August 1, 2012 – OKLAHOMA - The National Weather Service forecasts highs near 113 degrees (45 C) this afternoon; 109 on Thursday; 107 on Friday; and 102 on Saturday for Tulsa. Highs are expected to finally sink to the 90s again by Sunday, when a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for Tulsa. Tulsa reached its hottest temperature of the calendar year on Tuesday, 112 degrees.
Tulsa finished the month of July with 1.38 inches of rain, almost 2 inches below normal for the month. The weather service extended its heat warning for northeast Oklahoma until 7 p.m. Friday. Counties under the warning are: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskgee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
According to the weather service, these areas are expected to have high temperatures in the 105- to 115-degree range each afternoon, with overnight lows in the mid- to upper 70s. More urbanized areas in Tulsa County are expected to have overnight lows in the mid- to upper 80s.–Tulsa World HERE
August 2, 2012 – OKLAHOMA - Fire crews have been battling a large fire at an oil refinery in Tulsa. Neighbors told local news outlets they heard an explosion at the refinery in west Tulsa early Thursday. No other details were immediately available. The refinery is owned by Dallas-based HollyFrontier Corp. According to the company’s website, the Tulsa refinery has a crude oil capacity of 125,000 barrels a day.–Chron