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venture
07-30-2012, 01:02 AM
Summer continues and near record heat and dry conditions appears to be here for the long haul. This thread will cover both August and September as things should remain pretty quiet severe weather wise. This can also change if we get into a Northwest flow or a tropical system makes a run up from the Gulf.

This initial post will contain information, images, and links that can be used at any time. Images posted later through the thread may or may not be accurate on the day you are viewing them (check the post comments). Information contained in this thread should not be used as an alternative to weather radios, media, or other means of getting weather warnings/advisories.

Every now and then you'll see a reference for "the chat room" in the discussion. This is a live chat that will be active mainly during severe weather events in Oklahoma. To reach the chat room follow the link to: http://www.weatherspotlight.com/

Other Threads to Checkout
Severe Weather Trends: http://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=29677
Oklahoma 2012 Tornado Tracking List: http://www.okctalk.com/showthread.php?t=29507


Current Conditions

Norman Warning Area MapTulsa County Warning Area Maphttp://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/png/oun.png (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/)http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/png/tsa.png (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/tsa/)Tornado Warning | Tornado Watch | Severe Thunderstorm Warning | Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Red Flag Warning | Fire Warning | Severe Weather Statement | Special Weather Statement
Hazardous Weather Outlook | Fire Weather Watch
Other Color Meanings: http://www.weather.gov/wwamap-prd/faq.phpOklahoma Mesonet Current Conditions
Red - Air Temp, Green - Dewpoint, Barbs - Wind Speed/Direction, Gray - Gusts, Blue - Precip since Midnighthttp://www.mesonet.org/data/public/mesonet/maps/realtime/current.wx.gif (http://www.mesonet.org/index.php/weather/map/current_conditions/current_conditions)
Severe Weather Information

Current Watches (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/)Current Mesoscale Discussions (MCD) (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/validww.png (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/watch/)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/validmd.png (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/)

SPC Convection (Severe Weather) Outlooks
*Click any above graphic to view discussion.*

Day 1 Outlook (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html)Tornado OutlookWind OutlookHail Outlookhttp://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1probotlk_torn.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1probotlk_torn.gif)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1probotlk_wind.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1probotlk_wind.gif)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1probotlk_hail.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1probotlk_hail.gif)

Day 2 Outlook (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html)Day 2 Probabilistic OutlookDay 3 Outlook (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3otlk.html)Day 3 Probabilistic Outlookhttp://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2probotlk_any.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2probotlk_any.gif)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3otlk.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3otlk.html)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3prob.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3prob.gif)

Days 4 through 8 Outlook (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/day4-8/)

D (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html)ay 4Day 5Day 6Day 7Day 8http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/day4-8/day4prob.gifhttp://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/day4-8/day5prob.gifhttp://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/day4-8/day6prob.gifhttp://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/day4-8/day7prob.gifhttp://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/day4-8/day8prob.gif

SPC Severe Weather Reports


Today (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/today.html)
Unfiltered Reports Click Here (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/today.gif)Yesterday (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/yesterday.html)
Unfiltered Reports Click Here (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/yesterday.gif)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/today_filtered.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/today.html)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/yesterday_filtered.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/yesterday.html)

Fire Weather Images


Oklahoma Mesonet 24-inch Fractional Weather Index Image (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.visible.png)
Image will appear blank overnight.http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/mesonet/maps/daily/mesonet.daily.current.FW60.grad.png?1343628443278O klahoma Mesonet Relative Humidity Image (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.ir.png)
Enhanced Colors - Blues are higher/colder cloud tops, Reds are warmer normally clear skies.http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/mesonet/maps/realtime/current.RELH.grad.png

Oklahoma Mesonet -Burn Index Image (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.visible.png)
Image will appear blank overnight.http://okfire.mesonet.org//data/public/mesonet/models/realtime/nfd/images/latest.bi.gif?1343629065Oklahoma Mesonet Consecutive Days with Less Than 0.25" of Rain Image (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.ir.png)
Enhanced Colors - Blues are higher/colder cloud tops, Reds are warmer normally clear skies.http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/mesonet/maps/daily/mesonet.rainfall.quarterinch.png

