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Record Maximum 102 F SLAP 2016
Record Minimum 24 F BEAV 2001
Record Rainfall 3.54" HOLL 1994

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Winter preview


https://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20211014/saturday-morning-lows.png

The Ticker is actually off today, but then again, aren't we a *little* off 
everyday? That's okay, we have time for a quick Tock about everybody's favorite
subject...spaghetti sauce: with or without sugar? 

Let's not go there, let's go SOUTH! I was all prepared to tell you about 
Oklahoma's first freeze being forecast for Saturday morning when darned if we 
didn't look up and see the Mesonet site at Eva done beat us to the punch this 
morning. 

https://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20211014/todays-lows.png

I think I told ya Tuesday that it wouldn't shock me to see a freeze before this
weekend somewhere in the Panhandle, just like I said last week don't be shocked
if we see a hunnert or two (again, two 100s, not 200) last weekend. I was 
shockingly correct on both. That 32 at Eva is the first freezing weather we've 
seen in the state since way back on April 24 in, you guessed it, Eva. For the 
record, that's 1 freezing reading in October vs. 6 triple-digit readings. 
Freedom hit 102 degrees five days ago for our probable (but not definite!) last
100 of 2021. Now we're off and running with the freezes, starting in earnest 
this weekend out in the Panhandle. Again, don't be shocked if somebody else
drops to 32 for a bit either. 

Lots of tornadoes the last 5 days, and we're gonna approach 1998's record 
total of 27 for the month, probably, so let's go on to more pleasant things. 
Rain. Everybody got a dose during the last 2 events, so that's a good start 
to wiping a bit of drought off the map. 

https://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20211014/5day-rainfall.png 

Today's Drought Monitor map had Sunday's rain included, but missed out on 
Tuesday and Wednesday's rain because of the 7am cutoff to be considered by the
Drought Monitor author. So some decent changes this week, but expect more next
week. 

https://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20211014/DM-1week-change.png

https://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20211014/20211012_ok_trd.png

AND, more storm chances today and early tomorrow, so maybe we can add some more
relief to the maps. 

https://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20211014/5day-rain-forecast.gif

Once we get by that, we go back to crystal blue skies, and a temperature 
regime that's down in fall territory much more so than the half-summer/half-fall
pattern that we've been stuck in. 

https://ticker.mesonet.org/archive/20211014/nws-norman-7day-temps.png

It's all downhill from here, folks. 

Gary McManus
State Climatologist
Oklahoma Mesonet
Oklahoma Climatological Survey
gmcmanus@mesonet.org