Blast of Bitter Cold....UPDATED

 UPDATE: Wed 6 Jan / 3:30p.m.

A brief period of light freezing drizzle or light snow will end by morning. Extremely low wind chills (by Texoma standards) of zero to 10 below along with air temperatures in the 20s all day Thursday will make for a rough day if you must be outdoors. Be changes to previous forecast


UPDATE: Tue 5 Jan 2009 / 3:15p.m.

The only changes were to nudge the lows for Friday and Saturday mornings DOWN a bit more. This is based on the expected position of the surface high, the diminishing wind field, and bone dry dewpoints. We're looking at 7-13 Friday morning and 4 to 11 Saturday morning!!! Scroll down to the bottom of this blog for a list of current record lows around Texoma.


A severe cold wave, the likes of which we haven’t seen in more than a decade, will slam Texoma beginning
Wednesday night and extending well into the weekend.
We could easily see the coldest Texoma temperatures so far in the 21st Century. The last big cold wave with
numbers approaching what I expect later this week was in February 1996.
Some temperatures could touch
the daily record minimums (coldest for a particular day) by Saturday, when winds are expected to be light
and skies mostly clear, but Friday (the 8th) will also be a time when near-record cold is possible
(article continues below map).
A change in expected sky condition or wind would probably prevent records from being set, but the bottom line is
extreme cold with sub-freezing highs and bitterly cold lows (by Texoma standards) from late Wednesday
through Saturday.
It is especially important with a cold wave of this magnitude that you check your vehicle
as well as your pets, pipes and plants. A table of current record lows is listed below.
Records are not available for all cities.
Stay warm!
Steve LaNore
Chief Meteorologist
Record Lows by City
City Jan 7 Jan 8 Jan 9
Ada 1 (1912) -3 (1988) -6 (1944)
Ardmore 3 (1912) -4 (1913) 6 (1973)
Antlers 4 (1970) 5 (1940) 1 (1944)
Atoka 4 (1968) -7 (1944) 4 (1970)
Durant 3 (1912) 1 (1912) 3 (1988)
Hugo 8 (1968) 2 (1942) 8 (1944)
Madill 6 (1968) 4 (1940) 5 (1944)
Sherman 5 (1912) 7 (1976) 7 (1944)
Sulphur 4 (1968) -3 (1940) -10 (1944)
Tishomingo 0 (1912) 0 (1940) 1 (1944)


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  • by freeman Location: sherman on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    These weather paterns are all the result of the lizard underlords modifing our climate to be more suitable for their mutant genetic hybrid off spring.
  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Jan 12, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    Ron, thanks for your comment. The statement bout AGW being trotted out during heat spells is true, but that's not the way good science works. Yet, good science also shows that we have had a greater number of heat waves to record levels than cold (two to one ratio since late 1990s), so there is merit to a warming trend which may or may not be part of a natural cycle. The IPCC declared in their 2007 global climate assessment (AR4) that global warming is “very likely” caused by humans, but the models which are largely used to forecast future warming remain inconsistent. While climate models are constantly being improved, they have still not shown themselves to be accurate enough to bet on. If you read the text of many scientific papers you will find this information. I do not see a conspiracy from what I’ve read, but at times simple bias toward a foregone conclusion (this goes both ways). Take Care, Steve
  • by ron Location: Howe on Jan 11, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    Yeah, I've heard the "weather is not climate" bit. They only say it when we have a cold snap. But when we have a hot day in August, it's all of a sudden a sign of AGW.
  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Jan 11, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    Many books have been written on both sides of the global warming/cooling issue, so it’s next to impossible for me to say anything new here. The only comment I’ll make is a cautionary one: please don’t confuse short-term changes (such as the recent cold wave, even it affects the whole Northern Hemisphere) with the overall CLIMATE of our world warming or cooling. The arctic cold and the many records set tell us nothing about climate change (warming OR cooling). These are examples of “weather”. CLIMATE refers to the long-term average, such as “summers are three degrees hotter than 30 years ago (just an example)”. Now, if each winter gets colder than the last for the next 10 or 20 years, then that’s a horse of a different color, cause then we’re talking a climate trend. Take Care, Steve
  • by ron Location: Howe on Jan 10, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    Hey Tony, the Anthroprogenic Global Warming to human emissions of CO2 is bogus. Basic science and evidence shows that. Also, read up on climategate but you might have to go to Bing to search for it. Google is politically tied into it.
  • by tony h Location: whitesboro on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    hey Steve. Why, in your opinion, is it so cold this year? is it really because of la nina you think? or el nino or whatever they are calling it. it global warming? which is open for debate as if really exists at all. i mean, are they saying global warming causes summer to be hotter and winters to be colder? well the last few years have been decently mild, so was that due to global warming too? it seems any weather condition possible can be blamed on global warming. anyhow. i guess i wanna know why its just so darn cold outside. thanks steve
  • by ron Location: Howe on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    It's cold enough to make a polar bear curse.
  • by Mom Location: OK on Jan 8, 2010 at 03:53 PM
    Why or why?
  • by Joni Location: Denison on Jan 8, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    I'm completely disgusted with the weather here!
  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Jan 8, 2010 at 12:55 PM
    Tracy, as I mentioned in the blog, records are not available for some cities. You gotta play the cards you're dealt - Thanks for reading.
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