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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1132. pottery
Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:


You want it? It's a Stella! I bought it it in a fit of sentamentality for the 6o's off eBay. They were worth $10 back then and a lot less now. (if you want to play it) Never could be tuned. Thought with today's tech I could do it but it ain't gonna happen. Lol

LOL, I had one a long time ago, like that (not a Stella) that gave endless trouble to tune.
Went to a weekend party on the east coast here, and when I looked for it next morning, 2 guys were taking turns surfing on the thing.
What a party.........
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xcool, trouble is a coming.
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1130. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
latest big picture up to 1212 am jun 8

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1129. pottery
Quoting Grothar:


You still use potato skins to clean them? Nobody would remember that

even I dont remember potato skins for cleaning.
Weirdness Rules!
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1128. pottery
Quoting Orcasystems:


Pottery is going to be peeved if he finds out you have been drinking his Rum again

I can find no reference to this Accusation.
I also know that the Young Man in question would never stoop so low.
Well, he better not!
This must be some sort of Strange, Northern humour.
heheheheh
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1127. Grothar
Quoting RTLSNK:


Are you kidding me? I have a black pair that go with my Army Dress Blue Formal uniform, and a white pair that go with my white Tuxedo. Yes you youngsters, a white Tuxedo. You just have to be very careful around tomato sauce!!!


You still use potato skins to clean them? Nobody would remember that
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Quoting hydrus:
Nice sunburst 12 string on the back wall of you avatar Shen.


You want it? It's a Stella! I bought it it in a fit of sentamentality for the 6o's off eBay. They were worth $10 back then and a lot less now. (if you want to play it) Never could be tuned. Thought with today's tech I could do it but it ain't gonna happen. Lol
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1125. JLPR2
Ah no, wait, it still has a pulse
^^
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1124. JLPR2
Oh noes! I killed the blog!
:O
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Quoting Grothar:


Your memory is too good pot. I liked patent leather shoes. LOL


Didn't require polishing on Saturday night. :)

And on that note, , ttfn.
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1122. JLPR2
Looks like our next wave is getting ready to emerge
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1121. pottery
Quoting Orcasystems:


Pottery is going to be peeved if he finds out you have been drinking his Rum again

What's This??
to page 22 I go>>>>>>>>>
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1120. RTLSNK
Quoting zoomiami:


psss - they're back!


Are you kidding me? I have a black pair that go with my Army Dress Blue Formal uniform, and a white pair that go with my white Tuxedo. Yes you youngsters, a white Tuxedo. You just have to be very careful around tomato sauce!!!
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1119. pottery
Quoting RTLSNK:


Ahh, there at the end of your comment is your problem wise, wicked, but wayward one. Spontaneity by its very nature should not be hard work my good man. It should be instinctive, involuntary, casual, unintentional, impulsive, unforced, natural, and free of worldly constraints, plans, and schedules. Loosen up chap, go with the flow, listen to your inner child, and mail the normal fee to my acct in the Cayman Islands per our usual arraingment.

I knew I could count on you for advice that comes straight from the wallet. Thank you my Friend.
You are absolutely correct you know.
The Persuit of Happiness is a futile chase.
I will defer to your method.
OMMMMMMMMMMMM

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1118. xcool
JLPR2 hey
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1117. Grothar
Quoting pottery:

They were too shiny?


Your memory is too good pot. I liked patent leather shoes. LOL
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1116. JLPR2
I need someone to mark with a red sharpie where are these five storms, I dont see them there :S

Well besides that, hello everyone XD
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1115. xcool
hahaKEEPEROFTHEGATE .
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1114. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting xcool:
gfs now show 5 storms wt------
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1113. xcool
lmao
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Quoting xcool:
Orcasystems go page 22


Pottery is going to be peeved if he finds out you have been drinking his Rum again
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1111. RTLSNK
Quoting pottery:

Reality Really Revolts. (oooh, that's good).
Yeah!
Grands are sent to prepare us for, er, well, um, something !
I have this Urgent Desire to be completely unprepared.
Its hard work, man.


Ahh, there at the end of your comment is your problem wise, wicked, but wayward one. Spontaneity by its very nature should not be hard work my good man. It should be instinctive, involuntary, casual, unintentional, impulsive, unforced, natural, and free of worldly constraints, plans, and schedules. Loosen up chap, go with the flow, listen to your inner child, and mail the normal fee to my acct in the Cayman Islands per our usual arraingment.
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1110. pottery
Quoting Grothar:


Couldn't wear them in Catholic school.

They were too shiny?
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1109. pottery
Quoting zoomiami:


psss - they're back!

Seriously??
I get to clean mine off and strut about in them again??
What a thing........
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1108. xcool



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Quoting Grothar:


Why, did you have to look 3 times?


Had em on upside down.
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1106. xcool
Orcasystems go page 22
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Quoting zoomiami:


psss - they're back!


WOW They got patent leather ortho's now. ;)
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1104. Grothar
Quoting PcolaDan:
Sorry it took me so long. Couldn't find my trifocals. :)


Why, did you have to look 3 times?
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Fun hanging out with you old guys - have to find the pillows, morning comes early.
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Quoting pottery:

Anyone remember 'patent-leather shoes'?


Weren't they replaced with corfam?
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Quoting xcool:
gfs now show 5 storms wt------


Where??

GFS
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1100. Grothar
Quoting pottery:

Anyone remember 'patent-leather shoes'?


Couldn't wear them in Catholic school.
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1099. xcool



new ngp





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Quoting pottery:

Anyone remember 'patent-leather shoes'?


psss - they're back!
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Hope we don't get another one of these:

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1096. pottery
Quoting PcolaDan:
Sorry it took me so long. Couldn't find my trifocals. :)

Anyone remember 'patent-leather shoes'?
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Another difference in the weather - for the first time in about five years - the water on the Atlantic side is calmer. The past few years its always windy & choppy - or some kind of seas. Before that I can remember entire seasons when we would go fishing -- either flat calms or just little guys.
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Quoting RTLSNK:


Cute Big Fish, it does sound familar. :)


I found Georgia rain
I thought there was a better known one?
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1093. xcool
atmoaggie lmao
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1092. pottery
Quoting PcolaDan:
Sorry it took me so long. Couldn't find my trifocals. :)

heheheheh
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1091. xcool
gfs now show 5 storms wt------
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Sorry it took me so long. Couldn't find my trifocals. :)
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1089. RTLSNK
Quoting Orcasystems:


I like it when it rains in Georgia :)

Umm isn't that a song or something??


Cute Big Fish, it does sound familar. :)
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1088. pottery
Quoting RTLSNK:


Grandchildren cause that to happen to us. After 63 years on this planet, I find it difficult to reconcile the man you see in my Avatar with the man who when the grandchildren are around has to use the word "poo poo". :)

Reality Really Revolts. (oooh, that's good).
Yeah!
Grands are sent to prepare us for, er, well, um, something !
I have this Urgent Desire to be completely unprepared.
Its hard work, man.
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1087. xcool




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Quoting xcool:
GFS SHOW STORM

There is a pic of StormW embedded in the GFS graphics?
WOW!
(sorry, j/k)
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Quoting RTLSNK:


Grandchildren cause that to happen to us. After 63 years on this planet, I find it difficult to reconcile the man you see in my Avatar with the man who when the grandchildren are around has to use the word "poo poo". :)


63.. wow..
Pretty soon they will be saying it about Grandpa :)
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1084. xcool


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1083. xcool
GFS SHOW STORM
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Hi Shen! How've you been?
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