Sunny and Warm

Wednesday, June 15th 2011, 5:38 am
By: News On 6

Expect a mostly sunny day with a few clouds and highs in the lower 90s.  Ozone Alerts are posted for Tulsa County.

 The cold front is moving southward this morning after bringing a round of thunderstorm activity to portions of northern OK.   The highs today should be in the lower 90s with mostly sunny conditions with light north winds.  Yesterdays highs only reached the lower 90s due to the cloud cover remaining thick for most of the day.  Areas just west of the area soared into the triple digits with a toasty 108 in Altus.

A few storms may also form later tonight across the Red River Valley of Ok and north Texas where the surface boundary will be stalling before lifting northward Thursday as a warm front.

 Thursday there will be a chance of a few showers and storms across NE OK but a slightly higher chance will occur across extreme NE OK and SE Kansas where the northern edge of the surface ridge will allow a storm complex from Kansas to move down the periphery of the ridge.  I'll place a whopping 20% chance of storms on the map for Thursday. 

 This ridge will slowly move northward through the weekend before weakening and moving southward early next week.  This will occur as a major pattern change begins to impact the nation.  The ridge will be south and this will allow a few storm systems to move across the northern and central plains states next week.  The upper air flow will allow some of the systems to move across the state bringing cooler air and several active periods of storm chances.  It's a little too early to get fancy here, but we may actually see some below normal temps by the end of the week with some wet weather. 

 Next:  It's a game 7 tonight for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.  If you've never seen a hockey game, this would be a good one to sample!