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Daily Historical Weather for January 1

On January 1st and 2nd of 1993, an intense storm system brought accumulations of sleet and freezing rain to much of the region. The icy weather caused numerous traffic accidents in the area, including a 35 car pile up in Oklahoma City shortly after midnight on the first. The ice also caused havoc with area airport operations. Two passenger jets slid off icy runways at Will Rogers World Airport.

In 2004, a record for the warmest low temperature was set at Will Rogers World Airport, as the temperature only dropped to 56 degrees. This broke the previous record of 51 degrees, set back in 1966.


Daily Historical Weather for January 2

January 2, 2004, was a warm day across western north Texas, as the mercury soared to 80 degrees at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. This high temperature broke a 17-year record by 1 degree for the warmest temperature for that date, as the previous record was 79 degrees set in 1987.

In 1996, the new year was brought in on a snowy note. On the 1st and 2nd, a strong storm system dumped up to 6 inches of snow over a large part of southern, through northeast Oklahoma. The hardest hit areas extended from near Durant and Ada, northeast toward Tulsa. Over central parts of Oklahoma down into western north Texas, a glazing of ice was seen, with several accidents reported in the Oklahoma City area.


Daily Historical Weather for January 3

The oldest known weather records in Oklahoma began at Fort Gibson in January 1824, in what is now Muskogee County. The records included data on temperatures and rainy days, but not on precipitation amounts. True rainfall records did not begin until July 1836. The earliest records were kept not by any type of weather organization, but by the US Army Medical Department. After the start of weather record keeping by Fort Gibson, other forts soon began keeping their own records. Fort Towson, now in Choctaw County in January 1833, Fort Arbuckle in 1850, Fort Sill in 1870, Fort Supply in 1873, and Fort Reno in 1883.


Daily Historical Weather for January 4

Wichita Falls recorded one of their coldest weeks in history during the first week of January in 1947. In fact, the morning low temperatures of January second through fifth, remain record low temperatures for the dates. The cold spell climaxed on the 4th, when Wichita Falls plunged to its all time record low temperature of 12 degrees below zero. The remaining three days were little better with low temperatures of 7, minus 6, and minus 7degrees, respectively.


Daily Historical Weather for January 5

A series of storm systems brought heavy snow and bitterly cold arctic air to the southern plains during the week of January 4th through 11th, in 1988. A large portion of Oklahoma received at least 10 inches of snow, with north Texas receiving up to 3 inches. Some locations across western Oklahoma measured 16 to 18 inch total amounts over the period, with snow drifts reaching 4 feet. Oklahoma City totaled 12.1 inches of snow over a three day period, from the 5th to the 7th, which is Oklahoma City's all time record, storm total accumulation. Accompanying the heavy snow was record breaking cold temperatures. The mercury dropped below the freezing mark on the 4th in Oklahoma City, and stayed there until the afternoon of the 11th. The lowest temperature in Oklahoma City during the period came on the morning of the 8th, when a low of 4 below zero was reached.


Daily Historical Weather for January 6

Ice, snow, and cold temperatures covered much of the area during the period of January 4th through 7th, back in 1973. A layer of ice was covered by as much as 9 inches of snow. Even walking became dangerous, as several hundred injuries throughout the area were attributed to traffic accidents and slips on the ice. Over central Oklahoma, temperatures stayed below freezing for as much as 10 consecutive days. Due to the extreme length of below freezing temperatures, some locations kept at least 1 inch of snow on the ground for 14 days.


Daily Historical Weather for January 7

January 7th, 1944, marks the greatest snowfall in Oklahoma City in any calendar day. The 9 inches that fell makes it the single snowiest calendar day in Oklahoma City history, even though higher amounts have occurred in a 24 hour period that crosses midnight.


Daily Historical Weather for January 8

A severe two-day ice and snow storm began in northern Texas on this day in 1977. A layer of ice was quickly covered by several inches of snow. Areas around Wichita Falls reported snow drifts of up to 2 feet.


Daily Historical Weather for January 9

January 9th, 1977, was a cold day for the region, especially for northern Texas. At Wichita Falls, the high temperature of 12 degrees occurred at midnight, making this the third lowest high temperature ever in Wichita Falls. To make matters worse, two inches of snow fell to bring a two-day storm total to 5 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for January 10

An ice storm on January 8th through the 10th, back in 1968, covered much of southeast Oklahoma with a thick layer of ice. As much as 1/2 inch accumulated on many roadways in parts of McCurtain, Atoka, Pittsburg, and, Coal counties. Traffic problems were numerous, including a 40 car pile up on highway 69 between Atoka and Kiowa.


Daily Historical Weather for January 11

After an early morning low temperature of 7 below zero, the afternoon high on January 11th, back in 1918, warmed to just 2 above zero, giving Oklahoma City its coldest high temperature ever recorded.


Daily Historical Weather for January 12

Back in 1963, bitter cold and high winds swept through Oklahoma and northern Texas on January 10th through 14th. Subzero temperatures would eventually cover the northwestern three quarters of Oklahoma, with much of northern Texas only slightly above zero. In the Oklahoma Panhandle, Boise City plummeted to a low temperature of 17 below zero. Wind chill readings dropped to between twenty and forty degrees below zero.


Daily Historical Weather for January 13

On January 13th and 14th in 1989, a storm system dropped a narrow band of heavy snow across parts of southwest and central Oklahoma. The heaviest snow band was located from Lawton, to Norman, to Chandler. The highest snowfall total was in Norman, where 8.5 inches was measured.


Daily Historical Weather for January 14

On this date in 1960, it seemed more like April than January, when an intense line of thunderstorms raced through the region. Winds up to 75 mph brought widespread damage to roofs and utilities. A funnel cloud was followed for three and a half miles over the western edge of Oklahoma City, while a tornado damaged three farmsteads southeast of Fitzhugh, in Pontotoc County. The winds were not finished however, as an intense low pressure system roared through later in the day. Again, winds of 75 mph blew out plate glass windows in Lawton, Purcell, Yukon, and Oklahoma City.


Daily Historical Weather for January 15

On January 15th and 16th back in 1964, a strong winter storm system dumped 5 to 9 inches of snow along the Red River Valley of south central and southeast Oklahoma. The heaviest total was in Choctaw County, where Boswell reported 9 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for January 16

On this day in 1996, widespread freezing drizzle and freezing rain occurred over much of southeast Oklahoma. Numerous car accidents, including one fatality wreck near Fittstown, were reported.


Daily Historical Weather for January 17

On January 16th through 18th back in 1987, a winter storm brought heavy snow to much of west and northwest Oklahoma. Total accumulations were as much as 14 inches. Farther south, southwest Oklahoma and western north Texas experienced a significant ice storm. In these locations, as much as 2 inches of ice combined with several inches of snow, to cause numerous traffic accidents and downed power lines.


Daily Historical Weather for January 18

On this date back in 1925, Wichita Falls reported 9.8 inches of snow, making it their snowiest calendar day ever.


Daily Historical Weather for January 19

The record for Oklahoma City's coldest January temperature is now over 100 years old. On January 19th back in 1892, the morning low temperature dropped to 11 degrees below zero.


Daily Historical Weather for January 20

The coldest month on record in Oklahoma City, and much of Oklahoma for that matter, dates back to January, 1930. The month started fairly mild with highs in the 50s and 60s. Then, the bottom dropped out, as an arctic front blasted through the area on the 6th. The bitterly cold air was then reinforced by even colder air several times throughout the month. In fact, the low temperatures in Oklahoma City would dip below zero five times over a two week span during the middle of the month. The coldest temperatures over the area would be attained on the mornings of the 17th and 18th, when the mercury in Oklahoma City plunged to 9 degrees below zero. This is warm compared to the incredibly cold readings in northeast Oklahoma, where Watts would tie the all time coldest temperature ever recorded in the state on the morning of the 18th, with a reading of 27 below zero.


Daily Historical Weather for January 21

On January 21, 2005, Oklahoman's and North-Texan's kept their coats in the closet, as an unseasonably warm airmass allowed afternoon temperatures to climb into the 70s. A 37-year old record was broken at Oklahoma City, as the temperature soared to 77 degrees, breaking the 1967 record by 6 degrees.

On this date in 1966, much of southwest and south central Oklahoma was hit with heavy snow for the second time in two days. Snowfall totals on this day were in the 4 to 6 inch range along the Red River, from near Hollis, to Altus, and east to Waurika. Similar totals fell in these areas two days earlier, on the 19th. Snowfall totals for both storms included 11 inches at Waurika, and 10.4 inches at Altus.

While January 1930 was the coldest on record in Oklahoma City, the warmest January on record occurred in 1923. Every day in the month had above normal temperatures. Overall, 16 of the 31 days had afternoon high temperatures at or above 60 degrees, with three days topping 70. The warmest temperature of the month came on the 13th, when the mercury soared to a balmy 72, after a morning low of 47. The coldest temperature all month was only 24 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for January 22

On this date in 1919, Wichita Falls recorded its wettest January day ever, as a total of 2.25 inches of precipitation fell.


Daily Historical Weather for January 23

The lowest temperature recorded in the state of Oklahoma for the year of 1906 was recorded on this date at Okmulgee, as the mercury dropped to minus 15 degrees. Despite being cold, the temperature was not a record.


Daily Historical Weather for January 24

It did not feel like January on the 23rd and 24th back in 1943. On both days the afternoon high temperature in Wichita Falls climbed to 89 degrees, marking the warmest temperatures ever felt in the city during the month of January.


Daily Historical Weather for January 25

The coldest month ever in Wichita Falls, and the sixth coldest January in Oklahoma City, was January 1978. An arctic front swept through Oklahoma and north Texas during the day on the 7th. Surges of even colder air would continue to plunge southward well into February. In fact, in Oklahoma City, the average daily temperatures would stay below normal until the 24th of February, one of the longer such periods in Oklahoma City history.

A severe dust storm swept across the southern High Plains into Oklahoma on this date in 1965. Visibility dropped to near zero in parts of west Texas and western Oklahoma. Winds gusted to 55 mph in Oklahoma City, and 75 mph in Lubbock. The blowing dust eventually spread as far east as Pennsylvania.


Daily Historical Weather for January 26

The snowiest January in Oklahoma City was back in 1949, when a record 17.3 inches fell.


Daily Historical Weather for January 27

Yesterday, we said the snowiest January ever in Oklahoma City was during the year of 1949, when 17.3 inches was recorded. The snowiest January ever in Wichita Falls was in 1966, when 11.9 inches was recorded for the month.


Daily Historical Weather for January 28

One of the coldest Januaries on record in the southern plains came during the year 1977. In Oklahoma City, the temperature plunged to 9 degrees by midnight on the 9th, and was well on its way to a record 2 below zero later that morning. In fact, record low temperatures were set in both Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City on the mornings of the 9th and 10th. On the 10th, Oklahoma City bottomed out at minus 3. At Wichita Falls, the mercury dropped to 4 degrees on the 9th, and minus 1 on the 10th.


Daily Historical Weather for January 29

January 1986 marks the driest January in the recorded weather history of Oklahoma City. Not even a trace of precipitation fell during the entire month. The dry spell lasted longer than just the one month, as no measurable precipitation fell in Oklahoma City from the 13th of December until the 2nd of February. There is only one other month on record at Oklahoma City in which not even a trace of precipitation fell. That month is August, back in the year 2000.


Daily Historical Weather for January 30

A significant ice storm commenced on this date in 2002, resulting in over $300 million in damages, and widespread power outages. The hardest hit areas extended from near Ponca City, Perry, and Stillwater, south and west through Enid, Kingfisher, Guthrie, Binger, and Weatherford. Some of the smaller towns and rural residents were without power for weeks.


Daily Historical Weather for January 31

The warmest temperature ever felt in the month of January in Oklahoma occurred on January 31st 1911. On that afternoon, temperatures over the area soared into the 80s at many locations. Oklahoma City set its all time January high with a reading of 83. Temperatures were even warmer in western Oklahoma, where Weatherford and Cloud Chief topped out at 89 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for February 3

On this date in 1972, a snow and ice storm dumped up to 3 inches of wintry precipitation throughout Oklahoma. Many schools were closed, and numerous traffic accidents reported. In northwest Oklahoma, some Ellis County residents were left without power.


Daily Historical Weather for February 4

A strong winter storm struck mainly northern and central parts of Oklahoma on this day in 2004. Snowfall totals reached six to seven inches over areas from Alva and Orienta, to Medford and Wakita. Other snow totals included five inches in Woodward and Waynoka, and four inches in Watonga, Cherokee, and Arapaho. Rain and sleet was the primary form of precipitation over central and southern parts of Oklahoma, but Oklahoma City, Duncan, Ardmore, and Ada were able to receive at least a trace of snow.

A winter storm brought snow to much of Oklahoma on this date in 1983. The heaviest accumulations were in Sayre, where 6.5 inches fell, and in Ada, where 5 inches was reported. Snowfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches were reported as far east as Tulsa and McAlester, and as far south as Lawton and Sulphur.


Daily Historical Weather for February 5

On this date in 1988, an intense storm system brought a rare heavy snow event to the western parts of north Texas. In Baylor County, the city of Seymour received 6 inches of snow, while most of the rest of the area reported 4 to 5 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for February 6

On this day back in 1994, periods of rain occurred during the afternoon over north-central Oklahoma. During the evening, as temperatures fell below freezing, the water froze on area highways. As a result, numerous car accidents were reported, including one fatality accident on interstate 35 near Tonkawa.


Daily Historical Weather for February 7

On February 7th 1986, 6.5 inches of snow fell during the day in Oklahoma City. This set a record for the greatest calendar day snowfall total during the month of February for Oklahoma City.


Daily Historical Weather for February 8

Many people across central and eastern Oklahoma well remember the ice storm of February 8th and 9th, 1994. Freezing rain and sleet covered much of the eastern two thirds of the state with a significant ice accumulation. The hardest hit areas were in south central and southeast Oklahoma, where ice accumulations of nearly an inch were reported. The icy roads caused major traffic problems. In the Oklahoma City metro area alone, there were over 300 reported accidents.

Tornadoes can occur any time of the year, even in mid winter. Duncan was hit by a tornado on this date in 1966. Two people were injured when a church wall collapsed at 14th and Main, crushing their car.


Daily Historical Weather for February 9

The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in Oklahoma City occurred on February 9th, 1960. The sea level pressure would drop to an incredibly low 28.81 inches of mercury. Winds of 60 to 70 mph accompanied the deep low pressure center, causing widespread damage across much of Oklahoma, and northern and western Texas. Blowing dust reduced visibilities to near zero in western Oklahoma.


Daily Historical Weather for February 10

On this date back in 1999, widespread dense fog, from western north Texas through central Oklahoma, resulted in numerous traffic accidents. With some visibilities down to just several feet, multiple car pile ups were seen in the Wichita Falls and Lawton areas.


Daily Historical Weather for February 11

On February 10th and 11th in the year 1972, a snowstorm blanketed much of Oklahoma with up to 6 inches of snow.


Daily Historical Weather for February 12

On this date in 1899, the all-time record low for Oklahoma City was set. The mercury plunged to a frigid 17 degrees below zero and broke the previous record low of 12 below zero, which was set on the previous day.

The highest pressure ever recorded in Oklahoma City during the month of February, is 31.00 inches. This occurred on February 12th, 1899, which also was the day in which Oklahoma City saw its coldest temperature in recorded history.


Daily Historical Weather for February 13

On this date in 1905, the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state of Oklahoma occurred in Vinita, where the temperature plummeted to a record 27 degrees below zero. This record would later be tied in the city of Watts in January, 1930.


Daily Historical Weather for February 14

On this day in 2004, a record breaking snow storm hit southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. Wichita Falls, Texas, set a daily record for snowfall with a total of 5.5 inches. By the time the storm ended, a total of 8 inches fell near Durant, in southeast Oklahoma.

On this day back in 1987, severe thunderstorms packing tornadoes, strong winds, and hail up to golf ball size, struck from northern Texas into central Oklahoma. Three tornadoes occurred in Oklahoma. The strongest, an F2, struck Medicine Park, damaging or destroying nearly 50 homes.


Daily Historical Weather for February 15

A snowstorm lasting from February 13th to 15th in 1951 produced the 7th highest storm total snowfall ever in Oklahoma City. By the time the storm ended on the 15th, 8.8 inches of snow had fallen.


Daily Historical Weather for February 16

February of 1913 was the 4th snowiest month ever in Oklahoma City. A total of 12.9 inches of snow fell on the city.


Daily Historical Weather for February 17

On the evening of February 17th back in 1984, there were numerous reports of wind damage and large hail as severe storms pounded western and southwest Oklahoma. At Erick, in Beckham County, hail up to the size of golf balls, and 65 MPH winds, were reported. Wind damage in Lawton was estimated at $40,000.


Daily Historical Weather for February 18

The month of February, 1905 in Wichita Falls marks one of the snowiest months ever for that city. The month began with a moderate snowfall of 3 inches on the 1st. It was followed a week later with a heavy snowfall of 8 inches on the 7th. Then, on the 18th, an intense winter storm dumped 9 inches on the city. All three of these snowfalls still stand as record daily snowfalls for Wichita Falls, and the 9 inches on the 18th still stands as the all time calendar day snowfall for the entire month of February.


Daily Historical Weather for February 19

On February 19, 1954, a severe windstorm raced through much of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and into southwest Oklahoma. The windstorm, packing winds of 60 to 85 mph, began in the western parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle shortly after midnight. The storm then raced to the southeast, reaching southwest Oklahoma by afternoon. Considerable damage was done to small buildings and pane windows. Power and communication lines were blown down in many communities and several traffic accidents occurred in the blinding dust picked up during the storms rampage.


Daily Historical Weather for February 20

Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of one of the most significant winter storms in Oklahoma history. The blizzard of 1971 began on the evening of February 20th, over northwest Oklahoma, and would go on to produce a state-record 36 inches of snow in Buffalo. No other snowstorm in recent Oklahoma history has produced a storm total of even two feet. Other storm totals for this extraordinary event, which left drifts up to 20 feet high, include 25 inches at Gage, 18 inches in Enid, 17 inches in Woodward, and 10 inches in Ponca City. Most of the rest of the state was spared, with only 4.9 inches in Oklahoma City, 2.7 inches in Tulsa, and 1 inch in McAlester. Even the western panhandle missed the brunt of this storm. Boise City picked up only a little over 3 inches, and Kenton only 2 inches.

On February 20, 1987, a severe winter storm lashed the western parts of North Texas. The worst of the storm was felt across portions of Montague and Jack counties where up to 8 inches of snow was reported.


