Carter County saw short-lived stormy weather early Wednesday morning, but that’s not necessarily a sign of things to come.
Daryl Williams, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Norman, said the storm doesn’t mean Southern Oklahoma is necessarily due for more rain. He said the storm developed in the Texas panhandle before moving north, bringing hail and strong winds to west Oklahoma. Then, the storm traveled southeast.
“It wasn’t nearly as strong, but it stayed together long enough to bring rain to your area,” Williams said.
Other parts of Oklahoma are due for thunderstorms later in the week, but Southern Oklahoma will remain dry. Williams said the only significant change Carter County will see is an increase in temperatures.
“It’s mostly going to be a northern Oklahoma event, with severe thunderstorms coming from the Colorado and Kansas area,” Williams said. “As far south as Ardmore, there’s not much chance of severe weather.”
City Manager JD Spohn said aside from some damaged roofs and power outages, city property didn’t take much damage.
“We were very fortunate,” Spohn said.
The storm did cause some power outages, including one that cut off electricity at the Ardmore Community Water Park.
“That was an issue there because of their filtering system,” Spohn said. “That needs to be running 24/7.”