SEVERECAST DAY 86 – 7:00 a.m., TUESDAY, MAY 25

…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE IN THE PANHANDLE AND NORTHWEST… 

MID LEVEL FLOW WILL CONTINUE TO WEAKEN ACROSS THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS THROUGH THE PERIOD… HOWEVER… IS STILL EXPECTED TO BE ON THE ORDER OF 30 TO 35 KTS FOR MOST OF THE DAY.  A WEAK SHORT WAVE TROUGH IN NEW MEXICO SHOULD BE MOVING OVER THE PANHANDLE AT PEAK HEATING. 

AT THE SURFACE… STORMS OVERNIGHT HAVE LEFT NUMEROUS BOUNDARIES AROUND.  STILL, A GENERAL EAST SOUTHEAST FLOW IS ESTABLISHED FROM THE MAIN BODY OF OKLAHOMA – THROUGH THE PANHANDLE AND INTO ADJACENT AREAS OF THE TEXAS PANHANDLE/SOUTHWEST KANSAS. 

THE ATMOSPHERE OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IS QUITE MOIST AND WITH DAYTIME HEATING… SHOULD BECOME INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE.  A WEAK CAP COMBINED WITH LIFTING ASSOCIATED WITH THE APPROACHING WAVE WILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON OVER THE PANHANDLE.  THESE STORMS WILL LIKELY MOVE/DEVELOP INTO NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA BY EVENING. 

WHILE MID LEVEL FLOW HAS WEAKENED SINCE YESTERDAY… LOW LEVEL FLOW MORE OUT OF THE EAST/SOUTHEAST IS LIKELY TO COMPENSATE… PROVIDING A FAVORABLE SHEAR PROFILE FOR SOME OF THE STORMS TO BECOME SUPERCELL IN NATURE.  LARGE HAIL… DAMAGING WINDS AND A FEW TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE.  OVERNIGHT… THE STORMS WILL ORGANIZE INTO ONE OR MORE MCS’S WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL CONTINUING. 

ON THIS DATE IN 1962… TWO TORNADOES MOVED THROUGH WASHITA AND CUSTER COUNTIES IN WESTERN OKLAHOMA DURING THE EARLY EVENING HOURS.  THE LARGEST TORNADO TRACKED FROM THREE MILES WEST OF DILL CITY INTO THE TOWN AND THEN CONTINUED TO JUST WEST OF CORDELL.  400 TURKEYS WERE KILLED AS THE TORNADO FORMED.  29 HOMES WERE DESTROYED.  NINE PEOPLE WERE INJURED BY WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN F4 TORNADO.

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SEVERECAST DAY 85 – 7:00 a.m., MONDAY, MAY 24

…SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE ONCE AGAIN IN THE PANHANDLE…

A STRONG NEGATIVE TILT MID LEVEL SYSTEM IS LOCATED NEAR THE CO/UT/ID BORDER THIS MORNING AND IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD INTO WYOMING BY LATE AFTERNOON. THIS FEATURE WILL CONTINUE NORTH TO NEAR THE MT/ND BORDER BY THE END OF THE PERIOD. DURING THE AFTERNOON HOURS… STRONG MID LEVEL FLOW WILL BE SPREADING ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS. THIS FLOW WILL STEADILY WEAKEN AS THE SYSTEM MOVES AWAY.

AT THE SURFACE… A DRY LINE WILL MAKE SLOW EASTWARD PROGRESS THROUGH PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN PANHANDLE DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS TODAY… RETREATING TOWARD THE WESTERN END OF THE PANHANDLE BY MIDNIGHT.

THE ATMOSPHERE EAST OF THE DRY LINE IS MOIST AND WILL BECOME QUITE UNSTABLE. CAPPING SOUTH OF THE STRONG MID LEVEL SYSTEM MAY RETARD THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT DURING MOST OF THE AFTERNOON… HOWEVER… DRY LINE CONVERGENCE AND AFTERNOON HEATING WILL LIKELY BE SUFFICIENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISOLATED STORMS AROUND 6 P.M. GIVEN THE INSTABILITY AND SHEAR… THESE STORMS WILL LIKELY BE SUPERCELL IN NATURE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF LARGE HAIL… DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES.

