Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Let's Clarify A Few Things

Hi everyone!  Hope all is well after the severe storms the past two weeks.  It certainly went from quiet to very busy quickly; but that is how weather goes.

During the past two weeks there have been some questions and comments about what I call Texoma, what you call Texoma, what others call Texoma...so what exactly is Texoma?  I think we can all agree that Wichita Falls, Texas is part of Texoma but if you sat down with a group of 100 people you would get 100 different answers on exactly what geographic land constitutes Texoma.

I also had folks looking at my headline picture saying "SLIGHT" or "TORNADO WATCH" and wondering if they were in it.

It has been my policy and will continue to be that if an alert or outlook effects ANY of the 26 counties that I currently forecast for then the headline will change to that.

It is NOT meant to tell you that Wichita Falls is directly in that alert or outlook area.  It is intended to 'get your attention,' for you to investigate further by reading the latest post so that you understand the complete situation, who is directly effected and who needs to potentially prepare for further alerts and outlooks.  It's designed to let you know that something is going on and it is close enough that you need to know about it.  This policy will not change.

Yes, Wichita Falls is the largest community in this 26 county area but there are others folks in Crowell, Margaret, Henrietta, Duke, Woodson and countless other communities in the area.


In response to that I am providing guide maps below that will show/explain to you what counties are in what area of Texoma and the area I forecast (which does include areas outside the central Texoma area).

In addition, once again, I have been harassed, and received nasty, vicious, inaccurate and hateful emails and posts referring to the fact that they don't like it when I tell my opinion or the tell the truth of a situation to you, even though I make it very clear which is which.

And, that's fine, it's a free country to say what you feel but I am also protected to say what I feel and believe is in the best interest of those that read my social media and blog.

Let's be clear:  when something is stated or released by the National Weather Service (NWS) or Storm Prediction Center (SPC) I attribute it to it.  

However, if I personally feel additional information should be added to MY forecast (not theirs) for the safety of you or if I feel I need to put certain emphasis on an intensity of a forecast I will do so, but I would never connect that to any NWS or SPC data/information.  It is my decision and mine alone and it is always for the safety of the people of the area. 

I'm sure you, the reader, by now are aware that the media, just like most mainstream national media, are just in it for the money, not to actually protect you.  So they dish out the information in just the right way to keep you watching or listening long enough to keep your attention, which then turns to dollars for them.

Of course, the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center are not that way.  They put out the information in the best interest for you with the highest level of professionalism, as I do.  

But those wanting to make money don't give you but a small part in bits and pieces just enough to keep you paying attention to them and at the same time your safety suffers.  They give you just a word or a color without full information.  Seriously, watch/listen for it next time and you will see it, especially if you live anywhere outside of Wichita Falls.  Automated systems filter out the information you really need to know about for your safety.

It's sad.


Therefore, nothing has changed as far as my forecasting and blogging and nothing will change.

I give it to you with straight, direct information from the National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center and then I'll give you my opinion of the stated situation.  It's then up to you to decide if I will be your trusted source or not.  It's that simple.

Now, let's clarify my forecasting areas and what I call each of them when I post information on social media and my blog.  I have confirmed followers in all these areas and I feel the need to help all of them.

This is the entire area I forecast for, all the counties shaded in a light orange.




This is the area I call Central Texoma, all the counties shaded in a light orange.




This is the area I call Southern Texoma, all the counties shaded in a light orange.




This is the area I call Eastern Texoma, all the counties shaded in a light orange.




This is the area I call Western Texoma, all the counties shaded in a light orange.




This is the area I call Caprock Counties or Rolling Plains, all the counties shaded in a light orange.




This is the area I call Southwest Oklahoma, all the counties shaded in a light orange.



This is the area I call Southern Oklahoma, all the counties shaded in a light orange.


I hope these maps help!

Have a great night and keep it right here for weather and severe weather information when its needed most.

Meteorologist Bryan W. Rupp