Cold Weather Expected for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

April 28, 2017 by Chris Kerr
Topics:   WeatherOps | Live Events |

Cold weather is expected for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday, April 30. There can be a variety of weather conditions in late April when this marathon is run. Past races have been warm and muggy, with relatively light breezes. Other races have been in jeopardy due to thunderstorms. The start of the 2014 marathon was delayed by nearly two hours as thunderstorms moved into the area prior to the start. 

Heavy rainfall is expected through much of Saturday, April 29 across the region, and lingering showers are possible at times on Sunday morning. Perhaps the biggest issue on Sunday will be the stout northerly winds.  Temperatures at the beginning of the race will be in the low-40s, and due to expected persistent cloud cover, they likely won’t rise much about that mark for the entire race. The average high temperature for Oklahoma City in late April is about 76°F. High temperatures on Sunday will be some 20-25 degrees lower than that! During the first half of the marathon, runners will be battling a headwind given there will be northerly winds. However, by the second half they will have the benefit of a tail wind.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Weather Forecast

According to several years of research, some of the quickest times have been achieved when air temperatures are in the upper 30s to mid-40’s. It’s hard to say if this will be true on Sunday given that there will be detrimental winds during at least the first half of the marathon, however it is plausible that some impressive times are set by the more elite runners and those in the mid-pack given that temperatures are forecast to be in that range. 

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon TemperatureIf you're planning on running in the Oklahoma City marathon, make sure you dress for the colder temperatures. It's going to be a bit of a shock if your come dressed prepared for an average late April day. 

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Chris Kerr

Chris has over 10 years of experience as an Operational Meteorologist, and joined WDT in 2012 to start WeatherOps, focusing on outdoor event safety. He is now the Director of WeatherOps Forecast Services where he oversees the day to day operations of the department. Prior to WDT, most of his career was focused on Marine Meteorology, with areas of expertise including knowledge of worldwide ocean climatology, tropical storm forecasting, and both offshore and cross-ocean vessel forecasting. His prior marine weather skills helped to launch the Marine sector of WeatherOps in 2013. In his time with WDT/WeatherOps Chris has provided top-notch nowcasting and mid-range forecasting and has forged several strong relationships with key figures within the outdoor event industry. He has also performed on-site weather support for numerous outdoor festivals and high profile sporting events.