ON THIS DATE IN 1957… TWO LARGE TORNADOES OCCURRED IN SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA. ONE TORNADO WITH A PATH LENGTH OF 22 MILES TRACKED FROM EAST OF APHEATONE IN NORTHWEST COTTON COUNTY TO JUST SOUTHEAST OF LAWTON IN COMANCHE COUNTY. TWO COUPLES WERE KILLED IN HOMES THAT WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED. ANOTHER TORNADO WITH A PATH LENGTH OF ABOUT 48 MILES MOVED THROUGH GARVIN, MCCLAIN AND POTTAWATOMIE COUNTIES. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED JUST SOUTHEAST OF PAULS VALLEY.

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SEVERECAST DAY 84 – 7:00 a.m., SUNDAY, MAY 23

…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE IN THE PANHANDLE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING… 

A VERY STRONG CHUNK OF THE WESTERN U.S. TROUGH WILL SWING NEGATIVELY TILTED OUT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOWARD THE FOUR CORNERS REGION TODAY.  WITH IT… THERE WILL BE AN INCREASE OF MID LEVEL FLOW OVER THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS. 

WHILE IT APPEARS THAT THE GREATEST IMPACT OF THIS WILL BE TO THE NORTH OF OKLAHOMA… SOME INCREASE IN LIFTING CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE PANHANDLE.  

LOW PRESSURE CONTINUES TO ORGANIZE IN COLORADO.  A SURFACE FRONT HAS PUSHED THROUGH MUCH OF NORTHWEST KANSAS AND NORTHEAST COLORADO… A DRY LINE THIS AFTERNOON WILL BE FOUND IN THE WESTERN OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE. 

THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE WARM SECTOR WILL BECOME SUFFICIENTLY UNSTABLE TO SUPPORT STRONG STORMS THIS AFTERNOON.  WHILE THE CAP WILL REMAIN FAIRLY STOUT… CONVERGENCE ALONG THE DRY LINE… AFTERNOON HEATING AND A GRAZING AMOUNT OF LIFT FROM THE APPROACHING UPPER SYSTEM SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISOLATED STORMS. 

GIVEN THE DEGREE OF SHEAR AND INSTABILITY… LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITH ANY SUPERCELL THAT IS ABLE TO DEVELOP. 

ON THIS DATE IN 1903… SEVERAL LARGE TORNADOES OCCURRED DURING THE EVENING HOURS ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA.  THREE OF THE TORNADOES WERE KILLERS.  ONE OF THE LARGEST TORNADOES MOVED THROUGH PORTIONS OF ROGER MILLS, DEWEY, WOODWARD AND MAJOR COUNTIES WITH A PATH LENGTH OF 45 MILES AND WIDTH OF 600 YARDS.  TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 40 INJURED BY THIS “IMMENSE FUNNEL”.

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SEVERECAST DAY 83 – 7:00 a.m., SATURDAY, MAY 22

… NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED … 

A LARGE UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WILL BE FOUND OVER THE WESTERN U.S. TODAY.  THE CORE OF THE STRONGEST MID LEVEL FLOW WILL REMAIN NORTHWEST OF THE STATE. 

AT THE SURFACE… DEEP LOW PRESSURE WILL ORGANIZE OVER THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS… EVENTUALLY EJECTING NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS.  THE RESULT FOR OKLAHOMA WILL BE STRONG SOUTH WINDS… WARM TEMPERATURES AND HUMID CONDITIONS. 

A DRY LINE WILL BE FOUND IN THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE… HOWEVER MOST INDICATIONS SUGGEST THAT STRONG MID LEVEL CAPPING WILL KEEP CONVECTION AT A MINIMUM. 

ON THIS DATE IN 1981… A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAK OF TORNADOES OCCURRED IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA.  THE LARGEST TORNADO…F4… TRACKED THROUGH PORTIONS OF CADDO AND CANADIAN COUNTIES FROM JUST WEST OF BINGER TO 11 ½ MILES NORTH OF UNION CITY.  THIS TORNADO APPROACHED ONE MILE IN WIDTH AND CREATED LARGE PROJECTILES OUT OF CARS, TRUCKS AND COMBINES.  DEAD CATTLE WERE FOUND IN DENUDED TREES.  WHILE SEVEN HOMES WERE DESTROYED… NOBODY WAS INJURED OR KILLED.

SEVERECAST DAY 82 – 7:00 a.m., FRIDAY, MAY 21

… SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE IN THE PANHANDLE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING …

A STRONG UPPER STORM SYSTEM WILL BE MOVING INTO THE WESTERN U.S. WITH INCREASING MID LEVEL FLOW SPREADING OVER THE PLAINS.  THE STRONGEST FLOW WILL BE FOUND IN THE NORTHERN PLAINS… HOWEVER… MODEL INDICATIONS ARE THAT 40 TO 50 KT FLOW IS POSSIBLE BY LATE AFTERNOON OVER THE PANHANDLES. 

