Two EF-5 tornadoes confirmed from last week's outbreak; record Ohio River flood

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:23 PM GMT on May 02, 2011

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Damage surveys and the hunt for missing victims continues today in the areas devastated by last week's historic tornado outbreak. With the death toll in the 340 - 350 range, the April 25 - 28 tornado outbreak has surpassed the April 3 - 4, 1974 Super Outbreak (315 killed) as the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak of the past 50 years. Hardest hit was Alabama, with 249 deaths; Tennessee and Mississippi had 34 deaths each, and deaths were also reported in Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, and Ontario, Canada. Twenty-eight separate tornadoes killed people. According wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, in his post The World's Deadliest Tornadoes, only the death toll of the great Tri-State tornado outbreak of 1925 (747 killed) and the 1936 Tupelo-Gainsville tornado outbreak (454 killed) were greater. These outbreaks both occurred during an era before Doppler radar and tornado warnings. Had last week's outbreak occurred back in those days, I expect the death toll would have been in the thousands. The National Weather Service provided warning times of 15 - 30 minutes for all of last week's killer storms, allowing time for most people to get to safe shelters.


Figure 1. MODIS satellite image from NASA's Aqua satellite taken on Friday, April 29, 2011, showing the damage paths of three of Wednesday's tornadoes in Alabama.


Figure 2. Damage paths of Wednesday's tornadoes as compiled by the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama.

Damage surveys will continue for another week, so it is uncertain exactly how many tornadoes were spawned in last week's outbreak. The confirmed count is already at 146, which would make it the 4th largest tornado outbreak in history. The total is likely to surpass the 155 confirmed tornadoes logged during the April 14 - 16, 2011 tornado outbreak. According to a list of tornado outbreaks maintained by Wikipedia, only two other tornado outbreaks have had as many as 150 twisters--the May 2004 outbreak (385), and the May 2003 outbreak (401). So, remarkably, two of the top four outbreaks in history occurred within two weeks of each other. In addition, the period from 8am April 27 - 8am April 28 during last week's outbreak has a good chance of breaking the record for most tornadoes in a 24-hour period, which is currently 148 (set in the April 3 - 4, 1974 Super Outbreak.)

Two EF-5 tornadoes confirmed
Damage surveys have confirmed that last week's April 25 - 28 outbreak spawned at least eleven violent EF-4 tornadoes (winds 166 - 200 mph) and two EF-5 tornadoes (winds greater than 200 mph.) This is only the 5th time since tornado ratings began in 1950 that two top-end tornadoes have occurred on the same day. The last time was on March 13, 1990 in Kansas. An EF-5 with 205 mph winds hit Smithville, Mississippi at 3:44pm EDT on Wednesday. The tornado's path was only 3 miles long, but was 1/2 miles wide and did extreme damage. Fifteen were killed, 40 injured, and 166 buildings destroyed. Some well-built modern 2-story homes that were bolted to their foundations were completely destroyed, leaving only the foundation. This type of damage is characteristic of an EF-5 tornado with 205 mph winds. The Smithville tornado is the first EF-5 tornado in Mississippi since the Candlestick Park tornado of March 3, 1966. The other EF-5 tornado of the day, the Hackleburg tornado, touched down in Northwest Alabama in Marion County at 3pm CDT, and devastated the towns of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg. This tornado killed at least 25 people. Meteorologist Gary Dobbs, with WAAY-TV since 1984, spotted this tornado from his car and was unable to get to his storm shelter. While his house was destroyed around him, Dobbs was thrown 40 feet from the house. The door of the storm shelter blew off, and none of the friends therein were seriously injured. Dobbs required hospitalization. One other tornado that may get an EF-5 rating is the violent Tuscaloosa/Birmingham tornado, which killed at least 66 people and injured over 1000. It was the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since 1955, when 80 people died in Udall, Kansas. This tornado had a path length of 80.3 miles, and has been preliminarily rated at high-end EF-4 with 190 mph winds. The Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado is likely to be the most expensive tornado of all-time, and damage from the April 25 - 28 outbreak is likely rank as the most expensive tornado outbreak in history. Insured damages have been rated at $2 - $5 billion, and uninsured losses will be several billion more. The previous most expensive tornado outbreak in history was the $3.5 billion price tag, in 2005 dollars, of the April 3 - 4, 1974 Super Outbreak .


