Tornadoes Slam 5-State Area, Killing Two; Outbreak Continues Today

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:29 PM GMT on May 20, 2013

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The Midwest U.S. is under the gun again today, as a potent storm system that spawned a preliminary count of 24 tornadoes in five states on Sunday reloads and prepares to dish out another afternoon and evening of atmospheric mayhem. Sunday's tornadoes swept through Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois, with Oklahoma bearing the brunt of the assault. The outbreak's only deadly tornado--preliminarily rated as en EF-5 with 166 - 200 mph winds--hit Shawnee, Oklahoma, a town of 30,000 located 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The twister leveled a trailer park, killing two people, and blew a semi-trailer off of an expressway overpass on I-40. At least 21 people were injured and 300 homes destroyed over the five-state area by the tornadoes. The 24 tornadoes from May 19 make it the biggest day for tornadoes in the U.S. this spring, and the highest number reported in one day since January 30, when 44 tornadoes touched down from Georgia to Indiana.


Figure 1. The Shawnee, Oklahoma tornado at 6:44 pm CDT May 19, 2013, as it passed just NW of Shawnee. The tornado killed two people in a mobile home park in Shawnee. Viewer submitted photo. #okwx pic.twitter.com/UCH9e8o9G8 Matt Mahler@themahler


Figure 2. The Shawnee tornado hurled a semi-trailer off of an expressway overpass at Highway 117 and I-40 in Oklahoma, and toppled another semi. Four people who sheltered under this overpass were injured, one seriously, and taken to the hospital. Highway overpasses can act to amplify a tornado's winds, and are very dangerous places to be during a tornado. According to the NWS in Norman Oklahoma, during the tornado outbreak of May 3, 1999, tornadoes crossed three highway overpasses, and at all three locations, there was a fatality. One of the fatalities occurred from an EF-2 tornado in a rural area, which suggests that a tornado need not be a large, violent tornado with a considerable debris cloud to cause fatal injuries to people seeking shelter from storms under overpasses. In addition to the fatal injuries to three people, there were also many severe, potentially life-threatening and gruesome injuries inflicted upon people underneath the overpasses, that in some cases, has left these people with permanent disabilities. Don't take shelter under a highway overpass from a tornado! Image credit: KFOR.com.


Figure 3. Radar reflectivity image taken at 6:08 pm CDT May 19, 2013 of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Shawnee, Oklahoma tornado.


Figure 4. Doppler velocity image taken at 6:08 pm CDT May 19, 2013 of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Shawnee, Oklahoma tornado. Note the couplet of dark red colors right next to light blues near the center of the image, showing that the air was moving both towards the radar and away from it within a short distance, indicating a tight rotation of the tornado's parent mesocyclone.

Iowa's record tornado-free streak ends at 359 days
A tornado touched down near Slater, Iowa at 6:10 pm CDT on Sunday, May 19, one of six tornadoes reported in the state that day. Remarkably, it was the first tornado recorded in the state since May 24, 2012 (Fayette County.) The 359-day streak without a tornado was the longest tornado-free period in state history. The previous record was 355 days, set between May 5, 1955, and April 26, 1956. The new streak is far more impressive because digital technology and spotter networks today are so comprehensive, resulting in far fewer missed tornadoes. There was a much higher likelihood back in the 1950s for tornadoes to be missed. The exceptional tornado-free period was due to the combination of the state's dry summer of 2012 (3rd driest on record) and cold spring of 2013 (8th coldest March - April on record). Thunderstorms like heat and moisture to form, and its tough to get a tornado if you're experiencing a top-ten driest or coldest spring or summer.


Figure 5. Radar reflectivity image of the tornado-spawning supercell thunderstorm that dropped an EF-1 tornado just to the southwest of Wichita, Kansas, on May 19, 2013.

Wichita gets lucky
At 3:30 pm Sunday, Kansas' largest city, Wichita, got a major scare when a large supercell thunderstorm spawned a half-mile wide tornado to the southwest of the city. The tornado headed directly for the airport and downtown Wichita, prompting the issuance of "Tornado Emergency" for the city. In the wake of the deadly EF-5 tornado that leveled Joplin, Missouri in 2011, the NWS decided to give local NWS offices the option to issue special, strongly worded tornado warnings to let the population know when a particularly dangerous tornado--one that has been confirmed by spotters to be on the ground--is approaching. The NWS issued one of these very strongly-worded tornado warnings on Sunday for Wichita:

Statement as of 3:47 PM CDT on May 19, 2013
... A Tornado Warning remains in effect for southern Sedgwick County until 415 PM CDT...

... Tornado emergency for Wichita...

At 345 PM CDT... a confirmed large... violent and extremely dangerous tornado was located on the southwest side of Wichita... and moving northeast at 30 mph.

