Violent EF-5 Tornado Causes Catastrophic Damage in Moore, Oklahoma

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:00 PM GMT on May 21, 2013

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A massive and violent tornado 1.3 miles wide smashed through Moore, Oklahoma near 3 pm CDT Monday, causing catastrophic damage along a 17-mile long path. The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma announced that it has found at least one area of EF-5 damage near Briarwood Elementary School, with winds of 200 - 210 mph. Damage was extreme and covered a huge area, and many buildings swept away down to their foundations. The tornado was on the ground for 51 minutes, from 2:45 - 3:36 pm CDT. This averages out to a 20 mph forward speed, and the tornado was initially moving even slower--20 mph. Violent tornadoes typically move considerably faster, sometimes at speeds in excess of 60 mph, and the relatively slow motion of the Moore tornado contributed to the extreme damage by exposing buildings to a longer period of violent winds than usual. A tornado warning for the storm was issued at 2:40 pm CDT, sixteen minutes before it touched down. On average, a tornado warning comes about thirteen minutes before touchdown. A tornado emergency was declared for Moore at 3:01 pm, about twenty minutes before the tornado entered the west side of the city. The debris ball from the tornado, as seen on Doppler radar, expanded to over two miles in diameter, and debris was carried over 100 miles from Moore. The National Weather Service office in Tulsa, Oklahoma reported at 4:13 pm CDT that they were "seeing reports of light tornado debris falling in the Tulsa metro area again this evening, likely from the Moore area." Tulsa is 100 miles east-northeast of Moore.


Figure 1. The Moore, Oklahoma tornado of May 20, 2013. Image credit: WIkipedia.


Figure 2. A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma, following a tornado on Monday, May 20, 2013. Photo: Sue Ogrocki, ASSOCIATED PRESS.


Figure 3. Flipped vehicles are piled up outside the heavily damaged Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma, after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013. On the enhanced Fujita Scale, the maximum degree of damage (11), indicating EF-5 winds of 210 mph, is "Significant damage to building envelope" on an institutional building like a hospital or government office. The damage to the Moore Medical Center may qualify as EF-5 damage. Image credit: Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Here is the tornado warning that was issued at 2:40 pm CDT, sixteen minutes before the tornado touched down:

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
240 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHEASTERN GRADY COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN CLEVELAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 238 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NEWCASTLE...AND MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

IN ADDITION TO A TORNADO...LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE IS EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...NORMAN...MOORE...NEWCASTLE...BRIDGE CREEK AND VALLEY BROOK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW IN A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A STURDY BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS.


At 3:01 pm CDT, five minutes after the tornado touched down and about twenty minutes before the tornado hit the west side of Moore, the NWS issued a "Tornado Emergency" advisory:


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
301 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN CLEVELAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 345 PM CDT

* AT 259 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS AND STORM SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO NEAR NEWCASTLE. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

THIS IS A TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR MOORE AND SOUTH OKLAHOMA CITY.

IN ADDITION TO A TORNADO...LARGE DESTRUCTIVE HAIL UP TO TENNIS BALL SIZE IS EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...MIDWEST CITY...MOORE...NEWCASTLE...STANLEY DRAPER LAKE...TINKER AIR FORCE BASE AND VALLEY BROOK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. IF YOU CANNOT GET UNDERGROUND GO TO A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A STURDY BUILDING NOW.

TAKE COVER NOW IN A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A STURDY BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS.


Figure 4. The annual number of EF-3 and stronger tornadoes, 1954 - 2012. The greatest number of these dangerous tornadoes was 131 in 1974, the year of the notorious "Super Outbreak." The minimum was just 15, set in 1987. The average is 43 per year. Image credit: NOAA.


Figure 5. Violent EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes make up only 1% of all tornadoes, but account for well over half of all deaths. Image credit: tornadoproject.com.