Daily Historical Weather for February 21

From February 20th to 22nd of 1971, one of the worst snowstorms in Oklahoma history dumped up to 3 feet of snow on northwest Oklahoma. By the time the snow ended on the 22nd, the city of Buffalo had 36 inches of snow on the ground, setting the state record for storm-total snowfall. Winds of 30 to 50 mph caused snowdrifts up to 20 feet high. Many roads were closed, leaving travelers stranded for up to a day and a half. The Air National Guard airlifted 300 tons of hay to marooned cattle. Nevertheless, the loss of about 15,000 livestock accounted for much of the $2 million in damages.


Daily Historical Weather for February 22

On February 22, 1996, all time record high temperatures for the month of February were established at both Oklahoma City, with a high of 92, and Wichita Falls, where the high was 93 degrees.

On this date in 1975, severe thunderstorms produced extensive wind and hail damage in southwest Oklahoma and western north Texas, with six tornadoes reported. Hail drifts up to 3 feet deep were reported in Duncan. Burkburnett, Texas had hail as large as golf balls, while Wichita Falls reported winds as high as 75 mph.


Daily Historical Weather for February 23

Severe weather struck much of southern and eastern Oklahoma on February 23, 1985. During the early morning hours, a significant tornado raced through the small communities of Bentley and Harmony. Four homes were destroyed, injuring three people. Damaging thunderstorm winds also hit portions of Pushmataha and Choctaw counties. Along with the severe thunderstorms, came heavy rain to much of the area. Over the three day period from February 22nd thru the 24th, storm total amounts of 5 to 7 inches were reported, quickly sending creeks and streams over their banks. Many roads and bridges were washed out, while others were submerged under flood waters for several days.


Daily Historical Weather for February 24

On February 24th, 1956, a cold front brought winds of 70 to 95 mph, severe blowing dust, and widespread destruction to Oklahoma during the evening hours and into the early morning hours of the 25th. Four people were killed and six injured during the event.


Daily Historical Weather for February 25

On this date in 1982, a winter storm dumped several inches of snow over much of the western portions of north Texas. Snowfall totals of 3 to 4 inches were reported from just northwest of Abilene into the Wichita Falls area.


Daily Historical Weather for February 26

An intense squall line raced through much of Oklahoma on this date in 1936. Hail up to 2 inches in diameter fell over the Fort Reno area, and stayed on the ground until 9 AM the next morning. The thunderstorms then struck Oklahoma City, where one inch diameter hail was reported.


Daily Historical Weather for February 27

On February 27th, 1987, severe thunderstorms caused considerable damage to southeastern Oklahoma. Baseball sized hail fell for 30 minutes just north of Stringtown in Atoka County.


Daily Historical Weather for February 28

This last day of February in 1947, ended a month that saw a mere 0.02 inches of rainfall in Oklahoma City, making it the driest February on record.


Daily Historical Weather for February 29

Despite having an extra day, the leap-year February of 1996 ended as the driest February on record in the state of Oklahoma. Statewide average precipitation for the month was only 0.20 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for March 1

A winter storm commenced on this day in 2002 as an arctic cold front plunged into Oklahoma and north Texas. Precipitation started after the front came through, and began as freezing rain over northern and central Oklahoma.


Daily Historical Weather for March 2

On its second day to affect the region, a winter storm continued on this day in 2002. During the early morning hours, freezing rain turned to snow over a large part of Oklahoma. The highest amounts of snow were seen over northern portions of Oklahoma, where the freezing rain changed to snow quicker. Up to 5 inches of snow was reported in the Enid area, with just a couple of inches reported over central Oklahoma, southward to the Red River valley.


Daily Historical Weather for March 3

A strong cold front that passed through Oklahoma on March 3, 1966, brought very strong winds with it that lasted through the 5th. Grass fires, aided by the strong winds, burned more than 3,000 acres near McAlester, and destroyed homes at Seminole and near Stillwater. Measured peak wind gusts included, 70 mph at Stillwater, 63 mph at Gage, 60 mph at Oklahoma City, 55 mph at Ardmore, and 46 mph at Hobart.


Daily Historical Weather for March 4

A winter storm that started as sleet and freezing rain, and later changed to snow, occurred on March 4th and 5th, 1989, across the southeast half of Oklahoma and parts of western north Texas. Near blizzard conditions occurred the morning of the 5th, when strong winds blew and drifted the already deep snow. The axis of heaviest snow extended from Healdton, in south central Oklahoma, to Pauls Valley and Chandler, in central Oklahoma. Sixteen inches of snow fell in Pauls Valley, and drifts of three to six feet were common. Over western north Texas, a band of snow nine to 11 inches deep stretched from Coleman to Wichita Falls. The 9.7 inch snowfall on the 5th at Wichita Falls set their record for greatest snowfall for any one day in the month of March. This after the high temperature had reached 83 two days earlier.


Daily Historical Weather for March 5

Near blizzard conditions occurred over northern and central Oklahoma during a winter storm on March 5, 1959. Up to seven inches of snow fell, and winds up to 50 mph created snow drifts four to eight feet deep. In Edmond, a bus slid off the road into a ditch and overturned, injuring 16 people.


Daily Historical Weather for March 6

Although spring begins in March, the month is known for its infrequent, but large snowstorms. This often leads to some impressive snow totals for the month. In Oklahoma City, three of the five greatest monthly snowfalls ever recorded were in March. The March 1924 amount of 20.7 inches is the greatest monthly snowfall ever recorded in Oklahoma City.


Daily Historical Weather for March 7

On this day in 2000, a line of severe storms moved out of the Texas panhandle into western Oklahoma and western north Texas during the late afternoon. Widespread structural damage from severe winds, one brief tornado, and large hail accompanied this line of storms. Most of the damage occurred over western Oklahoma and western north Texas before the storms weakened across central Oklahoma during the evening.


Daily Historical Weather for March 8

A cold front that surged through the southern Plains caused severe thunderstorms on this date in 1992 over much of northern Texas, and southern and central Oklahoma. Four minor tornadoes occurred, along with widespread large hail. Softball size hail fell just east of Ratliff City in Carter County. High winds and hail destroyed several buildings in the Ardmore area, and in western north Texas, three inch hail fell just south of Holliday, in Archer County.


Daily Historical Weather for March 9

Large temperature contrasts across Oklahoma are not too unusual in the early spring. This can result in part of the state experiencing severe winter weather, while the rest of the state has to deal with hail and high winds from thunderstorms. This was the case on March 8th and 9th, 1994, as central and northern parts of Oklahoma were covered with heavy snow, while southern Oklahoma had severe thunderstorms. Total snowfall amounts of six to ten inches across the northern half of the state were common.


Daily Historical Weather for March 10

The 8.1 inch snowfall in Oklahoma City on March 10, 1948, was the eighth greatest 24 hour snowfall total for the city.


Daily Historical Weather for March 11

March 11, 1948, was a nippy day across the southern Plains. Both Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls set new record lows for the month of March, with 1 degree at Oklahoma City and 6 degrees at Wichita Falls. The high of only 16 degrees at Oklahoma City was also the coldest daily maximum temperature ever recorded in March.


Daily Historical Weather for March 12

A late season snowstorm affected most of Oklahoma, except the north-central and southeast parts, on March 11th and 12th, 1968. Snowfall amounts from southwest to central Oklahoma averaged four to eight inches, while 12 to 16 inch amounts covered the northeast part of the state. The heavy snow was blown into four foot drifts by winds gusting 30 to 50 mph.


Daily Historical Weather for March 13

Hail and wind damage was extensive across parts of western north Texas, beginning just before midnight on March 13, 1982. Several million dollars in damage occurred from Electra to Burkburnett. Golf ball size hail fell for 15 minutes in Electra, completely covering the ground.

Tornado season started early in 1990. Sixty tornadoes occurred across the central and southern plains states on March 14th that year. Ten of the tornadoes were in Oklahoma, along with widespread large hail and high winds. One tornado touched down near Bradley, then struck the Noble area, just south of Norman. The stadiums press box at Noble High School was destroyed, as was the scoreboard. Several light poles were also snapped. A second tornado overturned a five ton crane near Ratliff City, in Carter County. Hail larger than golf balls fell on many locations across Oklahoma and northern Texas.


Daily Historical Weather for March 14

Back in 1999, much of northern Oklahoma dug out on this date from one of the more significant snowstorms in recent Oklahoma history. Snowfall amounts of over a foot were recorded across much of north-central and northeast Oklahoma, with a maximum storm total of 20 inches in Pond Creek, north of Enid. A snow burst, accompanied by lightning and thunder, may have contributed to a 30 car pileup on the Turner Turnpike in Lincoln County.


Daily Historical Weather for March 15

An F3 tornado hit the city of Ada on March 15, 1982, killing one person and injuring 36 at a mobile home park. Sixty eight trailers were damaged or destroyed, with damages totaling $2 million.


Daily Historical Weather for March 16

On March 16, 1965, a fast moving tornado touched down several times in Grant and Kay counties of northern Oklahoma, causing widespread damage. The tornado first touched down southwest of Nash, destroying a church, a parsonage, and a steel grainery. Five farmsteads were heavily damaged and one person was injured near Medford. In the Deer Creek area, six farmsteads were destroyed, and a 262 foot microwave tower was downed north of Braman.


Daily Historical Weather for March 17

Winter was not quite over yet on March 16th and 17th, 1988. A snowstorm left more than four inches of wet snow across much of northwest and north-central Oklahoma. A few locations in northwest Oklahoma received as much as 15 inches of snow.


Daily Historical Weather for March 18

March 1907 was quite warm in Oklahoma City. Nine daily records remain, including three daily high temperature records and six daily records for warmest low temperature. March 1907 also holds the records for the hottest temperature ever recorded in March, 97 degrees, and the warmest low temperature ever recorded in March, 68 degrees. Overall, the month ranked as the second warmest March ever - with an average temperature of 59.5 degrees, slightly more than nine degrees above normal.


Daily Historical Weather for March 19

March 19th is known both for record heat and record snowfall. On March 19, 1907, the highest March temperature in Oklahoma City was set when the temperature soared to 97 degrees, while March 19, 1924, brought the second highest storm total snowfall to Oklahoma City with 11.3 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for March 20

A powerful tornado struck Tinker Air Force Base on March 20, 1948. The storm destroyed 54 aircraft, including 17 transport planes valued at $500,000 a piece. Total damage amounted to more than $10 million, a record for the state that stood until the massive tornado outbreak of May 3, 1999. The tornado prompted the first attempt at tornado forecasting. Five days later, forecasters at Tinker believed conditions were again favorable for tornadoes, and issued the first recorded tornado forecast. A tornado did, in fact, strike the base later that day!


Daily Historical Weather for March 21

Severe thunderstorms produced 11 tornadoes across central and eastern Oklahoma on March 21, 1991. The city of Ada was hardest hit when two tornadoes struck within five minutes. Six homes were destroyed, 131 were damaged, and three mobile homes were destroyed. Despite the destruction, only two people were slightly injured. A third tornado occurred near the town of Caney in Atoka County. A freight train was derailed, with 31 of its cars overturned.


Daily Historical Weather for March 22

The first tornado to be recorded in Oklahoma City came on March 22, 1893. It destroyed 14 buildings and injured four people as it passed through the center of town. There was minor damage to the Weather Bureau office, then located at Grand and Robinson in south Oklahoma City. The Weather Bureau was a precursor to the National Weather Service.


Daily Historical Weather for March 23

Since records began in 1891 at Oklahoma City, there has never been an official measurable snowfall in the city on March 23. The last time even a few flurries were seen on the date, was in 1983.


Daily Historical Weather for March 24

On this day in 2002, several supercell thunderstorms developed during the evening hours, along and just behind a strong cold front. Numerous occurrences of large hail, with some hail the size of baseballs, along with several areas of significant wind damage, accompanied these storms. The hardest it areas were over central parts of Oklahoma, especially the towns of Tuttle and Shawnee.


Daily Historical Weather for March 25

On March 25, 1995, severe thunderstorms developed over western portions of Oklahoma during the morning hours. Hail, equal to or larger than golf balls, was reported from Laverne, down to near Altus.


Daily Historical Weather for March 26

On March 26, 1991, severe thunderstorms across much of north-central and northwest Oklahoma produced a total of five tornadoes. Four of the tornadoes were weak, but the fifth was much stronger. That tornado traversed a 67 mile long path from just northeast of Nash, in Grant County, northeastward into southern Kansas.


Daily Historical Weather for March 27

On March 26, 2004, a widespread severe weather outbreak occurred across western and central Oklahoma. Up to baseball size hail was reported on highway 183 near Clinton. A few tornadoes also occurred near Sharon in Woodward County, which blew a car off the road and kill some livestock. Several structures across the affected areas were damaged from severe hail and strong winds. When the event ended just before 10 PM, the Norman Forecast office had issued a total of 66 severe weather warnings.

On March 27, 1971, the temperature climbed to 100 degrees at Wichita Falls. This set the records for earliest occurrence in the year of 100 degrees, and the warmest day ever in March.


Daily Historical Weather for March 28

Grapefruit size hail fell on the southern part of Oklahoma City during the late afternoon of March 28, 1988. The hail, along with winds gusting to 70 mph, destroyed 1,500 new cars at the General Motors plant. Total damage around the city came to about $35 million. Other severe thunderstorms that day produced three weak tornadoes and baseball size hail over other parts of central and southern Oklahoma. Hail damage in Stephens County exceeded $18 million.


Daily Historical Weather for March 29

Widespread severe weather across Oklahoma and western north Texas caused extensive damage on March 29th and 30th, 1993. In Oklahoma, baseball size hail, flash flooding, and high winds caused $1 million to $2 million in damage in Waurika. Several weak tornadoes also caused damage in Lincoln and McClain Counties. Over western north Texas, hail larger than baseballs fell at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, and baseball size hail fell in Crowell.


Daily Historical Weather for March 30

Back in 1991, the month of March was historic, with respect to tornadoes. Seventeen tornadoes occurred during the month of March that year, setting an all time record. Oklahoma experiences about 4 tornadoes during an average month of March.


Daily Historical Weather for March 31

A round of severe storms on March 31, 1959, caused damage across much of Oklahoma. In Noble and Pawnee Counties, tornadoes caused damage to farms, while in Shawnee, a golf ball sized hailstone knocked one person unconscious. Baseball size hail fell in Thackerville, with some stones as large as 11 to 12 inches in circumference. This created holes in roofs, windshields, and even produced craters in the ground.


Daily Historical Weather for April 1

On April 1, 1983, high winds behind a cold front brought widespread damage to the area. Winds measured at 65 to 85 mph, blew down power lines and trees, and blew the roofs off several homes. One man drowned in Arbuckle Reservoir when his boat capsized. The wind destroyed a commuter airplane in Lawton worth more than $1 million, while blowing cars, trucks, and motor homes off area roadways.


Daily Historical Weather for April 2

Baseball size hail fell on parts of western north Texas on April 2, 1991. The severe thunderstorms caused extensive damage, especially in Iowa Park and Burkburnett, just west of Wichita Falls.

On this date in 1936, Oklahoma City's morning low temperature of 20 degrees set the all-time coldest April temperature recorded in the city. This record was later tied on April 13,1957.


Daily Historical Weather for April 3

A violent tornado struck Wichita Falls and Sheppard Air Force Base on the afternoon of April 3, 1964, killing 7 people and injuring over 100. Damage estimates exceeded 15 million dollars. At least 225 homes were destroyed on the north side of town. This tornado is one of the first tornadoes ever to be shown on live television. Severe thunderstorms produced hail up to 3 inches in diameter and at least 8 other tornadoes across central and southern Oklahoma on this same day, including one that struck Catfish Bay Marina and Lake Texoma State Park during the early morning. Damage from this tornado approached 1/4 million dollars.

The coldest April temperature ever recorded in Wichita Falls occurred on April 3, 1975. That morning, the temperature fell to a chilly 24 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for April 4

The first week of April way back in 1893, was one of the warmest weeks ever during April in Oklahoma City. From the 3rd through the 7th, the high temperature averaged an incredible 94 degrees. In fact, each of the daily high temperatures over that five day period remains a record more than 100 years later. Despite the week of heat, April 1893 does not rank as one of the top ten warmest Aprils on record in Oklahoma City.

On April 4th and 5th back in 1921, heavy rains resulted in widespread flash flooding in the Clinton area. This resulted in the drowning of several hundred cattle.


Daily Historical Weather for April 5

On this date in 1978, three tornadoes touched down in southwest Oklahoma. The strongest began southwest of Pumpkin Center, and moved northeast for 10 miles, damaging or destroying 21 homes, five mobile homes, and 21 barns and outbuildings. The storm was accompanied by hail up to three inches in diameter. The only injury was to a boy, who was slightly injured, when a hailstone hit him on the head.


Daily Historical Weather for April 6

In addition to severe thunderstorms, an intense area of low pressure created very strong winds on this date back in 2001. Sustained winds of 35 to 45 MPH, with some gusts to 60 MPH, affected much of western Oklahoma and western north Texas.

On April 6th and 7th back in 1927, heavy rain added to already high stream flow, producing a devastating flood along the Arkansas River, below the mouth of the Neosho River. The flooding lasted through the 19th, inundating 165,000 acres of land, with losses totaling $4 million, in 1927 dollars.


Daily Historical Weather for April 7

On April 7th and 8th, 1973, a late season snowstorm left deep snow over much of the southern Plains. While central Oklahoma received only a trace, parts of northwest Oklahoma were buried under 10 inches of wet snow. The greatest snowfall report was from Fargo, in Ellis County, where 14 inches of snow was measured. People in Fargo were still better off than many residents of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, where near blizzard conditions occurred.


Daily Historical Weather for April 8

It began to snow over central Oklahoma during the evening of April 7, 1938, and continued to snow well into the following day. In Oklahoma City, several snowfall records for the month soon fell to the storm, including the record for most total snowfall during the month of April. The Oklahoma City snowfall totals of 0.8 inches on the 7th, and 3.3 inches on the 8th, remain daily records. In fact, the 3.3 inch snowfall on the 8th is the most ever to fall on any single April day. The 4.1 inch total for the month continues as the greatest April monthly snowfall total.

Tornadoes struck Archer City and Wichita Falls, Texas, on this date back in 1961. The Archer City tornado moved northeast through the center of town shortly after 3 PM, causing extensive damage to several homes and businesses. The Wichita Falls tornado began near Kamay, and moved northeast across Wichita Valley Airport and Sheppard Air Force Base, where wind gusts were estimated at 100 mph.


Daily Historical Weather for April 9

During the evening of April 9, 1947, the deadliest tornado in Oklahoma history tore through the northwest part of the state. A vast majority of the destruction and loss of life was in Woodward, where 108 people perished, and more than 700 others were injured. Overall, in Oklahoma, the tornado killed 116 people and injured more than 1,400. The tornado first touched down near the community of White Deer, in the Texas Panhandle, crossed through the northwest Oklahoma counties of Ellis, Woodward, and Woods, and finally dissipated near Saint Leo, Kansas. The tornado was up to one and one half miles wide as it clipped along at more than 40 mph, along the 221 mile long path through the three states.


