Second deadliest tornado of 2010 kills 5 in Ohio; oil spill update

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:00 PM GMT on June 07, 2010

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The second deadliest tornado of 2010 hit Millbury, Ohio, about 10 miles southeast of Toledo, on Saturday night, killing five. The deaths brought this year's tornado death toll to 23, which is, fortunately, well below the approximately 70 deaths we expect to see by mid-June, based on averages from the past three tornado seasons. The deadliest tornado of 2010 was the EF-4 Yazoo City, Mississippi tornado in April, which killed ten. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center recorded 55 tornado reports on Saturday, plus 104 reports of damaging winds and 16 of large hail. The tornadoes hit Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Ohio's killer tornado was preliminarily rated a high-end EF-3 with 165 mph winds, but has now been upgraded to an EF-4 with 175 mph winds. An EF-3 tornado also hit Indiana near Grissom Air Force Base on Saturday, and two EF-3 tornadoes were reported in Illinois, one near St. Anne, and one in Livingston County. Here in Michigan, I found myself making some very late night calls at 12:30 am on Sunday to warn relatives about the Doppler radar signatures of rotating supercells bearing down on them. Hardest hit was the town of Dundee, south of Ann Arbor. An EF-2 tornado swept through the town, damaging Michigan's most visited tourist attraction, Cabela's sporting goods store on US-23. An EF-1 tornado also damaged a building at the Fermi II Nuclear Power Plant on Lake Erie, forcing an automatic shutdown of the nuclear reactor.


Figure 1. Severe weather reports for Saturday, June 5, 2010. Image credit: NOAA's Storm Prediction Center.

Oil spill update
Light winds of 5 - 10 knots today will turn to southeasterly Tuesday through Wednesday, then southerly on Thursday through Friday, according to the latest marine forecast from NOAA. These winds will keep oil near the beaches of Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle, according to the latest trajectory forecasts from NOAA and the State of Louisiana. The latest ocean current forecasts from the NOAA HYCOM model show that the ocean currents that have carried oil eastward along the Florida Panhandle coast will weaken this week, making it unlikely that oil will penetrate farther eastwards than Panama City, Florida. Long range surface wind forecasts from the GFS model for the period 8 - 14 days from now show a return to a southeastery wind regime, which would prevent any further progress of the oil eastwards along the Florida Panhandle, and would tend to bring significant amounts of oil back to the shores of eastern Louisiana next week. If you spot oil, send in your report to http://www.gulfcoastspill.com/, whose mission is to help the Gulf Coast recovery by creating a daily record of the oil spill.


Figure 2. The oil spill on June 5, 2010 at 11:49pm EDT, as seen by Sythetic Aperature Radar (SAR) imagery from the European Space Agency's ENVISAT satellite. Image credit: University of Miami Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Oil spill resources
My post, What a hurricane would do the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
My post Wednesday with answers to some of the common questions I get about the spill
My post on the Southwest Florida "Forbidden Zone" where surface oil will rarely go
My post on what oil might do to a hurricane
Oil trajectory forecasts from NOAA
Gulf Oil Blog from the UGA Department of Marine Sciences
Oil Spill Academic Task Force
University of South Florida Ocean Circulation Group oil spill forecasts
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from the University of Miami

Join the "Hurricane Haven" with Dr. Jeff Masters
I'll have a new post on Tuesday. The tropical Atlantic is quiet right now, with no models predicting tropical cyclone development over the next seven days. Also on Tuesday, I'll be continuing our experiment with my live Internet radio show called "Hurricane Haven." The show will be aired at 4pm EDT on Tuesdays during hurricane season. Listeners will be able to call in and ask questions. Some topics I'll cover on the show:

1) What's going on in the tropics right now
2) New advancements in hurricane science presented at this month's AMS Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology last month

Tomorrow's show, which will probably be just 1/2 hour, will be at http://www.wunderground.com/wxradio/wubroadcast.h tml. The show will be recorded and stored as a podcast, as last week's show was.

