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.
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No Really....Don't try this at home. Pentax K-5 and Tamron 10-24mm Lens.
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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!
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Calm after the storm, with lots of birds singing in the background too!
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Quoting CarolinaHurricanes87:


Can't people pray without posting about it on a forum? I could've sworn this was a weather chat, not a church or prayer group
Leave people alone. Nobody is asking you to pray. People are free under the law to say that they are praying.

Why do people get so up tight about other people's religion?

Sheesh.

Quoting ScottLincoln:

It is far too early to be trusting any of these preliminary width, length, and intensity estimates. Far too early. Tornado width estimates are notoriously overestimated during real time events. Almost always.
We will eventually know the scope of the tornado's damage. No need to speculate now.
I gotta admit the scope of damage looks spectacular. Just looking at the google map and seeing which areas have been hit makes one thing "big tornado".

But I agree. There is still a lot to be assessed before a more accurate estimate can be given.
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Joplin dodged a bullet. sigh!!!!

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Looking at the houses right around the school, I think keeping them home is absurd. Build the schools in these areas better and smarter and make them shelters.
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1159. Ighuc
Tornado warning in Iowa just skipping Ankeny headed towards the Ames area

Tornado Warning
TORNADO WARNING
IAC153-169-210045-
/O.NEW.KDMX.TO.W.0007.130521T0010Z-130521T0045Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA
710 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN POLK COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA...
SOUTH CENTRAL STORY COUNTY IN CENTRAL IOWA...

* UNTIL 745 PM CDT

* AT 706 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR POLK CITY...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25
MPH.

HAZARD...DEVELOPING TORNADO AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL
OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.
EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ANKENY...HUXLEY...ALLEMAN...ELKHART AND CAMBRIDGE.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 93 AND 109.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

&&

LAT...LON 4197 9357 4180 9335 4169 9365 4177 9376
TIME...MOT...LOC 0010Z 227DEG 22KT 4176 9366

TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED
HAIL...1.00IN

$$

AWB
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1158. Patrap
www.facebook.com/kfor4

37 confirmed fatalities in Moore this afternoon as a result of the massive tornado that ripped through the town.
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Quoting Jedkins01:


Ok you're right, the time they had to evacuate was probably far too short and then the risk would indeed be much worse, so I was probably acting on emotion there.

However, why don't schools have underground tornado cellars or a safe room built into the school? That is what perplexes me... It should be required if you ask me.

Here's the timeline I get from the radar data. This is somewhat subjective.

The tornado was clearly on the ground with a TVS and a likely dual pol debris signature ~1951utc, about 8.5mi SW of the Plaza Towers school. The data available at the time did not necessarily suggest a strong/violent tornado, but at least a damaging tornado. It tends to look worse that close to the radar site.

By ~1959utc there was a a strong TVS signature and this was about the time it was nearing I-44 and we had the tornado size increasing via helicopter footage. The tornado was ~6.5mi SW of the school.

The signature continued to strengthen on radar until ~2012utc, when a purple TVS materialized on GR2Analyst. This strength of normalized rotation (NROT) I have almost always seen with strong/violent tornadoes only, or major clutter issues. By this point, one would had enough evidence to suggest that a high-end tornado event is certainly possible, if not probable. I think this was just after the time of the tornado emergency issued by NWS Norman. The circulations is now 2-3 miles from the school.

Between the 2016utc and 2021utc scan, the tornadic circulation crosses the school's location, roughly ~ 2019utc. In theory, if all of this information was available to decision makers and a safe evacuation location was known and available, they could have had up to 20minutes to load the children onto buses and move them somewhere else. But we didn't know the tornado's exact path back then, nor did we know it would hit the school. What if they put the kids on buses, but they were hit by the tornado en-route, and the school ended up barely sideswiped? I'm glad I am not the one making these decisions.
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I got 12 tornado warnings going on GRLevel3 right now. This day is not over.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
What do you think of this Bastardi Tweet?

