Weather and Climate http://kgou.org en Auditing The Storm: HUD Funds Trickle Slowly Into Oklahoma Disaster Areas http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-hud-funds-trickle-slowly-oklahoma-disaster-areas <p>In the year since a series of severe storms devastated Central Oklahoma, the <a href="http://www.hud.gov">U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development </a>has awarded nearly $146 million to the city of Moore and the state to help with recovery. But so far, only a fraction of that has been spent, and spending the money has turned out to be harder than you’d think.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:32:02 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 33964 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: HUD Funds Trickle Slowly Into Oklahoma Disaster Areas EPA Gives $11 Million To Oklahoma Water Resource Board http://kgou.org/post/epa-gives-11-million-oklahoma-water-resource-board <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $11 million to the&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Water Resources Board.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:57:02 +0000 Associated Press 33847 at http://kgou.org EPA Gives $11 Million To Oklahoma Water Resource Board Auditing The Storm: Why Moore Missed Out On Mitigation Funds http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-why-moore-missed-out-mitigation-funds <p>When federal aid started pouring into the state after last years’ storms, <a href="http://www.fema.gov">FEMA</a> designated $4 million for <a href="http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program">hazard mitigation</a> – a tool used to protect communities from future severe weather through things like storm shelters. But the communities you’d think might receive this kind of money sometimes don’t.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 33790 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: Why Moore Missed Out On Mitigation Funds New Federal Earthquake Map Puts Oklahoma In Top Two Hazard Zone http://kgou.org/post/new-federal-earthquake-map-puts-oklahoma-top-two-hazard-zone <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:36:46 +0000 Associated Press 33597 at http://kgou.org New Federal Earthquake Map Puts Oklahoma In Top Two Hazard Zone Special Report: Auditing The Disaster Aid For 2013 Tornadoes And Storms http://kgou.org/post/special-report-auditing-disaster-aid-2013-tornadoes-and-storms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tornadoes and storms that devastated Oklahoma and killed 34 last year triggered the release of tens of millions of dollars in federal and state aid that will keep flowing for years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To date, the federal government has approved up to $257 million in disaster assistance of various kinds to help re build damage and help victims of the winds and flooding that struck between May 18 and June 2, 2013, and to mitigate future risks. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state has contributed an additional $10.5 million, and private insurers are paying about $1.1 billion. Charities also have pumped in aid.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The relief aid stemming from Disaster No. 4117, as it is called by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is arriving through several channels, heading ultimately to state and local agencies, contractors, businesses and individuals.</span></p><p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:01:53 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 33246 at http://kgou.org Special Report: Auditing The Disaster Aid For 2013 Tornadoes And Storms Farmers Hoping For More Rain To Lessen Drought http://kgou.org/post/farmers-hoping-more-rain-lessen-drought <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 15.9375px;">Some&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;farmers say there's "cautious optimism" that patchy rains this summer will make a dent in the drought afflicting much of the state and help save crops and cattle.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:54:38 +0000 Associated Press 33025 at http://kgou.org Farmers Hoping For More Rain To Lessen Drought Wichita Falls Fights Devastating Drought http://kgou.org/post/wichita-falls-fights-devastating-drought Wichita Falls, Texas, is in its worst drought on record &#8211; worse than the dustbowl days of the &#8217;50s. It started in 2010, and climatologists don&#8217;t see it letting up any time soon.<p>As city manager <strong>Darron Leiker</strong> explains, the city has taken a series of aggressive measures to cope.<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/?NID=28" target="_blank">Darron Leiker</a></strong>, city manager of Wichita Falls.</li> </ul> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WBUR-FM. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:28:31 +0000 Jeremy Hobson 32988 at http://kgou.org Wichita Falls Fights Devastating Drought Oklahoma Drought Easing In The West, Intensifying In The East http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-drought-easing-west-intensifying-east <p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">All the recent wet weather in western Oklahoma has put a big dent in the severity of the ongoing drought there.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Logan Layden 32831 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Drought Easing In The West, Intensifying In The East Climate Data Shows Last Month Second-Wettest June On Record http://kgou.org/post/climate-data-shows-last-month-second-wettest-june-record <p>Preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet show the state averaged about 5.8 inches of rain in June - about an inch-and-a-half above normal for this time of year.</p><p>Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus says six Mesonet stations in northern Oklahoma recorded at least 9 inches of rain this month...Buffalo had the highest rainfall total at 10.4 inches.</p><p>An inch of rain fell somewhere in Oklahoma on 19 of the months 30 days, and that helped relieve some of the drought in the state as well.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:45:49 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 32526 at http://kgou.org Climate Data Shows Last Month Second-Wettest June On Record Rain Not Only Lessens Drought, It Brings Back The Lesser Prairie Chicken Population http://kgou.org/post/rain-not-only-lessens-drought-it-brings-back-lesser-prairie-chicken-population <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">An aerial survey shows good rains in parts of the five-state range of the federally threatened lesser prairie chicken have brought a 20 percent increase in the grouse's population from last year.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:59:56 +0000 Associated Press 32499 at http://kgou.org Rain Not Only Lessens Drought, It Brings Back The Lesser Prairie Chicken Population