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  • Frank Mitchell Says Goodbye

    Frank Mitchell Says Goodbye

    How do you say goodbye after 27 years in this business (21 of those in Tulsa)? Please allow me to try.  September 18th will be my last day on the air at Tulsa's Channel 8. Why am I leaving? Simply put,
    How do you say goodbye after 27 years in this business (21 of those in Tulsa)? Please allow me to try.  September 18th will be my last day on the air at Tulsa's Channel 8. Why am I leaving? Simply put,
  • My August Forecast

    My August Forecast

    Tuesday, July 31 2012 7:26 PM EDT2012-07-31 23:26:24 GMT
    As the Heat wave of 2012 continues its hard to imagine we still have August to go through! This is shaping up to be a repeat of last summer which was one of our hottest ever. Record temperatures, heat
    As the Heat wave of 2012 continues its hard to imagine we still have August to go through! This is shaping up to be a repeat of last summer which was one of our hottest ever. Record temperatures, heat
  • Will Our Mild Winter and Spring Result in a Very Hot Summer?

    Will Our Mild Winter and Spring Result in a Very Hot Summer?

    Tuesday, June 26 2012 10:06 PM EDT2012-06-27 02:06:03 GMT
    I get this question all the time. Generally, one season doesn't have anything to do with the next because weather patterns can change. However, there is some evidence that we could be in for another
    I get this question all the time. Generally, one season doesn't have anything to do with the next because weather patterns can change. However, there is some evidence that we could be in for another
  • Are There Less Tornadoes This Year?

    Are There Less Tornadoes This Year?

    Wednesday, May 9 2012 10:13 PM EDT2012-05-10 02:13:05 GMT
    The number of tornadoes across the country is down from last year. By this time last year there were 912 tornadoes. So far this year, there has been 625. In fact in Alabama which was ravaged by tornadoes
    The number of tornadoes across the country is down from last year. By this time last year there were 912 tornadoes. So far this year, there has been 625. In fact in Alabama which was ravaged by tornadoes
  • Is April The New May For Tornadoes?

    Is April The New May For Tornadoes?

    Monday, April 23 2012 12:57 PM EDT2012-04-23 16:57:09 GMT
    In Oklahoma we average 11 tornadoes in April and 21 in May. May has always been regarded as the peak month of severe weather season. But lately it seems like April wants to take over the top spot as our
    In Oklahoma we average 11 tornadoes in April and 21 in May. May has always been regarded as the peak month of severe weather season. But lately it seems like April wants to take over the top spot as our
  • Frank's Spring Forecast

    Frank's Spring Forecast

    Wednesday, February 15 2012 6:48 PM EST2012-02-15 23:48:36 GMT
    UNLIKE LAST YEAR, OLD MAN WINTER HAS MADE VERY FEW VISITS TO GREEN COUNTRY THIS YEAR. SO FAR THIS SEASON, OUR WEATHER IS A LOT MORE LIKE SPRING. BUT WHY HAS IT BEEN SO MILD? AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
  • Spread The Warmth

    Spread The Warmth

    Tuesday, January 3 2012 9:25 PM EST2012-01-04 02:25:54 GMT
    Do you have a blanket or two in your closet that you hardly ever use? Most of us do. However there are hundreds of people in Green Country who don't have a blanket to keep them warm at night, and
  • Frank Mitchell's Winter Forecast

    Frank Mitchell's Winter Forecast

    Friday, November 11 2011 4:38 PM EST2011-11-11 21:38:50 GMT
    February 2011 a blizzard paralyzes Green Country. 14 inches of snow fell in Tulsa setting a new daily, monthly and 24 hour record. Travel came to a halt. Schools and businesses were closed for days. It
  • This Year's Fall Foliage

    This Year's Fall Foliage

    Thursday, October 27 2011 10:20 PM EDT2011-10-28 02:20:10 GMT
    This is the best time of the year to check out our beautiful fall foliage. The peak in Oklahoma runs from Halloween through the first week of November. Because of the hot dry summer, several trees
  • My Time At The Fair

    My Time At The Fair

    Thursday, October 13 2011 6:29 PM EDT2011-10-13 22:29:49 GMT
    This year's Tulsa State Fair has come and gone, but not without me doing my annual taste test of the new and unusual foods. It seems the food gets more and more unusual every year. A couple of years
  • Did Joplin Tornado Victims Ignore Warnings?

