Will Rogers World Airport (KOKC)
Will Rogers World Airport is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The airport’s name comes from Will Rogers, a cowboy and comedian who was originally from Oklahoma. Will Rogers was killed in a plane crash in 1935 near Utqiagvik, Alaska along with Wiley Post, after whom Oklahoma City’s other major airport is named. The Will Rogers World Airport is the only airport to have “world” in its name.
Weather in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is located at the northern end of the southern United States. Summers are therefore hot and somewhat muggy due to higher humidity than further north. Winters tend to be colder, including snow and wind.
Winter in Oklahoma City
Winter in Oklahoma City is often windy, which could affect the timeliness of flights. There’s also some snow. However, the temperatures rarely drop below 16 degrees, so winters aren’t frigid like they can be further north. While it can snow in Oklahoma City, the temperatures even in winter rarely drop below freezing.
While Oklahoma City does have milder winters, it’s plagued by tornadoes. The city is in the middle of the area of the United States known as Tornado Alley due to the frequent tornadoes. Oklahoma City is among the most tornado-prone locations in the world and over the past 130 years, Oklahoma City has experienced thirteen severe tornadoes, eleven of which were classified as F4 and two of which were F5, which is the strongest tornado classification. In that same time frame, 150 tornadoes of any strength have touched down in the Oklahoma City area.
Peak Tornado Season
Although tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, there are peak tornado seasons. The first is is the primary tornado season and it occurs between March and June, with most tornadoes forming in April and May. A second tornado season comes in autumn, most often in October.