Lowest and highest weather marks of 2019 in Oklahoma
From the record amount of tornadoes in Oklahoma—even some in late December to the highest temperatures and the most rainfall—they all were recorded in 2019 by the Oklahoma Mesonet.
State Climatologist Gary McManus noted in Monday’s Mesonet report that the number of tornadoes increased by one on December 28 in eastern Oklahoma, reaching a year’s total of 147 tornadoes. He said there could have been more than the additional one.
” At least one has been confirmed by the Tulsa NWS office, so we’ll put that record at 147 for now,” wrote McManus.
Looking back over 2019, one of the biggest marks was the 81.64 inches of rainfall recorded at the city of Miami.
“That rainfall total is 37.4” above normal. Let me repeat.
Okay, I won’t. But that’s an incredible amount of rainfall to hit the state of Oklahoma. That’s 2015 Godzilla El Nino territory right there, WITHOUT the aid of the Godzilla El Nino. That’s the highest of any official reporting station in Oklahoma. There was a CoCoRaHS site at Jay that recorded 82.79″, so obviously
the totals in far northeast Oklahoma shattered the previous annual records for those locations.”
McManus also pointed to what he called the “not-so-fun stuff” like the heat index at Bixby on August 26 of 118 degrees. And the 108 degrees at Hooker on August 19 for the highest actual air temperature recorded during the year.
On the other end of the temperature spectrum, there was the -4 degree reaching November 12 at Eva.
“The 31 days at or above 100 degrees for Hollis again seems almost tame by our standards, but the 94.2 mph wind gust at Marshall on May 20 (a date with worse connotations) would blow your eyeballs out regardless of the location,” McManus added in his Mesonet report.
The readings and reports are obtained from the 120 Mesonet stations or sites…”lonely sentinels” as described by McManus.
“And we anxiously await the amazing meteorological wonders our
120 lonely sentinels — the Oklahoma Mesonet sites — will observe during 2020. Some with trepidation, some with bated breath, always with anticipation, but also with an understanding that this is the weather we are accustomed to in Oklahoma…a land of weather extremes.”