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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.

Severe Storms, Tornadoes Possible Across Oklahoma

Apr 17, 2013
Storm Prediction Center

Forecasters say Oklahoma is at a moderate risk for severe weather as a storm system moves through the state.

The term "moderate" as used by the National Weather Service means the area is likely to see some severe storms. Forecasters say the scattered to numerous thunderstorms expected between 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wednesday in Oklahoma.

Tornado Watch Issued for Parts of Oklahoma

Apr 15, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Forecasters have issued a tornado watch for portions of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas and say more storms are possible later in the week.

The Storm Prediction Center said conditions make tornadoes, high winds and hail possible through Monday night in an area from west of Dallas into northwestern Arkansas, including much of eastern Oklahoma.

Severe Weather Possible This Evening, Winter Weather Advisory Posted

Apr 9, 2013
www.srh.noaa.gov / National Weather Service

UPDATE: A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday for northern, southwest and central Oklahoma.

Forecasters say freezing rain and sleet are likely to accumulate on power lines and tree limbs. Strong northwest winds will also make it more likely for lines and limbs to fall.

Power outages are most likely, according to the forecast, in central and north-central Oklahoma.

The risk for severe storms and tornadoes is less than earlier forecast, but dangerous thunderstorms are still possible.

Severe Weather Possible Early Next Week

Apr 5, 2013

The National Weather Service says a large upper level storm system will provide several opportunities for severe weather early next week. Hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes will all be possible Sunday through Wednesday.

Forecasters are encouraging residents to remain weather aware starting Sunday evening.

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Held together by a common goal to protect vulnerable disaster survivors and a deep commitment to respectful conversation, 50 diverse, non-profit and faith-based disaster response organizations found a way through divisive religious issues to develop national standards in disaster spiritual care.

The Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau speaks on the subject as part of the first Re-mind and Re-new conference at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa.

The conference was designed to model ways of disagreeing, find common ground, stay in relationship and do important work together despite deep differences.

"Lone Chimney’s plight is an extreme example of the effects of Oklahoma’s severe drought. But the ways residents are adapting could foreshadow what many other Oklahomans will be forced to do, on their own or by mandate, should the three-year-old drought persist."

Men Most Likely to Die in Floods

Mar 22, 2013
National Weather Service

Of all the information to come out of national flood safety awareness week, the one piece of data that jumped out to KGOU is that men make up nearly two-thirds of flood victims.

TIME magazine reported on this phenomenon in 2008, noting that men are more likely to die in several different types of extreme weather conditions.

Some of the reasons experts say the male of the species is at risk include the number of men working outdoor jobs and the tendency toward greater risk taking behavior.

Wet Thursday, Cold Weekend Coming

Mar 19, 2013
Dan Pupek / Flickr Creative Commons

An upper level low moving through the region Wednesday through the end of the week will bring increasing chances of precipitation from early Thursday through Friday morning.

Thunderstorms will be possible, primarily Thursday afternoon across southern parts of Oklahoma. A light rain/snow mix may be possible early Friday morning.

Rain chances return Saturday afternoon with some snow possible Sunday across northern Oklahoma. Other areas of the state could see a wintry mix of precipitation.

Get Tornado Ready with New App

Mar 15, 2013

The American Red Cross is offering a free iPhone and Android app to help make sure residents are ready for tornado season.

Soggy Weekend

Mar 7, 2013
National Weather Service Norman

Showers and thunderstorms are expected Saturday as a storm system moves in from the Southern Rockies.

NASA Goddard Photo and Video / Flickr

A new study out this week finds that ice-free passage from North America to Asia directly over the North Pole could be possible after 2049.

UCLA geographers Laurence Smith and Scott Stephenson published the study Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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