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Cool down, showers to bring much-needed relief to Tulsa metro area
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Cool down, showers to bring much-needed relief to Tulsa metro area

Cool down, showers to bring much-needed relief to Tulsa metro area
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Cool down, showers to bring much-needed relief to Tulsa metro area

A cooling trend means local highs may not even make it to 90 degrees by Monday, coming as a relief to heat-weary residents of Green Country.

"I have some great news and some really changing type of events that are going on right now with the weather," News on 6 Chief Meteorologist told KRMG.  "A lot of folks don't realize that we're getting into a scenario here where it could be below normal temperatures."

Cloudy skies and some light rain kept temperatures down on Saturday, and by noon it was still only 80 degrees in the Tulsa metro.

Rain chances remain in the area at least through Monday, and Meyer is only predicting a high of 89 degrees to start the work week.

Even with the rain, however, the region remains on the verge of drought, and Brad McGavock with the National Weather Service tells KRMG the rain in the forecast won't be enough to alleviate that situation.

"It'll provide some relief, but I don't know that it's gonna bring us back up to normal in any type of sense for say the rainfall for the year. It'll be a welcome relief, but I don't think it'll be a widespread drought-busting type of rain."

Observers also noted Saturday's showers moving from west to east across the radar screen, an unusual phenomenon for the area.

McGavock explains that in the summer, some storms can move slowly in that direction. Moreover, they tend to produce outflow boundaries that spawn new storms.

"Those outflow boundaries push further west with time, (and) new storms can develop," he explained. "So while the original storm may not move that much, the storms that develop along the advancing outflow boundary will look like the whole rain area is propagating westward."

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