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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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
LMAO!!
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Quoting MiamiHurricanes09:
That picture is almost 9 hours old.


Well cane, it's rather dark over in Africa now so that is the latest visible available. I doubt that picture has changed much since then.
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Quoting Baltimorebirds:
This pattern this week will be hot and cool.It reminds me of this...

Your hot and your cold, your yes and your no ,your in and your out your up and your down.Sorta discribes the jetstream and pattern.
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Quoting Baltimorebirds:
This pattern this week will be hot and cool.It reminds me of this...

Your hot and your cold, your yes and your no ,your in and your out your up and your down.Sorta discribes the jetstream and pattern.


Wow, I never knew Lady Gaga could be quoted on the blog like that. Very good.
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Quoting CyclonicVoyage:
Seems the next wave is coming off in the wheelhouse around 10N and in a more hospitable environment.

That picture is almost 9 hours old.
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923. xcool
Baltimorebirds hey
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Seems the next wave is coming off in the wheelhouse around 10N and in a more hospitable environment.

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Quoting TropicalWave:
Grotha, I'm originally from Yonkers Ny.


Maybe you two are somehow related?
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well that anti-cyclone is over the yucatan as that model suggested the other day stormW,looks to be at the surface as well:(
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Quoting Grothar:


Hey Aussie, my relatives from Sydney are coming to NY this week. I am meeting them on Long Island. None of us has ever met before. I have them in Quinn, Adelaide, and the Sydney area and a few in Canberra. About 300 of them there. We never knew they existed. Looking forward to it. a(P.S) not all 300 are coming.
You live in NYC? I've been there many times, I loved it.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

she hung around like a bad smell


Hey Aussie, my relatives from Sydney are coming to NY this week. I am meeting them on Long Island. None of us has ever met before. I have them in Quinn, Adelaide, and the Sydney area and a few in Canberra. About 300 of them there. We never knew they existed. Looking forward to it. a(P.S) not all 300 are coming.
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Quoting Baltimorebirds:
I recommended a friend to join the blog.So if you see a new blogger don't worry it's not jfv.


Seems like JFV is the WU blog's virus lol
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Quoting spathy:
Welcome Becca :0)
You are off to a good start.
Just dont hang around with me.
I have a WU past.
Possibly you can help me learn.

Becca
Have you been subject to any severe or curious weather?

I was in a tornado in '79 or '80 and that started my fascination with weather. Since then, I've been in several hurricanes,straight line wind and some crazy softball/golf ball size hail events...scares the daylights out of me but I love it all anyway...I've learned so much from so many people here...My husband thinks it's as interesting as watching paint dry but what does he know? LOL
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latest big picture

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rolls eyes, wanders away.

g'nite, crabs and zombies...
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Quoting Baltimorebirds:
I recommended a friend to join the blog.So if you see a new blogger don't worry it's not jfv.
What's his username?
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Got these while chasing in Illinois on 060510. The touchdowns were SW of Kankakee And may have been the start of the St Anne EF3 damage.

Link



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Per CNN: White House: President Obama endorses lifting $75 million cap on damages for oil spills resulting from offshore drilling.
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Quoting xcool:


1008 mb low -Caribbean
That is the Colombian heat low and is always there.
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898. xcool
TropicalWave hey
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Quoting TropicalWave:


Yes, I've been at school, all day long, working on my senior thesis, why?


Just curious.
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896. xcool


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Quoting Baltimorebirds:
Those were some of the nastiest comment I've seen.They resolved the problom by putting each other on ignore.


I've seen much worse here. Hopefully the admin will take care of people like that when the season gets busy. Just try to ignore it.
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893. xcool


1008 mb low -Caribbean
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Quoting beell:
One smiling crab hat as ordered.
(did I get that right?)



Hello, Becca.

LOL Beel. But I thought that Becca was fine, without the hat.
Hi Becca, Welome...
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Quoting Becca36:

Thank you very much. Unfortunately, I've eaten all the crab..However, I will try to ask intelligent, on topic questions! It took me a whole year of lurking to make an account and almost another before I summoned the courage to post...:)


It took me about that long. So intimidating to post here, when one wrong comment or question condemns you to the land of the trolls :P
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Quoting xcool:





No shear in the Gulf = Scary.

Like Nightmare on Elm St. Part 1 sacry; not The NoteBook scary.
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Quoting Relix:
Seems like our wave went poof. Right?


The convective signature did.
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884. xcool



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LOL!!
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Quoting Baltimorebirds:
Hey cane.There was some fighting on the blog yesterday.It got real ugly.


I know. I saw it all.
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