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Forecast for National Weather Service, Norman coverage area and a look back at "a monstrous" 1928 hurricane.

by Bryan Painter Modified: September 18, 2013 at 10:55 am •  Published: September 16, 2013

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As of early Monday, the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office was forecasting showers and scattered thunderstorm to persist much of today, but severe storms are not expected.

The discussion stated, ” A weak cold front driven primarily by thunderstorm outflows has moved south into portions of southwest Oklahoma and western, north Texas extending southwest to northeast along Interstate 44.

“This front will continue to promote shower and thunderstorm development. This morning’s activity will be focused to the north of the front with numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms. None of this activity will be strong or severe, but locally heavy rainfall and occasional lightning will accompany the stronger storms.”

As for later this afternoon in the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office coverage area, ”The front should become nearly stationary near the Red River. As surface heating increases and instability builds, isolated storms storms may develop in the vicinity of the frontal boundary. While wind shear will remain very weak, adequate instability will exist for a few strong thunderstorms. The strongest storms may produce gusty winds to 50 mph, small hail, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall. Otherwise, shower activity will likely linger into the late afternoon and evening hours to the north of the front.

“This evening and overnight, instability will decrease, prompting weaker thunderstorms and lesser chances of gusty winds and hail. However, showers and storms will likely linger well into the overnight hours, particularly across portions of northern and western Oklahoma where weak warm advection will be present atop the remnant frontal boundary.”


Other weather notes:

– On this date in weather history in 1928,  a monstrous hurricane that left about 1,200 people dead in Guadeloupe in the eastern Caribbean, and another 300 people dead in Puerto Rico,  struck West Palm Beach causing incredible damage. It then crossed Lake Okeechobee. After the storm surge had breached the dikes, the lake covered an area about the size of the state of Delaware, and left about 2,500 people dead. In total, the hurricane is believed to have killed 4,078 people and causedabout $100 million damage. Adjusted for inflation, this would equal, $1.27 billion. It was the second Category 5 Hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin.


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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