Tornadoes, Floods, and Severe Thunderstorms Continue in the Midwest

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:46 PM GMT on May 31, 2013

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It was yet another active day for tornadoes, flooding, and severe thunderstorms in the Midwest on Thursday, with NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) logging 16 preliminary tornado reports. Twisters touched down in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Illinois. The tornadoes missed heavily populated areas for the most part, but seven people were injured in Arkansas in two separate tornadoes, and two other people were hurt by lightning. The severe weather forced organizers of the outdoor Wakarusa Music Festival north of Ozark, Arkansas to delay the start of the festival. The band "Widespread Panic" was one of the groups scheduled to perform, leading to an Associated Press headline from yesterday titled, "Nine hurt in Arkansas storm; Widespread Panic delayed." Heavy rains from this week's thunderstorms have pushed the Mississippi River to major flood stage at most places from Burlington Iowa to Quincy Illinois, and the river is expected to crest near major flood stage at St. Louis early next week. In Iowa, the Cedar River at Cedar Falls, the Iowa River at Marengo, and the Skunk River near Sigourney and at Augusta are also in major flood. The latest forecast from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center calls for a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather today (Friday) over much of Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa in Oklahoma, and Joplin, Missouri, with the potential for several strong EF-2 and EF-3 tornadoes.


Figure 1. Lightning strike from a severe thunderstorm near Guthrie, Oklahoma on May 30, 2013, as photographed by KFOR-TV. (AP Photo/KFOR-TV)


Figure 2. Severe weather outlook for Thursday, May 30, calls for a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather over much of Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa in Oklahoma, and Joplin, Missouri. You can follow today's severe weather outbreak from our Severe Weather page.

A mostly quiet year for violent tornadoes
After a very quiet March, April, and first half of May, the U.S. tornado season has become very active during the last half of May, and is beginning to catch up to normal. TWC's tornado expert Dr. Greg Forbes has a preliminary count of 181 tornadoes for the month of May, through May 29, which is 35% below the 10-year average of 279 through May 29th. May 2012 had only 121 tornadoes. The 2013 tornado tally has risen significantly in the last half of May, due to 7 of the last 15 days having above-average numbers of tornadoes. Fortunately, we are well below-average for strong and violent EF-3, EF-4, and EF-5 tornadoes so far in 2013. 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, only twelve EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes have been recorded so far in 2013. An average year should have had at least twenty of these tornadoes by this point in the year. Here are the twelve EF-3 and stronger tornadoes so far in 2013, as detailed in Wikipedia's excellent Tornadoes of 2013 page:

EF-5, May 20, Moore, Oklahoma. 24 deaths, 377 injuries, $2 billion in damage.
EF-4, May 28, Ottawa County, Kansas. Intensity based on mobile Doppler radar data. See the Capital Weather Gang's description of this tornado.
EF-4, May 19, Shawnee, Oklahoma. 2 deaths, 6 injuries.
EF-4, May 15, Granbury, TX. 6 deaths, 24+ injuries.
EF-4, May 18, Rozel, Kansas.
EF-4, February 10, Hattiesburg, MS. 0 deaths, 82 injuries.
EF-3, Corning, KS, May 28.
EF-3, May 27, Lebanon - Esbon, KS. 1 injured. Wind gust of 175 mph measured by TIV2 intercept vehicle.
EF-3, May 15, Cleburne, TX. No deaths or injuries.
EF-3, January 30, Adairsville, GA. 1 death, 17 injuries, 363 buildings damaged or destroyed.
EF-3, April 11, Kemper County, AL. 1 death, 9 injuries.
EF-3, May 19, Luther - Carney, Oklahoma.


Figure 3. 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.


Video 1. Impressive 2-minute timelapse of the Bennington, Kansas wedge tornado of May 28, 2013, as filmed by the Aussie Storm Chasers. As discussed in an excellent blog post by Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang, the violent EF-4 tornado stood still for nearly an hour, and had wind gusts as high as 264 mph at an altitude of 300 feet measured by Doppler on Wheels.

