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  • Bad news: Severe drought returns to Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Yesterday

    That didn't last long. After record rainfall in the spring and early summer, severe drought is returning to parts of Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. State climatologist Gary McManus said flash drought conditions are beginning to expand in southeastern Oklahoma. Drought now...

  • Oklahomans have one week to file for disaster assistance

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Oklahomans who still need to register for federal disaster assistance have one week left to do so. The deadline is Aug. 26 for residents affected by storms occurring between May 5 and June 22 to seek assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business...

  • Football weather comes early to Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Break out those hoodies and tailgate grills, because Oklahoma is getting a dose of October in August. Most of us woke up to unseasonably cool temperatures Wednesday morning, but the winner was Oilton, a town about 35 miles west of Tulsa, where it was just 59 degrees shortly before 7 a.m....

  • A month's worth of rain has fallen in the Boise City since Thursday morning

    Silas Allen | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    It might be time to break out the life rafts in Boise City. Several inches of rain have fallen in the Panhandle town since Thursday morning. Oklahoma Mesonet weather network records show nearly 6 inches of rain have fallen since 10:30 a.m. Thursday, but radar estimates place the rainfall total...

  • Cool front brings heavy rain Tuesday morning to parts of Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Heavy rainfall totals were reported in several parts of Oklahoma on Tuesday morning as a cool front passed across the state. Buffalo, in northwest Oklahoma, was the clear winner, with 5.15 inches of rain, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network. Take a look at other rainfall totals...

  • Global temperatures set record in March, climate scientists report

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Friday. The first three months of the year also made up the warmest first quarter on record, the agency reported. NOAA’s temperature records date back to 1880. Last...

  • Heavy rainfall comes to drought-stricken western Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    If you live in Cheyenne, it might be time to invest in a lifeboat. Parts of Roger Mills County have received more than seven inches of rain over the past week, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network. Several other areas across western Oklahoma have seen three inches or more of rain...

  • Direst drought conditions continue to creep across Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Deep drought conditions now cover nearly 40 percent of Oklahoma, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday. The report lists 39.72 percent of the state in extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories. Those conditions now cover nearly the entire western half...

  • Saturday morning brings rain across western Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Sat, Jan 31, 2015

    Parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle had seen nearly a half inch of rain by mid-morning Saturday. Rainfall was lighter in the Oklahoma City metro area by 10:30 a.m. Saturday, but forecasters predict the rain will continue throughout the day. Rain is expected to continue through the morning in western...

  • Ice storm warning issued Friday for Oklahoma City

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Several counties in central and southwest Oklahoma are under an ice storm warning Friday, the National Weather Service announced. The warning covers 20 counties in Oklahoma and northeast Texas, including the Oklahoma City metro area. Forecasters predict a 100 percent chance of rain or freezing...

  • Light snow reported Wednesday morning in Oklahoma City

    Silas Allen | Published: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Light snow was reported late Wednesday morning in the Oklahoma City metro area. The National Weather Service’s Norman office predicts precipitation will be heavier Thursday, with a 30 percent chance of sleet and freezing rain in Oklahoma City. Little to no sleet accumulation was predicted....

  • Panhandle wakes up to sub-zero temperatures Wednesday

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    It’s cold. That is, unless you live in the Oklahoma Panhandle, where it’s savagely, mercilessly cold. Much of the state woke up to frigid temperatures Wednesday morning. But as usual, things were coldest in the Panhandle, where one town saw temperatures below 0 degrees. Take a look at the...

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Silas Allen

General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.

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 Federal Building and the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak resulting in more than 40 deaths. He has extensive experience in human interest stories and coverage of victims, striving to stress the importance of the individual behind the numbers.