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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449. hydrus
9:22 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


GNARLEY DUDE...hope nobodies under that..
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448. PlazaRed
9:22 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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.

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447. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
9:17 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
Imagine being in the gulf a few miles south of that blob. It must be a incredible sight indeed.


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446. hydrus
9:16 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Definitely have to watch this...
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445. weathermanwannabe
9:16 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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..........:)
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444. entrelac
9:13 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
TX Coast, mainly Brazoria County, is getting slammed today.
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443. ncstorm
9:12 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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442. TropicalAnalystwx13
9:10 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Grothar:


Now tell me what I had for lunch.

You didn't eat lunch.
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441. tampahurricane
9:09 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
So what are we looking for sever weather wise in the Tampabay area? See they keep putting the chances up, and that blob looks pretty nasty.
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440. TropicalAnalystwx13
9:09 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
13,do you have the link to those preliminary stats as I can't read them as it's small.

The Kennedale/Arlington tornado was at least EF2, the Lancaster/Dallas/Hutchins tornado was an EF2 (preliminary), and the Forney/Rockwall County tornado was an EF3 (preliminary).

Link
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439. TropicTraveler
9:08 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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At the meteor crater at Winslow AZ there is a computer simulation you can play with meteors of various sizes. You can slam them into earth and watch the impact. For maxiumum buzz, you can destroy the earth with a really big one. The kids love it and I thought it was pretty cool myself.

( I was quoting Xyrus and somehow I lost the quote.)
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438. ncstorm
9:08 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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437. TropicTraveler
9:04 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting wxmod:
Weather Modification - Currently, cloud-seeding projects designed to increase rainfall from convective cloud towers are conducted in nearly 31 million acres of Texas (or almost one-fifth of the state’s land area). In administering the Texas Weather Modification Act (enacted by the Texas Legislature in 1967), TDLR’s weather modification program issues licenses and permits for these projects, many of which have been in existence since 2000. The projects use specialized aircraft and sophisticated weather radar systems, operated by skilled meteorologists, at sites near Amarillo, Plains, Pecos, San Angelo, and Pleasanton. http://www.license.state.tx.us/weather/weathermod .htm

Does it work?
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436. ncstorm
9:03 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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435. hydrus
9:02 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Patrap:
Imagine being in the gulf a few miles south of that blob. It must be a incredible sight indeed.
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434. Grothar
9:01 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Anybody remember what was occurring exactly one year ago?









Now tell me what I had for lunch.
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433. StormHype
9:00 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Monster nado on video...
Forney TX nado close up. Crazy.
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432. hydrus
8:59 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Also on this date, 38 years ago, was the second and final day of the original Super Outbreak.

Thankfully it is quiet now, but if the long range GFS is anything to believe, it will certainly ramp up on April 14 and on.





Great posts 13.
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431. weatherh98
8:58 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Grothar:


New one forming on the txla border
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430. Tropicsweatherpr
8:58 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
13,do you have the link to those preliminary stats as I can't read them as it's small.
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429. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
8:58 PM GMT on April 04, 2012


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428. Patrap
8:58 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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427. HurrikanEB
8:57 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
I just popped online briefly, so i don't really have time to scroll back and see if this was shared yet, but I came across this news article.

New Orleans Police Get Decades in Prison in Katrina Killings

April 4 (Bloomberg) -- Four New Orleans police officers were sentenced to 38 to 65 years in prison for convictions including violating the civil rights of two people killed a week after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Link

Not weather, per ser, but definitely related to the aftermath of Katrina.


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426. hydrus
8:56 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Anybody remember what was occurring exactly one year ago?







A year already..geez.
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425. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
8:56 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Keeper,the red x appeared on both posts.






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424. TropicalAnalystwx13
8:43 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
...and preliminary ratings from yesterday's Tornado Outbreak across the DFW area.











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423. OracleDeAtlantis
8:42 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Weather98 - 12:11 PM GMT on April 04, 2012 Post 237

That's a tip not a jump shot


You mean tip off, don't you?

The tip off(P. 214,) for what was about to happen the following day.

Now, ask the question, how could the Biblical description of hail mixed with blood occur, assuming it's doubtful this scene isn't without precedent?

Some would argue that red dust is the answer, because we've seen this with rainfall before.