Remains of Hurricane Barbara bringing heavy rains to Mexico
Hurricane Barbara died on Thursday as it attempted to cross Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec into the southernmost Gulf of Mexico. While there is no low level circulation apparent on satellite loops this Friday morning, there is a bit of spin at middle levels of the atmosphere, and the remains of Barbara are kicking up some heavy thunderstorm activity over the southernmost Gulf of Mexico and adjacent land areas of Mexico. Wind shear is a high 20 knots in the region, and the area of disturbed weather is quite small, so I don't expect any development to occur over the next few days. Wind shear is predicted to remain high over the Gulf of Mexico for the next six days, and none of the reliable computers models is calling for tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic during that period. Late next week, wind shear is predicted to drop, and there is a better chance for tropical cyclone development in the Gulf of Mexico or Western Caribbean. Both the GFS and ECMWF models suggest that a strong tropical disturbance with heavy rains may affect Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Western Cuba, and the Southwest Florida by Friday next week.


Figure 4. Remains of Hurricane Barbara in the southernmost Gulf of Mexico as seen by MODIS at 12:05 pm EDT Thursday, May 30, 2013. Barbara had just been declared dead one hour prior to this photo. Image credit: NASA.

Saturday, June 1, is the first day of hurricane season, and I'll post a quick look at what we might expect to see in June.

Jeff Masters

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This was one of the easiest chase days ever. Left Salina, Ks and thought about going after the storms to the NW but turned back after about 15 miles when the storm that spawned this tornado went up. Me and my group setup just west of Bennington about 20 minutes before this tornado touched down, catching a brief rope tornado about 10 minutes before this tornado touched down. It sat almost stationary for about 45 and we watched it's entire life cycle without having to move.
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Quoting ncstorm:
I dont know where some of yall were last year but both Debby and Issac caused flooding in Florida

Isaac's flooding lessons could cost South Florida too much to fix

Image from Debby..


Yes you are correct, however the area's that were flooded were primarily Rural low lying country land, the east metro area's were not flooded.

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keeper time for the moving eyes
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Quoting FIUStormChaser:


Yeah, and Six Weeks is an enormous amount of time to be without running Water and Electricity. Yes I will be out as soon as a Category Four or Five gets within 300 miles of here. The peninsula of Florida is a death trap.


yes, six weeks without power sucked - especially when I would forget to leave the flashlight by the front door when I got home. LOL
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season had officially started.


Here we go!!!!!!!!
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1505. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
there is no going back now 182 days of hurricane season remains
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Quoting daddyjames:


Fay was, to say the least, highly unusual.

Unless you live on the coast, and are impacted by storm surge, the major flooding events that occur - well while I lived there (and I lived there most of my life)- were due to stalled cold fronts that would sit and dump rain for days.

The rain you are experiencing is the similar - a stalled (is it an Upper Level Low, or trough of low pressure) that is feeding rain in bands over the state.

be glad your not in the Bahamas right now - ask Baha.



I've been following the blog everyday and I know he is getting hammered right now. I live in Mims about 1.5 miles from the seashore.
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Quoting floridaT:
plus your the one said earlier you wouldnt risk your life to go to work


no, I said that. And I will stand by it.
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1502. sar2401
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
From acting under secretary Cathy Sullivan:
-----------------------------------------------

To All Employees,

The events over the past week, including more devastating tornadoes tonight in Oklahoma and Missouri, remind us how important every single employee within NOAA is to the health, safety, and well-being of this nation. I want to thank you all for continued commitment and dedication even in times of danger to your lives, families, and property. The work you do truly is important to each and every American from coast to coast.

That is precisely why I'm pleased to report that this evening the Department of Commerce transmitted a plan to Congress that will avoid all furloughs in NOAA. This was possible because of an increase in flexibility in how we use our funding within the Department.

Because of this new development we are cancelling our intent to furlough all 12,000 of our employees.

As you all know, sequestration required NOAA to make significant cuts to its budget for the remainder of this fiscal year. We had to make some painful decisions and choices, but all of those decisions were aimed at mitigating effects on our critical missions and services, and our employees. We have implemented a hiring freeze, limited travel and training, and cut grant and contract funding, in addition to many others.

