9-17-06 – Many residents woke up to thunder and lightning Sunday morning as storms brought up to two inches of rain for most of the area. There is a chance of flooding as the opportunity for showers continue Sunday night.
The storms also knocked out power to hundreds of homes. OG&E reported power 58 power outages in Ardmore and 637 customers in the dark in Bokchito.
Here’s the latest from Megan Krannig in the weather center:
Sunday September 17, 2006
The cold front now lies from Atoka to Durant to Sherman and Decatur. Showers and thunderstorms are still occurring ahead of and along the frontal boundary. Winds behind the front are turning out of the north at about 10-15 mph while ahead they are out of the southwest. Temperatures this afternoon due to rain and cloud cover have been below normal. There is a range of temperatures this afternoon from the upper 50’s behind the front to the upper 70’s and lower 80’s in advance of the front. Rainfall totals so far this afternoon have ranged from a few hundredths of an inch to over 2 inches in localized areas. There is still an opportunity for showers and storms this evening and overnight. The severe threat has dropped off but the main concern will be the possibility of locally heavy rain and that may cause flooding in low lying or poor drainage areas.
The large storm system that is responsible for this cold front, which stretches through Southeast Oklahoma and North Central Texas, is moving through the Western and Central U.S. An upper level disturbance embedded within the large storm system will move from Eastern New Mexico toward Oklahoma this evening and overnight. Lift ahead of this feature will interact with weak elevated instability north of the cold front. This will result in sustaining areas of light to moderate rain. Thunderstorms with brief heavy rain will also be possible. This area has been very dry the past few weeks so most of the rain will go into the ground and not cause excessive runoff. Still a few low lying areas may see brief rise in water during the periods of heavy rainfall. Storm intensity will decrease after mid evening.
The clouds should begin to clear from the northwest late tonight into tomorrow morning. Monday and Tuesday look like pleasant days with warm afternoons and cool mornings.
Tonight temperatures will range from the upper 50’s to the 60’s with scattered rain. Tomorrow we begin to clear out with drier cooler air moving into the region. Temperatures Monday will be in the upper 70’s to lower 80’s with north winds at about 5-15 mph.
The computer models are in agreement that the next system will move into the Northern Rockies late Wednesday causing a low pressure to develop in the lee of the Rockies Wednesday bringing increasing south winds and warmer temperatures. It looks like we will see a chance for showers and storms with this system Thursday through Friday night. This is still days away and we will be watching it.