Daily Historical Weather for April 10

The date of April 10, 1979, is fixed in the minds of many residents of Wichita Falls. On that date, one of the strongest tornadoes of recent memory ripped through the town, killing 45 people and injuring at least 1,700 in a matter of minutes. The worst tragedy, was the fact that many deaths were easily preventable. Twenty-five people were killed when they got into their cars and tried to drive out of the tornado's path. Sixteen of the 25 left homes that were not even damaged. Besides the terrible human costs, 3,100 homes were destroyed, with an estimated 20,000 people left homeless. The total damage in Wichita Falls was around $400 million. The Wichita Falls tornado was not the first massive tornado that day in the western parts of north Texas. An earlier tornado killed 10 people in Vernon and 1 in Lockett.


Daily Historical Weather for April 11

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake shook parts of central Oklahoma on the evening of April 11, 1952. This tremor, centered in southeastern Canadian County, might be considered an aftershock to the magnitude 5.0 quake that shook the same area two days earlier, on April 9th. According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, the magnitude 5 quake is the strongest Oklahoma earthquake on record. Two additional, 3.8 aftershocks, would hit the same area four days later, on the night of April 15th.


Daily Historical Weather for April 12

On April 12, 1972, the temperature climbed to 100 degrees in Oklahoma City. That is the earliest date in the year that a temperature of at least 100 has ever occurred in the city. The 100 degree high also set a record as the warmest temperature ever observed in April for Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, Wichita Falls also set an April high temperature that day, with a reading of 102 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for April 13

A two day period of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain across Oklahoma ended on the early morning of April 13th, 1967. This allowing residents along Okmulgee Creek to return home after 4 to 8 inches of rain in east central Oklahoma, forced the creek out of its banks. From the night of the 11th, through the morning of the 13th, tornadoes struck Geary and Walters, as well as in rural areas east of Ponca City, and over McCurtain County. Damage was minor, and only one injury was reported. Thunderstorm winds caused additional damage in a swath from Elk City and Sayre, northeast to Fairview, Helena, and Enid. Unlike many southern Plains severe weather outbreaks, no hail was reported with any of these storms. All of the damage was due to winds or flooding.


Daily Historical Weather for April 14

Oklahoma City recorded 0.8 inches of snowfall on April 14, 1953. This is the latest in the season that measurable snow has fallen in the city.


Daily Historical Weather for April 15

The morning low temperature in Wichita Falls on April 15, 1983, was a chilly 32 degrees. This is the latest spring freeze ever recorded at the Falls.


Daily Historical Weather for April 16

An interesting oddity occurred near Wichita Falls on April 16, 1977. A weak tornado not only developed from a weak shower, as no lightning or thunder was noticed, but the tornado then proceeded to move toward the west, though most tornadoes move toward the east. The tornado was accompanied by a loud roar as it moved through largely uninhabited areas just west of Wichita Falls.


Daily Historical Weather for April 17

Very strong thunderstorm winds raked across Oklahoma and north Texas on April 16th and 17th, 1990. The Oklahoma City metro area took the brunt of the storms. Winds of 90 to 100 mph severely damaged roofs of several schools and apartment buildings. At the Oklahoma City Post Office, many Federal Income Tax returns, which were waiting to be loaded into a transport truck, were swept away by the winds.


Daily Historical Weather for April 18

On this date back in 1959, a severe thunderstorm moved southeast across the Chattanooga area, dumping 4 inches of rain in 30 minutes, along with hail up to an inch in diameter, that piled up over a foot deep in bar ditches. Hail up to 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter also caused roof damage across south Oklahoma City.


Daily Historical Weather for April 19

After three days of very heavy rain, from April 17th to 19th, 1970, areas around Medford, Jefferson, Lamont, and Blackwell were struck by extensive flooding. The town of Jefferson was completely inundated. Only nine homes escaped damage, with a few buildings reporting as much as two feet of water in them. In Blackwell, 40 city blocks and 200 homes were flooded when the Chikaskia River crested at six and one half feet above flood stage.

A severe hailstorm struck the Munday and Goree areas of Knox County, Texas, on this date in 1967. Damage was estimated at $1 million to property, and 500 thousand dollars to crops. Hailstones, some as large as golf balls, accumulated up to six inches deep. Some piles drifted by the rain were 2 to 3 feet deep. These same communities dodged a bullet the next day. A tornado touched down in open country 3 miles north of Munday on the early afternoon of the 20th, causing no damage.


Daily Historical Weather for April 20

On April 20, 1972, severe thunderstorms struck the western parts of north Texas. Near Bonita in Montague County, flat hailstones, four to five inches in diameter, and one inch thick, did extensive damage to autos, roofs, and windows.

A tornado struck 5 miles north of Cyril on this day in 1967. A pickup truck driving along State Highway 8, stalled because of the wind, then was lifted by the tornado, turned around to face the opposite direction, and set down again, without damage. The driver, who described the funnel as being "full of mud", was uninjured.


Daily Historical Weather for April 21

The north Texas mini-heat wave of 1925 ended on April 21, 1925. In Wichita Falls, the daily high temperatures from the 18th through the 21st still stand as records for their dates. On each of the four days, temperatures rose to at least 95 degrees. The warmest day was the 18th, with a high of 100 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for April 22

A supercell thunderstorm left a 50 mile path of damage over a two hour period across north-central Oklahoma on this date in 1964. At least three tornadoes occurred in the area, from near Garber, to Billings, to Tonkawa, to near Ponca City. Hail up to baseball size accompanied the storm. Fortunately, there was only one reported injury.


Daily Historical Weather for April 23

Thunder was not heard officially in Oklahoma City during April 1989. That was the only April in the history of Oklahoma City, since 1891, that passed with no observation of thunder on any day of the month.


Daily Historical Weather for April 24

Severe weather struck parts of eastern Oklahoma during the afternoon and evening of April 24, 1993. On that day, severe thunderstorms produced eight tornadoes and dumped hail up to the size of baseballs. The worst tornado touched down in east Tulsa, and followed Interstate 44 into the community of Catoosa. Along with extensive damage to area homes and businesses, many cars and trucks were destroyed on the interstate and at nearby truck stops.


Daily Historical Weather for April 25

The first known official tornado "outbreak" in central Oklahoma came on April 25, 1893. On that day at least five strong or violent tornadoes struck central Oklahoma. One twister moved through northern Cleveland County, destroying 30 homes. This tornado was more than one mile wide at times.


Daily Historical Weather for April 26

One of the most significant tornado outbreaks over the southern Plains in recent memory occurred on April 26, 1991. A total of 55 tornadoes, including ten in Oklahoma, ravaged the area. The most infamous of the storms struck the area around Andover and Wichita, Kansas. In Andover, 17 people were killed and more than 225 injured. The strongest storm in Oklahoma was the Red Rock tornado. This storm began just east of Garber, in Garfield County, and traveled 66 miles to just northwest of Pawhuska, in Osage County. Despite the violence of this intense tornado, it injured only six people.

A tornado struck Sheppard Air Force Base, near Wichita Falls, on this date in 1962. The tornado blew out all but one of the 12, large windows, in the control tower. Tower personnel had been evacuated only four minutes earlier.


Daily Historical Weather for April 27

On April 26 and 27, 1984, a significant tornado outbreak struck the southern Plains, with 11 tornadoes reported over the eastern half of Oklahoma. The most devastating of the storms tore through the town of Morris, in Okmulgee County. This storm destroyed 28 square blocks of Morris, killing eight people and injuring nearly 100. Another tornado killed three people and injured 37 on its path through Creek and Pawnee counties. The severe storms also dumped large hail, with hailstones up to the size of grapefruits reported.


Daily Historical Weather for April 28

On April 28 and 29, 1993, severe storms and flash flooding affected much of western and central Oklahoma, and even extended into the western parts of north Texas. Rainfall of five to eight inches caused extensive flooding in the Lake Carl Blackwell area. The hardest hit area was in parts of southwest Stillwater, where more than 100 people were forced to evacuate their homes, and several others had to be rescued from abandoned cars. In addition, the storms dropped up to golf ball size hail over the area.


Daily Historical Weather for April 29

While April does produce quite a few rainy days in Oklahoma City, it is not known for extremely heavy rainfall. The exception to this rule came back in 1947, when almost one foot of rain fell during the month. The 11.91-inch monthly total at Oklahoma City made April of 1947 the wettest April of record, but only the 8th heaviest monthly rainfall since accurate records began in 1891.

On April 29, 1985, a tornado damaged parts of Ardmore, injuring one person. This tornado is unique in that it was the first tornado to be probed by a ground-based instrument package. A crew from the National Severe Storms Laboratory dropped the instrument package, appropriately called TOTO, for Totable Tornado Observatory, into the path of the storm to get accurate readings of conditions inside the tornado.


Daily Historical Weather for April 30

The latest time in spring that snow has fallen in Oklahoma City is April 30. This occurred in both 1907 and 1951.


Daily Historical Weather for May 1

May of 2003 was an unusual year for tornadoes in the central United States, as most outbreaks occurred during the first two weeks of the month. A record breaking 384 tornado's occurred in 19 states during these first two weeks, which resulted in 42 fatalities. Included in these record breaking events were the tornados which hit the Oklahoma City metropolitan area for two day.

The coldest May temperature ever recorded in Wichita Falls came on May 1, 1907. On that date the temperature fell to only 36 degrees. The May record of 36 degrees was later tied on May 3, 1954, and on May 12, 1979.


Daily Historical Weather for May 2

Severe thunderstorms produced tornadoes and very large hail over northern Oklahoma on May 2nd and 3rd, back in 1979. One tornado, which formed near Cleo Springs, in Major County, damaged the southern and eastern parts of Tahoma. The storm killed one person and injured 25 others. A second tornado struck the Fairview area and flipped an airplane that was taxiing down a runway. The two occupants were not injured. Extremely large hail was also common. A huge chunk of hail, with an incredible circumference of 17 inches, fell in Woods County. Softball size hail fell in Mulhall, and baseball size hail fell in Enid.

On May 2, 2004, a 43 year-old record was broken by one degree in Oklahoma City, as the mercury dropped to 38 degrees. The previous record low of 39 degrees, was set in 1961.


Daily Historical Weather for May 3

On May 3, 1999, multiple supercell thunderstorms produced many large and damaging tornadoes over mainly central Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening hours. This tornado outbreak is arguably the most significant outbreak in Oklahoma recorded history. Although numerous towns were hit by more than 70 tornadoes across Oklahoma, the most violent tornadoes affected locations like Amber and Bridge Creek, Moore, Del City, Midwest City, Crescent, and Mulhall. The latest statistics show that more than 40 people died in Oklahoma due to the twisters, and 675 were injured. Numerous homes and businesses were destroyed with a total damage estimate of $1.2 billion, which makes this outbreak the costliest tornado outbreak in United States history.

The coldest May temperature ever observed in Oklahoma City occurred on May 3, 1954. That morning, the temperature fell to a chilly 32 degrees, which is also the latest spring freeze ever recorded in the city.


Daily Historical Weather for May 4

At least 10 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma on this date back in 1961, including a large tornado near Cheyenne, that was observed from many surrounding communities. One person was killed, and more than 20 farmsteads were severely damaged or destroyed by a tornado that tracked from just west of Geary, to south of Kingfisher. One farmstead was struck by two tornadoes within 5 minutes! This tornado outbreak occurred exactly one year after an outbreak that produced a dozen tornadoes across Oklahoma on May 4th, 1960.


Daily Historical Weather for May 5

Severe flash flooding hit parts of southwest Oklahoma and the western parts of North Texas on May 5, 1982. The hardest hit area was around Lawton, where four to five inches of rain fell in just 90 minutes. The weight of the heavy rain caused the roof of a shopping mall to collapse, killing one person and injuring two others. Flooding also occurred in north Texas, where several roads in Wichita, Clay, and Archer Counties were closed by high water that spilled over the banks of area creeks.

Nineteen tornadoes touched down on this date in 1961, leaving more than 30 people dead in eastern Oklahoma. Hardest hit was the town of Wilburton, where 13 people were killed, and over 800 homes and buildings were either damaged or destroyed.


Daily Historical Weather for May 6

During the late evening of May 6, 1985, severe thunderstorms developed over parts of northwest Oklahoma. Hail up to baseball size fell just northeast of Gage, and golf ball size hail was common. A tornado was spotted near Tangier, in Woodward County. Flooding of many low lying areas occurred after six inches of rain fell from the storms.


Daily Historical Weather for May 7

This date back in 2003 marked the first day of a three-day barrage of tornadic thunderstorms over Oklahoma. The first tornadoes occurred over southwest and south central Oklahoma during the late evening of May 7th, into the overnight hours. The strongest tornadoes with this initial activity were rated as F2, and they occurred in the Cornish, Overbrook, and Antioch areas of extreme south central Oklahoma. Although there was over $250,000 in damage, no injuries or fatalities were reported.

Serious flooding occurred in central Oklahoma after torrential rain and hail fell on May 7th and 8th, back in 1993. Heavy rain, which fell across the area on the 7th, left rainfall amounts up to an inch. Oklahoma City then recorded 6.64 inches of rain on the 8th, the third greatest daily rainfall amount ever observed in the city. Extensive flooding resulted, which killed four people in Oklahoma City, and the fire department had to rescue 183 others. More than 2,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and damages were estimated at $8 million.


Daily Historical Weather for May 8

Back in 2003, this date was the second of 3 consecutive days with strong to violent tornadoes. Strong tornadoes occurred over extreme south central Oklahoma during the early morning hours, from Cornish to near Antioch. Another round of tornado producing thunderstorms struck central Oklahoma later in the day, producing a violent tornado that affected Moore, Oklahoma City, Midwest City, and Choctaw. This F4 tornado took on a path very similar to the May 3, 1999 devastating tornado. This particular tornado back in 2003 affected areas from Newcastle and Moore, to Del City and Choctaw. Although over 130 people were injured, there were no fatalities.

On May 8, 1986, severe thunderstorms produced two damaging tornadoes in the Edmond area. The first tornado destroyed 39 homes and damaged 171 others, as it tore through the town. The second tornado destroyed or damaged 15 mobile homes. Despite the destruction, the storms caused only 15 injuries and no fatalities. The first tornado was rated an F3, making it the strongest tornado to strike the Oklahoma City metropolitan area between 1978 and 1999.


Daily Historical Weather for May 9

This day in 2003 marked the last day of a 3 day string of strong to violent tornadoes over Oklahoma. Like the day before, May 9, 2003 saw strong tornadoes plague central parts of the sooner state. During the evening hours, tornadic storms ripped through areas from near Binger, in Caddo County, east and northeast through Union City, Bethany and Warr Acres, into Edmond, Wellston and Stroud. The strongest tornado produced F3 damage as it tore through the Edmond and Luther areas. Remarkably, there were only 10 injuries and no fatalities. The low numbers are attributed to the preparedness and actions taken by Oklahomans, emergency management, broadcast media, and the National Weather Service Forecast Office.

On May 9, 1964, a supercell thunderstorm formed over eastern Greer County, in southwest Oklahoma. This storm then proceeded to drop hail larger than baseballs along its entire 135 mile path into the south central parts of the state. The damage was enormous. An Air Force plane that flew into the storm near Cooperton, in Kiowa County, disintegrated and crashed due to the barrage of hail, killing six people. Large hail damaged every roof in the community of Fletcher, just northeast of Fort Sill.


Daily Historical Weather for May 10

The longest continuous span of time with a thunderstorm in Oklahoma City occurred on this date back in 1950. Thunder was heard continuously for 18 hours and 21 minutes!


Daily Historical Weather for May 11

May of 1982 was one of the worst months for severe weather in Oklahoma history. The second of three severe weather episodes came on May 11th and 12th. On the 11th, severe thunderstorms produced 18 tornadoes across the western part of the state. One tornado touched down southeast of Altus and moved across Altus Air Force Base. In Altus, almost every roof in town was damaged by large hail. At the base, 70 buildings were damaged or destroyed, 30 airplanes were damaged, and 6,000 vehicles suffered hail or tornado damage. Overall, two people were killed, 60 others injured, and the total damage from this particular storm was more than $200 million.


Daily Historical Weather for May 12

The same storm system that pummeled much of southwest Oklahoma on May 11, 1982, continued into north Texas on the 12th. Heavy rain quickly became the primary concern. In Wichita Falls, more than 4.5 inches of rain fell on the 12th, after more than half an inch fell on the 11th. Some homes reportedly had more than eight feet of water in them when the Holliday and McGrath Creeks rose out of their banks. The heavy rain of this period, combined with the rest of the season, gave Wichita Falls its greatest spring rainfall ever. From April through June of 1982, rainfall totaled slightly more than 24 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for May 13

Widespread severe weather occurred for two days across the state of Oklahoma on May 12 and 13, back in 1985. The city of Moore reported baseball size hail and winds of 70 to 80 mph. Even larger hail fell in south Oklahoma City, with some stones as large as grapefruits. Hail larger than baseballs fell as far southwest as Sterling, in Comanche County. Two weak tornadoes also occurred, but caused little additional damage.


Daily Historical Weather for May 14

On this date back in 1991, baseball size hail damaged cars, broke windows and skylights, and did extensive roof damage in Knox City Texas. A tornado was sighted eight miles west of Knox City.

A strong tornado touched down in western north Texas on May 14, 1986. The tornado formed just southeast of Archer City, and moved through the southern portions of Windthorst. The tornado caused four injuries at Windthorst, as several mobile homes were destroyed and several houses damaged.


Daily Historical Weather for May 15

May 15, 1991 was a very active day for tornadoes in Oklahoma, as at least five tornadoes struck the western and northwestern parts of the state. The strongest tornado was sighted near Laverne, which was rated as an F3. The tornado was 800 to 900 yards wide, and its path was 11.5 miles long. Three injuries resulted in the Laverne area. This storm also produced hail the size of grapefruits.

Widespread severe weather, including six tornadoes, struck northern and central Oklahoma on May 15, 1990. The worst of the tornadoes developed just west of Stillwater, and then moved through northern parts of the city. The storm heavily damaged two apartment complexes, and severely damaged or destroyed 83 homes. One person died and 12 were injured.


Daily Historical Weather for May 16

On this date back in 1991, at least 6 tornadoes were produced across the northeast parts of Oklahoma. The strongest was rated as an F2, which struck Catoosa, causing an estimated $130,000 in damage, but no injuries.


