Weather and Climate

Weather and Climate
9:35 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Weather And Road Conditions For Sunday

Sunday Forecast Snow Conditions
National Weather Service

Snow bands will develop behind a strong cold front and spread south today and this evening. Snow accumulations of 1-4 inches will be possible over much of the northern half of Oklahoma, with the heaviest amounts across parts of northern OK. A few places may receive more than 4 inches. The snow will create slick spots on roads, bridges, overpasses and sidewalks. REMEMBER: Exact locations of snowfall amounts can and will likely vary or change.

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Weather and Climate
7:12 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Crumbling Infrastructure Causes Fluoride to Fade From Public Water Supplies

Testing water for fluoride.
Credit IndiaWaterPortal.org / Flickr Creative Commons

The anti-fluoride movement is gaining steam in the U.S. And with celebrities like Ed Begley Jr. and Rob Schneider on board, how could it fail? 

But the debate over whether fluoridation benefits communities’ dental health or amounts to the forced medication of the masses isn’t why Oklahoma towns like Lawton, Purcell, and Fairview stopped adding the chemical to their water.

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Weather and Climate
8:48 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Colder Temperatures Coming

NWS Forecast for November 8-14, 2014
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

After a mild weekend, much colder temperatures appear on tap for next week according to the Norman Forecast Office of the National Weather Service.

The initial cold front will move through late Monday, with much colder air flowing into Oklahoma/north Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures in the 30s and 40s appear possible by Wednesday and Thursday, with lows in the 20s.

No precipitation is expected in Oklahoma through Wednesday, with an icreasing chance of snow Thursday and Friday.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:16 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Hunters Hopeful Wetter Summer Means More Wildlife In Oklahoma’s Woods

Jack Barrett, owner of the BDC Gun Room in Shawnee, Okla., shows off a new shotgun model popular with hunters.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Nearly a quarter of a million hunters are set to grab their guns and stalk through Oklahoma’s woods when deer gun season opens the week before Thanksgiving, according to Micah Holmes with the state Department of Wildlife Conservation.

“There’s more deer hunters out in the woods on opening day of deer gun season than there is at Lewis Field, at the OU football stadium, and at the Tulsa football stadium combined,” Holmes says.

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Weather and Climate
7:09 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Waurika Lake Levels Continuing To Drop

Waurika Lake.
Credit Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department

The board that oversees the water distribution of Waurika Lake says drought conditions continue to affect the lake, which is used as a water source in southwest Oklahoma.

Waurika Lake Master Conservancy District Director David Taylor says the Waurika Lake watershed has received just 14.7 inches of rain this year. According to the Lawton Constitution, Taylor estimates that the lake has enough usable water to last until March 2016.

Taylor says rehabilitation and maintenance work to the lake could increase that time to January 2017.

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Weather and Climate
9:32 am
Thu October 23, 2014

University Of Oklahoma Dedicates 35,000 Square Foot, $15 Million Radar Lab

University of Oklahoma president David Boren leads a ribbon cutting Wednesday to formally open the Radar Innovations Laboratory on OU's Research Campus.
University of Oklahoma Twitter

The University of Oklahoma formally dedicated a new, 35,000 square foot Radar Innovations Laboratory Wednesday afternoon.

OU President David Boren says the goal of the facility is to spark innovation of the next generation of radar and microwave electronics.

“As academia works with the private sector, works with government to make things happen, to make the resources to be here, to be possible, what a partnership that can be," Boren said. "What a powerful partnership that can be for the future of our state, and the future of our country."

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Weather and Climate
8:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Skiatook Lake More Than 15 Feet Below Normal

Tall Chief Cove at Skiatook Lake in 2009, before the drought.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A lake in northeastern Oklahoma has dipped to its shallowest level since its impoundment 30 years ago.

Sara Goodeyon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the Tulsa World that Skiatook Lake had a level of about 698 feet on Friday. Despite recent rains, it's more than 15 feet below normal. The last time it was above the normal level of 714 feet was more than four years ago.

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Don't Want To Wait Till 2016
5:17 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Want New Policy To Start Now

Credit Kevin Lallier / Flickr.com

Oklahoma wheat farmers want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement now a policy that's scheduled to start in 2016 that farmers say would help ease the financial pain of ongoing drought.

The policy is part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

The amount of crop insurance a farmer is eligible for depends on actual production history. Farmers who lose crops to drought several years in a row have to report lower yields, meaning their insurance coverage decreases each year.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:37 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Drought And Conservation Driving Water Contamination In Duncan

Duncan Public Works Director Scott Vaughn
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Duncan’s water supplies are already in bad shape because of the drought. Lake Waurika — Duncan’s main water source — is only about 32 percent full, and city officials are beginning to look toward groundwater as a lake levels continue to drop.

And if it weren’t enough for water supplies to be stretched to their limits, now the water itself is contaminated.

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Weather and Climate
8:31 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Dry September Diminishes Drought Recovery

After four years of drought, municipal water storage in in Altus-Lugert lake has dropped to about 10 percent.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A drier than normal September has diminished drought recovery in Oklahoma, and weather experts say the dry pattern will continue through October.

Preliminary figures from the Oklahoma Mesonet show the statewide average rainfall total was 2.6 inches — 1.3 inches below normal and the 46th driest September since record-keeping began in 1895.

August and September combined for a statewide average of 3.9 inches — 2.6 inches below normal and the 22nd driest August-September period on record.

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