OKC Weather and Severe Storm History
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma was added to the statehood of the United States in 1907. Prior to that, it had been a growing settlement for nearly twenty years. It started as vacant land that had not been assigned to any Indian tribe. Settlers came in for homesteading around 1889, and an event that was called the Land Run saw more than ten thousand settlers take up stake there. By the early 1900s, and the time that it was entered into the Union, the population in Oklahoma City had more than doubled. Guthrie had become the capital of the territory, and the main hub for the newly developed state.
The city's early leaders helped the growth of the settlement by developing the first Trolley System. This railway system allowed for the first meat packing company to move into the city. This paved the way for other industries to come into the city. After a few years, and prominent growth, it was voted that the new capital of Oklahoma was to be the OKC. The capital building was constructed, but there were not enough funds to add the dome at the time of the building completion. The dome was finally added to the capital of the sooner state in 2002.
OKC, Oklahoma has often been referred to as the most tornado prone state in the United States. Over the course of the state's beginning until the early 1970s, there had been a large number of tornadoes recorded in the area. The entire state is said to sit in the middle of what is called tornado alley. The numbers in the early years far exceeded thirty tornadoes. Some sources recorded the number as closer to forty. The National Weather Service has indicated that the probability of more tornadoes are likely because record keeping had ceased for a while.
The worst, and most widely spread was the tornadoes of May 3, 1999. There was a series of more than seventy tornadoes that hit the area over a twenty one hour period. They left a devastating path of destruction in the Oklahoma town, and the surrounding area. The largest one maxed out to an F-5 on the Fujita scale. The winds were as high as three hundred eighteen miles per hour. These winds were stronger than any ever recorded anywhere on earth. This was the most deadliest tornado that had occured in twenty years in the United States. It also came with a very costly price of more than $1 billion dollars to the area and it's residents.
The capital city in OK has weather averages are high temperatures in the 60 range, and the low average is around 50. The annual average rainfall is about thirty six inches. The maximum humidity is 100, and the minimum humidity is 65. The city has a warm, and mild climate that is inviting to visitors as well as the residents. Through the years, tornadoes have not been kind to the city, or the state. The city has strong leadership who work hard implementing disaster relief efforts after each storm. These efforts and deeds help the residents remain in the city. With a long history of massive destruction from tornadoes, Oklahoma City still stands amid all of the rubbish and debris. The population is not declining, and the moral of the people indicates that the city is healing.