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  • Storms west; cool weekend ahead

    Bradon Long | Yesterday

    Just like the flip of a switch with an early morning chill, Fall is here to stay in Oklahoma.  With the sounds of ruffling clothes as many Oklahomans dug through their closets to find the first jacket or sweater in reach, it's time for shorts and sandals to give way to sweaters...

  • Cold front finally brings Fall; thunderstorms possible Friday

    Bradon Long | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    After much anticipation, many promises and maybe even a few tears accompanied by drops of sweat, Fall finally looks here to stay for the near future in Oklahoma this weekend. A stalling cold front in the Panhandle will bring chances of showers throughout the week, mostly isolated to the...

  • Your 7-day forecast, the transition to fall

    Bradon Long | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Temperatures feel much more like late Spring and early Summer outside as an above average temperature swing continues across much of the state. The seven-day forecast reflects much of the same. Forecast for Oklahoma City: This week's forecast looks repetitive at best, but provides a...

  • Storms welcome Fall on Wednesday; 7-Day forecast

    Bradon Long | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    What kind of an Oklahoma welcome for Fall would it be without a little rain and wind? Another weak cold front will push through the state Wednesday, bringing with it the chance of showers and thunderstorms in northwestern Oklahoma in the afternoon and progressing towards the main body of the...

  • Stormy state fair: Friday's forecast

    By Bradon Long | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    The sound of Oklahomans laughing and screaming on thrilling rides Friday evening may be mixed in with a crash of thunder, a bolt of lightning, rain and even the dings of small hail. As a cold front pushes through the state this afternoon and evening, fair-goers should invest in an...

  • Weekend provides first glimpse into Fall; thunderstorms possible

    Bradon Long | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Once the thunder rolls and the rain subsides, perhaps the biggest influence of Friday's cold front can be felt--Fall.  The game day Saturday forecast for both the Sooners and the Cowboys remains beautiful for the early and mid-afternoon match-ups respectively. If the state...

  • Severe weather chances return to Oklahoma Friday

    Bradon Long | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Mother nature hasn't had her last hurrah of thunderstorm season quite yet. A cold front Friday will bring showers and thunderstorms and perhaps impact local high school football Friday night. A few of these storms may be severe. Large hail and winds over 70mph threaten most of northern,...

  • 2015 may have a few surprises left: Summer in review

    BY BRADON LONG | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    The sweet sounds and smells of summer are soon set to sail off into the sunset, so let's look at how this year compares to previous ones.   First, let's look at common ingredients for an Oklahoman Summer: 1. A ridiculously high number of tornadoes. 2. High temperatures above 100...

  • Summertime swing before Fall-like fade

    BY BRADON LONG | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    Like a stubborn party guest refusing to leave, Summer pushes its way back into the Sooner State this week. Strong southerly winds gusting over 30mph  will force both temperatures and wildfire danger to rise, especially in western Oklahoma through Thursday.  Fall-like temperatures...

  • Bad news: Severe drought returns to Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    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....

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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.