2019 average temperatures rose in Oklahoma but not everywhere

Scientists now say 2019 was the second-warmest year on record and that 83 percent of some 3,500 cities in the U.S. saw average temperatures higher than normal last year.

A check of the cities compiled by AccuWeather saw some Oklahoma cities with lower than average temperatures.

The list included Ardmore, Oklahoma where the average temperature was 62.5 degrees, which was 1.3 degrees below normal. Bartlesville was another Oklahoma city where the 2019 average was below normal. Its average temperature was 58.2 degrees, 0.5 below normal, according to the AccuWeather records.

Most other cities in Oklahoma were slightly above normal. Tulsa had one of the largest increases with an average of 50.8 degrees, or 1.9 degrees above normal. Oklahoma City’s average temperature of 50.8 was also 1.9 degrees higher.

Most other cities in Oklahoma had much lower increases. Lawton’s average temperature of 62.8 degrees was only 0.04 degrees above normal. Altus and Woodwardhad the same average and same increase.

Muskogee’s average temperature was 60.7 degrees, an increase of 0.4 degrees. McAlester had an average 62 degree temperature, which was only 0.1 degree above normal. Shawnee’s average was 60.2 degrees or 0.4 degrees higher than normal.

Ponca City had an average temperature of 59.2 or 0.3 degrees above normal. Guymon in the Panhandle saw only a 0.2 degree increase with an average temperature of 57.1 degrees.

Nationally, AccuWeather indicated 83 percent of the 3,500 cities in the survey had higher temperatures.


Scientists announced that 2019 was the second-warmest year on record. In a database of more than 3,500 cities compiled by AccuWeather, about 83 percent saw average temperatures higher than normal last year. Enter your city below to see how it compares.