Weather Forecasts

  • National Weather Service

    Weather forecasts, warnings, radar pictures, air quality, climate information and more

    The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.

  • Storm Prediction Center

    Provides warnings and watches for potential and existing storm threats

    The Storm Prediction Center (SPC), located in Norman, Oklahoma, is tasked with forecasting the risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the contiguous United States.


    Get climate information for your part of the state.

  • Oklahoma Mesonet

    Weather, climate, and forecasting information specific to Oklahoma

    The Oklahoma Mesonet is a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations. The network was designed and implemented by scientists at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

  • NOAA -- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

    The federal government's lead agency for climate and weather information

    From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

  • Old Farmer's Almanac

    Since 1792, the Old Farmer's Almanac has provided weather forecasts & predictions, planting schedules, moon phases and more


    Forecasts, weather news and more from The Weather Channel features current conditions and forecasts for over 98,000 locations worldwide, along with local and regional radars. Many maps and other features available on the domestic cable television are also at one's fingertips, along with weather-related news, educational material, a weather glossary, a storm encyclopedia, and seasonal features.

Weather Preparedness

Extreme weather is unpredictable. Don't be caught off guard, plan accordingly for any possible hazardous weather or weather related disaster.

Create an Emergency Plan

  • Have a family or household meeting to discuss plans for any possible emergency -- tornado, fire, flood, etc
  • Decide how your family will respond to the differed disasters
  • Plan escape routes and determine safe places in and outside the house
  • Discuss how to handle medical emergencies
  • Keep family records in a fire and water-proof safe
  • Keep important contact information on-hand

Additional tips for creating an emergency plan can be found at, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, & the American Red Cross.

Build a Disaster Supply Kit

Prepare your kit well in advance of any potential disaster and adjust the kit to seasonal threats such as cold, tornadoes or floods. Build a kit that will last your family at least 72-hours. Here are a few things to consider putting in your disaster supply kit:

  • Water -- at least one gallon per person per day for a minimum of three days
  • Food -- at least a three day supply of non-perishable items
  • Radio & a NOAA weather radio -- either battery powered or hand crank and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Can opener
  • Wrench or pliers

Additional supplies to consider can be found at Kits can also be purchased from stores or organizations such as the Red Cross.

Plan for specific disasters


Know the Terms

Tornado Watch -- Tornadoes are possible. Remain alert for approaching storms. Watch the sky and stay tuned to a weather radio, commercial radio, or television for alerts or news.

  • Tornado Warning -- A tornado has been spotted or indicated by a weather radar. Take cover immediately.

Links to tornado specific planning and resources

Extreme Heat

Links to Heat related resources


Links to flood related resources


Drop -- Cover -- & Hold On! Links to earthquake related resources

Additional resources for natural disasters, terrorist attacks, technological disasters or other safety concerns

These websites provide a wealth of information to help you, your family, or your business plan for most natural and man-made disasters.

Weather Facts, Data & Statistics

  • National Climatic Data Center

    The world's largest archive of weather data.

  • U.S.National Hazard Statistics

    Provides statistical information on fatalities, injuries and damages caused by weather related hazards.

  • Earthquake Hazards Program

    A wealth of earthquake data and information from the U.S.G.S.

  • Local Climatological Data

    Monthly summaries from major airport weather stations that includes a daily account of temperature extremes, degree days, precipitation and winds.

  • The Online Tornado FAQ

    A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been compiled from questions asked of the Storm Prediction Center as well as basic tornado research information and countless scientific resources.

  • National Snow & Ice Data Center

    The NDIC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.

  • Storm Data Publications

    Contains a chronological listing, by state, of hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, hail, floods, drought conditions, lightning, high winds, snow, temperature extremes and other weather phenomena.

  • U.S. Drought Monitor

    A multi-agency and institution collaboration tracking drought in the United States.

Frequently Asked Weather Questions

Where can I find past weather data?

Finding Past Weather...Fast (National Weather Service)

Mesonet (Oklahoma Climatological Survey)

Where can I find information on tornadoes that have occured in Tulsa County?

Using the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters website, you can view information on tornadoes have occurred in Tulsa County between the years 1875 - 2010.

What is the average number of tornadoes that strike Oklahoma each year?

Between the years 1953-2004, an average of 57 struck Oklahoma each year.

What is the difference between the warning siren for flood and tornado in Tulsa?

The Tulsa Area Management Agency's emergency operations center controls 75 sirens to warn people about tornadoes, flash flood and attacks during war. All are three minutes long. A tornado warning is a steady, high pitched tone; flash flood is an alternating high-low signal; the attack is an unbroken, wavering signal.

What measurement is used to indicate the severity of a tornado?

The Fujita, or F-Scale, was developed in 1971 by T. Theodore Fujita of the University of Chicago.The original scale was updated in 2007. The updated scale, known as the Enhanced F-Scale, is set of wind-speed estimates - not measurements - based on damage surveys. Its estimates at the point of damage are based on a judgement of eight levels of damage indicators.

The Enhanced F-Scale:

  • EF Number 0, 65-85 mph
  • EF Number 1, 86-110 mph
  • EF Number 2, 111-135 mph
  • EF Number 3, 136-165 mph
  • EF Number 4, 166-200 mph
  • EF Number 5, Over 200 mph

The original F-Scale:

  • F-0 (Gale tornado) 40-72 mph
  • F-1 (Moderate tornado) 73-112 mph
  • F-2 (Significant tornado) 113-157
  • F-3 (Severe tornado) 158-206 mph
  • F-4 (Devastating tornado) 207-260 mph
  • F-5 (Incredible tornado) 261-318 mph
  • F-6 (Inconceivable tornado) 319 - 379 mph
Storm Shelter FAQs

SoonerSafe: Safe Room Rebate Program

The SoonerSafe - Safe Room Rebate Program was developed by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management to provide a rebate for purchase and installation of safe rooms for Oklahoma homeowners.

Oklahoma is providing this safe room rebate program through the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Therefore OEM must comply with all federal grant regulations for each rebate recipient, to include eligibility of properties, required documentation, etc. 

A maximum rebate of $2,000 is available per home, not to exceed 75 percent of the actual cost of the safe room.

Grant recipients request reimbursement after the safe room has been purchased and installed.


Storm Shelter Registries

If you have a storm shelter it is important to register with your local municipality. This will assist first responders to know where to look for survivors.

If your city or town is not listed here, contact City Hall or your local fire department to enquire about possible registries.

Storm Shelter Building Permits