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Weather and Climate
3:59 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Another Round Of Large Hail, Damaging Winds And Heavy Rain Moves Through Oklahoma

Severe storms will occur this evening across parts of Oklahoma and western north Texas. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are possible.
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 7:22 p.m.: Tornado Warning expires, damage reported in far west Norman

The Tornado Warning for Seminole, Pottawatomie, and Lincoln counties has been allowed to expire.

Power poles were bent and lines are down along 48th Ave. NW near Robinson Ave. Residents were trapped in their neighborhood briefly. Downed lines trapped a pair of firefighters in their engine Friday evening, but they were able to get out safely.

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Weather and Climate
5:37 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Oklahoma City Residents Recover After Severe Storms Sweep The Metro

Severe weather left RVs overturned and damaged at the Roadrunner RV Park in southeast Oklahoma City
Jacob McCleland KGOU

Preliminary damage reports from Wednesday’s storms show multiple EF-2 tornadoes hit the metro area. The severe weather injured dozens of people and killed at least one. Residents across the state are trying to get back on their feet. 

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Weather and Climate
3:48 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

SLIDESHOW: Day-After Devastation From Central Oklahoma Tornadoes, Flooding

The motel near Interstate 35 and SE 44th Street in Oklahoma City.
Jacob McCleland KGOU

KGOU's News Director Jacob McCleland spent the day surveying and reporting on the damage and recording his observations after Wednesday night's and Thursday morning's devastating tornadoes and flooding that killed one person and injured dozens more.

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Weather and Climate
10:06 am
Thu May 7, 2015

One Dead After Oklahoma Flooding, Tornadoes; Fallin Declares State Of Emergency

Gov. Mary Fallin meets with firefighters in Bridge Creek Thursday morning, a day after a tornado destroyed several buildings in the central Oklahoma community.
Gov. Mary Fallin Facebook

Updated 12:14 p.m.: Fallin tours damage in Bridge Creek, addresses the state

Gov. Mary Fallin thanked first responders, charitable volunteers, law enforcement, and emergency workers as she met with members of the Bridge Creek Fire Department and toured damage in the area Thursday morning.

She said the state of emergency she declared Wednesday for 12 Oklahoma counties will allow counties to make emergency purchases without limitations.

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Weather and Climate
2:14 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

As U.S. Takes Reins Of Arctic Council, Climate Change Will Top Agenda

On July 12, 2011, crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieved a canister dropped by parachute from a C-130, which brought supplies for some mid-mission fixes. (Kathryn Hansen/NASA/Flickr Creative Commons)

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 3:37 pm

The United States says climate change will be front and center on the agenda of the Arctic Council – the intergovernmental body made up of eight countries with territories in the region.

The U.S. is now chair of the council, which includes Russia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Founded in 1996, the council’s purpose is to promote cooperation in the region. They are not policymakers, but do advise governments on issues related to the Arctic.

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Weather and Climate
5:08 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

April Rains Helped Ease Drought Conditions

Drought Monitor For April 28, 2015
U.S. Drought Monitor

Rains across Oklahoma in April helped ease drought conditions in parts of the state, including drought-stricken western Oklahoma.

Climatologist Gary McManus with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey said Friday that four to six inches of rain fell statewide and west-central Oklahoma received an average of 7.6 inches of rain — more than five inches above normal. A total of 13.2 inches of rain fell at Cheyenne in western Oklahoma.

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12:15 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Large Hail, Damaging Wind Possible Sunday Afternoon And Evening

Southeastern and central Oklahoma will see a chance for strong winds, large hail and a possibility of tornadoes Sunday afternoon and evening.
Credit National Weather Service

A storm system will develop over northern Texas and southern Oklahoma this afternoon and evening that could produce damaging winds and large hail, and the potential for tornadoes. 

The most likely area for severe weather this afternoon runs south and east of a line from Clinton to Ada. The strongest storms could produce baseball to softball size hail, 60 to 70 mile per hour winds and a low potential for tornadoes. The possibility for tornadoes is greatest in southwestern Oklahoma and northern Texas.

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Weather and Climate
7:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Large Hail, Tornadoes Possible With Severe Storms Across Oklahoma This Weekend

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 8:53 a.m.: Many unknowns making specific impact hard to predict

The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms are possible across much of central and southern Oklahoma Friday, with an increasing risk of tornadoes.

They’re most likely between 4 and 11 p.m. along the Red River in an area stretching from Ardmore to Durant. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:04 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Dust Bowl Survivors Gather At Oklahoma Capitol To Mark 80 Years Since ‘Black Sunday’

Dust Bowl survivor Pauline Hodges traveled to the Oklahoma Capitol to speak at an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the "Black Sunday" dust storm.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

On April 14, 1935, a rolling mountain of dust and sand swept through Oklahoma, choked out the sun and filled homes with dirt piles so high residents had to clean their homes with shovels.

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon near the town of Forgan in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. Pauline Hodges was five at the time. She and her mother were visiting a neighbor when her friend’s father ran up to the backdoor.

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Weather and Climate
4:43 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tornado Watch Issued Ahead Of Likely Severe Storms In Central, Northern Oklahoma

Thunderstorms are expected to begin isolated, but quickly become severe. It will likely be later in the afternoon before any severe thunderstorm is able to form, likely first in northern Oklahoma then farther south.
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 3:44 p.m.: Tornado Watch issued for areas north, west of Interstate 44

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of the state north and west of a line that roughly follows Interstate 44.

The Norman Forecast Office says scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will move across central and eastern Oklahoma through the afternoon, bringing small hail and occasional lightning.

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