If it’s May, Oklahoma could face more storms


Oklahoma’s tornado count for the year is already at 69 including 18 so far in the month of May.

Oklahoma Climatologist Gary McManus reports the latest tornado was the EF0 tornado that dropped out of the sky on Monday near Luther and badly damaged one home.

The death toll so far is six persons. Two died last week in Barnsdall while other deaths occurred in Sulphur, Marietta and Holdenville.

By month, the count of tornadoes includes 2 in March, 49 in April and the 18 so far in May.

One has to go back to 2005 when there were no tornadoes recorded in Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.

For the first time since official records began in 1950, no tornadoes were reported in the state of Oklahoma in the month of May 2005.

Prior to 2005, the record lowest number of reported tornadoes in May was two, in 1988.

Plenty of rain accompanied the most recent storms as indicated on the Mesonet map below.
As the map indicated, parts of northeast Oklahoma received 6 and 7 inches of rain over the past two weeks.