Weather and Climate

4:25 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Parched: A New Dust Bowl Forms in the Heartland

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A quarter of Oklahoma, including the panhandle, and neighboring counties in Kansas and Texas are rated as being in "exceptional drought," the driest category on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor—a status so dry that farmers express relief whenever their standing moves incrementally up a notch to "extreme drought."
Four years into an unrelentingly mean, hot drought, a new Dust Bowl engulfs the same region that was the geographic heart of the original.
StateImpact Oklahoma
7:11 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Public Forum Questions Reveal Concern About Climate Change in Oklahoma

People waiting to ask questions at StateImpact's public forum on how climate change is affecting Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Last week, we hosted a public forum on how climate change affects Oklahoma. A panel of experts took audience questions on water and agriculture, and if the discussion is any guide, Oklahomans are curious, frustrated and concerned about climate change.

The Picasso Café in Oklahoma City was standing room only. One by one, audience members took the microphone and posed questions to our panelists: Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and Dr. David Engle, Director of Oklahoma State University’s Water Resources Center.

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Weather and Climate
12:02 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Storms Possible Sunday Evening into Monday

Oklahoma weather forecast for Sunday and Monday.
Credit National Weather Service

The Norman office of the National Weather Service reports that it will be windy across Oklahoma till at least 7pm.  Thunderstorms are likely this evening, beginning after 5pm in western Oklahoma, and continuing eastward into Monday as a cold front moves across the region. Severe weather is possible starting early evening and continuing into the early Monday morning hours. The potential for severe storms will diminish Monday morning but could increase again Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging straight-line winds will be the main concerns.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Drier, Hotter, More Extreme Weather: How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Oklahoma

A supercell near Courtney, Okla., in April 2014.
Kelly DeLay Flickr Creative Commons

A new federal report bluntly warns that every region of the United States is already observing climate change-related affects to the environment and economy.

In Oklahoma and other Great Plains states, climate change from carbon emissions is changing crop growth cycles, increasing energy and water demand, altering rainfall patterns and leading to more frequent extreme weather and climate events, the report concludes.

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Severe Storms
10:31 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible Wednesday-Thursday, Tornadoes Unlikely

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says there's a possibility of severe storms with very large hail Wednesday afternoon and evening.

The best chance comes over Southwest Oklahoma, but very large hail up to the size of tennis balls and damaging wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour could develop near and east of a dryline between 4 and 10 p.m.

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Woodward Fire
3:26 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Northwest Oklahoma Wildfire Prompts Evacuations, Threatens Homes Near Woodward

A National Weather Service radar signature showing the plume of smoke from a fire burning northwest of Woodward.
National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office

Updated at 4:25 p.m.

Authorities are evacuating about two dozen homes as a wildfire moves rapidly northwest of Woodward.

Woodward County Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer says the fire is moving rapidly from north to east across U.S. 270. He told the Woodward News about two dozen homes are in the fire's path about five miles northwest of the city.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Photography Exhibit Showcases May 2013 Storms, Oklahomans' Resilience

A sunflower grows in a field in Moore, Okla. months after the May 20 storm.
Tanya Mattek

The month of May has a somber significance for many Oklahoma residents. It’s one of the busiest months for tornados, averaging 22 cyclones in 31 days. And after last year’s series of devastating storms that killed 25 people, it now also marks a sad anniversary. The Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center teamed up to remember the events that took place one year ago.

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plowing could make soil erosion worse
4:29 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Farmers Urged To Think Twice Before Plowing Fields

Credit Lena Vob / Flickr.com

The president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is urging farmers to think twice before plowing their fields this spring.

Kim Farber says ongoing drought in Oklahoma and Southern Plains creates the risk of dust storms and wind erosion that could be worsened by plowing.

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Severe Storms
7:37 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Fallin Tours Damage In Northeast Oklahoma, NWS Rates Quapaw Twister EF2

Gov. Mary Fallin meets with leaders, emergency managers, and first responders in Quapaw Monday, April 28.
Kurt Gwartney Eastern Oklahoma Red Cross

Gov. Mary Fallin toured damage in the northeastern Oklahoma community of Quapaw on Monday, a day after a tornado killed one person and damaged nearly 60 structures.

Sixty-eight-year-old John L. Brown, of Baxter Springs, Kansas, was killed when he was traveling through Quapaw and he pulled over into a parking lot. Fifteen homes were totally destroyed.

Oklahoma escaped relatively unscathed - especially since no tornado warnings had been issued beforehand.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Twisters In 3 States Kill More Than A Dozen People

A motel and restaurant show significant damage from a tornado that ripped through Tupelo, Miss., on Monday.
Jim Lytle AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 5:32 pm

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET.

A second day of tornadoes has caused devastation in the South, killing more than a dozen people in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Some 50 twisters were reported in the region in a 24-hour period from Monday into Tuesday, according to meteorologists.

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