Oklahoma's Storm ... in Scotland? - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Oklahoma's Storm ... in Scotland?

Posted: Updated:

We talk a lot in Oklahoma about where our weather originates.  We're always looking to the west coast or the Pacific Northwest for our next storm system and how it will impact Oklahoma.  How will the low pressure trough develop?  Will all of the energy move north or south and miss Oklahoma?  Will the ingredients come together and bring precipitation?  We ask so many questions before the storms arrives.  Our job is to tell you how YOU will be impacted by what's on the way.  But what about when the storm ends?  Unless it impacts the eastern U.S. in a big way, we usually don't pay much attention to it.  But do you ever consider the storms that impact Oklahoma may have impacts as far away as western Europe?

If you hadn't already heard, a massive wind storm struck The United Kingdom, and more specifically Scotland, early Thursday morning.  Wind speeds peaked anywhere from 62 mph to 165 mph across the U.K.  The strongest winds were measure in the Scottish highlands where the strongest gust ever recorded in the U.K. was measured at a whopping 173 mph.  Problems included numerous power outages, high surf, lots of flooding, and even high-profile vehicles being toppled on mountain roads.  At the time the storm system was at its strongest, it had a barometric pressure reading of 957mb, comparable to small and moderate-sized hurricanes.  In fact, the strongest winds recorded match those of a strong Category 5 hurricane measured on the Saffir-Simpson scale.  Suffice to say, this was a significant storm system you can actually trace back to ... Oklahoma.  In a sense.

Remember the huge line of rain and storms that moved through last Saturday morning?  As that system moved out of Oklahoma, an area of low pressure developed in the far northern Gulf of Mexico which, after consulting with a good friend and fellow meteorologist, can be traced all the way up the east coast, across the northern Atlantic, and eventually into the western U.K.  I also perused through some upper atmospheric data as well as satellite imagery and in both instances (especially the cloud features in the satellite imagery) you can follow the system all the way to the U.K. 

The next time we have a system move through Oklahoma (Wednesday... hint, hint...), don't just write it off after it leaves Oklahoma.  Follow it to the east coast.  Follow it across the Atlantic.  You never know where Mother Nature might take it.

Special Features

Bus Stop Forecast

Wondering if you’ll need rain gear for you morning bus trip or afternoon ride home? Ask Jed!

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

SKYNEWS 9 HD

When there is breaking news across the state SkyNEWS 9 HD can be first on the scene.

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with News9.com!

Live Radar

ESP Interactive

Featured on News9.com

  • Radars

    See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

  • Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD

    When there is breaking news across the state SkyNEWS 9 HD can be first on the scene.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.