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 stormchaser19:
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Based on what i see by MJO forecast,I prefer wait ,because now i doubt everything that GFS is showing ..GFS is very aggresive taking MJO to our zone and the Euro don't reach our region, but seeing the moving of the MJO since last week is clearly that the ECMWF is driving the prediction better than the GFS, so I advise you not be enthusiastic with GFS and CMC...
GFS

ECMWF


This is a good point, chaser. It will be interesting to see who wins the battle between the Euro and GFS on the MJO. I have to believe the MJO won't just skip our basin entirely. Relative to normal, the SST anomalies in the Atlantic basin are still higher than in other basins, meaning that the net upward motion should reside in the Atlantic overall.
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AXNT20 KNHC 201150
TWDAT

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
805 AM EDT MON MAY 20 2013

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION FOR NORTH AMERICA...CENTRAL
AMERICA...GULF OF MEXICO...CARIBBEAN SEA...NORTHERN SECTIONS OF
SOUTH AMERICA...AND ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE AFRICAN COAST FROM THE
EQUATOR TO 32N. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS BASED ON SATELLITE
IMAGERY...WEATHER OBSERVATIONS...RADAR...AND METEOROLOGICAL
ANALYSIS.

BASED ON 0600 UTC SURFACE ANALYSIS AND SATELLITE IMAGERY THROUGH
1015 UTC.

...TROPICAL WAVES...

AN ATLANTIC OCEAN TROPICAL WAVE IS ALONG 33W/34W TO THE SOUTH OF
9N. WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE TO ISOLATED STRONG CONVECTIVE
PRECIPITATION IS FROM 2N TO 5N BETWEEN 30W AND 37W.

A TROPICAL WAVE IS ALONG 61W/62W TO THE SOUTH OF 13N...FROM THE
SOUTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA ISLANDS INTO EASTERN VENEZUELA.
CONVECTIVE PRECIPITATION...SCATTERED MODERATE TO ISOLATED STRONG
IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FROM 10N TO 13N BETWEEN 57W AND 61W NEAR
TRINIDAD. RAINSHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM 15N TO 17N BETWEEN 55W
AND 65W.

...ITCZ/MONSOON TROUGH...

THE MONSOON TROUGH PASSES THROUGH COASTAL GUINEA NEAR 11N15W TO
6N17W AND 4N21W. THE ITCZ CONTINUES FROM 4N21W TO 4N26W AND
3N30W. THE ITCZ STARTS AGAIN ALONG THE EQUATOR FROM 38W TO 46W.
CONVECTIVE PRECIPITATION...NUMEROUS STRONG FROM 3N TO 5N TO THE
EAST OF 2W...AND FROM 3N TO 6N BETWEEN 19W AND 25W. ISOLATED TO
WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE ELSEWHERE TO THE SOUTH OF 8N BETWEEN
AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA.

...DISCUSSION...

GULF OF MEXICO...
A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH PASSES THROUGH EASTERN
ALABAMA/WESTERN GEORGIA...ACROSS THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND
APALACHEE BAY OF FLORIDA...INTO THE EAST CENTRAL GULF OF
MEXICO...AND INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN CORNER OF THE GULF OF MEXICO.
HIGH CLOUDS HAVE BEEN MOVING ACROSS THE GULF OF MEXICO...TO THE
SOUTHEAST AND SOUTH OF 31N87W 25N89W 23N91W 26N97W.
COMPARATIVELY DRIER AIR IN SUBSIDENCE IS TO THE NORTH OF THE
LINE FROM 30N86W 23N92W 26N87W TO 25N97W.

A SURFACE RIDGE PASSES THROUGH 31N73W IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN...TO
29N78W...TO 28N89W IN THE NORTH CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO...TOWARD
THE MIDDLE TEXAS GULF COAST.

