The Edmond Sun

December 5, 2012

Forecast includes 1st chance of snow for Edmond

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — For folks who are concerned about the present lack of beneficial precipitation, the local 7-day forecast doesn’t offer much hope, but it does include the season’s first chance of snow.

At 2:53 p.m. Wednesday, the temperature was 64 degrees and skies over the Edmond area were fair, according to the National Weather Service. However, humidity was low, at 18 percent, and there was no chance of rain through Saturday night.

Area fires, stoked by dry vegetation, low humidity and brisk winds, have kept local firefighters busy on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Sunday, there will be a 20 percent chance of rain with a high near 50, as cooling air moves over Oklahoma. Sunday night there will be a 20 percent chance of rain and snow with a low around 27.

On Monday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high near 40, leading to partly cloudy skies Monday night with a low around 27.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 47.

After abating somewhat earlier in the fall, drought conditions in the Great Plains, including Oklahoma, are intensifying, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The two highest levels of intensity — extreme to exceptional drought — exist in much of South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. Only tiny portions of Oklahoma are experiencing less severe drought.

In Oklahoma, drought surged during November with a return to the dry, warm and windy weather pattern the Sooner State has become accustomed to during recent years, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

Through Nov. 28, the statewide average temperature stood at 52.4 degrees, about 3.4 degrees above normal, according to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet.

That would rank November 2012 as the 12th warmest since 1895, pending how the month ended, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. November was set to become the 26th month out of the last 32 to finish warmer than normal, dating back to April 2010.

Oklahoma’s 2012 January to November average temperature remained about two-tenths of a degree ahead of 1954 in a race to break the record for warmest calendar year.

Regarding the future, the Climate Prediction Center’s U.S. seasonal drought outlook, valid for Nov. 15 through Feb. 28, calls for conditions to persist or intensify in the plains states, including Oklahoma, and much of the Rocky Mountain region. Those states include Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.marks@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 108