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Storms Could Bring Hail And Flooding To Central Oklahoma

23 hours ago
National Weather Service

It could be a windy and wet weekend.

 

The National Weather Service forecasts a high likelihood of thunderstorms beginning on Friday around 7 p.m. in the southeastern part of the state and at 9 p.m. in central Oklahoma. The storms are likely to continue throughout the night. Winds may reach up to 70 miles per hour.

 

There will be a very low risk of tornadoes, but hail the size of tennis balls is a possibility.

 

National Weather Service

Areas of central and southeastern Oklahoma could receive between 2 and 4 inches of rain today, and the National Weather Service is forecasting hail up to the size of golf balls. Winds up to 70 miles per hour are possible.

Risk Of Overnight Storms In Central, Eastern Oklahoma

Apr 20, 2017
National Weather Service

Severe storms on Thursday night and Friday could bring hail the size of golf balls to central and eastern Oklahoma.

 

The National Weather Service is forecasting the chance of severe storms with 60 to 70 mile-per-hour winds and the chance of hail, starting on Thursday at 10 p.m.  The storms may continue until 6 a.m. on Friday. 

 

In this May 19, 2010 file photo taken near Kingfisher, Okla., storm chasers and spectator vehicles clog the road and shoulder of Highway 81.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

 

 

Storm chasers continue to have a central role in documenting tornadoes, according to a leading Oklahoma meteorologist.

Gary England told KGOU that storm chasers give forecasters and meteorologists “eyes on the ground” that radars and other technological advances cannot provide. A human in the field sends back an immediate eye witness account of what is occurring during  storm, like a wall cloud, a funnel cloud or a tornado on the ground.

A burned field in northwestern Oklahoma.
Facebook/Oklahoma Forestry Services

 

 

A massive wildfire burned more than a thousand square miles earlier this month in northwestern Oklahoma, killing one person and countless animals, torching building and forcing evacuations. And this week, a fire in eastern Oklahoma has burned at least nine homes.

National Weather Service

A slow moving winter storm is forecast to move into Oklahoma early Friday morning and linger in the state through the weekend. The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Storm Watch which will be in effect from Friday morning until Sunday. Heavy rainfall, rain, freezing rain, and a mixture of freezing rain and rain are all expected and may disrupt travel this weekend.

National Weather Service

An excessive heat warning is still in effect for parts of north central and northeastern Oklahoma, and much of the state is under a heat advisory as temperatures in upper 90s continue to grip the state. Heat index values in some areas could reach as high as 113 degrees. Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa could see heat indices in the triple digits.

The excessive heat warning will be in effect until 8:00 p.m. Friday evening. The heat advisory will be active until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.

National Weather Service

Updated 5:45 p.m.: Winter Storm and Flood Watches Issued 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for western and central Oklahoma as a strong storm system approaches the state.

Flooding in Oklahoma City on 23rd Street
NATHANAEL CALLON / Twitter

Update May 25, 10 a.m.  The Oklahoma Red Cross closed the Oklahoma City shelter Monday morning, but the other shelters listed below remain open.

Update 2:30 p.m.  Heartline and the Oklahoma Red Cross are offering assistance for people affected by the storms and flooding throughout Oklahoma.

Call HeartLine 2-1-1 for resource information like temporary shelters and agencies taking displaced pets. Heartline also has a web page with resource information. Residents of Oklahoma City can also call 2-1-1 to register the damage so officials can make damage assessments.

Below is an updated list of Red Cross shelters opened in Oklahoma for those affected by flooding.

Oklahoma City area -- closed Monday morning
Messiah Lutheran Church, 3600 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City

Remaining open:

Noble/Slaughterville/Purcell area: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4401 Maguire Rd, Noble

A Story Of Snow And Inequality

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Boston-area journalist Barbara Howard recently wrote an essay for Cognoscenti, the ideas and opinion page for WBUR in Boston, about an experience she had driving home from work at 1 a.m. after the latest blizzard. She stopped to pick up a young mom holding a sleeping toddler at a bus stop. She tells Here & Now’s Robin Young about that encounter, snow and inequality.

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Winter weather has caused all sorts of problems in Massachusetts – school closings, suspension of public transportation and lost revenue for stores.

A study from the American Highway Users Alliance estimates transportation delays and closings in the past few weeks cost Massachusetts about $265 million a day. About two-thirds of that is lost income for hourly workers.

2014 Weather In Review

Jan 5, 2015
Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Winter was noticeably absent through much of December, a deceptively warm month that ended more than 2 degrees above normal to rank as the 38th warmest since records began in 1895.

The season finally lived up to its name during the month's final week, however, with a swath of 3-5 inches of snow along the I-44 corridor in southwestern Oklahoma, along with another icy plunge to ring in the New Year. New Year's Eve was celebrated with patches of freezing drizzle, snow, sleet and below-zero wind chills.

Update: Winter Weather in Oklahoma

Nov 16, 2014
November 16 2014
National Weather Service

The snow has ended for northern OK and is expected to end this evening across parts of central and southern OK, and western north TX. However, despite the snow ending, slick roadways, bridges, overpasses, and sidewalks will remain likely overnight into at least Monday morning. So take it easy, slow down, and allow extra time to get to your destination tonight into tomorrow, including during the morning commute.

Wind chills will also remain cold overnight into Monday morning with values ranging from around zero into the low teens.

Weather And Road Conditions For Sunday

Nov 16, 2014
November 16 2014
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.

Colder Temperatures Coming

Nov 8, 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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According to the Insurance Information Institute, three of the top six years for catastrophic insurance losses — topping $142 billion — have taken place since 2005, and scientists agree that climate change has played a major role.

Hurricanes like Katrina and Sandy come to mind, as do myriads of fires, droughts and floods. The costs are huge and businesses are not waiting for Congress to take action — they’re doing everything they can to become climate resistant, if not climate-proof.

Storms Possible Sunday Evening into Monday

May 11, 2014
National Weather Service

The Norman office of the National Weather Service reports that it will be windy across Oklahoma till at least 7pm.  Thunderstorms are likely this evening, beginning after 5pm in western Oklahoma, and continuing eastward into Monday as a cold front moves across the region. Severe weather is possible starting early evening and continuing into the early Monday morning hours. The potential for severe storms will diminish Monday morning but could increase again Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging straight-line winds will be the main concerns.

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

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.

But National Weather Service senior forecaster Michael Scotten says there's a higher chance for that weather to move southeast through Central Oklahoma on Sunday.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

There’s little doubt Oklahomans 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 Pottawatomie, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.

Since September, KGOU has been working to prepare for severe weather in 2014 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.

We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:

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Jan 15, 2014

Tornadoes killed 54 people in 2013, even though the number of twisters was below average. The National Climatic Data Center has its year-end report on weather across the nation and the globe.

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