Major Winter Storm & New Tulsa and State Records February 8-10, 2011

Major Winter Storm February 8-9, 2011
Record Cold February 10, 2011

(last updated: 12:15 PM CDT 02/11/2011)

 

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Storm Summary

An upper level storm system moving across Oklahoma and Arkansas, and cold arctic air spilling south into the area, resulted in another major winter storm across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas during the night of February 8th and the morning of February 9th. While this storm system was not as strong as the one the week before, strong frontogenetic forcing led to a narrow band of intense snowfall that remained nearly stationary for several hours near a Ponca City to Chelsea to Fayetteville line. Snowfall amounts within this band ranged from 12 to 18 inches in the western part of the band to 18 to 25 inches in the eastern part of the band. Outside of the intense snow band, snow amounts from 4 to 8 inches were widespread north of a McAlester to Poteau line, with 1 to 4 inches to the south in far southeast Oklahoma. Some sleet also briefly fell as the precipitation began in far southeast Oklahoma. Some blowing and drifting of snow also occurred, but winds were not as strong as they were with the system the previous week, and blizzard criteria was not met with this storm.

Record cold temperatures also occurred on the on the morning of February 10th as an arctic high pressure system built into Eastern Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas in the wake of the winter storm.  Bartlesville, Oklahoma set their all time record low with a reading of -28°F. Tulsa had a record low of -12°F. Fayetteville, Arkansas set a record with a low of -18°F. Mc Alester, Oklahoma also set a record low with a reading of -4°F.

Pending verification with the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), new state records were set during this winter weather event. 

Preliminary New Oklahoma Record 24-hour Snowfall:
27" in Spavinaw, OK February 9, 2011

(previous record 26" in Woodward and Freedom March 28, 2009)  

Preliminary New Oklahoma Record Minimum Temperature:
-31
°F in Nowata, OK February 10, 2011
(previous record -27°F in Vinita February 13, 1905 and Watts January 18, 1930)  

 

Tulsa Snowfall Records Set: (see below for Top 5 lists):

  5.7" of storm total snow February 8-9, 2011

26.1" of snow this cold season through Feb. 9, 2011
           Currently ranks as the number 1 snowiest cold season on record

26.1" of snow this year through Feb. 9, 2011
           Currently ties as 2nd snowiest year on record

22.5" of snow this February through Feb. 9, 2011
           Currently ranks as the number 1 snowiest February on record
           Currently ranks as the number 1 snowiest Month on record

 

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snow observations Visible Satellite image of Snowfield at 3:15pm CDT February 10, 2011
Snowfall Estimate Visible Satellite image of Snowfield at 3:15pm CDT February 10, 2011

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Jay, OK
Jay, OK
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Jay, OK
 Jay, OK Photo Credit: Von Castor and Fox23 Tulsa Jay, OK Photo Credit: Von Castor and Fox23 Tulsa 
   
   

 

February 10, 2011 Minimum Temperature Map

February 10, 2011 Minimum wind chill map

Minimum Temperatre and Wind Chill Images Courtesy of the Oklahoma Climate Survey

 

Top 5 Snowiest Years   Top 5 Snowiest Cold Seasons
(January 1 - December 31)   (October 1 - April 30)
     
1.    29.6"    1958    1.    26.1"    2010-11
2.    26.1"    1924    2.    25.6"    1923-24
2.    26.1"    2011    3.    22.8"    2009-10
4.    22.7"    2000    4.    20.4"    2002-03
5.    20.2"    1960    4.    20.4"    1969-70
     

Top 5 Snowiest Februaries   Top 5 Snowiest Months
    (any month)
1.    22.5"    2011   1.    22.5"         Feb. 2011
2.    10.5"    2003   2.    19.7"      March 1924
3.    10.1"    1960   3.    14.1"      March 1994
4.      9.5"    1905   4.    12.7"   January 1979
5.      9.0"    1921   5.    12.5"   January 1920

Period of Record for Tulsa Snowfall Top 5 Lists is January 1900 - February 10, 2011

 

 Top 5 Two-Day Snowfall Records for Tulsa, Oklahoma

1. 14.0"  January 31 - February 1, 2011
2. 12.9"  March 8-9, 1994
3. 11.5"  March 20, 1924
3. 11.5"  January 8-9, 1920
5. 10.7"  November 30 - December 1, 2005
     
Note: Many large snowfalls cross the calendar day, which is why a two day period is used.  Records listed above with only one date occurred within the calendar day.  Period of record: January 1900 - February 1, 2011

 Top 10 Coldest Low Temperatures Recorded in Tulsa, Oklahoma

1. -16°F  January 22, 1930
2. -15°F  February 13, 1905
3. -14°F  January 18, 1930
4. -13°F  January 12, 1918
5. -12°F  January 13, 1916
5. -12°F  February 10, 2011
7. -11°F  February 4, 1996
8. -10°F  February 14, 1905
9. -8°F  December 23, 1989
9. -8°F  January 4, 1947
9. -8°F  January 23, 1930
Period of Record: January 1905 - February 10, 2011

 



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