Silas Allen
Local News 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.


  • Children share wish lists with Santa on Saturday in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    Devon Lu seemed pleased to meet Santa Claus, even if she wasn’t clear on some of the details. On Saturday morning, Devon, 3, met the man in red at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City.

  • As winter arrives, more than 60 percent of Oklahoma remains in drought

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    When it started raining in the Panhandle last August, it was the first time Bob Apple had seen it in a while. He hasn’t seen much of it since then, either.

  • Oklahoma City holiday travelers could face weather, flight delays

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Forecasters predict rain and fog in parts of Oklahoma early next week. Those conditions could lead to flight delays or cancellations and slick, wet highways for travelers leaving town for Christmas.

  • Globe will likely set record for warmest year in 2014, federal climate scientists report

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Although much of North America, including Oklahoma, had cooler than average temperatures through the end of November, most of the globe saw temperatures much warmer than average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Several areas, including the South Pacific and western Europe, have had their warmest years on record.

  • Oklahoma City's water supply holds steady despite below-average rainfall

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    After steadily dropping through the summer, water levels at the six reservoirs where the Oklahoma City draws water have hovered at a combined 52 percent of total capacity since late November. City officials say cooler weather has helped keep water consumption in check.

  • Lanes reopened on Turner Turnpike at Luther/Jones Interchange

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Traffic was back to normal Thursday on the Turner Turnpike near the Luther/Jones Interchange, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority officials reported.

  • Gauge containing radioactive material stolen in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    A gauge containing radioactive material was stolen from an Oklahoma City parking lot, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality reported.

  • Snow possible overnight in northern Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Several cities in northern Oklahoma could see snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning, National Weather Service forecasters predict. If snow does materialize, it won’t be enough to affect travel plans, forecasters said.

  • Oklahoma City veteran remembers plane crash 70 years ago

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Val Miller, of Oklahoma City, still doesn’t know who fished him out of the Adriatic Sea 70 years ago. He never saw the faces of the two men who pulled him into their boat and took him to safety.

  • Oklahoma State University, Mesonet researchers look to help cattle industry cope with drought

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Several years of drought have forced many Oklahoma ranchers to sell off cattle to stay in business. Now, a group of animal researchers and climate scientists is looking at ways to make the state’s cattle industry more resistant during periods of drought.

  • Elves, reindeer jog through downtown Oklahoma City during annual Santa Run

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The annual Santa Run, a part of Downtown in December, includes a 5k race, a one-mile fun run and a kids’ dash. Some runners dressed as elves, snowmen or Santa Claus.

  • Oklahoma's drought continues to worsen, but weekend rains could help improve conditions

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Oklahoma’s drought continued to spread this week, and some parts of the state have gone more than a month without substantial rain. But that could change this weekend.

  • Weekend could bring record-breaking temperatures to Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    This weekend will bring unusually warm temperatures to most of Oklahoma, the National Weather Service predicts. Overnight low temperatures in central and southern Oklahoma are expected to fall no lower than the mid-50s Saturday and Sunday mornings.

  • Heavy fog hangs around Oklahoma, will return Wednesday and Thursday

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    If it seems like it’s been foggier than usual lately, you’re not imagining things. Thick fog has blanketed parts of Oklahoma several times over the past week, and forecasters predict it will return on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Oklahoma City's Spanish-speakers face challenges finding severe weather information, OU group concludes

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    More than a year after a deadly tornado tore through south Oklahoma City, Spanish-speaking residents in the area reported feeling better prepared for severe weather, a University of Oklahoma survey concluded. But despite that added preparedness, Spanish-speaking residents told a group of OU undergraduate researchers they still couldn’t always find up-to-date information in the face of severe weather.

  • Historical Santas highlight Christmas event at Oklahoma History Center

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    As families strolled around him, Ed Green spent his Saturday morning standing in the lobby of the Oklahoma History Center, wearing tights and pointed shoes. Each time a child walked past, he handed them a present — a three-foot stick.

