Tornadoes rip through Dallas metro area

By: AngelaFritz , 9:36 PM GMT on April 03, 2012

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At least three tornadoes have ripped through the Dallas metro area this afternoon, one passing between Dallas and Fort Worth, bearing down on the Dallas-Fort Worth airport but narrowly missing to the east. The other two tornadoes passed east of Dallas, one touching down near the town of Forney, where there were reports of impacts to the high school. The DFW airport issued a ground stop for all incoming flights and grounded all planes at their airports, and a spokesman said they were sheltering passengers. The airport is now closed while they inspect the planes for hail damage, and can accept no incoming flights for lack of a place to put them.

Residential neighborhoods were completely destroyed in the Arlington tornado, and tractor trailers were tossed like toys. Extensive damage was done to the Green Oaks nursing home and rehab center, which is just east of Lake Arlington. The Arlington tornado was on the ground for approximately 30 minutes. In addition to the tornadoes, trained storm spotters were reporting hail up to three inches in diameter, which is approximately the size of a baseball.

The mayor and city council of Arlington, Texas declared a state of disaster for the city when, just an hour after the tornado had passed through, it was obvious that the area had sustained incredible damage.

Tornado warnings continue to be issued, and the potential for severe thunderstorms with and tornadoes will continue through the evening in eastern Texas, Oklahoma, southern Arkansas, and Louisiana. The convective outlook paints a good picture of the tornado potential for the rest of the evening. If you're in one of these regions, stay alert for tornado watches or warnings that may be issued.


Radar reflectivity of the tornadic thunderstorms as they passed over the Dallas metro area this afternoon. The storms that produced tornadoes are circled, and Arlington, Texas has been pointed out on the map.


Tornado warnings (red) and severe thunderstorm warnings (yellow) at the time two tornadoes were passing to the east and west of Dallas, Texas.


Video of the Arlington tornado developing as it crosses US-287 near Sublett Road, from Twitter user @wesstevens.



Video 2. Dramatic video of semi-trailers being tossed more than 100 feet in the air by the Lancaster, Texas tornado of April 3, 2012.

Angela

Forney Tornado (ClockworkLemon)
Tornado that hit Forney, TX 4/3/12
Forney Tornado
Forney Tornado (ClockworkLemon)
Tornado that hit Forney, TX 4/3/12
Forney Tornado
Iowa Hail (RevMac)
A co-worker was describing the severe storm that rolled through eastern Iowa Saturday night and mentioned golf ball sized hail that damaged his home. He produced this photo as evidence. I told Nathan I would share with the WU family.
Iowa Hail
Large Hail (wecarver50)
Hail from April 3 storms in Dallas, Tx
Large Hail

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Quoting StormTracker2K:
540 line down to Savannaha,GA by next Tuesday evening. This is some punch of cold air.



From the Jackson, MS NWS Discussion:

THIS WOULD INDUCE COOL NORTHWEST FLOW OVER THE ARKLAMISS AND
A PERIOD OF COOLER WEATHER AND BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES IF IT
VERIFIES. AT THIS TIME...IT DOES NOT LOOK COOL ENOUGH TO BRING A
LATE SEASON FROST/FREEZE.
/EC/

The cool blast will be centered a little farther east than us, but I highly doubt even Central Georgia will see temps cold enough to freeze. Extreme North Georgia is a possibility, but it's probably low as well. The models are probably overlooking airmass moderation a bit. Someone will see freezing temps if that blast occurs, but I doubt it's the Deep South.
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Well it's not all about the numbers anyway when it comes to hurricane season.....We could have 5 storms for all we know and if those five storms all make landfall as hurricanes then the season will defentially be remember.Just because you have alot of storms doesn't mean anything.2003 is a good example of this.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


Not really. In order to create an eruption the size of the last one at Yellowstone, there has to be enough magma and pressure. It's not something the spontaneously happens, and there would be plenty of strong signals before it took place.
True. Too, many geologists and vulcanologists are of the opinion that the Yellowstone caldera may not erupt again, as the west-southwestward movement of the North American plate has placed several miles of granite batholith atop the magma plume that had been feeding it. The next time the plume manages to force itself to the surface may be several million years from now, by which time southern Montana will be centered atop the plume.
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From the CSU April forecast:

For Puerto Rico, the probability of a Tropical Storm passing within 50 miles is 26%,a Hurricane is 12% and a Major Hurricane is 4%.

