Notice the photo of the rainbow taken this morning by a friend of mine looking to the west. Since the only way a rainbow can be seen is when the sun is behind you and the rain in front of you, then obviously he was looking to the west when he saw this double rainbow right after sunrise. I mention this because there is an old saying that goes “rainbow at morning, sailor take warning; rainbow at night, sailors delight.” In other words, if a rainbow is seen in the morning, since that rain is west of your location and since most of our rains come at us from the west, then it will be headed your way and that is indeed what happened today.
As you can see from the second map showing the rains as of late this afternoon, there have been some generous totals already today and more rain will fall tonight. Fortunately, the rain will be ending from W to E during the morning hours of Saturday with only a few lingering light showers possible for the far eastern counties by afternoon. Although some lingering light drizzle will be possible for the Tulsa Run in the morning, at least the rains will have ended by the trick or treat time frame Saturday evening. We might even see a few breaks in the clouds late in the day but don’t count on seeing much in the way of sunshine till Sunday.
After that, our next chance for rain looks to be along about the Thursday or Friday time frame of the coming week and that system may also produce some heavy storms as we will be much warmer when that system moves through.
Speaking of warmer temperatures, after a cool and dreary day today, conditions will be improving over the weekend and to start the coming week. Temperatures will be holding steady in the 50s overnight tonight with the clouds, occasional rain, and a SE wind. Our winds will be shifting to the NW Saturday morning behind a weak cool front bringing in somewhat drier air as the main upper level system moves on eastward. The air behind this system is not particularly cool, so temperatures should recover well into the 60s during the day.
Light winds but lots of sunshine on Sunday should bring us back to near 70 that afternoon followed by even warmer conditions going into next week as gusty southerly winds help to warm things up. As you can see on our forecast page, we may even reach the 80 degree mark before clouds return and showers or storms return to the forecast later in the week. Quite frankly, the set up at this time suggests the potential for some strong storms along about the Thu/Fri time frame so will keep a close eye on that potential in the days ahead.
Looking further down the road, still no indication of any really cold air headed our way as the 8-14 day outlooks continue to suggest temperatures will average above normal. Also, periodic systems moving through will bring occasional showers/storms during that time frame as shown by the above normal precipitation expected over that period as well.
So, stay tuned and check back for updates.
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