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2014 summary

COOL:  The 2014 average temperature in Okarche was 59.6 degrees which was 0.9 of a degree below average.

DRY:  The total precipitation was 24.86 inches which was 10.70 inches below average – or 70% of average.  This was the second driest year of record.

WINDY:  The wind gusted over 29 mph on 166 days.  This is 59 days more than the average.

The monthly summary has been posted at:

http://www.okweatherwatch.com/obs/cs14.pdf

Mild and dry December

The average temperature in Okarche during the month of December was 41.0 degrees.  This was 1.5 degrees above average.  There were only 12 days when the low temperature dropped to or below 32 degrees.

The total precipitation for the month was 0.53 of an inch.  This was only 35 percent of the average 1.51 inches.  There was 0.5 of an inch of snow which was 20 percent of the average 2.5 inches.

Outlook (Thursday-Sunday)

Seasonably hot weather persists across the state, thanks in large part to an upper high centered over the Lower Mississippi Valley, with a ridge extending over the Southern Plains.  A strong upper system is located over Idaho, and this feature is expected to move rapidly east northeastward across the Northern Great Lakes by Friday morning.  There are significant differences between the Euro and GFS concerning the speed of this system, with the GFS being slowest.  The root cause of the slower speed is a strong jet segment which will be diving south across the Canadian prairies, which will carve out a broad trough over the Great Lakes by early Sunday.  This solution is preferred given the GFS continuity in handling these features.  Through Saturday morning, Oklahoma will remain well south of the westerlies, but as the trough organizes over the Great Lakes, increasing northwest flow will spread across the Central and Southern Plains by Sunday.

A cold front will be pushing southeastward across Kansas on Thursday afternoon.  It will remain hot across the state with gusty south winds.  A few showers and thunderstorms are possible over the Panhandle, Thursday evening.  The front will continue to edge southeastward with shower and thunderstorm chances spreading across North Central and Northwest Oklahoma by Friday morning.

The front will be passing across Central Oklahoma by late afternoon/early evening on Friday.  The greatest chance for precipitation will be across the Panhandle and northwest, but showers and storms will work into much of Central and Northern Oklahoma from Friday night into Saturday morning.  By daybreak on Saturday, the front will be across far southeast Oklahoma.  Showers and thunderstorms will be possible statewide on Saturday, with activity diminishing from north to south by evening.

The front will begin to return northward by late on Sunday, with showers and thunderstorms possible across the Panhandle.

Temperatures ahead of the front will be above normal, with below normal temperatures expected behind it.  By the weekend, fall-like temperatures will be felt across the Central Plains.

Okarche Weather:

Thursday morning: 75

Thursday: 97

Friday morning: 74

Friday: 95 / Showers and thunderstorms possible

Saturday morning: 62 / Showers and thunderstorms possible

Saturday: 70 / Showers and thunderstorms possible

Sunday morning: 58

Sunday: 80

Outlook (Thursday-Sunday)

A low amplitude high pressure ridge is located over the Southern High Plains.  This ridge will slowly build toward the Central Rockies by the end of the weekend.  Topping the ridge is a weak short wave trough which is currently moving across the state and will be over the Mississippi Valley on Thursday.  Another weak wave will pass across the Central Plains on Friday.  Yet another wave will be moving across the Central Plains and Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

A weak surface front will move into far northern Oklahoma on Thursday with a few scattered storms possible over eastern sections of the state.  Scattered storms are also possible on Friday, especially across northern sections of the state.  More widely scattered storms will be possible on Saturday and Sunday.

Despite the weak front being in the area, temperatures will be quite warm and slightly above normal.

Okarche Weather:

Thursday morning: 72

Thursday: 98

Friday morning: 73

Friday: 100

Saturday morning: 74 / Showers and thunderstorms possible

Saturday: 97

Sunday morning: 76

Sunday: 101

Outlook (Monday-Wednesday)

In general, a low amplitude high pressure ridge will be located over the Southern High Plains through mid week.  Weak short wave troughs will be rounding the top of the ridge and across the Central Plains.  Temperatures will be near or slightly below seasonal normal on Monday and Tuesday, with slightly warmer weather expected on Wednesday.

There will be a slight chance of thunderstorms over the Panhandle late Tuesday and early Wednesday, and then a chance of storms over the main body of Oklahoma late on Wednesday.  Widespread, significant rainfall is not expected.

It appears that the weather will become quite hot from late week into the upcoming weekend.

Okarche Weather:

Monday morning: 68

Monday: 91

Tuesday morning: 70

Tuesday: 93

Wednesday morning: 72

Wednesday: 96

Much below normal May finishes dry spring

The total precipitation in Okarche during the month of May was 2.06 inches.  This was only 39% of the average 5.25 inches, and ranks as the 4th driest May on record.

For Spring, the total precipitation was 4.66 inches.  This was the 2nd driest Spring on record, and was only 41% of the average 11.41 inches.

The Spring was slightly cooler than normal.  The average temperature of 59.3 degrees was about a half of a degree shy of the normal 59.9 degrees.

The average temperature in May was 71.0 degrees which was 2.0 degrees above normal.

Okarche temperature data back to 1936

Several changes have been made / and are in the process of being made / to the Okarche Weather page.  An exhausting amount of time has been spent going through everything from regional weather observations and daily weather maps, to searching numerous area CO-OP weather observations.  The result has been the expansion of historical weather data for Okarche, with temperature records now dating back to March of 1936.  Previously, temperature records for Okarche were only found back to January of 1993.

While it will still be many more weeks or months before all of the data is compiled into a presentable history, a preview can be found by looking at information for the month of August.

The direct link to the Okarche Weather page is http://www.okweatherwatch.com/Okarche_Weather.html

On that page, a link to AUGUST EXTREMES can be found.  The direct link is http://www.okweatherwatch.com/wx/augustrec.pdf.

Also, the August temperature CHART link will take you to what the monthly charts will now look like, using data back to 1936 for records and averages.  A direct link to August is http://www.okweatherwatch.com/wx/augustchart.jpg

This month has been a pleasant one despite the recent run back to near normal temperatures.  If you find yourself thinking it’s too hot, take the time to peek back at August of 1936: http://www.okweatherwatch.com/obs/obs0836.pdf

Coolest and wettest July of record

The main story of July was the precipitation.  The month easily became the wettest July of record with 10.47 inches.  Precipitation records in Okarche date back to 1982.  There are 382 months of record during that time, and this July becomes only the 9th month to have more than 10 inches of rain.  The total precipitation was 439 percent of normal. Six days saw more than an inch of rain and one day saw more than two inches.

It’s no surprise given the rainfall that this month was also the coolest July of record.  The average temperature of 79.1 degrees was 4.7 degrees below normal.  There were only four days where the temperature reached 100 degrees, and more impressive was only 17 days reaching 90 degrees.

Okarche Weather – March

The wet February that Okarche experienced was long forgotten by the end of a very dry March.  Measurable precipitation fell on 6 days, but never accumulated to more than 0.08 of an inch on any given day.  The grand total for the month was 0.25 of an inch which was only 8 percent of normal.  Three days saw a trace of snow.  Drought continues to be listed as severe.

March was a cool month with the average temperature 3.1 degrees below normal.  There was a particularly cold stretch of days from March 22 to 26 where daily temperatures ranged from 13 to 19 degrees below normal.

There were 4 days with thunder, and 1 day with dense fog which dropped the visibility below one mile.

The peak wind for the month was 41 mph which occurred on the 4th.

Record book entries included 2 for low high temperatures, 1 for high temperature, 1 for low temperature and 1 for snowfall.