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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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans la
311 PM CDT Wednesday Apr 4 2012


Synopsis...
slow moving upper level low over Texas Panhandle will drift east
tonight. Associated with the upper level low is a low pressure
trough in East Texas. The upper level low and trough will move
east tonight causing another round of thunderstorms and heavy rain
to develop across the area late this evening and over night. Used
consensus of GFS and European model (ecmwf) models as basis for forecast.


&&


Short term...
a few hours Grace before thunderstorms develop or move into the
area from the west tonight. There is a slight risk of severe
thunderstorms in the area. There is a even greater risk of 2 to 3
inches of heavy rain overnight. Most of the area got 2 to 3 inches
of rainfall during the past 24 hours...so the ground is saturated
and any heavy rain will result in flash flooding.
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FYI - 2004 was an El Nino year. The significance of a season is all relative to path of the storms that do form.
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It is not likely this will hold together. Systems like these need the daytime heating to maintain themselves. Probably just a few heavy showers



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My 2012 Seasonal predictions, color coded.



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494. wxmod
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Quoting Doppler22:
The team of Phil Klotzbach and Bill Gray are forecasting 10 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.

This is the forecast for the 2012 atlantic season from CSU. Recently came out


I have a blog about for all to discuss.

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Quoting Grothar:


Ha, I remember when you got called out for mention the Moron Base. They thought you were calling the guys morons. LOL See I may be old, but I still have good recall.

P.S. The olives are fine, but Grothar does not imbibe. I never have. Thanks for the offer anyway.

Dirrection de Correos, por favor y posiblimente puedo hacer algo!A Mi WU Correos.
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The team of Phil Klotzbach and Bill Gray are forecasting 10 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes.

This is the forecast for the 2012 atlantic season from CSU. Recently came out
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I would upgrade to Win 3.11. Should you then put C:\Windows at the beginning of the path statement, in the autoexec.bat file, you could run Windows in 32 bit mode. You should see a big improvement by doing this. Oh, yes. Install DOS 6.22 first and this will give you a little more, dare I say, byte as well. ... Let me know how it works. ;-)

I also bet you don't have all those interesting blank white spaces when you use chrome, Rookie?
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Quoting PlazaRed:

You were supposed to be coming by to go for a stroll on the Via Verde one day, I was going to present you with a few jars of olives and a case of Rioja Andalusian vintage.
You never turned up, the bar closed due to the ressesion and lack of trade, I had to go to the UK to concrete a few floors.
I am now very cautious about mentioning the base at,
" Moron de la Frontera" without prior explanations and to add as a footnote:-
If you send me a WU mail with some sort of a Direction de correos, then I will try and circumnavigate your US forbidden olive varieties, import regulations an send you a jar or 2. The Rioja will have to wait until I have a courier!


Ha, I remember when you got called out for mention the Moron Base. They thought you were calling the guys morons. LOL See I may be old, but I still have good recall.

P.S. The olives are fine, but Grothar does not imbibe. I never have. Thanks for the offer anyway.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I would upgrade to Win 3.11. Should you then put C:\Windows at the beginning of the path statement, in the autoexec.bat file, you could run Windows in 32 bit mode. You should see a big improvement by doing this. Oh, yes. Install DOS 6.22 first and this will give you a little more, dare I say, byte as well. ... Let me know how it works. ;-)


I am using 7.1. Do you really think I am that far behind the times.
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Quoting PlazaRed:

I use on the other log on IE 8 which works perfectly except when somebody posts something that might have to do with a video and then the right hand third of the posts disappears, this is very boring and unless somebody "quotes," a post then I cant read all of the post.
When I was in England a while back I installed a "bogus user account," on an old XP computer there and put the chrome thing on it as TAZ said last year, it gets round the missing third page factor.
The problem with the Chrome thing is it doesn't put the heading to the blog on it along with missing off everything else as well. No doubt given an infinite life span, along with infinite patience, I could eventually figure out how to get the thing to look like IE 8. I fear I will run out of life before I can achieve this! At the moment 'all is just a very interesting shade of white, with a lot of blank spaces on it!'
Having said that, as soon as the missing third of the page enacts itself I can switch user to "tonto," and read the full 50 post page and then when the page reloads I can switch user back to my usual log on and continue with all the normal features of the IE * pager.
Bit of a bore but gets round the missing third of a page problem.
I have no idea of older and newer versions of WU! I only stopped by 2 years ago to check on SSTs in the gulf and sort of got locked in since then.


