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.

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  • Oklahoma City paramedics urge caution during hot, humid weather

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Emergency Medical Services Authority officials issued a heat alert for the Oklahoma City metro area Tuesday. The alert will remain in effect until temperatures drop substantially.

  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect in eastern Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several counties in eastern Oklahoma Wednesday. The watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Affected counties are: ADAIR ATOKA BRYAN CHEROKEE CHOCTAW COAL CREEK DELAWARE HASKELL HUGHES JOHNSTON LATIMER LE FLORE MAYES MCCURTAIN MCINTOSH MUSKOGEE OKFUSKEE OKMULGEE OTTAWA PITTSBURG PONTOTOC POTTAWATOMIE PUSHMATAHA ROGERS SEMINOLE […]

  • Extreme heat, humidity return to Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Summer heat returned to Oklahoma this week, with temperatures climbing into the mid- to upper 90s and heat index values soaring past the 100-degree mark. Forecasters predict extreme heat and humidity will continue in Oklahoma City through the weekend.

  • Oklahoma's persistent drought makes life difficult in western Panhandle

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    While a storm front was dropping several inches of rain on the rest of Oklahoma last week, Bob Apple’s rain gauge had about half an inch of water in it. It wasn’t a drought-busting rain, he said, but it’s the most he’s seen in a while.

  • Oklahoma City gets several inches of rain, second day of cool, record-breaking temperatures

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    A cold front brought several inches of rain and a second day of record-breaking temperatures to the Oklahoma City area Thursday. Forecasters predicted unseasonably cool temperatures and chances for rain would continue through Friday before warmer weather returns to the area this weekend.

  • Homeless Alliance's fresh stART program exhibits work in downtown Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Fresh stART is a Homeless Alliance art program designed to give people like him a creative outlet. Several works from the program’s artists are on display this month in the Bank of America Gallery on the first floor of Leadership Square in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Cold front brings record-breaking temperatures to Oklahoma City on Wednesday

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    A cold front moved across the state Wednesday, bringing gloomy skies and record-breaking temperatures to the Oklahoma City metro. Forecasters predict the cool, wet weather will last at least through Thursday night.

  • Wednesday brings cool, rainy weather to Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    If you’ve stepped outside at all today, this news won’t come as a surprise: Wednesday was an unusually cool morning for July in Oklahoma. Much of the state started the morning well below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and most of the state hasn’t broken the 80 degree mark yet. Take a look at Mesonet’s coolest minimum […]

  • As drought progresses, Duncan officials consider outdoor watering ban

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    As reservoir levels continue to drop following years of drought, Duncan officials are eying stricter regulations to protect the city’s water supply. City councilors are expected to consider a resolution next month that would ban all outdoor watering.

  • Volunteers build playground at Moore's Briarwood Elementary School

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Taking a break from spreading mulch Saturday afternoon, Moore schools Superintendent Robert Romines marveled at the number of people working alongside him. All around him, about 300 people were hard at work building a playground at the new Briarwood Elementary School.

  • Oklahoma City's water sources hold steady after late spring rains

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Five of the six reservoirs from which Oklahoma City draws its water remained several feet below normal Thursday afternoon. But a rainy spring has left the city’s water supply in better shape than it was in mid-May.

  • Flash flood warning for northeast Oklahoma counties

    Silas Allen | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The National Weather Service’s Tulsa office issued a flash flood warning for several counties in northeast Oklahoma Thursday afternoon: * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… EAST CENTRAL OSAGE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA… NORTH CENTRAL TULSA COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA… SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA… * UNTIL 400 PM CDT * AT 1245 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER […]

  • Little change in this week's drought report

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Oklahoma’s drought picture remained virtually unchanged over the past week, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday. About 80 percent of the state is in some form of drought, according to the report. That’s the same percentage of the state that was listed in drought conditions in last week’s report. But there’s good […]

  • Wednesday morning thunderstorms spark one house fire, strand motorists and flood streets in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A round of thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain on Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning, sparked at least one house fire and left motorists stranded on flooded streets. An Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in eastern Oklahoma City measured 3.91 inches of rain Wednesday morning.

  • Early July brings withering heat to Oklahoma City metro area

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    If you drive past an Oklahoma City utility crew in the next few days, you might notice a few workers sitting in the shade, sipping bottles of water. Don’t worry. That’s what they’re supposed to be doing.

