Weather and Climate

Winter Weather
8:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

UPDATE: Ice Storm Hits Oklahoma; Roads Improve In OKC Metro

An ice storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday for much of Oklahoma.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

UPDATE 12/21/13 8:15 a.m.:

The wind remained light overnight, sparing much of central Oklahoma from widespread power outages.

Conditions on roads in the Oklahoma City metro improved overnight as the temperature increased a degree or two, but authorities are still discouraging travel, especially due to icing on bridges and overpasses.

A winter storm warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Sunday, with light icing expected through around noon Saturday.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
8:21 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Moore Resident Restores Christmas To Tornado Survivors

Kim Rollins sits with some of the donated ornaments she has acquired over the past few weeks.
Credit Kate Carlton

After any major disaster, people need food, clothing, housing and furniture.  But when you’ve lost everything you own, there are likely many more, less essential items, farther down your list.  Nearly seven months after the Moore tornado, city resident Kim Rollins seeks to fill one of those needs in time for the holiday season. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:13 am
Thu December 12, 2013

A Wet Year Doesn’t Mean Any Part of Oklahoma Is Safe From Drought In 2014

The latest update of drought conditions in Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

Parts of Oklahoma have been suffering from severe and exceptional drought conditions for three straight years. That is a long time, especially for communities in western Oklahoma.

But this drought might be closer to its beginning than its end, and with little warning could encompass the entire state next year.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Sticking To Mission: The National Guard's Response To The Moore Tornado

Oklahoma National Guard soldiers and airmen respond to the Moore tornado on May 20, 2013.
Credit The National Guard

In the hours after the tornado tore through Moore back in May, nearly 400 National Guardsmen went to the scene to search for survivors, clear roads and watch for looters. One of those soldiers was Major Dave Mackey. 

“I had an aunt and uncle that they lost everything. As a matter of fact, I didn't even go over there for many days just 'cause I didn't know how it would make me feel,” he said.

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Winter Storm
3:52 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Oklahoma Under State Of Emergency

Traffic is at a crawl along southbound I-235 just north of the Dallas junction late Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say travel will be particularly dangerous overnight into Friday.
Credit Elizabeth Gwartney

All 77 of Oklahoma's counties are under a state of emergency. Gov. Mary Fallin issued the order Thursday afternoon as icy roads and frigid temperatures moved in to the state.

A statement from the governor's office says emergency managers encouraged Fallin to declare the state of emergency before the full brunt of the storm arrives.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say most of the snow and ice will fall in Oklahoma Thursday night into Friday.

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Winter Storm
11:37 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Winter Storm Update From Norman Forecast Office

Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service


A winter storm warning remains in effect for much of Oklahoma until 6 p.m. Friday. An ice warning is in effect for south central and southeastern portions of Oklahoma.

After a brief lull, a second round of precipitation will begin Thursday evening spreading southwest to northeast.

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Winter Storm
10:13 am
Thu December 5, 2013

It's Almost Here: Winter Storm Pushing Into Oklahoma

A winter storm will affect the area with two waves of precipitation Thursday and early Friday. The freezing rain in southeast Oklahoma will cause an ice storm with 1/4 to 3/4 inch accumulation.
Credit Norma Forecast Office / National Weather Service


A strong winter storm pushing its way across the region is already leading to the  closing of schools,  holiday and many other activities.

The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association has pushed high school football playoff games to next week.


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Winter Weather
9:11 am
Tue December 3, 2013

UPDATE: Winter Weather Warning Issued For Most Of The State

The National Weather Service encourages residents to prepare for a possible winter storm that could bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to Oklahoma.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says significant amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected over parts of Oklahoma from Thursday morning into Friday afternoon.

Snow and sleet is forecast to most likely occur near and north of a line from Lawton to Norman to Shawnee. South of that line, forecasters say ice is the main concern.

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Wintry Weather
8:44 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Snow, Freezing Rain, Ice Expected In Oklahoma This Week

Winter weather will be making a return to Oklahoma this week.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says a cold air mass will move into northwest  Oklahoma Tuesday afternoon, bringing colder temperatures early Wednesday.

Forecasters say high temperatures will remain in the 20s and 30s from Thursday through Saturday. The weather service says overnight wind chill values will range from 0 degrees to 10 degrees.

Wintry precipitation is expected early Thursday until Friday afternoon.  Forecasters predict snow in northern Oklahoma and freezing rain that eventually turns to sleet and snow in central Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Panel Highlights Different Reactions To 1999 And 2013 Moore Tornadoes

NOAA's Harold Brooks and Representative Joe Dorman speak at the Nov. 19 KGOU Panel.
Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Ever since last spring’s tornado that destroyed two elementary schools and killed seven children in Moore, it’s been hard to escape the debate over school shelters. There are petitions circulating around the state, and everyone seems to have an opinion on the issue.

KGOU recently held a panel about funding these shelters and discovered people are approaching this differently than they did following the Moore tornado in 1999.

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