OK, well I have been using the older version of WU, which you can use if you add classic. to the front of the URL so you have this:

http://classic.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/ comment.html?entrynum=2066#yourcomment

instead of:

http://wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment. html?entrynum=2066#yourcomment

I don't know if this will help with IE8 but it makes the site better for me when I use Firefox. Worth a try. I find the older version of the site looks better to me. Give it a try with IE and see what you think.
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Quoting Grothar:



I remember when you first came on. By the way, I am still waiting for those olives you promised.

You were supposed to be coming by to go for a stroll on the Via Verde one day, I was going to present you with a few jars of olives and a case of Rioja Andalusian vintage.
You never turned up, the bar closed due to the ressesion and lack of trade, I had to go to the UK to concrete a few floors.
I am now very cautious about mentioning the base at,
" Moron de la Frontera" without prior explanations and to add as a footnote:-
If you send me a WU mail with some sort of a Direction de correos, then I will try and circumnavigate your US forbidden olive varieties, import regulations an send you a jar or 2. The Rioja will have to wait until I have a courier!
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That system out in the GOM was potent last night right thru dawn here. Never saw so much vivid lightening in me life here.

And my Patience was wearing thin on the NWS Alerts from the Midland WR-100.


But I resisted the urge to pull the AC out the back of it, cuz then my batteries would get wear.

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Quoting Grothar:


I am quite well, Rookie. My avatar represents the "Sunset of my Life". All I can say is that I am glad I am on my way out and not my way in. Maybe if I get rid of my Windows 3.1, Chrome might work better.


I would upgrade to Win 3.11. Should you then put C:\Windows at the beginning of the path statement, in the autoexec.bat file, you could run Windows in 32 bit mode. You should see a big improvement by doing this. Oh, yes. Install DOS 6.22 first and this will give you a little more, dare I say, byte as well. ... Let me know how it works. ;-)
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


The last report that I got, Weather Service announcement, had Brazoria County under a severe thunderstorm warming until 5:43 PM this evening. ... 5:43? That is pinpoint forecasting.

I am just above there now, near Hobby Airport, and we have only had some light, scattered rains.


Doesn't look like much near you, but some bad weather to the South.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


The last report that I got, Weather Service announcement, had Brazoria County under a severe thunderstorm warming until 5:43 PM this evening. ... 5:43? That is pinpoint forecasting.

I am just above there now, near Hobby Airport, and we have only had some light, scattered rains.
They've been under a severe thunderstorm warning almost all day, at the very least for hours. I saw a report of baseball sized hail, too.
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Quoting PlazaRed:
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Isn't that just amazing?
I spend my working life sorting out problems for people who wear spectacles like those ones.
Reality used to be so interesting!


Change is accelerating so fast now, in 2 years that will be passe as the technology expands even faster.

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Quoting PlazaRed:

I use on the other log on IE 8 which works perfectly except when somebody posts something that might have to do with a video and then the right hand third of the posts disappears, this is very boring and unless somebody "quotes," a post then I cant read all of the post.
When I was in England a while back I installed a "bogus user account," on an old XP computer there and put the chrome thing on it as TAZ said last year, it gets round the missing third page factor.
The problem with the Chrome thing is it doesn't put the heading to the blog on it along with missing off everything else as well. No doubt given an infinite life span, along with infinite patience, I could eventually figure out how to get the thing to look like IE 8. I fear I will run out of life before I can achieve this! At the moment 'all is just a very interesting shade of white, with a lot of blank spaces on it!'
Having said that, as soon as the missing third of the page enacts itself I can switch user to "tonto," and read the full 50 post page and then when the page reloads I can switch user back to my usual log on and continue with all the normal features of the IE * pager.
Bit of a bore but gets round the missing third of a page problem.
I have no idea of older and newer versions of WU! I only stopped by 2 years ago to check on SSTs in the gulf and sort of got locked in since then.



I remember when you first came on. By the way, I am still waiting for those olives you promised.
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After a full year now on Chrome, Im liking it mucho.

Specially da spell checka' and the save image interface.
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Quoting Patrap:
Project Glass: Google Shows Off, Teases Augmented Reality Spectacles (VIDEO)

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Isn't that just amazing?
I spend my working life sorting out problems for people who wear spectacles like those ones.
Reality used to be so interesting!
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Quoting entrelac:
It's been insane on the TX/LA Coast. I've lived around the Gulf all my life and I've never seen it like this.

Looks like a new blob (small one) is trying to get going around Brazoria County/Galveston. I've got family there and they are getting hammered by severe storms dropping large hail. It hardly ever hails like this in that area so it is unusual.


The last report that I got, Weather Service announcement, had Brazoria County under a severe thunderstorm warming until 5:43 PM this evening. ... 5:43? That is pinpoint forecasting.

I am just above there now, near Hobby Airport, and we have only had some light, scattered rains.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


How have you been doing, Grothar? Your avatar is looking fit, as usual.


I am quite well, Rookie. My avatar represents the "Sunset of my Life". All I can say is that I am glad I am on my way out and not my way in. Maybe if I get rid of my Windows 3.1, Chrome might work better.
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Houston-Galveston
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Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range 248 NMI

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How to trigger a Volcano Eruption on Purpose

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/04/could-p eople-trigger-a-volcanic-eruption-on-purpose/

(don't try this at home...)
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470. flsky
Clouding up at the moment in ECF. Plus just had to close the slider as I'm beginning to smell some smoke from the NSB fire.
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Quoting PedleyCA:


What browser did you use before Chrome. Do you use the newer or older version of WU.

I use on the other log on IE 8 which works perfectly except when somebody posts something that might have to do with a video and then the right hand third of the posts disappears, this is very boring and unless somebody "quotes," a post then I cant read all of the post.
When I was in England a while back I installed a "bogus user account," on an old XP computer there and put the chrome thing on it as TAZ said last year, it gets round the missing third page factor.
The problem with the Chrome thing is it doesn't put the heading to the blog on it along with missing off everything else as well. No doubt given an infinite life span, along with infinite patience, I could eventually figure out how to get the thing to look like IE 8. I fear I will run out of life before I can achieve this! At the moment 'all is just a very interesting shade of white, with a lot of blank spaces on it!'
Having said that, as soon as the missing third of the page enacts itself I can switch user to "tonto," and read the full 50 post page and then when the page reloads I can switch user back to my usual log on and continue with all the normal features of the IE * pager.
Bit of a bore but gets round the missing third of a page problem.
I have no idea of older and newer versions of WU! I only stopped by 2 years ago to check on SSTs in the gulf and sort of got locked in since then.
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:
452. entrelac 5:28 PM EDT on April 04, 2012

Lol...But seriously, it has been very "bloby" around the Gulf and Central America lately (much more so than in recent years at this time). I have no idea if it has any relationship to the very mild winter and/or water vapor issues and the relatively warm SST's but just an observation. I will be real curious to see what happens in terms of the upcoming E-Pac season in a few weeks time and whether they jump off to an active start of their season in May.
It's been insane on the TX/LA Coast. I've lived around the Gulf all my life and I've never seen it like this.

Looks like a new blob (small one) is trying to get going around Brazoria County/Galveston. I've got family there and they are getting hammered by severe storms dropping large hail. It hardly ever hails like this in that area so it is unusual.
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Quoting Grothar:


That is only during the season. You are excused.


