Year in Review

By Chad Waters

From the May 24, 2017 Issue Meteorologists warned of a severe weather outbreak last week for over a week in advance, and as predicted, that severe weather outbreak slammed into Western Oklahoma last week on three separate occasions.

Watonga was front and center last Thursday as a tornado warned storm to the south took dead aim at the town. Early in the morning last Thursday the National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center issued a PDS Alert which stands for a Potentially Dangerous Situation. Shortly before noon, storms began to form along the southwestern border of Oklahoma as they moved to the northeast quickly prompting a trio of Tornado watches within an hour. By 11:57 a.m. storms began to explode in Southwestern Oklahoma and at 12:11 p.m. the first tornado warning of the day was issued in Oklahoma as a storm moved through Mangum and northeast towards Granite.

Storms continued to fire east of the dryline and by 2:07 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Blaine, Caddo, Custer and Washita counties as the storms continued to grow in strength as they churned to the northeast. A storm that developed a tornado in Corn, Hydro and later Weatherford threatened Watonga from the west.


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