Figure 3. Radar reflectivity image of the Hackleburg, Alabama tornado of April 27, 2011, a few minutes after it devastated the town of Hackleburg, Alabama (white cross at center of image.) The Hackleburg tornado was rated an EF-5 with greater than 200 mph winds.


Figure 4. Remarkable video of the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Beginning at about 2:30 into the video, one can see the ominous mini-vorticies and cloud of debris that encircled the tornado.

Unprecedented flooding on Ohio River
Last week's storm system, in combination with heavy rains earlier this month and over past 24 hours, pushed the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois to 60.6 feet at 1am CDT May 1. This is the highest flood in history, besting the 59.5' mark of 1937. Additional heavy rains of 2 - 4 inches are expected over the next five days, and the river is not expected to crest until Wednesday, at a height of 61.5 feet. As the record flood waters from the Ohio River pour into the Mississippi and are joined by melt water from the this winter's record snow pack over the Upper Mississippi, all-time flood heights are likely to be exceeded at many points along a 400-mile stretch of the Mississippi below its confluence with the Ohio. I'll have a more detailed look in my next post.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting greentortuloni:


Trento.

Florence is actually one of the cities I was thinking of. They've recently closed more of the downtown. Now the entire Duomo area is pedestrian all the way to Ponte Vecchio. That is due to the mayor who, God knows how in Italy, is young and seems to enjoy telling the entrenched politicos to go put it in a hat. You will see more of him in the future.

Thanks. My husband and I planned on mostly walking in Florence. We wouldn't dream of renting a car LOL
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Quoting IKE:

lol.....what did these people do before cell phones came along?
..Like you dont know...:)
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Weather in the next week or so looks stormy.. DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0252 AM CDT TUE MAY 03 2011

VALID 061200Z - 111200Z

...DISCUSSION...
ON FRI/D4...MOISTURE WILL BEGIN TO RETURN NWD INTO THE SRN PLAINS AS
A WEAK LEE TROUGH DEVELOPS DURING THE DAY BENEATH A WEAK NWLY FLOW
ALOFT. FORECAST SOUNDINGS INDICATE THAT WHILE STRONG HEATING MAY
RESULT IN CONVECTION ALONG THE DRYLINE...ACTIVITY MAY NOT BE
PARTICULARLY SEVERE WITH ONLY 50S DEWPOINTS AND CAPPING CONCERNS.
ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT COULD OCCUR OVER THE MID MO/UPPER MS VALLEY
FRIDAY NIGHT DRIVEN BY A LOW LEVEL JET...BUT MODELS DO NOT AGREE ON
THE LOCATION AND MAGNITUDE OF THE FORCING MECHANISMS.

THIS PATTERN IS FORECAST TO PERSIST THROUGH DAY 5...BUT
PREDICTABILITY AND OVERALL POTENTIAL DO NOT WARRANT SEVERE AREAS AT
THIS TIME.

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE DIFFERENCES IN THE GUIDANCE...THEY DO AGREE THAT
BEGINNING ON SUN/D6...A LARGER SCALE TROUGH WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE
WRN STATES...WITH RIDGING DEVELOPING AHEAD OF THIS TROUGH OVER THE
PLAINS STATES. THIS WOULD PORTEND A GREATER SEVERE THREAT...WITH THE
POSSIBILITY OF 3-4 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANT SEVERE DEVELOPING
FROM THE PLAINS STATES INTO THE MIDWEST BEGINNING ON MON/D7 INTO
TUE/D8 AND LIKELY EXTENDING INTO D9. IF TREND IN MODEL GUIDANCE
PERSISTS...SEVERE RISK AREAS WILL LIKELY BE FORTHCOMING IN
SUBSEQUENT D4-8 OUTLOOKS.
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Alternative energy
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Quoting jeffs713:
301. Total wishcasting. The cards are VERY stacked against it, and right now, anything coming off Africa usually doesn't sustain itself for long over water. Temps are barely warm enough, upper-air dynamics are mostly junk, SAL is (usually) saying hello, and there is a reason the Cape Verde season doesn't get going until mid-July.