@BigJoeBastardi: "I think that on days NOAA has moderate or greater risk area,perhaps we should treat it as if a snow storm in on the way, and keep kids home"
Well, I understand the thought. But given that most parents wouldn't be home as they'd be working, and given that 90% of homes in Tornado Alley don't have cellars/basements, and given that the average school building is sturdier than the average home, I'd say leaving them at home is a bad idea. The biggest danger in a snowstorm is generally in being on the road. That's not really the case with tornadoes...
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1154. Patrap

074
WFUS53 KSGF 210027
TORSGF
MOC009-209-210100-
/O.NEW.KSGF.TO.W.0022.130521T0027Z-130521T0100Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
727 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPRINGFIELD HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
BARRY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI...
STONE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI...

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 714 PM CDT...A SEVERE SQUALL LINE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING TORNADOES
THAT MAY NOT BE VISIBLE DUE TO HEAVY RAIN WAS LOCATED OVER
NORTHEAST BENTON COUNTY ARKANSAS...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

HAZARD...DEVELOPING TORNADO.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL
OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.
EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BRANSON WEST...CASSVILLE...CRANE...EXETER...GALENA...INDIA N
POINT...KIMBERLING CITY...PURDY...REEDS SPRING...SELIGMAN AND
WASHBURN.

THIS STORM WILL MOVE DIRECTLY OVER TABLE ROCK LAKE.

THIS WARNING ALSO INCLUDES ROARING RIVER STATE PARK AND TABLE ROCK
LAKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

IF ON OR NEAR TABLE ROCK LAKE...GET AWAY FROM THE WATER AND MOVE TO
SHELTER. TORNADOES CAN MOVE ACROSS WATER. IF YOU CAN HEAR
THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. BOATS CAN
BE SWAMPED BY LARGE CAPSIZING WAVES CAUSED BY A TORNADO...EVEN ON
SMALL BODIES OF WATER. MOVE QUICKLY INTO DOCK AND SEEK SAFE SHELTER
NOW.



LAT...LON 3649 9407 3666 9407 3693 9389 3692 9362
3700 9360 3699 9334 3682 9334 3682 9331
3650 9331
TIME...MOT...LOC 0026Z 232DEG 57KT 3660 9403 3648 9393
3636 9388 3626 9387

TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED
HAIL...<.75IN



CRAMER
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Quoting Tazmanian:



thats good thinking there at lest the kids will be safe at home and not at school


Problem, some homes don't have storm shelters. It's a catch 22 situation. Are kids safer at home or at school?
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Remember, it's 37 CONFIRMED deaths. And it's still early. Death toll is likely to be in hundred.
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Quoting Thrawst:


Is there a link to watch it?
IDK, I'm assuming it'll be live on news.
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Quoting Barefootontherocks:
Eat my shorts #3.

Bunch of weather voyeurs who have no clue.

Why must you be so rude during such a tragic event.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
What do you think of this Bastardi Tweet?

@BigJoeBastardi: "I think that on days NOAA has moderate or greater risk area,perhaps we should treat it as if a snow storm in on the way, and keep kids home"
Good idea.I remember last year a funnel cloud was not seen to far from my daughters school and yet they still wanted to continue a game they had later that night..they eventually cancled it but I stopped her from going.She doesn't say it..but I saved her life of what could have been a dealy situation..
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Nothing this month...





do you mine? this is not the time for this
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StormChaser Austin G ‏@FLStormChaserAG
Death toll up to 37 and growing 1999 had 44 #Moore
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1146. Patrap


Deadly TornadoCredit: National Weather Service, @NWSNorman / Screengrab Channel 4

Large deadly tornado moving into Moore near 134th and Western in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hey guys sorry for dusturbing the flow of tornado talk but as this is a tropic blog so yeah can we talk tropic as well as tornado please

anyway anyone noticed that the Caribbean has picked up a lot in convection activity a lot of t-storms and shower activity developed in a matter of hours



Nothing this month...

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Quoting washingtonian115:
Why couldn't this tornado season stay quite?.Now you all see what happened this while people were complaining back in APRIL of our quite tornado season..

'The less deaths and damage people have to deal with.They need a break".I hope your happy.

God bless those seven little souls hope no more bodies our found.

I am a meteorologist, and I never root for tornado outbreaks. I don't even chase anymore.