    Did Joplin Tornado Victims Ignore Warnings?

    Monday, September 26 2011 6:51 PM EDT2011-09-26 22:51:01 GMT
    Word came down recently that many Joplin residents either ignored or were slow to react to the first warning sirens about the May 22nd tornado. Years of false alarms were to blame.      I don't know
  • Hurricane Season is in Full Gear

    Hurricane Season is in Full Gear

    Tuesday, August 30 2011 8:37 PM EDT2011-08-31 00:37:58 GMT
    With the passing of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and a hard hit to the east coast this past weekend by Hurricane Irene, hurricanes have become a hot topic. With the Atlantic Hurricane Season in
  • Wild Weather

    Wild Weather

    Tuesday, August 23 2011 9:28 PM EDT2011-08-24 01:28:44 GMT
    From heat waves to droughts and earthquakes to hurricanes... 2011 has been a wild year for weather. In OKlahoma this summer we have been experiencing extreme heat. On average, there are 11.4 days each
  • Breaking Record Heat

    Breaking Record Heat

    Tuesday, August 2 2011 8:44 PM EDT2011-08-03 00:44:38 GMT
    Man it's hot outside. An there doesn't seem to be any real relief insight! Oklahoma has been experiencing extremely hot weather and little rainfall this summer. On average, Green Country experiences 11.4
  • The Oklahoma Heat Wave of 2011

    The Oklahoma Heat Wave of 2011

    Sunday, July 17 2011 9:57 PM EDT2011-07-18 01:57:50 GMT
    Man it's hot. Of course you don't need me to tell you. All you have to do is step outside. Actually some people without adequate air conditioning are also being affected inside. Some people are getting
  • What is an ozone alert?

    What is an ozone alert?

    Tuesday, July 5 2011 9:34 PM EDT2011-07-06 02:34:15 GMT
    It's that time of year again when you see signs on the highway and hear information on TV about ozone alerts. But what exactly is an ozone alert? We normally think of ozone as being way up in the atmosphere
  • How hot will it get?

    How hot will it get?

    Tuesday, June 7 2011 9:16 PM EDT2011-06-08 02:16:43 GMT
    It's been a hot start to June so far! How hot do you think it will be this summer?The average high for this time of year is 88 degrees, and so far this month daytime high temperatures have all been above
  • Unseasonably Hot Weather

    Unseasonably Hot Weather

    Tuesday, May 31 2011 8:51 PM EDT2011-06-01 01:51:38 GMT
    It's already hot and humid. And this is just the beginning! The Tulsa Metro area is expected to experience hot, humid, and summer-like conditions for the rest of the week and into the weekend. The average
  • Where is all the May rain?

    Where is all the May rain?

    Tuesday, May 17 2011 8:55 PM EDT2011-05-18 01:55:17 GMT
    May is usually the rainiest month of the year in Green Country. On average, we receive 6.11" of rain each May. However, so far this May we have only received 0.86" of rainfall. Green Country is 2.40" below
  • Winter Weather Contest Winner

    Winter Weather Contest Winner

    Tuesday, May 10 2011 10:10 PM EDT2011-05-11 03:10:38 GMT
    Now that winter is over and we are heading into warmer weather and summer, it's time to announce the winner of the snowfall contest. On average Tulsa receives 9.2" of snowfall a year. In the 2010-2011
  • Test Your Tornado Knowledge

    Test Your Torndao Knowledge

    Tuesday, May 3 2011 10:00 PM EDT2011-05-04 03:00:45 GMT
    Oklahoma generally experiences the greatest number of tornadoes in May each year. Now that May has arrived, let's put your tornado knowledge to the test. Below is a list of common myths about tornadoes.Myth
  • Rainy Weather

    Rainy Weather

    Tuesday, April 26 2011 10:36 PM EDT2011-04-27 03:36:58 GMT
    Earlier this month Green Country experienced drought-like conditions and now we are receiving an abundant amount of rain. In fact some counties are experiencing flood warnings and flash flood watches and
  • Dust Bowl Conditions

