60s today; weekend rain chances in Tulsa area
BY Staff Reports
Thursday, March 07, 2013
3/07/13 at 11:03 AM
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After temperatures dropped as low as 24 Wednesday in Tulsa, highs are expected to reach the 60s for the next few days.
The National Weather Service forecasts highs in the 60s today, Friday and Saturday in Tulsa, with overnight lows in the 40s tonight and 60s Friday and Saturday nights in Tulsa.
Wednesday's 24-degree low tied the month's low temperature, set March 2. The highest temperature so far this month was 73 degrees Monday.
In addition, a 50 percent chance of showers is forecast for Saturday, with a 70 percent chance Saturday night and a 20 percent chance Sunday. New rainfall amounts between 0.1 and 0.25 of an inch is expected without a thunderstorm, according to the weather service.
Tulsa has received 0.01 of an inch of rain so far this month, recorded on Tuesday. Normal rainfall for this time of march is 0.59 of an inch, according to the weather service.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows no changes in the Tulsa area this week, with Tulsa County classified mostly as D2 for severe drought, with the western and northern tips as D3 for extreme drought.
About 10 percent of state -- in the western Panhandle counties and southwest corner of the state -- is under the highest drought classification, D4 for exceptional drought. This is the lowest amount of D4 statewide since the end of July.
More than 60 percent of the state is D3 for worse. The last time it was lower was the week of July 24, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The last week no part of Tulsa County was under any drought classification was May 15. The last week no part of Oklahoma was under any drought classification was May 25, 2010.
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