December 10, 2007
Old Man Winter Cuts Us Some Slack…
For the second time in less than a year, Texoma has barely missed a major ice storm. Perhaps you recall January 12-13, 2007 when McAlester and areas north to Muskogee and Tulsa were covered in a dense layer of one to two inches of ice. The northernmost counties in our viewing area, especially Atoka, Coal and Pontotoc, did get some icing problems, but by and large Texoma scraped by with minimal damage compared to McAlester and Tulsa. The event left about 100,000 people without power.
Now, we fast-forward eleven months to December 2007. We have another very close call with a major ice storm. The axis of heavy ice extended from Oklahoma City to Tulsa and into Missouri. This time, about 500,000 Oklahomans are left in the dark, a new state record.
In both cases, we were simply not quite cold enough to receive damaging amounts of ice over a large area. But it was close: a matter of a few degrees in both cases. While this winter is just getting started, and ice or snow is certainly possible, we can only hope that this blessing (of missing the ice storms) will continue.
However, winter weather lurks in our near future:a fast-moving upper level low may send some rain or possibly some wet snow over Texoma skies Friday night and Saturday morning. Something to watch. Y’all stay warm and take care!
Steve LaNore Chief Meteorologist