    Dust Bowl Conditions

    Tuesday, April 12 2011 10:45 PM EDT2011-04-13 03:45:19 GMT
    We are currently experiencing the driest four-month period since before the 1930s Dust Bowl, and many farmers are giving up hope for the desperately needed rain. The US is the world's largest exporter
  • Continued Fire Threat

    Continued Fire Threat

    Tuesday, April 5 2011 10:02 PM EDT2011-04-06 03:02:10 GMT
    Oklahoma continues to be threatened by wild fires this week as firefighters are battling flames on Turkey Mountain. A combination of warm temperatures, low humidity, and windy weather is creating this
  • Watch vs Warning

    Watch vs Warning

    Tuesday, March 22 2011 9:53 PM EDT2011-03-23 01:53:12 GMT
    Severe weather season is right around the corner for Green Country. During the severe weather season, some weather terms are used to help alert everyone regarding potentially dangerous weather. But what
  • Fire Danger

    Fire Danger

    Tuesday, March 15 2011 9:54 PM EDT2011-03-16 01:54:56 GMT
    Fires have already burned in several parts of Oklahoma this past Friday. And the threat for more fires continues through the end of this week. Fire weather concerns will increase Wednesday through Friday
  • Tornado Safety

    Tornado Safety

    Tuesday, March 8 2011 9:49 PM EST2011-03-09 02:49:41 GMT
    Although a tornado could occur at any time of the year, April through June is the prime time for tornadoes in Oklahoma. As tornado season approaches, you want to make sure you are prepared in the event
  • My Spring 2011 Forecast

    My Spring 2011 Forecast

    Tuesday, March 1 2011 6:41 PM EST2011-03-01 23:41:48 GMT
    THE RECENT WARM WEATHER MIGHT HAVE YOU THINKING ABOUT SPRING.SPRING OFFICIALLY BEGINS ON MARCH 20TH, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THEN TO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.IT'S BEEN A STORMY WINTER, BUT DOES THAT
  • Snowed In At KTUL

    Snowed In At KTUL

    Tuesday, February 15 2011 10:29 PM EST2011-02-16 03:29:15 GMT
    It took a rare, historic, record breaking blizzard to get me to do something I hadn't done in 20 years of working at KTUL! Sleep at the station! Sure I've had some late nights that extended into the
  • Wild February

    Wild February

    Tuesday, February 15 2011 9:53 PM EST2011-02-16 02:53:56 GMT
    It sure has been a wild February so far, and it's about to get even wilder. Just last week we set records for some of the coldest temperatures as well as records for the most snowfall. This week it's a whole different ball game.
  • It's A Bizarre Winter

    It's A Bizarre Winter

    Thursday, February 10 2011 6:57 PM EST2011-02-10 23:57:41 GMT
    This has been a bizarre, historic, record breaking winter for sure. Between the snow and the temperatures, it's a winter many of us will never forget. And what makes this winter even more bizarre
  • The Latest on the Latest Winter Storm

    The Latest on the Latest Winter Storm

    Tuesday, February 8 2011 8:58 PM EST2011-02-09 01:58:09 GMT
    Are you ready for more snow?  Another winter storm is headed our way and will bring us another dose of snow. It looks to me like we will see 4 to 12 inches across the state from this one. The most
  • The Great Groundhog Day Storm

    The Great Groundhog Day Storm

    Friday, January 28 2011 6:51 PM EST2011-01-28 23:51:06 GMT
    It could be called our Great Groundhog Day Storm. It's looking more and more like we're in for another round or two of snow on Tuesday (Groundhog Day). Of course before the snow starts we might get
  • Warmer weather on the way?

    Warmer weather on the way?

