A New Month…Same Changeable Weather

Welcome to November.  But before we move forward, let’s look back at October.  October was one of the kindest months in Oklahoma this year.  Temperatures in OKC averaged out pretty close to normal, while rainfall was well above normal.  A total of 5.95 inches of rain fell in OKC, making it the second wettest month of the year behind May.  That’s 2.24″ above normal for the month.

While October was pleasant, November can be a tricky month.  Most years in OKC, the first freeze and first flakes of snow occur in November.  The month is known for its wild temperature swings and all forms of precipitation.  It’s one of those months where we can have severe thunderstorms and snow in the state at the same time.  Here’s what we are watching in the near term:

TODAY:  warm and quite windy with temperatures climbing into the mid 70s with gusty south winds.  The fire danger will be quite high.

COLD FRONT TOMORROW:  expect a sharp change to colder weather tomorrow as a cold front races across the state.  As the front arrives at any one location, expect a rapid temperature drop of about 15 degrees.  In OKC, temps will fall from the 60s into the low 50s with a biting north wind.  Rain possibilities look rather low with this system, but the highest chances will be east of I-35.  In the cold air, a quick burst of wet snow will be possible midday in far northwest Oklahoma, but little accumulation is expected.

A CHILLY THURSDAY:  sunshine will return Thursday, but it will be quite chilly with highs mainly in the 50s.  A freeze is possible Thursday morning in the north, and patchy frost could occur farther south.

OKC’s FRST FREEZE:  As the winds go calm for a few hours Thursday night into Friday morning, temps should drop into the upper 20s in parts of central Oklahoma, giving OKC its first freeze of the season.

THE WEEKEND:  a quick rebound in temps with highs in the 60s for Saturday and Sunday. Another front will race across the state Saturday with no moisture or cooling.  That front stalls just to our south on Sunday.

WET EARLY NEXT WEEK:  The front that stalls south of us on Sunday returns north on Monday bringing some nice Gulf moisture to Oklahoma.  At the same time, an upper level system moves in from the west.  He combination of the two will bring some beneficial rain to Oklahoma Monday and Tuesday.  Amounts could exceed an inch in many locations.

 

By the way, this Saturday night is when you set your clocks BACK one hour.  Remember:  Fall back, spring ahead.  We get an extra hour of sleep!

Rick

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