I am currently a weather intern at KOCO and a sophomore meteorology student at the University of Oklahoma. I had previously interned at the Fox affiliate in Tulsa. I hope to bring you my thoughts on weather related items throughout the semester!
You might be wondering what an intern does in the weather center. The interns’ job is to assist Rick with making weather graphics such as the 7-Day forecast or the state temperature forecast maps. Rick makes the forecast and writes it down on a clipboard and then hands it off to an intern. Rick can use all the help he can get since he has many other things to do such as radio, newspapers, promotional shots, etc. During severe weather events interns may help with controlling the radar or doing other tasks such as ripping warnings off the printer.
Weather wise, it still looks like our next storm system will impact the state tomorrow. A big factor on snow accumulations will be where the rain/mix/snow line sets up. The earlier it comes down (and stays) as snow, the higher the accumulations. After this system moves out, it looks to stay cold for a while. One huge surge of cold air should move in by Friday, which will keep us cold through the weekend. The European model (one of the many we look at) shows another decent surge could be possible early to mid week next week!
By the way, when looking at average highs and lows, the coldest time of the year in OKC is from Jan. 6-13th–our average high reaches 50 tomorrow! It looks like we’ll be a far cry from that for sometime to come.