Friday, November 1, 2013

Fantastic Fall Weekend

Welcome to your Friday OWL blog. Looks like there will be a chilly night in store for Oklahoma, particularly in the panhandle region. A frigid overnight low of 27 degrees in the western portion of the panhandle will be the site of the coldest low in the state tonight. Milder lows can be found in south-central Oklahoma, where lows are expected to be in the mid 40s. Generally, the low temperatures increase the further south and east you are in the state.    

A beautiful Saturday is expected for Oklahoma, with temperatures ranging from the upper 50s to the upper 60s. The majority of the state can expect temperatures in the low 60s. The warmest temperatures are forecast to be in the southwestern part of the state, with highs reaching 68 degrees. Slightly cooler temperatures are expected in northeast Oklahoma, where highs will struggle to reach 60 degrees. 

Expect a pleasant weekend in general, so leave your rain jackets at home. The only chance of rain is on Monday evening for the central and eastern parts of Oklahoma. Saturday and Sunday night are expected to be slightly warmer than Friday night, with lows in the upper 40s throughout the majority of the state. Remember, Daylight Savings ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m., so be sure to set your clocks back an hour.

As for Monday, the National Weather Service is keeping an eye on an approaching storm system that is forecast to bring some moisture toward the start of next week. According to forecasters, 
"a slow moving storm system will bring increasing thunderstorm chances by Monday. Showers and storms will remain possible from Monday through Wednesday as a cold front moves across the region. Organized severe weather is not expected....though heavy rainfall may be a concern across portions of southern and central Oklahoma...especially Monday night and Tuesday."

Comet Ison has hurled past Mars on its long journey toward the sun where on Thanksgiving Day it will be at it's nearest to the sun's surface, only 730,000 miles away. For those wishing to catch a glimpse of the comet, Ison is unfortunately not visible to the naked eye but with a basic telescope one can see the comet very near planet Mars, which rises above the Oklahoma horizon a little after 3am. The skies will be crystal clear all weekend long, so if you decide to venture outside to see Ison, be sure and bundle up because the mercury will be dropping during the overnight hours.


Oklahoma Mesonet

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