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1142. Patrap
This is Dr. Jeff Masters Blog,,and it is focused on the Tornado Devastation.

Please stick to that.

Thanks
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Quoting allancalderini:
Even though I am not a tornado chaser or into tornadoes I believe it has been below average and it continues to be below average,But like hurricane only one can make a quiet tornado season stand out and sadly this was the case.
Quoting allancalderini:
Even though I am not a tornado chaser or into tornadoes I believe it has been below average and it continues to be below average,But like hurricane only one can make a quiet tornado season stand out and sadly this was the case.
But they got their tornados to track that they wanted so dearly..

I really don't want the death toll to rise but it seems my wish will not come true.The damage is massive..I wanted this tornado season to be like 2012.not really violent in any way.
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1140. Thrawst
Quoting Bluestorm5:
Press conference with information in 5 minutes. Brace for bad news...



Is there a link to watch it?
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Press conference with information in 5 minutes. Brace for bad news...

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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
What do you think of this Bastardi Tweet.


@BigJoeBastardi: "I think that on days NOAA has moderate or greater risk area,perhaps we should treat it as if a snow storm in on the way, and keep kids home"



thats good thinking there at lest the kids will be safe at home and not at school
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
What do you think of this Bastardi Tweet.


@BigJoeBastardi: "I think that on days NOAA has moderate or greater risk area,perhaps we should treat it as if a snow storm in on the way, and keep kids home"

Might be a good idea.
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Dr. Forbes says this is the worst damage he's ever seen. He toured damage from the F5s of '74, the Moore tornado of '99, Tuscalosa and Joplin '11, and countless other violent tornadoes.
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What do you think of this Bastardi Tweet?

@BigJoeBastardi: "I think that on days NOAA has moderate or greater risk area,perhaps we should treat it as if a snow storm in on the way, and keep kids home"
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I just remembered death toll rising in Joplin on news...

It was first reported 9 was killed, then 24, then 89, then 116, then 130 before death toll started to rise slowly toward 162. Final death toll was not announced for a week or two.
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1133. Patrap


Searching through debris.

Credit: KFOR Screengrab

A family searches through debris in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013; 15 people reported stayed safe in the sheler shown here as the deadly tornado passed through
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hey guys sorry for dusturbing the flow of tornado talk but as this is a tropic blog so yeah can we talk tropic as well as tornado please

anyway anyone noticed that the Caribbean has picked up a lot in convection activity a lot of t-storms and shower activity developed in a matter of hours




so ture but may be right now may not be a good time?
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My thoughts and prayers go out to those being affected by this tragic event.
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Quoting Ameister12:

In my opinion, I feel 10 minutes should be enough time to get kids into a safe place, but maybe my expectations are too high.

Either way, it's an awful tragedy and my prayers go out to the grieving parents who lost their kids.

Err I dunno. I don't know where the buses are and where are the drivers. Plus getting a whole school out and onto buses wouldn't be that easy I am assuming.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hey guys sorry for dusturbing the flow of tornado talk but as this is a tropic blog so yeah can we talk tropic as well as tornado please

anyway anyone noticed that the Caribbean has picked up a lot in convection activity a lot of t-storms and shower activity developed in a matter of hours



The Monsoon trough is active.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hey guys sorry for dusturbing the flow of tornado talk but as this is a tropic blog so yeah can we talk tropic as well as tornado please

anyway anyone noticed that the Caribbean has picked up a lot in convection activity a lot of t-storms and shower activity developed in a matter of hours

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Quoting washingtonian115:
Why couldn't this tornado season stay quite?.Now you all see what happened this while people were complaining back in APRIL of our quite tornado season..

'The less deaths and damage people have to deal with.They need a break".I hope your happy.

