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Friday Morning Update

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The storm system responsible for the rain and cooler air is now exiting the state.  We may have a few more showers across extreme eastern or southeastern OK early this morning, but our rain chances are basically finished.  The clouds will begin to decrease from the west to the east later today and afternoon highs will move into the upper 70s or the lower 80s with northeast winds around 10 mph. 

The heaviest rainfall occurred along the Red River Valley into north TX, but some localized 2 day totals near 2 to 4 inches were reported across far southern OK.  The rainfall reports in northern OK range from .25 to 1.50 inches with slightly higher totals west of Tulsa. 

The upper air system that has been near the area yesterday is moving eastward this morning.  Southeast winds will return to our area this weekend with warmer air overrunning the state.  Saturday morning lows will be in the mid-60s and afternoon highs in the mid-80s.  Sunday morning will start in the lower 70s and finish near 90.

A mid-level ridge of high pressure will develop across the four corners area this weekend and remain to immediate west of the region.  The position of the ridge in the data this morning is slightly more eastward.  The net impact is to remove the slight pops for Tuesday and keep them for Wednesday into Thursday.  This may allow a weak disturbance to slide near the eastern and top portion of the ridge Tuesday into Wednesday. 

Temperatures next week are expected to move back to normal summer levels with morning lows in the 70s and afternoon highs in the lower or mid-90s.

The longer range data also supports the ridge of high pressure building near the state late next week into the following weekend of July 26-27-28th.  If this is true, we'll be flirting with triple digit weather during this period.  There are subtle signals in the data this morning that the ridge may move slightly west late next week allowing another system to near the area at the same time.  Stay tuned. 

The official high in Tulsa yesterday was only 68 degrees!  This shattered the previous low maximum high of 82.  The normal high is 94 and the normal low is 73. 

We’ve already set a new record low this morning surpassing the old record low of 62 from both 2009 and 2004.  The record high for today is 113 from 1936.

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You'll also hear our forecast on Tulsa metro radio stations, including KMOD, The Twister, The Beat, and The buzz.   These stations are part of Clear Channel Communications.

Thanks for reading the Monday Morning weather discussion and blog.

Have a super great and safe day!

Alan Crone


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