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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1032. xcool
lmao
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Quoting pottery:
heheheheh, you guys crack me up sometimes.....


I don't get it. Why would this place make you stand on your head? ;)
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1030. RTLSNK
Quoting Grothar:


YO, Snake! 5 inches of rain in Lauderdale today, don't you miss it? How ya doing?


YO, Grothar! Doing fine thanks, how about yourself? I do miss Lauderdale and the Keys, but Macon seems to have all the rain we can handle!
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1029. DDR
Hi pottery,how are you?
Tomorrow and most of this week looks wet,nice!:)
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1028. hydrus
Quoting Grothar:



If I didn't know better, I would swear that looks just like Hurricane Alice.
Yeah, you probably saw it in the newspaper that day.hehe
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1027. pottery
Quoting RTLSNK:


Some things simply defy any rational definition. :)

True. That's why I like it when you come by.
You are so Sensible, Serious, and Succinct.
Finger in the breach, and all that...
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1026. hydrus
Thanks Keep...That is a radar image of Hurricane Alice, Which formed in late Dec-54 into early Jan-55. Interesting to note that it formed not to far from where the March 1908 hurricane originated.
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1025. Grothar
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:



If I didn't know better, I would swear that looks just like Hurricane Alice.
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1024. RTLSNK
Quoting pottery:
Hello Snake!
I notice that Keeper did not deny that it was him.
Makes you wonder, what kind of people we are associating with here LOL.

And then, along comes Oz!


Some things simply defy any rational definition. :)
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1023. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting RTLSNK:


Thought I would drop by and see how your anti-troll device was working. Looked like it was working just fine until the battery wore out. :(


time up on time out i guess
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1021. xcool
m
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1020. pottery
...actually, ALL the time!
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1019. Grothar
Quoting RTLSNK:


Nice one Pottery, and fast too!!! :)


YO, Snake! 5 inches of rain in Lauderdale today, don't you miss it? How ya doing?
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hehe

(Gro and hydrus...)
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1017. pottery
...quite often, in fact.
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1016. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting hydrus:
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1015. RTLSNK
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
what are you doing in here


Thought I would drop by and see how your anti-troll device was working. Looked like it was working just fine until the battery wore out. :(
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1014. pottery
heheheheh, you guys crack me up sometimes.....
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1013. hydrus
Quoting Grothar:



KEEPER if you have trouble posting something, ask hydrus.
Did you forget your Geritol today? sheesh!,,,,,,,,,,,:)
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1012. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
Quoting Grothar:



KEEPER if you have trouble posting something, ask hydrus.
i'll get right on that
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1010. Grothar
Quoting hydrus:
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Does it start with an A?
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1008. hydrus
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1006. Grothar
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:



KEEPER if you have trouble posting something, ask hydrus.
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Quoting Baltimorebirds:
I like your new avatar looks like something that came from out the twighlight zone.


I'm going for the technological look now that things are starting to cook out there. :)
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1003. pottery
Hello Snake!
I notice that Keeper did not deny that it was him.
Makes you wonder, what kind of people we are associating with here LOL.

And then, along comes Oz!
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1002. hydrus
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1000. xcool


juice.
Wave coming off


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998. xcool
7544 hi
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I like my new avatar...
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Quoting CyclonicVoyage:



lol. I wonder if he believes it now.

On another note, there are some fairly hefty storms heading south along the west coast of Florida toward Tampa. Excessive lightning.
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Quoting RTLSNK:


Nice one Pottery, and fast too!!! :)
what are you doing in here
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993. 7544
hey xcool and keeper and everyone from the way things will be going this season looks like we will be up for alot of dmax will all these wild numbers in the forecast for this year get ready
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Quoting pottery:

OK. I see a 90 there on the southwest coast....
Thanks


Living here I will tell you the temps are true. No rain on the coast in weeks to cool things off. The Gulf is like bath water and getting warmer by the day.
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Quoting pottery:

That's actually him....


Nice one Pottery, and fast too!!! :)
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
lol!.................If I had a quarter.....
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Quoting Weather456:
Expect another wave to emerge later this weekend. This one will take first place as the strongest wave of the season with a vigorous mid-low level circulation along the axis near 10N. Convection is not expected to sustain along this wave as the other two over the EATL but like the wave near 40W, it will gather steam further west. Notice a pattern in these three waves, each progressively stronger than the next.


Hey 456! :)

This season sure is more interesting that 2009 was at this time of year!

Remember last year? There was practically nothing. Wave comes off then two days later poof. Wave-poof. Wave-poof. Only a couple ever made it into anything...and yes...Bermuda is BEE-A-UITUL! :) So thank you Hurricane Bill!
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987. xcool
new stuff come
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Quoting hydrus:
I posted a vis and ended up with the I.R again. #%$#!
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Quoting Baltimorebirds:
KOTG what is your avatar based off of.

That's actually him....
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.............Cool looking feeder bands with Hurricane Allen.
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