Daily Historical Weather for May 17

Thunderstorms that formed on May 16, 1991, persisted into the 17th, producing flash flooding over the western and central parts of Oklahoma. Rainfall of nearly nine inches flooded many low lying areas and houses in the Weatherford area. In Kingfisher, flood waters covered 64 square blocks of town, and forced the evacuation of 600 people. The National Guard was called in to help in the evacuation as the flood waters reached six to eight feet deep in a few places. The floods washed out 11 major bridges in Lincoln County.


Daily Historical Weather for May 18

Baseball size hail fell from a severe thunderstorm over Hollis, in Harmon County, on May 18, 1979. The hail destroyed thousands of windows and damaged most of the roofs in the town. Two people were injured when they were hit by the hail.


Daily Historical Weather for May 19

A severe thunderstorm moved through Lawton on this day back in 1975, causing widespread damage to roofs, trees, and signs. A portion of the roof of a nursing home was removed by the winds, resulting in 9 minor injuries to the occupants.


Daily Historical Weather for May 20

Very large hail fell from severe thunderstorms over the Oklahoma City metropolitan area on May 20, 1990. The northern and western parts of the city were the hardest hit, as hail up to grapefruit size pounded the area. The hail broke windows and damaged roofs, resulting in about $50 million in damage. Heavy rain made matters worse. Severe flash flooding hampered cleanup efforts after five to seven inches of rain fell.


Daily Historical Weather for May 21

An intense electrical storm that moved through Tecumseh on this date in 1973, resulted in lightning "fire balls", running along the city's power lines. Only brief power outages and minor damage were reported, except for an abandoned home that burned down after being struck by the lightning.


Daily Historical Weather for May 22

On May 22, 1981, severe thunderstorms produced several large tornadoes across central Oklahoma. The most noteworthy tornado formed 1 mile west of Binger, in Caddo County, and moved through northern parts of the town, producing extensive damage. The tornado made projectiles out of the objects in its path, including refrigerators, cars, trucks, and even utility poles. The good news is that there were no injuries or deaths, as those persons in the path had underground shelters.


Daily Historical Weather for May 23

One of the costliest Oklahoma City hail storms in history pummeled the city on May 23, 1968. Hail the size of baseballs fell over much of the city, resulting in more than 40,000 insurance claims over the 90,000 square mile path of the storm. The final cost was more than $20 million. The parent thunderstorm also caused flash flooding that left two to four feet of water in some underpasses, and a lightning strike that started a fire that killed two people.

The record for the hottest May temperature ever recorded in Wichita Falls came on two consecutive days, May 23rd and 24th back in the year 2000. The temperature rose to 110 degrees on both days.


Daily Historical Weather for May 24

On May 24, 2004, severe weather occurred across southwest and central Oklahoma. Baseball size hail fell at Chattanooga, in Comanche County, and tennis ball size hail fell near Anadarko and just south of Altus. A brief tornado also touched down near Alfalfa, in Caddo County.

Severe thunderstorms brought widespread large hail and damaging winds to southwest Oklahoma on May 24, 1962. Grapefruit size hail fell near Duke, west of Altus, while 72 power poles were blown down north of Altus. The nearby Air Force Base was pelted by grapefruit size hail driven by winds gusting to 85 mph, resulting in extensive damage. In the city of Altus, a radio station's tower was bent over by the high winds. Farmers in the area reported 100 percent crop losses. The storms even had a significant effect as far northeast as Oklahoma City, where outflow winds gusted to 99 mph.


Daily Historical Weather for May 25

On May 25, 1980, a severe thunderstorm crossed the southern part of Knox County in northern Texas. The storm mainly affected the community of Munday, and to a lesser extent, Knox City. The storm produced hail up to softball size and an incredible 4 to 10 inches of rain.


Daily Historical Weather for May 26

Large hail fell over much of north-central Oklahoma on May 26, 1985. Hail that fell just north of Edmond was described as orange size, while baseball size hail fell in Guthrie. Many towns in Garfield County observed hail the size of tennis balls, including Medford, Douglas, Covington, and Kremlin.


Daily Historical Weather for May 27

A strong spring storm system brought high winds to much of the area on May 27, 1973. Sustained winds reached near 50 mph and gusts approached 80 mph in many locations. Extensive roof, tree, and power line damage resulted across the body of Oklahoma. One person was killed when the strong winds caused them to lose control of their vehicle.


Daily Historical Weather for May 28

On this date in 1987, measurable rain was recorded in Oklahoma City for the 10th straight day, setting a consecutive day record of at least one one-hundredth of an inch of liquid equivalent precipitation.


Daily Historical Weather for May 29

During late evening hours of May 29, 2004, a significant severe weather outbreak occurred over western and central Oklahoma, mainly along and just north of Interstate 40. Quarter to golf ball size hail was the most common size of hail that fell, but hailstones up to softball size fell just east of Custer City. Damage surveys concluded that much of the wind damage was due to straight-line winds, but three F-1 tornadoes did track across northwestern Canadian, central Logan, and northwest Lincoln counties.

Very strong thunderstorm winds raked across parts of southwest Oklahoma on May 29th and 30th, back in 1990. Winds gusted to 90 mph in Hobart, blowing the roof off the Hobart Medical Center, and damaging the roof of a radio station.


Daily Historical Weather for May 30

The temperature rose to a toasty 104 degrees in Oklahoma City late in the afternoon of May 30, 1985. This was the hottest May temperature ever recorded in the city, and the first 100-plus degree temperature ever recorded in May.


Daily Historical Weather for May 31

May of 1982 was a very wet month in Oklahoma City. More than 12 inches of rain fell through the month, setting the record for the greatest May rainfall in the city, and coming in sixth place for all months. For comparison, the driest May in Oklahoma City was back in 1942, when only 0.43 inches of rain fell.


Daily Historical Weather for June 1

Large hail pounded much of Oklahoma on June 1, 1981. The storms produced grapefruit size hail in Edmond, and some hail fell for as long as 20 minutes. Total damage in the Edmond area was 7 to 10 million dollars, as the hail destroyed the roofs and windows of many homes and autos. Softball size hail fell in Kingfisher, Blaine, and Logan Counties, while hail reached baseball size around Lake Lawtonka, in Comanche County.


Daily Historical Weather for June 2

On June 2, 2004, a severe weather outbreak occurred across the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma and western north Texas. Across Oklahoma, it was mainly a wind event, with 60 MPH or stronger winds measured at Norman, Enid, and Stillwater. Some structural damage was reported. In Texas, strong winds caused major structural damage at the Vernon airport, along with baseball size hail near Scotland, in Archer County.

On this date back in 1985, large hail and a few weak tornadoes struck parts of western and southwest Oklahoma. Reports included five funnel clouds and three weak tornadoes. Hail up to baseball size pelted the Thomas area, in Custer County, and the area just west of Gotebo, in Kiowa County.

The morning low temperature in Oklahoma City on June 2, 1917, was a chilly 46 degrees. That temperature is the coldest temperature ever recorded in the city during the month of June.


Daily Historical Weather for June 3

Large hail struck much of north-central Oklahoma on the afternoon and evening of June 3, 1993. Extremely large hail fell on Enid, where some stones were up to six inches in diameter. The huge hail fell through the roofs of some houses. The Enid School District lost 200 windows and 60 skylights, and 34 of their buses were significantly damaged. Hail that fell on Covington and Blackwell was not quite as large, but still destroyed more than 1,000 windows in Blackwell alone. The communities of Stillwater, Beggs, and Bristow reported hail up to softball size. Damage to the area wheat crop amounted to $70 million.


Daily Historical Weather for June 4

This day back in 1973 began with a tornado touching down south of Marietta around midnight. During the day, additional tornadoes developed south of Ponca City, northeast of Yukon, on the west side of Norman, east of Barnsdall, southeast of Meeker, and near Stratford. It ended much like it began, with a brief tornado in the Ardmore area around 11:30 PM. Only minor damage was reported from the various storms.


Daily Historical Weather for June 5

Two different weather records were set in Wichita Falls on June 5. In 1928, the temperature dropped to a chilly morning low of 50 degrees, which is a record low for the entire month. The greatest calendar day rainfall ever recorded, 5.36 inches, fell on June 5, 1985.

On this date in 1991, severe thunderstorms dumped five to seven inches of rain in less than five hours over parts of Osage County. The hardest hit area was between Pawhuska and Shidler. Highway 60 west of Pawhuska was closed, and a few people were forced to evacuate their homes in Pawhuska.


Daily Historical Weather for June 6

An isolated severe thunderstorm over western Oklahoma produced a tornado on June 6, 1994. The tornado developed just north-northwest of Foss, then moved slowly south. As it crossed Interstate 40, it overturned four cars and four tractor-trailers, slightly injuring two motorists.


Daily Historical Weather for June 7

Large hail pounded parts of north Texas on June 7, 1993. Hail was larger than baseballs west of Kamay, and slightly larger than golf balls in Burkburnett.


Daily Historical Weather for June 8

A strong tornado struck the communities of Drumright and Olive on June 8, 1974, killing 13 people. The tornado developed just southwest of Drumright, then moved across the town, killing 12 people and damaging or destroying more than 100 homes. The storm killed another person when it reached Olive. Approximately 20 tornadoes struck central and eastern Oklahoma that day, including one that touched down at the National Weather Service forecast office, which was located at Will Rogers World Airport at that time. This particular tornado injured 14 people, and damaged up to 700 homes, as it passed across southwest parts of Oklahoma City.

On this afternoon back in 1918, Oklahomans who were in the right place at the right time, were treated to a rare spectacle, a total eclipse of the sun. The narrow path of totality extended roughly from near Alva, to Enid, to Henryetta, to Poteau, with Oklahoma City and Tulsa being near the south and north edges of the path. Totality lasted about a minute in Oklahoma. This was the last total solar eclipse to be visible from anywhere in the Oklahoma and north Texas area. Local residents who do not want to travel very far to see one, will have to wait until April 8, 2024, for the next one in this area.


Daily Historical Weather for June 9

On the afternoon and early evening of July 10, 2004, several brief and weak tornadoes developed across central Oklahoma. The tornadic supercells developed in an environment which was nearly tropical, associated with heavy rainfall and very little lightning. The tornadoes touched down across central and north-central Lincoln County, as well as in southeast Oklahoma County near Stanley Draper Lake. No significant damage was reported.

For four days in 1955, April-like temperatures persisted in Wichita Falls. Morning low temperatures each day from June 9 through 12 fell into the low to mid 50s, as much as 20 degrees below normal. These temperatures of 56, 51, 52, and 55 degrees respectively, remain records for their dates.


Daily Historical Weather for June 10

Severe thunderstorms struck much of western north Texas on June 10, 1986. The Wichita Falls area was hardest hit, as winds more than 80 mph combined with one-inch hail, and caused extensive damage in the city. Torrential rain, up to nearly five inches in some places, caused both Holliday and McGrath Creeks to flood.

A tornado touched down in rural areas near Hammon, Oklahoma on this date in 1967. A woman and four children were killed on a farmstead several miles east of Hammon. The storm was accompanied by hail 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Total damage from the tornado and the hail was over a quarter million dollars. The tornado was one of at least a dozen that occurred across western and central Oklahoma on this day.


Daily Historical Weather for June 11

On the late evening of June 11, 2004, a heatburst occurred over Wichita Falls, which produced a brief, but sudden, severe wind gust. Sheppard Air Force Base measured the gust at 64 MPH.

Hail and tornado frequency tends to decrease in June in Oklahoma, while flash flooding often becomes significantly more frequent. This was the case on June 11, 1986, as thunderstorms dumped very heavy rain across much of western Oklahoma. Rainfall amounts of seven to 10 inches occurred over much of Roger Mills and Custer Counties in just one evening. The resulting floods affected many homes and businesses, and washed out a bridge near Arapaho.


Daily Historical Weather for June 12

On this date in 1942, the second deadliest tornado to strike the Oklahoma City area occurred on the southwest side of town, killing 35 people. The Oklahoma City area has been struck by tornadoes more than 90 times since 1890.


Daily Historical Weather for June 13

Severe thunderstorms, some producing tornadoes, raked across central and northern sections of Oklahoma on this day back in 1998. Most of the tornadic activity was confined to Canadian and Oklahoma counties. The strongest tornadoes, which produced F2 damage, occurred during the late afternoon and early evening hours. Most notable, was the F2 tornado that tore through the northern portions of the Oklahoma City metro area, including the Frontier City amusement park. This tornado produced property damage in excess of 1 million dollars. The tornadoes this day in 1998 resulted in 21 injuries, but thankfully, no deaths.

A tornado caused extensive damage in Stillwater on June 13, 1975. The storm developed on the northwest side of town and moved southeast across the campus of Oklahoma State University. Extensive damage occurred on campus and downtown. The storm destroyed 20 mobile homes, and carried several large appliances, such as refrigerators and freezers, more than one-half of a mile.


Daily Historical Weather for June 14

The warmest June on record in Oklahoma City was June 1953. The main part of the heat wave extended from the 11th through the 21st, and seven of the daily high temperatures during that stretch remain records for their respective dates. June 14 was the hottest day, reaching a toasty 106 degrees. The other records ranged from 100 to 105. Even the nighttime lows were records. Eight daily minimum temperatures from June 1953 are still record-warm daily minimum temperatures, ranging from 75 to 80 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for June 15

Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and high winds to much of the western two-thirds of Oklahoma on June 15, 1968. Winds gusting more than 70 mph dislodged a home from its foundation in Lawton, while winds stronger than 100 mph did extensive damage in Chickasha. The exact wind speed in Chickasha was not determined, because the wind gauge could only measure winds up to 100 mph. Torrential rain amounted to seven inches in just a few hours near Loyal.


Daily Historical Weather for June 16

A short, but intense, heat wave in Wichita Falls reached its peak on June 16, 1924. The maximum temperature that day was 111 degrees. This followed a high of 110 on the previous day, and was followed by 108 degrees the next two days.


Daily Historical Weather for June 17

On this date in 1987, thunderstorms with high winds struck much of Oklahoma. 22 mobile homes were heavily damaged in Geronimo.


Daily Historical Weather for June 18

Severe thunderstorms brought very large hail to parts of central and north-central Oklahoma on June 18, 1992. Baseball-size hail fell near Yale, Kingfisher, Cashion, and El Reno. The hail damaged roofs, windows, and automobiles. The storms also produced four weak, short-lived tornadoes.

On June 18, in 1973, a tornado struck the town of Frederick, in Tillman County. It struck a nursing home, injuring 58, and damaged or destroyed 200 homes.


Daily Historical Weather for June 19

Of all the dangerous aspects of thunderstorms, lightning kills more people than tornadoes each year in the United States. Golf courses are a common site of lightning related injuries and deaths. This was the case on June 19, 1994, when lightning struck and killed two golfers, and injured another, at a golf course just north of Union City, in Canadian County.

Hurricane Agnes made landfall over the Florida Panhandle on this date in 1972, beginning a week long legacy of massive flooding in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic region of the country. The hurricane weakened over the Carolinas, but then strengthened to a tropical storm off the mid-Atlantic coast, and moved slowly northward, dumping torrential rain on areas from Virginia, north to New York state. Over 100 people died in the ensuing flooding.


Daily Historical Weather for June 20

On this date, in 1935, the weather archives recorded a tornado near Apperson in Osage County. The tornado formed one mile northwest of town and moved southeastward through town. On the tornado's 75 yard wide, two and a half mile path, it destroyed eight homes and struck a heard of cattle killing, 186 animals. Property damage was estimated at $25,000, in 1935 dollars. One hour later, another tornado formed near Fairfax, again in Osage County. This tornado struck the Burbank Oil field and injured five people.


Daily Historical Weather for June 21

Severe thunderstorms brought high winds and large hail to parts of western and central Oklahoma on June 21, 1979. Winds gusted to 80 mph near Buffalo, and baseball-size hail pounded Weatherford and Colony. Winds exceeded 100 mph in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, taking down power lines throughout the city. On the same date in the previous year, severe thunderstorms struck northern and central Oklahoma during the late morning and early afternoon. The Anadarko area was hardest hit, as golf ball size hail covered the ground. The hail combined with winds of at least 70 mph to cause extensive damage to the Caddo County town. A small tornado formed near Calumet, turned over a stock tank full of water, and carried it for almost a mile.


Daily Historical Weather for June 22

It was a rainy day across western north Texas on June 22, 2004, as an inch and a half of rain fell over Wichita Falls. By the end of the day, 1.54 inches of rain was measured at Sheppard Air Force Base, breaking the record rainfall for this date, which was previously set back in 1975.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in June in Oklahoma City was 107 degrees, which occurred on June 22, 1936.


Daily Historical Weather for June 23

High winds caused destruction over much of central and western Oklahoma on June 23, 1976. Winds from an area of thunderstorms caused extensive damage to roofs, signs, and awnings. A steel tower near Weatherford toppled in the winds, while a man was injured when the winds blew him off a 30 foot high oil storage tank.

A record low temperature for Wichita Falls was set on June 23, 2004. The temperature at Sheppard Air Force Base fell to 60 degrees, which broke a 14 year-old record by 2 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for June 24

From June 24th through July 5, 1980, Wichita Falls set record high temperatures each day. Those records have yet to be exceeded. On 11 consecutive days during this period, the temperature rose to at least 110 degrees. Readings exceeded 113 degrees on seven days. During the entire summer, the temperature rose above 100 degrees on 79 days, which is also a record. Heat waves and drought often occur together, and 1980 was no exception. June 1980, with only 0.26 inches of rain, was the driest June since 1933, and the combination of June and July 1980 was the driest June-July period ever recorded in the city.


Daily Historical Weather for June 25

Large hail and high winds accompanied severe thunderstorms across parts of north-central and southwest Oklahoma on June 25, 1961. Baseball-size hail fell in the Lacy area, in Kingfisher County, and hail up to the size of golf balls drifted into knee-deep piles in other places. Besides the hail, strong winds gusted to more than 70 mph, and some areas received up to five inches of rain in a short time. According to one report, the wind-driven hail tore the hides off cattle.


Daily Historical Weather for June 26

Two days of severe thunderstorms battered much of western north Texas on June 26th and 27th, 1983. On the 26th, winds stronger than 60 mph toppled a wall in a historic building in Vernon. The next day, 85 mph winds blew through Chillicothe, while a tornado passed just north of the town. The winds also blew down two miles of power lines near Odell, and destroyed a drive-in movie theater in Seymour.


Daily Historical Weather for June 27

One of the hottest days in Oklahoma and north Texas history occurred on June 27, 1994. Southwest Oklahoma and western north Texas experienced extremely hot conditions that afternoon. The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Tipton, in Tillman County, recorded 120 degrees, tying the all-time record for the state. Quanah, in Hardeman County, Texas, reached 119 degrees. Alva, in Woods County, originally set the Oklahoma record high on July 18, 1936, and the record has now been tied six times.


