Fall, frost and fires...

A very stable fall weather pattern is in place. Perhaps you enjoy this weather. I like it very much myself!

 

The problem is, we're well behind normal for rainfall since August 1. The very windy weather of this week removed much of the benefit from Monday's rainfall. Our heavy summer precipitation fed extreme growth of grasses, weeds and brush all over the place. Now, with colder overnight temperatures, and the winds of this week, grasses and weeds are rapidly becoming dormant and drying out even more.

A risk of frost is in tonight’s forecast and again for Saturday and Sunday nights. Somewhat warmer weather with highs in the mid to upper 70s may return just ahead of another front the middle of next week. Overall, temperatures will run below normal during the next seven days.

  

This arid pattern will dominate Texoma weather for perhaps as long as the next two weeks. The most recent cold fronts have pushed surface moisture deep into the Gulf of Mexico. Upper air currents will continue to bring dry, cool air masses southward while return flow from the Gulf will be feeble at best. Even with fairly cool temperatures, fire danger is on the high side. There will be periods of gusty winds, especially behind the front on Saturday, and again with the frontal passage during the middle of next week.  

  

I advise you to check with local law enforcement and/or your fire department for attempting any outdoor burning until we get a heavy soaking rainfall…which does not look likely soon.

 

Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist

KXII-TV

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