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Killer El Reno Tornado Was Widest Ever Recorded: NWS

Killer El Reno Tornado Was Widest Ever Recorded: NWS

The tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., on May 31, killing four storm chasers including pioneering tornado researcher Tim Samaras, was an EF-5 twister, the strongest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday. The tornado had a stunning width of 2.6 miles, which makes it the widest tornado on record.… Read More

Tornadoes Rake Okla., Kansas as Storm Threat Continues

Tornadoes Rake Okla., Kansas as Storm Threat Continues

Severe thunderstorms struck from Oklahoma all the way to Minnesota as a strong cold front edged eastward, plowing into warm and humid air as it did so. Strong upper level winds provided support for supercell thunderstorms, which are thunderstorms that have persistent rotation associated with them, and can cause tornadoes and damaging large hail.… Read More

Welcome Rains Are Forecast, But So Are Severe Storms

Welcome Rains Are Forecast, But So Are Severe Storms

Although it may spark damaging thunderstorms, drought relief is the bright side to this upcoming storm system. It is expected to provide beneficial rainfall, on the order of one to two inches, in some of the hardest hit states. Computer model projections show the likelihood for particularly heavy rains in parts of Oklahoma.… Read More

Image of the Day: This Tale Reeks of Rats

Image of the Day: This Tale Reeks of Rats

As many will recall, last winter was unseasonably warm. So warm, in fact, that the December-through-February period came in as fourth-warmest winter on record for the Lower 48 states. And while many residents in Chicago were likely celebrating the mild season, they are now dealing with the unpleasant after effects — rodents. Thanks to … Read More

Oklahoma Is OK if You Like Sizzling Temperatures

Oklahoma Is OK if You Like Sizzling Temperatures

Tulsa also reached 112 deg F on Thursday, short of its all-time high temperature record of 115 deg F. During the past week, Tulsa has twice had a low temperature of 88 deg F, which is the warmest overnight low temperature on record there.… Read More

Oklahoma City Tops Out at 112, Misses Mark by 1 Degree

Oklahoma City Tops Out at 112, Misses Mark by 1 Degree

On Wednesday, temperatures at all but two observing sites in Oklahoma reached or exceeded the triple-digits, with multiple 114°F readings noted, and two 115°F high temperature observations, at the Kingfisher Mesonet site and the Enid airport. … Read More

Stubborn 2012 Heat Wave Roasts Eight States

Stubborn 2012 Heat Wave Roasts Eight States

Through the end of June, the South has had the most extreme weather during this period since the Climate Extremes Index began in 1910, with 56.86 percent of the region affected by extreme weather.… Read More

Extreme Heat Continues to Plague South Central States

Extreme Heat Continues to Plague South Central States

According to the National Weather Service, Tulsa, OK likely set a record on Monday for the warmest overnight low temperature since records began there, as the temperature failed to drop below a toasty 88°F through this Monday morning.… Read More