Jeff Masters

Massive Thunderhead! (utjazzfan)
Mike shot only the top quarter of this storm cell... Quite a sight!
Massive Thunderhead!
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June 5th Tornado (MsWickedWitch)
Near Peoria IL
June 5th Tornado
Dundee, Michigan Tornado Damage (weatherwatcher24)
More damage, but other areas were much worse.
Dundee, Michigan Tornado Damage

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Oz, just wondering what kind of relationship you have with the police forces you contact while in evacuated zones? Do they generally leave you alone as long as you don't get in the way? What about areas they are not allowing the public? Like south of the tracks in Gulfport during Katrina
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581. xcool
AstroHurricane001 .10k shear.sea surface temperatures .
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12.5 5gallon cans of gas oz
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Good evening everyone! Just coming out of lurking long enough to say hi. I was just visiting my sister on the gulf coast of Florida. I live on the east side of Florida but visiting her made the spill much more vivid as I watched dolphins playing near the shore. I've been trying to enjoy the beach more often before the oil makes it our way.
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Quoting ElConando:
564. I remember seeing that on a wall for a gas station on a family trip to North Carolina over a decade ago. It was quite a long list and I remember reading some of those regulations, though I was too young to really understand them.

....and further--how many miles away would I need to be, to be safe, if lightening strikes the roof of the mini-van with 440 lbs. of high octane on top[?
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Quoting CycloneOz:


Okay...let's do the math. Here's a nice word problem:

CycloneOz likes to chase hurricanes. In the event he does intercept a hurricane's inner eye-wall. There is a chance he may not be able to get gas for the mini-van he uses as transportation to these nationally news making events. If CycloneOz uses 5-gallon cans to carry extra gas on his roof, but is limited to 440 pounds of gas he can carry, how many gas cans does CycloneOz need to buy to have as much gas as possible, yet stay under the Federal Law quoted above?


14.66
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Quoting xcool:





The system southeast of Bermuda, northeast of Puerto Rico that is drifting northwards is under low, 5 kt shear and the shear is dropping.



Vorticity is also fairly good.



In addition, this system and the blob north of the Dominican Republic are swirling around each other counter-clockwise, and this morning I saw a model that predicted the resulting system to track toward the eastern CONUS after developing in under 72 hours.
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574. xcool
the convection in the Eastern Atl more active
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Quoting MrsOsa:


Learn something everyday! Had no idea there was a limit on the number you could carry. Though, as a state law enforcement officer myself, I promise I wouldn't pull you over for that when a hurricane is approaching. Now if you're being a jerk at the gas pumps that's another story...lol


IF you have a "Reportable Quantity" a/k/a "RQ" of ANY hazardous material in a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle must display the proper placard AND the driver must have a Commercial Drivers License with a Hazardous Material endorsement. Per Federal D.O.T. regulations. The RQ varies for each hazardous material. Some of the particularly nasty ones, it is on the order of 10 lbs.
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Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
Gasoline Gas may be carried under the Hazardous Materials - Materials of Trade Exception (49 CFR 173.6) in quantities not greater than 8 gallons per container with the total weight of all hazardous materials not exceeding 440 pounds (at a weight of 35 lbs per 5 gallon container).


Okay...let's do the math. Here's a nice word problem:

CycloneOz likes to chase hurricanes. In the event he does intercept a hurricane's inner eye-wall, there is a chance he may not be able to get gas for the mini-van he uses as transportation to these nationally news making events. If CycloneOz uses 5-gallon cans to carry extra gas on his roof, but is limited to 440 pounds of gas he can carry, how many gas cans does CycloneOz need to buy to have as much gas as possible, yet stay under the Federal Law quoted above?
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564. I remember seeing that on a wall for a gas station on a family trip to North Carolina over a decade ago. It was quite a long list and I remember reading some of those regulations, though I was too young to really understand them.
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latest big picture as of 611 pm edt

wave number 18 enters

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569. xcool
pottery Thank you for Tell Me.now i can Party Like a Rockstar"haha
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568. xcool



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Quoting weathersp:


Open wave.
I don't think that was the point, what he intended to post was just the plain intensity of the wave. I find it quite astonishing to see such a strong wave in June.
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Quoting xcool:
alex hi.pottery haha yeah

Except, you do have 5.5 hrs left today!
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Quoting TampaSpin:
Good chance my Nyphew gets drafted in the MLB draft these next couple of days....exciting times ahead!


