Archive for July, 2011

Next Tropical System?
July 30, 2011

Looks like there is an area in the Atlantic that is worth watching.  This area of low pressure is moving West-Northwest at 15-20mph and has an excellent chance of becoming a Tropical Depression later tonight or Sunday morning.

 

We will watch it but right now it is 750 miles away from the Lesser Antilles and we are over 2,000 miles from there…so it will be a while before the moisture has a chance to make it to the states…but we can start hoping now;-)

 

Sarah

TS Don Affecting Texas
July 29, 2011

The center of circulation associated with Tropical Storm Don is still ofshore at this hour (5:45pm) and it will continue to affect Texas into the evening making landfall late tonight/early Saturday morning.  This storm will bring heavy rain to parts of South Texas and the area of low pressure will dissipate over Northern Mexico by Monday.

 

Sarah

Tropical Storm Don
July 28, 2011

Well here is the official track for Tropical Storm Don.  This storm is moving at a pretty fast pace, NW across the Gulf Of Mexico at 16mph.  The sustained winds within the storm are at 45mph.  They may get up as high as 60 but this storm is not expected to become a Hurricane.

The moisture from Don is not expected to make it to Oklahoma.  This system will continue west and die out completely in Texas.

 

Sarah

It’s Finally Here!
July 28, 2011

It’s finally here! What is it? It’s the 2 hottest days of the entire year! I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, ” Damon, have you not been outside lately..it’s been hot.”. Yes, I know that, but I’m talking about it being the 2 hottest days according to what history thinks. I’ll explain…

Our average high recently went to 94° which is the warmest “normal high” that we have all year. Our morning low for averages has been at 71° for a few days now, but during the year, there are 2 days when our average morning low creeps up to 72° while our average high remains put at 94°. Those 2 days just so happen to be today and tomorrow. After tomorrow, our morning low average will return to 71° and will continue to fall all the way until the 2nd week of January when we see our average low at 26°. The average high won’t drop a degree until August 13th when it falls to 93° and continues to fall all the way to 46° during the first week of January. Enjoy !

-Damon

Tropical Disturbance Near Yucatan Channel
July 27, 2011

There is an area of Low pressure near the Yucatan Peninsula that may be our next named storm in the Atlantic.  Here is a look on Satellite imagery.

 

This system will be watched closely as the computer models get a handle on it.  there are a few models that bring it North, that option would bring us some much-needed precipitation.  The bulk of the models bring this to South Texas.  I drew some lines on this map to show you where the models take the center of the Low. We will keep a close eye on it for you.

Sarah

On The Road In Ponca City
July 27, 2011

Join us in Ponca City for our next on the Road stop.

 

Sarah

Headed West For On The Road
July 26, 2011

Weatherford today!  Join us or watch our super fun newscast live in Weatherford later today!

Sarah

On The Road
July 25, 2011

We take our newscast On The Road every year, and first stop this year is ENID.

 

Here is the forecast for the day!

 

Sarah

Bret, Cindy and Dora
July 22, 2011

All three either were or are Tropical storms or Hurricanes.  Hurricane Dora was a Category 3 storm but it has weakened.  This one is in the East Pacific.

Bret is weakening over the Atlantic and Tropical Storm Cindy is maintaining Tropical Storm Strength over the North Atlantic.

We will not be directly affected by these systems.

Sarah

2011 vs. 1980 Heat
July 19, 2011

It’s Hot! OK..so we know that. Some of you reading this may remember the year 1980…so of you may not. But, if you do remember 1980, then you’ll know that summer was hotter than anything you’ve ever experienced in Oklahoma City. That was the year we hit 100° 50 times here in OKC. So, how does 2011 compare to 1980?  You may be shocked to see that in some instances…we’re blowing it away!

June of 1980 wasn’t anything spectacular really. We had a 79° high one day, a few 80s in there, a couple 90s and 5 100° plus days. The first time we hit 100° in 1980 was on June 25th. Our average high temperature that month was 91°. Now, let’s compare that to June of 2011. Every single day was over 90° and we reached 100° about 10 days earlier than 1980. By the time we hit June 25th, 2011..we already had 5 100° plus days. Our average high that month shattered 1980s with a average high of 97.2°.

July of 1980 was where some of the most impressive heat was found. There were 24 days that month with highs over 100° with there being a handful of 105° days. The hottest temperature that month came at the end when we had a high of 108° on the 29th, which is still “cooler” than the 110° high we had earlier this month. That leaves there being a handful of 90° days. Compared to 2011, this year has been in my eyes more impressive with the heat since most days have been over 103°. But, yet there are a few similarities with 2011 having 1 less 90° day so far than what 1980 had up to the very same time.

So, how does this story end? Get ready for a hot hot hot August!  If we expect this year to look similar to 1980, then we could see another 29 100° plus days with the last one rolling in around Labor Day. After Labor Day, we should be seeing the 100s vanish. One can only hope…

-Damon