Severe weather

Yes, the climate is warming, and yes, we human beings are causing this warming. And yes, things look very bad. But what can be done...and what can **we** do...right now? Our guest has some answers; she is Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at the well-regarded Lund University in Sweden.

Okmulgee County Emergency Management

Emergency management officials are urging Okmulgee County residents and business owners to report any damage to their property from heavy rains and flooding Sunday and Monday.

Damage can be reported at It will help the county's request for federal disaster assistance.

Some areas of the county may have received 1 foot of rain Sunday night, and flooding shut down Highway 75 early Monday morning.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for eastern Oklahoma through 7 p.m. Thursday.

The tornado watch covers nearly two dozen counties, including the Tulsa metro area.

NWS Tulsa forecasts supercell potential from roughly 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with hazards including hail up to baseball size, wind gusts up to 65 mph and a few tornadoes.

Additional thunderstorms are possible for eastern Oklahoma overnight, with large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain and flooding possible. There will be a decreased but continued low tornado threat.

Oklahoma Mesonet

Energy providers and lawmakers are still hashing out last February's winter storm.

State climatologist Gary McManus gave on overview of the storm to an Oklahoma House committee today. He said it may not be the coldest storm on record, but it did give Oklahoma its coldest single day ever: the average temperature across the state on February 15th was -.7 degrees.

McManus said on the next night every Mesonet location on record recorded negative temperatures for the first time in history.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Tulsa says severe storms are possible across northeast Oklahoma from late Monday afternoon until early Tuesday morning.

Baseball- to softball-size hail, damaging winds up to 70 mph, and tornadoes are all possible, with chances for those hazards increasing as storms move south and east.

According to a NWS briefing, locations along and northwest of I-44 will likely remain behind a cold front over the region, limiting severe weather potential there. 

National Weather Service

Be prepared for severe weather across Green Country overnight Friday.

The National Weather Service expects a line of storms to roll through overnight starting around 8 p.m. The greatest threat for severe storms will be in a bowing line mainly south of I-40, but at least a few severe thunderstorms are expected along the I-44 corridor.

Hazards for the Tulsa area include damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph, large hail up to half-dollar size and heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding.

South of I-40, there's potential for isolated tornadoes along the line of storms.

Some Tulsans Confusing New Cell Towers With Emergency Sirens

Apr 22, 2021

Tulsa Emergency Management wants the public to know it’s not putting up new emergency sirens.

Director Joe Kralicek said he’s getting one or two calls a week about new sirens, but these structures are actually 5G towers. 


"So these new ones you're seeing - especially around south Tulsa - are not outdoor warning sirens. Do not rely on those to get your tornado signal," said Kralicek. 


National Weather Service Tulsa

This afternoon’s isolated thunderstorms will ramp up through the evening, meaning a threat of severe weather across northeastern Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa expects several strong to severe storms as a cold front pushes a line of storms across Green Country.

Severe potentials are expected to exit by late evening. Large hail up to 2 inches and greater, damaging wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph, and also a tornado threat will be possible across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

Yes, the climate is warming, and yes, we human beings are causing this warming. And yes, things look very bad. But what can be done...and what can **we** do...right now? Our guest has some answers; she is Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at the well-regarded Lund University in Sweden. Born and raised on a vineyard in Sonoma, California, Nicholas studied the effect of climate change on the California wine industry for her PhD at Stanford.

It’s nearly spring, and you know what that means: potential severe weather for Green Country.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa says there's an elevated severe weather risk for the area Tuesday night into Wednesday, mainly southwest of State Highway 351 and, farther east, south of I-40.

Potential hazards include winds up to 60 mph, hail as large as golf balls and a low risk of a tornado. The highest chances for a tornado are in southeast Oklahoma.

Local flooding is also possible if heavy rainfall lingers over an area.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump officially declared a federal disaster on Monday for 13 Oklahoma counties battered by a late October ice storm.

The declaration means federal funding will now be available to state, tribal and local governments and some private nonprofits for storm-related costs, the White House said in a press release.

At Least 7 Dead As Storms Hit Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana

Apr 24, 2020
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MADILL, Okla. (AP) — Severe weather is blowing across the South after apparent tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana.

At least seven people have been killed, including a factory worker whose body was found a quarter mile from where an apparent tornado struck the factory in southern Oklahoma.

A Louisiana man was swept away in flood waters after going out to grab a trash can, and a woman was killed on a bridge.

Three more died when apparent tornado touched down near Onalaska, Texas.

More than 150,000 customers are without power. 

2 Killed As Tornado Hits Southern Oklahoma Town

Apr 23, 2020

MADILL, Okla. (AP) — Two people have been killed as an apparent tornado tore through southern Oklahoma.

The storm hit the area around Madill, Oklahoma, about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, as  clusters of severe weather roared through parts of Oklahoma and Texas.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Robert Chaney says one person's body was found about a quarter-mile from a J&I Manufacturing trailer plant just outside Madill. Chaney said he had no other information.

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Storm Damages 21 Homes in Comanche County

Aug 8, 2012

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say 21 homes in Comanche County were damaged by a summer storm that brought high winds and large hail.

The storm moved into the area Tuesday night and authorities said no one was injured. Lightning from the storm sparked a large grassfire at Fort Sill, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze.

The Lawton Constitution reports that plumes of smoke were visible among dark storm clouds Tuesday night. The fire was stopped near the Fort Sill landfill and crews created a fire break to keep the blaze contained.

Storms Leave Some Damage in Oklahoma, Arkansas

Jul 27, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Severe thunderstorms brought much-needed rainfall but unwelcome wind damage in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Winds gusting over 70 mph blew through parts of southern Oklahoma and winds of at least 60 mph were reported in western Arkansas Thursday. Authorities say there were no immediate reports of injuries, but some homes and trees were damaged.

Heavy Weather Pounds Central Oklahoma

May 30, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service warns that flash flooding is likely in the Oklahoma City area Wednesday morning, while severe thunderstorms are possible in much of southern and central Oklahoma.

Wednesday's forecast comes after storms dropped enormous hail on the Oklahoma City area Tuesday night. The National Weather Service received preliminary reports of softball-sized hail or larger in the Kingfisher area.

No deaths were reported but authorities say a handful of people were injured by the large hailstones.

3 hurt by massive hail in Woodward County

Apr 10, 2012
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WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Officials in Woodward County say softball-sized hail caused an estimated $250,000 in damages after severe storms swept through the area Monday night, injuring three people.

Woodward County Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer says an infant was injured by glass from a shattered car window and another person was hit in the face by a softball-sized hail stone that broke through a car window.

Lehenbauer tells the Woodward News the storms caused at least a quarter-million dollars in damages to buildings and vehicles.