Summer has arrived for us, as spring storms rage on the plains

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Main threats

No hazardous weather in sight. Just be careful in the heat of the afternoons.

Summary

We have entered a very summer-like period of time. With highs in the mid to upper 80s and humidity levels ticking upward, you’re really going to feel the heat by Tuesday and beyond.

This is perfect hay cutting weather!

Today will be our coolest day of the week, so be sure and enjoy the last of the cooler temps.

You’ll be hearing about the severe storms across the southern plains later today. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about those. All of that activity will be making its way to the northeast and will be staying WELL to our west and north. More info on this can be found in the “News” section below.

WeatherTAP WeatherFACT

The state of Oklahoma averages 56 tornadoes per year. The most was 145 in 1999 (many of you wx nerds recall May 3rd of that year). The fewest was 16 in 2014. They receive most of their tornadoes in May (41%). They have only had one year with no tornadoes in May and that was in 2005.

Records

Did you know it can snow here in May? In fact, it snowed here on this day in 1894! Eastern Kentucky took the brunt of the storm, with 2-8 inches of snow falling. I looked up maps of Tennessee on this day and it looks like we had a couple of inches of snow on the plateau. How wild is that?!

The folks in Cordell, Kansas can tell you all about the oddities of tornadoes. They were struck on May 20th in 1916, 1917, and 1918. Three years in a row! I bet that place was a ghost town on May 20th, 1919. ha

Almanac

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Yesterday’s record high: 90 (1962)

Yesterday’s record low: 32 (2002)

Today’s record high: 88 (1962)

Today’s record low: 35 (2002)

Today’s sunset: 7:43

Tomorrow sunrise: 5:29

Today’s day length: 14 hrs 12 mins 53 secs

Tomorrow’s day length: 14 hrs 14 mins 16 secs

One year ago today

The high was 85 degrees and the morning low was 62. No rain fell.

Astronomy 

Sky viewing conditions tonight: GOOD

Moon rise: 9:42

Moon set: 6:59 a.m.

Moon phase: Waning Gibbous, 97% illumination

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What to look for in the night sky tonight

The waning gibbous moon stands about 7 degrees east of Jupiter this evening. Jupiter continues to dominate the late-night sky, rising around 10:00 p.m. The moon and Jupiter will accompany each other across the night sky, until the rising sun drowns them out.

News

The big news today is the prolific tornado outbreak that will occur in Oklahoma and Texas this evening. An outbreak of strong to violent long-track tornadoes will threaten all of western and Central Oklahoma. Even the cities of Oklahoma City, Moore, and Norman are in the line of fire for these storms.

Six years ago today I was chasing in Oklahoma and managed to catch a weak tornado in southern Oklahoma. Meanwhile, parts of metro Moore were obliterated by an EF-5. Driving through the destruction the next day is something I will never forget.

Keep those folks close to your hearts today. I know their nerves have got to be a mess. All schools in central Oklahoma are closed. Six years ago today and EF-5 hit an elementary school there and killed several students. With schools closed, they won’t have to worry about that kind of disaster today.

I’ll be watching all of this unfold today and I’ll give a special update if there’s something especially interesting to share.

You all have a great day.

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