What once was Hurricane Isaac, then Tropical Storm Isaac is now an area of low pressure and a huge cluster of showers and storms moving over the central plains.
Isaac's leftovers are brushing by Oklahoma today, delivering light to moderate rain and a few non-severe thunderstorms. The heaviest rain today will be over Eastern sections of the state; Grove, Grand Lake and down to Sallisaw could see a half-inch or more of rain by tonight. Other areas such as Tulsa may only see a quarter-inch at best. The track has been tricky, and had the center of the storm moved even just 50-100 miles West, we could have been in for a soaker! Winds today will be on the order of 15-25 mph, with occasional gusts to 30.
What does this mean for your weekend? Well, if you plan on getting a head start outside today, you might need a plan B. Temps will hold steady in the upper 70s and low 80s at best, with the clouds and moisture sticking around through the overnight. But by tomorrow afternoon, we are expecting sunshine to return, along with temperatures in the 90s. Sunday and Labor Day look great for the lake or the pool-- hot and dry conditions with highs close to 100 in many areas, including Tulsa.
Despite the welcomed rain, the Governor-Declared Burn Ban remains in effect at least for the time being, so please be careful and take that into consideration as you make your weekend outdoor plans.
As we settle into next week, there might be another chance for some rain. We'll cross our fingers- as it stands, we still are over 5 inches BELOW normal for the year, and still are very much in a drought.