First up… The Great Blue Norther of 11/11/11. Wednesday, November 11th was a special day in Oklahoma weather history. It is the only date where Oklahoma City still maintains a record high temperature and record low temperature that occurred on the same day. On November 11th, 1911… a strong cold front was blasting south through the Plains. Many record high temperatures were set in advance of the front… only to see record lows set in the hours after frontal passage. Oklahoma City saw a 66 degree difference between their high and low temperature – 83 degrees to 17 degrees. One has to wonder how many people froze to death performing outdoor tasks or just traveling due to the lack of weather information broadcast at that time.
2nd… When 27 of the 31 days of the month experience below normal temperatures (as we did in Okarche in October) – the anti-global warming chatter really starts to appear. It tends to lessen when we have months like the current one where 10 of the 12 days have seen above normal temperatures. It looks like another couple of warm days are in store before cooler air filters in Saturday night.
3rd… FOG! From late on November 10th until the morning of the 11th, fog in Okarche – and much of western Oklahoma – reduced visibilities to near zero. And this was nearly a true zero! The fog was about as dense as I have ever seen it – in some cases the visibility was around 20 feet here in town.
4th… LACK of precipitation. It’s been a couple of weeks since the last measurable precipitation in Okarche. 1.61 inches of rain fell on the 29th of October… but we have only seen a trace since then. As with the temperatures – this looks to be changing this weekend and early next week.
5th… Leonid Meteor Shower. During the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 17th… the Leonid peak will make its return. While this years shower favors those watching in Asia… North America may see considerable numbers as well. We also have the luck of a new moon which occurs the day prior – so, we shouldn’t see much interference from that. In central Oklahoma, the hope is that we clear out the clouds from the approaching storm in time.
And finally… speaking of the approaching storm – a fairly strong storm system will be making its way through over the weekend. Rain and cooler temperatures look likely. With it may also come snow… yeah, I said it. The most likely area for snowfall would be over northwest Oklahoma – but a rain changing over to snow mix may occur around here as well. Some model data suggests the potential for accumulating snowfall in the main body of Oklahoma – but with ground temperatures as warm as they are – it shouldn’t last long and travel shouldn’t be impacted too much.