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  • 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

  • A closer look at this week's forecast

    Bryan Painter | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “A period of cooler, drier weather is expected for the beginning of this week, followed by a chance of showers and storms by mid to late week.

  • Report: Despite warnings, residents were unprepared for May 31 flooding

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Despite several National Weather Service alerts, Oklahomans were largely unprepared for the deadly flash floods that followed the May 31 tornado, according to a new report. The service assessment report recommends National Weather Service officials develop better protocols to warn residents when more than one type of severe weather is on the way.

  • A look at rain chances today and into the weekend, from the National Weather Service, Norman

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Expect showers and thunderstorms to develop across portions of southern Oklahoma and western north Texas late this afternoon, most likely between 430 and 630 PM CDT.

  • Oklahoma tornado review: Public not aware of flash flooding

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    A new report assessing last May’s tornadoes in Oklahoma says the National Weather Service needs to develop a protocol for when there are multiple severe weather events. The recommendation stems from the combination tornado and flash flooding that occurred on May 31 in El Reno. Eight people died in the tornado while 13 people died in the flash flooding. The report says that although the weather service warned about the flash flooding threat, the public was not generally aware of it. The assessment released Friday reviewed the weather service’s formal warnings and other communications, including social media, from the tornadoes that devastated central Oklahoma last May.

  • 294 days since NWS, Norman issued a tornado warning

    Bryan Painter | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “It’s been 294 days since we issued a tornado warning.

  • Spring rains possible

    Bryan Painter | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: Showers and thunderstorms will be possible across parts of Oklahoma and western north Texas later this afternoon and this evening when a weak cold front moves across the region.

  • Sunny day in Oklahoma Friday, rain chances for Saturday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    Temperatures will be near 75 degrees in central Oklahoma Friday. There is a 30 percent chance for rain Saturday.

  • “Southern Plains Drought Outlook Summary”

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

      From the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters Regional Operations Center, Fort Worth, Texas: “Southern Plains Drought Outlook Summary”   • Oklahoma The amount of Oklahoma in extreme drought has tripled since January 1.

  • Start of spring brings hope of rains to counter drought

    By Bryan Painter, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    Of the 41 months since the beginning of October 2010, only four have finished with above-normal moisture at the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network’s Altus site.

  • Forecast includes very high fire danger this afternoon ... and take a look back to March 20, 1948

    Bryan Painter | Published: Thu, Mar 20, 2014

    From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: “Minimum humidities of 15 to 20 percent will occur in western parts of the Oklahoma and north Texas Thursday afternoon and early evening.