Deadliest U.S. tornado since 1953 rips through Joplin, Missouri, killing 89

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:11 PM GMT on May 23, 2011

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The incredibly violent tornado season of 2011 struck another sickening blow last night, when a violent tornado carved a ½ – ¾ mile-wide path of devastation through Joplin, Missouri. At least 89 people died, hundreds were injured, and huge sections of the town virtually obliterated. Damage from the tornado is so severe that pavement was ripped from the ground, which is characteristic of a top-end EF-5 tornado with winds in excess of 200 mph. This was almost certainly a least an EF-4 tornado with winds over 166 mph, and the level of damage is so extreme that this is likely to surpass last month's Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado as the costliest tornado of all-time.


Figure 1. Cars stacked on top of each other in front of the heavily damaged St. Johns Regional Medical Center after the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Note the pavement ripped up from the road and piled in front of the cars. Tornadoes powerful enough to rip up pavement are frequently classified as EF-5 with winds in excess of 200 mph. Image credit: Chris McCrillis, posted to Twitter.

The huge supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Joplin tornado formed over extreme southeast Kansas yesterday afternoon, along the boundary between warm, moist air flowing northwards from the Gulf of Mexico, and cold, dry air moving south from Canada. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had put the region in its “moderate risk” region for severe weather. As the supercell moved into Southwest Missouri, it spawned the tornado that roared through Joplin at 5:45pm CDT. This storm generated other tornadoes, straight-line wind damage, and flash flooding from torrential rains that exceeded six inches as it moved east southeast across Southwest Missouri. SPC recorded 48 preliminary reports of tornadoes yesterday, bringing the 2-day total for the current outbreak to 70. A tornado also killed one person and injured 22 in Minneapolis Sunday. Separate tornadoes killed one person each in Andice, Texas and Reading, Kansas on Saturday—the first tornado deaths in the U.S. since the April 25 – 28 Super Outbreak.


Figure 2. Radar reflectivity image of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Joplin, Missouri tornado, ½ hour after it devastated the city (circle with the “+” symbol.)


Figure 3. Radar Doppler velocity image of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Joplin, Missouri tornado, ½ hour after it devastated the city (circle with the “+” symbol.)


Figure 4. Satellite image taken at 5:45pm CDT May 22, 2011, when the Joplin, Missouri tornado was occurring. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Deadliest tornado since 1953
Yesterday's Joplin, Missouri tornado is the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. since June 10, 1953, when 94 people died in the Worcester, Massachusetts tornado. The previous deadliest tornado in the past 50 years occurred just last month, when 65 people died in the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham EF-4 tornado in Alabama. This year's tornado death toll now stands at 455, making it the deadliest year for tornadoes in the U.S. since 1953, when 519 people died. The deadliest year was 1925, with 794 deaths. That was the year of the deadliest U.S. tornado of all-time, the great Tri-State tornado, which killed 695 people in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.

More severe weather today
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed a large section of the Midwest U.S., including portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, in its “moderate risk” region for severe weather today. The threat of tornadoes will not be as great today as yesterday, with today's main threat being large hail and damaging straight-line thunderstorm winds. However, I do expect we will see a dozen or so tornadoes today, and residents of the at-risk area need to keep in mind the deadly history of this storm system. The severe weather threat will continue into Tuesday, when additional tornadoes are likely over Oklahoma, Kansas, and Southwest Missouri. A severe thunderstorm roared through Joplin between 8:30am and 9am CDT this morning, bringing heavy rain, small hail, and wind gusts to 36 mph. Undoubtedly, this storm frayed some nerves, and the city will remain at risk of seeing more severe thunderstorms through Tuesday night.


Figure 5. Severe weather threat for Monday, May 23, 2011.

Links
The most remarkable audio I've ever heard of people surviving a direct hit by a violent tornado was posted to Youtube by someone who took shelter in the walk-in storage refrigerator at a gas station during the Joplin tornado. There isn't much video. We won't see a lot of spectacular videos of the Joplin tornado, since it was wrapped in rain and difficult to see.

Listen to my 12-minute interview on the historic April 2011 tornadoes for EarthSky.org, which aired on NPR earlier this month. I discuss how climate change might impact severe weather and tornadoes.

Our weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, has an excellent post on The World's Deadliest Tornadoes.

My 2008 post, Are tornadoes getting stronger and more frequent? The answer is--we don't know.


Figure 6. The Portlight relief trailer being loaded in Summerville, SC, in preparation for a journey to the April tornado disaster zone.

Helping out tornado victims
For those who want to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the widespread destruction this spring's severe weather has brought, stop by the Red Cross website, or portlight.org blog. Portlight has been very active bringing aid to the victims of this year's tornadoes.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
They all are and you know it. Thought your NGO was targeted to those sorts.


actually...I didn't know it...and we are...and I'm not sure how the two are even remotely connected...
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Quoting presslord:


have 'em at my bank branch....swear to God....makes me smile every time....
They all are and you know it. Thought your NGO was targeted to those sorts.
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Quoting Stormchaser2007:


Not its not...

At least not yet.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
400 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2011

...EF-4 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN JOPLIN...

* DATE...22 MAY 2011
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-4
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...198 MPH
* ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH...3/4 MILE
* FATALITIES...116
* INJURIES...400

* THIS PRELIMINARY INFORMATION WAS DETERMINED BY A NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING
FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE STORM DATA.
Wow, I guess they did conclude winds were 198 mph.

IDK why they don't round up to 200 mph. Not to mention, I doubt the method of damage assessment is accurate enough to notice a 2 mph wind difference.

I'm betting they will upgrade it to an EF5 and they just don't want to call it an EF5 yet to keep the media hype down.
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Quoting emcf30:
yea Pat that was the guy who could not get a phone connection on his cell but was eventually was able to get a text out to his friend who led rescuers to where he was at. A wonderful story.


Exactly!!

The city is asking anyone who wants to volunteer to assist with clean up efforts to report to the student center on the campus of MSSU. Roads are passable at this point, but otherwise please stay clear of the damage area to allow first responders to continue rescue and recovery efforts. ~City of Joplin
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yea Pat that was the guy who could not get a phone connection on his cell but was eventually was able to get a text out to his friend who led rescuers to where he was at. A wonderful story.
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351. presslord
12:11 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
If you know of anyone who still needs help removing debris, email mprater@cbs42.com. Got folks ready and on standby.
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350. HurricaneDean07
12:11 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
Quoting alfabob:

Hmm maybe, but ASCAT had 30kt winds (35kt contaminated) and that was earlier today. Almost has a closed LLC, although it is still consolidating and forming a more defined circulation. Only reason why I gave it 50% is because an additional 1-5mph or more is possible within 48 hours.
since when does have any a partial LLC, it has some cyclonic turning, but not a LLC. You also need more than just 40 MPH winds for it to be a Tropical Storm.
It Needs:
Spiral Bands
winds in excess of 39 MPH
A surface circulation
a warm core
pretty decent Convection
and a few more characteristics.
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349. emcf30
12:11 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
Quoting Speeky:


I have been watching Tornadoes for the past 10 years.
I have seen many EF-4s and this storm, in my mind, well surpasses an EF-4 ranking. It is a very high end EF-4 none the less but an EF-5 is only a matter of 2mph. In cases of Hurricanes wind speeds are estimated and are never left as 131 they are upgraded and down graded all the time. Wouldn't the same be the case for Tornados?

Here are my percentages in prediction of final ranking

EF-0 0%
EF-1 0%
EF-2 0%
EF-3 0%
EF-4 45%
EF-5 55%

Its very hard to tell, because I haven't seen any arial photos yet but based on the video thats where it stands.



I got you beat by 30 years. But thats not the point. You stated it was a EF5 I just simply asked what source it was from since the official data that was released so far was EF4. Not disagreeing with you was just asking in fact if you read my response, I agree it will be upgraded.
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348. TomTaylor
12:09 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
Quoting Stormchaser2007:


The ground surveys found that it was a pretty high-end EF4. About 198mph...

Still very impressive.
Lol.

or did they actually decide it was exactly 198 mph? I wasn't aware the damage assessment was capable of providing such accurate measurements
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347. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
12:09 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
back thunder boomer done nothing to bad some wind rain lots lightening and thunder clearing now should be cooler less humid tomorrow here
the south well thats to be a top story of the week tomorrow has the makings of a wicked day maybe stronger than aprils outbreak
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346. Tropicsweatherpr
12:08 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
Quoting FirstCoastMan:
With the nino 3.4 region being at -0.4,what does that acually mean?


