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Oklahoma City's record for consecutive hours below freezing is ...

by Bryan Painter Published: December 9, 2013
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At 7:30 a.m. Doug Speheger, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office, said Oklahoma City’s temperature has been below freezing for 108 consecutive hours. Oklahoma City’s record was set 30 years ago this month when the temperature remained below freezing in that December (1983) for 13 straight days, Speheger said. The weather service’s forecast for Oklahoma City calls for temperatures to climb slightly above the freezing mark Tuesday with a high temperature in the mid-30s.
Q: Please describe the weather system that has led to this current string of below freezing temperatures.
A: We’ve had a trough of low pressure across the Plains and the Mississippi Valley for awhile.
Basically we’ve got a nice touch of north winds at the upper levels from northern Canada and Alaska down toward the Plains. Under that environment, even at the surface, we can get these cold air masses that move out of northern Canada into the central United States. So we had one of those strong cold fronts move through last week and then we’ve just remained in the pattern where cold air just persists.
Q: Are you looking at additional snow today?
A: In the Oklahoma City metro we may just have a little dusting. In nothern Oklahoma we may see a couple of inches of snow up around the Kansas border, kind of in the Enid and Ponca City areas. But around here it should be just flurries or maybe a small dusting.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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