Welcome to this week’s OU Nightly Weekly Weather Watch!
This week’s weather is nearly the complete opposite of last week’s. Last week, Norman, OK, was snowed in with around six inches of snow, and meanwhile, this week is all sunshine. The highs this week will climb into the 60s with lows in the 30s. The warmest day will be Friday, February 11, 2022, with a high temperature of 67 degrees. However, a strong cold front will push through the area on Saturday, February 12, 2022, dropping temperatures into the lower 40s. This storm may bring precipitation to the area but it will be like the storm system last week. After that front moves through, the temperatures will begin to climb again into the 50s and 60s as the weekend progresses.
Fire Weather and High Winds
Parts of the Central and Northern Plains are facing fire weather conditions this week. As of Tuesday, February 8, 2022, parts of South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas are under Red Flag Warnings. According to the National Weather Service, Red Flag Warnings need three key ingredients: “Ten-hour fuels of 8% or less, relative humidity (RH) less than 25% for several hours, winds 20 feet off the ground of at least 15 mph for several hours.” The Red Flag Warnings are being fueled by gusty winds, and parts of North Dakota and South Dakota are under Wind Advisories and High Wind Warnings. According to the National Weather Service, in western South Dakota, the High Wind Warning is in effect due to “northwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.” These winds pose multiple threats including downed trees, damaged buildings, power outages. High profile vehicles may have a hard time driving in the strong winds.