Daily Historical Weather for June 28

The heat wave during the summer of 1980 was a memorable one in the southern Plains. In north Texas, the heat reached its peak on June 28th, when the temperature in Wichita Falls reached 117 degrees. This is the highest temperature ever recorded in Wichita Falls, breaking the previous record of 116, set just the day before.


Daily Historical Weather for June 29

Flooding in Wichita Falls on this date in 1962, resulted in a 1/4 million dollar loss in city equipment, man hours, and other city property. The official rainfall total at Sheppard Air Force Base was only 1.64 inches, but other reported rainfall included 2.60 inches in downtown Wichita Falls, and from 4.20 to over 5 inches at Charlie, in northern Clay County. An estimated 300 cars were stranded temporarily on highway 287 near Jolly, when sections of the highway were flooded by over 2 feet of water.


Daily Historical Weather for June 30

The wettest month in the history of Oklahoma City was June of 1989. June deluges have helped place four Junes into the top five wettest months in the city's history. In June 1989, Oklahoma City recorded 14.66 inches of rain. Several other cities across the state also had record rainfall that month, including Clinton with 13.46 inches, Anadarko with 10.98 inches, Waurika with 10.77 inches, and Ada with 9.47 inches. A vast majority of the rain fell in a two-week period at the beginning of the month. On five separate days, the rainfall exceeded one inch, reaching a maximum of 4.56 inches on the 13th. Oklahoma City went on to have the wettest summer, months June through August, on record, with a total of more than 22 inches of rain.


Daily Historical Weather for July 1

On this date in 1972, the Lake Creek community, just north of Granite in Greer County, was pounded by a severe thunderstorm. The storm produced 2.5 inch diameter hail, winds 75 mph, and 2.25 inches of rain. The storm moved from northeast to southwest, which happens occasionally in the summer months. However, this is opposite of the more typical storm movement of southwest to northeast.


Daily Historical Weather for July 2

Large hail and damaging winds accompanied severe thunderstorms across parts of central Oklahoma on July 2, 1972. Baseball-size hail fell in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and winds reached 75 to 100 mph. The wind took down power lines and damaged or destroyed at least 23 mobile homes. Winds gusted to 100 mph in Lindsay, and 80 mph in Norman. The wind in these areas mainly damaged trees and blew down power lines, but also damaged a few roofs.


Daily Historical Weather for July 3

On July 3, 1991, severe thunderstorms moved across central Oklahoma, with wind gusts up to 50 mph measured at Wiley Post airport in Oklahoma City. Very strong winds in Midwest City tore the roof off of a business, and shattered the front window of an auto parts store. Additional wind damage was reported in Pottawatomie County, near McLoud.


Daily Historical Weather for July 4

Nature's "fireworks" replaced the usual kind on July 4, 1987, in parts of central and northern Oklahoma. Tennis ball-size hail fell northwest of Calumet, in Canadian County, while high winds blew over a mobile home in Stillwater.


Daily Historical Weather for July 5

During the early morning hours of July 05, 2004, a severe weather outbreak occurred across north-central Oklahoma. Tennis ball size hail fell across Grant and Alfalfa counties. Later that evening, a second wave of severe hail occurred, which continued through the night.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in July in Wichita Falls was on July 5, 1924. On that morning, the temperature dipped to a cool 54 degrees. The record was tied on July 23, 1970.


Daily Historical Weather for July 6

The hottest July temperature ever recorded in Oklahoma City is 110 degrees. This temperature was recorded on this date, back in 1996.

Lightning was particularly destructive on July 6, 1993. Evening thunderstorms produced lightning that started an oil tank battery fire near Cleo Springs, in Major County. Lightning also struck a home in northwest Oklahoma City, leaving a two-foot wide hole in the roof. Also on July 6, in 1986, severe thunderstorms with very high winds raked northern Oklahoma. Winds gusted to 98 mph at Woodring Airport, near Enid, damaging several airplanes and hangars. Strong winds also blew off the roof of both a school in nearby Garber, and a museum in Elk City.


Daily Historical Weather for July 7

During the early evening hours of July 7, 2004, an earthquake occurred in south-central Oklahoma, centered 5 miles north of Lone Grove. The United States Geological Survey measured the quake magnitude as a 3.5 on the Richter scale, which was felt in Lone Grove and Ardmore. Coincidently, a couple hours later, a large meteor entered the earth's atmosphere over the south-central United States. Around 930 PM, the fireball was seen in the skies over northern Texas and southwestern and central Oklahoma.

The day after lightning started several fires, strong non-thunderstorm winds blew across much of northern Oklahoma on July 7, 1993. Winds gusted to 70 mph and lasted for several hours. A 1,200 pound bale of hay was rolled a quarter mile by the winds that also blew down many trees. Highway 51, near Hennessey, was closed until the downed trees could be cleaned up.

When clusters of thunderstorms collapse and dissipate rapidly, they sometimes produce a downburst of very warm air, called a "heat burst", which rapidly descends to the ground and spreads out. At the ground, the burst of hot air often involves strong winds and sudden temperature rises, which are especially noticeable at night, when temperatures normally fall. One example of this phenomenon occurred on July 7, 1993, over northwest Oklahoma. A collapsing thunderstorm in the northeast part of the Texas Panhandle produced a heat burst that reached Arnett and Gage just before midnight. Winds gusted to 67 mph at Arnett, as the temperature rose from 82 to 97 degrees in 30 minutes. At Gage, the wind gusted to 70 mph, while the temperature rose from 85 to 102 degrees in one hour.


Daily Historical Weather for July 8

On this date back in 1993, severe thunderstorms moved across northern parts of Oklahoma, creating widespread wind damage. Most of the damage was reported in the Newkirk and Blackwell areas of Kay County, where large trees where toppled.


Daily Historical Weather for July 9

Severe thunderstorms struck the western parts of north Texas on July 9, 1979. The worst storms were in Foard County, and in the Vernon area. Near Vernon, 80 mph winds blew cars off Highway 287, while in Foard County, Highway 70 was temporarily closed when a tractor trailer was blown over onto its side. A second tractor trailer was turned over near Crowell by winds estimated at 80 mph.


Daily Historical Weather for July 10

A cluster of thunderstorms, packing strong winds and heavy rain, moved south-southwestward across central and northeast Oklahoma on this day back in 1973. Damage was minor and confined mostly to trees, power lines, and small buildings.


Daily Historical Weather for July 11

Seminole County was hit hard on this evening back in 1970. Thunderstorm winds, estimated between 90 or 100 mph, damaged several buildings in the County, and blew out several plate-glass windows. Up to 5 inches of rainfall was also reported with the thunderstorms, producing isolated flash flooding.


Daily Historical Weather for July 12

Severe thunderstorms brought large hail and damaging winds to much of northern Oklahoma on July 12, 1958. Baseball-size hail fell near Jefferson and Pond Creek, in Grant County. Winds gusting to 90 mph caused widespread damage near Stillwater, including the loss of the windows in the Oklahoma State University football stadium. The storms also destroyed a bus station near Perkins, just south of Stillwater.


Daily Historical Weather for July 13

On this date back in 1996, heavy rains resulted in flash flooding in Seminole, which completely submerged the baseball fields and drainage ditches at the city's municipal park.


Daily Historical Weather for July 14

Thunderstorms, with high winds and heavy rain, struck the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas for the second time in 4 days on this date in 1973. Flash flooding was the main concern with these storms, as over 3 inches of rain fell at Wiley Post Airport, in northwest Oklahoma City. The strong winds did capsize 6 boats on nearby Lake Hefner.


Daily Historical Weather for July 15

On July 15, 2004, just before 2 PM, the temperature rose to 100 degrees at Wichita Falls, becoming the first 100 degree reading at Wichita Falls for the year of 2004. The mercury topped out at 102 degrees by the end of the afternoon.

Wichita Falls' hottest July temperature of 114 degrees first occurred on July 15, 1978. Two years later, during the major heat wave of 1980, the July record was tied twice when the temperature again reached 114 degrees on both the 2nd and 3rd.


Daily Historical Weather for July 16

An afternoon thunderstorm on this date in 1979, produced high winds that caused damage to shingles, trees, and windows, in the Canyon North and Martin Nature Park areas of northwest Oklahoma City. A small tornado formed on the leading edge of the storm and damaged 8 houses. A resident of one of the homes observed a white funnel and debris cloud as the damage was occurring.


Daily Historical Weather for July 17

On July 17, 1993, severe thunderstorms tore across western north Texas, with 70 mph wind gusts and nickel size hail reported in both Wichita and Archer counties.


Daily Historical Weather for July 18

Heavy rain, unofficially measured at 10 to 11 inches, fell in the Mooreland and Mutual areas of Woodward County on this date in 1972. The heavy rain caused severe soil erosion, but crop damage was minimal, as wheat already had been harvested.


Daily Historical Weather for July 19

The month of July, during the year 1980, was the driest July of the 20th century across Oklahoma. The statewide average rainfall was less than 1/2 inch, with many locations receiving no rain. Along with the dry weather, it was very hot, with several high temperature records broken. An estimated 37 people died across Oklahoma due in part to the extreme heat.


Daily Historical Weather for July 20

July 1934 and July 1980 share first place for warmest July ever recorded in Oklahoma City. The average temperature both months was 88.3 degrees, which is 6.3 degrees above normal. This average temperature is also just a few tenths of a degree less hot than the hottest month ever recorded in the city, August 1936. The summer months of June through August, both in 1934 and 1980, are also the hottest ever recorded in the city, with a three-month average of 85.9 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for July 21

Severe flash flooding occurred after torrential rains fell on western north Texas on July 21, 1961. The heaviest rain, amounting to between five and nine inches, fell near the Oklaunion and Harrold communities, in Wilbarger County. Floodwaters covered Highway 287 with seven feet of water, and a nearby county road was under nine feet of water.


Daily Historical Weather for July 22

Oklahoma is typically hot and dry during the summer, but July 1983 was extremely dry. Only a trace of rain fell that month in Oklahoma City, making it the driest July on record for the capital city. The driest months ever recorded in Oklahoma City were January 1986 and August 2000, when not even a trace of moisture fell.


Daily Historical Weather for July 23

Intense thunderstorms dumped copious amounts of rainfall over the western parts of Oklahoma on July 23, 1979. Rainfall amounts were quite impressive, including reports of up to seven inches just north of Arapaho, in Custer County. Four inches of rain fell in just one hour east of Arapaho and two inches of rain fell in only 30 minutes in Clinton. Many creeks and rivers were quickly forced out of their banks by the heavy rainfall. Floods covered the Arapaho-Weatherford Road with as much as four feet of water. More than five inches of rain fell in the Taloga area of Dewey County, causing Highway 183 to be inundated by one to two feet of flood water.


Daily Historical Weather for July 24

On this date in 1995, severe thunderstorms slashed through west and south Oklahoma City just after midnight, leaving 175,000 people without power. Cleanup from downed trees would take weeks. Gusts hit 97 mph at Will Rogers Airport.


Daily Historical Weather for July 25

Flash flooding followed extremely heavy rainfall in Lawton on July 25, 1990. Intense, slow-moving thunderstorms, dumped up to 11 inches of rain in just six hours over the city. The flash flooding closed many roads, and 50 to 60 motorists had to be rescued when they became stranded in the high water.

On July 25, 2004, it was an unseasonably cool summer day across Oklahoma and western north Texas, as temperatures averaged 15 to 20 degrees below average. Record "coolest high temperatures" were set in Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls, as temperatures only warmed up to 75 and 73 degrees, respectively.


Daily Historical Weather for July 26

Several record low temperatures for July 26 were broken in 2004. Gage saw the temperature drop to 48 degrees, breaking their record low by 9 degrees. Ponca City's temperature dropped to 56 degrees, breaking a record by 5 degrees, while Hobart cooled to 58 degrees, breaking their record by 7 degrees. Wichita Falls broke a record that stood for 80 years, with a low temperature of 63 degrees, and Oklahoma City tied a record standing 93 years, by registering the same temperature of 63.

A severe thunderstorm in the Mustang area produced a damaging downburst on July 26, 1986. The intense, but small, area of high winds, damaged many homes and businesses, blew down many trees, and collapsed the wall of a Baptist church.


Daily Historical Weather for July 27

The remains of tropical storms and hurricanes occasionally drift into Oklahoma from the Gulf of Mexico. This often results in widespread heavy rains. On July 26, 1959, the remains of Hurricane Debra arrived in southeast Oklahoma, then meandered across north-central and west-central parts of the state during the 26th and 27th. Much of the area received three to six inches of rainfall from the storm, resulting in many areas of minor flooding.


Daily Historical Weather for July 28

Beginning on July 28, 2004, heavy rain produced flash flooding across western north Texas and south-central Oklahoma. After 48 hours, up to 8 inches of rain had been measured in Archer and Knox counties, with nearly 5 inches across Wichita and Clay counties. Runoff caused several rivers to spill their banks, including the South Wichita River, which eventually crested nearly 5 feet above flood stage near Benjamin, the 3rd highest crest on record for that site. Ardmore received nearly 5 inches as well, along with flash flooding at the Chickasaw National Recreation Center.

Heavy rain and large hail fell on parts of central Oklahoma on July 28, 1988. Rainfall amounts of five to six inches, sometimes accompanied by golf ball-size hail, fell near Coyle and Langston, both in Logan County. The resulting flash flooding covered some roads up to three feet deep, and damaged a bridge south of Langston.


Daily Historical Weather for July 29

On this date in 2004, a 112 year-old record was broken for the coolest high temperature in Oklahoma City for July 29. The temperature only rose to 73 degrees, which broke the previous record by 3 degrees.

Severe thunderstorms brought damaging winds, possibly as high as 100 mph, to central Oklahoma on July 29, 1960. Two airports in Oklahoma City suffered significant damage. Eight planes and several hangars were damaged at Wiley Post Airfield, while two planes and additional hangars were damaged at Will Rogers World Airport. The winds caused seven injuries in the area, including two youths who were injured by flying debris. The storm also caused extensive damage to trees, roofs, and power lines.


Daily Historical Weather for July 30

Tragedy was narrowly averted south of Davis on July 30, 1973. A church bus, occupied by the driver and 34 children, was washed off a road in the Arbuckle Mountains by rushing flood waters. Four of the children jumped from the bus and were quickly washed downstream. The children then became trapped in trees and were later rescued. The driver and the other children remained in the bus and were also rescued safely.


Daily Historical Weather for July 31

Unusually cold air settled into the southern Plains on July 31, 1971. Low temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees below normal, ranging from the mid 40s in northeast Oklahoma, the lower 50s in central sections, and near 60 in the southwest. Oklahoma City recorded a low of 53 degrees, the coldest temperature ever observed in Oklahoma City in July.

July is typically the warmest month of the year in Oklahoma City. Low temperatures average around 70 degrees, while normal daily highs range from 91 at the start of the month to 95 at the end. The resulting average temperature for the month is 82 degrees. July's average rainfall for Oklahoma city is just under 3 inches, at 2.94. The month is similar in Wichita Falls, only a little warmer and drier. Low temperatures average in the lower 70s, while normal daily highs range from 95 to 98 as the month progresses. The average temperature for the month is about 85 degrees, and average July rainfall is only 1.58 inches.


Daily Historical Weather for August 1

The coldest August on record in Oklahoma City was in 1915, when the average temperature was near 73 degrees. The wettest August on record was in 1906, as 8.34 inches of rain had been measured. The coldest August for Wichita Falls was in 1950, with an average near 79 degrees, while the wettest August on record for Wichita falls was in 1971, when a total of 7.61 inches of rain was measured.

Very strong winds from severe thunderstorms struck northwest Oklahoma on August 1, 1966. Winds gusted to 80 mph in Laverne, and blew a parked Cessna aircraft through a fence and into a ditch. As the storms approached Gage, winds gusted to 92 mph, causing blowing dust that reduced the visibility to near zero.


Daily Historical Weather for August 2

On this day back in 1990, a thunderstorm 1 mile north of Alex, in Grady County, produced lightning which struck and killed a man as he was loading watermelons onto a pick-up truck.


Daily Historical Weather for August 3

Thunderstorms do not have to be severe to be dangerous, as was proved on August 3, 1978. On that day, lightning struck an oil storage tank just west of Orlando, in northern Logan County. The tank literally blew its top as the partially filled tank caught fire. The resulting explosion sent flames 200 feet in the air, and caught a nearby oil tank on fire.


Daily Historical Weather for August 4

Severe thunderstorms brought damaging hail, winds, and lightning to much of Oklahoma on August 4, 1992. Tennis ball-size hail fell near Glencoe, in Payne County, and the storms took down power lines west of Okemah, in Okfuskee County. Lightning struck and injured nine military personnel at Camp Gruber, in Muskogee County.


Daily Historical Weather for August 5

Severe thunderstorms disrupted the PGA Championship golf tournament near Edmond on August 5, 1988. Winds gusted to 70 mph and heavy rain fell at the Oak Tree Country Club, uprooting trees and blowing down telephone poles. The tournament was delayed several days as the damage was cleaned up. Extensive wind damage also occurred near Luther, just to the east of Edmond.


Daily Historical Weather for August 6

Soon after midnight on April 6, 1961, a severe thunderstorm brought 70 to 100 mph winds to Lake Texoma. The winds caused extensive damage to piers and either damaged or sank more than 100 boats. One person drowned when their boat capsized during the storm.


Daily Historical Weather for August 7

Severe thunderstorms struck much of the southern two-thirds of Oklahoma and parts of western north Texas on August 7, 1994. The costliest damage was at Prague, in Lincoln County, where 90 mph winds were reported, resulting in more than $1 million in damages. Most of that total was due to the damages sustained by the high school. Part of the school's roof was ripped off and extensive water damage resulted. Another storm struck Thackerville, in Love County, where lightning struck a power pole, traveled through a line to a school, and started a fire that destroyed the school. Hail the size of dimes and quarters was very common across Oklahoma that day, and hail up to golf ball-size fell in Clay and Archer Counties of north Texas.


Daily Historical Weather for August 8

An unusual mid-summer tornado struck near the town of Byers Texas, in Clay County, on this date in 1972. Damage was limited to barns and storage sheds on several farms east of Byers. The tornado exhibited an unusual movement, from southeast to northwest.


Daily Historical Weather for August 9

A severe thunderstorm with extremely strong winds struck Stillwater the night of August 9, 1963. At Stillwater Municipal Airport, wind speeds were measured between 92 and 115 mph for eight consecutive minutes, with a peak gust reaching 138 mph. The storm did an incredible amount of damage, especially to the Oklahoma State University campus. Winds caused widespread roof and tree damage, and broke windows out of about 130 automobiles.


