Weather and Climate

Moore Tornado
12:40 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Moore Schools To Reopen After Devastating Tornado

Gov. Mary Fallin leads Gen. Frank J. Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau through the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., where seven students were killed during the May 20th, 2013 tornado.
Credit The National Guard / Flickr Creative Commons

Officials at Moore Public Schools welcomed teachers to a new school year following a devastating tornado that destroyed two schools and damaged many others.

Superintendent Robert Romines spoke to more than 1,400 Moore Public School teachers Monday morning – 84 days after a massive tornado struck the community. He says about 750 new students enrolled in Moore Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Severe Storms
8:08 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Flooding Takes Oklahoma City Man's Life

Rainfall amounts from Thursday night's severe storms.
Credit Oklahoma Mesonet

Severe thunderstorms moved through central Oklahoma Thursday night causing flooding and power outages across the area.

Oklahoma City police say a 60-year-old man drowned while trying to rescue a relative who was stranded by floodwaters.

Police say the man was swept into a drainage canal and drowned early Friday in northwest Oklahoma City. Police say the relative, who was stranded in a car, escaped without injury.

That incident happened near NW 122nd and Pennsylvania. Police reported water over the roadway there with three stalled cars in the intersection.

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Japanese paper cranes
6:28 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Good Wishes Sent Via Paper Cranes

Example of Japanese folded paper cranes
Credit Dominic's pics / Flickr.com

Oklahoma native Candace Goodner, who is a kindergarten teacher in Japan, felt helpless when she saw the devastation of her former hometown of Moore on the news after the tornados of May.

Goodner told the Oklahoman newspaper that one of the customs in Japan when bad luck or illness happens to someone, you send them a "senbazuru", which resembles a mobile made up of a thousand folded paper cranes.

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Heat Advisory
10:15 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Baby Dies During Hot Car Ride

Dangerously hot weather continues Wednesday across much of Oklahoma.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Police in Ardmore say a 1-month-old baby died during a car ride in a vehicle with no air conditioning.

Police say the family had been traveling from Ohio to the Ringling, Okla., area Monday when the parents noticed the baby wasn't breathing. Investigators tell Oklahoma City television station KOCO that the baby was taken to the emergency room where she was later pronounced dead.

The baby's cause of death has not yet been released, but investigators say the car did not have air conditioning and only one window would roll down.

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Weather and Climate
4:14 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Four States And Six Tribes Send Firefighters To Pacific Northwest

Fire In Oregon
Credit Oregon Department Of Transportation / Flickr.com

Officials say 100 firefighters from Arkansas, Louisiana,Oklahoma and Texas are in Oregon to fight wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

  

The agency said Tuesday that moist and relatively cool conditions in the Southwest have diminished the fire danger in the region. That enabled the firefighters to be free to help out in the Northwest.

Officials say the firefighters left from Fort Smith on July 24 to begin the two-week mission. They're being housed in tents at Redmond, Ore., and sent as needed to wildfire sites.

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Weather and Climate
1:19 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Certified Wheat Seed Scarce Due To Drought Conditions

Wheat Field
Credit Palouse / Flickr.com

Exceptional drought conditions and untimely freezes that have left some southeast Colorado winter wheat fields with nothing to harvest have also limited the certified seed supply for next season.

The Colorado Wheat Research Foundation predicts there will be enough seed available if farmers get in touch with dealers early.

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Moore Tornado
10:02 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Moore Receives First FEMA Debris Payment

Survivors of May's tornado look at a car damaged in the storm.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Moore City Council has approved more than $32 million to pay for cleanup costs related to the deadly May tornado. 

Moore Finance Director Jim Corbett says the city foots the bill for the cleanup costs, then is reimbursed by the state and federal government. Corbett says the city received its first payment last week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Twenty-five people died after the EF5 tornado tore through Moore, including a 90-year-old woman who died last week after suffering a fractured skull in the twister. 

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Weather and Climate
6:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

May Tornado Death Toll Rises

May 20-21 2013 Storm Clouds Over Moore, Oklahoma
Credit Dawn Musick / Flickr.com

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner has increased the toll from the May 20 tornado at Moore after the death of a 90-year-old woman critically  injured in the storm.  Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said today that the death of Kathryn Begay pushed the  death toll to 25.  Begay's home in the town of Moore was destroyed and she suffered a fractured  skull. Officials say she suffered a pair of strokes after the storm and died  last Thursday.   A tornado that struck El Reno on May 31 killed 22 people, including 14 adults  and eight children. Many victims drowned due to heavy rain from that storm.   

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:11 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Twister Truths: Does The Tornado Risk Peak After The School Day Ends?

Wooden crosses at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore stand in memory of the seven students killed during the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Credit SFC Kendall James / U.S. Department of Defense

Editor's Note: This is part one in StateImpact Oklahoma's "Twister Truths" series where we use data to kick the tires on the conventional wisdom underlying severe weather policy in Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma, state and local emergency authorities emphasize individual shelters in peoples’ homes over communal shelters in schools or other civic buildings. As we reported here, almost all the federal disaster funding the state receives has been directed to rebates for the construction of residential shelters and safe rooms.

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Weather and Climate
12:31 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Found In Tulsa County

Credit dr_relling / Flickr Creative Commons

The first mosquitoes of 2013 confirmed to be carrying the West Nile virus have been found in Oklahoma. 

The Tulsa County Health Department said Thursday that a sampling of mosquitoes in Tulsa County have tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.

State health officials say there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in humans this year. There were a record 178 cases and 15 deaths in 2012.

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