For weeks, we have been working diligently to present a plan that represented the best way to ensure that we met these goals within the financial resources we have been given. When we initially received our appropriation in late March, some of our colleagues were facing up to 10 days of furlough, while others were facing up to 20. This was neither acceptable nor executable. Therefore, we looked for every other option possible to manage through these serious fiscal challenges, including the proposal we have been communicating with all of you this past month.

While this new plan allows us to avoid furloughs, sequestration remains an ongoing challenge. We must all continue to scrutinize every expense and prioritize our most critical missions and essential operations.

I know the past two months have been difficult and uncertain. Our number one priority during this time was to protect our mission and our employees. I%u2019m glad that the Department was able to support this goal. I will continue to share information as I am able and encourage your Line and Staff Office Directors to do the same.

Thank you,

Kathy


Wait, they were going to furlough all 12,000 employees of NOAA but managed not to do it by "an increase in our flexibility"? There must be more to this story than this memo.
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1501. docrod
Open for business
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Fair enough. Many storm chasers did made mistake chasing after that strong tornado. However, there's no need to attack their passion for weather.


This is not only their passion for weather, but the need to get the shot - regardless of the risk. Unfortunately, one of these days one of them are going to get killed.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season had officially started.


Had?

Lol, Know what you mean. Go CDT!
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Quoting tropicalnewbee:


Thank you very much for the info! I will save it to my tropical favorites folder.


Your welcome. This site of Radars and other Models might help as well: Link

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321,HURRICANE SEASON.
TWC TROPICAL UPDATE COMES IN.
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1496. Dsntslp
NCStorm,

Yes, it was last year we flooded here. I remember my grandsons school flooded just a block away from us. I think I still have pics on file that I posted here when it happened.

G'nite again all.
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Quoting sar2401:

A "rich life like I had"? Having to go over cliffs to rescue people was because their lives were in danger. Having to get shot at by people who wanted to do harm to others was not a rich experience - it came with the job. I guess I'm not getting the analogy between chasing tornadoes for fun and profit and my 27 years of hopefully being some benefit to society because of my work.
plus your the one said earlier you wouldnt risk your life to go to work
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Hurricane Season 2013! May you give us many Biils, Igors, and Earls this hurricane season. Be safe everyone, this should be one heck of a ride. Its the most wonderful time of the year! Link
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
From acting under secretary Cathy Sullivan:
-----------------------------------------------

To All Employees,

The events over the past week, including more devastating tornadoes tonight in Oklahoma and Missouri, remind us how important every single employee within NOAA is to the health, safety, and well-being of this nation.

Thank you,

Kathy


Which is why they should not have to endure the sequestration at all . . .
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Happy 2013 hurricane season based on EDT!
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2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season has officially started.
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and violate citizens rights
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Quoting sar2401:

Actually, I have done it myself, as an advanced storm spotter for the NWS. One of the first things we learned was that, if somehting on radar looks suspicious and it's rain wrapped, turn around and go real fast the other way. It's not hard to tell which way the storm is not going to come, and we couldn't give any useful information to the NWS if we couldn't see anything until after the tornado went through.
Fair enough. Many storm chasers did made mistake chasing after that strong tornado. However, there's no need to attack their passion for weather.
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Quoting sar2401:

A "rich life like I had"? Having to go over cliffs to rescue people was because their lives were in danger. Having to get shot at by people who wanted to do harm to others was not a rich experience - it came with the job. I guess I'm not getting the analogy between chasing tornadoes for fun and profit and my 27 years of hopefully being some benefit to society because of my work.
just stop you hassled kids thats what cops do
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Quoting daddyjames:


Yes, I know - right after I left, it stopped . . . Fed Hwy is a PITA. And if there is a Hurricane, and your thinking about going upstate to escape it - plan on leaving well before they issue the Hurricane warning. Otherwise, you will find yourself stuck on the highway/turnpike and won't find a hotel room until you hit the FL/GA border.