SPC Fire Weather Outlooks
*Click any above graphic to view discussion.*
Day 1 (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/fwdy1.html)Day 2 (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/fwdy2.html)Days 3 to 8 (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/fire_wx/)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/day1otlk_fire.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/fwdy1.html)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/day2otlk_fire.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/fwdy2.html)http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/fire_wx/imgs/day38otlk_fire.gif (http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/exper/fire_wx/)



References



COD Weather Analysis Page: http://weather.cod.edu/analysis/
NWS Norman Page: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/
Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Oklahoma Mesonet: http://www.mesonet.org/
West Texas Mesonet: http://www.mesonet.ttu.edu/
Oklahoma Fire Weather: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=fireweather
Oklahoma Road Conditions: http://www.dps.state.ok.us/cgi-bin/weathermap.cgi
Severe Weather Values Reference Guide: http://weatherspotter.net/index11.php -or- http://www.theweatherprediction.com/severe/indices/
TwisterData Model Page: http://www.twisterdata.com/
Earl Barker's Central US Model Page: http://128.121.193.153/central_models.htm
NSSL WRF Model: http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/wrf/
NSSL 4KM WRF Model Forecast Soundings: http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/wrf/sdg/
HRRR Rapid Refresh Model: http://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/hrrrconus/


Tutorial: HOW TO VIEW DATA IN HRRR

Step 1) Go the main page: http://ruc.noaa.gov/hrrr/
Step 2) Click on 3km HRRR-CONUS hourly (http://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/hrrrconus/)
Step 3) Under Domain select SC for South Central US
Step 4) Look at the time frames available. Usually if it isn't through Hour 06 yet, I'll just go up to Date and select the previous time.
Step 5) Depending on what you want to see you can click on the specific time or to loop all the times available you'll see a Check Mark under loop. You can click that to loop them all.




State Radar ImagesWSR-88D Twin Lakes (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0R&rid=TLX&loop=yes)Base Reflectivity 0.5 deg tilt (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0R&rid=TLX&loop=yes)
http://radar.weather.gov/lite/NCR/TLX_loop.gif (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0R&rid=TLX&loop=yes)
WSR-88D Frederick (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0R&rid=fdr&loop=yes)Base Reflectivity 0.5 deg tilt (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0R&rid=fdr&loop=yes)
http://radar.weather.gov/lite/NCR/FDR_loop.gif (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=N0R&rid=fdr&loop=yes)
WSR-88D Vance AFB (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=vnx&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=no)Base Reflectivity 0.5 deg tilt (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=VNX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes)
http://radar.weather.gov/lite/NCR/VNX_loop.gif (http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=VNX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes)
Experimental Test Beds or Specialized Radars
Some experimental products may not always be live or up to date.Phased Array Radar (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/nwrtbase.shtml) (Next Generation Test Bed)CASA Radar Deployment (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/casart.shtml) - SW Oklahomahttp://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/NWRT/w2_NWRT_Reflectivity_00.50.png (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/nwrtbase.shtml)http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/rtmp/casart_CASA_MergedReflectivityComposite.png (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/casart.shtml)Multi-Radar Products (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/multi.shtml)Multi-Radar Hail Core Tracks (Past 120 min)Multi-Radar Maximum Expected Hail Size (MESH)http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/rtmp/w2_wdssii_J10_MULTI_MESH_Max_120min_00.00.png (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/rtmp/w2_wdssii_J10_MULTI_MESH_Max_120min_00.00.png)http ://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/MULTI/w2_MULTI_MESH_00.00.png (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/MULTI/w2_MULTI_MESH_00.00.png)Multi-Radar Products (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/multi.shtml)Multi-Radar Rotation Tracks (Past 120 min)Multi-Radar Azimuthal Shear Compositehttp://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/MULTI/w2_MULTI_RotTrack_Max_360min_00.00.png (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/MULTI/w2_MULTI_RotTrack_Max_360min_00.00.png)http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/rtmp/w2_wdssii_J10_MULTI_RotTrack_00.00.png (http://wdssii.nssl.noaa.gov/web/wdss2/products/radar/rtmp/w2_wdssii_J10_MULTI_RotTrack_00.00.png)
State Satellite Images


