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Oklahoma tornadoes: National Weather Service reports continued severe weather risk for Monday

Sunday's weather system in Oklahoma involved unstable air, a lot of humidity and very strong winds at the lower levels of the atmosphere.
by Bryan Painter Modified: May 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

National Weather Service officials had been watching the potential for severe weather since the middle of last week and they will continue to monitor it Monday, Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith said,

“We may be dealing with more of this tomorrow,” Smith said Sunday night from National Weather Service headquarters in Norman. “Of course, what happens tomorrow depends on how things pan out for the rest of tonight, but we're very aware that we're not done yet. Monday is going to be another round of severe weather. A lot of the key ingredients we had today haven't gone anywhere. The dryline is still west of us, and we're going to have more of the same tomorrow. Certainly we hope we don't see anything like this again, but we're going to be ready for it.”

Smith said forecasters had been “focusing on the Saturday-Sunday-Monday time frame and really emphasizing Sunday for quite a while now, saying it had the potential to be a very busy day. And unfortunately it has really panned out to be that way today.”

Smith said the weather system Sunday involved unstable air, a lot of humidity and very strong winds at the lower levels of the atmosphere.

“We had an upper-level storm system moving through the area aloft. We had a strong dry line that came close to Interstate 35 and just stopped there and that's where the storms developed,” he said. “With all the wind shear in place and the unstable air, they just took off and became very dangerous storms very quickly.”

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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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