Yeah, and Six Weeks is an enormous amount of time to be without running Water and Electricity. Yes I will be out as soon as a Category Four or Five gets within 300 miles of here. The peninsula of Florida is a death trap.
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wow we dont need those air traffic controllers {till everyone is delayed} and we dont need those weather guys {till we have weather}
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1485. sar2401
Quoting floridaT:
so then why would you not want them to enjoy a rich life like you had? or has law hardend you?

A "rich life like I had"? Having to go over cliffs to rescue people was because their lives were in danger. Having to get shot at by people who wanted to do harm to others was not a rich experience - it came with the job. I guess I'm not getting the analogy between chasing tornadoes for fun and profit and my 27 years of hopefully being some benefit to society because of my work.
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Quoting tropicalnewbee:


I moved here in '08 and the worst I have experienced was Fay that year. Don't get me wrong we have had our fair share of strong dailies dumping rain, but f the models have been contending that we are going to get hit by a tropical system, I wanted to know from any of the regulars what they think of this strange model consensus and if anyone has/can post the most recent runs.


Fay was, to say the least, highly unusual.

Unless you live on the coast, and are impacted by storm surge, the major flooding events that occur - well while I lived there (and I lived there most of my life)- were due to stalled cold fronts that would sit and dump rain for days.

The rain you are experiencing is the similar - a stalled (is it an Upper Level Low, or trough of low pressure) that is feeding rain in bands over the state.

be glad your not in the Bahamas right now - ask Baha.

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1483. Patrap
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1482. whitewabit (Mod)
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Oh it's not hard. The Tornado Hunt crew was moving north as the cell tracked southeast, putting them out of the way of the tornado. Only problem is that the tornado rapidly changed paths to the northeast, and the team got caught in a small yet very violent satellite tornado around the main wedge.


the saying One should cover your a** fits here .. no one was paying attention to what was behind them .. satellite tornados are a normal occurrence and they should have been on the alert for one ..
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1481. Patrap

395
WFUS54 KTSA 010351
TORTSA
OKC035-041-010415-
/O.NEW.KTSA.TO.W.0055.130601T0351Z-130601T0415Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
1051 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN CRAIG COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
NORTHWESTERN DELAWARE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 1115 PM CDT

* AT 1048 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WHITE OAK...MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE...
VINITA...BLUEJACKET AND BERNICE.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 44 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 276 AND 293.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IF YOU ARE NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM...TAKE COVER NOW! IF NO
UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS AVAILABLE MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR. MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES SHOULD BE ABANDONED FOR MORE
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. AVOID WINDOWS!

NIGHTTIME TORNADOES ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS...TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU
WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE OR HEAR IT COMING...IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A
SAFE PLACE!



LAT...LON 3673 9499 3668 9500 3667 9494 3661 9489
3653 9522 3664 9530 3681 9506
TIME...MOT...LOC 0351Z 240DEG 24KT 3661 9519

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1480. aquak9
An act of God is hard to follow.

The Red Cross does it every day.

Thank you for your support.

Go in peace.
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From acting under secretary Cathy Sullivan:
-----------------------------------------------

To All Employees,

The events over the past week, including more devastating tornadoes tonight in Oklahoma and Missouri, remind us how important every single employee within NOAA is to the health, safety, and well-being of this nation. I want to thank you all for continued commitment and dedication even in times of danger to your lives, families, and property. The work you do truly is important to each and every American from coast to coast.

That is precisely why I'm pleased to report that this evening the Department of Commerce transmitted a plan to Congress that will avoid all furloughs in NOAA. This was possible because of an increase in flexibility in how we use our funding within the Department.

Because of this new development we are cancelling our intent to furlough all 12,000 of our employees.

As you all know, sequestration required NOAA to make significant cuts to its budget for the remainder of this fiscal year. We had to make some painful decisions and choices, but all of those decisions were aimed at mitigating effects on our critical missions and services, and our employees. We have implemented a hiring freeze, limited travel and training, and cut grant and contract funding, in addition to many others.

