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Weather and Climate

Weather in Oklahoma can be extreme and dangerous. KGOU is committed to providing resources for being aware of the potential for weather events, continuous coverage when severe weather strikes, and a big-picture view of weather trends and topics.

Our partners in weather coverage are the National Weather Service for forecasts, experts at the National Weather Center, located at the campus of the University of Oklahoma, retired television weatherman and now OU's Consulting Meteorologist-in-Residence Gary England, and for severe weather outbreaks, KOCO-TV's live continuous coverage.

The sun glistens off a cross at a makeshift memorial outside Plaza Towers Elementary School which was destroyed by a tornado nearly a week ago Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Moore, Okla. Monday's huge tornado destroyed the school killing seven students.
Charlie Riedel / AP

A week ago more than half-a-dozen tornadoes struck Oklahoma. Two people were killed in southern Oklahoma, and the EF4 tornado in Wynnewood near Interstate 35 is actually the strongest twister on record in this state in three years.

Todd Lindley / Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Two people were killed when several large, violent tornadoes moved through south-central Oklahoma Monday afternoon. One tornado destroyed several homes and left a significant trail of damage in Garvin County near the communities of Wynnewood, Roff, and Hickory.

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for the western half of the state until 9 p.m.

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Oklahoma saw the 7th-wettest April on record, despite kicking off 2016 with fears of a strengthening drought. Oklahoma Mesonet stations recorded a statewide average of 6.11 inches of rain last month.

State Climatologist Gary McManus says extreme and violent weather bookended the month. An uncontrollable wildfire started April 5 and hundreds of thousands of acres in Northwest Oklahoma.

“Emergency management personnel estimated damages at $2.3 million from the fire as it scorched nearly 90 square miles in Woodward and Harper counties,” McManus said.

An overturned car on Interstate 35 at Main Street in Norman Friday afternoon. All the occupants were safe.
Gabe Garfield / Twitter

Central and southern Oklahoma is in the middle of another round of severe weather, three days after small tornadoes and large hail struck Mustang, Luther, and the Tulsa area.

Updated 5:34 p.m.

The threat of tornadoes and severe weather has moved east out of the Oklahoma City metro, but flooding is now a major concern as heavy rain continues to fall across the region.

Damage at Johnson Construction in Davis, Okla. Wednesday morning. The business lost three overhead doors.
Shelly Johnson / @wall_cloud Twitter

Severe thunderstorms moved across the state Tuesday afternoon and evening, downing electrical lines, damaging some homes and businesses, and dropping large hail. No injuries have been reported.

Updated April 27, 9:07 a.m.:

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.

Wild Weather Kills At Least 43

Dec 28, 2015

Deadly tornadoes and flash flooding have killed at least 43 people in the U.S. over the past week, and severe storms will continue today in part of the Southeast.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti talks to Clay Jenkins, Dallas County judge in Texas, where at least 11 people died after tornadoes swept through on Saturday.

Flood damage on Chewy Road, just east of State Highway 10, in northeast Oklahoma.
Amanda Clinton / Twitter

Thousands of residents in Oklahoma remain without power after a winter storm battered the state Sunday night and early Monday morning, leading to at least three deaths and injuring more than 100.

Updated December 29, 1:49 p.m.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service forecasts a variety of dangerous weather conditions across Oklahoma into Monday.

National Weather Service

Updated 5:45 p.m.: Winter Storm and Flood Watches Issued 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for western and central Oklahoma as a strong storm system approaches the state.

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