Oklahoma Mesonet Visible Satellite Image (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.visible.png)
Image will appear blank overnight.http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.visible.png (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.visible.png)Oklahoma Mesonet IR Satellite Image (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.ir.png)
Enhanced Colors - Blues are higher/colder cloud tops, Reds are warmer normally clear skies.http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.ir.png (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.ir.png)

Oklahoma Mesonet Water Vapor Satellite Image (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.wv.png)
Enhanced Colors - Dark gray/black is dry air, bright white/colorized is higher moisture content/colder air.http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.wv.png (http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/noaa/sat/maps/realtime/latest.goes_east.wv.png)

venture
07-30-2012, 01:30 AM
New thread (yes it is mistitled right now, put in a report to fix that) for the next couple of months.

Medium range models through mid-August show little to no chance of rain. Maybe a few storms getting into NW Oklahoma next week, but I wouldn't really hold my breath. High pressure looks to be firmly entrenched through the forecast period.

Added Fire Weather information to the first post this time. Things are just extremely dry - notice Norman hasn't had more than 0.25" of rain in over 50 days now.

Roadhawg
07-30-2012, 08:25 AM
I was coming back from DFW yesterday afternoon and the thermometer in the jeep hit 109.

ou48A
07-30-2012, 01:59 PM
KWTV 9 OKC said today at noon that we might get some relief from the extreme heat about next Tuesday or Wednesday.

sacolton
07-31-2012, 06:08 AM
Doesn't look like any relief is coming soon.

venture
07-31-2012, 11:01 AM
The ridge was showing up as moving west a bit in some of the forecast models yesterday. The runs last night and since then eliminated that. They do show us moving into a NW flow (ridge moving west) around the 14th/15th, but that is well down the road and can change. Still looking at a chance of storms Friday/Saturday in NW OK.

Here is the return of the graphic we saw all too much of last year...hopefully that 100 degree streak just doesn't happen. :)

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/fxc/oun/graphicast/image7.jpg

Bunty
07-31-2012, 07:44 PM
On 7/30/12, the hottest day of this summer in Stillwater coincided with a big wildfire nearby that was brought up this morning on Good Morning America. Here's an aftermath photo of the fire from N. Fairgrounds Rd, or two miles from the city limits:

http://okieworld.net/fgfire.jpg

Maybe this picture explains why the electricity went off in Stillwater during the fire.

http://okieworld.net/mcfire.jpg

Bunty
07-31-2012, 08:03 PM
Video from fire east of Stillwater:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t-MxFWYSeQ

venture
08-01-2012, 12:56 AM
00Z GFS run tonight is wanting to retreat the ridge back to the west quite a bit this weekend. Bringing a decent chance of rain roughly I-40 and north. We'll see if this sticks. If we can get secured in a NW flow and keep the ridge west we might be able to break out of this heat streak for a bit.

ou48A
08-01-2012, 02:45 PM
Current conditions at Norman / Max Westheimer
113F
Wind Speed Calm

Heat Index 122F

Last Update on 1 Aug 2:35 pm CDT

HELP

OKCTalker
08-01-2012, 03:36 PM
A group of us are riding our bikes around Lake Hefner tonight at 6:00 p.m., starting from Louie's if anybody wants to join us. Two laps, 19 miles. This is one of those "We did it just to say we did" kind of things. Yes, we know - Lake Hefner is conveniently located between Integris and Mercy hospitals.

adaniel
08-01-2012, 03:38 PM
I've noticed over the past few days its been significantly more humid at the Norman station than anywhere near OKC. Is that because its in a river valley? Is the weather station at Max Westheimer downwind from a body a water?

