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2:29 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Could Hotter Temperatures From Climate Change Boost Violence?

A police officer guards Cambodia's famed temple of Angkor Wat. The powerful city-state collapsed in 1431 after suffering through two decades of droughts.
Heng Sinith AP

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 2:48 pm

Rates of homicide and other violent crimes often spike in cities during heat waves. People get cranky. Tempers flare.

So as the Earth gets hotter because of climate change, will it also become more violent?

Many scientists have thought so. And now a team of economists offers the first quantitative estimates for just how much weather changes might amplify human conflict.

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10:04 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Wireless Emergency Alerts: Frequently-Asked Questions

Lead in text: 
Did you get an alert on your phone for the Flash Flood Warnings this morning? This is the new Wireless Emergency Alert system.
Imagine this: You're driving down the highway, humming along to your favorite tunes, when the cell phone stowed in your bag suddenly makes a strange noise. To investigate, you take the next exit and safely pull over to check the screen.
Drought
9:26 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Despite Recent Rains, Drought Continues Hold On State

Drought monitor map from July 16.
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

A smattering of summer showers is providing much-needed rain across much of Oklahoma, but nearly a third of the state remains locked in extreme drought.

The driest portion of the state includes major agricultural producing counties in western Oklahoma that has withered crops, dried up farm ponds and decimated cattle herds.

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Severe Weather
10:04 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Severe Weather Hits Oklahoma, Freeze Possible

The National Weather Service says record low temperatures are possible Friday morning.
Credit National Weather Service Norman

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Wednesday evening for southwest and south central Oklahoma.

Authorities reported damage in the Lawton area from storms that passed through the area, including at the Goodyear tire plant.

The risk for tornadoes diminished for central Oklahoma as the storms hit cooler air, but the threat for tornadoes continued in southern sections of the state.

Colder air is moving in behind the storms and could bring a freeze to the region.

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Severe Storms
1:26 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued, Greatest Severe Weather Threat 5-11 p.m.

Credit National Weather Service Norman

The National Weather Service says storms will intensify this evening, with the highest tornado potential coming between 5 and 11 p.m. in Central and Southwest Oklahoma.

A Tornado Watch has been issued until 11:00 p.m. for Central and Eastern Oklahoma. The counties included roughly follow the Interstate 44 corridor.

There are still questions about the exact timing of the storms, but the Norman Forecast Office advises residents to not leave work or school this afternoon without checking the weather first.

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Severe Storms
7:47 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Severe Weather Possible This Evening, Winter Weather Advisory Posted

Forecasters say power outages are possible as a winter storm moves through Oklahoma overnight Tuesday into midday Wednesday.
Credit www.srh.noaa.gov / National Weather Service

UPDATE: A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday for northern, southwest and central Oklahoma.

Forecasters say freezing rain and sleet are likely to accumulate on power lines and tree limbs. Strong northwest winds will also make it more likely for lines and limbs to fall.

Power outages are most likely, according to the forecast, in central and north-central Oklahoma.

The risk for severe storms and tornadoes is less than earlier forecast, but dangerous thunderstorms are still possible.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:17 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"Tornadapreneur" Reed Timmer Takes TV Show to Internet

Reed Timmer
Credit http://tvnweather.com

One of the nation’s most well-known storm chasers, Reed Timmer, is taking his work to the public after appearing for several years on the Discovery Channel.

To help pay for his new Internet-based series of programs, Timmer used social media and Kickstarter. The plan was a success, surpassing its initial $75,000 goal, now trying for a new “stretch goal” of $125,000 by Thursday.

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Weather and Climate
10:42 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Wet Thursday, Cold Weekend Coming

Credit Dan Pupek / Flickr Creative Commons

An upper level low moving through the region Wednesday through the end of the week will bring increasing chances of precipitation from early Thursday through Friday morning.

Thunderstorms will be possible, primarily Thursday afternoon across southern parts of Oklahoma. A light rain/snow mix may be possible early Friday morning.

Rain chances return Saturday afternoon with some snow possible Sunday across northern Oklahoma. Other areas of the state could see a wintry mix of precipitation.

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