But what if an F5 tornado were to strike a concentrated herd of animals. Could it rain blood and hail as a result of this?

Could that debris ball contain enough carnage to actually rain blood and hail in combo?

My guess is that it can happen, and has happened, probably numerous times when the buffalo roamed the Great Plains.

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422. Grothar
8:39 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Xyrus2000:


That's a pretty big blob.


Thank you.
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421. TropicalAnalystwx13
8:39 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Also on this date, 38 years ago, was the second and final day of the original Super Outbreak.

Thankfully it is quiet now, but if the long range GFS is anything to believe, it will certainly ramp up on April 14 and on.





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420. TropicalAnalystwx13
8:37 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Anybody remember what was occurring exactly one year ago?







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419. wxmod
8:34 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
418. Xyrus2000
8:33 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Grothar:


That's a pretty big blob.
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417. Grothar
8:30 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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416. Xyrus2000
8:29 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
TuMama: Does global warming make it likelyer to get a metoer strike due to change in atmospheric condition?
333 Xyrus2000: No. Global warming has absolutely no effect on meteor strikes.

Ya know, I had the same reaction upon first reading the question, then got distracted enough by following comments that I forgot about it.
And now that I see what woulda been "my" answer, I'm wondering if I gave it enough thought.

meteoroid -- any natural chunk of rock and/or metal in space too small to call an asteroid (all the way down to dust mote size).
meteor -- that chunk of rock/etc burning down through the atmosphere
meteorite -- any portion of that chunk of rock/etc that survives passage through the atmosphere intact enough to hit the surface.

GlobalWarming is heating the troposphere. Is it also expanding the troposphere as expectable through simple constant pressure plus increased heat equals expansion would suggest?

The GreenhouseGases which drive that tropospheric heating are also reflecting enough infrared back down to lessen infrared heating of the stratosphere. Is the resulting cooling stratosphere shrinking as expectable through simple constant pressure minus heat equals contraction would suggest?

What is the overall effect of the combined ?new? volume of the troposphere and the stratosphere upon the volume and height of the mesosphere (where most of the rock/etc burning occurs, and thus where most meteors first gain visibility, ie make the status change from meteoroid to meteor)

What is overall effect of the combined ?new? volume of the troposphere, the stratosphere, and the mesosphere doing to the height of the KamanLine (by which height, significant meteoroid heating and orbital degradation leading toward earthfall and meteor-status due to aerodynamic drag has to be occurring)?

Is the combined ?new? volume of the troposphere, the stratosphere, and the mesosphere causing Earth's lower exosphere to capture more meteoroids, eventually leading to more meteors being spotted from the ground?

For that matter, are the expectable corresponding pressures on average to each atmospheric layer remaining constant on average?

Somehow methinks The Effect of GlobalWarming on Meteors is a question complex enough to require a doctoral dissertation and a publishable paper for an answer.



I have seen stranger thesis statements, but logically unless you talking about an expansion of thousands of kilometers you're not going to see any statistical difference. The Earth is small enough and the average dust debris cloud so sparse (and unpredictable) that it would be impossible to gather any sort of a statistically significant signal to establish a credible conclusion with the ypes of increases that would result from a warmer atmosphere. At least not without some much improved space tracking technology.

You'd need decades of observations and some really good technology (which we don't have) in order to determine whether or not an overall "taller" atmosphere is having an impact on meteor incidents.

It would be interesting to be sure, and would provide the opportunity to develop some cool gadgets, but on a typical grad school stipend you wouldn't be able to pull it off. It would also be a hard sell as a proposal.
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415. Tropicsweatherpr
8:28 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Keeper,the red x appeared on both posts.
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414. Grothar
8:27 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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413. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
8:23 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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412. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
8:20 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
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411. DocNDswamp
8:10 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
G'day all,

As the saying goes, "what a difference a (fill-in-the-blank) makes".

2011: Dear God, please send rain, I'm totally parched... Even if comes bearing a name!
2012: Dear God, please turn off the taps, I'm totally drenched... Tropics? Oh, hell no!