LOL just trying to lighten the mood after so many days of horrible news...



Wishcast complete! =)
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Quoting IKE:

lol.....what did these people do before cell phones came along?


Drive their cars. :P
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301. Total wishcasting. The cards are VERY stacked against it, and right now, anything coming off Africa usually doesn't sustain itself for long over water. Temps are barely warm enough, upper-air dynamics are mostly junk, SAL is (usually) saying hello, and there is a reason the Cape Verde season doesn't get going until mid-July.
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Quoting emcf30:
I can see this is going to be the second Wishcasting event of the pre 2011 season. LOL
Oh well guess it is better that all the death and destruction we have had in the past several weeks


LOL Yep! But more exciting than a Charlie Sheen show! =) Come on rain!
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Missing Boy Scouts rescued from Ark. wilderness area
Group, which was trapped by high water, was spotted from the air

Link
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Quoting FtMyersgal:

Where in Italy are you? I'm going to Florence in October


Trento.

Florence is actually one of the cities I was thinking of. They've recently closed more of the downtown. Now the entire Duomo area is pedestrian all the way to Ponte Vecchio. That is due to the mayor who, God knows how in Italy, is young and seems to enjoy telling the entrenched politicos to go put it in a hat. You will see more of him in the future.
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I can see this is going to be the second Wishcasting event of the pre 2011 season. LOL
Oh well guess it is better that all the death and destruction we have had in the past several weeks
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Quoting greentortuloni:


I wish it was bikes everywhere. There's still SUVs here, usually flashing their high beams to inform the peasents to tip their hat (change lanes). The worst are the BMWs (Big Money Wannabees).

It's too scary to commute with bikes in most places in Italy. Biking is respected on weekends with crowds of crazy people everywhere but during the week there aren't that many (here in Italy).

However, some cities are really changing. They are installing the rent a bike schemes and closing city centres. Hope fully that is the future: park outside cities and public transport/bike/walk it in.

Yes, I know European cities are a totally different scale from US cities so it would have to be different plans in the US.

Where in Italy are you? I'm going to Florence in October
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Cool image Nea
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Quoting jeffs713:
EXTREMELY low. like... none.

The wave train doesn't get going until late July, usually. For June, don't look off Africa, look for stalled fronts and such.


I know there's a much higher probability of development in the WCarib, but looking at the location of the blob (post 249) and the extremely favorable wind shear all the way across at that lat/log Link

Not sure it isn't a possiblilty...

Wishcasting? LOL
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Quoting KeysieLife:


I care! LOL There's a big blob coming off of Africa pretty quick, and if shear is low? What are the chances we could see a new Invest in a few days?


1% chance. CV season doesn't begin until July and really kicks in August. Look closer to home starting in a few weeks.
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Ran across this image showing the path of the supercell that tracked nearly 400 miles last Wednesday and spawned numerous tornadoes, including the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham killer:

It's a twister!
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Quoting atmoaggie:
Yep. AGW is supposed to also make the Arctic colder.

I know some of you heard that the Arctic would be warming the most and the earliest, but this was apparently incorrect as we had some tornadoes within the last week.


A new report on the warming in the Arctic:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/03/us-clim ate-arctic-idUSTRE7422YQ20110503

OSLO (Reuters) - Quickening climate change in the Arctic including a thaw of Greenland's ice could raise world sea levels by up to 1.6 meters by 2100, an international report showed on Tuesday.

Such a rise -- above most past scientific estimates -- would add to threats to coasts from Bangladesh to Florida, low-lying Pacific islands and cities from London to Shanghai. It would also, for instance, raise costs of building tsunami barriers in Japan.

"The past six years (until 2010) have been the warmest period ever recorded in the Arctic," according to the Oslo-based Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), which is backed by the eight-nation Arctic Council.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
well if anyone cares shear is expected to ease up in the southern TropAtlantic and western caribbean



If it was June 3rd instead of May 3rd I might be interested.
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Quoting KeysieLife:


I care! LOL There's a big blob coming off of Africa pretty quick, and if shear is low? What are the chances we could see a new Invest in a few days?
EXTREMELY low. like... none.

The wave train doesn't get going until late July, usually. For June, don't look off Africa, look for stalled fronts and such.
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290 & 291.

