Monday Morning Update

Monday, August 26th 2013, 4:25 am
By: Alan Crone

It appears we're going to remain locked into a summer-like pattern for the foreseeable future with a mid-level ridge of high pressure dominating our weather.  This means temperatures in the mid-90s for daytime highs and overnight and morning lows in the lower to mid-70s.  Humidity values will be relatively low by August standards and no major heat headlines (heat advisories and warnings) are expected for our area today or tomorrow.  Temperatures could climb to the upper 90s Wednesday through the end of the week for a few locations, but most will remain the mid-90s. 

The position of the ridge will allow for a few isolated showers or storms almost every day somewhere across the northeastern OK area, but the odds will remain very low.  The chance will be near or less than 10%.  Just like last Friday, sometimes a few showers or storms will form.  Friday the activity formed over the higher population areas of the eastern OK area (Tulsa), but most geographic locations missed out on the rain. 

Both EURO and GFS data support a mid-level disturbance moving closer to northern OK Saturday as the mid-level ridge slides southwest and weakens slightly.  This would mean an increase in cloud cover, a slight reduction in afternoon highs, and the chance for some showers and storms.  But at this point, we'll not introduce any probabilities into the 7 day planner for this time period.  We'll give the data one more day, and if we continue to see the same signs tomorrow, will probably add a slight chance for showers and storms this weekend.

The official high in Tulsa yesterday was 3:48pm.
The normal daily average high is 92 and the low is 70.

Our daily records include a high of 109 from 1999 and a low of 52 from 1910.

Precip for the year remains at 23.38 inches which is  -3.46 below normal precip for the year of 26.84 inches. You'll find me on Facebook and Twitter.

I'll also be discussing the forecast this morning on numerous Radio Oklahoma News Network affiliates across the state through the noon hour.

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Have a super great day.

Alan Crone