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Spring 2014 Highlights

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  Tulsa - Averages & Records Fort Smith - Averages & Records Fayetteville - Averages & Records
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Temperatures . . .

The following line graphs depict the mean temperature for the months of March - May (in blue) along with the expected mean temperature (in red) for Tulsa, OK, Fort Smith, AR and Fayetteville, AR.  The mean temperatures were taken from 1980 - 2010.

The spring months


Precipitation . . .

The following bar graphs depict the mean precipitation for the months of March - May (in blue) along with the expected mean precipitation (in red) for Tulsa, OK, Fort Smith, AR and Fayetteville, AR.  The mean precipitation amounts were taken from 1980 - 2010.

The spring months

The following bar graphs depict the mean snowfall for the months of March - May (in blue) along with the expected mean snowfall (in red) for Tulsa, OK, Fort Smith, AR and Fayetteville, AR.  The mean snowfall amounts were taken from 1980 - 2010.

The spring months


Drought Progression . . .

The following chart depicts the amount of precipitation that fell leading up to, and during the spring months of 2014, and how that impacted the current drought across the area.  The first image is the amount of rainfall that fell during the month (observed precipitation).  The second image is the percentage of expected rainfall that fell during the month (percent of normal).  The third image is the state of drought near the end of that month (drought progression).

  Observed Preciptation Percent of Normal Drought Progression
February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014

At the end of winter 2014 season,


Averages and Records . . .

Below are tables for Tulsa, OK, Fort Smith, AR and Fayetteville, AR with their monthly averages and records for temperatures and precipitation for the spring months of March - May, along with the spring seasonal averages.  Below the tables are the daily temperature and precipitation records set this spring season.

Tulsa:

Tulsa, OK

Average Temperature

Departure from Normal

Rank Record
March 2014 46.7°F -4.6°F 19th coldest 38.4°F in 1960
April 2014 59.2°F -1.4°F 38th coldest 53.4°F in 1907
May 2014 70.5°F +1.2°F 37th hottest 75.3°F in 1962
Spring Season 58.8°F -1.6°F 30th coldest 54.9°F in 1960

* May 5th, tied the highest maximum temperature record of 92 degrees (other record from 1952).

* May 5th, tied the highest mean temperature record of 80 degrees (other record from 1952).

* May 7th, tied the highest mean temperature record of 79 degrees (other record from 2002).

 

Tulsa, OK Precipitation Departure from Normal Rank Record
March 2014 2.36" -0.93" 58th driest 0.08" in 1971
April 2014 2.13" -1.66" 24th driest 0.34" in 1989
May 2014 3.51" -2.40" 36th driest 0.80" in 1897
Spring Season 8.00" -4.99" 19th driest 4.29" in 1932

* No daily precipitation records were set or tied during the spring season in Tulsa, OK.

 

Tulsa, OK Snowfall Departure from Normal Rank Record
March 2014 2.4" +0.3" 21st snowiest 19.7" in 1924
April 2014 Trace 0.0" 21st snowiest 1.7" in 1957
May 2014 0.0" 0.0" - Trace in 2013
Spring Season 2.4" +0.3" 21st snowiest 19.7" in 1924

* April 14th, tied the daily snowfall record of a Trace (other record from 1943).

 

Fort Smith:

Fort Smith, AR Average Temperature Departure from Normal Rank Record
March 2014 50.1°F -2.8°F 43rd coldest 41.4°F in 1960
April 2014 61.7°F +0.1°F 62nd hottest 68.0°F in 1896
May 2014 70.2°F +0.3°F 58th hottest 75.8°F in 2012
Spring Season 60.7°F -0.7°F 53rd coldest 56.9°F in 1983

* May 4th, set a new highest maximum temperature record of 93 degrees (old record was 91 degrees from 1943, 1947, 1952, 1964).

* May 5th, set a new highest maximum temperature record of 93 degrees (old record was 92 degrees from 1952).

* May 13th, tied the lowest maximum temperature record of 62 degrees (other record from 1953).

* May 14th, set a new lowest maximum temperature record of 58 degrees (old record was 62 degrees from 1923).

* May 14th, set a new lowest mean temperature record of 52.0 degrees (old record was 57.0 degrees from 1973, 2011).

* May 17th, tied the lowest maximum temperature record of 61 degrees (other record from 1935).

* May 17th, tied the lowest mean temperature record of 56.5 degrees (other record from 1945).

 

Fort Smith, AR Precipitation Departure from Normal Rank Record
March 2014 3.85" 0.00" 47th wettest 13.03" in 1945
April 2014 2.94" -1.36" 46th driest 0.36" in 1903
May 2014 6.18"

+0.71"

39th wettest 13.67" in 1943
Spring Season 12.97" -0.65" 81st driest 3.44" in 1936

* March 16, set a new daily precipitation record of 0.92" (old record was 0.67" from 1970).