A SURFACE DRY LINE WILL TAKE SHAPE IN EASTERN COLORADO AND EXTEND SOUTHWARD ALONG THE TEXAS/NEW MEXICO BORDER.  STRONG AFTERNOON HEATING AND A GRADUAL INCREASE IN MOISTURE WILL ALLOW THE ATMOSPHERE EAST OF THE DRY LINE TO BECOME QUITE UNSTABLE THIS AFTERNOON. 

WHILE THERE WILL BE AN INCREASE IN CAP STRENGTH… SEVERAL MODEL SOURCES INDICATE THAT A FEW THUNDERSTORMS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FORM IN THE TEXAS/OKLAHOMA PANHANDLES THIS AFTERNOON.  GIVEN THE SHEAR AND DEGREE OF INSTABILITY… SOME OF THESE STORMS WILL BE SEVERE AND SUPERCELL IN NATURE.  LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG WITH A SLIGHT RISK OF A TORNADO OR TWO. 

ON THIS DATE IN 1922… A TORNADO THAT TRACKED THROUGH THE WEST SIDE OF GUTHRIE DESTROYED BARNS AND MANY BUILDINGS CAUSING 1/4 MILLION DOLLARS DAMAGE.  A HIGH NUMBER FOR 1922.  THE TORNADO WHICH HIT AROUND 7 P.M. ONLY CAUSED ONE INJURY.

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SEVERECAST DAY 81 – 7:00 a.m., THURSDAY, MAY 20

… SEVERE THREAT TODAY LIMITED TO FAR SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA … 

AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE AREA NEAR THE KANSAS/NEBRASKA BORDER WILL MOVE NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD IOWA/MINNESOTA TODAY AND A POWERFUL STORM WILL BE MOVING INTO THE WESTERN U.S. 

A COLD FRONT IN THE SOUTHEAST PART OF THE STATE WILL PROVIDE A FOCUS FOR THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS.  IN ADVANCE OF THE FRONT… THE ATMOSPHERE REMAINS QUITE MOIST AND WILL BECOME MODERATELY UNSTABLE THIS AFTERNOON. 

0-6 KM SHEAR ON THE ORDER OF 40 TO 50 KNOTS WILL ALLOW FOR SOME OF THE STORMS TO BECOME SUPERCELLS WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL.  THE TORNADO THREAT IS NON-ZERO… HOWEVER… THE HIGHEST RISK FOR TORNADOES SHOULD BE SOUTHEAST AND NORTHEAST OF OKLAHOMA WHERE INSTABILITY WILL BE GREATER AND LOW LEVEL SHEAR STRONGER. 

ON THIS DATE IN 1949… A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK – INCLUDING NUMEROUS STRONG OR VIOLENT TORNADOES STRUCK OKLAHOMA.  THE FIRST LARGE TORNADO FORMED IN BEAVER COUNTY AROUND 5:30 P.M. AND IT WOULD BE AFTER 1:00 A.M. ON THE 21ST WHEN THE LAST TORNADO MOVED THROUGH VINITA IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA.  A TORNADO THAT MOVED OUT OF LIPSCOMB COUNTY TEXAS HAD A PATH NEARLY 55 MILES LONG AND MOVED THROUGH ELLIS AND WOODWARD COUNTIES.  A PERSON WAS KILLED BY ANOTHER TORNADO NEAR CATESBY.  A 25 MILE LONG TORNADO IN ALFALFA AND GRANT COUNTIES KILLED A MAN AT YEWED.  A LARGE TORNADO OCCURRED NEAR GREENFIELD WHICH IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN F4.  IN CUSTER COUNTY… “THE BAWLING OF CATTLE COULD BE HEARD IN MID-AIR AND TRACKS COULD ONLY BE SEEN LEADING OUTWARD FROM THE SPOT WHERE THEY LANDED.”