Bunty
08-01-2012, 03:46 PM
As of 3:45 pm all three wunderground stations in Stillwater were showing 112. The highest high of the stations is 113. The temp is over 100 everywhere in Oklahoma. Bet a lot of towns had their hottest day of the summer today.

http://www.stillwaterweather.com/wxgraphic.php?type=banner_big (http://www.stillwaterweather.com/)

jmpokc1957
08-01-2012, 04:17 PM
I saw that Wiley Post Airport was reporting 111 deg!

Here in the Portland, Or, area it's 75 and sunny. Might have a heat wave this weekend and hit 90!

I'm no longer dreaming about summer in the Midwest, not after seeing what the past two years has been. I'm getting too old for that!

OkieHornet
08-01-2012, 04:41 PM
Current conditions at Norman / Max Westheimer
113F
Wind Speed Calm

Heat Index 122F

Last Update on 1 Aug 2:35 pm CDT

HELP

that heat index isn't correct - humidity would have to be 83% for it to be that high, and pretty sure it's in the lower teens right now.

venture
08-01-2012, 05:07 PM
that heat index isn't correct - humidity would have to be 83% for it to be that high, and pretty sure it's in the lower teens right now.

Yes it is correct.

Neat little tool to do it yourself: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/html/heatindex.shtml

83% humidity would be a heat index of 246F. :)

ou48A
08-01-2012, 05:09 PM
I believe most of the OKC metro is now restricting water usage.This is for Norman

http://www.ci.norman.ok.us/content/m...r-conservation
Stage 2 of the City of Norman adopted Water Conservation Plan, the following rules and regulations apply:

For Residential Customers: •All outdoor watering or irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
•Odd/Even water restrictions (house addresses that end with an even number water on even numbered calendar days; house addresses that end with an odd number water on odd number calendar days) for irrigation purposes are required for all customers with NO watering on Wednesday and Thursday of each week. The first days with no watering restriction will be Wednesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 9th. Hand watering gardens/plants/shrubs with a hose is allowed at any time. The 31st day of the month is not included in the odd/even water rotation, but conservation is urged.
•Excess water run-off from any landscaped area onto streets is prohibited whether by design, maladjustment to sprinkler system, or usage during high winds.
•Washing of cars, trucks, trailers or other vehicles is prohibited unless these items are taken to a commercial carwash.
•Washing or hosing down of buildings, sidewalks, driveways, patios, porches, parking areas or any paved surface is prohibited.
For Commercial Customers:•All residential watering and irrigation restrictions noted above apply.
•Developers and commercial enterprises must wait until the current water emergency has passed before establishing any new landscaping.
For the City of Norman:•The City will follow the same watering conservation rules as the public.
•City splash pad operation hours will be reduced by 2 hours each day.
•Eliminate non-essential City water use (e.g. street cleaning, vehicle washing, flushing of water mains, fire hydrant testing, etc)

Bunty
08-02-2012, 04:29 AM
I bet higher winds expected helped bring on this fire watch in effect until 5pm.

FIRE WEATHER WATCH
Updated: Thu Aug-02-12 04:12am CDT
Effective: Thu Aug-02-12 04:12am CDT
Expires: Thu Aug-02-12 05:00pm CDT

Severity: Moderate
Urgency: Future
Certainty: Possible

Status: Actual
Type: Alert
Category: Met

Areas affected: Beckham; Blaine; Caddo; Canadian; Carter; Cleveland; Coal; Comanche; Cotton; Custer; Garfield; Garvin; Grady; Greer; Harmon; Hughes; Jackson; Jefferson; Johnston; Kay; Kingfisher; Kiowa; Lincoln; Logan; Love; Marshall; McClain; Murray; Noble; Oklahoma; Payne; Pontotoc; Pottawatomie; Seminole; Stephens; Tillman; Wash ita

Instructions: Monitor weather forecasts and information.