This is a particularly dangerous situation.

Hazard... deadly tornado.

Source... weather spotters confirmed tornado.

Impact... you could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter. Complete destruction of neighborhoods... businesses and vehicles will occur. Flying debris will be deadly to people and animals.

Locations impacted include...Maize... downtown Wichita... Wichita... Bel Aire... McConnell Air Force Base…east Wichita and Oaklawn.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

This is an extremely dangerous tornado with complete devastation likely. You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter. Do not delay... seek shelter now! If no underground shelter is available seek shelter in an interior room of the lowest level of a structure... or if time allows... consider moving to an underground shelter elsewhere. Mobile homes and outbuildings will offer no shelter from this tornado.

Tornado... observed
Tornado damage threat... catastrophic
Hail... 2.75in

Wichita TV station KSNW did an excellent job covering the tornado, but were forced to abandon the studio during the height of the storm, as seen on this video clip. You can hear hail pounding the roof as the news crew scrambles for shelter. Station meteorologist J.D. Rudd has this to say: "We are okay. I'll tell you though, it got intense. That thing passed right over our studio. Luckily, it had lifted. But I truly thought the roof of our studio was about to peel off. And the sound of the hail was deafening. What a day. Three hours of coverage with the largest city in the state under a TOR warning for a long time. Weather service called it a Tornado Emergency…'Large, violent tornado on the ground'. Words that gave me chills when I read them." Preliminary damage surveys from the NWS indicate that the Wichita tornado was an EF-1 with a path length 4.6 miles that lifted two miles south of the Wichita airport.


Figure 6. Severe weather outlook for Monday, May 20, calls for a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather over much of Oklahoma, and portions of surrounding states. You can follow today's severe weather outbreak from our Severe Weather page.

Another big severe weather day today in the Midwest
The latest forecasts from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center call for an active severe weather day again on Monday, with a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather over much of Oklahoma, plus portions of Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas, and extreme North Texas. The highest threat for tornadoes will be in Southern Oklahoma and into North Texas. The severe weather outbreak will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, progressing eastwards into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. Only a "Slight Risk" of severe weather is expected those days.


Video 1. Impressive footage (peaking at 4:30 of the video) of the huge tornado that devastated Carney, Oklahoma on May 19, 2013.


Video 2. The "Dominator 3" armored tornado intercept vehicle saw plenty of action on Sunday, as seen in this video, taken just northeast of Edmond, Oklahoma. From the ‪http://tvnweather.com/‬ description of the video: "This tornado was one of the strongest ever intercepted, and we needed all 10,000k pounds of the new Dominator because I have never felt vibration like that before as we were slammed by suction vortices wrapping all around the vehicle. Jim Cantore was on board and he's hooked. All part of #TornadoChasers, Season 2013 coming up this fall on ‪http://tvnweather.com/ondemand‬"

Additional info
Wunderblogger Lee Grenci has an interesting post discussing how last Wednesday's Granbury, Texas tornado was able to form in an atmosphere that seemingly had too little wind shear to get a supercell thunderstorm spinning. The Granbury tornado was an EF-4 with 166 - 200 mph winds that killed six people, and was part of a weather system separate from the one that is generating the current Midwest U.S. tornado outbreak.

news9.com out of Oklahoma City had some excellent live helicopter coverage of Sunday's storms, and will likely be out there again today.

Jeff Masters

Severe Thunderstorm Warned 4 (smyezek)
Outflow dominate storms, interesting to watch especially this wall of water that just pushed east. Lots of wind, heavy rains and even some decent size hail (mainly quarter sized, but may have been slightly larger). Intercepted this storm several miles SW of Coin, Ia (Page County). Wall of Water from an outflow dominate storm.
Severe Thunderstorm Warned 4
Don't Try This At Home (taddarkprince)
No Really....Don't try this at home. Pentax K-5 and Tamron 10-24mm Lens.
Don't Try This At Home
Rozel, KS Stovepipe Tornado! (charlesimages)
My first tornado ever in my chasing career, and it's this massive beast! Awesome! Follow my adventures at facebook.com/CharlesimagesStormedia and cistormedia.com!
Rozel, KS Stovepipe Tornado!
Medford, OK (amy1225)
Medford, OK
After the Storm (ctrmom)
Calm after the storm, with lots of birds singing in the background too!
After the Storm

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Quoting seminolesfan:
@#385:

A 384hr borecast? I thought you were the blob-meister not the crystal-ball model poster?

Well, color me confused... :)


I don't have that color... Can I color you Orange and Green instead?
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tornado warning okc...still unsure if a significiant tornado will form intime.

