Quite a Contrast Across Oklahoma!

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011, 8:19 pm
By: News On 6

The map on the right shows the total precipitation for the state since the first of the year. This also reflects any ice/snow after it had melted. Bottom line is that it looks like someone put up a barrier of some sort near I-35 as the counties to the west have been extremely dry and the recent heavy rains have made the counties to the east extremely wet. Fortunately for us, our rain chances will be pretty slim for the rest of this week and through the coming weekend. But, that is bad news for the folks out west as they will remain dry.

We will also have a warming trend with bright, sunny skies and a brisk southerly wind pushing daytime temperatures well into the 70s for Wed and we should be back into the 80s for the weekend. Our nights will be getting warmer after one more cool night tonight with lows in the 40s. That is well below normal, but much warmer than we were this morning. Look for 50s and 60s for the overnight low temperatures as we go through the weekend.

These warmer nights and warmer days reflect the return to a brisk southerly wind which will eventually bring more moisture back our way. Sunny skies on Wed will be followed by partly cloudy to at times mostly cloudy skies on Thur and partly cloudy skies through the weekend. A weak frontal boundary will make a run at us on Thur and is currently expected to stall out near the I-44 corridor before stalling and becoming diffuse.

It may also set off a few isolated showers or storms, primarily in the NE counties. Since the front will stall out, then ample moisture will remain through the weekend for partly cloudy daytime skies and maybe an isolated shower or two on any given day. Right now, it appears that the next decent shot at showers or storms will be along about the middle of the following week.

In the meantime, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot