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Do you remember the date of the record first autumn freeze in Oklahoma City last year?

by Bryan Painter Published: August 27, 2013


Here’s a strange, but true, thought regarding cold weather. We are less than a month and a half from last year’s first autumn freeze in Oklahoma City, said Gary McManus, Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

On Oct. 8, 2012, the temperature was 31 degrees at 5:52 a.m. at Will Rogers World Airport, according to the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office.  That marked the record for first autumn freeze in the city, breaking the record of Oct. 9, 2000. It was 28 degrees on that day in 2000. Temperature records for Oklahoma City date to 1891.

There is a twist to the record, according to the National Weather Service in Norman. The temperature dropped to 32 degrees at Will Rogers World Airport on Oct. 7, 1952. However, the official station for Oklahoma City weather records at that time was the U.S. Weather Bureau Office on Classen Boulevard. The official temperature there that day was 33 degrees, one degree short of freezing.  So the Oct. 8, 2012  low of 31 degrees became the new earliest official autumn freeze for the city.

What about the average first freeze for Oklahoma City? That is Nov. 4, McManus said. And what about statewide? What is earliest freeze following the heat of summer? That occurred in 1902 when El Reno reached a low of 30 degrees on Sept. 13. 

In other weather news:

- In looking at Labor Day Weekend temperatures for a few Oklahoma communities, the National Weather Service is showing 98 degrees for the highs in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Guymon on Saturday while Altus is 100 degrees; then on Sunday its 96, 97, 98, 99 respectively for Guymon, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Altus; and Labor Day’s forecast calls for 95 at Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Guymon and 97 in Altus.

 - The Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service, Norman through Labor Day, show “Hot weather will continue. Heat indices will rise to near or above 100 each afternoon. Take precautions to prevent the development of the heat related illness.”

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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