Yes, but still mostly hostile (except far western Caribbean... but then it has nowhere to go)
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
well if anyone cares shear is expected to ease up in the southern TropAtlantic and western caribbean



I care! LOL There's a big blob coming off of Africa pretty quick, and if shear is low? What are the chances we could see a new Invest in a few days?
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Quoting HouGalv08:
I got back from Europe last Friday(Germany), and I realize what they pay per gallon of gas is a heck of a lot more taxes than we pay, but a gallon over there figured with the exchange rate comes in at $9.00 a gallon! And thats the lowest octane grade. It goes up from there. They pay about 30 to 40 cents less per liter for diesel than we do. Needless to say the autobahns and streets aren't clogged with big SUV's and pickups, but clogged at times with lots of small cars. And of course, public transportation is used like crazy along with BIKES everywhere.


I wish it was bikes everywhere. There's still SUVs here, usually flashing their high beams to inform the peasents to tip their hat (change lanes). The worst are the BMWs (Big Money Wannabees).

It's too scary to commute with bikes in most places in Italy. Biking is respected on weekends with crowds of crazy people everywhere but during the week there aren't that many (here in Italy).

However, some cities are really changing. They are installing the rent a bike schemes and closing city centres. Hope fully that is the future: park outside cities and public transport/bike/walk it in.

Yes, I know European cities are a totally different scale from US cities so it would have to be different plans in the US.
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in 48 hours
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well if anyone cares shear is expected to ease up in the southern TropAtlantic and western caribbean

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289. IKE

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FLOOD WATERS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE MOVING DOWN THE SAINT FRANCIS
RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES FROM LAKE WAPPAPELLO DOWNSTREAM...POSSIBLY
TO THE MISSOURI STATE LINE. WATER LEVELS OF THIS MAGNITUDE ON THE
SAINT FRANCIS RIVER HAVE RARELY BEEN EXPERIENCED IN THE MANY DECADES
OF HISTORICAL RECORDKEEPING.


IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT THE SAINT FRANCIS RIVER AT FISK IS
STILL FORECAST TO REACH A RECORD CREST OF 28.0 FEET BY WEDNESDAY
MORNING...EXCEEDING THE HIGHEST STAGE ON RECORD. THE EXACT IMPACT ON
AREAS SURROUNDING THE SAINT FRANCIS RIVER NEAR FISK REMAINS UNKNOWN
AT THIS TIME. AT 400 AM CDT TUESDAY...THE STAGE AT FISK WAS 26.2
FEET. AT 24.0 FEET...MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND FLOOD ON
THE LEFT BANK NEAR FISK
...AND AT 27.5 FEET...THE RIGHT BANK LEVEE IS
OVERTOPPED.
Link

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Birds Point blast of levee caught on Helicorder.
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If we "take" today's weather anomaly in Poland to incoming hurricane season,we would see...30 named storms or more!It's 3rd May,and it's snowing heavily!It didn't happened ever before!LOL!
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285. IKE
No clear number on how many people missing from Alabama tornadoes

By Charles J. Dean -- The Birmingham News


As rescue workers continued their search Monday for possible survivors
of last week's deadly tornadoes, it was unclear just how many people
really are missing across the state.
The daily situation report from the Alabama Emergency Management
Agency reported eight people missing statewide -- seven of those in
Marion County and one in Elmore County.
But in Tuscaloosa, one of the hardest hit areas with 39 killed, Mayor
Walt Maddox's office was reporting 340 people missing as of Monday. The
number was even higher Sunday, when the city was listing 370 people
missing.
Tuscaloosa officials are quick to point out that missing is not the same thing as dead.
"We do not presume any of those are dead," said Vickie Gilliland, an
aide to Maddox. "If someone called the police or sheriff's office to
report a missing person, that name got on the list. If someone called
the mayor's office to report a missing person, that name got on the
list. It's as complete a list as we can make it, but we also know there
may be some mistakes on it too."
Gilliland said the number may be high because some names have been
duplicated or, once a person has been found, the person who reported
them missing did not call back to have the name taken off the list.
Gilliland said police and the county's sheriff's office have been attempting to contact each person on the list.
"It is putting a strain on police, but if someone called to report a
missing person we are going to do all we can to find them," Gilliland
said.
Efforts to reach the state EMA about the discrepancy were unsuccessful Monday.
Counties in the greater Birmingham metro area hit hard by the storms
reported no one missing as of Monday according to the state EMA data.
"I think at most we had maybe eight persons reported as missing in
the first few days and they have been accounted for now," said Regina
Myers, assistant EMA director in Walker County.
Jefferson County has had a high of about 50 people who were
"unaccounted for," but none had been classified as "missing," said Mark
Kelly, public information officer for Jefferson County EMA. He was
unsure how many of those people still had not been accounted for late
Monday.
Kelly said the names of people who were unaccounted for came from
several sources. Most of them were reported by law enforcement agencies,
he said, and some were added based on residents' calls to EMA.
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Quoting IKE:

lol.....what did these people do before cell phones came along?
Quoting Chicklit:

Second that Keysie.
Looks like if April's active May won't be as much though so maybe a break in the bad weather is just around the bend.

We'll just have to hope that this year of surprising weather doesn't buck that trend and give us something different. Having the number one and number four largest tornado outbreaks in history happen just two weeks apart shows what can happen...
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This is the revised 2011 Spring-Summer Tornado Forecast.
Edited May 1, 2011
US VERSION
Using a long-range model, the CFS, this forecast is being perfected consistently.
La Nina is expected to persist throughout this tornado season, and that will play quite a factor throughout the summer and spring.
Below is The Weather Centre's overall outlook for this tornado forecast.
Link
July has the Gulf free and open while the West is extremely dry. August is very similar, but humidity values are higher. Below is The Weather Centre's Percentage chances for tornadoes.

There is a very nice set up of a very dry air mass over the West US. There is also an open Gulf flowing freely into the Central and East US.
These two factors alone are more than sufficient for tornado and severe thunderstorm formation.
Below is the latest humidity average for the US in the month of July, then August using the CFS.
Below is The Weather Centre's overall outlook for this tornado forecast.
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Wow... 312 tornadoes in ONE 24-hour period?

NOAA: Record 312 tornadoes in 24 hours last week

WASHINGTON — Preliminary government estimates say there were more tornadoes in a single day last week than any other day in U.S. history.

Government analysts said Monday there were 362 tornadoes during last week's outbreak, including a record-setting 312 in one 24-hour period.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the largest previous number on record in one event occurred on April 3-4, 1974, with 148 tornadoes.

NOAA said 342 people were killed during the 24-hour period from 8 a.m. Wednesday to Thursday.

It was the deadliest single day for tornadoes since March 18, 1925, a tornado outbreak that had 747 fatalities across seven states.

Meanwhile, the recovery effort across the South continued on Monday. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that they had disaster recovery centers open throughout the region and had signed up thousands of households for federal assistance.

In Tennessee, where 34 people died, Marvin Quinn, 79, collected broken jars of home-canned peaches and pickles from the rubble. He said relief workers had been keeping him and his wife well fed.

"I've been eating more in the last four days than I ever have," he said. "Every time I turn around there's someone with food, water, Gatorade."

Unlike Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the response to the latest natural disaster has worked because agencies at different levels of government are working together and are telling residents where they can get help, emergency management consultant Barry Scanlon said.

"They seem to be working well together," said Scanlon, president of Witt Associates and a former FEMA worker.

http://www.tampabay.com/incoming/noaa-record-312- tornadoes-in-24-hours-last-week/1167448
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Extreme Weather: Tornadoes
L. David Roper
http://arts.bev.net/cropper
7 February, 2011

Abstract of Study.

"Conclusion
No correlation was observed between the average Earth temperature and the relative tornado energy, as crudely defined in this article. However, the correlation is high, 0.75, between the number of tornadoes and the average Earth temperature. It is highly likely that increasing Earth temperatures due to global warming will cause an increase in the number of tornadoes and cause more tornadoes to occur during fall months."


Link

Some good info here on the increasing number of tornadoes.



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Quoting KeysieLife:

Wish there was a way to *POOF* tornado month...I think they've had enough! =)

Second that Keysie.
Looks like if April's active May won't be as much though so maybe a break in the bad weather is just around the bend.
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Quoting Chicklit:
Good morning.
I was surprised to just read that May is Tornado Month.