LOW CLOUD CEILINGS COVER THE COASTAL PLAINS STATIONS FROM THE
DEEP SOUTH OF TEXAS INTO SOUTH CENTRAL COASTAL LOUISIANA. BILOXI
MISSISSIPPI AND MOBILE ALABAMA ARE REPORTING LOW CLOUD CEILINGS.
FAIR SKIES/CLEAR SKIES AT OR LOWER THAN 12000 FEET ARE ELSEWHERE
BETWEEN THE REST OF LOUISIANA AND THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE. FAIR
SKIES/CLEAR SKIES AT OR LOWER THAN 12000 FEET ARE ELSEWHERE IN
FLORIDA.

FOR THE OFFSHORE OIL PLATFORM SITES THAT ARE TO THE NORTH OF 27N
TO THE WEST OF 88W...

LOW CLOUD CEILINGS ARE BEING REPORTED AT THE FOLLOWING ICAO
STATIONS...KVBS...KCRH...KHQI...KGUL...KDLP... AND KSPR. FAIR
SKIES/CLEAR SKIES AT OR LOWER THAN 12000 FEET ARE REPORTED
ELSEWHERE.

CARIBBEAN SEA...
A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH IS ALONG 26N68W
IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN...THROUGH THE WINDWARD PASSAGE...TO 18N76W
IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA...TO 16N78W. UPPER LEVEL SOUTHWESTERLY WIND
FLOW IS TO THE SOUTH OF THE LINE THAT RUNS FROM THE NORTHEASTERN
CORNER OF THE AREA...TO THE CENTRAL SECTIONS OF THE CARIBBEAN
SEA...TO NORTHEASTERN NICARAGUA.

A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL RIDGE STARTS NEAR 7N66W IN
VENEZUELA...TO 9N74W IN COLOMBIA NEAR THE MONSOON TROUGH...TO
11N81W IN THE SOUTHWESTERN CORNER OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA...TO
13N86W IN NORTHWESTERN NICARAGUA.

THE MONSOON TROUGH IS ALONG 8N73W IN COLOMBIA...THROUGH 8N78W IN
EASTERN PANAMA...THROUGH THE WESTERN END OF PANAMA...FROM
SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST IN COSTA RICA...TO 11N87W IN THE EASTERN
PACIFIC OCEAN...AND BEYOND 9N90W IN THE EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN.
CONVECTIVE PRECIPITATION...NUMEROUS STRONG FROM 3N ALONG THE
COLOMBIA COAST IN THE EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN TO 11N IN THE
SOUTHWESTERN CORNER OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA...BETWEEN 76W IN
COLOMBIA AND 85W IN THE COASTAL WATERS OF COSTA RICA. NUMEROUS
STRONG ALSO IS IN LAKE MARACAIBO OF NORTHWESTERN VENEZUELA.

HISPANIOLA...
A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH IS ALONG 26N68W
IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN...THROUGH THE WINDWARD PASSAGE...TO 18N76W
IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA...TO 16N78W. ISOLATED MODERATE CONVECTIVE
PRECIPITATION IS FROM 16N TO 20N BETWEEN THE EASTERN EDGE OF
PUERTO RICO AND 78W BETWEEN SOUTHEASTERN CUBA AND JAMAICA.

THE GFS MODEL GIVES A FORECAST OF ANTICYCLONIC WIND FLOW/ A
RIDGE ACROSS THE AREA AT 250 MB. A TROUGH IS PRESENT IN THE
FORECAST AT 500 MB AND AT 700 MB. THE SURFACE WIND FLOW FORECAST
IS MOSTLY EASTERLY. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT ENOUGH LOW LEVEL
MOISTURE MAY CONTINUE TO BE PRESENT IN ORDER TO HELP TO GIVE
PRECIPITATION TO THE AREA.

ATLANTIC OCEAN...
A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH PASSES THROUGH 33N55W TO
27N55W. THE REST OF THE MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL WIND FLOW
THAT IS AROUND THAT AREA TO THE SOUTH IS NORTHWESTERLY-TO-
WESTERLY. THE TROUGH SUPPORTS A COLD FRONT THAT PASSES THROUGH
32N53W TO 28N66W...CURVING BEYOND 32N71W. A REMNANT SURFACE
TROUGH IS ALONG 28N59W 21N66W. RAINSHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE TO THE
NORTHWEST AND NORTH OF THE LINE THAT PASSES THROUGH 32N48W TO
24N60W 20N66W...INCLUDING ACROSS THE BAHAMAS AND THE ATLANTIC
OCEAN TO THE EAST OF FLORIDA.

A MIDDLE LEVEL TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH EXTENDS FROM A 32N32W
CYCLONIC CIRCULATION CENTER...TO 20N34W 16N37W. A SURFACE TROUGH
IS ALONG 28N48W 25N44W 22N42W. RAINSHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE IN
CLUSTERS OF LOW LEVEL AND MIDDLE LEVEL CLOUDS THAT COVER THE
ATLANTIC OCEAN FROM 16N BEYOND 32N BETWEEN 40W AND 50W.

BROAD SURFACE ANTICYCLONIC WIND FLOW IS TO THE NORTH OF 27N TO
THE EAST OF 40W.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT
WWW.HURRICANES.GOV/MARINE

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Quoting Tazmanian:




i will do what evere i want unless the mods say other wish thank you and have a good day


Just trying to help you out so you don't end up on everyone's ignore list. Fire away there, pal.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
Ok I can now say we are most likely going to get a storm sometime between this thurs/fri and late week next week/weekend models support this and has been for a while GFS GGEM/CMC NAVGEM/NOGAPS showing storms and now EURO is on board by lowering pressures
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Based on what i see by MJO forecast,I prefer wait ,because now i doubt everything that GFS is showing ..GFS is very aggresive taking MJO to our zone and the Euro don't reach our region, but seeing the moving of the MJO since last week is clearly that the ECMWF is driving the prediction better than the GFS, so I advise you not be enthusiastic with GFS and CMC...
GFS

ECMWF
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Quoting MississippiWx:


Taz, please don't lecture other people for being off-topic ever again when you post things like this. It doesn't make it okay to preface it with "off topic" first. Thanks and have a nice day.




i will do what evere i want unless the mods say other wish thank you and have a good day
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


What do you mean when you say El Nino faking? By the way,I will make a poll in my blog this afternoon about the North Atlantic season so stay tuned.


Well, by the end of June, it almost looked like a certainty that El Nino was on its way, but it never materialized.

June 28, 2012:

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Quoting aquak9:


Coffee


Thanks for that. LOL!
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What would you suggest for a "beginner" tea drinker if they were stuck in a storm shelter after a tornado?? (That I can find in Austin, TX).


Don't want to be off topic. Thanks for the suggestions :) It's HOT in ATX today.
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Quoting muddertracker:


What would you suggest for a "beginner" tea drinker? (That I can find in Austin, TX).


Coffee
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Quoting MississippiWx:


I would rather go to tropicsweatherpr's blog.

Anyway, La Nina wants to take over, but I have a feeling this could be similar to last year's El Nino faking.



What do you mean when you say El Nino faking? By the way,I will make a poll in my blog this afternoon about the North Atlantic season so stay tuned.
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Quoting Tazmanian:
off topic


Critical Microsoft Office Security Flaw Gets Thousands of Computers Hacked


Link


if you have Microsoft Office install i would unstall it in tell they can find out whats going on


Taz, please don't lecture other people for being off-topic ever again when you post things like this. It doesn't make it okay to preface it with "off topic" first. Thanks and have a nice day.
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Thanks for the new blog Dr. Masters
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Remember, tornadoes are rated on the damage they cause. An EF4 that touched down in an open field will be rated an EF0.
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Quoting Tazmanian:
off topic


Critical Microsoft Office Security Flaw Gets Thousands of Computers Hacked


Link


if you have Microsoft Office install i would unstall it in tell they can find out whats going on


Taz, this is for "unpatched systems" - What that means is as long as you have your system up to date with the latest software patches from MS, you'll be fine. Turn on automatic updates if you have office installed and Windows will update everything...including Office.

Your tech tip of the day!
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Quoting Tazmanian:






they do not need too go too your blog


they can go here too get the update has well


Link





I would rather go to tropicsweatherpr's blog.

Anyway, La Nina wants to take over, but I have a feeling this could be similar to last year's El Nino faking.

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Quoting Globe199:

I wonder how many people really have a proper tornado shelter. Keep in mind that tornadoes are statistically rare. It's unlikely you would ever see a return on your investment.
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Quoting Guysgal:
Back on topic, Hope the folks in the Midwest stay safe today, sudden springtime tornadoes are very dangerous. Don't believe I could live out there without a tornado shelter.


I wonder how many people really have an official tornado shelter. Keep in mind that tornadoes are statistically rare.
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Thanks Dr. Masters!

I wish people would realize that overpasses are NOT a good shelter.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
It is, but there was definitely some story yesterday about a preacher who got up under the underpass and prayed. It seems foolhardy to me [with no experience of tornados] to get out of your moving vehicle and up off the ground where the wind can knock u around more. I suppose people do things in desperation without thinking about the logistics.


Here's a Youtube vid of people getting out of a car and sheltering under an overpass, as a tornado goes directly over them. It's a well known one, so some on here will have seen it already.

If you watched it without listening to the commentary, you'd probably think it was the right thing to do. But, it was a weak tornado. The commentator makes the point that a strong one would have sucked them out.

Link
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Quoting muddertracker:


What would you suggest for a "beginner" tea drinker? (That I can find in Austin, TX).


The best teas IMO are loose English or Irish Breakfast. However, see if you can find loose Lipton tea at the grocery store or International food store. Buy a tea ball or the metal tea infusers and measure one level teaspoon of tea. Water must be fresh (don't reuse) and boiling. Let steep 3-5 minutes and its perfect every time, very reasonably priced and tastes great. Tea bags are strictly for emergencies.

Back on topic, Hope the folks in the Midwest stay safe today, sudden springtime tornadoes are very dangerous. Don't believe I could live out there without a tornado shelter.
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Well, I am out for the noo... will be back later.
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Thanks Dr. M.

So close to the "we have COW!" quote. Not quite but almost on that top video clip.

P.S. it is great to see weather casters heading to shelters instead of craziness.
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Quoting yonzabam:


Well, I'm not a tea connoisseur, just whatever packets of tea bags are on the supermarket shelves. But, even the basic teas have slightly different flavours. You try a few different brands, and eventually you settle on a fav.

Of the more upmarket varieties, Earl Grey is fairly well regarded, here in the UK. Don't know if you can get it in the US, though.
Earl Grey is fairly popular internationally. I think u can even get an Earl Grey "tea latte" at Starbucks these days...

Twinings has a few varieties out, but not sure what else is available in the US.

Do they sell a lot of Lipton in the UK? I know that's a popular brand in parts of the Caribbean...
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Quoting bappit:

If you are ever in Houston, stop by Java Coffee & Tea Co. (I have no affiliation with the company.)
Thanks bappit... my tea recommending skills are limited in the TX area... having only been through there by train a couple times... @ 3 am there wasn't much going on... lol...

I'd suggest, for someone interested in being a tea drinker, some kind of sampler packet to give you an idea of what flavors are out there. I find tea-drinking preferences to be very personal, more so than coffee, anyway. And there are a lot of variations around to try, which can be fun.

I usually get tea from a local company, island-rose.com and they do have a sampler available. For regular tea I get the Commonwealth Tradition, but mostly I enjoy the herbals: camomile, mint, lemon, even a hibiscus tea they make. They also have a few more exotic flavors like Mandarin Lapacho....

But all the tea in China will not make this an OT post, so I better quit here... lol
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off topic


Critical Microsoft Office Security Flaw Gets Thousands of Computers Hacked


Link


if you have Microsoft Office install i would unstall it in tell they can find out whats going on
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Quoting Waltanater:
So what happened to #1 and #2?!
Still in service. Reed Timmer wanted to have a big storm chasing team.
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Quoting muddertracker:


What would you suggest for a "beginner" tea drinker? (That I can find in Austin, TX).


