The weekend forecast remains centered around a strong upper-level low ejecting from the Rockies into the central plains and a cold front moving across the state Saturday evening. As these features arrive, severe weather threats will increase.
Before the main period of storm chances arrives, a few scattered and elevated storms will be possible early Saturday morning across extreme NE OK and NW Arkansas as low-level moisture rapidly surges north across this area. This is expected to remain east of our immediate area of concern.
Temps Saturday morning will start in the lower 70s and rise into the mid and upper 80s with strong south winds from 15 to 30 mph. The timing of the front remains mostly in the evening hours, but we’ll encourage you to remain aware of the storm chances during the afternoon along I-35 from north-central OK into southcentral Kansas.
Image Provided By: News On 6By Saturday evening the front is moving across the northeastern region with thunderstorms back building from SE Kansas into NE OK. All modes of severe weather remain possible, but the primary threats will be hail and damaging wind. Heavy rainfall threats will also exist through early Sunday morning as the front moves southward. Most data supports the boundary moving into southeastern OK Sunday afternoon and evening where some additional storms may be possible near and south of highway 270 into part of north TX. We should enter a period of mostly uneventful weather early next week with cool mornings and warm afternoons before our next front and storm system arrives Thursday into Friday of next week.
Do Oklahomans Lose An Hour Of Light In September?
Oklahoma will experience a decrease in daylight in September due to the Northern Hemisphere's approach to the autumnal equinox, with the decrease initially being three minutes per day and then slowing to one minute per day around the winter solstice.
The trend of losing daylight continues until clocks "fall back" on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023, at 2 a.m., ending daylight saving time until March of 2024.
The twice-a-year ritual has led some members of Congress to push to make daylight saving time permanent.
According to the Sleep Research Society, daylight saving time causes more light exposure in the evening, which delays the production of melatonin in the body.
This can lead to sleep loss, which is associated with obesity, heart disease, depression, and stress.
Beginning in mid-September, trees in Central Oklahoma begin pollinating, according to the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic.
That means it's ragweed season and common species like elm, oak, maple, birch, mulberry, juniper and more will pollinate for a few weeks. In total, The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic says the season is quite long.
Ragweed pollination begins based on hours of daylight and almost always begins when days shorten around the middle of August, OAAC says.
Those weeds will often continue to pollinate until there is a hard freeze, typically by late November.
"These next few weeks of September is when it often peaks," said News On 6 Meteorologist Stephen Nehrenz. "That's when it becomes a problem."
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Wednesday (8/23), EMSA medics responded to six heat-related illness calls and transported four (4) patients to hospitals in the Tulsa area. Since this Medical Heat Alert was issued, EMSA medics in Tulsa have responded to 29 suspected heat-related illness calls and transported a total of 24 patients to local hospitals.
The current EMSA Medical Heat Alert will remain in place through Sunday.
EMSA medics in Oklahoma City and Tulsa respond to over 250 heat-related illness calls each summer. These calls can be from minor aches to cases of heat exhaustion as severe as a person losing consciousness.
EMSA issues a Medical Heat Alert when there are five or more suspected heat-related illness calls in 24 hours, and the alert expires when there are fewer than 5 calls in a day.
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Do not exercise intensely during the hottest times of the day and wear light loose-fitting clothing. Make sure to drink lots of liquids to replace the fluids you lose from sweating. To keep cool, spritz skin with water and block out windows with a blanket or sheet during the day.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends adults watch out for signs of heat exhaustion which can be; heavy sweating, cold, pale, and clammy skin, a fast, weak pulse, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and fainting. If experiencing these symptoms people should drink water, move to a cooler area, or take a cool bath. Lastly, medical attention should be sought out if symptoms last longer than an hour.
The CDC defines heat stroke symptoms as– hot, red, dry, or damp skin; a fast and strong pulse; a headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion and passing out. If someone is experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately, and try to move the person into the shade or a cooler area. Try to lower your body temperature by using cool clothes.
Parents and caregivers should be aware of the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in young children and take precautions such as having them wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, use sunscreen, and stay hydrated. To keep cool, activities like playing in the water or the shade should be encouraged, and a spray bottle can help increase comfort. Children who are experiencing a heat stroke may also have a high fever or even seizures.
For more information about heat exhaustion and heat strokes from the CDC, click here.
Pets are susceptible to dehydration and overheating in hot and humid weather. Owners should provide shady places for pets, limit exercise, and keep them indoors in extreme heat. Signs of overheating include excessive panting, increased heart and respiratory rates, drooling, weakness, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.
For more information on how to keep your pet safe, click here.
Stay hydrated throughout the day and refuel your body with proper sleep. To protect your skin from damage, apply a water-resistant broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every 2 hours. Make sure to wear protective clothing, use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 15, and avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 pm.
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