• Warm weather, pollution cause algal bloom in Lafayette River

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Lafayette River in Norfolk is suffering from algal blooms this summer that have turned much of the ordinarily green river to reddish-brown. An algal bloom can take oxygen out of the water, which has the potential to create dead zones that can kill fish and crabs. The bloom is caused by a combination of warm water and excess nitrogen and phosphorous from pollution. Environmental groups have made major strides toward reducing bacteria pollution in the Lafayette River in recent years, but excess nitrogen remains a challenge. More than 10,000 homes are in the Lafayette River's watershed and runoff from them contributes to the problem.

  • Buffalo-Snow Piles

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Robert A. Raczka uses a stick on top of this dirt-covered snow "glacier" that still hasn't melted at the Central Terminal on Buffalo's East side eight months ago, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. City crews dumped snow in the lots after a lake-effect storm dumped more than 7 feet on parts of Buffalo and the surrounding area the week before Thanksgiving. Eight months later, some of it is still there.

  • Flooding dampens summer recreation along Illinois River

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Flooding along the Illinois River that has prompted National Weather Service warnings and closed the waterway to boaters for weeks this summer has dampened recreational activities. Marina owners, boat shop workers and campground managers along the river in central Illinois tell the (Peoria) Journal Star that the high waters have made the season a washout. "It's been a disaster this year," National Marine owner Pat Ward in Peoria Heights said. He noted that the duration of the flooding has made it particularly difficult. "We usually pump 20,000 gallons of fuel a month in the summer," Ward said. "But we're pumping gas now for the first time since the middle of May.

  • High heat, monsoonal moisture heading to region

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California may see more high humidity and thunderstorms before July is over. The National Weather Service says a strong ridge of high pressure expanding westward over the Southwest will drive temperatures up Wednesday through Friday and draw monsoonal moisture into the region. Forecasters say the combination may cause some areas to approach excessive-heat levels. Thunderstorms are likely to develop over the mountains, interior valleys and deserts, but forecasters say some coast and coastal valley areas could also see storms. The storms will carry the risk of lightning and flash floods. Despite being a typically dry month, this July has been marked by rainfall that has set records.

  • National Weather Service confirms tornado struck Tolna

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    TOLNA, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Tolna was caused by a tornado. The tornado last Thursday night was rated an EF-1, with an estimated peak wind speed of 110 mph. It was on the ground for about 4 minutes, covering about half a mile. The twister uprooted trees, bent a communications tower, blew a storage building off its foundation and knocked out electricity for a time. No injuries were reported.

  • Strong storms move across New Hampshire, more planned

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Showers and thunderstorms are moving over parts of New Hampshire, with some power outages. Several hundred customers were without power Tuesday morning as a strong storm moved parts of northern New Hampshire and the lakes region. The National Weather Service said more storms were possible in the afternoon and evening. Some of the storms could be severe. Even more storms are in the forecast for Thursday as a cold front moves in.

  • Spanish firefighters bring major forest blaze under control

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Spain say they have brought under control a major blaze that was Catalonia's biggest wildfire in three years. Officials said the fire charred some 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of forest and farmland before being extinguished Monday night. Investigators believe the blaze was started accidentally by farm equipment on Sunday. It raged for more than 30 hours, driven by strong winds and fueled by tinder-dry forests after a spring with relatively low rainfall compared with previous years. At one point, 400 people had to be evacuated from their homes in the picturesque region near Barcelona. Authorities said nobody was hurt and no homes were lost.

  • Hot days continue in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    More hot temperatures are ahead Tuesday. The northeastern part of the state is under a heat advisory

  • 'Aggressive' search underway for 2 teens on fishing trip

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard searched "aggressively" off the Florida coast and friends combed the shoreline Monday for any sign of two teenage fishermen, described as experienced boaters, who went missing three days earlier after setting out for the Bahamas on a stormy afternoon. What began as a teenage summer adventure — a chaperone-free getaway on the high seas — took an ominous turn after the 19-foot boat that carried Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos was found capsized and days of searches proved fruitless. But authorities and the boys' families held out hope, saying the teens were consummate seamen and a rescue is still possible. "Our intentions are to continue to search aggressively," Coast Guard Capt.

  • Federal assistance granted for 12 more Oklahoma counties affected by severe weather

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Federal assistance has been approved for 12 additional Oklahoma counties affected by severe weather and flooding. In all, 45 counties have been approved for individual assistance, with requests for an additional 19 counties.

  • Weather service says don't worry about bugs showing on radar

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Radar images of bugs on the move stretching hundreds of miles in Texas caused concern of a possible "Bugnado."

  • Dangerous heat forecast through weekend

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Hot, humid weather is forecast through the weekend, creating a dangerous situation for residents across Oklahoma. Forecasters predict high temperatures of 98 degrees in Oklahoma City each day, but temperatures are likely to be higher in other areas, the National Weather Service said.

  • The Latest: Washington fire closes in on city's water source

    By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    The latest on wildfires burning in Montana and California: 1:35 p.m. PDT Crews fighting a wildfire in southeast Washington are working to prevent flames from reaching a watershed that provides drinking water for the city of Walla Walla. Firefighters are removing fuels and securing lines to prevent it from reaching the boundary of the Mill Creek Watershed, fire spokeswoman Amber Mahoney said Thursday. The blaze has destroyed one home and threatens dozens others as an estimated 1,000 firefighters battled it in steep, challenging terrain. It has scorched nearly 9 square miles of grass, shrubs and timber about 10 miles east of Walla Walla, a city of 60,000 people. ___ 12:35 p.m.

  • Poll: Which word best describes the current heat wave in Oklahoma?

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    We are all sick of the heat. We are all sick of the humidity.  In one word, how would you describe the current heat wave affecting Oklahoma? Share any related thoughts in the Facebook comments.

  • Federal assistance available for victims of June flooding

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Oklahomans affected by June's floods in southern Oklahoma and elsewhere are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says. Those who sustained damage from floods, tornadoes and damaging winds over the past three months also have more time to apply for federal help, officials said.

  • Flood warning in effect for 4 eastern Oklahoma counties

    AP | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    MUSKOGEE — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for all or parts of four counties in eastern Oklahoma following overnight rains. The warning includes all of Muskogee, Okmulgee and Cherokee counties and southern Wagoner County and is in effect until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The weather service says three to five inches of rain fell in the region since Tuesday and the runoff could flood roads, creeks and streams. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says U.S. Highway 62 near Morris, Oklahoma Highway 16 south of Wagoner and state Highway 80 west of Hulbert are closed because of water over the roads.

  • FEMA extends disaster period for June flooding, storm damage

    AP | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the timeframe for eligibility for disaster assistance due to last month's flooding and storm damage to public and private property. Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday FENA extended the cutoff date for eligibility from June 4 to June 22 for both individual and public assistance to reflect damage to public and private property. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management made the request last week because the state was besieged by severe weather for more than two months.

  • Cool front brings heavy rain Tuesday morning to parts of Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Heavy rainfall totals were reported in several parts of Oklahoma on Tuesday morning as a cool front passed across the state. Buffalo, in northwest Oklahoma, was the clear winner, with 5.15 inches of rain, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network. Take a look at other rainfall totals across the state:

  • Oklahoma storm updates

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Read updates as storms moved across Oklahoma Monday night.

  • Northwest Oklahoma reservoir Canton Lake begins to rebound

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Until last spring, the northwest Oklahoma reservoir was still feeling the effects of the loss of billions of gallons of water that Oklahoma City officials drew from the lake in early 2013. But after the state saw its second-rainiest spring on record, Canton Lake is beginning to rebound.