Another Chance of Storms.

Saturday, August 18th 2012, 9:59 am
By: News On 6

If you heard thunder last night and woke up this morning wondering where all the rain went, the top map on the right shows the statewide rainfall since midnight. Some lucky folks received a decent soaking while many of us received little more than enough to settle the dust. Same thing can be said for the bottom map which shows the rainfall over the last 4 days. I put that one in there for comparison purposes as that also shows the rains that some received earlier in the week. Bottom line is there have been some decent rains recently, but still not a drought breaker as the rains have been rather spotty. However, it is making at least a dent in the drought for some lucky folks.

Same thing can be expected later today and again overnight tonight. In fact, another area of showers/storms is located in far NW OK and another in W KS as I write this. This activity will be spreading to the SE during the day today and another round is possible overnight tonight. The most likely track of much of this activity will place the immediate Tulsa area on the NW fringe with greater chances to the SW toward OKC and lesser chances to the NE. But, at least we have a chance and that trajectory is certainly subject to change.

Also, there is a possibility that some of these showers/storms could become marginally severe. Damaging downburst winds would be the primary threat although some small hail may also occur.

After tonight, things begin to settle down for Sunday and much of the coming week. The NW flow pattern aloft that is helping produce the showers/storms will be weakening as the week wears on so only isolated showers/storms on any given day is about the best we can hope for. That also means temperatures will be gradually warming back up, although still below normal for much of the week.

Clouds and the development of additional showers/storms during the day today will play havoc with temperatures but we should still reach the mid-upper 80s. Lingering cloud cover giving way to partly cloudy skies for Sunday should keep us just below 90. After that, daytime highs generally near 90 early in the week and in the lower 90s later in the week are expected which is still a tad below normal for this time of year. At least, we do not see any triple digits returning any time soon.

So keep your fingers crossed on catching a shower/storm, stay cool, and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot