The OCS/Mesonet Ticker
Let's talk about the weather.

... sign up for the Ticker!
... about the Ticker
. . . Day by Day . . . . . . October 9 in Mesonet History* . . .
Find a particular day's Ticker.

If you're a bit off, don't worry, because just like horseshoes, "almost" counts on the Ticker home page!

Record Maximum 93 F WAUR 2014
Record Minimum 16 F ELRE 2000
Record Rainfall 4.15" WAUR 1997

* Mesonet History = since 1994

. . . Search the Ticker Archives . . .

All Words Any Words Whole Phrase Recent First Oldest First
. . . Tell Others About This Ticker . . .

Share on FacebookShare     Share on TwitterTweet

. . . The Most Recent Ticker . . .

October 9, 2015    October 9, 2015    October 9, 2015    October 9, 2015     

Sweaters? We don't need no stinking sweaters! 

Sorry, but does this look like mid-October to you?

And get ready for more, because the heat, as they say, is on.

So that takes us out to Oct. 22 and it looks like warmer than normal weather 
absolutely dominates through that period. Now keep in mind a pattern shift could
occur as we get deeper into that time frame...a buckle in the jet stream and a 
dip down our way with some of that arctic air trapped up around the arctic circle.
But if we look at modeled data even farther out, it's just not showing up. These
are a bit hard to look at, but for warmer than normal weather, as per usual, just
look for the oranges, reds, and even browns.

again, most of North America dominated by a ridge of high pressure and thus
warmer than normal weather. Probably not 90s like we'll see this weekend, but
much above seasonal norms. Again, unless a massive pattern change occurs, then
we're talking about first frosts and all that good (and by good, I mean bad) 
stuff. And parts of the state are due for a freeze. Here are the average first
freeze and earliest first freeze maps, based upon the 1981-2010 normals.

So the western Panhandle "normally" would have seen a freeze coming any day
now, but about a month or so away for the southeast. Not showing up at this
time, however. What about the rain? Well, it's raining now, and you should 
enjoy it while it lasts, because there doesn't appear to be any major rain 
chances on the horizon just yet. 

That looks more impressive than it actually is, at least according to the 
rainfall amounts thus far. But at least Osage County is getting a much needed

And what you see on this 7-day rainfall forecast is all from today through
tonight, basically. Other than that, death ridge city.

Chances of an inch or so of precip accumulating through the 24th, at least
according to our Canadian friends? Not good (and again, much of these chances
are predicated on what falls today. 

wondering what happened to El Nino. Again, that's later on for Oklahoma. Check
out this composite precipitation anomaly map for the U.S. based on the six
previous strong El Nino Octobers (1957, 1965, 1972, 1982, 1991, 1997). 

Give it time. If (*****IF*****) it's gonna help, it'll be later rather than

Gary McManus
State Climatologist
Oklahoma Mesonet
Oklahoma Climatological Survey
(405) 325-2253