Tornadoes kill 21 in Missouri and Oklahoma

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:44 PM GMT on May 11, 2008

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Killer tornadoes swept through Oklahoma and Missouri, yesterday, killing at least 21 people. Hardest hit were the towns of Picher, OK, where seven died, and Seneca, MO, where ten died. Damage photos I saw from these towns showed buildings swept clean from their foundations, indicative of at least EF-4 damage, and possibly EF-5. Yesterday's deaths brings the 2008 U.S. tornado death toll up to 96--the most tornado fatalities since 1998, when 130 people died. With at least another month left in peak tornado season, 2008 already ranks as the 12th deadliest year in the 59-year record.


Figure 1. Storm damage reports from the Saturday, May 10 tornado outbreak. Image credit: NOAA Storm Prediction Center.

Today's severe weather forecast
Severe weather is not done with the region yet--the Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the Southeast under their "Slight Risk" category for severe weather today. Two tornadoes have already been reported today, one in Georgia, and one in Kentucky. The Weather Underground Severe Weather page and Tornado page are good places to go to follow today's severe weather. A more significant chance of tornadoes and severe weather is expected Wednesday and Thursday over the deep south, from eastern Texas to Alabama.

Storm chasing with Mike Theiss
No word yet from Wunderblogger Mike Theiss on which storms he intercepted during yesterday's mayhem. Mike is in Tornado Alley this week, performing his annual chase efforts. Be sure to catch his spectacular photos and chase accounts.

Jeff Masters

Tornado over McAlester, OK (obso)
Another view of tornado from downtown McAlester.
Tornado over McAlester, OK
Rainbow Left, Funnel Right, House Middle (Californiaboy)
The back edge of a tornadic storm as it left the town of Tom Bean, TX. This storm produced several weak funnels, none of which I ever saw touch down. Still a breathtaking site.
Rainbow Left, Funnel Right, House Middle
Wallcloud near Lacrosse, Kansas (MikeTheiss)
Photo of a wallcloud crossing road near lacrosse, Kansas on May 25, 2008. Photo copyight Mike Theiss
Wallcloud near Lacrosse, Kansas

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204. stormdude77
10:00 PM AST on May 11, 2008
Hi DDR...
203. all4hurricanes
1:58 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
7 inches of rain when I went out I was wearing a poncho but my pants and my shirt were soaking when I got in my cell phone still worked through the storm when i get the videos and pictures on the computer I'll make a link or something. I't still raining
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201. pottery
9:56 PM AST on May 11, 2008
Hi, DDR.
Yeah, a wave off to the east may indeed give us showers Tues/Wed.
Hope it does not stay too far south though. The ITCZ has not moved north much, as yet.
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200. CaneAddict
1:56 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Stormdude, the MDR is indeed beginning to warm up nicely!

Anyway folks, I am off to bed night all!

Joshs Weather Center
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198. pottery
9:55 PM AST on May 11, 2008
Another good looking one coming off Africa tomorow, 77.
May be that one ?
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196. DDR
1:51 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Goodnight everyone
Pottery how are things?
Looks like we'll get some rain soon doesn't it.
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195. stormdude77
9:52 PM AST on May 11, 2008
SSTs in the GOM are starting to warm up. Also, what do you notice about the MDR (is it warming up as well)?

193. pottery
9:53 PM AST on May 11, 2008
Michael, are you the Doomcaster? LOL man, LOL
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191. stormdude77
9:49 PM AST on May 11, 2008
Yeah Pottery, but I don't think I'll get much (if any), though...I'm too far north
189. Tazmanian
6:48 PM PDT on May 11, 2008
thanks STL
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188. Tazmanian
6:47 PM PDT on May 11, 2008
add this site to your links if you love severe weather this is the site for you this is a site where you can SevereStudios Live ChaseCam Network with out paying $1,000 to go Chase and its free i was tracking matt and brett last night this site is a most have and they have a chat room there has well