A very bad tornado in an otherwise quiet year for violent tornadoes
According to NOAA, the U.S. has averaged 43 EF-3 or stronger tornadoes per year during the period 1954 - 2012. With tornado season nearly half over, we are well below the average pace for these most dangerous tornadoes--only nine EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes have been recorded so far in 2013. An average year should have had at least fifteen of these tornadoes by this point in the year. Here are the nine EF-3 and stronger tornadoes so far in 2013:

EF-5, 200 - 210 mph winds, May 20, Moore, Oklahoma. Many deaths and injuries.
EF-4, 166 - 200 mph winds, May 19, Shawnee, Oklahoma. 2 deaths.
EF-4, 180 mph winds, May 15, Granbury, TX. 6 deaths, 24+ injuries.
EF-4, 165 - 185 mph winds, May 18, Rozel, Kansas.
EF-4, 170 mph winds, February 10, Hattiesburg, MS. 0 deaths, 82 injuries,
EF-3, 140 mph winds, May 15, Cleburne, TX. No deaths or injuries.
EF-3, 160 mph winds, January 30, Adairsville, GA. 1 death, 17 injuries, 363 buildings damaged or destroyed.
EF-3, 145 mph winds, April 11, Kemper County, AL. 1 death, 9 injuries.
EF-3, 136 - 165 mph winds, May 19, Luther - Carney, Oklahoma.

Moore tornado likely to be one of the five most damaging tornadoes in history
Moore has the unenviable distinction of having previously experienced the 4th costliest tornado in world history, the notorious May 3, 1999 Bridgecreek-Moore EF-5 tornado. There have been only six billion-dollar (2011 dollars) tornadoes in history:

1) Joplin, Missouri, May 22, 2011, $2.8 billion
2) Topeka, Kansas, June 8, 1966, $1.7 billion
3) Lubbock, Texas, May 11, 19780, $1.5 billion
4) Bridge Creek-Moore, Oklahoma, May 3, 1999, $1.4 billion
5) Xenia, Ohio, April 3, 1974, $1.1 billion
6) Omaha, Nebraska, May 6, 1975, $1 billion

The May 3, 1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado killed 36 people and injured 583. It damaged or destroyed 8132 homes, 1041 apartments, 260 businesses, 11 public buildings and seven churches. According to rough estimates of the size of the damaged area made by helicopters operated by news9.com and kfor.com, the damage footprint from the May 20, 2013 tornado is easily twice as large. I expect that after the damage tally from the May 20 tornado is added up, Moore will hold two of the top five spots on the list of most damaging tornadoes in history, and the May 20 tornado may approach the Joplin tornado as the costliest twister of all-time.


Figure 6. Severe weather outlook for Tuesday, May 21, calls for a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather over Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and small portions of Southeast Oklahoma and Northwest Louisiana. You can follow today's severe weather outbreak from our Severe Weather page.

Here we go again: Another big severe weather day today in the Midwest
The Moore tornado was the first of twenty tornadoes reported on May 20--the third consecutive day with twenty or more tornadoes in the Midwest. Each of these days had a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather, as advised by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC.) The SPC is calling for a fourth consecutive day with a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather today (Tuesday), with the greatest danger occurring over Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and small portions of Southeast Oklahoma and Northwest Louisiana. Once again, we can expect to see isolated supercells capable of spawning dangerous violent tornadoes during the late afternoon and early evening hours. The severe weather outbreak moves east and will begin to wind down on Wednesday, when only a "Slight Risk" of severe weather is expected over New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, plus northern portions of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland.


Video 1. Remarkable time-lapse sequence of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013, taken from a news helicopter.


Video 2. Stormchasers caught the dramatic sounds and sights of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado of May 20, 2013 as it moved through the city.


Video 3. Video of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado of May 20, 2013 taken from a smartphone as the tornado moved across an open field.

Jeff Lechus filmed this remarkable video from his car while trying to get to his son. The flying debris near his car was extremely dangerous, and he is lucky he is alive.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt discusses the deadliest tornadoes of all time in his April, 2011 post. Since that post, the Joplin, Missouri tornado of May 22, 2011, killed 158 people, making it the 7th deadliest tornado in history.

My post, 2011: Year of the Tornado from December 2011, detailing the remarkable tornado records set in 2011.

I saved a 10-frame animation of the radar reflectivity image from the Moore tornado here.

I greatly appreciate all the valuable links members of the WU community have posted here, and I have used many of them in my posts over the past day. Keep up the great work!

How to help
Portlight Strategies, an organization that supports disaster victims with disabilities, will be working with shelter operators and disability stakeholder organizations in Oklahoma to serve the needs of people with disabilities. Further information and how to offer additional support can be found on their website.

Donations can be made to American Red Cross disaster relief at redcross.org/weather or by texting WEATHER to 90999 to donate $10.

Donations can be made on The Salvation Army's website or by texting STORM to 80888 to donate $10. You can also call to make donations of other monetary amounts at (800) 725-2769.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
"The Moore, Oklahoma tornado has been rated EF-5... the first such twister this century." -- From our wonderful weather agency, AccuWeather


My reaction in GIF form...

Link

(Don't click on link if you're extremely sensitive to cussing)
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Quoting hydrus:
This is from the 1999 Moore OK storm.An F5 tornado from Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 3rd, 1999, wrapped a large four-wheel drive pickup around a utility pole, stripping most of the truck's sheet metal. Several other automobiles were strewn through the surrounding fields.
Date 7 May 1999

I know that doppler radar measured winds in excess of 300 mph in the 1999 tornado, but at what altitude was it measured?
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The San Juan radar will be up on Wednesday and it will have new tools.

Link

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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:



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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
"The Moore, Oklahoma tornado has been rated EF-5... the first such twister this century." -- From our wonderful weather agency, INAccuWeather


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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
"The Moore, Oklahoma tornado has been rated EF-5... the first such twister this century." -- From our wonderful weather agency, AccuWeather
May as well call it the first EF-5 ever... SMH.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
"The Moore, Oklahoma tornado has been rated EF-5... the first such twister this century." -- From our wonderful weather agency, AccuWeather


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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
"The Moore, Oklahoma tornado has been rated EF-5... the first such twister this century." -- From our wonderful weather agency, AccuWeather


Ha! :) But do you have a link for that? I don't see it.
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Quoting SLU:


The Trinidad radar was struck by lightning around April 2011 and has been down since then. Last thing I heard was that the TT Met Office was trying to order the damaged parts for the radar from overseas.

Thanks for the inf, SLU!
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"The Moore, Oklahoma tornado has been rated EF-5... the first such twister this century." -- From our wonderful weather agency, AccuWeather
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Quoting MississippiWx:
I thought I was bad at bowling, but Moore's EF-5 apparently needs to try a new sport. #gutterball

;-)


gutter fail ... I suck at bowling but I love trying.
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

I say Gulf system very unlikely I'm going with Cuba Florida plus overall GFS been predicting at Honduras Cayman Cuba and Florida storm from like the 17 of this month so yeah I'm going with Cuba/Florida plus CMC/GGEM and NOGAPS/NAVGEM agree with Cuba/Florida storm


We shall see! Nice to see that "Nogaps" is alive and kicking as Navgem. That model has in the long past been a spectacular outlier and correct. Even Jim Cantore came flying into my town and NOGAPS spoiled his day. When I went to say hello one morning, I got a great tour of the van and all the techno stuff they carry with them.

Nogaps seems to predict southward turns of westward moving systems better than the rest. I've done no statistics on this, just a gut feeling.
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Quoting MississippiWx:
I thought I was bad at bowling, but Moore's EF-5 apparently needs to try a new sport.

;-)


Weren't bowling balls thrown around by the tornado too? Rage quit after failing to knock down the pins maybe... ;)
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
There it is...#59:



The Arkansas hole! Seriously odd that every state bordering Arkansas has had at least 1 EF-5 tornado and Arkansas has had none.
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I thought I was bad at bowling, but Moore's EF-5 apparently needs to try a new sport. #gutterball

;-)

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Quoting BahaHurican:
Oklahoma senators embrace disaster aid after opposing Sandy relief bill

My favorite part:

"That's totally different," Inhofe told cable TV network MSNBC. "Everybody was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place. That won't happen in Oklahoma."

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who also opposed the Sandy appropriation because it was not offset with budget savings elsewhere, pledged to make a similar "pay-for" demand if further disaster funds were needed. For now, however, he was focused on getting aid to the victims.

"As the ranking member of the Senate committee that oversees FEMA, I can assure Oklahomans that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay," Coburn said in a statement.


The weather is showing them up as being as hypocritical as that guy from MS who opposed aid for Sandy after himself actively advocating for aid after Katrina. No matter how bold a face they try to put on it, they've got egg on that face.

People should get the emergency aid they need, and it shouldn't be tied to the politics of their state, or governor, or representative. I note Oklahoma residents aren't asking who their rescuers voted for, nor are the rescue crews checking to see whether the people living in an area voted the "right" way.


Agreed. I knew this was coming once I heard about the tornado yesterday.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Oklahoma senators embrace disaster aid after opposing Sandy relief bill

My favorite part:

"That's totally different," Inhofe told cable TV network MSNBC. "Everybody was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place. That won't happen in Oklahoma."

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who also opposed the Sandy appropriation because it was not offset with budget savings elsewhere, pledged to make a similar "pay-for" demand if further disaster funds were needed. For now, however, he was focused on getting aid to the victims.

"As the ranking member of the Senate committee that oversees FEMA, I can assure Oklahomans that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay," Coburn said in a statement.


The weather is showing them up as being as hypocritical as that guy from MS who opposed aid for Sandy after himself actively advocating for aid after Katrina. No matter how bold a face they try to put on it, they've got egg on that face.

People should get the emergency aid they need, and it shouldn't be tied to the politics of their state, or governor, or representative. I note Oklahoma residents aren't asking who their rescuers voted for, nor are the rescue crews checking to see whether the people living in an area voted the "right" way.


Got to love politics...

SARCASM FLAG: ON
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:



http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/21/18 5857916/why-oklahomans-dont-like-basements


Wow; cool read - I'm originally from Iowa and I always thought at that time, that basements were standard equipment. In all the places I've lived since, none of the houses had basements. Nevertheless, basements were once a fact of life to me.
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Quoting docrod:


The May 31st plus GFS model runs have been "hinting" at something tropical off the Yucatan for some time. There have been both Atlantic and Pacific solutions. In the Atlantic, most of the solutions have created a system that moved toward the Gulf and Texas through the Florida Panhandle. Lately, the solutions has been more toward the Keys and east of Florida.

Personally I'm betting on a Gulf solution with something weak.

I'm also going to take a loan out on the house and buy a ton of lottery tickets tomorrow! ;>) - take care

I say Gulf system very unlikely I'm going with Cuba Florida plus overall GFS been predicting at Honduras Cayman Cuba and Florida storm from like the 17 of this month so yeah I'm going with Cuba/Florida plus CMC/GGEM and NOGAPS/NAVGEM agree with Cuba/Florida storm
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Nashville, TN (KOHX) - Base Reflectivity (0.5)
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
My headlines from late weekend

Increased Storminess & Posible flooding In The Western Caribbean By Next Weekend; Possible Tropical Development Still In Play The Following Week In The Western Caribbean



That looks likely imho.
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My headlines from late weekend

Increased Storminess & Posible flooding In The Western Caribbean By Next Weekend; Possible Tropical Development Still In Play The Following Week In The Western Caribbean

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Quoting wunderkidcayman:
Quoting Civicane49:
There is a nice tropical wave over the central Atlantic moving generally westward. There is also a nice spin of that wave on the CIMSS Total Precipitable Water. The wave will continue to move westward and later west-northwestward and reach the Lesser Antilles by around next week. Development of this wave is possible in the western Caribbean as hinted on the GFS. Shear is forecast to lessen gradually across the Caribbean by the time the wave should arrive in this area.


You said Development of this wave is possible in the western Caribbean as hinted on the GFS. the only wave that GFS develops is the one in the caribbean now moves into E Pac become a storm then the system makes landfall and moves back over the NW Caribbean and redevlops into storm


The May 31st plus GFS model runs have been "hinting" at something tropical off the Yucatan for some time. There have been both Atlantic and Pacific solutions. In the Atlantic, most of the solutions have created a system that moved toward the Gulf and Texas through the Florida Panhandle. Lately, the solutions has been more toward the Keys and east of Florida.

Personally I'm betting on a Gulf solution with something weak.

I'm also going to take a loan out on the house and buy a ton of lottery tickets tomorrow! ;>) - take care
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Quoting docrod:


Got it - thank you

Link


No prob
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Oh gosh, I hadn't even noticed. What's with that kid's obsession with WU?
Perhaps revenge.You would've thunk it got old the first two times..
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Quoting Civicane49:
There is a nice tropical wave over the central Atlantic moving generally westward. There is also a nice spin of that wave on the CIMSS Total Precipitable Water. The wave will continue to move westward and later west-northwestward and reach the Lesser Antilles by around next week. Development of this wave is possible in the western Caribbean as hinted on the GFS. Shear is forecast to lessen gradually across the Caribbean by the time the wave should arrive in this area.


You said Development of this wave is possible in the western Caribbean as hinted on the GFS. the only wave that GFS develops is the one in the caribbean now moves into E Pac become a storm then the system makes landfall and moves back over the NW Caribbean and redevlops into storm
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Well, our power just went out here... I'm using battery backup for internet access. lightning is still pretty fierce.....
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Quoting washingtonian115:
The name says it all Teddy...


Oh gosh, I hadn't even noticed. What's with that kid's obsession with WU?
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Floyd peaked at 155mph.

Hurricanes like Wilma, for example, peaked at 185mph.
The name says it all Teddy...
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

Cayman radar is compleated and operational for a good while and is also online now you may find news about it on cayman27.com.ky and find the radar on the CI's NWS website and is now on crownweather.com tropical page(for the past 2 days now)


Got it - thank you

Link
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

Cayman radar is compleated and operational for a good while and is also online now you may find news about it on cayman27.com.ky and find the radar on the CI's NWS website and is now on crownweather.com tropical page(for the past 2 days now)


thank you - as I said, checked the link today - checking all my links - going to take a week!! ;>)

just misread your post - correction below
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Quoting docrod:


I have the Curacao link at work - it is working as of this afternoon - working on all the rest. I'll post the links tomorrow. If you want the list please pm me. Jamaica has been down for a long time. I'm still trying to find out if the Cayman Doppler will ever get completed. If anyone has news on that please pm me.

Cayman radar is compleated and operational for a good while and is also online now you may find news about it on cayman27.com.ky and find the radar on the CI's NWS website and is now on crownweather.com tropical page(for the past 2 days now)
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Quoting hydrus:
This is from the 1999 Moore OK storm.An F5 tornado from Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 3rd, 1999, wrapped a large four-wheel drive pickup around a utility pole, stripping most of the truck's sheet metal. Several other automobiles were strewn through the surrounding fields.
Date 7 May 1999


Apology ahead of time - that looks like "art" for "burning man".
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Quoting anotherwrongyear:
AT ONE POINT IN THE ATLANTIC hurricane floyd had sustained winds of 165mph with gust at 225mph


Floyd peaked at 155mph.

Hurricanes like Wilma, for example, peaked at 185mph.
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There it is...#59:

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
What winds of 210 mph do to a vehicle:

This is from the 1999 Moore OK storm.An F5 tornado from Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 3rd, 1999, wrapped a large four-wheel drive pickup around a utility pole, stripping most of the truck's sheet metal. Several other automobiles were strewn through the surrounding fields.
Date 7 May 1999
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An reason for the musical cars. (You! Yes! You behind the bikesheds! Stand still, laddie!")

Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
It's too close for comfort. An Oklahoma resident captured terrifying footage of a tornado forming.. that is believed to be the same one that tore through the town of Moore. The YouTube clip by a man named, Charles Cook, is called, "The birth of the May 20, 2013 tornado".

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Quoting BahaHurican:
Oklahoma senators embrace disaster aid after opposing Sandy relief bill

My favorite part:

"That's totally different," Inhofe told cable TV network MSNBC. "Everybody was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place. That won't happen in Oklahoma."

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who also opposed the Sandy appropriation because it was not offset with budget savings elsewhere, pledged to make a similar "pay-for" demand if further disaster funds were needed. For now, however, he was focused on getting aid to the victims.

"As the ranking member of the Senate committee that oversees FEMA, I can assure Oklahomans that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay," Coburn said in a statement.


The weather is showing them up as being as hypocritical as that guy from MS who opposed aid for Sandy after himself actively advocating for aid after Katrina. No matter how bold a face they try to put on it, they've got egg on that face.

People should get the emergency aid they need, and it shouldn't be tied to the politics of their state, or governor, or representative. I note Oklahoma residents aren't asking who their rescuers voted for, nor are the rescue crews checking to see whether the people living in an area voted the "right" way.



Big SIGH - turns TV off
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Wow, so we had a terrible disaster repeat in the same city with a tornado. Let's hope we don't have the same thing with a hurricane this year.
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Oklahoma senators embrace disaster aid after opposing Sandy relief bill

My favorite part:

"That's totally different," Inhofe told cable TV network MSNBC. "Everybody was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place. That won't happen in Oklahoma."

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who also opposed the Sandy appropriation because it was not offset with budget savings elsewhere, pledged to make a similar "pay-for" demand if further disaster funds were needed. For now, however, he was focused on getting aid to the victims.

"As the ranking member of the Senate committee that oversees FEMA, I can assure Oklahomans that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay," Coburn said in a statement.


The weather is showing them up as being as hypocritical as that guy from MS who opposed aid for Sandy after himself actively advocating for aid after Katrina. No matter how bold a face they try to put on it, they've got egg on that face.

People should get the emergency aid they need, and it shouldn't be tied to the politics of their state, or governor, or representative. I note Oklahoma residents aren't asking who their rescuers voted for, nor are the rescue crews checking to see whether the people living in an area voted the "right" way.
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508. SLU
Quoting nigel20:

Hey Tropics!

Our radar as well as the Trinidad radar have been down for sometime. The Met service of Jamaica said that their radar was recently repaired and is now ready for the hurricane season, but it's not available on their website...hopefully it will be back on their website in the near future as it's a great tool to have during the hurricane season. It seems as if the Trinidad radar is still down, but maybe our friends in Trinidad can gives us more info on their radar.


The Trinidad radar was struck by lightning around April 2011 and has been down since then. Last thing I heard was that the TT Met Office was trying to order the damaged parts for the radar from overseas.
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What winds of 210 mph do to a vehicle:

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Doctor Masters,

What does it take to become a meteorologist? I am thinking about becoming one myself. I am already involved in the Skywarn program, and I have seen a few things in the year I have been doing this. :) What type of degrees from College must you have? :)

Thanks.

AETHOMAS
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Quoting nigel20:

The met service of Jamaica said that their radar is now up and runnuing, but it may not be available on their website until about July.


I'll be watching - thank you!!
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Quoting snotly:
I remember seeing this photo when I was young.

I was wondering if the actual tornado was to the right and if this was just a satellite funnel?

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Anyone know this tornado? Something makes me think it was in Montgomery, AL.


You're on the NOAA photo library. They should have documentation?
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It's too close for comfort. An Oklahoma resident captured terrifying footage of a tornado forming.. that is believed to be the same one that tore through the town of Moore. The YouTube clip by a man named, Charles Cook, is called, "The birth of the May 20, 2013 tornado".

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Quoting docrod:


I have the Curacao link at work - it is working as of this afternoon - working on all the rest. I'll post the links tomorrow. If you want the list please pm me. Jamaica has been down for a long time. I'm still trying to find out if the Cayman Doppler will ever get completed. If anyone has news on that please pm me.

The met service of Jamaica said that their radar is now up and runnuing, but it may not be available on their website until about July.
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I remember seeing this photo when I was young.

I was wondering if the actual tornado was to the right and if this was just a satellite funnel?

Link

Anyone know this tornado? Something makes me think it was in Montgomery, AL.
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