Earthquakes, Severe Thunderstorms, and Heavy Rain….Oh My!

Last evening’s 5.6 magnitude earthquake that was centered in Lincoln county was the strongest quake in Oklahoma history.  We were in the middle of our late news when  the studio began shaking and rumbling.  Despite all of the smaller quakes in Oklahoma over the years, this is the first one I’ve ever felt.  Thankfully injuries have been few, and damage has been mostly minor.  But this quake took place in a year that has been simply amazing in terms of record-breaking events in Oklahoma.  According to our friends at the National Weather Service in Norman, here’s a list of what we’ve endured in 2011 in Oklahoma:

Most Snow in a 24 Hour Period:

27 inches

Spavinaw, OK

Feb 9-10, 2011

 

Coldest Temperature:

-31 degrees

Nowata, OK

Feb 10, 2011

 

Largest Hailstone:

6.0 inches

2 miles north of Gotebo

May 23, 2011

 

Highest Wind Speed  highest official surface wind measurement (not radar-based)

150.8 mph

El Reno

May 24, 2011

 

Highest Summer Average Temperature:

86.8 degrees

This was also the hottest average summer temperature in history for any state

 

Warmest August Average Temperature:

87.7 degrees

The list could also include the incredible number of 100 degree days that the state endured this past summer.  The bottom line is that we’ve had an extreme year…and it’s not over yet.  In fact, a strong storm system will bring heavy rain and a threat for severe weather to Oklahoma tomorrow into Tuesday.  Here’s the severe risk for tomorrow:

The most likely time for severe thunderstorms will be later tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow evening.  Hail and wind will be the main threats, but a couple of tornadoes will be possible as well, especially across southwest Oklahoma.  Despite the severe threat, the storm system will bring in some much-needed rainfall.  Here is the rainfall potential for Monday into Tuesday morning:

Widespread 1-2 inch rain amounts look likely.  That moisture will go a long way to help the winter wheat crop, as well as our depleted soil moisture. By Tuesday, the storms shift into far eastern Oklahoma and points east.  The remainder of the week looks more tranquil.

Rick

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