Message summary: ...critical fire weather conditions likely on friday across parts of oklahoma and western north texas...
...fire weather watch in effect from friday morning through friday evening for low relative humidity...breezy south to southwest winds...and high fire danger for northern...
Southern...and central oklahoma as well as western north texas...
* wind...south to southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph
* humidity...10 to 25 percent
* temperature...104 to 112
* impacts...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

OKCisOK4me
08-02-2012, 05:11 AM
Current conditions at Norman / Max Westheimer
113F
Wind Speed Calm

Heat Index 122F



Last Update on 1 Aug 2:35 pm CDT



HELP

That was the temp in my car yesterday when I went to work!

venture
08-02-2012, 07:56 AM
06Z GFS definitely brings hope of more rain for the area, including what is now TD5 up into Western OK after it makes landfall. Not going to jump all in just yet until the 12Z runs.

ou48A
08-02-2012, 08:19 AM
TODAY’S FORECAST FOR NORMAN

Sunny and hot, with a high near 115

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.24113278166642&lon=-97.470703125&site=oun&unit=0&lg=&FcstType=text

ou48A
08-02-2012, 12:21 PM
KWTV 9 has a forecasted high of 94 for next Friday

ou48A
08-02-2012, 01:55 PM
Meanwhile in Stillwater, OK...

http://i.imgur.com/W1y7u.jpg

Bunty
08-02-2012, 02:35 PM
Scroll down to near bottom to explain what caused the above scene, in addition to the intense heat from the weather. At least it isn't a fake picture: Nearby a dumpster had been on fire. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/08/02/630211/in-oklahoma-its-so-hot-the-street-lights-are-melting/?mobile=nc

ou48A
08-02-2012, 04:44 PM
At 4:15 it’s 113 in Norman with a heat index of 122

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.24674063355999&lon=-97.47207641601562&site=oun&unit=0&lg=&FcstType=text

Bunty
08-02-2012, 04:57 PM
You can move this map down to see temps from around Norman and Oklahoma City areas from the wunderground weather station network: http://stillwaterweather.com/stillwatertemps.php#stillwater

OKCisOK4me
08-02-2012, 05:07 PM
Glenpool is at a frosty 119!

PennyQuilts
08-02-2012, 07:48 PM
Uncle!

venture
08-02-2012, 09:28 PM
I don't want to hear one person complain about snow this winter.

ShiroiHikari
08-02-2012, 11:57 PM
Seems like my AC hasn't shut off at all for the past two days, even though I have it set at 83. :\

I bet my dad and his wife are glad they moved to Arizona. At least it's supposed to be hot and dry there.

bandnerd
08-03-2012, 07:12 AM
I don't want to hear one person complain about snow this winter.

You won't hear me complain. I like snow days ;)

venture
08-03-2012, 09:05 AM
Red Flag Warning is up for today...

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
438 AM CDT FRI AUG 3 2012


...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS POSSIBLE ON FRIDAY ACROSS
PARTS OF OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS DUE TO INCREASED WINDS
AND VERY LOW AFTERNOON HUMIDITIES...


OKZ008-012-013-016>047-050-051-TXZ083>090-031745-
/O.UPG.KOUN.FW.A.0008.120803T1500Z-120804T0200Z/
/O.NEW.KOUN.FW.W.0011.120803T1500Z-120804T0300Z/
/O.NEW.KOUN.FW.A.0009.120804T1500Z-120805T0300Z/
KAY-GARFIELD-NOBLE-CUSTER-BLAINE-KINGFISHER-LOGAN-PAYNE-BECKHAM-
WA****A-CADDO-CANADIAN-OKLAHOMA-LINCOLN-GRADY-MCCLAIN-CLEVELAND-
POTTAWATOMIE-SEMINOLE-HUGHES-HARMON-GREER-KIOWA-JACKSON-TILLMAN-
COMANCHE-STEPHENS-GARVIN-MURRAY-PONTOTOC-COAL-COTTON-JEFFERSON-
CARTER-JOHNSTON-LOVE-MARSHALL-HARDEMAN-FOARD-WILBARGER-WICHITA-
KNOX-BAYLOR-ARCHER-CLAY-
438 AM CDT FRI AUG 3 2012


...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 10 PM
THIS EVENING...


...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
SATURDAY EVENING...


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 10 PM THIS
EVENING. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS FIRE
WEATHER WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY
EVENING.


* HUMIDITY...10 TO 15 PERCENT.


* TEMPERATURE...105 TO 113.


* WIND...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH.


* IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY DUE
TO THE COMBINATION OF VERY DRY VEGETATION...VERY LOW
HUMIDITIES...AND GUSTY WIND. OUTDOOR BURNING AND OTHER
ACTIVITIES THAT COULD START FIRES ARE STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


FIRES MAY START EASILY AND SPREAD RAPIDLY. REPORT SMOKE OR FIRE
TO YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT.


MONITOR FUTURE WEATHER FORECASTS AND INFORMATION.

Roadhawg
08-03-2012, 10:50 AM
I don't want to hear one person complain about snow this winter.

I'm hoping for lots of snow :)

venture
08-03-2012, 11:03 AM
On going light rain/isolated storms in Northern Oklahoma should remain north of Highway 51. Stationary front is just south of there, so little if any precip to those south of it.

Bunty
08-03-2012, 11:31 AM
I think most places actually getting rain got little more than sprinkles with maybe a rainbow thrown in.

Here's a touching story over what was lost in the fire east of Stillwater that happened Monday.
http://www.stwnewspress.com/local/x1402342836/Wildfires-bring-destruction-tears-to-Stillwater-residents

pw405
08-03-2012, 11:39 AM
Actually rained a bit in Moore/Norman this morning. Not enough to matter, but I woke up and was completely shocked. Forgot what that "rain" stuff looked like. At first, I thought I had left the sprinkler on all night!

venture
08-03-2012, 11:56 AM
Actually rained a bit in Moore/Norman this morning. Not enough to matter, but I woke up and was completely shocked. Forgot what that "rain" stuff looked like. At first, I thought I had left the sprinkler on all night!

Guess it depends which part of the 100+ sq miles of Norman you were in. LOL

Nothing here nor at the airport.

Also Governor's Burn Ban is now in effect state wide...finally.

NoOkie
08-03-2012, 12:54 PM
Guess it depends which part of the 100+ sq miles of Norman you were in. LOL

Nothing here nor at the airport.

Also Governor's Burn Ban is now in effect state wide...finally.

I caught some rain in Edmond this morning north of 33rd and Bryant. Wasn't nearly long enough, though.

LocoAko
08-03-2012, 08:02 PM
Sad to see some pretty bad wildfires now burning southeast of Norman. That's what 113F temperatures and 0.02" of rain in the past 56 days will do. :(

http://ktar.com/23/1565151/Multiple-fires-challenge-crews-in-central-Oklahoma

ZYX2
08-04-2012, 04:53 PM
Ash is falling in Tulsa.

pw405
08-04-2012, 05:37 PM
Guess it depends which part of the 100+ sq miles of Norman you were in. LOL

Nothing here nor at the airport.

Also Governor's Burn Ban is now in effect state wide...finally.

I actually live east of the airport about a mile. It rained very briefly, very small and not enough to matter. Other than completely making my recently washed black car look terrible. It did accomplish that, lol.

mugofbeer
08-04-2012, 09:40 PM
Our fires have abated for the time being but I do wish the best for those of you in OK. Saw the Colorado Springs fire from I-25 last month and it was pretty scary. Hopefully, some of the 80's we're having now will move south soon!

Roadhawg
08-06-2012, 09:46 AM
Whens the last time OKC got any decent rain?

venture
08-06-2012, 10:00 AM
Whens the last time OKC got any decent rain?

