A pleasant, September air mass has settled into the region. Temperatures close to seasonal averages will prevail throughout much of the forecast. The one exception will be Thursday as an upper-level disturbance brings an area of stratiform rain to the region. This will keep a chill in the air with little sunshine expected during the day.
Beyond that, a very nice run of weather is expected throughout Oklahoma. A cut-off upper-level low will keep weather unsettled in the Midwest while a large ridge builds to our west, heating things up that direction. We'll be caught in between, so quiet weather will rule for several days on end. If it wasn't for a dire need for rainfall, this would be an ideal forecast to see!
Speaking of which, the Climate Prediction Center has released their latest outlook for the remainder of the year. The precipitation outlook is not good news for Oklahoma. A continued drier-than-normal pattern is expected. Check it out for yourself in the map above. Certainly nothing is set in stone, but with the development of La Niña along with other factors, it appears the drought will persist and possibly worsen in parts of the Southern Plains.
Tropical Season is still far from over and a new Tropical Storm has formed in the Atlantic. Its name is Ophelia, but for now, she poses no significant threat to the United States. She'll continue a westward course through the central Atlantic Ocean before a possible turn to the north.
One other thing to look out for this Friday evening is the reentry of a NOAA satellite into the atmosphere. It appears the satellite may take a course over Tulsa Friday evening and could produce a fairly bright light in the sky. If you're worried about a piece of the doomed satellite hitting you, here's some good news. The chance of a chunk of the satellite hitting a person is 0.03%. Phew! You can track the satellite at this website here.
Enjoy these last few "official" days of summer!