To correct the number,todays CPC update is at -0.2C.That means is at Neutral.
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345. presslord
12:06 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
Central United Methodist Church in Webb City is serving hot meals to any and everyone. Church is located at intersection of Broadway and Pennsylvania in Webb City
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344. FirstCoastMan
12:05 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
With the nino 3.4 region being at -0.4,what does that acually mean?
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343. Speeky
12:03 AM GMT on May 24, 2011
Quoting emcf30:

Oh, that your opinion based on the video, thought they went ahead and upgraded. That video has been posted on here all day. I for one feel it will be upgraded to EF5 tomorrow. Its only 2mph away from that now. That is a awesome vid


I have been watching Tornadoes for the past 10 years.
I have seen many EF-4s and this storm, in my mind, well surpasses an EF-4 ranking. It is a very high end EF-4 none the less but an EF-5 is only a matter of 2mph. In cases of Hurricanes wind speeds are estimated and are never left as 131 they are upgraded and down graded all the time. Wouldn't the same be the case for Tornados?

Here are my percentages in prediction of final ranking

EF-0 0%
EF-1 0%
EF-2 0%
EF-3 0%
EF-4 45%
EF-5 55%

Its very hard to tell, because I haven't seen any arial photos yet but based on the video thats where it stands.

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342. emcf30
11:59 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting presslord:
I haven't confirmed this...but apparently the Red Cross is making an urgent request for blood.....it would make sense...


Heard that on CNN this afternoon I think O positive
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341. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
11:59 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
RSMC Miami National Hurricane Center
Tropical Cyclone Outlook
5:00 PM PDT May 23 2011
==========================================

At 0:00 AM UTC, Showers and thunderstorms in association with a weak area of low pressure (90E) located several hundred miles south southwest of the Gulf of Tehuantepec has decreased and become less organized during the past hours. Development.. if any is expected to be slow to occur as it moves little over the next couple of days.

Tropical Cyclone Formation Potential
====================================
There is a low chance of this disturbance to develop into a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours
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340. Ameister12
11:58 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Stormchaser2007:


Not its not...

At least not yet.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
400 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2011

...EF-4 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN JOPLIN...

* DATE...22 MAY 2011
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-4
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...198 MPH
* ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH...3/4 MILE
* FATALITIES...116
* INJURIES...400

* THIS PRELIMINARY INFORMATION WAS DETERMINED BY A NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING
FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE STORM DATA.

Very high end EF4. Peak winds of 198 mph. EF5s have 200 mph+. I think it's very likely it's gonna be an EF5.
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339. Tropicsweatherpr
11:58 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Skyepony:


ESPI is down to -.95 today.


Climate Prediction Center had Nino 3.4 at -0.2C in today's update, up from -0.4C of last week.

Link
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338. Patrap
11:58 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
May 23, 2011
Red Cross blood drive honors flood, tornado victims


Anonymous Submitted The Crossville Chronicle Mon May 23, 2011, 04:21 PM CDT

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland Ridge Assisted Living Center and WyndRidge Health and Rehab Center are helping the American Red Cross honor victims of recent flooding and tornados through a “Pay It Forward” blood drive.

"The residents and staff of Cumberland Ridge and WyndRidge have a long history of supporting our community in times of need. At this time there is a need for blood. We will serve where we are needed," says Kelli Dodson, Executive Director, Cumberland Ridge Assisted Living Center.

You can give blood in honor of flood and tornado victims on Thursday, June 2, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Crossville Community Complex located on Livingston Road in Crossville. To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, call Jean Ann Mayberry at (931) 797-7674, Jill Purcell or Kelli Dodson at (931) 456-8688.

All presenting blood donors are entered into a drawing for a flat screen television.

Plus, all presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:

An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
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337. emcf30
11:56 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Speeky:
watch this if you don't believe me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuU-nFuIZN4

Oh, that your opinion based on the video, thought they went ahead and upgraded. That video has been posted on here all day. I for one feel it will be upgraded to EF5 tomorrow. Its only 2mph away from that now. That is a awesome vid
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336. presslord
11:55 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
I haven't confirmed this...but apparently the Red Cross is making an urgent request for blood.....it would make sense...
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334. Stormchaser2007
11:54 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Speeky:
if that tornado video not an EF-5 then I have no clue what it is

video of Joplin, MO tornado
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuU-nFuIZN4


The ground surveys found that it was a pretty high-end EF4. About 198mph...

Still very impressive.
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333. Patrap
11:54 PM GMT on May 23, 2011



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332. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:53 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Speeky:
if that tornado video not an EF-5 then I have no clue what it is

video of Joplin, MO tornado
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuU-nFuIZN4


You can't rate the tornado based on imagery of the tornado itself.
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331. Skyepony (Mod)
11:52 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Skyepony, the CFS model in the corrected version is a little more away from the +0.5 line in todays update.



ESPI is down to -.95 today.
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330. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:52 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
I wonder why 90E isn't up on wunderground yet...?
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329. Speeky
11:52 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
if that tornado video not an EF-5 then I have no clue what it is

video of Joplin, MO tornado
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuU-nFuIZN4
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328. Stormchaser2007
11:51 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Speeky:
JOPLIN TORANDO IS AN EF-5


Not its not...

At least not yet.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
400 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2011

...EF-4 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN JOPLIN...

* DATE...22 MAY 2011
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-4
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...198 MPH
* ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH...3/4 MILE
* FATALITIES...116
* INJURIES...400

* THIS PRELIMINARY INFORMATION WAS DETERMINED BY A NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING
FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE STORM DATA.
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327. TomTaylor
11:51 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


more like exploding.
indeed. edited my post.

Unfortunately the loop I made seems to have stopped working - at least on my computer screen. I wish I could link the loop directly, but it uses the flash player or something so I have to create my own GIFs. But here's the link if anyone wants to check it out for themselves. Great close up views of the thunderstorms

http://weather.cod.edu/satrad/index.php
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326. pottery
11:50 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting presslord:


indeed ;-)

Perhaps when things are not so fraught...
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325. Speeky
11:50 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
watch this if you don't believe me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuU-nFuIZN4
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324. Ameister12
11:49 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


According to what I'm looking at on my radar, only small hail is being recorded, around dime to quarter. Straight-line winds seem to be the main concern, although it does appear there could be a wall cloud/funnel cloud...Be safe, take shelter.

The worst has passed. I went to the basement for a little bit. It's still pretty stormy, but nothing terrible. No hail, or funnels.
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323. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:48 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting TomTaylor:
Thunderstorms forming over Oklahoma



more like exploding.
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322. emcf30
11:48 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Speeky

They were not supposed to put out the final until tomorrow afternoon, where did you find that at? The prelem released this afternoon was a EF4
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321. TomTaylor
11:47 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Thunderstorms exploding over Oklahoma

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320. presslord
11:47 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting kimoskee:


NOoooooo!!! That's not possible!!!!


have 'em at my bank branch....swear to God....makes me smile every time....
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319. presslord
11:46 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Patrap:
Best keep family and NOAA Radio close by in the watch and warned areas next 24.


Helmets and Basements as well.

Inform the elderly and assist with others who may not know the threat exists.


BE a pro-active weather weenie.

The family or person you inform and educate may survive for your efforts.


Forecast Products
Public Severe Weather Outlook

The SPC is forecasting ...severe thunderstorms expected over parts of the mid mississippi valley into the central great lakes region this afternoon and evening.... Please read the latest public statement about this event.
Current Weather Watches





Worth repeating!!
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318. TomTaylor
11:46 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Speeky:
JOPLIN TORANDO IS AN EF-5
4th of the season?

wow
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317. kimoskee
11:45 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting presslord:


kinda reminds me of having Braille keypads on the drive through ATM...


NOoooooo!!! That's not possible!!!!
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316. presslord
11:45 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting pottery:

So Sorry.
I missed that.
A rain-check, perhaps?


indeed ;-)
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315. Patrap
11:44 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Best keep family and NOAA Radio close by in the watch and warned areas next 24.


Helmets and Basements as well.

Inform the elderly and assist with others who may not know the threat exists.


BE a pro-active weather weenie.



The family or person you inform and educate may survive for your efforts.

Forecast Products
Public Severe Weather Outlook

The SPC is forecasting ...severe thunderstorms expected over parts of the mid mississippi valley into the central great lakes region this afternoon and evening.... Please read the latest public statement about this event.
Current Weather Watches



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314. pottery
11:44 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting presslord:


I asked you and Nea to drink rum with me earlier...you ignored me...this is displeasing....

So Sorry.
I missed that.
A rain-check, perhaps?
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313. TomTaylor
11:42 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Tragic stuff. Thoughts and prayers go out to those in Joplin and other tornado ravaged areas.

The Joplin tornado is making out to be the deadliest tornado in over 60 years of US history and will likely end up as the 8th or 9th deadliest tornado in the history of the United States.



Hopefully that number of 116 won't rise any higher.
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312. presslord
11:42 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
btw...if ya can't donate funds...please consider donating blood...the Red Cross needs it...
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311. pottery
11:42 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting Speeky:
JOPLIN TORANDO IS AN EF-5

Not surprised.
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310. presslord
11:41 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
Quoting pottery:
Oh, MAN !!
More ???


I asked you and Nea to drink rum with me earlier...you ignored me...this is displeasing....
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