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.


  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters, researchers to begin annual spring experiment Monday in Norman

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Beginning this week, weather researchers and forecasters from across the country will be packed into a room at the National Weather Center for a month-long series of experiments in Norman.

  • Jesus House holds annual block party to kick off volunteer efforts

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Mike Bateman, executive director of Jesus House, said the Oklahoma City homeless shelter holds a block party each year to kick off its annual Adopt-a-Block program, a volunteer campaign in the Orchard Park and Westlawn Gardens neighborhoods.

  • NOAA researchers pair weather information with social science to develop more effective forecasts

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are developing ways to spot deadly storms earlier and give residents, emergency managers and others more helpful information about the risks they face. May is Oklahoma’s peak month for tornadoes.

  • FFA convention draws thousands to Oklahoma City

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The 2015 Oklahoma State FFA Convention and Career Show continues Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. It includes leadership and professional development workshops, a career show and awards and scholarship presentations.

  • After heavy rain, Oklahoma reservoirs begin to refill

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Much of western Oklahoma has received 4 inches of rain or more in the past two weeks, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network. Rainfall totals have been even greater in some areas — Cheyenne, in Roger Mills County, has seen more than 8 inches of rain. It’s helping refill rivers, ponds and reservoirs.

  • Seasonal tornado forecasts could soon be a reality, researcher says

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    When tornadoes like the one that struck Moore last month are imminent, forecasters can often warn residents about them a few days in advance. But weather researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and elsewhere are working on a new method they hope will allow emergency responders to prepare weeks ahead of time when tornadoes are likely.

  • Waste water reuse is critical to state's future, water managers tell crowd

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    If you’re trying to understand water management, it can be helpful to think of the state’s water supply as a bank account, Julie Cunningham told a crowd Thursday. If you’re trying to build up the amount you have in savings, there are two ways to go about it — deposit more money or spend less, said Cunningham, the chief of the the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s planning and management division.

  • Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts wraps up

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    By a little after 5 p.m. Sunday, the sky was foreboding and several artists at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts were packing up a bit early. The festival wrapped up Sunday evening.

  • University of Oklahoma's Radar Innovations Lab spurs collaboration

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    After years of planning and construction, the University of Oklahoma’s Radar Innovations Lab is open and buzzing with activity. Located on OU’s Research Campus, the building was completed and dedicated in October. Now, the building is filled with students, faculty and engineers doing research and developing radar technology.

  • Mild weather draws large crowd Saturday to Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Peggy Crago, of Englewood, Colo., was one of 144 artists with works on display at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts at Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. The festival continues Sunday.

  • Researchers look to drought-proof Oklahoma's cattle industry

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    Several years of drought have forced many of Oklahoma’s 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.

  • Storm shelter applications increase in Moore, OK, after March 25 tornado

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    A month after a tornado touched down there, a growing number of residents in Moore are building storm shelters, city officials said. Skilled volunteers are needed as recovery efforts continue.

  • Chances for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes return to Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Chances for severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes will return to central and western Oklahoma Thursday and Friday, forecasters predict.

  • After five years of drought, Lawton turns to cloud seeding in hopes of increasing rainfall

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    After more than five years of drought have left the city’s water supply in bad shape, Lawton city officials are turning to cloud seeding in the hopes of replenishing reservoirs. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved Lawton’s application for a weather modification permit Tuesday at a meeting at the board’s Oklahoma City office.

  • Spring rain helps Oklahoma's wheat crop, but for some farmers, it might be too late

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Farmers in southwest Oklahoma have had to contend with drought for more than five years. More recently, those dry conditions have spread across most of the western half of the state.

  • Spring rains spell good news for Oklahoma City water supply

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    After much of the state received several inches of rain over the past week, that water is slowly making its way into Oklahoma City’s reservoirs. The city’s accessible water supply stood at just over 63 percent of its total capacity Friday after months of hovering just above 50 percent.

  • Oklahoma's drought likely to improve in coming months, climate scientists say

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Some areas in central and northern Oklahoma and the Panhandle are expected to see drought relief over the next three months, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center reports.

  • Global temperatures set record in March, climate scientists report

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Friday. The first three months of the year also made up the warmest first quarter on record, the agency reported. NOAA’s temperature records date back to 1880. Last month, the average temperature across land and ocean surfaces […]

  • Heavy rainfall comes to drought-stricken western Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    If you live in Cheyenne, it might be time to invest in a lifeboat. Parts of Roger Mills County have received more than seven inches of rain over the past week, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network. Several other areas across western Oklahoma have seen three inches or more of rain during the same […]

  • Chances for severe thunderstorms continue Thursday in western Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The National Weather Service predicts a slight chance for severe weather Thursday afternoon and evening in far western Oklahoma, including Woodward and Altus.




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Silas Allen Fri, May. 01 2015 02:50:14 PM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: #truedetective3 @BerryTramel and Billy Donovan LINK
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Silas Allen Fri, May. 01 2015 10:37:03 AM CST Oklahoman ed board weighs in on importance of water conservation: LINK
Silas Allen Fri, May. 01 2015 10:28:18 AM CST @pmonies This is America. We've got moral qualms with kings, too.
Silas Allen Fri, May. 01 2015 10:16:26 AM CST From Baltimore: “No matter what state you're in, music is something that reaches the soul." https://t.co/W3fI5HEbUd h/t @LaxPoetic
Silas Allen Fri, May. 01 2015 09:57:40 AM CST NOAA has a lot of scientists, and not all of them are weather researchers. LINK
Silas Allen Fri, May. 01 2015 09:39:33 AM CST Tomorrow is Derby Day. You have 24 hrs to buy bourbon and decide if you can put your moral qualms about horseracing away for an afternoon.
Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 30 2015 05:43:51 PM CST @AStromA I mean, I wouldn't throw them out.
Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 30 2015 05:33:24 PM CST @AStromA Can you email Oreos?
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Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:11:50 PM CST RT @RJ_Young: This one is important: I wrote about the son of a man who was executed by the state: LINK #ThisIsOklahoma
Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 30 2015 02:34:40 PM CST @texasembassy @ounwcm 15 percent likelihood of a tiger occurring within 25 miles of the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 30 2015 02:12:00 PM CST Live from @OKCZoo: LINK
Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 30 2015 02:05:40 PM CST #MIZ https://t.co/nuqIZ7Tnh4
Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 30 2015 01:51:11 PM CST RT @slatest: Billy Donovan becomes one of the most high-profile coaches to switch from college to the NBA: LINK via @slate
Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 30 2015 01:34:15 PM CST RT @okcthunder: News: Thunder names Billy Donovan Head Coach. #ThunderBasketball LINK

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