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Why the Growth of Wind Energy Worries Weather Forecasters in Oklahoma

Radar systems engineer Redmond Kelley and Caleb Fulton, an assistant professor of engineering, test an experimental phased-array weather radar in Norman.

Oklahoma is now No. 6 in the nation in wind-generated electricity capacity, and last week the state helped set a wind power record for the entire region. Wind farms are multiplying and expanding in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and throughout the Great Plains, where the nation’s wind energy potential is concentrated. The industry’s growth is worrying [...]

Mapped: Which Oklahoma Schools Have Storm Shelters

Oklahoma School Shelters

StateImpact has mapped the data from the survey, the first statewide accounting of public school storm shelters, which was conducted by Bar None Consulting for the Oklahoma Legislature’s use in an interim study.

First Step in School Tornado Shelter Ballot Measure Will Be Filed This Week

State Rep. Joe Dorman

Proponents of a ballot measure to help fund schools storm shelters are hoping to put a $500 million bond issue in front of statewide voters. The first step in the ballot measure process is filing initiative paperwork, which supporters plan to do on Sept. 18, the Tulsa World’s Barbara Hoberock reports. Local school districts would [...]

Madill Voters Approve Bond Issue for School Tornado Shelters

A number of school districts across Oklahoma are considering adding safe rooms after May’s deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., that killed seven children at Plaza Towers Elementary. StateImpact has reported on Oklahoma City’s effort to install safe rooms at 22 of its schools, as well as Alex and Woodward’s plans to do the same. Now, [...]

Twister Truths: Can Nothing Survive an EF5 Tornado?

The skeleton of a home on Lakeview Drive in Moore, which was ravaged by the May 20, 2013 tornado.

This is part two in our Twister Truths series where we use data to kick the tires on the conventional wisdom underlying severe weather policy in Oklahoma. Read part one here.  Despite the risk that comes with living in Tornado Alley, many Oklahomans are reluctant to build tornado shelters. And state and local building codes [...]

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