Sunset on College Park Rd, Claremore. Photo taken by Jill Andrews
2/09/11 Submitted by Jan Johnson
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TULSA - I hate ice.
Not the kind in my sweet tea, but the kind that coats roads, causes trees to fall and downs power lines. Give me 10 inches of snow any day.
As I watch leaves fall outside, I'm reminded we need to get ready for the next winter storm. No, it's not in my forecast right now, but it's only a matter of time.
If you were not around Green Country in 2007, you missed two major winter weather events. We had snow and ice in January and then again in December we were facing more ice.
Our high in Tulsa on December 9, 2007 was only 31 degrees, normally not a problem.
But when more than one inch of rain falls you get a damaging coat of ice. We had major power outages and it basically shut the state down. The following day we had 1.13 inches of rain that coated us with more ice.
Fast forward to January 2009. On the 27th we fell to 19 degrees with .51 inches of liquid falling, which quickly froze on contact. The ice was crippling.
Most were not ready and suffered. So in an effort to be better prepared, on our 5 p.m. weathercasts we've been offering some winter weather tips.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you have a week of nonperishable food on hand in your home. They recommend:
Things I would recommend:
And while this may seem like a lot, just remember: our 2 Works For You Meteorologists will be here with the latest information before, during and after the storm.
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It was just before 3 p.m. Monday, May 20, when the sirens sounded in the town of Moore, Okla. A tornado was coming. A day later the volunteers were there, having poured in from across the country. Here are a few of their stories.
A procession of volunteers filed down a street toward the Moore Cemetery, a 20-acre resting ground that accommodates the city’s earliest leaders and soon will receive some of its recent storm victims.
An Oklahoma man found his damaged truck and was able to start its engine, which put a smile on his face in the aftermath of a devastating tornado.