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Gazette staff November 16th, 2011

This just in: Oklahoma has some crazyass weather. (What? You already knew that?) And lots of earthquakes.

How bad is it? Meteorologists, who study the atmosphere, are actually commenting on seismic activity instead. The horror!

“It’s just that we had so many records in one year,” Marc Austin, a meteorologist at Norman’s National Weather Service, told The Associated Press. “Then you combine that with a record-breaking earthquake, and it makes for a very interesting situation.”

Want record-breaking blizzards?

Check. How about some hotter-than-hell temps after some serious frigidity?

Been there, done that. Lookin’ for some hail along the lines of what Ming the Merciless unleashed in “Flash Gordon” circa 1980? We already filed the insurance claims. We even survived ’roid rage (not the Preparation H kind) when ol’ 2005 YU55 flew by last week.

None of that prepared us for the magnitude 5.6 earthquake that shook our foundations on Nov. 5.

“We’re in tornado country, man,” Joey Wakefield, emergency management director for rural Lincoln County, told Reuters. “These earthquakes, it just scares the hell out of everybody here.”

But you can rest assured that Gov. Mary Fallin is here to lend her support.

“It’s been a tough year for Oklahoma when it comes to weather and natural disasters, but we’re doing everything we can to help,” Fallin said in a released statement Nov. 9. “Declaring a state of emergency will help to make sure the state can make necessary emergency purchases and lays the groundwork for any federal assistance we might need to request in the future.”

Now we feel much better, even if the ground is a-shakin’. And if you’re feeling really nostalgic, you can hearken back to 100 years ago when the meteorological became illogical on Nov. 11, 1911.

“On that afternoon, Oklahoma City reached a record high temperature of 83 degrees,” wrote Gary McManus with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. “Soon thereafter, a ‘norther’ barreled through the state, dropping temperatures 50-65 degrees in the span of a few hours. By midnight, the temperature at Oklahoma City had plunged to a frigid 19 degrees on its way down to 17 degrees, the record low for that same date. Both records still stand, marking Nov. 11, 1911, as the only date in state history in which the record high and low temperatures were broken on the same day for a single location.”

Top that, Gary England.

 
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11.21.2011 at 12:24 Reply

Did anyone of these meterologists bother to note the epicenter proximities to one another?  Because with so many quakes being located in about a 20 mile radius, I think I'd start counting how many fracked wells were in that area.  If only to condemn or prove the idea that natural gas extraction isn't as safe as Chesapeake would have us believe.  It's only logical that we get some unbiased answers on that before all of our homes are rubble.  I mean, let's be honest here, if you've seen Gasland, you know that a natural gas company telling you their methods are safe is about as believible as anything you might hear on FOX news.

 

 
 
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