The National Weather Service forecast office in Norman and the Arkansas-Red Basin River Forecast Center in Tulsa, in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey in Oklahoma City, will raise the flood stages for the river forecast point on Cimarron River near Buffalo, Okla., effective August 20, 2014.
After discussions with land owners and other interested parties along the Cimarron River in northwestern Oklahoma, it has been determined that the flood stage for the Cimarron River near Buffalo, Okla. is currently too low. Consequently, the National Weather Service will be raising the flood stages for this river forecast point. The flood stage will be raised from 6.0 feet to 9.0 feet. Moderate flood stage will be raised from 8.0 feet to 10.0 feet. Major flood stage will be raised from 9.0 feet to 12.0 feet.
The Cimarron River Basin is subject to occasional flooding, with moderate flooding occurring along the Cimarron River in May 2007. The last crest above the current flood stage at the Buffalo gage site occurred in late June 2014. The USGS operates and maintains telemetered streamgaging equipment on the U.S. Highway 64 Bridge 17 miles northeast of Buffalo, Okla.
Other river forecast services in the Cimarron River drainage area that are supported by the Norman forecast office and the river forecast center include downstream river stage forecast points near Waynoka, Dover, Guthrie, and Perkins, Okla.
The Arkansas-Red Basin River Forecast Center prepares river stage forecasts for the drainage area of the Arkansas River above Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and the drainage area of the Red River above Fulton, Arkansas. Covering approximately 208,000 square miles, the forecast center's area of responsibility includes all of Oklahoma, and portions of Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.
The Norman office provides all the weather services for 48 counties in the western two-thirds of Oklahoma (excluding the Oklahoma panhandle), and eight counties in western north Texas. The office collects meteorological data, prepares and disseminates weather forecasts, river and flood forecasts and warnings; and, issues severe weather watches and warnings to the public. Additional information is available at http://www.weather.gov/norman or http://www.weather.gov/abrfc.