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Latest from James Aydelott

    WARNINGS: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Haskell, Le Flore, and Sequoyah County until 10:45pm. WATCHES: Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Haskell, Le Flore, and Sequoyah County until 11:00pm. Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Latimer and Muskogee County until 11:00pm. Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 p.m.: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa and Rogers Counties What you need to know: Moisture will rapidly return from the Gulf of Mexico today just in time for a cold front this evening. These two factors will combine for a brief risk for severe storms, especially northeast of Tulsa. All modes of severe weather will be possible mainly between 1pm and 8pm. After mid to upper 70s today, expect 60s Friday and 50s over the weekend. A 2nd system will bring a cold steady rain to the area on Saturday. Much needed rainfall will help out with the fire danger! We should slowly climb next week with 50s still on Monday and Tuesday but 60s by Wednesday. DOWNLOAD THE FOX23 WEATHER APP
  • WARNINGS: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh, Muskogee and Wagoner County until 9:00pm. WATCHES: Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Haskell, Le Flore, and Sequoyah County until 11:00pm. Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Latimer and Muskogee County until 11:00pm. Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 p.m.: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa and Rogers Counties  What you need to know: Moisture will rapidly return from the Gulf of Mexico today just in time for a cold front this evening.  These two factors will combine for a brief risk for severe storms, especially northeast of Tulsa.  All modes of severe weather will be possible mainly between 1pm and 8pm. After mid to upper 70s today, expect 60s Friday and 50s over the weekend.  A 2nd system will bring a cold steady rain to the area on Saturday. Much needed rainfall will help out with the fire danger! We should slowly climb next week with 50s still on Monday and Tuesday but 60s by Wednesday.  DOWNLOAD THE FOX23 WEATHER APP                  
  • Current heat wave stretches beyond two weeks as high temperatures once again climb well into 90s; heat index values near 110. Heat Advisory from 11 AM to 9 PM. Storm chances will continue for those areas north of HWY-412 tonight. A few storms could approach severe limits. Rain chances will continue into Friday morning for those locations west of Tulsa. The hot & humid weather drags into the weekend with highs staying in the 90s and heat index values 105+.
  • Get used to the heat and humidity, so be ready to drink more water and take more of breaks in the shade Highs will stay steady in the lower-to-mid 90s all the way into early next week It'll be mostly sunny and dry into the weekend, but some isolated showers could start to pop up on Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon
  • Chilly temps by Tuesday morning, near 40° Other than a very slight chance of a shower Wednesday, Dry and seasonable weather will return for remainder of the workweek. Umbrellas may be needed again this weekend with the increasing chances of showers and storms, especially for Sunday.
  • Shower and thunderstorms continue to track east of Green Country tonight. Tracking the threat of patchy dense fog by morning. Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for most of southeastern Oklahoma through Thursday afternoon Tracking our next round of showers and thunderstorms. Drying trend by weeks end. The showers & thunderstorms that dropped 1-3 inches of rain in parts of Green Country the past 24 hours has now moved into Arkansas. Behind this activity skies will remain mostly cloudy. Winds will become light overnight and this will lead to some patchy dense fog. Temperatures will stay mild tonight with lows in the 50s. Some sunshine will be possible Wednesday across northern Oklahoma, while southern and southeastern area will deal with more rainfall. Temperatures will stay in the 60s to near 70 with light northeast breeze. We'll keep a chance for rain through Saturday afternoon.
  • James Aydelott

    James grew up in Tulsa, and has always been fascinated by the severe weather that seems to hit Tulsa with fearsome regularity.

    James’s dad piled the family in the station wagon and toured the damage after each round of severe weather, and all that destruction made quite an impression on young James. 

    After graduating from Tulsa ‘s East Central High School, James headed to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in meteorology. 

    James has worked in Sherman, TX, Savannah, GA, Wichita, KS, Dallas, TX and in Tulsa, seeing and forecasting everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to blizzards. He has years of tornado chasing experience and is a severe weather and Doppler radar expert. 

    James is an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys flying his Cessna Cardinal. James and his wife Robyn have two children and golden retriever, Mia, who also loves to fly. He also likes to cook and has even been a celebrity chef in Tulsa’s own Chef Fest.

