The Edmond Sun

October 3, 2012

Edmond to taste fall weather during weekend

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

— Meteorologists say the Edmond area will get its first taste of fall weather this weekend with daytime temperatures mostly in the 50s.

In August, local residents were dealing with extreme heat, drought and wildfires. The month started with one of the hottest stretches on record, and for a while 90 percent of the state was experiencing extreme to exceptional drought. In early August, more than 100,000 acres, including more than 2,500 in the Luther area, burned across the state.

During the last week of September, rainfall totals of 2-4 inches were widespread across central and southern Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet. Oklahoma County also has benefited from the recent rain, which created a sort of second spring with foliage greening up again.

Now, the National Weather Service forecast for Edmond includes a high near 51 on Saturday and a high near 60 on Sunday. This follows a beautiful high near 83 on Wednesday with sunny skies. Thursday’s high will be near 71 with mostly sunny skies.

For area residents going to a local high school football game Thursday night or Friday, rain chances of 20-30 percent return.

For fans going to any of the college football games on Saturday, the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain turning into mostly cloudy skies Saturday night.

The long-term forecast for Edmond calls for a high near 67 on Monday, Columbus Day, and a high near 74 on Tuesday. For the rest of October, Oklahoma is given equal chances for above, below or near normal rainfall and temperatures, according to the NWS.

Regarding severe weather, no tornadoes have touched down in Oklahoma since June 1, a record low total matched only by a similar stretch in June-September of 2003, according to the NWS. | 341-2121, ext. 108