A Break Today and Tomorrow

Tuesday, August 9th 2011, 6:25 am
By: News On 6

Expect mostly sunny and warm conditions today with highs nearing 99 in Tulsa.  More storms are possible tomorrow with highs in the lower 90s.

Due to some internal work flow issues, the morning discussion will be brief. 

A few scattered storms continue at this early morning hour ( 4am) across southeastern OK.  A few scattered storms also continue across far NE OK. No severe thunderstorm watch is posted at this hour but a few strong storms producing 50 mph wind gusts can't be ruled out this morning before the low level jet weakens.

 The temperatures will be slightly cooler today with afternoon highs in the upper 90s near Tulsa and the lower to mid 90s across far northeastern OK due to northeast winds and enhanced cloud cover.  Triple digit weather is still likely across southern OK with highs from 100 to 105. 

Another mid level wave will slide eastward Wednesday bringing another chance of showers and storms across portions of the state along with some lower to mid 90s.

 Thursday and Friday the front will slide northward and high temperatures will begin to move back into the triple digit readings across southern OK while the northern sections may remain in the mid 90s.  The front is expected to slide southward again for the weekend.

 The mid level ridge will continue to be to our west and south allowing the potential for some showers and storms along with some temperatures near normal into the weekend. 

 The overall pattern is beginning to change and while the heat will continue for the next week or so, the major portion of the heat wave may have reached its peak intensity last week. 

 Despite some decent rain chances in the forecast for the next several days, the drought will continue through the foreseeable future.  Any storm or shower activity will be greatly appreciated but the major rainfall deficit will remain. 

The fire danger has been extremely high this past week.  Some relief from the fire danger will occur today but this does not mean the danger will be zero.  Weather conditions today may allow fire crews to get the upper hand on some of the major fires across the state.