We’ve mentioned before that here in OKC, we have the benefit of experiencing all four seasons. Who doesn’t love that? It means we get to really live it up weather-wise, but come spring-time, it also means that we need to be weather wise.
Oklahoma’s location east of the Rocky Mountains and north of the Gulf of Mexico mean that we are sometimes a hot spot for some interesting weather. Cold dry air from the Rocky Mountains and Canada have the potential to gather over our state with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, sometimes resulting in thunderstorms or even more severe weather including tornadoes.
Like other states that have the potential for severe weather, here in Oklahoma, we are pretty well prepared for what Mother Nature might throw our way. Nearly 200 tornado sirens are operated across Greater Oklahoma City. These sirens are utilized when a tornado warning exists in our area. What’s a tornado warning? Here, our meteorologists issue watches and warnings (both for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes). Here’s a brief overview from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
And to help you get prepared for any storms that might come our way, the City of Oklahoma City has assembled a number of references and resources on their site to help. Included in this powerhouse of preparedness are tips for building an emergency supply kit. So go on, download your favorite TV station’s weather app, make sure your weather radio has new batteries and be like a Boy Scout because who doesn’t like being prepared?