Archive for August, 2006

I’m Back!!!!
August 31, 2006

Sorry you haven’t heard from me in awhile. My wife and I were out on a much needed extended vacation. I’ve got a lot to catch up on around the station, but look for an updated blog soon…
AT

John – Hurricane or Typhoon?
August 31, 2006

Ernesto will be a stronger storm today in the Carolinas than it was in Florida yesterday, but the big storm in the tropics is Hurricane John, off the coast of Mexico. Yesterday, John was a category 4 storm, today it is still a powerful storm with winds to 125 mph. The storm has skirted the west coast of Mexico, lashing the Pacific resort towns. It is now heading toward the Baja, and could hit Cabo San Lucas tomorrow.

Wait a minute…. did I say Hurricane John, in the Pacific? I have had two people this morning ask me about this, wondering why it was a hurricane and not a typhoon. Tropical cyclones are called hurricanes in the Atlantic, and in the eastern and central Pacific. The ones that form off Mexico, and the ones that move by Hawaii are all known as hurricanes. Typhoons are reserved to the storms closer to Asia, near the Phillipeans, China, Japan and southeast Asia. Here is the official breakdown of what these storms are called in different regions of the world (lifted from the hurricane center web site):

  • hurricane” (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
  • typhoon” (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
  • severe tropical cyclone” (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
  • severe cyclonic storm” (the North Indian Ocean)
  • tropical cyclone” (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

The hurricanes that form off of Mexico’s west coast usually head west and stay out to sea. Once every few years, these will stay close to the coast and affect the resort towns…. and that is what we have seen from Hurricane John.

Showers and Cooler Air
August 30, 2006

Another beautiful afternoon ongoing with temperatures in the 80s. We’ll have a few changes take place in our weather tonight through Saturday as some weak weather features affect Oklahoma.

TONIGHT: It will be a tranquil night across much of the state tonight. However, there will be a small chance for a few isolated thunderstorms to develop as warmer air just off the surface returns to the state. This warmer air, also known as warm advection, will interact with some moisture in the mid levels of our atmosphere and help kick off a few of these storms. Again, most areas will be dry with lows in the 60s.

THURSDAY: A couple of thunderstorms could be roaming the state tomorrow morning, leftover from the overnight hours. Other than that, tomorrow will be partly cloudy and a little warmer with highs in the 80s to near 90.

FRIDAY: A cold front will begin to affect far northwest Oklahoma with a couple of storms possible. While there will be a slight chance of a storm in OKC, much of the day will be dry. Storms could become more numerous in northwest Oklahoma during the afternoon as the front pushes south. Friday night will be feature an increase in storms as well.

SATURDAY: The cold front will move across the rest of the state with showers and thunderstorms. The computer models are not in good agreement on the strength and timing of the front, but I feel our best chance for storms in central Oklahoma will be late Friday night into Saturday morning. Cooler weather is expected with highs in the 70s north and 80s central and south.

FOOTBALL FORECASTS: Since both OU and OSU kickoff their games at 6 pm, I believe there is a good chance for dry weather during the games. However, if the front slows down, rain chances could linger into Saturday evening. Game temperatures will be in the low 80s at the start, but cool into the 70s during the evening.

Rick

The Hurricane Eater
August 30, 2006


Tropical Storm Ernesto limped into Florida as a weak tropical storm, bringing heavy rain, but not too much wind to The Sunshine State. The storm was briefly a hurricane on Sunday, but got too close to Hispaniola, and rolled across the mountainous regions of eastern Cuba. I like to refer to Hispaniola as a hurricane eater. The island has mountains over 10,000 feet tall, and that usually disrupts the circulation of tropical systems that get too close. Eastern Cuba also has tall mountains, over 6,000 feet tall. While they are not as tall as those on Hispaniola, they still do a great job of weakening storms that move across that part of the country.

Ernesto emerged from Cuba Tuesday morning and spent about 16 hours over the warm waters between Cuba and Florida. There was a chance that the storm would re-gain it’s strength over this water (temperatures were between 86-88 degrees). However, the storm never recovered after it’s encounter with the hurricane eater islands.

