Expert Says 2014 Cold Temps Have Nothing On Green Country's History


Sunday, February 9th 2014, 8:20 pm
By: News On 6


Believe it or not, but this is not the worst winter weather season we've had in Green Country.

Seesaw temperatures, ice storms, freezing rain and several inches of snow describe the winter weather in Oklahoma this season. Consecutive days of frigid temperatures make it feel like one of the coldest winter weather seasons in the state, compared to years past, that's not the case.

The National Weather Service started tracking temperatures right before Oklahoma gained its statehood at the turn of the 20th Century.

National Weather Service meteorologist in charge Steve Piltz said this frigid winter may not be a record-breaker, but it could end up in the top 10.

"If you look in the late 70s we had a lot colder winters more so than this," Piltz said. "...it's not really historic or record breaking just yet."

When it comes to snow, this winter doesn't even come close to the blizzards and heavy snowfalls our area has seen in just the past decade.

"We haven't had the normal shoot-ups of temperature," Piltz said. "Sometimes we'll get cold, and we'll shoot back up in the 50s and 60s. We haven't done that as much this time; it's been more sustained cold."

Piltz said this year more than most, Tulsa has seen more consecutive days of colder temps.

"Up to now, Tulsa has had moderate- to low-end snow and ice events that were significant caused a lot of impacts, but they weren't the big record-breaking type of amounts," he said.

Piltz and out own meteorologists here at News on 6 said Tulsans make get a break from the frigid temperatures and milder weather could be on the horizon.