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A cold-weather Q&A

by Bryan Painter Published: November 7, 2013
Thursday, Nov. 7
Here’s a short cold-weather Q&A today with Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey:
Q: What is the lowest official temperature this autumn for Oklahoma City?

A: “OKC Will Rogers reached 32 degrees for a low on October 19. Looks like 34 was the low this morning (and yesterday).”

Q: What has been the lowest temperature record this autumn at an Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site? 

A: “20 degrees at Kenton on November 6 (yesterday).”

Q: What’s the average low temperature for Oklahoma City this time of year?

A: “The average low for this time of year is about 43 degrees, but drops pretty quickly to 34 degrees by the end of the month.”

Q: What is the average low in various areas of the Oklahoma Panhandle for this time of year?

A: “In the western Panhandle, Boise City‘s average low this time of year is around 32 degrees, and at Beaver in the eastern Panhandle it is 37 degrees.”

Q: What is the state daily record low temperature for November 7?

A: “The record low statewide for November 7 is 11 degrees at Kenton from 1947. ”

Q: What are your thoughts on the weather (temperatures) we’ve had this autumn? And the temperatures we’ve had this fall compared to those of recent years?

A: “A bit of an  early freeze across the southern half of the state this morning, and now most of the state has reached 32 degrees for at least an hour so far these last few weeks. For the southern half, maybe about a week early, again on average, but nothing too far out of the ordinary. The latest average first freeze date we see in Oklahoma is around November 11.

“Oddly, the fall thus far has been a bit warmer than last year when Oklahoma was in the midst of its warmest year on record. September and October of last year actually finished just a tad below normal with a statewide average of 67.2 degrees while this year’s similar period average was 67.9 degrees.

“However, November 2012 was very warm, the 13th warmest since 1895 across the state, to be exact. With this cold air and the possibility of another big front late next week, we may not be in for that ‘Indian Summer’ type of November this go-round.  We topped off 2012 with the 24th warmest December on record as well.

“September-October of 2011 was remarkably mild, if not cool, after we set the record for the hottest summer for any state (based on statewide average) since records began in 1895. And that fall itself finished right at normal. Fall temperatures have always been highly variable in Oklahoma, thanks to it being a transition period between summer and winter.”

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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