  • Front brings rain to the state, but leaves southwest Oklahoma dry

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    The rain largely missed the areas in western and southwestern Oklahoma where the drought is most severe. Several communities, including Cheyenne, Putnam, Weatherford and Hollis haven’t seen more than 0.1 inch of rain in 30 days, according to Mesonet records.

  • Drought shows little improvement over the past week, report shows

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Oklahoma’s drought showed no improvement over the past week, according to a report released Thursday. About 60.3 percent of Oklahoma remained in drought this week, up slightly from 59.85 percent of the state last week.

  • Duncan city officials seek state's help in solving water problem

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    As southwest Oklahoma enters its fifth year of drought, falling reservoir levels and contamination have plagued Duncan’s drinking water supply. Now, city officials are asking the state for help.

  • Dense fog advisory issued for Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Much of the state is under a dense fog advisory until Friday morning. If you’ve looked outside anytime today, that probably comes as no surprise. A thick fog blanketed much of the state, including the Oklahoma City metro area, throughout the day Thursday. From the National Weather Service’s Norman office: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN […]




Silas Allen Tue, Dec. 23 2014 11:14:41 PM CST RT @leighannem1: The @okcpd officers & dispatchers who donated deserve a shout out. Thanks for saving this mom's Christmas! @newsok http://…
Silas Allen Mon, Dec. 22 2014 10:20:14 PM CST New baby elephant at @okczoo is 332 lbs. of cute. LINK
Silas Allen Mon, Dec. 22 2014 07:35:28 AM CST To hell with the Yankees, obviously, but this is a very nice thing. LINK
Silas Allen Mon, Dec. 22 2014 07:27:39 AM CST From earlier: Don't expect much drought relief in Oklahoma this winter. LINK
Silas Allen Mon, Dec. 22 2014 12:08:00 AM CST RT @boring_as_heck: Next, on TLC's Lunchbox Wanters RON: Back off, Jim. That box is mine. [CUT TO INTERVIEW] RON: No way was I letting J…
Silas Allen Sun, Dec. 21 2014 06:47:45 AM CST @samanthavicent FORMER gov, for what it's worth.
Silas Allen Sat, Dec. 20 2014 12:58:24 PM CST @OKWaterBoard Looks like you guys got hacked.
Silas Allen Fri, Dec. 19 2014 12:52:32 PM CST Federal climate scientists say 2014 is "very likely" to be the warmest year on record: LINK
Silas Allen Fri, Dec. 19 2014 11:22:06 AM CST RT @jackfowlerart: @TheOklahoman LINK
Silas Allen Fri, Dec. 19 2014 06:00:44 AM CST Oklahoma AG harshes Colorado's mellow: LINK (by @Adam_WK)
Silas Allen Thu, Dec. 18 2014 11:13:53 PM CST RT @billclinton: #Farewell @StephenAtHome...But I know we'll meet again some sunny day. Your friend, PrezBillyJeff
Silas Allen Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:11:11 PM CST It's almost certainly going to be the hottest year on record. LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Dec. 18 2014 10:57:54 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: BREAKING: @OKCBarons hockey to cease operations after 2014-15 season: LINK (via @beatbaldwin) LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:50:45 AM CST Hey, there's actually a little bit of good news in this week's drought report. LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Dec. 18 2014 09:49:38 AM CST OKC's drinking water supply is holding steady, even with below-average rainfall. LINK
Silas Allen Wed, Dec. 17 2014 10:54:30 PM CST @MadiLAlexander @OKmattcarney VERY NOSE.
Silas Allen Wed, Dec. 17 2014 10:47:23 PM CST Boss man @THIRSTYBEAGLE brought this weird thing to my attention today: LINK
Silas Allen Wed, Dec. 17 2014 10:41:04 PM CST @MadiLAlexander So ears.
Silas Allen Wed, Dec. 17 2014 05:20:04 PM CST Northern Oklahoma could get snow overnight: LINK #okwx
Silas Allen Wed, Dec. 17 2014 04:38:45 PM CST RT @OKmattcarney: You guys all know you can just stay home and watch "Pineapple Express" again right?