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.


  • Former Oklahoma City mayor Jim Norick dies at age 95

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Former Oklahoma City Mayor Jim Norick died Wednesday, his family reports. Norick served as Oklahoma City mayor from 1959 to 1963 and again from 1967 to 1971. He was the father of Ron Norick, who also served as Oklahoma City mayor.

  • Oklahoma's weather — or not: Forecasters' predictions bring flurry of complaints

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Oklahoma City school officials canceled classes Wednesday due to predictions of light ice in the morning followed by sleet and snow later in the day. But those predictions mostly didn’t materialize until about 4 p.m., after the end of what would have been Wednesday’s school day.

  • Seminole voters reject proposed bond issue for new high school

    BY SILAS ALLEN, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Voters in the Seminole school district rejected a proposed $19.6 million bond issue that would have funded a new high school. The new building would have replaced the city’s historic 85-year-old art deco high school with a new school on the east edge of town.

  • Winter weather advisory issued for Wednesday in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A winter weather advisory has been issued for most of Oklahoma. The advisory is in effect 6 a.m. to midnight Wednesday.

  • Slick, icy roads likely Sunday morning in Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The National Weather Service predicted patchy freezing drizzle Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Most of the state remains under a winter weather advisory until early Sunday morning.

  • More snow, ice expected Saturday in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Another round of snow and ice is expected to pass through Oklahoma on Saturday, forecasters said. Every part of the state will see winter weather, with snow likely in the northern half of the state and snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain in the south, they said.

  • Mount St. Mary High School students speak with astronaut aboard International Space Station

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    On an otherwise typical day, just before their afternoon classes began, a group of Mount St. Mary High School students talked to a man who was floating about 250 miles from Earth.

  • Snow expected Friday in western and southwestern Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in counties in western and southwestern Oklahoma.

  • Joplin, Mo., tornado offered lessons for Moore and El Reno, National Weather Service official says

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., nearly four years ago left 161 people dead and much of the city devastated. But the storm taught forecasters lessons that may have saved lives during subsequent disasters, including the May 2013 tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area, a National Weather Service official said Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma ranchers keep operation alive through drought, illness

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Julie Carr and her husband, Robert, own and operate a cattle ranch near Holdenville, in Hughes County, Oklahoma. After several years of drought and a cancer diagnosis for her husband, Julie is determined to keep the ranch alive.

  • When tornadoes strike, public storm shelters can do more harm than good, Oklahoma experts say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    When tornado sirens went off in Logan County on May 24, 2011, three Guthrie churches that had volunteered to serve as storm shelters were quickly overrun — and not just by people. Dogs, cats and birds were packed together in church basements with Oklahoma residents looking to escape the tornado, said Logan County Emergency Management Director David Ball.

  • Water transfer bill worries southeast Oklahoma residents

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    A bill in the Oklahoma Senate could set up a water fight between eastern Oklahoma and the drought-stricken west.

  • Oklahoma City's Chinese New Year festival draws a crowd

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    About 11 a.m. Saturday, thousands of firecrackers exploded in the parking lot of Super Cao Nguyen market in Oklahoma City, creating a deafening roar that could be heard for blocks as the Asian District celebrated Chinese New Year.

  • Cold weather, chances for snow return to Oklahoma this weekend

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Cold weather and chances for snow are expected to return to the Oklahoma City metro area over the weekend, forecasters say.

  • Oklahoma City officials look to pipeline project to help mitigate drought

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Take a walk at Lake Overholser or Lake Hefner, and it’s easy to see the toll the multiyear drought in western Oklahoma has taken on Oklahoma City’s drinking water supply.

  • Oklahoma could face unprecedented drought by century's end, climate study predicts

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    As the effects of climate change grow more severe, the Great Plains and American Southwest will see an increased likelihood of so-called megadroughts, or droughts that last 20 years or more, the study concludes. The report appears this week in the online journal Science Advances.

  • Weekend to bring cold, icy weather to Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    The National Weather Service predicts chances for rain, snow and ice Sunday and Monday across central and western Oklahoma with high temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

  • Drought spreads across Oklahoma County, new report shows

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    For the first time in months, all of Oklahoma County is in drought, according to a report released Thursday. Drought conditions continued to spread east across Oklahoma over the past week, the U.S. Drought Monitor report showed.

  • Drought continues to spread east across Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Drought is continuing its eastward march across Oklahoma, and forecasters say it isn’t likely to break anytime soon.

  • Cooler weather to return Wednesday to Oklahoma City and remain through the week

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    After several days of unseasonably mild temperatures, cooler weather is expected to return to Oklahoma Wednesday, forecasters said.




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Silas Allen Thu, Mar. 05 2015 02:30:12 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Oklahoma's weather — or not: Forecasters' predictions bring flurry of complaints LINK #okwx LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Mar. 05 2015 11:59:42 AM CST Beauty of spring training isn't that games matter (they don't), but that when it's 25 degrees, it reminds us that winter won't last forever.
Silas Allen Thu, Mar. 05 2015 11:27:43 AM CST Salumi first. Easier to move. MT @emilylangok First their basketball team, now their elephants. I vote we go after their Space Needle next.
Silas Allen Thu, Mar. 05 2015 10:20:31 AM CST Former Oklahoma City Mayor Jim Norick dies at 95. LINK
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 10:52:13 PM CST @MadiLAlexander @DarrenJaws What, do other people not do this?
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 10:26:33 PM CST Oklahoma's weather — or not. LINK #okwx
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 10:12:48 PM CST @jacobmccleland Welcome to OK from a fellow southeast Missouri transplant. Apologies in advance for the tornadoes.
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 09:41:00 PM CST Notes from the Sixers broadcast: they're offering a "buy one get six free" deal on tickets. Dark days in Philadelphia.
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 09:35:23 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Russell Westbrook becomes the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to record four straight triple-doubles.
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 09:27:48 PM CST RT @NWSNorman: Correction. Upon further review the record snowfall at OKC is 4 inches. The old record was 1.4 in 1915. The snow depth is 3.…
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 09:20:32 PM CST Russell don't take no mess.
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 08:54:20 PM CST RT @KyleHinchey: Just in: @OKCPS will be closed tomorrow @NewsOK
Silas Allen Wed, Mar. 04 2015 08:42:56 PM CST Watching the Sixers broadcast of this game, and it's disconcerting how much fun the announcers seem to be having.
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