Oklahoma Weather Blog


What are the chances for rain Wednesday?

by Bryan Painter Published: March 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.

Otherwise the two – central and statewide – are relatively close in terms of ranking when looking at other time periods. For example, on year-to-date through Sunday, the 1.88 inches was the eighth driest for central Oklahoma and the 2.36 was the ninth driest for statewide for that time period.

Here’s a quick look at other time periods:

Last 30 days through March 23: Central, 1.48 inches, 34th driest; Statewide, 1.59 inches, 37th driest.

Last 60 days through March 23: Central, 1.78, 11th driest; Statewide, 2.08, 13th driest.

Last 90 days through March 23: Central, 2.52, 11th driest; Statewide, 2.65, 9th driest.

Last 120 days through March 23: Central, 3.19, 7th driest; Statewide, 4.06, 7th driest.

Last 180 days through March 23: Central, 8.90, 23rd driest; Statewide, 9.85, 23rd driest.

And so our attention turns to a forecast for possible rains. Information from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office, says, “Scattered to numerous rain showers are expected on Wednesday, especially over areas near and south of Interstate-44. A few storms may also develop across northern Texas and southern Oklahoma. Any storms that form will stay below severe levels. Moderate to strong southerly winds are also expected.

“Shower and thunderstorm chances continue Thursday across central and eastern Oklahoma. No organized severe storms are expected, but a few strong storms appear possible over southeast parts of Oklahoma Thursday afternoon and evening. Rain chances will end from west to east throughout the day. Windy conditions are expected both ahead and behind a cold front.

“A dryline will bring very warm, windy and dry conditions to western Oklahoma and western north Texas. This will generate very high to extreme fire danger late Thursday morning into Thursday evening. Southwest wind will shift to northerly behind a cold front, late in the afternoon and evening.”

Also in weather, a cold start. At the top of the hour, the temperature at Beaver, Okla. in the Panhandle, dipped to 19.5 degrees, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey:


Coolest Minimum Temperatures
1 – Beaver 19.5F 8:00 am
2 – Boise City 19.7F 6:45 am
3 – Seiling 19.9F 7:35 am
4 – Vinita 20.7F 6:55 am
5 – Nowata 20.7F 7:20 am
6 – Oilton 20.8F 6:40 am
7 – Camargo 21.0F 7:45 am
8 – Hooker 21.0F 4:25 am
9 – Goodwell 21.6F 7:35 am
10 – Marshall 21.9F 7:20 am
11 – Pawnee 22.0F 3:50 am
12 – Alva 22.1F 5:20 am
13 – Medford 22.1F 4:30 am
14 – Breckinridge 22.2F 2:40 am
15 – Buffalo 22.5F 4:00 am



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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