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  • A look at Thursday evening and Friday's weather in the NWS, Norman Forecast Office coverage area

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “If storms develop this afternoon, small hail and gusty wind will be possible, but any organized severe weather will occur well east of the area.

  • Tornado watch in northeastern Oklahoma

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    From the Storm Prediction Center, Norman: A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

  • Students from Joplin to visit Moore

    Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Students from the southwest Missouri district where nine schools were destroyed or damaged in a May 2011 tornado are headed to Moore, Okla., to help children who lost their school to a tornado last year. Eleven fifth-graders from Stapleton Elementary School in Joplin will travel 225 miles by bus April 4 to the Oklahoma community. They’ll bring 300 books and $1,000 in pennies raised to help children at Plaza Towers Elementary, which was destroyed in a May 2013 tornado. Nearly 7,000 homes were destroyed and 161 people were killed in the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. In Moore, an EF-5 tornado killed 24 people and destroyed 1,100 homes on May 20, 2013.

  • "Drought Grows Despite Recent Rains" by State Climatologist Gary McManus

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    “Drought Grows Despite Recent Rains” By State Climatologist Gary McManus The dust storms, wildfires and reports of struggling crops and pastures that have plagued the state over the last few weeks are evidence that drought has continued to strengthen across Oklahoma.

  • A windy day, including a gust of 54 mph at Freedom at 3:40 a.m.... Very High to Extreme Wildfire Danger

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    How windy has it been so far today? Just in the last hour as of 8:36 a.m., the Oklahoma Mesonet had recorded 11 wind gusts of 40 mph or higher.

  • High winds in Oklahoma Thursday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    A wind advisory is in effect for central Oklahoma until 10 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service reports. Parts of southwest Oklahoma are under a red flag warning for high fire danger until 7 p.m. Winds could gust up to 50 mph in western Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City forecast is as follows: Thursday: Partly sunny with a high near 78. Windy with a south wind 22 to 26 mph with gusts as high as 37 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 44. Northwest wind 9 to 13 mph becoming east, northeast after midnight. Friday: Mostly sunny with a high near 63. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 21 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 38.

  • Through 4 p.m., some rainfall totals include .30 inches or more at a few Mesonet stations

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    At 4 p.m., some of the rainfall totals thus far today at Oklahoma Mesonet weather network locations include: .41 inches, Medicine Park .39, Acme .39, Minco .37, Tipton .35, Oklahoma City East .32, Newport .32, Oklahoma City North .31, Apache .31, Norman, .31, Ringling .30, Grandfield  

  • A look at some of the rainfall totals through 1:30 p.m. today, Oklahoma Mesonet

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    According to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network, rainfall totals so far today, as of 1:30 p.m.,  include: .40 inches, Medicine Park .39 inches, Acme .37 inches, Tipton .33 inches, Oklahoma City East .31 inches, Norman .31 inches, Ringling .30 inches, Grandfield Also, here’s a look at some of the stronger wind gusts recorded within the last hour at Mesonet stations: As of 1:43 pm CDT, Mar 26, 2014, there have been 27 Wind Gusts of 40 mph or more in the last 1 hour.

  • A look at the rainfall rates

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman: 11:52 a.m.: “Radar returns southwest of Oklahoma City look high, but this instead of heavy rain, the high reflectivity is due to graupel (small ice).

  • As of 11:20 a.m., .37 inches of rain at Medicine Park since midnight

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    As of 11:20 a.m., the Oklahoma Mesonet network shows that since midnight, the Mesonet weather site at Medicine Park has received .37 inches of rain while the station at Tipton has recorded .35 inches.

  • Today's forecast calls for wind and rain

    Bryan Painter | Published: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “Along with a significant increase in south winds today, scattered to numerous rain showers are expected.

  • Wind, rain and cooler temperatures in Oklahoma Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Wednesday will be windy and rainy. A wind advisory is in effect.

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: May 20 twister's legacy includes 173,000 tons of rubble

    BY WILLIAM CRUM, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Federal reports quantify the destruction left behind by the May 20 tornado in Moore and south Oklahoma City.

  • A look at storm chances

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    The Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Thunderstorm outlook, isolated non-severe thunderstorms will be possible Wednesday across western north Texas and the southern half of Oklahoma.

  • Severe weather possible in Oklahoma Thursday

    Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    TULSA (AP) — Parts of Oklahoma could see the season’s first batch of severe thunderstorms later this week. The National Weather Service says a cold front is expected to sweep across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas late Thursday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing along the front. A few strong to severe storms are possible later in the evening for the area. The timing of the front could result in showers and thunderstorms continuing into early Friday. The service forecasts warmer weather for the weekend in northeast Oklahoma, when winds from the south return and increase.

  • What are the chances for rain Wednesday?

    Bryan Painter | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    A look at the rainfall summary for the last 365 days, through Suday, March 23, showed it was the 23rd wettest period for central Oklahoma and the 40th driest statewide, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

  • Cooler temperatures in Oklahoma Tuesday with rain chance Wednesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    Temperatures will be cooler in Oklahoma Tuesday. There is a 60 percent chance for rain in central Oklahoma Wednesday.

  • Another night of near freezing temperatures possibly ahead for Oklahoma City area

    Bryan Painter | Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    The low could dip to freezing tonight in Oklahoma City, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Today Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

  • Sunny skies, 60s in central Oklahoma Monday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Temperatures will be in the mid-60s with sunshine in Oklahoma Monday. There is a chance for rain Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports.

  • Flood insurance hikes to hit Oklahoma homeowners

    By KRISTI EATON, AP | Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Though hefty premium increases for flood insurance may become a burden to some policy holders in Oklahoma, it’s necessary to keep the National Flood Institute from drowning, a storm water manager for a southwestern Oklahoma city says. The federal government for many years has offered subsidized flood insurance on homes and businesses constructed in the days before there were rules for building close to the water. But the subsidies have been costly, the premiums collected haven’t sufficiently covered the payouts and the National Flood Insurance Program is billions of dollars in debt. In 2012, Congress passed a law requiring approximately 1.1 million subsidized policyholders to start paying rates based on the true risk of