 

Fort Smith, AR Snowfall Departure from Normal Rank Record
March 2014 0.5" -0.1" 25th snowiest 7.5" in 2010
April 2014 0.0" 0.0" - 0.7" in 1933
May 2014 0.0" 0.0" - -
Spring Season 0.5" -0.1" 26th snowiest 7.5" in 2010

* March 16, tied the daily snowfall record of a Trace (other records from 1915, 1928, 1970).

 

Fayetteville:

Fayetteville, AR Average Temperature Departure from Normal Rank Record
March 2014 43.4°F -4.7°F 7th coldest 37.5°F in 1960
April 2014 55.4°F -1.4°F 19th coldest 51.6°F in 1983
May 2014 65.4°F +0.3°F 34th hottest 71.8°F in 1962
Spring Season 54.7°F -2.0°F 7th coldest 53.1°F in 1960

* April 15, tied the lowest minimum temperature record of 23 degrees (other record from 1983).

* April 15, set a new lowest mean temperature record of 39.5 degrees (old record was 40.0 degrees from 1983).

* April 30, set a new lowest mean temperature record of 46.0 degrees (old record was 47.5 degrees from 1963).

* May 5th, set a new highest mean temperature record of 77.0 degrees (old record was 75.5 degrees from 2007).

* May 7th, tied the highest mean temperature record of 74.5 degrees (other record from 2002).

* May 11th, tied the highest minimum temperature record of 70 degrees (other record from 1956).

* May 13th, tied the lowest maximum temperature record of 55 degrees (other record from 1953).

* May 14th, set a new lowest maximum temperature record of 53 degrees (old record was 55 degrees from 2011).

* May 14th, set a new lowest mean temperature record of 47.0 degrees (old record was 51.0 degrees from 2011).

* May 16th, set a new lowest minumum temperature record of 34 degrees (old record was 38 degrees from 1997).

* May 16th, set a new lowest mean temperature record of 49.5 degrees (old record was 55.5 degrees from 2011).

* May 17th, set a new lowest maximum temperature record of 60 degrees (old record was 66 degrees from 1968).

* May 17th, tied the lowest mean temperature record of 53.0 degrees (other record from 2011).

 

Fayetteville, AR Precipitation Departure from Normal Rank Record
March 2014 5.58" +1.63" 14th wettest 10.05" in 2008
April 2014 3.03" -1.54" 16th driest 0.14" in 1989
May 2014 3.43" -2.61" 13th driest 1.05" in 2012
Spring Season 12.04" -2.52" 23rd driest 7.59" in 1963

* March 2, set a new daily precipitation record of 1.34" (old record was 1.25" from 1988).

* March 15, set a new daily precipitation record of 0.54" (old record was 0.53" from 1974).

* March 16, set a new daily precipitation record of 2.15" (old record was 1.05" from 1970).

 

Fayetteville, AR Snowfall Departure from Normal Rank Record
March 2014 3.8" +2.4" 12th snowiest 15.0" in 1968
April 2014 0.0" 0.0" - 1.0" in 1957
May 2014 0.0" 0.0" - 0.5" in 2013
Spring Season 3.8" +2.4" 12th snowiest 15.0" in 1968

* No daily snowfall records were set or tied during the spring season in Fayetteville, AR.

 


Weather Highlights . . .

Here are a few of the more significant events of the spring season 2014, including severe weather, winter weather, heavy rain, and drought.

March:

     

March 2-3 Winter Weather

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

March 16-17 Winter Weather

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

March 27-28 Severe Weather

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

In March ...

April:

   

April 3 Severe Weather

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

April 13 Severe Weather

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

April 27 Severe Weather

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

In April ...

May:

     

May 8

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

May 12

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

May 15

Photo Credit: NWS Tulsa

In May ...


Summer 2014 Forecast . . .

Below is a chart with the Climate Prediction Center's forecast for both temperatures and precipitation for the next three months (December - February), along with the Seasonal Drought Outlook for the late fall and winter months through February 28.  For temperatures (left), there is an increased chance (40%) of above normal temperatures across much of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas.  This does not mean that there will not be any cold periods during this time frame, but that the temperatures averaged over the entire winter season has a 40% chance of being slightly warmer than average.  For precipitation (center), all of eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas show an "equal chances" rating.  This means that there are no indications that the precipitation amounts will be either above or below normal, thus, normal precipitation, below normal, and above normal are all equally likely.  The third image depicts the drought outlook for the nation through the end of February.  All of our forecast area (eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas) is listed in the "no drought posted or predicted" indicating this area is not under a D1 or greater drought, and is not expected to develop drought conditions.

Summer 2014 Temperature Outlook Summer 2014 Precipitation Outlook Summer 2014 Drought Outlook

Updated: October 20, 2014