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SEVERECAST DAY 80 – 7:00 a.m., WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

…SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY TODAY – THREAT INCLUDES TORNADOES… 

THE MOST DANGEROUS STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO FORM AROUND 4 PM FROM NEAR GAGE TO ALTUS.  THESE WILL MOVE EASTWARD AFFECTING AREAS AROUND CLINTON.. WEATHERFORD.. HOBART.. CHICKASHA.. ARDMORE AND OKLAHOMA CITY… 

A MID LEVEL LOW PRESSURE AREA WILL BE FOUND IN NORTHERN COLORADO THIS MORNING WITH A 50 TO 60 KT MID LEVEL JET MAX IN NEW MEXICO.  THE LOW IS EXPECTED TO FILL SLIGHTLY AND MOVE SLOWLY EAST DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE DAY… WITH THE 50+ KT MID LEVEL FLOW SPREADING ACROSS MOST ALL OF OKLAHOMA.  WINDS OVER THE STATE MAY WEAKEN FURTHER BY THE END OF THE PERIOD AS THE MID LEVEL LOW ENDS UP ONLY A COUPLE OF HUNDRED MILES EAST OF WHERE IT BEGINS TODAY.  

OVERNIGHT THUNDERSTORMS HAVE BEEN PUSHING EASTWARD THROUGH NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA.  THESE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST THIS MORNING AND THE OUTFLOW WILL HELP TO REINFORCE A SURFACE BOUNDARY – ROUGHLY NEAR I-40.  THIS BOUNDARY SHOULD REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY TODAY… THOUGH A SLIGHT NORTHWARD MOVEMENT MAY BE NOTICED.  OTHERWISE… SURFACE PRESSURES WILL FALL DURING THE DAY OVER THE TEXAS PANHANDLE IN RESPONSE TO THE APPROACHING TROUGH/JET MAX.  A SUB 1000 MB LOW IS EXPECTED TO BE FOUND NEAR AMARILLO BY 6 PM.  A DRY LINE WILL PUSH EASTWARD DURING THE AFTERNOON AND REACH SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA… WITH A DRY LINE/FRONT OR BOUNDARY INTERSECTION LIKELY TO END UP IN WEST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA. 

THE ATMOSPHERE ACROSS THE STATE IS VERY MOIST AND SHOULD BECOME QUITE UNSTABLE TODAY.  SOME RECOVERY IS EVEN LIKELY NORTH OF THE EAST/WEST BOUNDARY.  

THE ONGOING THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE A THREAT OF HAIL AND WIND DAMAGE AS THEY MOVE THROUGH NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA THIS MORNING.  BY AFTERNOON… THUNDERSTORMS WILL REDEVELOP OVER THE FAR EASTERN TEXAS PANHANDLE AND FAR WESTERN OKLAHOMA.  GIVEN THE STRENGTH OF THE WIND FIELDS AND FAVORABLE SHEAR, PLUS THE DEGREE OF INSTABILITY… THESE STORMS ARE LIKELY TO QUICKLY BECOME SEVERE AND SUPERCELLULAR IN NATURE.  

ONCE AGAIN… ALL FACETS OF SEVERE WEATHER ARE POSSIBLE.  HAIL WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME QUITE LARGE – BASEBALL TO SOFTBALL SIZE.  TORNADOES HAVE THE CHANCE AT BECOMING STRONG AND LONG-LIVED. 

ACTIVITY TODAY IS EXPECTED TO BE WIDESPREAD.  NOT ONLY WILL THERE BE MANY INITIAL STORMS… BUT REDEVELOPMENT OF STORMS IN AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY SEEN THEM IS POSSIBLE.  THE SEVERE THREAT IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE WELL INTO THE EVENING/NIGHTTIME HOURS. 

ON THIS DATE IN 1949… TWO EARLY MORNING TORNADOES HIT CRAIG AND TULSA COUNTIES… STRIKING BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 1 A.M.  THE TULSA COUNTY TORNADO MOVED SOUTHEAST DAMAGING FARMS AND SEVERAL BUSINESSES NEAR BROKEN ARROW.  ABOUT 16 HOURS LATER… AN EARLY EVENING THUNDERSTORM DESTROYED A GAS STATION NORTHEAST OF DEWEY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.

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SEVERECAST DAY 79 – 7:00 a.m., TUESDAY, MAY 18

…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY IN THE PANHANDLE AND WEST TODAY… 

A WEAK MID LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED JUST WEST OF OKLAHOMA WILL SHIFT EASTWARD TODAY AS A STRONG STORM APPROACHES FROM THE SOUTHWEST U.S.  BY LATE AFTERNOON… INCREASING MID LEVEL FLOW/LIFT WILL BE PUSHING OVER THE PANHANDLE TOWARD THE WESTERN BORDER OF THE STATE. 

AT THE SURFACE… PRESSURES WILL START FALLING LATER THIS MORNING WITH INCREASING SOUTHEAST WINDS DEVELOPING OVER THE PANHANDLES.  A STEADY INCREASE IN MOISTURE WILL BE TAKING PLACE.  