    Tuesday, January 25 2011 10:04 PM EST2011-01-26 03:04:23 GMT
    Is warmer weather on the way? We will experience a brief break from the cold winter weather and snow that we experienced last week. As the week continues, temperatures will warm above the average high
  • Winter Storm Update

    Winter Storm Update

    Wednesday, January 19 2011 9:48 PM EST2011-01-20 02:48:22 GMT
    A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for all of northeast Oklahoma including Tulsa until Thursday night. This is the area expecting the most snow and the most travel problems. The rest of the area
  • Winter Weather Advisory

    Winter Weather Advisory

    Tuesday, January 18 2011 9:54 PM EST2011-01-19 02:54:25 GMT
    There is a winter weather advisory in effect from 3pm Wednesday until 6pm Thursday. Winter precipitation is expected to begin moving into Northeast Oklahoma Wednesday evening. As temperatures drop during
  • Protect Yourself Against the Cold

    Protect Yourself Against the Cold

    Tuesday, January 11 2011 9:55 PM EST2011-01-12 02:55:54 GMT
    The cold weather has arrived and it's here to stay for the time being. Many people don't think that cold weather can be dangerous. When thinking of danger in the winter, most people think of accidents
  • Snow And The Coldest Air Of The Season On The Way

    Snow And The Coldest Air Of The Season On The Way

    Thursday, January 6 2011 10:02 PM EST2011-01-07 03:02:15 GMT
    Snow and the coldest air of the season are on the way. Very cold air has been trapped and getting colder up in northern Canada, Alaska and the North Pole. That cold air is going to head south and
  • Cold Snap Ahead

    Cold Snap Ahead

    Tuesday, January 4 2011 10:00 PM EST2011-01-05 03:00:21 GMT
    Soak up as much of the mild weather this week as it won't last for long! Our current high temperatures in the 50s are only going to stick around until the end of the week.
  • Winter Snowfall

    Winter Snowfall

    Tuesday, December 14 2010 9:31 PM EST2010-12-15 02:31:26 GMT
    With the official start of winter right around the corner on December 21st, it's time to guess the amount of snowfall that Green Country will receive this winter season. Let the winter snowfall contest begin!
  • My Winter Forecast

    My Winter Forecast

    Wednesday, December 1 2010 6:05 PM EST2010-12-01 23:05:09 GMT
    It's time for my annual Winter Forecast, and it couldn't look any more different than last year. Last year you might recall we had our 2nd coldest winter on record. I don't think we have to worry
  • Watch Out For The Leaf Storm!

    Watch Out For The Leaf Storm!

    Thursday, November 4 2010 7:03 PM EDT2010-11-04 23:03:49 GMT
    Ever heard of a Leaf Storm? Ok I sorta made that one up. But you got to admit it fits when those beautiful fall colors coupled with the fall gusts of wind turn into a "storm" of falling leaves. You find
  • Halloween Weather

    Halloween Weather

    Tuesday, October 26 2010 9:53 PM EDT2010-10-27 02:53:43 GMT
    With Halloween fast approaching, it's time to finish up your Halloween costumes and get ready for trick or treating this weekend. However, what will the weather be like for trick or treating this year?
  • Below Average Rainfall

    Below Average Rainfall

    Tuesday, October 19 2010 10:06 PM EDT2010-10-20 03:06:25 GMT
    Although we received 1.01" of rainfall in the past 24 hours here in Tulsa, Northeast Oklahoma is still experiencing below average rainfall.
  • This Year's Fall Foliage

    This Year's Fall Foliage

    Thursday, October 14 2010 3:47 PM EDT2010-10-14 19:47:32 GMT
    Around here we expect our fall days to be crisp and colorful. That color coming from the leaves changing colors. But with the lack of rainfall and hot summer, what kind of fall foliage can we expect?
  • Hurricane Season is in Full Force

    Hurricane Season is in Full Force

    Tuesday, September 14 2010 9:56 PM EDT2010-09-15 02:56:29 GMT
    Hurricane season is in full force as the National Hurricane Center recently added Tropical Storm Karl to the list of storms so far this season.
  • Heat Bursts

    Heat Bursts

    Thursday, July 1 2010 12:02 AM EDT2010-07-01 04:02:35 GMT
    Heat bursts are very rare and also hard to forecast, but when they occur they can really be something to marvel.
  • Hurricanes and the Oil Spill

    Hurricanes and the Oil Spill

    Wednesday, June 30 2010 11:47 PM EDT2010-07-01 03:47:54 GMT
    With our first named tropical storm already in the western parts of the Gulf, hurricane season is definitely underway. Now the big question is, how will the oil spill react with a major hurricane in the Gulf.
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