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.

Severe Weather Hits Oklahoma, Freeze Possible

Apr 17, 2013
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.

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.

Severe Weather Possible This Evening, Winter Weather Advisory Posted

Apr 9, 2013 / 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.

"Tornadapreneur" Reed Timmer Takes TV Show to Internet

Mar 25, 2013

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.

Wet Thursday, Cold Weekend Coming

Mar 19, 2013
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.