Wish there was a way to *POOF* tornado month...I think they've had enough! =)
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Good morning.
I was surprised to just read that May is Tornado Month.
However it was on Accuweather blog which also says this:

According to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Ken Reeves, years in which April was an unusually active month for tornadoes typically were not followed by well-above-normal activity in May and June.

"When you see an April that is very busy, you don't typically see May and June also very active, because the pattern that really supports the very active tornadic activity in April doesn't necessarily continue it, as the threat moves farther to the north and to the east," said Reeves.

Tornadoes are a rare phenomena and require the right ingredients to come together in order to form. Reeves explained that the weather pattern that has been allowing these ingredients to come together in April typically isn't conducive to well-above-normal tornado activity in May and June.

As spring progresses, the threat for severe weather and tornadoes tends to shift northward and eastward across the Plains and East, as the jet stream, an area of maximum winds high up in the atmosphere, shifts northward.

Link
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Oh, I seldom drive with my phone to my ear; it's too hard to text that way... :-\
lol.....what did these people do before cell phones came along?
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Quoting IKE:

That's awful.

What amazes me when I drive around in my job...is the number of people that are driving with a cell phone glued to their ear.

Oh, I seldom drive with my phone to my ear; it's too hard to text that way... :-\
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Quoting emcf30:


Crazy front advisories in TX

Made even crazier by the fact that those areas will be back in the mid-90s by the weekend. So the frost will kill most any springtime shoot unfortunate enough to push its way up through the parched soil, and the relentless heat and low humidity over the weekend and into next week will finish off what's left.

Nice...
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274. IKE

Quoting HouGalv08:
I got back from Europe last Friday(Germany), and I realize what they pay per gallon of gas is a heck of a lot more taxes than we pay, but a gallon over there figured with the exchange rate comes in at $9.00 a gallon! And thats the lowest octane grade. It goes up from there. They pay about 30 to 40 cents less per liter for diesel than we do. Needless to say the autobahns and streets aren't clogged with big SUV's and pickups, but clogged at times with lots of small cars. And of course, public transportation is used like crazy along with BIKES everywhere.
That's awful.

What amazes me when I drive around in my job...is the number of people that are driving with a cell phone glued to their ear.
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Crazy front advisories in TX
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Quoting IKE:
From CNN....
Gas could top $4 nationwide this week
................................................. ................................................

It's $3.95.9 here at my location.....per gallon.

I got back from Europe last Friday(Germany), and I realize what they pay per gallon of gas is a heck of a lot more taxes than we pay, but a gallon over there figured with the exchange rate comes in at $9.00 a gallon! And thats the lowest octane grade. It goes up from there. They pay about 30 to 40 cents less per liter for diesel than we do. Needless to say the autobahns and streets aren't clogged with big SUV's and pickups, but clogged at times with lots of small cars. And of course, public transportation is used like crazy along with BIKES everywhere.
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if i was in charge i'd try to save what oil america has. its better to pay the high prices now so we incorporate alternative energies like solar natural gas and wind. our children deserve us to save them something. sorry suv lovers your day is numbered regardless.
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I may be reading this wrong, but looks like they are predicting a crest of 65' at Natchez, MS whereas the record crest is 58' in '37.

Derrr
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Holy crap - level predicted at Red River ldg and Baton Rouge are up by 3.5 feet from last night?!?!?!
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Hey, Ike. At least that makes it look like the worst of the rain will be moving off to the NE.... but nothing for W TX or NM....

Wonder if that low pressure system out near Hawaii will hang together long enough to be a sort of "Pineapple Express"?
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267. IKE
5 day QPF...


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Morning aqua....

I expect they'll open both spillways [the other one ur thinking about is prolly Old River / Morganza]...

I gotta go make coffee. Have a good day, everyone!
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looks like the first of a total of three different explosions have occurred at bird's point. The second two blasts, due to happen today, are located so the escaping water at bird's point the water may be allowed to flow back INTO the mississippi.

Grand lock and dam shows a drop in level, as well.

Personally I think bonne carre and the other one (sorry, can't remember it at the moment) will need to be opened, too.
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