wednesday afternoon and evening. National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski told The Associated Press a tornado touched down and lifted up numerous times as it swept through the northern Tulsa and Owasso areas.

Updated March 31, 7:04 a.m.

Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Kelli Bruer says the ambulance service transported seven patients in Tulsa. One was in critical condition and several were in serious condition.

The Anderson Creek fire that started near Alva in Woods County, Oklahoma.
Roy Anderson / Oklahoma Highway Patrol

That smoky odor you may have noticed if you ventured outside early Thursday morning is from a massive wildfire that started Tuesday in Woods County and quickly spread north into Kansas.

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

As spring approaches, Oklahoma faces its first severe weather threat of 2016.The National Weather Service says there's a slight risk of strong to severe storms Monday as an upper-level storm system affects the region.

Norman Forecast Office meteorologist Jonathan Kurtz says a dryline will develop over the Oklahoma panhandle and move east today, leading to a possibility of widely scattered thunderstorms. The best chance in central Oklahoma comes between 7 and 10 p.m., after the sun sets.

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Oklahoma could be in store for a light round of winter weather over the weekend.

The National Weather Service says starting late Friday night rain and snow could start to develop over western Oklahoma and move east into central and southern parts of the state. Norman Forecast Office senior forecaster Michael Scotten says precipitation chances will increase mainly after midnight.

A tornado struck the Best Value Inn on Southeast 44th Street and Interstate 35
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Four weather events that affected Oklahoma made the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s list of disasters that cost at least a $1 billion in 2015. 10 events, ranging from drought to record flooding resulted in damage costing more than 10 figures.

Edmond Police Department / Twitter

Thunderstorms, blizzards, flooding — Oklahoma saw them all last month, and the cost of responding to them is adding up for the department of transportation.

"Our storm-related activities has cost the agency $1.6 million during the month of December," said ODOT Director Mike Patterson. "The bulk of that, $1.4 million, has come in since Christmas Day."

ODOT sent crews out to treat slick roads and help motorists navigate highways with lanes closed because of ice and snow. They’re also assessing damage caused by ice storms and heavy rain.

Flooding along 36th Ave. NW and Telephone Road between Indian Hills Road and SW 34th Street at the border between Norman and Moore.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma had its wettest year on record in 2015, and the year brought the third highest total for tornadoes in the state and was the 17th warmest year on record.

Wild Weather Linked To El Niño Marks Year's End

Dec 30, 2015

NASA warned today that the effects of the current El Niño could be just as bad as 1998, the strongest on record.

El Niño brings warm waters from the central Pacific toward north and South America. The phenomenon has been linked to floods and unusually warm temperatures in the northern hemisphere.

Here & Now’s Robin Young asks BBC meteorologist Peter Gibbs to put it all into perspective for us.

Flooding along the Illinois River on U.S. Highway 62 near Tahlequah.
Amanda Clinton / Twitter

Flooding December 26-28 caps off a year that saw the Illinois River damaged by extreme rainfall time after time as Oklahoma’s five-year drought gave way to apowerful El Niño that’s been bringing strong storm systems through the state since May 2015.

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