Ernesto will move back over open water later today, and could strengthen before making a run at the Carolinas tomorrow. It will spend several hours over land today, but Florida does not have the mountains of Cuba and Hispaniola, so the circulation will still be intact as it moves into the Atlantic.

This Is More Like It!
August 29, 2006

Lovely weather today! Lows this morning were in the 50s and 60s across the state, and as I took my kids to school this morning, there was even a hint of a chill in the air. After dealing with triple digit heat for 38 days this year, the 50s and 60s could send a small chill through one’s body.

We’ll have another cool morning tomorrow with lows again in the 50s and 60s. Afternoon highs will be in the 80s. Those temperatures will warm into the low 90s for Thursday and Friday.

A cold front will move across Oklahoma on Saturday with a new chance of storms. Cooler weather is also expected with the front as highs will be in the 80s. The best chance for rain will be in the morning in central Oklahoma, but a storm could linger into the afternoon. Right now I believe the rain will be gone by the 6:00 pm kickoff time for both the Sooners and the Cowboys.

Rick

Ice to the Rescue
August 29, 2006


England is in the midst of their worst drought in 70 years and the government has declared a drought for the first time since 1995. The country’s largest water supplier has suggested that the solution to water shortages may be icebergs. Shipped from Greenland or Scandinavia, an iceberg measuring 1.6 kilometers long by 300 meters wide and 270 meters deep would provide enough water for 445,000 British families for an entire year. There are no plans to bring icebergs to England, but any ideas are being looked at if the drought continues. I wonder if we can float one of those up the Oklahoma River?

Tornado Near Hennessey
August 28, 2006

A brief tornado touchdown occurred late this morning just west of Hennessey in Kingfisher county, northwest of Oklahoma City. No damage or injuries took place as the tornado was very small and quite weak. Check out the pictures on the main page of this website.

This event was very unusual because the tornado appeared from a shower, not a thunderstorm. There was no rotation detectable by radar, and there were no warnings at the time. In fact, a warning was never issued. However, the sirens did sound in Hennessey, and school children took their tornado precautions.

I saw the storm on radar and it looked as harmless as a kitten. Now that I have seen the pictures, I am convinced that it was a very weak tornado. By no means was this a severe weather situation. I doubt that tornado could have produced even 50 mph winds. However, I am impressed at the precautions that were taken by the people in Hennessey. It is much better to error on the side of caution.

Forectast highlights…cooler and less humid the next few days. Highs in the 80s. Can’t complain about that.

Rick

Whole Lotta Rain
August 28, 2006

A good soaking rain this weekend, with many places seeing over two inches of rain. Here is the list of top rain getters:

  • Chickasha – 4.26″
  • Acme – 3.80″
  • Ninnekah – 3.51″
  • Minco – 3.07″
  • Cherokee – 2.72″
  • Washington – 2.46″
  • Hectorville – 2.37″
  • OKC, Will Rogers – 2.24″
  • Copan – 2.22″
  • Bixby – 2.20″
  • El Reno – 2.04″

We will dry out this week, but temperatures will not get too hot. The chance for rain will return next weekend.

More Rain, Then A Nice Week Ahead
August 27, 2006

Thunderstorms brought much needed rain to the state yesterday and last night. More rain and storms will move across Oklahoma today into tomorrow morning. We won’t have the severe weather like we did yesterday, but some heavy downpours are likley.

Rain chances move east tomorrow afternoon, so the OKC metro will dry out. Cool and drier air will spread into the state and highs the next few days will be in the 80s. Highs in the 90s will return by Thursday and Friday, but no triple digit heat thank goodness.

Another cold front will cross the state next Saturday with a chance of storms.

Enjoy the rain and the cooler weather.

Rick

Heavy Rain and Lots of Lightning
August 27, 2006

Thunderstorms with heavy rain and frequent lightning are moving through the state right now. The severe weather threat is decreasing, but the flooding threat will be with us overnight. A flood watch is in effect unntil 7 am Sunday.

Some rain totals have already reached 1.5″ west and north of the metro. Widespread 1 to 3 inch totals will be likely from tonight through Sunday. Bring it on!!!

Rick