Rather warily / wearily watching the fresh convection firing over SE TX... Just tallied my rainfall numbers from Mon night (3.35") and this morning's latest MCS deluge (1.91"), at 5.26" already near an inch above typically dry April monthly averages... and I know there are higher totals elsewhere across SE LA... This following the Mar 21-23 event of 8.33" which spiked my March 2012 rainfall to 9.13", almost twice above average... Continuing somewhat a trend after one hvy rain event on Feb 18 jumped my February totals up to normal (and one rather rainy day in January at least got those "dry" numbers to within half of normal).

A striking comparison of note - my last year's 6 month YTD (year to date) thru June was a pathetic 14.24", while easily exceeded that in the 3 months thru March 2012 with a YTD of 16.04"... My YTD amount at this moment is up to 21.30", well ahead of Houma area's climo YTD thru Apr 4th of 15.58"... the majority of that occurring over about the last two weeks!

For every Yin there must be a Yang, so yeah, forget my incessant whining over the drought last year, once again I'm ready for a pattern change from these two extremes. A taste of what we use to call "near normal" would suffice... ;)
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410. Ameister12
8:09 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
An unexpected storm came through last night. It brought some quarter size hail. Unfortunately, when I was able to collect the hail it melted down to about pea size.
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409. wxmod
8:07 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Weather Modification - Currently, cloud-seeding projects designed to increase rainfall from convective cloud towers are conducted in nearly 31 million acres of Texas (or almost one-fifth of the state’s land area). In administering the Texas Weather Modification Act (enacted by the Texas Legislature in 1967), TDLR’s weather modification program issues licenses and permits for these projects, many of which have been in existence since 2000. The projects use specialized aircraft and sophisticated weather radar systems, operated by skilled meteorologists, at sites near Amarillo, Plains, Pecos, San Angelo, and Pleasanton. http://www.license.state.tx.us/weather/weathermod .htm
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408. WxGeekVA
8:00 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting MississippiWx:
Well, I guess the season can't really be a "bust" if the experts are already calling for below average activity. The only way I could see it being a bust is if we get above average activity. Chew on that one for a while, season-busters. :-p


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407. Xyrus2000
8:00 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Skyepony:
Marine Contamination from Fukushima.

Kobayashi fellow-researcher from Japan Atomic Energy Agency analyzed that 18,000 trillion Bq of Iodine 131 and cesium 134 137 directly leaked from Fukushima to Pacific ocean.
However, because it is the estimation after 3/26, it would be much more than that if it includes what leaked from 3/11 to 3/25.
Also, it will be a several times much as 18,000 trillion Bq to count the radiation to fall from air down to the sea.
From their simulation, marine contamination already reached Philippines by 4/10/2011, will reach Hawaii by March of 2014, where is 5300 km away from Fukushima.


The iodine is long gone by now, but the cesium will still be there. How much though depends on how the cesium has mixed/precipitated/etc. . If the concern is great enough I'm sure there will be research missions sent out to sample the water (and life) at various depths to see what kind of contamination there is. Given the volume of ocean water water though, I doubt there will be very much contamination by the time it reaches Hawaii.
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406. dabirds
7:55 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Should that Gulf system stay N of Miami? Would hate to have to see them close the dome on first night.
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405. MississippiWx
7:52 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Well, I guess the season can't really be a "bust" if the experts are already calling for below average activity. The only way I could see it being a bust is if we get above average activity. Chew on that one for a while, season-busters. :-p
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404. jeffs713
7:46 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting CybrTeddy:


Ouch.

Wonder how long it will be until someone says ''seasons a bust'' Afternoon all.

Season's a bust!

(I just wanted to be first, I never call a season "a bust" in reality)
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402. jeffs713
7:45 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting Minnemike:
pesky observation :P

I'm just doing my part, popping bubbles, shattering hopes and dreams all day long.
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401. StormTracker2K
7:45 PM GMT on April 04, 2012
Quoting MississippiWx:
Here is the difference in 4 days. It is pretty substantial if you ask me:

March 30:



April 3:



I'm sure these 90 degree temps all week are really helping these SST's sky rocket. I mean it's now 95 here.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
CSU released their April forecast=10/4/2.

Link


Ouch.

Wonder how long it will be until someone says ''seasons a bust'' Afternoon all.
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Quoting nigel20:

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


Ah ok. I thought you were implying that it could go off tomorrow or something. :P
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