Happy for you and your nephew! After your recent heartbreaks, this is very good news!
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A little large but folks asked

Introduction
After a Natural Disaster, the transportation of fuel for generators and vehicles is required. The following guidelines will help in understanding the safe ways to transport fuels after a Natural Hazards event.
Gasoline Gas may be carried under the Hazardous Materials - Materials of Trade Exception (49 CFR 173.6) in quantities not greater than 8 gallons per container with the total weight of all hazardous materials not exceeding 440 pounds (at a weight of 35 lbs per 5 gallon container). Any quantity of gasoline greater than 8 gallons per container must comply fully with hazmat regulations.
Gasoline must be transported in a red metal UL listed safety can.
Gasoline carried in quantities per container greater than 8 gallons per container must comply with the following: 1. The package/container must be marked on one side
as follows: Gasoline
UN1203 2. The package/container must be
labeled with a class 3,
flammable liquid label. 3. Shipping Papers must be carried
along with an MSDS sheet for gasoline.
Gasoline carried in excess of 119 gallons must comply with items 1-3 above as well as the following: 1. The driver must obtain a Commercial Drivers
License with a hazardous materials endorsement. 2. The vehicle must be placarded with the appropriate
placard.
Emergency Relief
Relief from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), Parts 390 – 399 is provided in the event of a state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or Governor of a State. This does not provide relief from the referenced regulations, as they are in parts 383 of the FMCSR and there is no relief from the Hazmat Regulations (Parts 100 –185).
Diesel
Less Than 119 Gallons Non-Bulk
Diesel fuel is exempt from the hazardous materials regulations if packaged in non-bulk (less than 119 gallons each) containers. When carried in non-bulk containers, there is no limit on total gallons carried at any one time. This falls under 49CFR 173.150(f) of the DOT Hazardous Materials regulations which states that a flammable liquid with a flash point above 100 degrees
Fahrenheit may be re-classed as a combustible liquid. It is recommended that employees be trained at a minimum in Hazard Communication and Spill Response. Vehicles should be equipped with a
petroleum spill kit when transporting large quantities of diesel fuel.
Greater Than 119 Gallons Bulk
Diesel fuel carried in bulk (greater than 119 gallons) containers must comply with the following: 1. The container must be marked on one
side as follows: Diesel Fuel
NA 1993 2. The package/container must be labeled
with a class 3, combustible label. 3. Shipping Papers must be immediately available upon
request along with an MSDS sheet for diesel fuel. 4. The driver must obtain a Commercial Driver License
with a hazardous materials endorsement. The driver and vehicle must meet several other federal DOT requirements.
5. Diesel fuel weighs approximately 7.5 pounds per gallon. At quantities weighing 1,000 pounds or more, the vehicle must be placarded with the appropriate placard.
Emergency Relief
Relief from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), Parts 390 – 399 is provided in the event of a state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or Governor of a State. This does not provide relief from the above referenced regulations, as they are in parts 383 of the FMCSR and there is no relief from the Hazmat Regulations (Parts 100 –185).
The information and material contained in this document has been developed from sources believed to be reliable. However, NTSP accepts no legal responsibility for the correctness or completeness of this material or its application to specific factual situations. By publication of this fact sheet, NTSP does not ensure that adherence to these recommendations will protect the safety or health of any persons or preserve property.
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563. xcool
alex hi.pottery haha yeah
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Quoting CycloneOz:
Google searched: law "limits number of gas cans"

zero hits...

I've never been pulled over. Sounds fishy...


I used Michie to look up state law. You're good in MS at least, Oz!
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Quoting xcool:
start today june 07 or june 17 frist storms




take it with a grain of salt.

Well, looks like today June 07 is out......
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Quoting xcool:
start today june 07 or june 17 frist storms




take it with a grain of salt.
Yep i will take it with a grain of salt How you doing scott?
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Some good looking waves so far. Hopefully not a bad omen.
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Quoting CycloneOz:
Google searched: law "limits number of gas cans"

zero hits...

I've never been pulled over. Sounds fishy...
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555. xcool
start today june 07 or june 17 frist storms




take it with a grain of salt.
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Quoting stormpetrol:
Kinda strong impressive wave , held together good too, an early Emily? I still think the best bet is the SW Caribbean for the first named storm tho.
after the 15th of the month between 21 and 27 of june
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Google searched: law "limits number of gas cans"

zero hits...

