Local Weather


Weather Conditions at Altus AFB

Southwest OK experiences extreme weather throughout the year. Spring and Fall are known for severe thunderstorms, the summers are hot and dry, and the winters often bring freezing rain and snow. Be aware of changing weather, and be prepared for emergencies.


Weather ConditionDefinitionWhat You Should Do
Tornado WatchThe potential exists for tornadic activity.Tune in to the local news/radio. Prepare to seek shelter. Be weather aware when outdoors.
Tornado WarningRadar indicates tornadic activity and/or a tornado has been spotted and could impact AAFB.TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY.
Severe Thunderstorm WatchForecasted potential for severe thunderstorms w/hail > ¾” and/or winds > 50 knotsTie down outdoor items. Bring pets indoors with you. Tune in to the local news/radio.
Severe Thunderstorm WarningThunderstorms w/hail > ¾” and /or winds
> 50 knots are expected to move over or develop – 30 min. lead time.
Bring your pets inside with you. Stay indoors. Tune in to the local news/radio.
Lightning WarningLightning has been observed within 5 miles of the AAFB airfield.Take cover.
Freezing Precipitation WarningFreezing precipitation is forecasted for AAFB.Avoid driving, and stay dry and warm indoors. Tune in to the local news/radio.
Blizzard WatchThe potential exists for winds > 35 knots with < ¼ mile visibility with heavy snowTune in to the local news/radio. Be careful if you venture outdoors.
Blizzard WarningWinds > 35 knots with heavy snow and <
¼ mile visibility is forecasted for AAFB
Avoid driving, and stay warm indoors. Tune in to the local news/radio. Pets should never be outside in this weather.
Heavy Snow WatchThe potential exists for > ½ ” of snow in 12 hours or lessTune in to the local news/radio. Be careful if you venture outdoors.
Heavy Snow WarningMore than ½” of snow is expected to fall on AAFB in 12 hours or less.Avoid driving, and stay warm indoors. Pets should never be outside in this weather.

Altus AFB Emergency Management

Useful information on Emergency Preparedness, making an Emergency Communication Plan, and Building a Disaster Supply Kit.

Altus AFB Severe Weather 2017 (pdf)