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May 3, 2013

Wind joins cold temperatures, causes power outage

DUNCAN — If Oklahoma’s temperatures were emotions, the state would be considered bi-polar.

On Thursday, the day started out as a balmy spring day, with temperatures climbing to around 84 degrees. But, by evening, the air took a brisk blow to those unsuspecting people who were still outside without a coat. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., temperatures had dropped to the 40s.

 A low temperature of 40 degrees was recorded by the weather station at The Duncan Banner for Thursday morning. This came one day after the low had dipped to 62 degrees with a high of 85 degrees.

Despite the onset of spring and the fast approach of summer, colder temperatures aren’t unheard of for the month of May, not even in the past 10 years. In fact, May 2, 2010, the low temperature was recorded at 30 degrees.

It’s cold temperatures like that which lead people to realize the groundhog may have been wrong three months ago when he called for the end of winter and the coming of spring.

In the past five years, May has had numerous low temperatures to rival Thursday’s temperature reading. Most of those dates were in the beginning of the month, around May 3.

Of those temperatures recorded, the lowest was May 3, 2010, when temperatures dropped to 28 degrees. Similar low temperatures included 37 degrees for the low on May 3, 2011, and 43 degrees for the low on May 3, 2008.

What might have taken some people by surprise Thursday, aside from the drastic drop in temperature, was the strength of the wind.

Because of the wind, Duncan Power employees had to react to a three to four block power outage mid-day Thursday. The outage was the result of wind breaking tree limbs on power lines.

The blocks impacted were in the area of of Beech and west of U.S. Highway 81.

“There was no human interference,” Duncan Power Director David Yeager said. “Nobody was out cutting trees. It appears it was just the wind blowing that broke some good sized tree limbs.”

Yeager said the fallen tree limbs impacted a line fuse, which had several transformers on it. To repair the line fuse, the tree limbs had to be removed. He said the power took a little more than an hour to restore.

“Anytime you have a tree limb across lines like that, it gets exciting for the customers,” Yeager said.

The wind also knocked over numerous trash carts and garbage could be seen blowing down many city streets.

In the Panhandle of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Department of Transportation road crews began their Thursday by sanding roads after a coat of snow covered that region.

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