Daily Historical Weather for August 10

On August 10, 1992, torrential rainfall caused flooding over parts of north-central Oklahoma. Rainfall of more than four inches in just a few hours produced widespread street flooding in Enid and collapsed the roof of a meat company in the city. Much of the Enid Correctional Center was severely damaged as all of the first floor housing units suffered water damage. Four inmates became trapped by the rising water and had to be rescued.


Daily Historical Weather for August 11

The warmest August temperature ever recorded in both Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls occurred on August 11, 1936. The morning low in Oklahoma City was a warm 82 degrees, before both cities warmed up to a very hot 113 degrees. The old August record in Oklahoma City was 112, which was set the day before. In Wichita Falls, this record was tied on August 6, 1964.


Daily Historical Weather for August 12

On this date in 1936, Altus tied the Oklahoma state temperature record by reaching 120 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for August 13

A tornado struck the Prairie Flower community in Clay County, Texas, on this date in 1972. A 60 by 40 foot chicken house was tossed onto the roof of a nearby residence, and 2 by 4 timbers were driven through the roof. One resident, who was in the basement when the tornado struck, said the wind became "very still, and then burst with the noise of a jet airplane."


Daily Historical Weather for August 14

On the morning of August 8, 2004, unseasonably cool air set a new record in Wichita Falls, as the temperature dropped to 63 degrees. This broke the previous record, set in 1992, by 1 degree. In Oklahoma City, the cool air allowed the temperature to drop to 60 degrees. This tied a record for Oklahoma City, which was previously set in 1967.

A tropical cyclone that would become Hurricane Camille, formed over the northwest Caribbean Sea, on this date in 1969. The storm would reach the Mississippi coast as a category 5 hurricane on the evening of August 17th, with a storm surge of over 20 feet.


Daily Historical Weather for August 15

Some of the worst flooding that ever occurred in western north Texas happened on August 15, 1971. Heavy rain began on the 14th, but the worst of the rain and most of the flooding was on the 15th. On that day, rainfall amounted to four to 11 inches. The Wichita River, on the northwest side of Wichita Falls, crested at its highest level in 30 years. At least 10 families were forced to evacuate their homes along the river as the waters rapidly rose. The river also rose so high that its swift-flowing waters undercut several streets, causing them to collapse. The official rainfall at the National Weather Service Office in Wichita Falls on the 15th was 4.52 inches, making this the wettest August day ever observed in the city.


Daily Historical Weather for August 16

On August 16, 1991, thunderstorm winds stronger than 60 mph struck near the community of Ringwood, in Major County. The winds blew down a cracking tower at a natural gas plant, causing a gas leak that forced people in the surrounding area to evacuate.


Daily Historical Weather for August 17

One of the most memorable severe thunderstorms in recent history struck north-central and central Oklahoma on August 17, 1994. The communities of Lahoma and Drummond suffered the most damage from an unusually intense supercell storm, that moved south into Oklahoma near Manchester, and continued across Goltry, Lahoma, Drummond, Kingfisher, and Okarche. Widespread severe damage occurred to between 500 and 800 permanent homes and businesses, and between 80 and 120 mobile homes, all the result of very large hail driven by hurricane-force winds. Peak wind gusts in Lahoma were measured at 113 MPH, before the wind equipment gave out. Hail reached golf ball to baseball size along the entire storm track. One hailstone that fell between Kingfisher and Okarche was said to look like a football. Several people were treated for hypothermia in the Lahoma area as a result of the large volume of hail, as air temperatures fell from near 100 degrees, down into the lower 50s.


Daily Historical Weather for August 18

Residents who were in the path of the 1994 Lahoma storm, awoke on this morning to find a strange world. The devastating wind and hail storm on the previous day had stripped nearly every tree of leaves in the Lahoma and Drummond areas. That, along with plowed fields from harvested wheat, left the August landscape looking eerily more like mid winter. Hail was still on the ground in some protected areas around Lahoma on the afternoon of the 18th, more than 24 hours after the storm.


Daily Historical Weather for August 19

Strong thunderstorm winds downed power poles, fences, and trees across parts of south-central, central, and northeast Oklahoma on this date in 1979. Several mobile homes were damaged or destroyed in the Pauls Valley area.


Daily Historical Weather for August 20

The remnants of Hurricane Alicia brought heavy rain and flooding to parts of southern and central Oklahoma on August 20, 1983. Rainfall of four to six inches in less than six hours occurred in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, the hardest hit part of the state. Major flooding occurred west of El Reno, while high water crept into a few buildings at the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.

It was unseasonably cool in Wichita Falls on August 20, 2004, as a 27 year-old record was broken for the coolest high temperature. The mercury only rose to 77 degrees, which broke the 1977 record by 2 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for August 21

An unusual, late-summer severe weather outbreak resulted in dozens of reports of damaging winds and large hail, and at least seven tornadoes, across Oklahoma on this date in 1979. Hail reached up to baseball size, while winds were clocked at 87 mph in Ponca City.

On August 21, 1972, a waterspout formed on Lake Ponca, just east of Ponca City. A man standing in hip-deep water was injured when he was picked up by the spout and thrown onto the bank. The waterspout also submerged one boat on the lake and eventually sent 60 mph winds into Ponca City.


Daily Historical Weather for August 22

On August 22, 1977, lightning struck two oil storage tanks just southwest of Burkburnett, in Wichita County, Texas. The lightning set off an explosion, throwing the top of one tank 150 feet away. Approximately 300 barrels of oil, and the tanks, were destroyed by the fire.


Daily Historical Weather for August 23

The Lawton Municipal Airport was damaged on August 23, 1993, by winds from an isolated severe thunderstorm. Several hangar doors were heavily damaged, and an airplane was flipped on its back. Damage to the plane totaled about $500,000.


Daily Historical Weather for August 24

On August 24, 1977, strong to severe storms hit the western parts of north Texas. The worst damage occurred to a mobile home in transit near Wichita Falls. The 60 foot-long mobile home was lifted five to eight feet above the trailer it was traveling on, before being slammed back down by the winds. This resulted in the home being totally destroyed.


Daily Historical Weather for August 25

A late evening thunderstorm produced a microburst west of Crescent on this day in 1988. Debris from a barn was strewn one mile in all directions. An 8 foot long, 4 inch wide tree limb, was driven through the roof of one home. Other damage was limited mainly to fences blown down, and several mobile homes and outbuildings.


Daily Historical Weather for August 26

On this date back in 2002, severe thunderstorms produced widespread wind damage over a large part of northwest Oklahoma. Several large trees were blown down, and roof damage occurred in and around Woodward. Wind speeds as high as 80 MPH were measured.


Daily Historical Weather for August 27

Isolated thunderstorms with frequent lightning, but little or no rain, are fairly common throughout Oklahoma and north Texas during the summer months. Storms of this type often start grass fires. This happened on August 27, 1980 in north Texas, across much of Clay, Jack, and Throckmorton Counties. The fires blackened large amounts of open grassland, but did little property damage.


Daily Historical Weather for August 28

The coolest August temperature ever recorded in Wichita Falls occurred on August 28, 1992, when the temperature fell to a cool 53 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for August 28

In 1977, severe flooding hit parts of southwest Oklahoma after eight to 10 inches of rain fell over the area. The hardest hit areas were between the West Cache and Blue Beaver Creeks, near the communities of Cache, Faxon, and Medicine Park, all in Comanche County. Six children had to be rescued by helicopter from a knoll between the two creeks, while several other families had to be evacuated. Damage was quite severe as many houses reportedly had two to four feet of water flowing through them. The floods also washed away several bridges.


Daily Historical Weather for August 29

Severe thunderstorms struck parts of southwest and central Oklahoma late in the evening on August 29, 1991. Most of the damage was from winds. Rush Springs, in Grady County, experienced winds stronger than 80 mph, and a bus barn and several mobile homes were destroyed in the area. Just south of nearby Cement, in Caddo County, the wind blew over an oil drilling rig. The storms also produced large hail, with stones up to golf ball-size reported northeast of Durham, in Roger Mills County.


Daily Historical Weather for August 30

Severe thunderstorms moved south across western Oklahoma on this date in 1959, leaving several swaths of extensive hail damage. The Weatherford area was especially hard hit. Hail up to golf ball size caused severe damage to roofs and windows on almost all homes and buildings in the Weatherford area. Other hail paths, some of which caused 100 percent crop damage, extended from Dill City, south to the Red River in Cotton County, over the Grandfield area, and from near Granite to Headrick. The storms continued into north Texas, where wind damage was reported in the Burkburnett, Wichita Falls, Iowa Park, and Henrietta areas. Wind gusts to 75 mph were measured.


Daily Historical Weather for August 31

August is normally a hot month in Oklahoma, but August 1936 was much hotter than normal. It is the hottest month ever recorded in Oklahoma City, with an average temperature of 88.7 degrees. This is 7.5 degrees above the normal for August, and 0.4 degrees warmer than the second hottest months, a tie between July 1980 and July 1934. Also, the two hottest daily temperatures ever recorded in August in Oklahoma City occurred in 1936, along with the warmest daily minimum temperature ever recorded in the city. Many of the daily record highs set in 1936 are still records for their respective dates.


Daily Historical Weather for September 1

The driest September on record for Oklahoma City occurred in 1939, as only 0.06 inches of rain was measured. September 2004 was drier than average, as only 0.64 inches of rain was measured in Oklahoma City, making it the 9th driest September on record. The wettest September for Oklahoma City was in 1991, when 11.85 inches of rain was measured.

On September 1, 1979, 80 to 90 mph winds occurred with a severe thunderstorm in the Stillwater area. The strong winds damaged 13 aircraft and several cars at the Stillwater Municipal Airport.


Daily Historical Weather for September 2

Damage from lightning occurred with severe thunderstorms in the Stillwater and Edmond areas on September 2, 1992. Two homes were struck, and the resulting fires caused about $68,000 in damage to the homes and their contents.

On this day in 1934, and estimated F2 tornado destroyed a farm and several barns 9 miles southwest of Shattuck in Ellis County.


Daily Historical Weather for September 3

On the evening of September 3, 1963, one man was stunned and five horses were knocked off their feet, when lightning struck a fence near the Crescent High School.


Daily Historical Weather for September 4

On the afternoon of September 4, 1969, lightning struck an oil filter manufacturing plant in Oklahoma City. The lightning and the resulting fire virtually destroyed one wing of the plant.


Daily Historical Weather for September 5

During the afternoon of September 5, 1965, severe thunderstorms crossed southwest Oklahoma. The storms brought torrential rain, up to five inches in one hour at some locations, which caused street flooding in Martha, Blair, and Hester. Some residents had water up to their porches. The storms also produced strong winds that caused major damage in Blair.


Daily Historical Weather for September 6

An unusual nighttime warm up occurred at Will Rogers World Airport early on September 6, 1992. At 12:50 AM, the temperature was 71 degrees with a south wind. Just 25 minutes later, at 1:15 AM, the temperature was up to 83 degrees. The warm up was due to a "heat burst", caused by downward flowing air from a dissipating thunderstorm. By 2:05 AM, the temperature had returned to a more normal reading of 66 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for September 7

On the morning of September 7, 1963 a man fishing along the edge of a farm pond near Newcastle was killed when he was struck by lightning.


Daily Historical Weather for September 8

Severe thunderstorms affected central and southern Oklahoma on September 8, 1984. They brought hail as large as baseballs and winds up to 80 mph to the Paoli area, in Garvin County. Six barns were destroyed around Paoli, and damage was estimated at $200,000. Rosedale, in McClain County, also had 80 mph winds, combined with hail up to softball size. North and east side windows were broken out of most homes in the area and damage was estimated at $100,000.


Daily Historical Weather for September 9

Late in the evening on this date in 1934, a tornado struck the town of Frederick, in Tillman County. The storm produced F2 damage in a 1/4 mile wide path, while moving from Northwest to Southeast through the industrial district of downtown Frederick.

Large hail occurred on this date in 1934 in the town of Arnett, in Ellis County. At 3:00 PM, a severe storm passed over Arnett leaving a path of hail stones as large as 2 inches in diameter. The storm's 12 mile long and 2 mile wide path of hail destroyed virtually all vegetation.


Daily Historical Weather for September 10

On this date back in 1999, straight line winds caused extensive damage at the Ardmore Industrial Park in Carter County, 2 miles northeast of Gene Autry, where a gust of 102 MPH was measured. One aircraft hangar was completely destroyed and several were damaged. Several aircraft were overturned and three were destroyed. Damage was estimated at 2 million dollars.


Daily Historical Weather for September 11

Extensive flash flooding occurred across western Oklahoma on this date back in the year 2003. Five to nine inches of rainfall fell over portions of Beckham County, resulting in the flooding in and near the town of Erick. Water as deep as 4 feet was reported in Erick, with damage estimates at $50,000.


Daily Historical Weather for September 12

A hailstorm struck southern parts of Oklahoma City on September 12, 1950. The storm damaged about 4,000 homes, 300 businesses, and 750 cars, resulting in a loss estimated at $987,000.


Daily Historical Weather for September 13

Flash floods on September 13, 1976 damaged several homes in the Wichita Falls area. The floods came after more than five inches of rain fell across parts of north Texas that morning and afternoon. Up to six inches of water entered many homes near Holliday and McGrath Creek.


Daily Historical Weather for September 14

A line of thunderstorms moved across south-central Oklahoma during the early morning hours of September 14, 1966, demolishing a large barn just south of Chickasha. These storms also produced strong winds that broke out many windows in the Duncan area.


Daily Historical Weather for September 15

On September 15, 1987, strong winds blew a large tree onto a car that was traveling along Highway 77 between Oklahoma City and Norman. Winds up to 70 mph were reported with the storms, which developed rapidly over central Oklahoma that day.

On this day in 1950, an F2 tornado formed just northwest of Sasakwa in Seminole County. The worst damage was 3 miles north of town. Four people were hospitalized, of which three of them were in a car. Damage costs were near $80,000.


Daily Historical Weather for September 16

On September 16, 1990, the Ardmore High School gymnasium was damaged by severe thunderstorms. Strong winds damaged the roof of the gym, which allowed rain water to enter the building, which then caused extensive damage to the new wood floor.


Daily Historical Weather for September 17

Large hail, up to three inches in diameter, fell from severe thunderstorms over southwest Oklahoma late in the evening of September 17, 1977. The worst damage was near Frederick, where crops were heavily damaged, particularly cotton. Several farm homes and automobiles were also damaged by the storms.


Daily Historical Weather for September 18

Two people were injured just west of Weatherford on September 18, 1978, when severe thunderstorm winds demolished the mobile home they were in. One required hospitalization. Winds were reported between 50 and 60 mph with the storms.


Daily Historical Weather for September 19

Tornadoes struck Oklahoma City and Del City on this date in 1965. The Oklahoma City tornado skimmed the northwest part of the downtown business district, and the Del City storm struck near Southeast 20th and Bryant Avenue. Both tornadoes were weak, but what made these tornadoes unusual, is that they both occurred between 7 and 8 AM.

Torrential rain and significant amounts of hail fell from storms over northwest Oklahoma on September 19, 1962. A few locations in Ellis, Woodward, and Roger Mills Counties had hail drifts waist-deep. The next morning, some drifts were still two feet high. The storms brought up to eight inches of rain across parts of northwest Oklahoma.


Daily Historical Weather for September 20

Lightning struck a tree next to a home in Davis on the afternoon of September 20, 1992. The lightning jumped from the tree to the home, where it blew a five-inch diameter hole in the roof, tore siding off, blew off sheet rock on the bathroom wall, and burned up the phone lines.


Daily Historical Weather for September 21

Heavy rain in southwest Oklahoma on September 21 and 22, 1969, caused extensive flooding and damage to pasture and crop land. About 1,500 cattle were trapped by the high water, and many of them drowned. More than 10 bridges were washed out, and fences were removed by the floodwaters. Official rainfall measurements exceeded six inches in some locations, and an unofficial report of 11 inches in 11 hours was received from Hollister. The flooding was thought to be the worst in the area since 1951.


Daily Historical Weather for September 22

On September 22, 1985, large hail, up to baseball size, caused $75,000 in damage to homes and businesses in Okarche. The storms also produced a tornado that moved across Cherokee. The 500 yard wide tornado destroyed several barns. Large hail, sometimes as large as softballs, was also reported with the storms in central and northern Oklahoma, which caused extensive damage.


Daily Historical Weather for September 23

A tornado damaged several farms just north of Clinton during the evening of September 23, 1961. Other storms in western and north-central Oklahoma caused winds up to 75 mph, and hail that covered the ground to a depth of two inches.


Daily Historical Weather for September 24

In 1992, a total of 16 tornadoes occurred during the entire month of September. This was the largest number of tornadoes occurring during the month of September in the latter half of the 20th century.


Daily Historical Weather for September 25

Heavy rain fell in the Blackwell area of north-central Oklahoma on September 24 and 25, 1996, causing many roads to be closed. Even the I-35 exit at Braman was closed due to flooding. NWS radar estimated that more than three inches of rain fell in less than 90 minutes in central Kay County, late in the evening of the 25th. The two-day rainfall total in Blackwell was nine inches.


Daily Historical Weather for September 26

Lightning struck a home in Meeker on the evening of September 26, 1964, causing a fire that burned the house and most of its furnishings.


Daily Historical Weather for September 27

On this date in 1980, 6.22 inches of rainfall was measured within a 24-hour period at Wichita Falls, Texas.


Daily Historical Weather for September 28

On this date in 1995, a complex of severe thunderstorms produced widespread wind damage over northwest Oklahoma and the Oklahoma panhandle. Measured wind speeds of 65 mph occurred from near and west of Buffalo, down through Arnett, resulting in downed power lines and trees.


Daily Historical Weather for September 29

On the evening of September 29, 1986, a series of microbursts occurred from southwest Oklahoma City to Del City, damaging 17 businesses and 127 homes, resulting in more than $1 million in damages.


Daily Historical Weather for September 30

Strong thunderstorm winds caused more than $500,000 in damage to homes, and the shopping mall, in Shawnee on September 30, 1986. During the late evening, hail up to baseball size and winds to 80 mph were reported with severe storms across central Oklahoma.


Daily Historical Weather for October 1

In late September 1986, heavy rainfall totals produced saturated soil conditions across parts of Oklahoma. Conditions worsened across the area when more torrential rain fell during the first four days of October. Rainfall amounts of 6 to 10 inches were common, while 15 to 20 inch amounts were reported over north-central Oklahoma. The excessive rainfall caused most major rivers in the state to flood, requiring the evacuation of about 30,000 people from 25 towns. The floods destroyed 509 homes, damaged 3,957 others, and washed out many roads and bridges, including two bridges on I-35.


