2006 Year In Review for Tulsa

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
112 PM CST MON JAN 1 2007

…A QUICK REVIEW OF 2006…

TEMPERATURE…

2006 WILL GO DOWN IN THE RECORD BOOKS AS A VERY WARM YEAR ACROSS
EASTERN OKLAHOMA…AND NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL ARKANSAS. BELOW
ARE THE TOP FIVE WARMEST YEARS FOR TULSA AND FORT
SMITH…INCLUDING 2006.

TULSA OKLAHOMA…PERIOD OF RECORD 1905 TO 2006
RANK AVE TEMPERATURE YEAR
1. 63.7 1954
2. 63.7 1921
3. 63.6 1931
4. 63.4 1934
5. 63.3 2006 AND 1936

JANUARY 2006 WAS THE WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD IN TULSA SINCE
1905. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR JANUARY 2006 WAS 48.4
DEGREES…BREAKING THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 48.0 DEGREES SET IN 1923.

PRECIPITATION…

DESPITE GOING INTO THE YEAR WITH WELL BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION…TULSA RECEIVED 38.23 INCHES OF RAINFALL…WHICH IS
4.19 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND RANKED AS THE 52ND WETTEST YEAR SINCE
1888. TULSA WAS AFFECTED BY DROUGHT THROUGH ALL OF 2006…AND
DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE INTO THE NEW YEAR.

TULSA ALSO HAD A RECORD BREAKING WINTER WEATHER EVENT…WHERE 10.5
INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON NOVEMBER 29 AND 30 2006. THIS WAS THE MOST SNOW
EVER RECORDED IN NOVEMBER IN TULSA SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1900.
THE PREVIOUS NOVEMBER RECORD WAS 5.6 INCHES…WHICH FELL IN 1972.
ELSEWHERE ACROSS NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA…SNOW AND SLEET SHUT DOWN 3
TURNPIKES…AND 15 INCHES OF SNOW WAS REPORTED IN BARTLESVILLE.
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE REACHED ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST
OKLAHOMA.

SEVERE WEATHER…

15 TORNADOES OCCURRED ACROSS EASTERN OKLAHOMA…AND NORTHWEST AND
WEST CENTRAL ARKANSAS IN 2006. WHILE MOST OF THESE TORNADOES WERE
RATED F0 OR F1 ON THE FUJITA SCALE…TWO TORNADOES WERE RATED F3
AND ONE WAS RATED F2. THESE 3 STRONGER TORNADOES ALL OCCURRED ON
MARCH 12 2006…WITH ONE AFFECTING DELAWARE COUNTY IN OKLAHOMA AND
TWO AFFECTING BENTON COUNTY IN ARKANSAS. FORTUNATELY…NO DEATHS
OCCURRED WITH THESE STRONG TORNADOES DESPITE THE DAMAGE TO MANY
STRUCTURES.

FLASH FLOODING AFFECTED THE TULSA SUBURB OF BROKEN ARROW DURING
THE EARLY MORNING OF MAY 4 2006. NUMEROUS HOMES WERE FLOODED AND
SEVERAL WATER RESCUES WERE PERFORMED. THE FLOODING PRODUCED AN
ESTIMATED 100000 DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE.

A MICROBURST FROM A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ON JUNE 6 2006 PRODUCED
WINDS OF APPROXIMATELY 80 MPH IN MIDTOWN TULSA…DAMAGING MANY
HOMES AND A LOCAL AMUSEMENT PARK…AS WELL AS DOWNING LARGE TREES
AND POWER LINES.

ON AUGUST 20 2006…A MICROBURST PRODUCING 64 MPH WINDS DAMAGED
PORTIONS OF DOWNTOWN FORT SMITH…BLOWING OUT WINDOWS…DOWNING
TREES…AND MOVING AC UNITS ON BUILDING ROOFS.

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NK

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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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