NWS Norman %u200F@NWSNorman 34s
240pm - TORNADO WARNING for OKC metro! Developing tornado near Newcastle moving E 20 MPH. Take shelter!

wallcloud is developing.
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Watch out, hook that signals a possible forming tornado is present on I44, it is visible to see on Ritaevacs radar.
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Cell hooking west of OKC

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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


hearing reports of increadible thunder as well. like bombs


I hope people in Oklahoma City are ready, that storm could easily start rotating if it hasn't already.

Edit storm is rotating higher up. This is at 3.35 degrees.

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2:37pm- Storm just north of Newcastle is showing rotation. Also watching rotation with the storm over Mustang. Storms moving NE.
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one of my friends Headed down to OKC earlier today to watch these storms, he might actually get something on camera with this.
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Quoting biff4ugo:
PS. stay safe Slam.


Will do. It's times like this that I'm glad that I'm well informed and have such a great resource at my fingertips with this blog!
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Quoting VR46L:


Some of the MJO forecasts are having it out of the area by June 3



If it were for GFS,we would have Andrea by now.
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@#385:

A 384hr borecast? I thought you were the blob-meister not the crystal-ball model poster?

Well, color me confused... :)
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KFOR, dont watch if u dont prefer them, Now has the storm near Norman on their helicopter view
Edit: Storms looking suspicious near OKC
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


hearing reports of increadible thunder as well. like bombs


All rotating. Wow! People in OKC better take cover.
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Quoting muddertracker:


'

My backyard looked like this in 2009. Trees shredded. A few pics on my blog.


Wow, that looks like quite a tree massacre. How are your trees doing now? Did they recover from the damage or did you have to replace them? As yonzabam said, here in the UK hail doesn't get larger than pea size, so I have no idea what huge hailstones do to plants. Do they have any chance of survival? Thanks for sharing your experiences.
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Most of central texas just got put under a tornado watch, look at the severe weather map now.

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hearing reports of increadible thunder as well. like bombs
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Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Cyberteddy watchout as a massive thunderstorm with tremendous lightning is heading your way.

Severe weather warning just issued as well.


Storm is gunning for the Powerball winner
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Quoting calkevin77:
New watch issued.


URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 192
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
220 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
CENTRAL AND NORTHERN TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 220 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS LIKELY WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL
EVENTS TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 90 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF
SHERMAN TEXAS TO 65 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAN ANGELO TEXAS. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU2).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

&&

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 189...WW 190...WW 191...

DISCUSSION...DISCRETE SUPERCELLS ARE EXPECTED TO INITIATE ALONG THE
DRYLINE DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS...BEFORE 30-40 KT DEEP LAYER MEAN
WEST SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW SUPPORTS PROPAGATION AWAY FROM THE DRY LINE
INTO PARTS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL TEXAS. LOW-LEVEL HODOGRAPHS ARE
EXPECTED TO STILL STRENGTHEN SOME LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE
EVENING...PARTICULARLY NEAR THE RED RIVER. AS THIS OCCURS...AND
ACTIVITY SPREADS INTO A LESS STRONGLY HEATED/HIGHER RELATIVELY
HUMIDITY BOUNDARY LAYER AIR MASS EAST OF THE DRY LINE...A RISK FOR
TORNADOES WILL EXIST...IN ADDITION TO THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE HAIL
AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 25025.



There it is right as i was writing the last comment....
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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL
331 PM EDT MON MAY 20 2013


FLC101-202000-
/O.CON.KTBW.SV.W.0010.000000T0000Z-130520T2000Z/
PASCO FL-
331 PM EDT MON MAY 20 2013

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 PM EDT
FOR CENTRAL PASCO COUNTY..
.

AT 327 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR WESLEY
CHAPEL...OR 10 MILES SOUTHWEST OF DADE CITY...MOVING SOUTH AT 5 MPH.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 75 BETWEEN EXITS 279 AND 293.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...CONTINUOUS LIGHTNING
IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING IS
ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER...IF YOU CAN HEAR
THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
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Sheppard AFB [Wichita Co, TX] trained spotter reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 02:20 PM
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I would like to be storm chasing right here right now.

I wouldnt be suprised if this thing explodes in the next half hour...

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Good afternoon, everyone. Looks like the action is just getting started.
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Cyberteddy watchout as a massive thunderstorm with tremendous lightning is heading your way.

Severe weather warning just issued as well.
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389. VR46L
Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


Agreed 100%. The MJO is in no hurry to move into octants 1-8.


Some of the MJO forecasts are having it out of the area by June 3

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Storm tops in Oklahoma are reaching 54,000 feet. NWS says storms in Oklahoma City are visible from Wichita, Kansas. #okwx #kswx

nice..
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New watch issued.


URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 192
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
220 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
CENTRAL AND NORTHERN TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 220 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS LIKELY WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL
EVENTS TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 90 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF
SHERMAN TEXAS TO 65 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAN ANGELO TEXAS. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU2).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

&&

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 189...WW 190...WW 191...

