First Freeze, Winter 2016-2017, Norman Oklahoma

“In general, “hard freeze” is used to imply temperatures that are sufficiently cold, for a long enough period, to seriously damage or kill seasonal vegetation. In our area, this usually means temperatures falling into the upper 20s or lower for at least two to three hours.” – WRAL.com.

Freeze Warning for Cleveland County, Oklahoma:
Issuing Office: Oklahoma City
Source: National.Weather.Service
3:55am CST, Fri Nov 18
… FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST SATURDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM CST SATURDAY. THE FREEZE WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TEMPERATURE… MIDDLE 20S IN NORTHERN OKLAHOMA TO LOWER 30S IN SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA AND ADJACENT AREAS OF NORTHERN TEXAS. * IMPACTS… THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES COULD KILL PLANTS AND OTHER TENDER VEGETATION LEFT OUTDOORS OR UNPROTECTED. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… IF YOU HAVE PLANTS… SMALL TREES OR OTHER TENDER VEGETATION WHICH COULD BE HARMED BY A FREEZE… TAKE THE TIME NOW TO PROTECT THEM. POTTED PLANTS NORMALLY LEFT OUTDOORS SHOULD BE COVERED OR BROUGHT INSIDE AWAY FROM THE COLD. PETS SHOULD ALSO BE BROUGHT INSIDE.

NORMAN OKLAHOMA:
Forecasted High Friday 18 November 2016: 53F. Wind NNW 19 with gusts to 26 mph.
Tonight forecasted low: 30F. Wind NNW at 11 mph. From Hourly Forecast: 7:00am Saturday 30F, wind chill (what it feels like) 25F, wind NNW at 5 mph. Sunrise 7:09am. Clear sky.
Forecasted High Saturday 19 November 2016: 54F. Wind N at 7 mph. Sunny.

Wind was strong out of the south yesterday rattling my french doors (apartment facing south) all day and all night. After sunrise, wind shifted to southwest, then west, and then northwest. It wasn’t difficult riding my bicycle over to Homeland grocery store east of my apartment, about .63 miles. I had to walk next to it with baskets loaded, unable to fight the extremely cold strong wind during the return home trip.

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Looking southeast this Friday afternoon from my balcony, second level apartment facing south. Click on image to see full size.

There is still some green, but some trees are finally starting to change, going through the autumn colors; some leaves starting to fall off. This is November 18, but it reminds me of what weather was like around October 18 in Wichita Kansas during elementary school years, start of grade 1 in 1962 to start of grade 5 in 1967. I remember a year when it snowed on Halloween. Now in Norman Oklahoma most of the snow should remain north of Oklahoma, with drought possible in Oklahoma this winter. If we do get snow here, then it will likely be Christmas soonest, possibly New Year’s Eve and day, but most likely late January to early February.

Reported by Jim Lantern,Norman Oklahoma
LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL
Friday afternoon 18 November 2016

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