Link
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186. MichaelSTL
8:42 PM CDT on May 11, 2008
Taz, here (also see the original post, #145)

It might give a password prompt, but just click OK (you also need Powerpoint to view it, you can use this download if you don't have it).
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185. pottery
9:43 PM AST on May 11, 2008
Hi, Dude 77. Still waiting for the rain ?
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183. stormdude77
9:35 PM AST on May 11, 2008
I may be wrong...but the GFS looks to be forecasting a rather active ITCZ, over the next couple of weeks (I know it's far out, just something to keep an eye on; the ITCZ looks pretty active already, though)...
182. nrtiwlnvragn
1:36 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Wow... How did you find that? I didn't think the NHC allowed us to see what they were thinking about the season before they released their forecast.

Yeah, I stumbled across it and was hesitant to post it thinking I should not have had access, but I didn't do anything special finding it. Also, its the Navy guy and may just be his thinking not the NHC.
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180. Tazmanian
6:36 PM PDT on May 11, 2008
179. MichaelSTL 6:36 PM PDT on May 11, 2008
145. nrtiwlnvragn 7:55 PM CDT on May 11, 2008
Powerpoint Presentation from TPC An Early Perspective of the 2008 Hurricane Season


Wow... How did you find that? I didn't think the NHC allowed us to see what they were thinking about the season before they released their forecast.

can we have a link on where you got that from???
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179. MichaelSTL
8:33 PM CDT on May 11, 2008
145. nrtiwlnvragn 7:55 PM CDT on May 11, 2008
Powerpoint Presentation from TPC An Early Perspective of the 2008 Hurricane Season



Wow... How did you find that? I didn't think the NHC allowed us to see what they were thinking about the season before they released their forecast.
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178. HIEXPRESS
9:28 PM EDT on May 11, 2008
176. JFLORIDA 9:26
There's a tornado warning north of jax now.

The way it was blown out today, the surf was 1' near shore. Several small boats ventured out off the beach. Hope they aren't out there now.
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177. sammywammybamy
1:25 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Tropical waves...
tropical wave is along 49w S of 9n moving W 10-15 kt. Scattered
moderate convection is from the Equator to 6n between 43w and
the NE coast of Brazil. This wave is expected to reach the
eastern Caribbean on Tue
.


I Think its too early in the Season For Me to get my hopes set high and be let down lol

its Always its going to be a cat 3 its coming its coming , IT WENT poof ....
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176. JFLORIDA
1:25 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Theres a tornado warning north of jax now.
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175. HIEXPRESS
9:19 PM EDT on May 11, 2008
Dont worry the blobs will come
And with them... - crow
;)
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174. JFLORIDA
1:23 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
BTW : Im still thinking the first storm will form this year in the mid to eastern GOM - in the next few weeks, a hybrid, cut off low, etc....
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173. CaneAddict
1:23 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
171. sammywammybamy 1:21 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
166. CaneAddict 1:16 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
156. sammywammybamy 1:04 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
How Many Storms your Predicting then?

Cane Said Shear is Relax , and Shear is a main detremint to Tropical Development other than Desert Sand in the Atmosphere

Don't change what i said around to make me look like a fool, I said that shear is decreasing in the Caribbean, Especially the Western Caribbean. I did not say the shear was decreasing throughout the whole basin. However the Caribbean will likely continue to lower in shear values as we near hurricane season.

Wasn't Trying to Make you Look Like a Fool ....


It's alright, Just make sure you explain what i say in more detail next time that's all :)
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171. sammywammybamy
1:18 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
166. CaneAddict 1:16 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
156. sammywammybamy 1:04 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
How Many Storms your Predicting then?

Cane Said Shear is Relax , and Shear is a main detremint to Tropical Development other than Desert Sand in the Atmosphere

Don't change what i said around to make me look like a fool, I said that shear is decreasing in the Caribbean, Especially the Western Caribbean. I did not say the shear was decreasing throughout the whole basin. However the Caribbean will likely continue to lower in shear values as we near hurricane season.