DISCUSSION...DISCRETE SUPERCELLS ARE EXPECTED TO INITIATE ALONG THE
DRYLINE DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS...BEFORE 30-40 KT DEEP LAYER MEAN
WEST SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW SUPPORTS PROPAGATION AWAY FROM THE DRY LINE
INTO PARTS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL TEXAS. LOW-LEVEL HODOGRAPHS ARE
EXPECTED TO STILL STRENGTHEN SOME LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO THE
EVENING...PARTICULARLY NEAR THE RED RIVER. AS THIS OCCURS...AND
ACTIVITY SPREADS INTO A LESS STRONGLY HEATED/HIGHER RELATIVELY
HUMIDITY BOUNDARY LAYER AIR MASS EAST OF THE DRY LINE...A RISK FOR
TORNADOES WILL EXIST...IN ADDITION TO THE POTENTIAL FOR LARGE HAIL
AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 3 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 25025.
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Quoting Torito:


On the Nexrad radar i posted, the circle with the inside is the general location where i live.

XD Thats VERY close to where I live
Edit: Im in the county right above ur location (York County, PA)
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Hail heading towards the OKC Metro. If you have great insurance and want a new car, place your vehicle accordingly. #okwx
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I'm getting concerned about the storm near Bridge Creek. I think that storm may end up becoming today's first tornado warned storm (and first tornado producer)
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
OKC about to get clobbered by a 60k+ foot supercell....beware of hail..


Here in Scotland, I've never seen hail bigger than a pea. Hard to believe the size you get over there. I've seen photos of the dents they put in cars, and it looks as if they've been hit by a hammer wielded by a strong man.

I therefore find it amazing that there are so few reports of fatalities from supercell hailstones.
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Keep,
Those standing waves on the East side of Oklahoma are really cool to see. Thanks
PS. stay safe Slam.
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Quoting Doppler22:

Where (dont need to be too specific) do you live?


On the Nexrad radar i posted, the circle with the inside is the general location where i live.

so, in the area above baltimore.
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Quoting VR46L:


Could be a long one too if the MJO moves on without making an impact ...


Agreed 100%. The MJO is in no hurry to move into octants 1-8.
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This one will be visiting me in about an hour:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
EASTERN KENT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN...

* UNTIL 415 PM EDT

* AT 320 PM EDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR EAST GRAND
RAPIDS...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.
HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 60 MPH WIND GUSTS.
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. HAIL THE SIZE OF QUARTERS WAS REPORTED
AT EAST BELTLINE NEAR INTERSTATE 96 AT 320 PM.
IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES AND CROPS IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
CANNONSBURG AROUND 335 PM EDT.
GRATTAN TWP AROUND 345 PM EDT.
OAKFIELD TWP AROUND 350 PM EDT.
OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE PARNELL AND HARVARD.

...1.00IN
WIND...60MPH
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Think i can drive down there from MD and make it in time to film it, or should i wait up here stationed in Western Maryland for action? xD
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Quoting Torito:
Storms starting to brew where i live.


Where (dont need to be too specific) do you live?
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possible weak spin on okc storm tdwr

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Quoting StormTrackerScott:
This is what happens when you hit 92 with -11c temps at 500 milibars. Explosive thunderstorm development.



Tampa shields are up!
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371. VR46L
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We now have 5 supercells rapidly developing in south/central Oklahoma and extreme northern Texas!
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Quoting calkevin77:


I hear ya. For the next few months after the hail storms in March and June 2009, at the first sound of thunder I'd see my neighbors scramble to clear out their garages to get their cars in...Like seagulls flying inland from an approaching hurricane. So I%u2019ll pass on the hail as well :)


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My backyard looked like this in 2009. Trees shredded. A few pics on my blog.
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OKC about to get clobbered by a 60k+ foot supercell....beware of hail..
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Quoting ILwthrfan:


Litchfield reported a 46 mph wind gust at 4:15 am, that I do believe because of the outflow from the morning storms was right about over that area.

Makes more sense, hadn't checked until after lunch and hadn't felt anything like that.
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Storms starting to brew where i live.

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Like i said, Anyone that diddnt get the emails is probably not interested in that post anyway.
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Quoting muddertracker:


Music to my ears. Don't want the hail either. I hate May.


I hear ya. For the next few months after the hail storms in March and June 2009, at the first sound of thunder I'd see my neighbors scramble to clear out their garages to get their cars in...Like seagulls flying inland from an approaching hurricane. So I’ll pass on the hail as well :)
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Quoting Luisport:
Michigan has some cells too!!!!

Charlevoix County
Clare County
Kent County, MI

Are all showing thunderstorms with rotation!!!!


The latter storm is headed right for me. Could get interesting.
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