Depends on where you are...some areas of OKC almost 2 months, others about a month. Norman looks to be tied for highest in the state at 60 days.

http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/mesonet/maps/daily/mesonet.rainfall.quarterinch.png

There is also one for 0.10" of rain...which I wouldn't call a lot of rain, but it also shows some of the areas above a have got at least this much but other areas (like Norman) haven't.

http://www.mesonet.org/data/public/mesonet/maps/daily/mesonet.rainfall.tenthinch.png

Roadhawg
08-06-2012, 10:28 AM
Doesn't look like there will be any for a while either :(

BG918
08-06-2012, 09:33 PM
August into early September is usually bone dry, and hot. It seems like every year there's a system that comes down in early to mid September that breaks the heat. In this wacky year though who knows.

boscorama
08-06-2012, 10:09 PM
One year ago today, temps were around 110-13, hotter'n H3LL. Big fires on I-35 in Edmond and 105 in Logan County. Then, miracle of miracles, we had rain. Lots and lots of rain.

ou48A
08-07-2012, 05:47 PM
Gary England says there was a report of a land spout type tornado in the Norman area.

If true, why hasn’t the city of Norman sounded its warring sirens?

Roadhawg
08-07-2012, 06:10 PM
Yea rain !!!!!

venture
08-07-2012, 06:23 PM
Gary England says there was a report of a land spout type tornado in the Norman area.

If true, why hasn’t the city of Norman sounded its warring sirens?

That is correct. KFOR has a couple pictures of it. Land spouts don't last long and rarely do more than EF0 damage. By the time they would sound the siren it would have been gone.

OKCisOK4me
08-07-2012, 06:23 PM
Yea rain !!!!!

I know, I posted a pic on my Facebook and made the caption "RRRRAAAAIIIINNNN!!!!"

ou48A
08-07-2012, 06:23 PM
I received a drought busting 1/10 of an inch in my rain gage

Roadhawg
08-07-2012, 09:05 PM
about all I got too but it was nice to see it

bandnerd
08-08-2012, 08:02 AM
Well, that was interesting. The power went out yesterday evening before the storm even got here. The exact same thing happened last year in an August storm that did quite a bit of wind damage on this side of town.

We went out for a little while, and as we came back, we could see the OG&E guys working. The lights were literally coming on in front of us.

Rain was good, the cool air was definitely appreciated, and it was nice to have a change in the weather, however brief, from the hot, beating sun.

venture
08-08-2012, 09:47 AM
Well some areas definitely got a lot of good rain yesterday, but Mom Nature hates Norman apparently. LOL Looking at the mesonet report for consecutive days with less than 0.10" of rain, Norman continues marching along at a state high of 62 days now. However the map shows how spotty it was with Spencer and North OKC stations now at 0 days.

Hopefully we are able to get more today. Slight risk is up for today over NE OK, though we could see the same as yesterday with isolated severe elsewhere with damaging winds.

Roadhawg
08-08-2012, 02:53 PM
Last month was the hottest July on record for the US http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/08/us/temperature-record/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

SoonerDave
08-08-2012, 03:08 PM
We saw a beautiful, 20-minute (or so) rain about 6:15 or so yesterday. Gentle, sweet-smelling, rain. For the first time in years, I just stood on the front porch, listening to the drops hit the sidewalks and enjoying the aroma that only rain can provide. Won't bust the drought, of course, but man, I'll take it.

HewenttoJared
08-08-2012, 04:30 PM
You know what was weird about that rain? It smelled like Fall rain because of all the dead leaves.

HewenttoJared
08-08-2012, 04:31 PM
Last month was the hottest July on record for the US http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/08/us/temperature-record/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Hottest single month since measurement began.

Bunty
08-08-2012, 04:39 PM
Hottest single month since measurement began.

So how many more record setting months like that are required to happen before conservatives start believing that global warming is real, rather than a hoax?