ONGOING THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY THIS MORNING WILL CAUSE A BIT OF A DISRUPTION TO THE LOW LEVEL FLOW AND MOISTURE RETURN… HOWEVER… BY AFTERNOON… THE ATMOSPHERE IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER SUFFICIENTLY FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF STORMS FROM SOUTHEAST COLORADO TO WESTERN TEXAS.  

INCREASING SHEAR AND INSTABILITY SUPPORT ORGANIZED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CLUSTERS – INCLUDING SUPERCELL STORMS – SPREADING THROUGH THE PANHANDLE AND LIKELY REACHING WESTERN OKLAHOMA AFTER DARK.  THESE STORMS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL… AN ISOLATED TORNADO CANNOT BE RULED OUT.  

AS THE SYSTEM APPROACHES THE STATE ON WEDNESDAY… A MORE SIGNIFICANT THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER IS LIKELY TO EVOLVE OVER WESTERN AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA.  THE DEGREE OF THIS THREAT IS GOING TO BE HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON STORMS THAT OCCUR OVERNIGHT TONIGHT.  IF THE ATMOSPHERE IS HIGHLY CONTAMINATED AND RECOVERY IS DIFFICULT… THE THREAT WILL BE LOWER.  SHOULD A LONG ENOUGH PERIOD OF RECOVERY TAKE PLACE AND THE ATMOSPHERE IS ALLOWED TO BECOME HIGHLY UNSTABLE BEHIND EARLY STORMS… VERY LARGE HAIL AND A STRONG TORNADO THREAT MAY EVOLVE. 

ON THIS DATE IN 1902… A NORTHWESTWARD MOVING TORNADO FORMED IN ROGER MILLS COUNTY… DESTROYING FIVE FARM HOMES AND KILLING CATTLE WEST OF HAMMON.  ON THIS SAME DAY IN TEXAS… A VIOLENT TORNADO HIT GOLIAD KILLING 114 PEOPLE. 

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SEVERECAST DAY 78 – 7:00 a.m., MONDAY, MAY 17

…A FEW STRONG THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE NEAR THE RED RIVER AND PANHANDLE… 

MID LEVEL FLOW IS FORECAST TO WEAKEN THROUGH THE PERIOD AS UPPER SYSTEM OVER THE MID/UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY MOVES AWAY AND RIDGE BUILDS OVER THE PLAINS.  

AT THE SURFACE… THE ATMOSPHERE HAS DRIED SOME OVER THE NORTHWEST 2/3RDS OF THE STATE BEHIND A WEAK FRONT.  THERE IS STILL A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF MOISTURE FOUND IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA. 

BY LATE AFTERNOON… THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BECOME FAIRLY UNSTABLE NEAR THE RED RIVER AND A FEW STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE.  WEAKENING FLOW ALOFT AND NO SIGNIFICANT LIFTING MECHANISM IN THE AREA SHOULD KEEP THE SEVERE THREAT LOW.  

A STRONG NEGATIVE-TILT UPPER SYSTEM WILL BE MOVING INTO THE SOUTHWEST U.S. TODAY WITH SURFACE PRESSURE FALLS BEGINNING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HIGH PLAINS.  A FEW STRONGER STORMS THAT FORM OVER THE HIGH PLAINS OF EASTERN NEW MEXICO MAY WORK INTO THE PANHANDLE.  IT APPEARS THAT THE UPPER SYSTEM WILL BE TOO FAR TO THE WEST TO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THESE STORMS TODAY AND AN ORGANIZED SEVERE THREAT MAKING IT INTO THE PANHANDLE IS UNLIKELY. 

AS THE SYSTEM APPROACHES ON TUESDAY… WIDESPREAD SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS / INCLUDING SUPERCELLS / ARE LIKELY FROM SOUTHEAST COLORADO… INTO THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE AND WESTERN TEXAS.  MOST MODEL DATA SUGGESTS THIS INCREASED SEVERE THREAT WILL SHIFT INTO WESTERN OKLAHOMA ON WEDNESDAY. 

ON THIS DATE IN 1981… A SMALL OUTBREAK OF TORNADOES OCCURRED NEAR AND JUST EAST OF OKLAHOMA CITY.  MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS IN SEMINOLE, OKFUSKEE, OKMULGEE AND POTTAWATOMIE COUNTIES.  AN F4 TORNADO WITH A PATH LENGTH OF 35 MILES AND A WIDTH OF 600 YARDS TRACKED FROM 2 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF LITTLE TO THE WEST EDGE OF LAKE OKMULGEE.

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