For weeks, we have been working diligently to present a plan that represented the best way to ensure that we met these goals within the financial resources we have been given. When we initially received our appropriation in late March, some of our colleagues were facing up to 10 days of furlough, while others were facing up to 20. This was neither acceptable nor executable. Therefore, we looked for every other option possible to manage through these serious fiscal challenges, including the proposal we have been communicating with all of you this past month.

While this new plan allows us to avoid furloughs, sequestration remains an ongoing challenge. We must all continue to scrutinize every expense and prioritize our most critical missions and essential operations.

I know the past two months have been difficult and uncertain. Our number one priority during this time was to protect our mission and our employees. I%u2019m glad that the Department was able to support this goal. I will continue to share information as I am able and encourage your Line and Staff Office Directors to do the same.

Thank you,

Kathy
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1478. ncstorm
I dont know where some of yall were last year but both Debby and Issac caused flooding in Florida

Isaac's flooding lessons could cost South Florida too much to fix

Image from Debby..
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For the person who inquired about Earlier model runs, the 00z will be out soon.

This was the 12z Euro Run depicting some time of system heading towards the Tampa Bay area : http://raleighwx.americanwx.com/models/euro/12zeur otropical500mbSLP_loop.html


This was the 12z GFS depicting a very weak system crossing the peninsula:
http://raleighwx.americanwx.com/models/gfs/12zgfs 500mbHGHTPMSLtropicalGFSLoop.html

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Quoting FIUStormChaser:


Model Page: http://moe.met.fsu.edu/tcgengifs/


Link


Thank you very much for the info! I will save it to my tropical favorites folder.
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1475. sar2401
Quoting Bluestorm5:
You do realized it's hard to tell the direction of an tornado, right? Also, it's hard to escape an tornado in a rural road if the tornado somehow came to you. Geez, don't take a stab at storm chasers until you done it yourself!

Actually, I have done it myself, as an advanced storm spotter for the NWS. One of the first things we learned was that, if somehting on radar looks suspicious and it's rain wrapped, turn around and go real fast the other way. It's not hard to tell which way the storm is not going to come, and we couldn't give any useful information to the NWS if we couldn't see anything until after the tornado went through.
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Breaking news as reported by Brandon Sullivan (guy in the video you've probably seen on CNN/TWC this evening; works at SPC and NWS Norman) and Cory Martin (NWS met. in North Platte)...there will no NOAA furloughs.
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Quoting FIUStormChaser:
The last significant Tropical System to directly influence South Florida or Central Florida was Fay in 2008.

The last significant Tropical System to directly influence North or Northwest Florida was Beryl in 2012

The last significant Tropical System to influence the Carolinas was Sandy in 2012 (Eh**)

The last significant Tropical System to influence Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast was in 2008 (Ike?)


And the last significant storm to impact SoFL was Wilma (2005?) - I was living in Broward at the time. Six weeks without power.
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Quoting sar2401:

I spent 27 years in law enforcement and search and rescue. Many times, I was the one on TV. I've got lots of real life experiences to tell my grandchildren. Now that I'm retired, I get to sit in my easy chair and let those young folks have all the fun, assuming they make it to my age. I take it you must have led a very exciting life, since you seem to think people you don't know have been couch potatoes their whole lives.
so then why would you not want them to enjoy a rich life like you had? or has law hardend you?
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Quoting sar2401:

"I saw my life flash before my eyes," Bettes said in a live phone interview..." Classic line, Mike. I guess you found out your "heavy SUV" is no match for a tornado. I thought you guys had things like radar on board. How did you let yourselves get in the middle of a rain wrapped tornado?

Oh it's not hard. The Tornado Hunt crew was moving north as the cell tracked southeast, putting them out of the way of the tornado. Only problem is that the tornado rapidly changed paths to the northeast, and the team got caught in a small yet very violent satellite tornado around the main wedge.
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Quoting FIUStormChaser:


Nope it still is there lol, and Federal Hwy is a horrible commute every day.

It's been seven years since a Hurricane has hit Florida, (although Beryl can be included for the extreme northern tip of Florida bordering Georgia), I'm sure that has actually brought down insurance costs, I don't want a Hurricane anytime soon.