I know,when people see the news about the low activity that CSU forecasts will become complacient,but I wont be at all.
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This line of storms just may make to the FL west coast.


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Energy traders are predicting a 6 to ten degree below average temparature drop in the east and northernmost southern states through April 11....nothing expected such as the lows reported in 2007
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Quoting nigel20:

What do you think about there forecast?...I think that forecast is more dependent on a moderate to strong el nino
Agreed.If a weak El nino forms then that forecast may need to be adjusted a little upward(maybe around 12-14 named storms).But If a moderate to strong El nino does form then thats the best forecast.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


Not really. In order to create an eruption the size of the last one at Yellowstone, there has to be enough magma and pressure. It's not something the spontaneously happens, and there would be plenty of strong signals before it took place.

When I say anytime I'm not talking instaneously....anytime in terms of the next couple years to many thousands of years
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


Not really. In order to create an eruption the size of the last one at Yellowstone, there has to be enough magma and pressure. It's not something the spontaneously happens, and there would be plenty of strong signals before it took place.


Yellowstone Has Bulged as Magma Pocket Swells

Since then, about 30 smaller eruptions—including one as recent as 70,000 years ago—have filled the caldera with lava and ash, producing the relatively flat landscape we see today.

But beginning in 2004, scientists saw the ground above the caldera rise upward at rates as high as 2.8 inches (7 centimeters) a year. (Related: "Yellowstone Is Rising on Swollen 'Supervolcano.'")

The rate slowed between 2007 and 2010 to a centimeter a year or less. Still, since the start of the swelling, ground levels over the volcano have been raised by as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) in places.

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Quoting nigel20:

It could erupt at anytime


Not really. In order to create an eruption the size of the last one at Yellowstone, there has to be enough magma and pressure. It's not something the spontaneously happens, and there would be plenty of strong signals before it took place.
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Quoting aspectre:
StormTracker2K: ...it's coming and this will rival the April 2007 Cold Wave. This will likely send freezes deep into the south.
323 Neapolitan: ...it's not that it couldn't happen this year; it's just that it'll take an extraordinarily powerful blast of cold air to make it happen this month. The April 2007 event did come on the heels of a warmer-than-normal March (though not nearly as warm as it was this year)...

Let's hope that this particular cooler April following on an this even warmer March doesn't lead to significantly more Arctic sea-ice melting than the low-record-setting summer of 2007


Very good point and Nea brought up a good point as well something that I didn't even think of as it was very warm in March 2007.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
I reckon we'll see. As I've said more than once, it's not that it couldn't happen this year; it's just that it'll take an extraordinarily powerful blast of cold air to make it happen this month. The April 2007 event did come on the heels of a warmer-than-normal March (though not nearly as warmn as it was this year), and it did cause several billion dollars in crop failures, with several nights of temperatures into the 20s across Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

But, again, we'll see whether it materializes...


I hope it doesn't as well. The models seem to be showing the "Greenland Block" which is something we really haven't seen this winter. Could use a cool down here though as it's 92 already here in NW Orlando. 12 degrees above average and the temp will likely go higher as it's 1:10pm.
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Quoting nigel20:

I couldn't agree more
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


I am always surprised there aren't more deaths from tornadoes crossing interstates. You would think fast moving ones would be on drivers before they could do anything. Especially with the new ipod connections and such so that tornado warnings over the radio can not be heard.
I was worried when I first herd the news about that tornado in the Dallas Fort Worth area yesterday on the radio.I was just to busy to get on the computer.I turned on to the news and herd about the injuries but nothing like a huge loss of life.Whew this situation could have been a whole lot worse.
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StormTracker2K: ...it's coming and this will rival the April 2007 Cold Wave. This will likely send freezes deep into the south.
323 Neapolitan: ...it's not that it couldn't happen this year; it's just that it'll take an extraordinarily powerful blast of cold air to make it happen this month. The April 2007 event did come on the heels of a warmer-than-normal March (though not nearly as warm as it was this year)...

Let's hope that this particular cooler April following on this even warmer March doesn't lead to significantly more Arctic sea-ice melting than the record-setting low-extent Summer of 2007
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Quoting stoormfury:
notice CSU april forecast is out. 10 named storms predicted for 2012 season

What do you think about there forecast?...I think that forecast is more dependent on a moderate to strong el nino
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Quoting TuMama:
Does global warming make it likelyer to get a metoer strike due to change in atmospheric condition?


No. Global warming has absolutely no effect on meteor strikes.
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notice CSU april forecast is out. 10 named storms predicted for 2012 season
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Thank goodness their is no large amount of life loss from yesterdays storms.The storms hit at the possible wrong time yesterday as well(lunch time).

I couldn't agree more
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Thank goodness their is no large amount of life loss from yesterdays storms.The storms hit at the possible wrong time yesterday as well(lunch time).


I am always surprised there aren't more deaths from tornadoes crossing interstates. You would think fast moving ones would be on drivers before they could do anything. Especially with the new ipod connections and such so that tornado warnings over the radio can not be heard.
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Well if a El nino does form I guess one thing has to go if I want alot of snow next winter huh?.I find it Ironic though that since I love tracking hurricanes that they will be reduced in order for me to get my snow that I want :).
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Quoting aspectre:
305 nigel20: I got a mail from SPL saying that he got a permanent ban....I don't know if you guys got such a mail

sigh... I was hoping he could avoid that for a couple of years.
Excluding those instances when he was on one of his tears, he seemed bright enough and pleasant enough to become a valued voice in this community.
And this community seemed to be the influence that coulda calm down his tears.
Oh well, maybe a few letters can turn that perma-ban into a temporary suspension. We'll see.

Yeah...he had some good blog post
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Quoting nigel20:

That's the Madden Julian Oscillation (the largest element of the intraseasonal (30–90 days) variability n the tropical atmosphere. It is a large-scale coupling between atmospheric circulation and tropical deep convection) chart from the ensemble GFS

Thanks very much!
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


if iam not mistakened the last comment i seen from him was

"who cares"

I think it was something like that
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Quoting TropicTraveler:

Nigel20 - This looks really interesting but I don't know what it means. Could you give us a little explanation?

That's the Madden Julian Oscillation (the largest element of the intraseasonal (30–90 days) variability n the tropical atmosphere. It is a large-scale coupling between atmospheric circulation and tropical deep convection) chart from the ensemble GFS
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Thank goodness their is no large amount of life loss from yesterdays storms.The storms hit at the possible wrong time yesterday as well(lunch time).
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


I keeper they just don't want to believe it on here. Well guys it's coming and this will rival the April 2007 Cold Wave. THis will likely send freezes deep into the south.

540 Line near Atlanta on the 12Z GFS.
I reckon we'll see. As I've said more than once, it's not that it couldn't happen this year; it's just that it'll take an extraordinarily powerful blast of cold air to make it happen this month. The April 2007 event did come on the heels of a warmer-than-normal March (though not nearly as warmn as it was this year), and it did cause several billion dollars in crop failures, with several nights of temperatures into the 20s across Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

But, again, we'll see whether it materializes...
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305 nigel20: I got a mail from SPL saying that he got a permanent ban....I don't know if you guys got such a mail

sigh... I was hoping he could avoid that for a couple of years.
Excluding those instances when he was on one of his tears, he seemed bright enough and pleasant enough to eventually become a valued voice in this community.
And this community seemed to be capable of being the influence that coulda calmed down his tears.
Oh well, maybe a few letters can turn that perma-ban into a temporary suspension. We'll see.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


if iam not mistakened the last comment i seen from him was

"who cares"

He went over to that other site where he was welcomed warmly. He did that before he was banned.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


I keeper they just don't want to believe it on here. Well guys it's coming and this will rival the April 2007 Cold Wave. THis will likely send freezes deep into the south.

540 Line near Atlanta on the 12Z GFS.


As I mentioned earlier, and Neapolitan also mentioned... This is April, and there is very little snow cover across most of the midwest. This means that whatever cold air goes across the midwest and great lakes is going to get modified (warmed) due to the lack of snow cover.

Also, bear in mind that the 540dm line does NOT mean a freeze. It means that the depth between 1000 and 500mb is 540dm. I've seen temps in the 40s with 540dm heights. I've also seen temps below freezing with heights above 540dm. Right now, the only models hitting on this is the GFS and the CMC to some degree (the CMC is only showing the MSLP pattern, with no temps/heights).

I'm personally going to reserve judgement until this gets a bit closer, stays consistent on timing and strength, and also shows more consensus between models (I'd like to see the ECMWF get on board, as its been remarkably good this winter).

To illustrate my point, here are a few meteograms that show this is a cold shot... but NOT a deep freeze. (watch the freezing line on the top graph)


Cincinnati, OH



Des Moines, IA



Memphis, TN

ALL show cool temps, but not below freezing, and definitely not meeting the qualification of a "hard freeze" (air temps <28F for 6 hours)
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Quoting nigel20:
I got a mail from SPL saying that he got a permanent ban....I don't know if you guys got such a mail


if iam not mistakened the last comment i seen from him was

"who cares"
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
In case anyone missed the CSU April forecast.

Link
Predicting a below average hurricane season is the safest bet since El nino is on the prowl.
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Quoting Skyepony:
NAO forecast is torn..


The later is the second more potent cold blast. Even us in FL will feel the second blast.
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AccuWeather 25 day forecast is out....
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540 line down to Savannaha,GA by next Tuesday evening. This is some punch of cold air.

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Quoting nigel20:

Nigel20 - This looks really interesting but I don't know what it means. Could you give us a little explanation?
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hopefully a sign that last years drought won't be repeated
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In case anyone missed the CSU April forecast.

Link
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
cold shot followed by severe round



I keeper they just don't want to believe it on here. Well guys it's coming and this will rival the April 2007 Cold Wave. THis will likely send freezes deep into the south.

540 Line near Atlanta on the 12Z GFS.
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283. TxKeef: Some really neat shots of Lightning

Just posting a sample to tempt folks into clicking on your link
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308. Skyepony (Mod)
NAO forecast is torn..
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Good Afternoon. Been pretty interesting to see all of the concentrated convective activity around the Gulf of Mexico the last several weeks when it is usually "clearer" this time of the year with the exception of the usual frontal passages that do not always make it too deep into the Gomex. With the exception of the severe weather issues, the rain is actually very welcome after such a dry Winter for the Gulf States and other parts of the SE.
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I got a mail from SPL saying that he got a permanent ban....I don't know if you guys got such a mail
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cold shot followed by severe round

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Global Warming May Bring More Lyme Disease, Ticks
Posted: 04/ 4/2012 8:06 am Updated: 04/ 4/2012 10:42 am


Part of a series investigating the complex links between human, animal and environmental health: The Infection Loop.

Darren Collins doesn't know life without Lyme disease. He was just 11 months old when he came home from Wisconsin's Mauthe Lake Campground pasty white, lethargic and running a fever of 105. Darren's flu-like illness eventually subsided, but a host of other troubling Lyme-related symptoms -- stomachaches, irritability and concentration problems -- have since plagued the boy, now 10.

"He's like Jekyll and Hyde," says his mom, Kristin. One moment Darren could be "happy and smiling," and the next in a "complete rage."

"He scores perfect on a spelling test one week, then gets every word wrong the next week," adds Kristin, a nurse in Waukesha, Wisc. "He wants to know why he can't be like other kids.
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At least EF2 damage has already been assessed in the DFW area with yesterday's tornadoes, according to the FWD Facebook page.

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Quoting LargoFl:
LMAO!!!!!


I found a better one but it is R rated...
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Quoting ScottLincoln:


BTW, what does it mean to be a "proponent of AGW?" You want climate change to occur from the enhanced greenhouse effect? :)

this is a little twist on words that irks me.. i think we both know what is meant, that Kori is merely accepting AGW as a theory supported by confirming evidence, and not 'in support of implementation'. still, the term gets thrown around by those who find AGW verifiable, as well as those who do not... but the implications of the text behind stating "proponent of AGW" is misleading at best..
fyi
:)
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
OMG this is HILARIOUS!!!

LMAO!!!!!
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