The University of Tulsa

Mountain Cedar Pollen Forecast

Metropolitan Area

Exposure Risk

Oklahoma City

Moderate

Tulsa

Moderate

St. Louis MO

Low

 

Date Issued: 24 January 2013


Mountain Cedar Location(s): Arbuckle Mountains, OK


Regional Weather: Thursday, January 24 TX/OK: Across the region the weather will show increasing to mostly cloudy conditions today especially over the Edwards Plateau and in the surrounding communities. This morning patchy fog was expected across the region with drizzle and a 20% chance of rain will occur in central Oklahoma. Mostly cloudy will build across south Oklahoma. To the south very warm conditions area expected but in southern Oklahoma temperatures will struggle to get much above 50 degrees. Over the Edwards Plateau mostly to partly cloudy conditions will begin the day becoming clear in the afternoon. Temperatures will be warm with almost the entire region expected to be in the mid to upper 70s. Winds will be from the south starting at lite levels this morning building to moderate conditions this afternoon. Winds will be from the south. Overnight partly to mostly cloudy conditions will remain with low temperatures below freezing in central Oklahoma and in the low to mid 30s towards the border with Texas. Tomorrow skies will remain partly cloudy with high temperatures in the low 50s. Winds will be from the north at lite levels. Tomorrow night partly cloudy conditions will occur with low temperatures dropping into the 30s but staying above freezing. Winds will remain from the northeast at lite to lite and variable conditions.

Trajectory weather: At different elevations, the air mass trajectories over the Arbuckle Mountains move in different directions. The trajectories at near ground level, move due south on northerly winds. At upper levels the trajectories continue to move south but at the highest modeled levels the air move northward. The air appears to be stable with slight buoyancy. Today the temperatures will struggle to reach into the low 50s today and tomorrow. Winds area expected to be lite and from the north to the northeast, thus the next two days should see winds from the Arbuckle Mountains moving southward into Texas. Tomorrow night low temperatures will continue to fall with the Arbuckle Mountain region expected in the mid to low 30s.

OUTLOOK: *** High Threat today and High threat Tomorrow *** Warm conditions today with high temperatures expected to be in the low 50s in southern Oklahoma and in the 70s across Texas. Winds will start at lite levels today and become lite and variable overnight. Tomorrow winds will be from the north at 10 miles per hour becoming lite and variable tomorrow night. Today, with the northeasterly wind direction partly cloudy conditions will begin to build with a 20% chance of drizzle and rain to the north in Oklahoma City. Tonight temperatures will drop into the lower 30s with highs tomorrow expected to only reach into the low 50 degree range. Conditions will be moderate for pollen release both today and tomorrow. Moderate conditions will occur but being in the middle of the historical pollen season should result in a better chance of pollen along the trajectory pathways both today and tomorrow. With the warming conditions significant pollen should be released and if entrained will move southward into Texas.


Trajectory Start (s) (shown by black star on map): Davis, OK.



Prepared by: Estelle Levetin (Faculty of Biological Science, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104) and Peter K Van de Water (Department of Earth and Environmental Science, California State University Fresno, 2576 East San Ramon Avenue, M/S ST24, Fresno CA 93740-8039). This forecast gives the anticipated future track of released Mountain Cedar pollen, weather conditions over the region and along the forecast pathway, and an estimated time of arrival for various metropolitan areas.

 

Questions: Aerobiology Lab e-mail: pollen@utulsa.edu

 

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