How have you been doing, Grothar? Your avatar is looking fit, as usual.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Crow? ... Never mind. That is what I was eating.


That is only during the season. You are excused.
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465. flsky
Quoting Patrap:
Project Glass: Google Shows Off, Teases Augmented Reality Spectacles (VIDEO)


Amazing stuff.
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464. flsky
Quoting floridafisherman:


sorry to correct you, but ft myers set a new record high today at 92 degrees.


88.8 in Ponce Inlet, FL at the moment....
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Quoting Grothar:


Now tell me what I had for lunch.


Crow? ... Never mind. That is what I was eating.
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Nothing to see here people, move on.




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Quoting PlazaRed:

Wish I was under 61?


What browser did you use before Chrome. Do you use the newer or older version of WU.
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I'm out...Have a Good Afternoon.
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New Orleans
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Storm Total Surface Rainfall Accumulation ° Elevation
Range 124 NMI


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457. wxmod
Quoting TropicTraveler:

Does it work?


see post 392
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Quoting hydrus:
Imagine being in the gulf a few miles south of that blob. It must be a incredible sight indeed.


Dont have too, it was over us all night thru 10 am this morning. We got 6 inches Uptown..and the vivid lightening was awesome from 10pm to dawn.

The NOAA Radio was in overdrive too.

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452. entrelac 5:28 PM EDT on April 04, 2012

Lol...But seriously, it has been very "bloby" around the Gulf and Central America lately (much more so than in recent years at this time). I have no idea if it has any relationship to the very mild winter and/or water vapor issues and the relatively warm SST's but just an observation. I will be real curious to see what happens in terms of the upcoming E-Pac season in a few weeks time and whether they jump off to an active start of their season in May.
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Quoting Grothar:


I installed Chrome a last year and I couldn't get used to it. It did display websites well, but It changed many of my settings and wasn't user friendly. I could never find anything I wanted. I think you have to be under 21 for it to work well.

Wish I was under 61?
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Quoting PlazaRed:
Evening Everybody.
Due to a repeated failure of some of the pages to appear properly I have followed the advice of Taz from last year and been forced to install the Chrome thing.
It is almost incomprehensible but does display the blog pages reasonably well, tells me I am spelling most words wrong and as of yet I have not discovered any forms of features on it that could be deemed useful other than it is very white in appearance!
I have installed it under a "new user profile, entitled 'Tonto,' idiot in Spanish." As I have no idea how to use it, must be designed for young people?
The lengths one has to go to to read everybody's posts!
This disappearance of about one third of the comment page is extremely boring but at least if the blog goes loco then I can switch user and still read it!
I note the the North of England is snow clad and gridlocked with a brief attack of winter up to 7 foot drifts and that the people are having difficulties baling out of the place due to lack of airport security staff, even though there are millions of unemployed people in the UK.
That's a very big blob Grother found.



I installed Chrome a last year and I couldn't get used to it. It did display websites well, but It changed many of my settings and wasn't user friendly. I could never find anything I wanted. I think you have to be under 21 for it to work well.
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Quoting weathermanwannabe:
For the weather Newbies on the Blog (for the second time in 2 weeks now); that large blob of convection in the Gulf of Mexico IS NOT the first tropical storm of the 2012 hurricane season..........:)
But but but.... I see a pinhole eye! Don't you see it?

Sure you might have to tilt your monitor, adjust the resolution and contrast while standing on one foot and squinting really really hard but it's there. I totally see it.
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Quoting NEFL:


Please source this. The NWS has Maitland at 91 degrees. No station in FL has a max temp over 91. I see a PWS at a tire station in Maitland at 94 (highly unreliable). I know you hype just about everything, including models 7 days out and El Nino/La Nina models 6 months out and storms that are supposed to happen every day in FL and heck just about everything that has to do with a non-event. Anyhow.


sorry to correct you, but ft myers set a new record high today at 92 degrees.
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Look at the other blob near the Isthmus of Panama.

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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


GNARLEY DUDE...hope nobodies under that..
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