2021 Was a Record Breaking Extreme Weather Year for Oklahoma
Mother Nature sure has been moody this year. In 2021 Oklahoma has set several weather-related records. Some good, some not so good. We've seen everything from extreme thunderstorms, high winds, tornadoes to rapid low and high-temperature changes. And 2021 isn't over yet, we still have a few more days to go.
Recently Mesonet, which is an Oklahoma weather network released the near year-end totals for some of Oklahoma's crazy weather patterns we've experienced in 2021. The Sooner State broke several records for extreme weather, temperature changes, rainfall, and strong winds. This past year has been totally insane.
Click here to see the full weather map and check out some of the crazy weather patterns Oklahoma endured in 2021. Now if you live here you certainly don't need me to tell you just how insane the weather can be, you're all too familiar with Mother Nature's moodiness. Like the old saying goes" "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, just give it a minute." That definitely held true in 2021 we've seen it all, and then some.
We're literally the only state in the union that can have all four seasons and a monsoon in a day. Right now most of Oklahoma is sitting in the 70-80 degree mark. By this weekend we'll be seeing overnight temperatures in the teens and low twenties with daytime temps around 45-50 degrees. That will be a 30-50 degree swing in a matter of days. No wonder everyone's walking around sneezing and coughing all the time.
As dry as it is right now there are several burn bans in effect until further notice including Caddo, Grady, Stephens, and Jefferson counties. It doesn't look like Comanche County is under a burn ban at this time, but that could change quickly. Maybe the forecast will hold true and we'll finally get some much-needed rain on Friday. There's about a 50% chance at this time but we'll have to just wait and see. *Fingers crossed*
Unless things change, and it probably will, it's going to be a cold New Years' day. So if you're planning on going out on New Years' Eve I'd bring along a jacket because after the ball drops at midnight the temps will too, dramatically. As weird as the weather has been lately it makes you wonder when Winter does finally get here how long will it last? Once it gets cold I'm betting it will go on well into early Spring. Hope I'm wrong...