Tag: Oklahoma

El Nino

I routinely get emails from the Climate Prediction Center about La Nina ENSO Neutral or El Nino conditions in the equatorial area of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  The last two months, they’ve predicted a 60% chance of El Nino in the Northern Hemisphere, fall season with a 70% chance by Winter.

For Oklahoma, this could be great news since the last to El Nino years, we received more than 50 inches of rain.  We’ve been in La Nina (drought) years for the last two years and have struggled to get even normal rainfall. While none of this is guaranteed, it is certainly exciting potential news for our area, that is, if you like rain the way I do.  In 2015 we had 52 inches of rain, and 18 of those inches fell in the month of May alone.  In 2007 we had 50 inches of rain, tropical storm Erin and a major ice storm that left more than a million people without power, statewide and more than 300,000 just in the Oklahoma City area.

While I don’t wish any physical harm to people or property, I do love stormy weather, and even just rain.  I am very hopeful this is a wet year coming our way.  We need a good wet year to overcome the seemingly never ending droughts that we’ve been having.  I’ll be watching and hoping for a positive outcome.

Fireworks in Mustang, Oklahoma

This Independence Day my wife, brother in-law and I went to Wild Horse Park in Mustang to enjoy the fireworks. It is not a public show and that is why I enjoy it so much.  This park is filled with thousands of people from all over the Oklahoma City area and they bring their own fireworks to enjoy.  The city also has many places to purchase them as well so they can reap the tax money from this exercise.

I love going to this because there are so many people doing this for hours and I’ve never seen a public display that even comes close to this.  I think Mustang has tapped into a market that is desperately wanted and created a draw from miles away.  Most cities in the area make fireworks illegal and they’ll quote all their reasons, such as safety, fire risk, etc. and those are definitely concerns that need to be factored in. I am so glad though that Mustang has realized that the tax dollars and people coming into their city is worth risking those concerns.

I have the utmost respect for their leadership for having the courage to allow their citizens the freedom to make their own choices.  How refreshing it is to see a government that doesn’t feel the need to protect us from ourselves.  I realize that people are different and desire different things.  As one that likes to live peaceably with others, I try to understand this despite my frustration at this view.  Sometimes we get our way and sometimes we don’t.  Despite my disagreement with the policy of the city that I live in, I can live with it and do what I can, where I can.

If you live in one of these cities that bans fireworks, I would definitely encourage you to go to Mustang and give it a shot.  There are a couple other areas like Choctaw that also allow it but no place that I’ve seen can compare to the organized gathering that Mustang has to offer.  They provide a large public park where people circle the perimeter and set off their fireworks in the center of the park.  Their are police and fire that circle the park periodically on utility vehicles to patrol and make sure that people use common sense. They have a strict 11:00 PM cut off time and they start circling the park around 10:40 with megaphones telling people they have 20 minutes left.  My family and I have been doing this for about 13 years and really enjoy it .  Watch the video and see the view from my vantage point. This was shot with my iPhone 8 Plus. You can see fireworks in all 360 degrees of where I am sitting.  Thank you for stopping by.