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"If attending outdoor events this afternoon, pay attention to the weather and move indoors if lightning threatens your area," NWS, Norman

by Bryan Painter Published: October 26, 2013

As of 12:50 p.m., the most rain recorded at an Oklahoma Mesonet station came at Durant in southeastern Oklahoma with .46 inches.  If you look over to the western side of Interstate 35, Acme has had .40 inches, Walters, .26 and Medicine Park, .24.

And temperatures today, as of 12:50 have ranged from a low 38.7 at Stigler at 2:55 a.m. to 72.1 at Hollis at 12:35 p.m.

What’s ahead according to the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office?

“Scattered thunderstorms are expected,  especially across southern Oklahoma and western north Texas today,” According to the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office. “Though a few strong storms will occur, organized severe weather remains unlikely.”

The Weather Service reports, “A compact upper low will continue to move from the eastern Texas
panhandle into portions of western and central Oklahoma through the afternoon and evening. To the east of this low, increasing moisture and surface heating will contribute to modest instability.
Ongoing showers and storms will likely continue to expand with numerous showers and storms expected from central through south central Oklahoma and western, north Texas this afternoon. Despite rather poor instability and wind shear, a few strong storms should develop. Any stronger storms may produce small hail and gusty winds and most thunderstorms will carry a threat of frequent lightning.

“If attending outdoor events this afternoon, pay attention to the weather and move indoors if lightning threatens your area.

“A cold front will move from northwest Oklahoma into central and southern Oklahoma through tonight. Light to moderate showers may accompany the front as it moves through the region.

“The probability of  thunderstorms occurring in the National Weather Service, Norman county warning area is 100 percent. The probability of severe storms if storms occur is 20 Percent.”

Now looking ahead:

“A Period Of Active Weather Is Expected From Monday Night Through Thursday. A Strong Storm System Will Take Shape Over The Western United States Early In The Week. The Slow Moving System Will  Bring An Opportunity For Several Rounds Of Showers And Storms. 

“Heavy Rainfall And Severe Thunderstorms Will Be Possible. At This Time, It Appears Tuesday And Wednesday Will Be The Most Active Days.”

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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