Dick Faurot's Weather Blog: Hot And Dry Until The Weekend


Monday, June 8th 2015, 9:37 pm
By: News On 6


After such a cool, wet May, it feels like we have jumped straight into summer as temperatures have been more typical of early July than early June.

Notice the max/min temperature map for today, courtesy of the OK Mesonet, and keep in mind that the normal temperature range at this time of year in Tulsa is 86/66.

Today's numbers were suppressed somewhat by a weak frontal boundary that moved across the state during the day and brought light northerly winds. Obviously, it did not cool things off too much, but more importantly it has brought in somewhat drier air behind the boundary, as you can see on the dew point temperature map. Notice some dew points in the 50s for the northern counties and upper 60s to around 70 for the more southern counties. That somewhat drier air will allow for a somewhat cooler start to our day on Tuesday with morning lows generally in the 60s instead of the 70s like the last several mornings have been.

The boundary was not much of a rainmaker for us though, as you can see on the 24-hour precipitation map, also courtesy of the OK Mesonet. Some decent rains in the more NW counties pretty much fell apart by the time it reached this side of the state. The boundary itself will wash out over the next 24 hours, so it will not be much of a player in our weather over the course of the next several days either.

Light southerly winds will bring higher dew points back over the entire state resulting in very warm and humid conditions for the rest of the week. Cannot rule out one or two isolated showers or storms in the late afternoon hours next few days, but not much more than that is expected.

As you can see on our forecast page, temperatures will be on the rise again with highs well into the 90s through the middle of the week under mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and little or no mention of rain. However, as we head into the weekend some changes aloft will allow more moisture aloft to come our way and somewhat stronger southerly winds will also bring more low-level moisture over us.

Bottom line will be more cloud cover which will limit the daytime heating but will also bring a better chance of showers/storms perhaps by Friday but more likely for the weekend and into early next week.

As you can see on the 7-day QPF map, some decent rainfall will be possible, particularly for the more NW counties of our state. Looking further down the road, the 6-10-day outlook continues to suggest a more unsettled pattern relative to normal with a better chance of showers/storms over the course of that time period. Even so, it will certainly not be a repeat of what we experienced in May.

So, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot