We’ve been experienced severe heat and drought in Oklahoma this summer. As of yesterday, Oklahoma City has logged 45 days with temperatures in excess of 100 F, and daily high temperature records have been dropping left and right – usually by several degrees. Yesterday we reached 108, but finally we had a cold front move through the region, spurring strong storms. The gust front from these storms apparently exceeded 90 mph in various places, and many neighborhoods in Stillwater have sustained more damage than we’ve seen in our recent tornadoes.
Given that we’ve now entered the second week of August and there was a decent tailwind following the storms, I wasn’t that surprised to find an unfortunate migrant at the Noble Research Center this morning. This is a Yellow Warbler, apparently an AHY female. Fat = 2.