Weather and Climate http://kgou.org en Junior High Kids From Briarwood, Plaza Towers Feel Left Out Of School Support http://kgou.org/post/junior-high-kids-briarwood-plaza-towers-feel-left-out-school-support <p>In the year since tornadoes ripped through Moore, there’s been no shortage of media coverage of teachers and students at Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary Schools, as they’ve recovered from the storm and adapted to a “new normal.”&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But what about the kids that graduated and left? Some of them feel like they’ve fallen through the cracks.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:36:59 +0000 Kate Carlton 27210 at http://kgou.org Junior High Kids From Briarwood, Plaza Towers Feel Left Out Of School Support Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible This Weekend In Western, Central Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/large-hail-damaging-winds-possible-weekend-western-central-oklahoma <p>Western and Central Oklahoma could see a round of severe weather over the weekend. There's a threat of showers and thunderstorms Saturday west of a line extending from Altus to Alva.</p><p>But&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/">National Weather Service</a>&nbsp;senior forecaster Michael&nbsp;Scotten&nbsp;says there's a higher chance for that weather to move southeast through Central Oklahoma on Sunday.</p><p>http://youtu.be/9mbuzsU47Ns</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:46:48 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 27102 at http://kgou.org Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible This Weekend In Western, Central Oklahoma Take Shelter Oklahoma Vs. AG Scott Pruitt Results In "Mixed Bag" Ruling http://kgou.org/post/take-shelter-oklahoma-vs-ag-scott-pruitt-results-mixed-bag-ruling <p><a href="http://tornado.kgou.org/post/battle-words-school-shelter-hearing-goes-state-supreme-court">About a month ago</a>, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court heard the case of <a href="http://www.oag.ok.gov/oagweb.nsf/0/6fc3dde255643e0386257c2b00694ae2/$FILE/Take%20Shelter%20-%20Rsp%20to%20Request%20to%20Recuse%20AG.pdf">Take Shelter Oklahoma vs. Attorney General Scott Pruitt</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The school shelter advocacy group filed suit against Pruitt, claiming he tried to sabotage their effort to put a $500 million</span><a href="http://tornado.kgou.org/post/update-group-launches-oklahoma-school-shelter-ballot-drive-0" style="line-height: 1.5;"> bond issue </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on an upcoming ballot.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The high court ruled last week, and the decision seemed to be a compromise, but not everyone was happy.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 26713 at http://kgou.org Take Shelter Oklahoma Vs. AG Scott Pruitt Results In "Mixed Bag" Ruling Severe Storms Forecast For Oklahoma Tuesday http://kgou.org/post/severe-storms-forecast-oklahoma-tuesday <p>Oklahomans are facing their first significant risk for tornadoes of the spring storm season. The National Weather Service says the potential for severe thunderstorms increases Tuesday afternoon. If storms develop they are likely to be severe.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the storms will be fairly isolated, forecasters say conditions for severe weather will become more favorable through the day. What the weather service calls “significant severe storms” are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:18:13 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 26442 at http://kgou.org Severe Storms Forecast For Oklahoma Tuesday High Court Upholds Oklahoma School Shelter Ballot http://kgou.org/post/high-court-upholds-oklahoma-school-shelter-ballot <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Supreme Court says a ballot title written by the attorney general's office for an initiative to place storm shelters in&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;public schools is legally correct but gave proponents more time to gather signatures to place the measure on the ballot.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:58:00 +0000 Associated Press 26364 at http://kgou.org High Court Upholds Oklahoma School Shelter Ballot Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season http://kgou.org/post/six-ways-prepare-oklahoma-s-tornado-season <p><a name="top"></a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s little doubt </span>Oklahomans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be more sensitive and more concerned than usual as the spring storm season approaches after the devastating events of May 2013. Dozens of people died as three violent tornadoes tore across </span>Pottawatomie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since September, </span>KGOU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been </span><a href="http://tornado.kgou.org/about-project" style="line-height: 1.5;">working to prepare for severe weather in 2014</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On March 12, we hosted a panel discussion about tornado preparedness and storm safety at the Moore Public Library, just a few hundred yards from where the May 20 twister crossed Interstate 35.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 26274 at http://kgou.org Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season New Severe Weather Warning System Comes To Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/new-severe-weather-warning-system-comes-oklahoma <p>Meteorologists are really good at understanding all sorts of complicated weather-related jargon. But when severe storms are in the forecast, it’s important to communicate those threats in a way that people can easily understand.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.weather.gov/" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Weather Service</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been testing a new, simpler approach in different parts of the country, and last week, they introduced their system to Oklahoma.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 26253 at http://kgou.org New Severe Weather Warning System Comes To Oklahoma What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years http://kgou.org/post/what-winter-will-be-100-years One of the upsides to the seemingly endless winter of 2014 was that you had time to think.<p>And to ask futuristic questions, such as: What will the American Winter of 2114 be like?<p>Here are some of the answers.<p><strong>Milder: </strong>In the midst of the Sochi Olympics, the <em>New York Times</em> posted a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/08/opinion/sunday/the-end-of-snow.html?_r=1" target="_blank">wake-up piece</a> about the future of snow skiing. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:26:24 +0000 Linton Weeks 25977 at http://kgou.org What Winter Will Be Like In 100 Years Serve Moore's Spring Break Renews City Park, Restores Community Pride http://kgou.org/post/serve-moores-spring-break-renews-city-park-restores-community-pride <p>During spring break, most college kids escape school and work for a simpler life at the beach. But sometimes, groups of teenagers and&nbsp;20-somethings&nbsp;venture away from the sand and into the dirt.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One Oklahoma group has decided to use those students to revitalize areas of Moore affected by the May 20&nbsp;tornado.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Carlton 25775 at http://kgou.org Serve Moore's Spring Break Renews City Park, Restores Community Pride NWS Report Suggests A Plan For Multiple Severe Weather Events http://kgou.org/post/nws-report-suggests-plan-multiple-severe-weather-events <p></p><p>The National Weather Service <a href="http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/assessments/pdfs/13oklahoma_tornadoes.pdf">issued a report</a> Friday examining last May's tornados in Oklahoma. The assessment encourages the Norman Forecast Office to develop a plan for more than one severe weather event at a time.</p><p>On May 31, eight people died in the El Reno tornado while 13 died from flash flooding that followed heavy rain. National Weather Service Meteorologist Kenneth Harding says each element of a multiple warning system should be weighted based upon its urgency and severity.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:14:36 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 25672 at http://kgou.org NWS Report Suggests A Plan For Multiple Severe Weather Events