Wasn't Trying to Make you Look Like a Fool ....



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170. HurricaneGeek
9:17 PM EDT on May 11, 2008
169. JFLORIDA
1:16 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Earliest

But it depends on what you consider a "storm." - tropical, sub tropical, depressions... etc.
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168. sammywammybamy
1:15 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
165. HurricaneGeek 1:15 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
hey PBGFL, sometime in Jan. I'm sure. I can't tell you the exact date or name or year, but I know Jan. :-)


Comedian

Most Likely JUN Or JUL
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167. lindenii
1:18 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
86. neutrino006 9:43 PM GMT on May 11, 2008

this is what I'm saying about solar activity increasing,it is not in the visible spectrum, but right now the intensification is in all areas of the sun, not in spots, this anouncing the start of the aparition of the largest spots later in this year. Link
And I hope the earth will not be in the way of those massive solar storms, but right now the earth is receiving a larger amount of energy from sun, and this is not all;)


neutrino,

Nice picture and all. Only problems is...that is all it is and it is a representation of only one small part of the spectrum of the sun and without the underlying documentation to support your contention, how do we know that your claim is authentic?

Surely, somewhere on the site that you quoted, there is commentary that supports your contention. Otherwise, documentation that is currently circulating does not support your claim that the energy levels emminating from the sun are on the increase.

Perhaps TerraNova might be willng to comment further on this subject.
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166. CaneAddict
1:14 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
156. sammywammybamy 1:04 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
How Many Storms your Predicting then?

Cane Said Shear is Relax , and Shear is a main detremint to Tropical Development other than Desert Sand in the Atmosphere


Don't change what i said around to make me look like a fool, I said that shear is decreasing in the Caribbean, Especially the Western Caribbean. I did not say the shear was decreasing throughout the whole basin. However the Caribbean will likely continue to lower in shear values as we near hurricane season.
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165. HurricaneGeek
9:14 PM EDT on May 11, 2008
correction: Maybe Feb. 2, 1958, Groundhog day storm
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164. CaneAddict
1:12 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Dont worry the blobs will come but just because its june1 in no way does it mean all hell will brake loose.Typically in a normal season june/july are very slow for tropical cyclone development.Iam thinking this year will be no different.
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Alright i get you, You just made it seem like it wasent possible. Thanks for cleaning that up;)
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163. sammywammybamy
1:12 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/KBDI/4km_main.html

If you Live In Florida ( This is The Drought Index For Florida ) Supposed to be wet all the time ....

A little too much sunshine
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162. PalmBeachGdnsFL
9:12 PM EDT on May 11, 2008
What is the Earliest Named storm?
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161. sammywammybamy
1:10 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
South florida is Bone Dry , Bone Dry

You Want Proof?

http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/KBDI/index.html

Also Fires are burning on places that are supposed to be covered deep in water ....
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160. JFLORIDA
1:10 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
157. StSimonsIslandGAGuy - ummmmm..... WOW!
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159. sammywammybamy
1:08 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
Hurricanes Hate Jim Cantore

Lol So wherever he is No Hurricane is going to go ....

Taz .....

Jim Cantore is Jim Cantore ( i suggest you wait for the officals to confim it)
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158. Tazmanian
6:05 PM PDT on May 11, 2008
well thats has to be confirmed you cant this say it was a EF3 or EF4 with out confirmeing it
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156. sammywammybamy
1:02 AM GMT on May 12, 2008
How Many Storms your Predicting then?

Cane Said Shear is Relax , and Shear is a main detremint to Tropical Development other than Desert Sand in the Atmosphere

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155. presslord
9:01 PM EDT on May 11, 2008
last year on June 3 TS Barry created quite a bit of trouble here for us...
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