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Weather Whys Blog: Friday night thunderstorms

Posted at 11:35 AM, Sep 17, 2015

If you're headed out to high school football Friday night, especially north of Tulsa, you'll want to keep an eye on the sky.

New data Thursday morning brings the cold front into Green Country faster than past computer model depictions.  Here is what I am talking about.  Look at the weather picture below.  It is a radar snapshot from around midnight Friday.  

If this computer model generated graphic is true than a lot of people will see thunder and lightning before the end of Friday night football games. It also means it could be a close call in and around Tulsa.

But will it be right?

The front will be slowing down at this point, so the thunderstorms may be a little farther north than shown in the image above.

What about Severe Weather?

Certainly a chance closer to Ponca City. Temperatures will surge into the mid and even upper 90s in north-central Oklahoma. Clusters of the thunderstorms with strong gusty winds will develop and move from west to east.  As it stands right now, as you can see from the map below, there is a slight risk of severe weather over north-central Oklahoma while a marginal risk exists farther south and closer to Tulsa.

We will have to watch the thunderstorms that develop near the Kansas/Oklahoma border for potential severe weather. As Friday night wears on, the cold front will be race out ahead of the thunderstorms. That will weaken the thunderstorms somewhat as they move into cooler air left behind by the front.

Follow me on Facebook or Twitter and watch 2 Works for You at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. for the latest timetable on the arrival of the rain and thunderstorms. While timing is still in question, we do know it will be a lot cooler this weekend.  

Thank you for stopping and taking the time to read the Weather Whys Blog.

Brett

 

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