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Turning Stormy in the Northwest

An active fall storm pattern developing in the Pacific Northwest this week will bring areas of heavy rain and high elevation snow. Northern California will benefit from rainfall this week that will aid firefighters given the recent large wildfires. Read More >


Fast Facts

  • Although it is very unusual for a city to be hit by tornadoes on consecutive days, it has happened at least once before the May 8-9, 2003 tornadoes in the Oklahoma City metro area. After tornadoes caused extensive damage to the Oklahoma City area on May 3, 1999, a weak tornado was observed near Lake Stanley Draper in southeast Oklahoma City on the morning of May 4, 1999.

  • Oklahoma City has been struck multiple times within a seven-day period including May 12/18, 1896, March 20/25, 1948, April 28/May 4, 1960, September 29/October 2, 1986, May 3/4, 1999, and May 8/9, 2003.

  • The May 9, 2003 OKC tornadoes occurred during a very active severe weather period in the United States during the first half of May 2003. More than a dozen tornadoes struck the U.S. each day from May 3-11, 2003.

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