Daily Historical Weather for October 2

During the early morning of October 2, 1986, severe thunderstorms brought winds of 80 to 90 mph to parts of southwest Oklahoma. The winds destroyed 17 mobile homes and damaged 74 others in Comanche County, leaving eight people injured. Damage was estimated at $500,000.


Daily Historical Weather for October 3

During the afternoon of October 3, 1994, severe thunderstorms brought strong winds and large hail to parts of Wichita County, Texas. Hail to the size of tennis balls in Iowa Park destroyed vinyl siding, broke windows, and caused extensive roof damage. High winds blew down two large trees and destroyed the press box of the Iowa Park high school stadium.


Daily Historical Weather for October 4

The afternoon and evening of October 4, 1998, brought the greatest October tornado outbreak in history to Oklahoma. Twenty six tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma that day, more than in any other October outbreak in any state!


Daily Historical Weather for October 5

On this date in 1970, an F4 tornado moved northeast from northern Pottawatomie County, into southeast Lincoln County. A total of 564 homes, 157 businesses, 12 public buildings, 5 schools, and 10 churches were either damaged or destroyed. In Prague, there were 4 deaths and 80 injuries, as the tornado tracked through the middle of town.


Daily Historical Weather for October 6

On October 6, 2002, severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail and damaging winds across portions of southwest and south central Oklahoma. The worst of the weather occurred near Lawton and Comanche, where numerous trees and power poles were brought down by the wind.


Daily Historical Weather for October 7

Since 1891, the earliest freeze on record in Oklahoma City occurred on this date in 1952. Based on this, and climate records of the latest freeze, the average first freeze can be expected on November 4.


Daily Historical Weather for October 8

Heavy rains caused flash flooding in central and south-central Oklahoma on the 7th and 8th of October, back in 1970. Twelve inches of rainfall resulted in flooding that damaged crops, livestock, farm machinery, roads, and bridges. Platt National Park, now part of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, received 11.61 inches of rain, which caused about $125,000 in damage. The total damage in the 11-county area was about $3 million.


Daily Historical Weather for October 9

On this day in 2000, the earliest freeze since 1924 occurred in Wichita Falls, Texas.

On this date in 1949, an F3 tornado moved across Harper County in northwest Oklahoma. The tornado had cut a damage path through more than a dozen farms, from north of Rosston to near the Kansas state line. Two people were injured when a gas station and home were destroyed.


Daily Historical Weather for October 10

On October 10, 2004, a daily record accumulation of 2.19 inches of rain was measured at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The previous record of just under an inch of rain was set back in 1985.

On the afternoon of October 10, 1962, severe thunderstorms brought very destructive hail to Bryan County, in southeast Oklahoma. Hail up to the size of golf balls broke more than half the windows of the businesses in downtown Durant, shattered many car windshields, broke out 1,400 panes of glass in seven greenhouses, and broke electrical insulators, resulting in widespread power outages.


Daily Historical Weather for October 11

Major flooding occurred in north-central Oklahoma on October 10 and 11, 1973. A narrow swath of torrential rain resulted in rainfall amounts greater than 20 inches in about 15 hours across southern Garfield County. Rapidly rising creeks in the Enid area resulted in eight deaths and heavy damage or destruction of about 300 homes and 40 businesses. Property losses in Garfield County alone amounted to about $80 million, and crop damage was about $13 million.


Daily Historical Weather for October 12

Western north Texas was pelted with large hail during the late afternoon and evening of October 12, 1993. Hail up to the size of softballs fell from the storms, which also produced damaging winds and one tornado. In the Vernon area, hail accumulated up to six inches deep and stripped trees bare. Hail destroyed the roof of a house and severely damaged several vehicles just east of Seymour.


Daily Historical Weather for October 13

During the afternoon of October 13, 1960, large hail nearly covered the ground across a large part of central Jackson County, in southwest Oklahoma. Hail up to the size of baseballs, with some chunks shaped like saucers, destroyed the roofs of most businesses and homes in Olustee. Large hail also pounded the Stillwater area the same evening. Hail up to 4 inches in diameter caused damage in and around the city, including damage to roofs, windows, and copper trim at Oklahoma State University.

On this date in 1923, widespread rain began, which would eventually cause severe flooding along the North Canadian River. A breach of Lake Overholser Dam forced the evacuation of 15,000 residents in Oklahoma City. The results of this flood led to a radical redistribution of housing patterns in the city as higher income families moved northward, away from the river.


Daily Historical Weather for October 14

Prolonged very heavy rain, from October 10 through 17, 1981, led to serious flooding across parts of south-central Oklahoma. In northwest Marshall County, 26.2 inches of rain fell during those eight days, with 16 inches of that total falling in just 16 hours. Two men drowned, and many people were injured and evacuated, due to the flooding. Estimates of the flood-related losses amounted to between $23 million and $60 million. Then-President Ronald Reagan declared six Oklahoma counties as disaster areas.


Daily Historical Weather for October 15

On this day in 1933, an F2 tornado moved through the small community of Brown, near Durant. Four homes and a number of barns were destroyed.


Daily Historical Weather for October 16

An early morning tornado struck near Taloga, in western Oklahoma, on October 16, 1980. The tornado carried a mobile home 40 feet, destroying it, and injuring the three people inside. It also destroyed a barn and several homes.

On this date in 1906, flash flooding in Kingfisher County along the Cimarron River, just south of Dover, washed out a railroad bridge which caused a significant train wreck.

On this date in 1962, severe weather across northwestern Oklahoma resulted in a 5-inch hailstone collected in Woodward County.


Daily Historical Weather for October 17

Many birds were victims of a severe thunderstorm that crossed the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge during the early morning of October 17, 1979. Hail up to one inch in diameter killed more than 3,500 birds and injured 1,500 to 2,000 others.


Daily Historical Weather for October 18

The remnants of Hurricane Tico caused widespread flooding across central and southwest Oklahoma from October 17 to 21, 1983. Rainfall amounts up to 15 inches caused flooding that resulted in about $94 million in damages. President Ronald Reagan designated 16 counties as disaster areas.


Daily Historical Weather for October 19

Wind damage occurred in the Durant area, in southeast Oklahoma, about 11 PM on October 19, 1971. Severe thunderstorms caused straight-line winds that lifted the roofs from two homes and a barn, and uprooted 13 large trees.


Daily Historical Weather for October 20

Cottonwood Creek, in the Guthrie area, reached a record crest of 29.6 feet at 11:01 PM, on October 20, 1983. The flooding resulted from the torrential rains caused by the remnants of Hurricane Tico. West sections of Guthrie flooded, requiring the evacuation of more than 500 people in that area. A four-foot deep "wall of water" reportedly moved across the rapidly rising water, and washed cars and trucks off the streets. One man, who was holding onto a car, was swept away and drowned. The flooding resulted in about $2.5 million in damages.

On this day in 1963, an F2 tornado ripped across west central Oklahoma, crossing eight farms in northern Kingfisher County. A barn, as described by an eyewitness, seemed to explode. Nine farm buildings were destroyed, and 11 were heavily damaged.


Daily Historical Weather for October 21

On October 21, 1979, a trailer home was demolished and an adjacent house was unroofed by a tornado that struck Oak Grove, just north of Sulphur.

On this date in 1978, the temperature warmed to 90 degrees in Oklahoma City, which became a record high temperature for October 21. In 2004, this record was tied.


Daily Historical Weather for October 22

On this evening in 1985, 30 homes were flooded in Waynoka as 3 to 5 inches of rain caused Dog Creek to spill out of its banks. Four people had to be evacuated, as the water rose up to 4 feet across sections of town.


Daily Historical Weather for October 23

On October 22nd and 23rd back in the year 2000, extensive flooding occurred in and around Chickasha, when as much as 10 inches of rain fell across Caddo and Grady counties. Portions of downtown Chickasha were under at least 5 feet of water. Approximately 30 people were rescued from the roof of cars and homes, and between 200 to 400 people were evacuated from their home. Although a vast majority of the city was flooded, the worst flooding was concentrated along routes 62 and 81 leading into Chickasha. Damages approached $1.5 Million.


Daily Historical Weather for October 24

Hail and high winds accompanied severe thunderstorms early in the morning of October 24, 1991. The storms affected central and northern Oklahoma, producing up to golf ball-size hail and winds up to 65 mph at Cushing, in Payne County. The hail and wind damaged outbuildings, and many cars and trucks throughout the town. As the storm moved east, it flipped over a semi trailer truck traveling along I-40.


Daily Historical Weather for October 25

Strong winds and hail accompanied severe thunderstorms across central and southeast Oklahoma on October 25, 1987. During the evening, hail up to the size of golf balls and 60 to 70 mph winds struck parts of Lone Grove. The winds removed the roof of the high school gymnasium in Lone Grove, allowing water into the building and ruining the hardwood floor, a scene to be repeated almost three years later in neighboring Ardmore, on September 16, 1990. The storms also damaged several other area businesses and caused total damages estimated at $700,000.


Daily Historical Weather for October 26

Damaging winds and lightning struck Ardmore the evening of October 26, 1970. Winds stronger than 60 mph overturned a mobile home, destroying it, and injuring a man who was inside. Lightning from the same storm struck a house, catching it on fire.


Daily Historical Weather for October 27

Strong winds from severe thunderstorms caused extensive damage in Marietta on the evening of October 27, 1991. The local electrical distribution system suffered more than $250,000 in damage, and damage to an apartment complex was estimated at $150,000. The winds also damaged 25 businesses and 100 homes.


Daily Historical Weather for October 28

Two airmen at Sheppard Air Force Base were killed by lightning which struck them early in the morning of October 28, 1982. As they walked to class, lightning stuck a nearby hangar, and jumped to the ground, striking the two men. One was killed instantly, and the other died several days later in the base hospital.

On this date in 2004, a 43 year-old record was broken for the warmest low temperature measured in Oklahoma City. The mercury only dropped to 69 degrees at Will Rogers World Airport, which ended up breaking the previous record by 4 degrees.

On this date in 1940, an F2 tornado occurred in Hughes County. Several homes and businesses were damaged, with costs estimated at $10,000.


Daily Historical Weather for October 29

An early morning tornado struck the Alfalfa County town of Burlington on October 29, 1961. The tornado began southwest of town, then skipped across the area to the northeast. In town, the tornado destroyed three garages, damaged several roofs, and downed trees, which disrupted utility service for several hours. The storm also destroyed five farm buildings and damaged two farm houses near town.


Daily Historical Weather for October 30

Large hail, accompanied by very strong winds, caused widespread damage in Gould on October 30, 1987. Gould, in southwest Oklahoma, experienced golf ball size hail with winds of 70 to 80 mph. The wind-driven hail damaged most of the roofs in town, broke out many windows, and dented the sides of many homes. The storm caused about $200,000 in damages.

On this date in 1979, an F3 tornado occurred in Carter County, and moved northward from near Newport to near Woodford. Three people were killed, two of which were in trailers. Three trailers, a brick home, and several barns were destroyed, as well as 10 buildings in Woodford.


Daily Historical Weather for October 31

On this Halloween day in 1993, ghouls and goblins floating around Wichita Falls and Oklahoma City were seen with coats and mittens on, as record lows for this particular date were made in both cities. Wichita Falls got down to 21 degrees, while the mercury fell down to 16 degrees in Oklahoma City.

The only two Halloween days in Oklahoma City to have any frozen precipitation occurred in 1941 and 1991. Disappointed trick or treaters had to put away their sleds and snowmobiles each day, as only trace amounts of snow were seen.

Northwest Oklahoma had a scary Halloween in 1984, as several tornadoes touched down that afternoon and evening. One tornado caused about $30,000 in damage to a gas power plant in Woodward County, then moved into Major County. There, it destroyed or damaged 10 to 15 outbuildings, two houses, six barns, and many cars, trucks, and farm implements along its path.


Daily Historical Weather for November 1

November 2004 was the wettest November since 1924 in Wichita Falls, as a new monthly rainfall record was set with 6.86 inches. The wettest November on record for Oklahoma City was set back in 1931, when 9.63 inches of rain was measured.

On this date in 1961, heavy rainfall across Kay County caused the Deer Creek near Tonkawa to overflow its banks for the first time ever. In addition, most highways around Blackwell and Tonkawa were closed, and several vehicles were swept off the highway.

Heavy rain began over northern Oklahoma on this date in 1961, and continued into the early morning hours of the second. Widespread rainfall amounts of 2.5 to 3.5 inches, with accumulations of four to six inches in Major County, brought serious flooding to the area. The flooding caused all highways around Enid to be closed.


Daily Historical Weather for November 2

On this date in 1998, the Chikaskia River at Blackwell rose to a record crest of 34.40 feet, which is nearly five and a half feet above flood stage. This was in association with a 3 day flood event across northern and north-central Oklahoma, in which 16 river forecast points were above flood stage, with 17 counties affected. Unfortunately, one fatality occurred as a women drowned as her car was swept off a highway just east of Aline in southwestern Alfalfa County.


Daily Historical Weather for November 3

On this date in 1964, up to 5.4 inches of rain was measured in Mountain View. This rain fell within a three hour and fifteen minute period. Farm ponds in the area were filled to capacity for the first time in 35 months, and 23 country road bridges, as well as cotton crops, were ruined in nearby Kiowa County. This was all part of a 3 day flood event. By the end of the event, Mountain View had measured an astounding 7.2 inches!


Daily Historical Weather for November 4

On this day in 1905, an F3 tornado struck northeast Kiowa County, destroying several homes just north of Mountain View, killing 3 people in one of the homes. The tornado continued northeastward into Washita County.


Daily Historical Weather for November 5

The month of November during the year 1999, was the warmest November of the 20th century across Oklahoma. The state-averaged temperature for the month was 56.2 degrees. As a comparison, Oklahoma City normally has an average temperature of 48.9 degrees, while Wichita Falls averages 51.9 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for November 6

Heavy showers and thunderstorms moved across central and southern Oklahoma on this date in 1996, and continued through the early morning of the 7th. Flash flooding occurred across many counties. Durant received up to 5 inches, as city streets became impassable with as much as 2 feet of water covering the roads. In Lincoln County, eight stranded motorists had to be rescued on a bridge between Davenport and State Highway 99. In Norman, several cars were stranded at the corner of Robinson and northeast 12th Street.


Daily Historical Weather for November 7

On November 7, 2004, the Aurora Borealis, also know as the northern lights, were seen over the skies of Oklahoma. The light show was even seen across parts of California, New Mexico, and as far east as Alabama.

On this date in 1987, a late season severe thunderstorm developed over central Oklahoma. Golf ball size hail was reported in Oklahoma County, with severe hail also reported in Lincoln County.


Daily Historical Weather for November 8

On this date in 1994, a late season thunderstorm occurred near the Red River over southwest Oklahoma. Wind gusts up to 50 mph and 1 inch hail were reported near Eldorado and Humphreys in Jackson County. Additional severe hail and 60 mph winds were reported near Roosevelt in Kiowa County.


Daily Historical Weather for November 9

On this date in 1998, an F1 tornado occurred near Purcell, in McClain County. The tornado began about 2 miles southwest of Purcell, and ended 1 mile east-southeast of town. Most of the damage was to trees and roofs. There were no injuries reported.


Daily Historical Weather for November 10

A strong cold front moved across north Texas during the late afternoon and evening on this date in 1995. Temperatures rose into the 80s during the afternoon, then dropped into the 30s by mid evening. Strong winds associated with the cold front caused $2,700 in damage to a house in Crowell. Also, in Henrietta, strong winds tore the roof off of a gas station.


Daily Historical Weather for November 11

On this date in 1911, Oklahoma City set both a record high and a record low temperature. This was a rare and significant meteorological event. Early in the day, the temperature rose to a warm 83 degrees. However, by afternoon, a strong cold front brought in arctic air. The temperature in Oklahoma City fell to a record low of 17 degrees by midnight!

On this date in 1982, six construction workers in Oklahoma City were injured by high winds during the morning. They were working on a building as strong thunderstorms moved into the area. The resulting winds caused the building to collapse.

Heavy rain fell across northern Oklahoma on this day in 1973, as an astounding 12 inches fell in just 3 hours at Enid. Within 13 hours, a total of 15.68 inches had been measured in Enid, and major flash flooding resulted in the deaths of 9 people.


Daily Historical Weather for November 12

Widely varied weather problems plagued Oklahoma during the evening of November 12, 1972. Up to three inches of snow fell across the Panhandle. Meanwhile, wind destroyed a home in Weatherford, heavy rains flooded streets in Chickasha, and lightning caused extensive damage to a home in Pauls Valley.


Daily Historical Weather for November 13

Severe thunderstorms brought large hail and damaging winds to central Oklahoma during the morning and early afternoon of November 13, 1985. Tennis ball size hail fell in the Chickasha area, causing about $200,000 in damage to roofs and cars.

Severe thunderstorms brought large hail and damaging winds to central Oklahoma during the morning and afternoon hours of November 13, 1985. Golf ball size hail and winds to 70 mph in Blanchard removed roofs, broke out windows, and destroyed two mobile homes and one barn. Total losses from the storm in Blanchard amounted to about $150,000.


Daily Historical Weather for November 14

An evening tornado near Freedom, in northwest Oklahoma, caused a variety of damage to a farmstead on November 14, 1964. The tornado demolished a garage, tool shed, and barn, which were scattered over a wide area. A windmill was driven into the ground, and the roof of a house was damaged. The storm also twisted off tree limbs, which tangled fences and power lines in and near Freedom.


Daily Historical Weather for November 15

Umbrellas were popular items in Wichita Falls on November 15, 2004, as a daily rainfall record was set. By the end of the day, 1.46 inches of rain had been measured.

Damaging winds were widespread across Oklahoma on November 15, 1988, as a line of severe thunderstorms moved east across the state. Along with widespread 70 to 80 mph straight line winds, a few brief tornadoes occurred. A mobile home in Seiling was destroyed, and a 300 foot broadcast tower was blown over. In Clinton, blowing gravel and debris damaged 60 cars at a construction site, and one worker was injured by the blowing debris.


Daily Historical Weather for November 16

Snow fell across western north Texas during the morning hours of November 16, 1980. The early season snow storm left two inches of snow in Wichita Falls, causing some minor tree damage and inconvenience to motorists.

On this day in 1996, showers and thunderstorms along a strong cold front advanced across Oklahoma and western north Texas. Golf ball size hail fell just west of Walters in Cotton County, while 75 mph winds gusts were estimated near Marlow, in Stephens County. Wind damage occurred near Geary, Apache, Burneyville, Walters, Norman, and Purcell. An F0 tornado was observed northeast of Apache. Widespread flash flooding also occurred across Alfalfa County, closing all roads north and south of Cherokee, and damaging 20 homes.


