Weather and Climate

Study Published
6:20 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Methane May Be Bigger Global Warming Issue Than Carbon Dioxide

Credit Al Jazeera English / Flickr.com

A new study says the United States is spewing 50 percent more methane than the federal government estimates. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Scientists say that means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than they thought. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Bethel Acres Family Finds New Foundation After May Tornadoes

Bettie and Joel Spears in front of their new home.
Credit Kate Carlton

When a series of tornadoes battered Central Oklahoma last spring, close to 4,500 houses were damaged or destroyed.  Six months later, many organizations are helping rebuild these homes and restore normalcy to the affected families. One of those organizations, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, has just finished its first home for one couple affected by the storms. 

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Winter Weather
1:40 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Take A Look At Regional Snow Routes

Emergency Snow Routes
City of Oklahoma City

This map shows Oklahoma City's designated regional snow routes.

You can also find information about how to stay safe during winter weather here.

Sixteen cities, four counties and numerous state agencies in the metro joined together to develop a comprehensive snow route for the entire region, from Lexington to Guthrie and Yukon to Harrah.

Weather
1:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Thunderstorms, Ice, Low Temps And High Winds Expected In Oklahoma

The National Weather Service says wintry conditions are expected through the weekend. Friday will be a cold and windy day.
Credit National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office

COLD WEATHER SAFETY INFORMATION

Cold air continues to push into Oklahoma as a strong arctic front quickly moves to the south.

Temperatures will continue to drop dramatically. By 7 p.m., temperatures across northwestern Oklahoma will be down in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

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Winter Weather
7:53 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Icing With Strong Winds Could Cause Power Outages

The Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service says icing is possible over the next few days.
Credit NWS Norman

Although most ice accumulations will be light, a few spots may be around one-quarter inch.

With strong winds, even light ice accumulation will result in downed tree limbs and possibly damage to power.

This could result in sporadic power outages. Outside of bridges and overpasses, no significant travel problems are expected. Monitor this situation closely..

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Hold Onto That Water, Cash Is King In Crises

Pallets of water fill one of Feed the Children's Oklahoma City warehouses.
Credit Kate Carlton

Six months after a series of tornadoes tore through the Oklahoma City area, we’re looking back this week at the role of private donations in the recovery effort. 

Whenever a disaster strikes, Oklahomans and people from across the country generally pitch in and do whatever they can to help.  But in the final part of our series,  we find despite people’s best intentions, oftentimes the help that arrives is not the help that’s needed most. 

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Media May Muddle Disaster Relief Drive Efficiency

Gary England calls for donations May 20, 2013.
Credit News 9 archive

Six months after tornadoes devastated the Oklahoma City area, we’re looking back this week at the role of private donations in the recovery effort. 

When the storms hit, the media were some of the greatest sources for information. They assumed authority, provided immediacy and acted as a clearinghouse for the influx of data. But in part two of our series today, we investigate whether the media’s response was as efficient as it seemed to be.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:34 am
Mon November 18, 2013

McNellie's Pub Raises $28K For Tornado Relief, Motivated By Community Involvement

James E. McNellie's Public House - Oklahoma City
Credit Kate Carlton

Six months after a series of devastating tornados touched down in Central Oklahoma, we’re taking a look back this week at the recovery effort.  In the aftermath of the storms, private charities raised close to $70 million, and tens of millions more in in-kind donations poured into the region.  But some of that aid was more helpful than others.

In part one of our series today, we look at local businesses who donated their proceeds and the balance between good public relations and an altruistic desire to help.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:31 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Red Cedars Aren’t As Thirsty As We Thought, But They Still Suck

This 2011 fire in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge was fueled, in part, by red cedars.
Credit Dennis Frank / Flickr Creative Commons

Eastern Red Cedar trees are bad for Oklahoma. The volatile oils they contain can cause the trees to explode during wildfires, spreading embers over hundreds of yards. They crowd out other plants, force wildlife off their habitats, and steal rainfall — which is bad news during a drought.

As The Journal Record‘s Brian Brus reports, it’s been said each red cedar can guzzle dozens of gallons of water each day:

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Weather and Climate
10:38 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Cold Air Brings End to Oklahoma Growing Season

The Oklahoma Mesonet windchill map from Tuesday morning.
Credit Oklahoma Mesonet

Frigid air continues to push into the southern plains, bringing unseasonably cold conditions and a hard freeze warning to Oklahoma.

High temperatures Tuesday will struggle to reach the 40s, with wind chills in the 30s throughout the day.

Overnight lows will fall into the 17-to-27 degree range across the state early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service Norman forecast office. This hard freeze will also end the growing season.

Temperatures will slowly rebound through the weekend, with highs returning to near 60 degrees by Friday.

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