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With September beginning Sunday, here's a look at some weather events in past Septembers, National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office

by Bryan Painter Published: August 31, 2013

With September beginning Sunday, following is a look at some weather events in Oklahoma in that month through the years, according to the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office “Daily Historical Weather” notes on its website. 

Also, today’s forecast from the Norman Forecast Office called for triple digits. By 1 p.m., several locations have reached or topped the 100 degrees temperature mark. Others are approaching triple digits.

The “Hazardous Weather Outlook” from that office today (Saturday) showed, “Hot temperatures are expected again today with high temperatures and afternoon heat index values above 100 throughout the area. Please take stepts to prevent heat related illness today.” In days two through seven of that “Hazardous Weather Outlook (Sunday through Friday)” it showed, “Thunderstorms will be possible Sunday and Monday as a cold front moves into the area. Severe weather is not expected.” That was as of the “Hazardous weather outlook” at 11:39 a.m. Saturday, so that could change. Also in the days two through seven , the weather outlook mentioned, “Hot weather is again expected on Sunday, especially across southern Oklahoma and north Texas.”



Daily Historical Weather for September 1

The driest September on record for Oklahoma City occurred in 1939, as only 0.06 inches of rain was measured. September 2004 was drier than average, as only 0.64 inches of rain was measured in Oklahoma City, making it the 9th driest September on record. The wettest September for Oklahoma City was in 1991, when 11.85 inches of rain was measured.

Daily Historical Weather for September 5

During the afternoon of September 5, 1965, severe thunderstorms crossed southwest Oklahoma. The storms brought torrential rain, up to five inches in one hour at some locations, which caused street flooding in Martha, Blair, and Hester. Some residents had water up to their porches. The storms also produced strong winds that caused major damage in Blair.

Daily Historical Weather for September 9

Late in the evening on this date in 1934, a tornado struck the town of Frederick, in Tillman County. The storm produced F2 damage in a 1/4-mile wide path, while moving from northwest to southeast through the industrial district of Frederick.

Daily Historical Weather for September 12

The Chikaskia River reached its highest level ever recorded on this day in 2008 as widespread showers and thunderstorms spread across northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Homes and businesses were completely flooded with multiple roads closed all the way from Woodward to Kay County. As a result of the river flooding, 20 homes were completely destroyed and 14 homes reported major damage. Damage totals from the event reached $8 million.

Daily Historical Weather for September 19

Tornadoes struck Oklahoma City and Del City on this date in 1965. The Oklahoma City tornado skimmed the northwest part of the downtown business district, and the Del City storm struck near Southeast 20th and Bryant Avenue. Both tornadoes were weak, but what made these tornadoes unusual, is that they both occurred between 7 and 8 AM.

Torrential rain and significant amounts of hail fell from storms over northwest Oklahoma on September 19, 1962. A few locations in Ellis, Woodward, and Roger Mills Counties had hail drifts waist-deep. The next morning, some drifts were still two feet high. The storms brought up to eight inches of rain across parts of northwest Oklahoma.

Daily Historical Weather for September 29

On the evening of September 29, 1986, a series of microbursts occurred from southwest Oklahoma City to Del City, damaging 17 businesses and 127 homes, resulting in more than $1 million in damages.


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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