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Satellite image showing partial cloud cover over Oklahoma
Near real-time weather images from Doppler radar stations located throughout Oklahoma are available from the National Weather Service. Additional real-time radar images and an assortment of weather data may also be accessed by the public through the Oklahoma Climatolgical Survey. The Arkansas-Red Basin River Forecast Center, of the National Weather Service, offers numerous hydrologic and rainfall forecasting products, including 1-, 6-, and 24-hour precipitation images utilizing Nexrad radar precipitation estimates and raingauge reports. Orbiting Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) images are provided and updated at least every 15 minutes through the National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA's Geostationary Satellite Server provides numerous other GOES images while the University of Wisconsin's Space Science and Engineering Center houses much of the archived GOES data. Finally, for an excellent general representation of weather happenings throughout the country, access weather.gov, part of the National Weather Service's Interactive Weather Information Network (IWIN).

Forecasts of precipitation and temperature, issued by the National Weather Service, Climate Prediction Center, Western Regional Climate Center and other organizations, can be valuable drought monitoring tools. Even more important are updates on El Niño and La Niña -- phenomena which occur during abnormal warming and cooling, respectively, of Pacific Ocean waters and greatly impact Oklahoma weather -- which are available from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Climate Prediction Center (of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Prediction).

NOAA's Storm Prediction Center offers a suite of short-term forecast products, including mesoscale discussions, convective outlooks and current national weather watches, warnings and advisories. Also, check out the SPC's experimental forecast products, which forecast tornado, hail and wind probabilities.

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