God bless those seven little souls hope no more bodies our found.
Even though I am not a tornado chaser or into tornadoes I believe it has been below average and it continues to be below average,But like hurricane only one can make a quiet tornado season stand out and sadly this was the case.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
hey guys sorry for dusturbing the flow of tornado talk but as this is a tropic blog so yeah can we talk tropic as well as tornado please

anyway anyone noticed that the Caribbean has picked up a lot in convection activity a lot of t-storms and shower activity developed in a matter of hours

Could've posted the map without acting like an a-hole. Jeez.
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This NBC story muddles the situation more:

Excerpt:

Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students were evacuated to a church about a quarter-mile away from the 440-student school before the tornado touched down.
Students in kindergarten through third grade sheltered in place, according to NBC station KFOR. Some of those students had been in a hallway when the twister hit, the station said.
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1124. Patrap




Elementary school gone.

Credit: KFOR Screengrab

A wider view of the elementary school flattened in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013, by a deadly tornado.
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Quoting Ameister12:

In my opinion, I feel 10 minutes should be enough time to get kids into a safe place, but maybe my expectations are too high.

Either way, it's an awful tragedy and my prayers go out to the grieving parents who lost their kids.

To get all of the kids out of the school and out of harms way in just 10 minutes is too risky. I think that the right decision was to remain in the school as they can be relatively safe(compared to other smaller structures). Also, basements or safe rooms should be put into school, especially in tornado prone places. Being in school, I know that if a tornado were to hit that there would be problems. At least in my old middle school, during a tornado drill they had some of us on the 2nd floor, which made no sense. My high school may have similar practices, which isn't good.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
75 were reported trapped in school. About 24-30 still trapped, assumed dead.
Thats horrible what anguish those parrents must be feeling waiting on news about there kids
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My prayers for the families that are being affect I am sorry for the people that lost their lives. I cannot even describe what I would feel if it was one of my younger brothers who died.My prayers for everyone and hope that no more deadly tornadoes occur today.What I know is that the kids are in a better life right now and they may rest in peace.
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hey guys sorry for dusturbing the flow of tornado talk but as this is a tropic blog so yeah can we talk tropic as well as tornado please

anyway anyone noticed that the Caribbean has picked up a lot in convection activity a lot of t-storms and shower activity developed in a matter of hours

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Quoting indianrivguy:


That makes perfect sense to me Scott.. from simple cloud to a tornado in an hour... pretty close to how fast these things blew up.

That part does make sense. The tornado was similar to the Joplin tornado in that it formed just outside of an urbanized area and went from touchdown to strong tornado very quickly.

But that individual didn't post on the blog to comment about how the tornado formed quickly.
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37 confirmed dead by medical examiner...
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Quoting belizeit:
How many students where estimated in these shools
75 were reported trapped in school. About 24-30 still trapped, assumed dead.
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1115. Patrap
College of DuPage Meteorology
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SVR T-STORM WARNING SAN ANGELO TX - KSJT 715 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING FORT WORTH TX - KFWD 715 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING DES MOINES IA - KDMX 710 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
FLASH FLOOD WARNING KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO - KEAX 709 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING SPRINGFIELD MO - KSGF 708 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING TULSA OK - KTSA 704 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING TULSA OK - KTSA 704 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING SPRINGFIELD MO - KSGF 703 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING ST LOUIS MO - KLSX 702 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING NORMAN OK - KOUN 701 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING TULSA OK - KTSA 700 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
FLASH FLOOD WARNING KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO - KEAX 700 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING TULSA OK - KTSA 659 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING ST LOUIS MO - KLSX 657 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING FORT WORTH TX - KFWD 657 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING TULSA OK - KTSA 655 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING NORMAN OK - KOUN 654 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING DES MOINES IA - KDMX 654 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING FORT WORTH TX - KFWD 652 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING ST LOUIS MO - KLSX 650 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING SPRINGFIELD MO - KSGF 647 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
SVR T-STORM WARNING NORMAN OK - KOUN 647 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
TORNADO WARNING SAN ANGELO TX - KSJT 644 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
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Why couldn't this tornado season stay quite?.Now you all see what happened this while people were complaining back in APRIL of our quite tornado season..

'The less deaths and damage people have to deal with.They need a break".I hope your happy.

God bless those seven little souls hope no more bodies our found.
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My god...

@AP

BREAKING: State medical examiner's office: 37 killed in Oklahoma tornado; death toll expected to rise -RJJ
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.