  • Wednesday morning brings nearly four inches of rain to Oklahoma City

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    The rain came hard and fast in Oklahoma City Wednesday morning. Most parts of the city saw multiple inches of rain before 9 a.m. Wednesday. By mid-morning, an Oklahoma Mesonet weather network in eastern Oklahoma City had measured nearly 4 inches of rain. But other areas of the metro weren’t as lucky. Norman, for example, […]

  • Drought continues to retreat in Oklahoma, but dry conditions persist

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    After several years of crippling drought, southwest Oklahoma has seen a wetter-than-average spring. Southwest Oklahoma received an average of 8.18 inches of rain between May 21 and Thursday, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network. That total is 2.32 inches above normal, making it the 17th wettest period for that part of the state since 1921.

  • Independence Day celebrations ring out through central Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Henry Arnett was 10 years old the first time he got his hands on a trumpet, and he hasn’t looked back since. On Friday, Arnett rode the length of Edmond’s LibertyFest parade in an antique U.S. Army Jeep, playing a bugle all the way.

  • Heavy rain bring flooding to drought-stricken northwest Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    For several years, northwest Oklahoma has struggled with one problem — there’s not enough water. But this week, the opposite is true for some communities in the area.

  • Oklahoma City filmmaker returns to streets to raise money to fight homelessness

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Antwone Taulton, now 27, spent several weeks in 2011 living on the streets of Oklahoma City for a documentary film he produced about homelessness in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas. This week, Taulton will be living on the streets again, this time for a few days, to raise money for 100,000 Homes, a campaign that seeks to place homeless people into permanent housing.

Silas Allen Today at 4:54 PM Everybody go follow @CathJSweeney. She's one shy of 300 followers. She is nice and a good person.
Silas Allen Today at 4:01 PM RT @NewsOK: Temperature swings 35 degrees in Oklahoma community Wednesday LINK
Silas Allen Today at 3:22 PM Severe thunderstorm watch in effect in eastern Oklahoma LINK
Silas Allen Today at 12:30 PM RT @TweetsofOld: Sedalia police are now enforcing the city ordinance prohibiting women from drinking wine after nightfall. MO1899
Silas Allen Today at 9:28 AM RT @TheOklahoman: . @NewsOK Two competing OKC contractors came to the roofing rescue of a Midwest City couple who couldn't afford it. http:…
Silas Allen Today at 9:08 AM In which @AP botches a tweet, and I am reminded that my Twitter feed is about 93 percent media people.
Silas Allen Today at 7:44 AM OKC is under a heat advisory until 7 pm, so use some sense if you're going to be outside today. LINK #okwx
Silas Allen Tue, Jul. 22 2014 04:08:41 PM CST RT @OKmattcarney: The biz boss @Mecoy flexes his headline-writing muscles once again: LINK
Silas Allen Tue, Jul. 22 2014 03:54:16 PM CST *drives a black car* *is constantly sweaty* MT @MadiLAlexander Oh, so this is why I've always made fun of people who drive black cars in OK.
Silas Allen Tue, Jul. 22 2014 03:52:04 PM CST It's oppressively hot today, but @NWSNorman is predicting a high of 89 on Monday. Eyes on the prize, people. #okwx
Silas Allen Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:08:27 PM CST Guess who just dumped Sobieski and tonic all over his carpet. #rollhard
Silas Allen Sat, Jul. 19 2014 04:33:03 PM CST An airplane taxied off a runway at OKC's Wiley Post Airport about 20 minutes ago: LINK
Silas Allen Sat, Jul. 19 2014 04:31:34 PM CST RT @AP: Chicago Cubs sue over troublesome fake mascot - a bad news bear, one might say: LINK
Silas Allen Sat, Jul. 19 2014 01:25:33 PM CST I shudder to think what this story did to Gawker reporter @caityweaver's blood pressure: LINK
Silas Allen Sat, Jul. 19 2014 07:03:48 AM CST RT @awkwordy: Twitter world, this happened. @stevelackmeyer @OKCNightCourt LINK
Silas Allen Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:23:48 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: The NBA D-League's Tulsa 66ers are moving to Oklahoma City beginning with the 2014-15 season. Go to LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Jul. 17 2014 11:40:29 PM CST RT @kairyssdal: Today? “@romenesko: When are news photos too disturbing too share? LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Jul. 17 2014 08:50:22 PM CST @courtneyruth1 I'm an almost 29 year old and I do that about one a week.
Silas Allen Thu, Jul. 17 2014 08:19:41 PM CST Today's news was mostly wretched, so here's a picture of Dom Deluise and Fozzie Bear. LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Jul. 17 2014 07:43:22 PM CST @MadiLAlexander Too late. Good thing I'm about to purée this thing anyhow.