More than just a topic of casual conversation, the weather in Oklahoma has risen to the level of fascination. While known as a member of "Tornado Alley," Oklahoma is actually located in a predominantly temperate region. Dry, sunny weather prevails throughout the state for much of the year. Visitors to Oklahoma can expect more than 300 days of sunshine per year and will experience four distinct seasons.
Spring brings blooming Redbud and Bradford Pear trees to mid-March, while summers in Oklahoma can be quite hot, dry and breezy, with cooler evenings and stunning sunsets. Oklahoma’s fall season begins in mid-September and produces mild temperatures, occasional rain and beautiful fall foliage into November. Winters are typically mild and snow is occasional with the lowest temperatures being experienced during January and February.
International celebrity and Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers, reportedly quipped, "If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, just wait a minute and it’ll change." Since it never hurts to be prepared, travelers would be prudent to bring along jackets, umbrellas and layers of clothing if traveling through Oklahoma in the spring, fall or winter.
Average high temperatures across the state range from 96°F in July to 46°F in January. On average, summer temperatures exceeding 100 degrees occur fewer than 10 times annually, while snowfall occurs an average of 3.2 days per year. In addition, temperatures below freezing average less than 15 days per year, with the western section of the state experiencing more extreme temperatures than the east.
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