Category: National and World
We have of course been following with great interest the breaking of the drought in Oklahoma.
Three months ago, 22.8% of the Sooner State was in Extreme or Exceptional Drought, the worst two categories. This week, that number had dropped to ZERO. One year ago, 81% of the state was in full out drought. Last week, that number dropped to 42% and another 5-10 inches of rain fell across much of western Oklahoma this week, which will really help.
As of midnight, Oklahoma City had recorded 18.19 inches of rain in May, their wettest MONTH ever, not just wettest May. And another 0.50” has fallen today as they streak further into the record books. In fact, there is an outside chance they will get to 20 inches for the month!
Heavy rains from this afternoon and evening’s severe weather in the OKC Metro area has resulted in flash flooding. For the first time, the NWS Norman has used Flash Flood Emergency language in their warning. I have superimposed the tweet from our good friend and fellow WeatherBrains panelist Rick Smith.
5-8 inches of rain has fallen tonight, with a peak Doppler estimate around 10.8 inches near Bridge Creek.
Officially, 5.70 inches of rain has fallen at OKC, making it the sixth wettest day there.
UPDATE 10:08 PM
Rick reports 6.90 inches at OKC. Very close to their all time record of 7.62 inches on 6/14/10. this ranks as 4th place all time now.
A big, rain wrapped mile wide wedge tornado is approaching the southwestern Oklahoma City Metro.
Areas from Bridge Creek to Newcastle will be impacted. Could eventually impact Norman or Moore.
This is a bad situation.
A supercell thunderstorm about 50 miles southwest of Oklahoma City has already produced at least three or four tornadoes and continues to cycle.
It is heading in the general direction of Chickasha, Blanchard, Newcastle and Moore, all names of communities from May 3, 1999. Of course, Moore has had way more than its fair share of tornadoes over the past 15+ years.
All of the Oklahoma City stations are streaming with live coverage, including chopper video. One is KFOR.
The SPC just issued an enhanced risk area from Abilene to Lawton and the tornado watch has expanded to include Oklahoma City.
Sunday, 9:59 pm
The Fort Worth radar is showing a clear tornado debris signature in the long lived supercell in southwestern Johnson County west southwest of Rio Vista, heading in the general direction of that town. It will pass near Covington and near Grandview on I-35, just north of the split south of Dallas/Fort Worth.
The TDS is show as the blue circle in the lower right panel (correlation coefficient) from the Fort Worth dual=pol Doppler radar.
Frequent power flashes just reported by a spotter.
By Bill Murray, 3:58 pm Sunday
Spotters report a large tornado on the ground near Comanche, Texas this afternoon. This is a little more than 100 miles southwest of Dallas.
FWD issues Tornado Warning [tornado: OBSERVED, tornado damage threat: CONSIDERABLE, hail: 4.25 IN] for Comanche [TX] till 4:45 PM CDT …AT 356 PM CDT…A CONFIRMED LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF COMANCHE…MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.