The Edmond Sun

September 17, 2012

State Fair brings 'fair weather'

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Rainy weather and the Oklahoma State Fair are synonymous, or so it seems.

The fair, which began Sept. 13 and ends Sept. 23, continues rain or shine.

This year’s fair includes several brand new elements such as the Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus, Oklahoma-made products at The Good Life Wine and Beer Garden, Disney On Ice’ Dare to Dream and the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour. For more information, visit okstatefair.com.

Also new this year is Pets Overboard, a pet show on the high seas, and Allen’s Original Redwood Log House, a hand-carved 1900 year old California Redwood complete with three fully furnished rooms.

Roughly one million people visit the State Fair each year, consuming about 60,000 gallons of liquid beverages, 6 miles of hot dogs, 44,246 Indian Tacos, more than 45,000 cinnamon rolls and 12 tons of turkey legs.  

Fair event tickets are on sale now at the Jim Norick Arena Box Office, online at okstatefair.com, or by phone at 948-6800. Follow the fair on Facebook and Twitter or on www.fairslice.net, the official blog of State Fair Park.

Organizers hope for more shine than they had last week.

During the last seven days, the local Mesonet reporting station in north Oklahoma City received .83 inches of precipitation. During the last 30 days, it received 4.35 inches.

The National Weather Service’s forecast for the Edmond area called for a 20 percent chance of rain Monday night followed by sunny skies on Tuesday with a high near 75, mostly sunny skies on Wednesday with a high near 85, a 20 percent chance of rain Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday with highs in the upper 80s.

The weekend forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 80 on Saturday and a high near 78  on Sunday.    

What does the future hold? The world awaits the arrival of El Niño. That warming of the waters in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean can impact weather patterns across the globe.

One of its impacts is to provide increased chances for cooler and wetter weather across the southern tier of the United States during the cool season (October-March).

Impacts are often not as strong for Oklahoma as its counterparts farther south and east, but data suggest moderate-to-strong El Niño events increase the odds for a wetter cool season across Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. In the event of a weak El Niño, drier weather is often the result.



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