Ledger/LCJ newsletter 7-2-2021
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BHC Insurance buys Shore Insurance
Fort Smith, Ark. - BHC Insurance announced it and Shore Insurance, Inc. of Poteau signed a deal effective July 1, 2021 to become part of the BHC Insurance family.
BHC is a full-service independent insurance agency specializing in business, personal, life and health insurance products. It is currently the third largest independent insurance agency in Arkansas and a member affiliate of First Bank Corporation in Fort Smith.
“Shore Insurance is a trusted insurance leader in Poteau, and we are very excited about joining forces with such a strong player in what we feel is a market area with tremendous growth potential,” said Marty Clark, BHC president. “Brian Shore and his team are experienced professionals that we know will help expand our opportunities to grow in eastern Oklahoma.”
Established in 1983, Shore Insurance is a family-run business. Originally located in Heavener and known as Heavener Insurance Agency, Jim and Nancy Shore expanded their market by opening the Poteau location in 1985. Jim and Nancy's sons, Brian Shore and Jeff Shore, followed suit and joined the family business. Jeff joined in 1990 and Brian in 1996.
“Our partnership with BHC Insurance will greatly enhance our operations,” said Brian Shore, president of Shore Insurance Agency. “Our people, processes and customers will all benefit from the additional insurance carriers and resources Marty and his team bring to the table.”
More scattered showers likely Friday
Scattered thunderstorms and rain are likely again Friday in LeFlore County for Friday.
The high will be 85 degrees. The low will be 63 degrees.
Sunrise is at 6:09 a.m., sunrise is at 8:36 p.m.
Thursday’s high was 83, with a low of 70. A total of .13 inches was recorded. Average rainfall for July is 3.90 inches.
Average temperatures for July 2 are a high of 92, average low is 65.
Records for the date were a high of 102 in 1980. Record low was 61 in 1984.
One year ago on July 2, the high was 96, with a low of 72.
June sees summer swoon
By GARY McMANUS, OCS Mesonet
A slow start to summer gave way to sweltering heat through the middle of June before once again succumbing to mild, wet weather to end the month. There were occasional bouts with severe weather—mostly high winds and large hail—although flooding was a common concern as well.
Winds of up to 75 mph hit Snyder overnight on June 7, producing widespread damage to the town. The Oklahoma Mesonet site at Boise City measured winds in excess of 65 mph for 25 consecutive minutes the evening of June 12. Several homes reported significant roof damage, and the high school gym’s roof was partially blown off. Nearly 100 power poles were destroyed between Balko and Elmwood the evening of the 24th due to estimated winds of up to 95 mph.
The Mesonet site at Hooker measured a wind gust of 85 mph on the 25th associated with severe storms in the area that toppled trucks on local highways. Unusually heavy rains along the Interstate-44 corridor June 25-30 produced widespread totals of 6-8 inches, and more than a foot of rain in some locations. A volunteer observer near Lawton reported 12.32 inches of rain during that period, and 14.29 inches for the month’s highest total. Heavy downpours on the 27th inundated areas of central Oklahoma with flash flooding, resulting in numerous water rescues from stalled vehicles.
The statewide average rainfall total was 4.97 inches according to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet. That ranked the month as the 34th wettest June since records began in 1895, 0.45 inches above normal. The extreme wet conditions along the I-44 corridor, with totals 4-6 inches above normal, were countered by dry weather that plagued much of the rest of the state. The far southeast was also considerably wetter than normal with surpluses of 6-8 inches. Cloudy led the Mesonet sites with 12.62 inches of rain during the month, but the central Oklahoma stations at Minco and Spencer were close behind with 11.46 and 11.36 inches, respectively. Thirty-nine of the Mesonet’s 120 sites recorded at least 6 inches of rain during June. Kenton reported 1.2 inches for the month’s lowest total. Another seven sites also recorded less than 2 inches. The first six months of the year ended 0.83 inches above normal with a statewide average of 19.86 inches, the 39th wettest January-June period on record for Oklahoma.
The statewide average temperature still managed to come out on the warm side during June, despite the extended mild weather that bookended the month. The statewide average finished at 77.1 degrees, 0.6 degrees above normal, and ranked as the 59th warmest June on record. Much of the middle of the month was dominated by oppressively hot weather, fueled by high humidity. The Mesonet sites at Eva and Goodwell recorded June’s highest readings of 107 degrees on the 23rd, while Boise City reported the lowest temperature of 47 degrees on June 2. Heat index values soared into the low 110s during June’s second week, topping out at 113 degrees on the 11th. The Mesonet’s 120 sites reported heat index values of at least 105 degrees 369 times during the month, but none coming before June 9 or after June 25. The first six months of the year fell 1.3 degrees below normal with a statewide average of 54.5 degrees, the 36th coolest such period on record.
Drought coverage across Oklahoma continued to shrink during June, decreasing from 8 percent of the state in late May to less than 2 percent at the beginning of July. Prospects for complete removal from the state appear favorable according to the July outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC). Increased odds for above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures cover virtually the entire state, with even greater chances of below normal temperatures across the southern two-thirds of Oklahoma. The possible reduction in heat and increase in moisture lends confidence in complete drought removal across the state by the end of July, as depicted in CPC’s monthly drought outlook.
Calendar of events
The LeFlore County calendar of events lists the upcoming events in the area. This is a free service so if you or your group have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Positively Poteau Cruise Night
Army band performs at Heavener Runestone Park
Fireworks at Tushahoma
Heavener First Saturday trade day
LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.
Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC
City of Poteau meetings
Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC
Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’
Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North.
This date in history 7-2-2021
This date in history for July 2.
1937: Amelia Earhart disappers.
1917: Greece declares war.