Daily Historical Weather for November 17

On this date in 1972, a snow storm moved across Oklahoma, dumping up to 10 inches of snow over north-central Oklahoma. Other areas received between one and eight inches. Roads across the state became very slick and hazardous, causing many traffic accidents. At Will Rogers World Airport, a commercial jet aircraft slid off the runway.


Daily Historical Weather for November 18

Every November, the Leonid meteor shower takes place. On this date in 1998, one of the best displays occurred, as at least one shooting star per minute could be seen. Unfortunately for Oklahomans and North Texans, the skies were mostly cloudy to overcast. However, the evening before, the skies were mostly clear, allowing for a spectacular show.


Daily Historical Weather for November 19

On this day in 1973, a tornado occurred in McClain County near Blanchard, and tracked north northeastward to near Moore in Cleveland County. A woman and her infant son were killed in a trailer in Blanchard, as about one third of the town was destroyed. A total of 67 trailers were destroyed in Moore, resulting in 3 fatalities. Another tornado touched down in Kay County, damaging 180 homes, 20 businesses, a city building, the high school, and destroying 4 trailers and 4 businesses in and near Tonkawa.


Daily Historical Weather for November 20

Heavy snow fell across northwest and north-central Oklahoma on this date in 1988. Up to nine inches of snow fell in the Panhandle, while five to seven inches fell in parts of northern Oklahoma. The snow was accompanied by sleet, freezing rain, and even thunder! Blizzard conditions were reported in Woodward and Dewey Counties when visibilities fell to less than 50 feet.

While its not unusual to have tornados during autumn; it is uncommon to have any in November. On November 20, 1979, a weak tornado occurred in Oklahoma County.


Daily Historical Weather for November 21

On this date in 1994, runoff from thunderstorms over central Oklahoma caused flash flooding in Lincoln and Logan Counties. In Lincoln County, state highway 66, between Stroud and Davenport, was closed due to high water. In Logan County, flash flooding of Cottonwood Creek caused Charter Oak, Simpson, and Western Roads to be closed due to high water. Seward Road near Seward was also closed.


Daily Historical Weather for November 22

While its not unusual to have tornados during autumn; it is uncommon to have any in November. On November 22, 1999, five tornados struck northeastern Oklahoma.

On this date in 1982, a tornado occurred near Tushka, and moved to just east of Atoka. The tornado damaged an equipment company, garage, dairy farm, county barn, and several homes. Even a few metal buildings, built to withstand winds of 100 mph, were destroyed.

Severe thunderstorms moved through central Oklahoma during the early morning hours of November 22, 1982. Golf ball size hail did extensive damage to roofs, trees, and cars across the area. Damage around the Oklahoma City metropolitan area was estimated at $1 million.


Daily Historical Weather for November 23

In Oklahoma City, the warmest high temperature on record on Thanksgiving occurred in 1965, with a high of 84 degrees. The coolest high temperature occurred in 1919, with a high of only 28 degrees. Snow has occurred 7 times on Thanksgiving, with the largest accumulation of 1.4 inches measured in 1968.


Daily Historical Weather for November 24

Wichita Falls set their November record low temperature on this date in 1950. The temperature bottomed out at 14 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for November 25

On this date in 1993, widespread freezing rain and sleet occurred during the morning and afternoon hours over much of western north Texas. Hazardous roads resulted in several accidents, a few injuries, and unfortunately, one fatality in a car accident in Bellevue.


Daily Historical Weather for November 26

Strong winds followed a cold front as it moved east across Oklahoma on this date in 1965. The 50 to 60 mph winds blew down a 40 foot radio tower at Altus, shattered many windows, and downed tree limbs in several towns. The winds also fanned hundreds of grass and timber fires. One firefighter was critically burned by a wind whipped grass fire in northwest Oklahoma City. The fires burned thousands of acres across northeast Oklahoma, including two homes and several barns.


Daily Historical Weather for November 27

On this date in 2001, a powerful winter storm, the first of the season, dumped between 3 and 8 inches of snow across portions of central and southwest Oklahoma. Isolated reports of up to 10 inches were seen across western north Texas. By the next day, Lawton had accumulated 6 inches of snow from the event, while Munday, Texas had accumulated 14 inches!

On this date in 1919, sleet and freezing rain began falling across much of Oklahoma. After two days, ice accumulations greater than one inch built up on most surfaces.


Daily Historical Weather for November 28

Most of Oklahoma had a white Thanksgiving morning on November 28, 1968. Snowfall of one to two inches occurred along a 130 mile wide band from southwest to northeast Oklahoma. Amounts of up to three inches covered parts of Jefferson, Love, and Carter Counties. The one to two inch snow cover in Oklahoma City provided the first white Thanksgiving since 1958. Snow did cause holiday traffic problems, but melted during the day.


Daily Historical Weather for November 29

Damaging winds occurred over extreme northwest Oklahoma on the afternoon of November 29, 1975. 80 mph winds flipped over a 50 foot mobile home near Laverne, and slammed it into a utility pole. Also, a small trailer was rolled 2 and 1/2 times by strong winds near Selman.

On this day in 1998, an F0 tornado was reported near Cushing in Payne County.


Daily Historical Weather for November 30

On this date in 1996, a winter storm dumped 4 to 10 inches of snow over northwest Oklahoma. The next day, skies were sunny, and temperatures across most of the state warmed up into the lower 50s. However, temperatures across the snow covered areas only warmed into the upper 30s. Butler reached 52 degrees, while 27 miles to the northwest, Putnam struggled to reach 39 degrees. This is a typical example of how the effects of snow cover can result in drastic temperature differences over short distances.

On this day in 1985, freezing rain and thunder-snow affected many portions of the state. Winter storm warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings, and tornado watches were all issued for portions of southern Oklahoma, with golf ball size hail reported in Duncan at a temperature of 33 degrees! This day was also known as the day of the Ice Bowl, as the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State University played each other in Stillwater, on a virtual skating rink at Lewis Field. By the way, the final score was, Sooners 13, Cowboys 0.


Daily Historical Weather for December 1

Strange bright lights were seen across the evening skies of Oklahoma and western north Texas on this date in 2001. Witnesses described the lights as white and blue, and they crossed the horizon from southwest to northeast, then broke apart. The National Weather Service in Norman speculated that it was likely space junk. The North American Aerospace Defense Command later officially confirmed that it was space debris from an expended Russian rocket reentering the atmosphere. The light show was seen in many places including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Enid, Shawnee, and as far west as the Texas Panhandle, and as far north as Wichita Kansas.


Daily Historical Weather for December 2

The first major snowstorm of the season covered parts of northwest Oklahoma with as much as nine inches of snow on December 2nd and 3rd, 1964. Most roads became snow packed and hazardous, which caused schools across the area to close for one to two days. Just south of the heavy snow area, freezing rain and sleet iced highways and bridges along a belt 100 miles wide, from southwest to northeast Oklahoma. Temperatures in the teens and 20s helped to maintain the snow cover for a week.

On this date in 1999, severe thunderstorms produced three tornadoes in central Oklahoma. Two tornadoes occurred in Logan County near Guthrie, and one tornado touched down near Perry, in Noble County. The tornadoes damaged trees, power poles, barns, outbuildings, and one of them unroofed homes near Guthrie. The December tornado event capped off a record year for tornadoes in Oklahoma, as 145 twisters were observed.


Daily Historical Weather for December 3

On the third of December 1908, an F2 tornado destroyed three homes and killed a large number of cattle near Westville, in Adair County Oklahoma.


Daily Historical Weather for December 4

At least four people were killed as the result of a winter storm that occurred from the evening of December 4, 1992, into the afternoon of the 5th. The storm brought four to nine inches of snow to northwest and north-central Oklahoma, and one to four inches of snow and sleet to much of central Oklahoma. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain fell over a large part of northeast Oklahoma.


Daily Historical Weather for December 5

On this date in the weather archives, an F3 tornado struck Tulsa during the late afternoon hours in 1975. This tornado injured 38 people and destroyed numerous structures, including homes and businesses.


Daily Historical Weather for December 6

Oklahoma and western north Texas can see a decent amount of snow in December. The snowiest December on record for Oklahoma City occurred in 1914, when a monthly total of 9 inches was recorded. At Wichita Falls, the snowiest December occurred in 1942, when 8 inches of snow was tallied.


Daily Historical Weather for December 7

Oklahoma's first winter storm of the year 1989 occurred on December 7th. Six inches of snow accumulated on parts of northwest and north-central Oklahoma, while one to two inches accumulated over central and eastern Oklahoma. The widespread snowfall led to slick and hazardous road conditions, which contributed to many traffic accidents.


Daily Historical Weather for December 8

Since 1891, the latest first freeze in Oklahoma City occurred on this date in 1998. On average, the first freeze can be expected around November 4th.


Daily Historical Weather for December 9

A winter storm began as light freezing rain on December 9th, 1960. On the 10th, the freezing rain changed to heavy snow. Ice accumulated up to a half inch thick, damaging power lines and trees. The greatest damage was across northwest and north-central Oklahoma, where slippery roads brought a rash of accidents, resulting in two deaths and several injuries. Snow piled up to between five and 12 inches across the western half of Oklahoma. Strong winds during the evening of the 10th drifted the snow up to four feet deep in extreme western Oklahoma, closing several roads.


Daily Historical Weather for December 10

A winter storm moved across Oklahoma on December 10th and 11th, 1963. Freezing rain and sleet glazed highways, along with snow depths reaching two inches on top of the ice. 100 traffic accidents occurred in Oklahoma City alone during the evening rush hour on the 11th, and more than 14 injuries were reported due to falls on the ice. Ice accumulations on telephone lines knocked out service to parts of northwest Oklahoma.


Daily Historical Weather for December 11

A strong Arctic cold front moved across central and eastern portions of Oklahoma on this day back in the year 2000. Freezing rain and freezing drizzle made driving very difficult from Bartlesville, to Tulsa, down to Broken Bow. Numerous school closings were initiated, which were followed by cheers from students.


Daily Historical Weather for December 12

On December 12th, 1985, a strong winter storm moved across Oklahoma, producing freezing rain and sleet, followed by two to five inches of snow. Winds of 25 mph accompanied the storm, causing the snow to drift across many roads. Many rural schools had to close because the buses could not run their routes.


Daily Historical Weather for December 13

A winter storm on December 13th through 15th, 1984, left a heavy ice coating across parts of northwest Oklahoma. One to two inches of ice accumulated on everything in the area. The weight of the ice brought down power lines, leaving about 6,000 people without electricity for a week. Ice also caused severe damage to trees, even uprooting some of them.


Daily Historical Weather for December 14

December 14th marks the earliest date that subzero temperatures have been recorded in Oklahoma City. This occurred in 1901 when the temperature reached 2 degrees below zero.

Three people died in Oklahoma from extreme cold as a series of Arctic outbreaks poured into the region, beginning December 14th, 1989, and continuing until the 23rd. A new record low was set at Oklahoma City on the 15th when the temperature dropped to 3 degrees. Record lows were set again on the 22nd and 23rd as overnight lows fell all the way to minus 4 degrees on the 22nd, and minus 8 degrees on the 23rd. Strong north winds produced wind chills of minus 30 to minus 50 degrees. School buses failed to start in the extreme cold, which caused schools to close. Broken water pipes damaged many homes and businesses.


Daily Historical Weather for December 15

A three day snowstorm ended on this date in 1987. Snowfall totals were generally up to 4 inches across northern and central Oklahoma, with a whopping 16 inches measured at Helena, in Alfalfa County.


Daily Historical Weather for December 16

On this day in 1994, a late season severe weather episode occurred over central and southeast Oklahoma. Severe thunderstorms moved through the Shawnee, Ardmore, and Durant areas, producing hail as large as ping pong balls.


Daily Historical Weather for December 17

One of the most severe Arctic outbreaks to affect the Great Plains gripped Oklahoma for more than two weeks in late December 1983. The prolonged cold wave, lasting from the 17th through the 31st, lowered Oklahoma City's average temperature for the month to a cold 25.8 degrees, the coldest on record. A "normal" December would average 39.5 degrees. Water pipes and mains throughout Oklahoma froze, which left many people without water for more than a week. Periods of freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and snow occurred, but snow depths remained generally less than three inches.

A four-day snow and ice storm, described as the worst major ice storm in Oklahoma in more than a decade, ended on this morning in 1967. The storm affected all but the southeast part of the state, with ice accumulations of 1/2 to 1 inch. Local ice accumulations of 4 inches were reported in Cordell. More than 225 people were treated for injuries, after slipping on the ice. At least 170 of these injuries were in the Oklahoma City area.


Daily Historical Weather for December 18

In 1968 on this date, an F2 tornado skipped Northeast of Tulsa near the town of Skiatook. Northeast of Skiatook, a barn was destroyed and the debris was scattered for 1/4 of a mile away from the barn's original location.


Daily Historical Weather for December 19

Near blizzard conditions occurred across northern Oklahoma on December 19 and 20th, 1973. Snow depths of up to six inches were whipped by 30 to 50 mph winds, causing numerous road closures. Many traffic accidents resulted, and several motorists became stranded in the drifts. Several schools were also closed.


Daily Historical Weather for December 20

On this day in 1997, an ice storm occurred over a large portion of western Oklahoma. Freezing rain had began falling by the evening and into the next day. Numerous large tree limbs snapped, littering the streets of many towns. Many main and secondary power lines were downed, cutting power to thousands of western Oklahomans. Blaine and Woodward counties were particularly hit hard, especially Canton and Mooreland, as power outages lasted over two days.

Since 1924, the latest first freeze in Wichita Falls, Texas occurred on this date in 1939. On average, the first freeze can be expected around November 10th.


Daily Historical Weather for December 21

On this date in 1916, the low temperature at Kenton Oklahoma was minus 17 degrees. This was the coldest temperature for Oklahoma that year.


Daily Historical Weather for December 22

Strong winds blew across Oklahoma on December 22, 1961. In Chickasha, power lines were blown down, causing a fire that damaged a cotton warehouse. Strong winds over northern Oklahoma that afternoon damaged many roofs, blew down power lines, and shattered plate glass store windows. A 75 foot section of brick wall fell in Enid, and an oil rig was toppled by the wind in Hennessey.


Daily Historical Weather for December 23

The major Arctic outbreak of late December 1989 caused record low temperatures to be set in both Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls. On the 23rd, both cities experienced the coldest temperatures ever observed in December. In Oklahoma City, the temperature plummeted to minus 8 degrees, and Wichita Falls fared only slightly better, at minus 7 degrees.

On this date in 1983, the barometric pressure at Wichita Falls, Texas had risen to 31.13 inches, which was the second highest known pressure reading ever recorded in the state of Texas. This was associated with the Big Chill of the twentieth century in Texas, which was 17 straight days of bitterly frigid air.


Daily Historical Weather for December 24

The highest atmospheric pressure reading at Oklahoma City occurred on this date in 1983, as the barometer rose to 31.14 inches of mercury. This followed a surge of very cold arctic air, which set many cold temperature records that year.

Cold air moved into Oklahoma the morning of December 24, 1962, followed by snow. Up to an inch of snow covered most of the state. By Christmas, most of the snow had melted, except in the north-central part of Oklahoma. Continued snow there left three to five inches of snow cover. The next morning, the coldest air of the season arrived, giving Ponca City a frigid morning low of minus 4 degrees.


Daily Historical Weather for December 25

It was not a white Christmas in Oklahoma City on the morning of December 25. Nearly 3 inches of snow had fallen at during a winter storm during an 18 hour period. However, temperatures at the surface hovered just above freezing, resulting in the snow melting as it hit the ground.

One of the costliest winter storms on record occurred on Christmas day in 1987. For the next two days, ice accumulations up to two inches from near Duncan to Norman to Tulsa left many areas without power for a week or more.

On this date in 1922, the temperature in Oklahoma City warmed up to 73 degrees, making for the warmest Christmas on record. The warmest Christmas on record in Wichita Falls occurred in 1971, with the mercury reaching 75 degrees. On this date in 1983, the temperature fell to minus 1 degree in Oklahoma City, and only 5 degrees in Wichita Falls, making it the coldest Christmas on record for both of these cities.


Daily Historical Weather for December 26

On this date in 1997, heavy snow, which began late Christmas night, ended during the mid morning hours across south central Oklahoma and western north Texas, blanketing the area with 2 to 4 inches of snow. The snow melted rapidly by late morning, as afternoon temperatures rose into the 40s.


Daily Historical Weather for December 27

An ice storm moved across southeast Oklahoma on the morning of December 27, 1990. Accumulations of ice and sleet covered roadways and other exposed surfaces all across the area. Several accidents occurred, injuring at least four people.


Daily Historical Weather for December 28

On this date in 1915, the low temperature at Hooker Oklahoma was minus 15 degrees. This was the coldest temperature for Oklahoma that year.


Daily Historical Weather for December 29

A late season severe weather outbreak brought tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds to central and north-central Oklahoma on December 29, 1972. A tornado in McClain County damaged a farm, destroyed a garage, and blew away a boat near Purcell. Farther north, in the Perry area, hail larger than baseballs damaged homes, businesses, and automobiles. As the storms moved east into the Stillwater area, they produced 70 to 90 mph winds, which damaged 10 trailer homes. Fortunately, no one was hurt or killed by the widespread severe weather.


Daily Historical Weather for December 30

Beginning on the 29th and continuing through the 30th in the year 1898, a very strong cold front blasted through Oklahoma and north Texas. The temperature at Oklahoma city fell from 68 degrees at 5:50 pm on the 29th, to a very chilly 17 degrees at 10 am on the 30th. The temperature dropped 51 degrees in only 16 hours. The temperature continued to drop to 8 degrees on the 31st at 9 am.


Daily Historical Weather for December 31

A strong Arctic cold front moved across Oklahoma on the morning of December 29th, 1990. As the front moved through, it caused a 50 degree temperature drop in some places during the day. At the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, the temperature dropped from 57 degrees to 27 degrees in 30 minutes. The cold air also left an accumulation of ice and sleet between one and two inches deep, which blanketed the southwest through northeast parts of the state, causing several hundred traffic accidents. Six people were killed and six others injured, all due to traffic accidents caused by the icy roads. Air travel was also severely restricted, as about 2,000 travelers were temporarily stranded at Will Rogers World Airport when a major airline canceled all flights.

The highest temperature on this date was 80 degrees in Oklahoma City, as Oklahoma was about to welcome in the year 1952. One year earlier, the highest temperature on record for this date in Wichita Falls was made, as the mercury rose to 85 degrees, as Texans began to welcome in the year 1951.

Temperatures on the last day of 2004 in Oklahoma City set a record for the warmest low temperature. The mercury only fell to 55 degrees, breaking the previous record by one degree, which was set in 1965.


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