Alan Crone's Weather Blog: Thunderstorms Early Then Hot

Thursday, July 23rd 2015, 3:52 am
By: Alan Crone

Our weak front is still located near the northeastern part of the state this morning and scattered storms developed near this boundary last night.   Once again, we’ll track a few storms this morning through midday before the storms dissipate.   Pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall will occur in some locations resulting in localized flooding or poor drainage issues.  There still may be a few additional storms overnight into Friday morning along the OK-KS state line region.    The chance remains limited after this morning but I can’t rule out the possibility. The tropical like dew point temperatures will help to create uncomfortable heat index values today through the weekend.   Heat advisories and even excessive heat warnings may be required for the area through the weekend. 

WARN Interactive Radar

Pockets of moderate to heavy rainfall are occurring early this morning with some of the storms near and east of the Tulsa metro.   The tropical downpours will result in poor drainage of low lying areas.   Some street level flooding is a possibility in some locations.   This activity should dissipate by 10am to noon, if not sooner.

Weather Alerts

Once again we may see a few storms later tonight into Friday morning across the far northeastern part of the state, but this chance appears low.

The mid-level ridge should continue to make an appearance near the region for the next few days and slowly expand northward.   This will keep almost the entire area precipitation-free this weekend, but the data does offer a small window for a few storms almost every morning across southern Kansas.   One or two of these could easily slide southward into far northern OK before dissipating as it encounters the effects of the mid-level ridge. 

Temperatures this morning remain in the mid-70s and will move back into the lower and mid-90s today.   The heat index values this afternoon may reach 105 and winds will be relatively light from the south at 8 to 15 mph.   Friday we’ll keep a slight mention for extreme northeastern OK and southeastern Kansas during the early morning hours.   Otherwise partly cloudy and hot conditions will prevail.   Lows in the 70s will be followed by highs in the mid to upper 90s.   But the heat index values could be from 107 to 113.   This weekend’s temperatures will be very warm to hot with lows in the upper 70s near 80 and highs in the 97 to 99 range.   The heat index may exceed 107 to 112 across part of eastern OK.   South winds from 10 to 15 mph will be expected offering very little relief from the oppressive heat.

Thanks for reading the Thursday morning weather discussion and blog.

Have a super great day!

Alan Crone