I've never been pulled over. Sounds fishy...
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Today:




One month ago:

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From what I am seeing here we are in for a horrible season.I hope everyone is prepared and have their hurricane supplies ready.
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Good evening.
Showers today again (1/2" at my house). Nice.
Wave at 40W still there but ragged. Good.
SAL in the Trop. Atl is retreating. Bad.
Wave that came off Africa last night, less organised now. Fine.
Gas line explosion in TX. Terrible.
No valve anywhere in the system to shut it down. Ridiculous.
Shows up another fault in Safety planning? Yep.
Refinery fire yesterday as well. Hmmmm.
Are many of these Petroleum installations compromised? Looks so.
Does this all look very bad? Well,er, Yeah!
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Drat! I drive this contraption too slow.
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Quoting DestinJeff:
Quick list of some common things being seen this year on the blog:

- "mischief"

- "build up of heat and moisture"

- "interesting"

- "rather impressive for June"

- "next week"


-"Wait 'till Next Month"

-"All hell is gonna break loose in July"

-"Long time lurker, first time poster"
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Quoting MrsOsa:


Learn something everyday! Had no idea there was a limit on the number you could carry. Though, as a state law enforcement officer myself, I promise I wouldn't pull you over for that when a hurricane is approaching. Now if you're being a jerk at the gas pumps that's another story...lol
or a crazed lookin lunatic i hope
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blockquote class='blogquote'>Quoting DestinJeff:
Quick list of some common things being seen this year on the blog:

- "mischief"

- "build up of heat and moisture"

- "interesting"

- "rather impressive for June"

- "next week"
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Mischief is a Levi word.
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Good chance my Nyphew gets drafted in the MLB draft these next couple of days....exciting times ahead!
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I use four 5 gallon jugs i use for the waverunners as backup gas......guess i better read the law too....
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543. DDR
Quoting stormpetrol:
Thanks, we need rain here(CI) real bad still dry, hopefully some will soon come along.

I hope you do get some,we have average rainfall here for now until mr itcz dicides to behave bad,then we have to worry.
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Quoting Dakster:


Other than it violates Federal and depending on the state, state law...

I would have to look it up, but I BELIEVE that you can legally carry 2 - 5 Gallon jugs. Now in an emergency situation I HIGHLY doubt you will get a ticket -- but that doesn't mean it is "safe" or "legal".


Learn something everyday! Had no idea there was a limit on the number you could carry. Though, as a state law enforcement officer myself, I promise I wouldn't pull you over for that when a hurricane is approaching. Now if you're being a jerk at the gas pumps that's another story...lol
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Quoting DestinJeff:
Quick list of some common things being seen this year on the blog:

- "mischief"

- "build up of heat and moisture"

- "interesting"

- "rather impressive for June"

- "next week"


Don't forget...Wow!
Also, congrats to Levi for introducing the word “mischief” into the WU vernacular!
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Quoting CycloneOz:
Doesn't PensacolaDoug and his band Crossfire deserve some props for that new song?


Rock on! I sent as WUmail so we didn't get in trouble.
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Quoting Makoto1:


Eh, no harm in watching things though. Something do do at least? lol


LOL.....that is true as long as everyone see's what they are looking at and not posting crazy stuff that just isn't there......but, we all can kinda filter out the bad stuff with the good stuff i hope.
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Doesn't PensacolaDoug and his band Crossfire deserve some props for that new song?
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Quoting DDR:
Good evening
520---welcome back,looks like the islands north of here (Trinidad) will get a taste of the rainy season on thursday,locally we've have scattered showers today,tomorrow will be a wash out.
Thanks, we need rain here(CI) real bad still dry, hopefully some will soon come along.
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Quoting TampaSpin:
You all are trying so hard to see something that just is not there. It will come in time but, nothing is out there ready yet.


Eh, no harm in watching things though. Something do do at least? lol
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Quoting alexhurricane1991:
I agree wait till the end of june or early july but it is fun to track blobs though!


Yeppers.....the 1st and 2nd week in July MJO comes back in the Atlantic Basin....then you all can blog away about what you see.......LOL
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Quoting TampaSpin:
You all are trying so hard to see something that just is not there. It will come in time but, nothing is out there ready yet.
I agree wait till the end of june or early july but it is fun to track blobs though!
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