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Severe potential for today covers a good portion of the state.  I would say the area to watch though is Northwest and North Central Oklahoma.  Hail and wind will be the main threats but it is not out of the question to see an isolated tornado.



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  1. I only mentioned on my website last week about tempting fate, but they just had to keep on. Kinda like the quote I used on the trivia page on the anniversary of May 3, – He was the kind of man who stood on a mountain top, during a lightning storm, wearing wet, copper armor yelling “All the gods are bastards!”
    When we’re in the midst of storm season it was simply pushing one’s luck too far to constantly state how unusually quiet it had been!
    Personally I find severe weather outbreaks fairly stressful, less because of the weather itself than the meteorologists on TV. I think they should come with a health warning – cursing people that cannot hear you is not conducive to good health, nor does it make them quit!
    Messrs. Morgan, Mitchell and England remind me of Mick Jagger’s famous song “Satisfaction” – “….A man comes on the radio, and he’s telling me more and more about some useless information…….”. In this case it’s the TV, but you get the gist.
    I mean, who really wants to see red and green pixels (wind shear) on an enlarged radar map, other than a storm spotter or trained meteorologist?
    The rest of us just want to know if the storm is a threat to us, and what is happening in our area. With the emphasis on “our area”. OK I appreciate it is vital to warn those under imminent threat of a tornado first, but to keep the radar image zoomed in on that one spot to the detriment of the rest of the storms, is at best extremely irritating, and at worst dangerous. By the time something threatening could be occurring close by, we’ve either already lost power, or simply stopped paying attention because we’re bored to tears!
    As for the poor quality cloud pictures, and windshield wipers seen through a storm tracker’s window – it is more interesting watching grass grow!
    The ideal way to cover severe spring weather is simply with the radar map, then zoom in as they already do on the dangerous storms, but frequently pan back out so the rest of us can see what is going on. A little less talk in the process may also save some on the aspirin bill!
    With all the above in mind, here are some tips to survive the weathermen (perhaps that should be weatherpeople to avoid being sexist) during storm season:
    1. Always watch severe weather coverage with the sound muted unless the storms become an immediate threat to you.
    2. Delay switching on the TV until such time as you hear thunder rumbling in the distance. Establish that it is really thunder and not your neighbors car stereo by poking your head out of the door.
    3. Flip TV channels at least once every 60 seconds, while one may be showing rain spots or hail in a car park, another may be showing something useful – like radar!
    4. It is not generally a good idea to go online to check out the weather with a computer connected to either mains electricity or a phone line, both can generate power surges, resulting in expensive, sensitive, electronic equipment meeting an untimely end!
    5. If you are one of the lucky few with your safe spot inside your house and comfortably furnished, retire to it as soon as storms approach, take a newspaper or magazine, a flask of your favorite beverage and ignore the TV coverage altogether!
    Oh what we wouldn’t give for an indoor, purpose built safe room with armchairs and a bed right now!

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