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Latest from James Aydelott

        What you need to know: Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks if you have to be outside Saturday will be the hottest day of the season with heat index values of 105°-111° A cold front will bring a chance of storm Saturday night into Father's Day morning We may have to dodge some morning raindrops, but at least it will be cooler for Father's Day plans....highs in the mid 80s After the brief cool down, more heat and humidity is likely by the middle of next week  TRACK live radar on FOX23.com FOLLOW the team on social media for updates:               
  • - Hot temperatures expected through at least Saturday...max heat index values will be in the 103-108° range through Saturday - Isolated shower / storm chances possible each day through early next week...severe weather chances remain low, but not zero. Highest storm chances during the evening and overnight - Cold front arrives Sunday morning...dropping highs back down to the upper 80s and dropping the humidity
  • Expect highs in the 90s for at least the next 5 days with breezy south winds Humidity will make it feel like 100° into the middle of the week Likely feeling closer to 105° Thursday and through next weekend Most of us should be staying dry until a few scattered showers and storms begin to pick up Wednesday and linger through Friday Summertime pop up afternoon storms will be possible into Father's Day Weekend, but not looking to be a washout at this point WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE for details on the heat DOWNLOAD THE FOX23 WEATHER APP
  • Isolated storm chance remains into the overnight hours, especially north of Tulsa. Remaining warm, with highs in the mid 80s for most of the work week Chances for storms will also be more widespread on Friday and Saturday...looking pretty soggy for at least the first day of the weekend WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE for details on what to expect as we head into midweek DOWNLOAD THE FOX23 WEATHER APP A more in-depth discussion of the rain chances for this week: Ending May with great temps and rain chances
  • 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.
  • 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 terrified family watched from inside their home as bees swarmed their 45-pound dog.   Debbie Leonard tells WPTV that her teenage children let the family's dog Delilah out into their backyard last Wednesday. When the bees swarmed Delilah, Leonard says her children were afraid to open the door because of the number of bees outside.   Daughter Rebecca Leonard said through tears that Delilah was 'jumping up at the door handle and chewing on it, trying to get us to open the door.'   The Leonards say hundreds of bees swarmed the dog.   They took her to a veterinarian, where they found she'd been stung over 100 times. Delilah died in Rebecca Leonard's arms.   Debbie Leonard says a beekeeper found a feral beehive in a tree.
  • Tulsa bus riders will have service on Sunday starting July Second. Tulsa Transit will use the same routes as the Monday through Saturday service. The only difference will be that smaller buses will be used. Vision Tulsa sales tax money will be used to pay for the extra day of bus service.
  • In a surprise to many in his own party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday postponed plans for a vote this week on a GOP health care bill, as internal divisions among Republicans burst into the open on the best way to overhaul the Obama health law, delaying any vote until next month at the earlies. Here is what’s next on the health care front: 1. No vote until after the July Fourth break. The plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was to have a final vote on a GOP health bill by this Friday at the latest. Instead, the new plan is to come up with some deals and secure the 50 votes needed for passage in July. “I think this is a good decision,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who expressed optimism that a vote could take place the week of July 10. “We’re so close,” Perdue added. But one thing I’ve learned over the years is Congress only feels the pressure to act right before a vacation break – and that happens July 28. 2. Some not so subtle GOP messages. One thing that was striking were the statements issued by several GOP Senators – after the vote had been delayed – as several Republicans waited to publicly pronounce their opposition and concerns. For Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), it was the level of Medicaid spending. Maybe the biggest surprise was a tweet from Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) – who wasn’t on anyone’s radar – that he was opposed to the bill as it currently stands. To me, that’s a canary in the coal mine for broader GOP concerns about their health care bill. The Senate healthcare bill missed the mark for Kansans and therefore did not have my support. — Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) June 27, 2017 3. Some Republicans sounding some odd notes. Along with the statement from Sen. Moran, another post-delay item deserves a note, from Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). “The first draft of the bill included hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for the affluent,” Lee said in a statement, which sounded more like something that a Democratic Senator might say, rather than a very conservative Republican. health111 4. Who can McConnell peel off on health care? While various GOP Senators said they opposed the Republican health plan, they also included the caveat that they don’t like the way it is right now. Things could change in coming days and weeks in order to get someone to vote “Yes.” But for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), his message in a telephone town hall to voters back in the Silver State on Tuesday night was that he doesn’t expect major changes in how the GOP bill would deal with the Medicaid program. “I do not believe that Ronald Reagan would have supported this health care bill,” Heller said. I’ll put him down as a “No” for right now. 'This just shows you they don't have the votes right now…and they can't count on mine going forward.' — Heller on GOP postponing vote — Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) June 28, 2017 5. But don’t declare the bill dead just yet. Remember, the House came back from several near-death experiences on health care in March and April, and still managed to get something approved in May. So, just because the Senate has thrown a tire does not mean that the entire bill is going into the Legislative Ditch. Speaker Paul Ryan said a few hours before the Senate got the chain wrapped around the axle that he wouldn’t bet against his Senate counterpart. The Majority Leader will be tested now, and we’ll see how Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) performs in the spotlight. Ryan: 'I would not bet against Mitch McConnell…I have every expectation the Senate will move this bill.' — Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) June 27, 2017 Stay tuned.
  • Shoppers at a Walmart in Cocoa, Florida, expressed concern after learning that at least 17 registered sex offenders, some designated as sexual predators, listed the store as their home address. >> Read more trending news  State law allows homeless sex offenders to use the address of the closest physical address for their registration. Most of the sex offenders listing the Walmart as their home address likely live across the street in a homeless camp set up in a wooded area, police said. Mother, and Walmart shopper, Heather Poole said she couldn’t believe so many sex offenders lived in such close proximity to a place children and families regularly visit. “We go there, like, 10 times a week,” Poole said. “We literally live right down the street. “It’s pretty scary, you know? We have kids and, you know, you don’t want (the sex offenders) being around and you don’t know who it is.” In a statement, Walmart said that the company goes to great lengths to keep shoppers safe. Walmart admitted, though, that it did not know about the homeless sex offenders using the Clearlake Road store as their home address. Walmart’s full statement: “We work to maintain a safe environment for our customers and associates. It’s disturbing to learn that convicted felons would list our store as their residential address. We condemn such a practice and must refer any other questions to local law enforcement.” According to the Cocoa Police Department, after registered sex offenders are released from prison, officers verify the address listed on their paperwork and check on the individual again in six months.
  • You've almost certainly HEARD of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But Newsweek decided to delve into the little known day-to-day life of being a dictator.  They say Kim is no workaholic like his father, and despite many appearances and parades, he likes to relax and spend lavishly. They say state spending on luxury goods like alcohol, electronics, and high-end clothing, has nearly doubled to $645 million per year during his tenure. Kim tends to indulge on wine and cheese, they say, and actually had to cancel appearances at one point for health and weight problems. He has a wife, but she's rarely seen, and it's believed he has a daughter, but that's not confirmed. He has the main Central Luxury Mansion but also spends a lot of time at what Newsweek calls a palatial complex on the coast, which Dennis Rodman describes as a 7-star party in Hawaii, but Kim “is the only one there.” You can read more from Newsweek here.