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  • A bill that would require insurance carriers to consider the use of FORTIFIED construction techniques when determining premiums is moving forward in the Oklahoma legislature. The standards are set by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. House Bill 1720 does not mandate lower premiums - but Insurance Commissioner John Doak is confident the increased use of the stronger building techniques will drive down the cost of insurance for homeowners. Basically, FORTIFIED construction involves strongly connecting the roof to the walls and the walls to the foundation, greatly increasing the structure’s resistance to high winds. The bottom line, proponents say, is that Oklahomans will suffer storm damage every year, no matter what. But, “there’s going to be less damage for those consumers that embrace this program,” Doak told KRMG Tuesday. He hopes someday to possibly mandate lower premiums, but starting with a voluntary program is the best way to encourage wider use of FORTIFIED construction, he said. It’s not only for new homes, he added. “You can retrofit an older home,” Doak said, and the process doesn’t take very long. Habitat for Humanity has committed to building dozens of homes in Oklahoma using the new techniques. While such a home won’t withstand an EF-5 tornado, the great majority of damage in Oklahoma comes from straight-line winds and smaller tornadoes in the EF-1 to EF-2 range. HB 1720 passed unanimously in the Oklahoma House, by a vote of 93-0, and now goes to the Senate. Here is a video demonstrating the advantages of FORTIFIED construction:
  • At the request of four Democrats in the Congress, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to formally review how much money the feds spend, and what security precautions are taken, when President Donald Trump takes a weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida. The request for a GAO review came from three Democratic Senators and one House member – the GAO says it will “review security and site-related travel expenses related to the President’s stays outside the White House at Mar-a-Lago. The lawmakers who made the request were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). On 2/16, @RepCummings @SenWarren @SenWhitehouse & I wrote @USGAO & asked they review Mar-a-Lago security procedures & taxpayer funded travel — Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) March 28, 2017 This is not new territory for the GAO, which from time to time is asked by one party or the other to review the costs of travel. When the White House was under the control of Democrats, Republicans a few years ago were the ones asking about costs – as they had the GAO look at a February 15-18, 2013 trip made by President Barack Obama. In that review, the GAO estimated that an official speech in Illinois, followed by a golf weekend in Florida, cost about $3.6 million. This GAO report will look at more than just the cost of the weekend trips to Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago, as it will also review security matters there. (CBSMiami/AP) — A government watchdog will investigate the taxpayer-funded travel costs of President Donald Trump’s trips to Mar-a-lago. — Liz Quirantes (@lizquirantes) March 28, 2017 Democrats raised those concerns during a trip that Mr. Trump took with the Japanese Prime Minister, when the two men were seen with aides in a public dining area, speaking about a developing national security issue with regards to North Korea. One question from the four Democrats centers on whether those who are at the Trump club have gone through normal security and clearance procedures, including any foreign nationals who might be there. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has downplayed the costs of the Mar-a-Lago visits, saying that’s ‘part of being President.’ “That is a vast reach,” Spicer told one reporter, who cast the question of the cost of the Mar-a-Lago visits, versus proposed cuts in the federal budget. Before he became President, Mr. Trump often criticized his predecessor for taking weekend golf trips to Florida and other parts of the country. While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016 The GAO will now be in charge of determining how much Mr. Trump’s own weekend getaways are costing taxpayers.
  • J is not OK, as a name according to a Swiss court. The Zurich administrative court said in a ruling released Tuesday it had upheld a local registry's office decision to reject the letter as a given name in the best interests of the child, Switzerland's 20 Minuten news website reported. The court rejected the parents' argument they wanted to honor their daughter's great-grandparents Johanna and Josef with the initial as one of her middle names, saying they could have chosen the already-accepted Jo instead.  Though the parents wanted to pronounce the name 'Jay,' the court noted the letter is pronounced 'Yott' in German, creating confusion. The court also said people would be inclined to put a period after the J, though it wasn't an abbreviation.
  • A new study by the Mayo Clinic found that certain workouts can reverse the aging process. The study found that a high-intensity interval training workout, combined with resistance training, can turn back time. >> Read more trending news 'You're essentially slowing down that aging process, (which) I think is amazing, because we didn't have those things before,' said Dr. Vandana Bhide, of the Mayo Clinic. The study was conducted by researchers in Rochester, Minnesota, and targeted two age groups -- 18 to 30-year-olds and 65 to 85-year-olds. As we age, we lose muscle mass. Researchers found that a combined workout increases muscle mass, and on the cellular level, reverses some of the adverse effects of aging. 'For older people, it allows them to be more functional, to be able to do as much as they can at whatever age,” Bhide said. Researchers tracked data over 12 weeks. 'It's not overnight, but we think of it taking years,' Bhide said. Florida-based fitness franchise Orange Theory Fitness focuses on these types of workouts. 'It kind of just reaffirms what we already believe here,' head coach Justin Hoffman said. 'We've seen tremendous strength gain, even (at) 70 years plus, with just 3 to 4 days of interval training.” Bhide said older people who are interested in these workouts should check with their doctor before starting. And as with any exercise program, everybody is different and may not get the same results.
  • The American Geosciences Institute will host a free webinar, “State Responses to Induced Earthquakes,” on Friday 14 April at 1:00 PM CT. The surge in recent years of earthquakes associated with some oil and gas operations, especially the deep underground injection of wastewater, has spurred a range of actions and responses from geoscientists, regulators, and operators. This webinar will explore state-level activities in Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio to monitor and reduce induced earthquakes. SEG is a co-sponsor of the webinar. The webinar will feature Jeremy Boak (Director of the Oklahoma Geological Survey), Michael Young (Associate Director for Environment at the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology), and Steven Dade (Geologist 2 at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources), focusing on several key topics: Improved monitoring networks for detecting small earthquakes Regulations and their effects Collaborations between government, industry, and other groups to reduce induced earthquakes Outreach and education to improve public awareness Attendees will have the chance to ask questions of the speakers in a live question and answer session during the webinar. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit http://bit.ly/induced-eq-webinar. This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Energy Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the U.S. Geological Survey.