Oklahoma is bracing for freezing temperatures this winter

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 10/24/2013 7:08 pm Published: 10/24/2013 6:29 pm

Oklahomans are bracing for what they feel could be an especially rough winter. Many people feel we're due for a cold one. Heaters and fireplaces haven't gotten much use the past two winters because they've been mild. But it seems people are expecting to rely on them much more over the next few months.

"I think it's going to be really cold," said resident Sarah Stocker.

The question is why.

"Last winter was really, really weird and awkward and we didn't get any of that. So I think this winter is going to be super crazy," said Stocker. "I expect it to probably be pretty cold, a lot colder than it has been just because it was kind of a mild summer."

"I can't tell you exactly why, but I feel it. It's in the air, the air is crisp. It's cool. It seems earlier than normal," said resident Jeremy Owens.

And Keith Hilligoss says Tulsans are thinking ahead and getting prepared.

"We've seen a real uptick in calls this year," said Hilligoss.

As president of Air Solutions, he says it's been years since he's had so many people wanting to service their heaters.

"We've really seen in the last two weeks a lot of those phone calls because they really haven't fired the heaters up, and they're always scared to fire them up for the first time," said Hilligoss.

But despite the widespread feeling it's going to be a particularly cold and snow-filled winter. FOX23 Meteorologist Michael Seger says there's no real reason to feel that way.

"It doesn't mean we're not going to have a cold winter. But some things you can look for scientifically, such as an El Nino or La Nina pattern, or perhaps a north Atlantic Oscillation, everything seems to be in a neutral phase, which means it's pretty much anyone's guess," said Seger.

But people tend to have a good memory when it comes to weather.

"In everybody's mind recently we've had some rough winters. But the last two have been very warm, so there might be this," Seger.

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