Yes, I know - right after I left, it stopped . . . Fed Hwy is a PITA. And if there is a Hurricane, and your thinking about going upstate to escape it - plan on leaving well before they issue the Hurricane warning. Otherwise, you will find yourself stuck on the highway/turnpike and won't find a hotel room until you hit the FL/GA border.
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Quoting tropicalnewbee:


I moved here in '08 and the worst I have experienced was Fay that year. Don't get me wrong we have had our fair share of strong dailies dumping rain, but f the models have been contending that we are going to get hit by a tropical system, I wanted to know from any of the regulars what they think of this strange model consensus and if anyone has/can post the most recent runs.


Model Page: http://moe.met.fsu.edu/tcgengifs/


Link
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Quoting sar2401:

There's a reason why I'm in my easy chair, as you put it, and not out trying to get in the middle of a tornado, and it has to do with a reasonable fear of serious physical harm or death. These guys chose, for commercial gain, to chase storms, and the storm almost got them. Still, it's better than working at Walmart, right?

or they could, y'know, be gathering data so we can learn more about tornadoes?
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Very interesting feature.
Lets take a poll to kickoff the hurricane season!
When will we see our first named storm?
(A) First week of June.
(B) Second week of June.

(C) Third week of June.
(D) Fourth week of June.
(E) After June.

Any of you guys think we start off the season with a yellow circle somewhere?


B... Shear is too high for first week of June...
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1466. sar2401
Quoting floridaT:
you go ahead and grow old in your easy chair , tell your grandkids what ya saw on tv, I myself would rather tell them about real life experience as those young men will some day. I dont wanna die in a easy chair. I wanna go "with my boots on"

I spent 27 years in law enforcement and search and rescue. Many times, I was the one on TV. I've got lots of real life experiences to tell my grandchildren. Now that I'm retired, I get to sit in my easy chair and let those young folks have all the fun, assuming they make it to my age. I take it you must have led a very exciting life, since you seem to think people you don't know have been couch potatoes their whole lives.
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keeper in 15 more minuets its hurricane season, time to bring back that avitar with the moving eyes
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Quoting FIUStormChaser:


Nope it still is there lol, and Federal Hwy is a horrible commute every day.

It's been seven years since a Hurricane has hit Florida, (although Beryl can be included for the extreme northern tip of Florida bordering Georgia), I'm sure that has actually brought down insurance costs, I don't want a Hurricane anytime soon.


Actually, insurance costs jumped in Florida this year again. Mine went up by 18% just this year, right after the hurricane forecasts came out. Absolutely ridiculous.

I think we might have some early storms next week or so.
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Quoting sar2401:

"I saw my life flash before my eyes," Bettes said in a live phone interview..." Classic line, Mike. I guess you found out your "heavy SUV" is no match for a tornado. I thought you guys had things like radar on board. How did you let yourselves get in the middle of a rain wrapped tornado?
You do realized it's hard to tell the direction of an tornado, right? Also, it's hard to escape an tornado in a rural road if the tornado somehow came to you. Geez, don't take a stab at storm chasers until you done it yourself!
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The last significant Tropical System to directly influence South Florida or Central Florida was Fay in 2008.

The last significant Tropical System to directly influence North or Northwest Florida was Beryl in 2012

The last significant Tropical System to influence the Carolinas was Sandy in 2012 (Eh**)

The last significant Tropical System to influence Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast was in 2008 (Ike?)
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Quoting Dsntslp:
Hiya!

It has been my experience, in 42 years of living in the Treasure Coast area of FL, that as long as the drainage canals remain unclogged, we do not flood.

Have a great night.


Hi back atcha!

More than half of the east coast of South Florida is built upon what used to be the Everglades which is not much above sea level (I believe my folks house is 1 foot above MSL).

The only reason it does not flood is because of all the canals and the vast network of pumps. I can count on one hand when it flooded. And this was very unusual events of extremely heavy rain.

In the Treasure coast, i believe that you are a few more feet above sea level. yes, if it weren't for the canals . . .
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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.

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