Well, I'm not a tea connoisseur, just whatever packets of tea bags are on the supermarket shelves. But, even the basic teas have slightly different flavours. You try a few different brands, and eventually you settle on a fav.

Of the more upmarket varieties, Earl Grey is fairly well regarded, here in the UK. Don't know if you can get it in the US, though.
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Quoting Waltanater:
I thought this was something that was advised against!
It is, but there was definitely some story yesterday about a preacher who got up under the underpass and prayed. It seems foolhardy to me [with no experience of tornados] to get out of your moving vehicle and up off the ground where the wind can knock u around more. I suppose people do things in desperation without thinking about the logistics.
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Quoting Waltanater:
...and where will these storms be precisely?

Western Caribbean
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Quoting Catherdr:
I think it is pretty unlikely that "Dominator" vehicle mentioned above weighs "10000k" pounds. A quick run on the calculator gives a reading of 10,000,000 pounds.

A little too much hyperbole in the press release.


It's not exactly hyperbole; it's more a grammatical redundancy. That's saying "ten thousand thousand pounds." Why people do this is beyond me. The K means thousand! You see it all the time when people use the dollar sign and also the word "dollar" as in "$5 dollars." That reads "five dollars dollars."

At any rate, I tried tuning into the Domniator on tornadovideos.net yesterday. I tell you, that site is a spectacular idea, but the good videos are almost always unwatchable because of the lack of bandwidth. It's almost useless.
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Cool. You could get a lot of people in there.
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Quoting caribbeantracker01:
Noticing some potential for rainy weather here today, I think I'll make a few runs before things get damp.
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Quoting muddertracker:
What would you suggest for a "beginner" tea drinker? (That I can find in Austin, TX).

If you are ever in Houston, stop by Java Coffee & Tea Co. (I have no affiliation with the company.)
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Major confrontation on this AGW on linkedin

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Quoting bappit:
Trailer parks can include storm shelters for the residents. Would be a nice feature to have.


I remember the picture of the school bus or something buried underground. That would work.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Yonza, 2 p.m. is just the sign that it's time for a tea break... lol

I've gone off tea since it's gotten so hard to find a decent plain China black out here. But I can feel you.

Somehow the decaf teabag thing doesn't work for me...



What would you suggest for a "beginner" tea drinker if they were stuck in a storm shelter after a tornado?? (That I can find in Austin, TX).


Don't want to be off topic.
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Trailer parks can include storm shelters for the residents. Would be a nice feature to have.
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Quoting ncstorm:
Great Blog Dr. Masters!..I didnt know that many of the injuries came from people taking shelter under the overpass..with a moderate risk set up again today, maybe there should be mandatory evacuations as in hurricanes for those in trailer parks..
I thought this was something that was advised against!
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Quoting yonzabam:


Tea. Trying to wean myself off, though. Think I might have caffeine sensitivity.

(Btw, it's 2 pm here in Scotland).
Yonza, 2 p.m. is just the sign that it's time for a tea break... lol

I've gone off tea since it's gotten so hard to find a decent plain China black out here. But I can feel you.

Somehow the decaf teabag thing doesn't work for me...

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Quoting Catherdr:
I think it is pretty unlikely that "Dominator" vehicle mentioned above weighs "10000k" pounds. A quick run on the calculator gives a reading of 10,000,000 pounds.

A little too much hyperbole in the press release.
So what happened to #1 and #2?!
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
CPC 5/20/13 update way down to -0.4C, Go to my blog to see the update






they do not need too go too your blog


they can go here too get the update has well


Link



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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
Ok I can now say we are most likely going to get a storm sometime between this thurs/fri and late week next week/weekend models support this and has been for a while GFS GGEM/CMC NAVGEM/NOGAPS showing storms and now EURO is on board by lowering pressures
...and where will these storms be precisely?
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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.