Welcome to this week’s OU Nightly Weekly Weather Recap!
It has been a mild and dry week across the Sooner State. Norman recorded high temperatures in the sixties several days this week, soaring about 10 to 15 degrees above average for this time of year.
Oklahomans have also been able to enjoy some sunshine this week after last week’s double-whammy winter precipitation consisting of snow and freezing rain, in addition to a few days of sub-freezing temperatures.
This temperate weather unfortunately comes with a price – much of the state remains under severe or extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Fire Weather and High Winds
The National Weather Service (NWS) in San Diego reported several record high temperatures on Thursday, February 10, with temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s observed in southern California.
Further east along the Central and Northern Plains, drought conditions and fire weather have been increasingly favorable over the last few days.
A red flag warning was issued for portions of Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and extreme western Iowa that went into effect until 6PM on Tuesday February 8, due to the likelihood of dangerous fire conditions.
The NWS out of Hastings, Nebraska tweeted Wednesday to bring awareness to “near critical fire conditions” as gusty winds exceeding 35 mph continued.
Superbowl Weekend Forecast
A cold front will sweep across Oklahoma beginning on Friday. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s to lower 30s Friday night and into Saturday morning.
These temperatures will struggle to get out of the 40s on Saturday but will warm back into the mid-50s on Superbowl Sunday.
There will be little to no precipitation with the front, but gusty winds in excess of 20-25 mph are expected in the Oklahoma City metro as the front pushes through, according to NWS Norman.
Across the country, a low-pressure system will march across the Great Lakes and into portions of New England and the Northeast starting Friday.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect for portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the upper peninsula of Michigan through Friday night into Saturday morning.
The NWS in Marquette, Michigan reports possible hazards of blowing snow and winds gusting in excess of 35 mph. Travel is expected to become difficult, especially as roadways begin freezing.
“The cold wind chills of 15 to 25 below zero Friday night could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes,” NWS Marquette said.
Extreme heat will continue to swelter portions of southern California, with an Excessive Heat Advisory in effect until 6PM Sunday.
The NWS in Los Angeles recommends taking frequent breaks from outdoor activities, drinking plenty of water, and wearing light-fitting clothing.
Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles could be the hottest in history on February 13, so those attending the game should take special precautions for potentially record-breaking heat.