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Some areas in Oklahoma have had 46 consecutive days with less than .25 inches of rain on any one day, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet

by Bryan Painter Published: September 11, 2013
The National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office’s “Hazardous Weather Outlook” released earlier today (Wednesday) shows that “Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms will be possible this (Wednesday) afternoon and tonight across parts of southeast Oklahoma and northern Oklahoma. Severe weather is not anticipated.”
The discussion said, “Daytime heating, along with a minor upper level disturbance and lift associated with local topography may result in a few isolated thunderstorms this afternoon across far southeast Oklahoma.”
Also, “a few thunderstorms may occur across parts of Northwest Oklahoma this afternoon as a plume of Tropical Moisture gradually shifts eastward out of New Mexico and West Texas toward the central and southern plains. Some of this activity may linger overnight across northern Oklahoma with the aid of an approaching surface front. Although some gusty winds and lightning will accompany these storms, no severe weather is expected through tonight.”
Other “Hazardous Weather” stated “Unseasonably hot conditions are expected again this afternoon with highs climbing into the low to mid-90s. Avoid outdoor activities during the heat of the day and stay hydrated to precent heat related illness.”
Weather notes:
– Going into today, the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network sites at Tipton, Newport, Madill and Hugo had recorded 46 consecutive days of less than .25 inches of rain.
– On this date in weather history: Sept. 11, 1961, Category 5 Hurricane Carla battered the central Texas coast with sustained winds that reached 175 mph. Around 16 inches of rain drenched some areas. In addition, a vicious F4 tornado swept across Galveston Island killing 8 people and injuring 55. In all, Carla killed 45 people and caused around $300 million damage, according to the National Weather Service.
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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