I am Johnny Parker and I am 21. I have studied the weather since I was 5. I have cerebral palsy and my goal is to become a meteorologist.
By: JohnnyParker, 5:47 PM GMT on May 31, 2011
It will continue to be sunny and hot through this week into next week. There is a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms for both Sunday and Monday. No severe weather is expected. Your highs will be ranging between 94 and 102 with lows between 69 and 73. All computer models show an area of low pressure developing in the Central Caribbean Sea by Thursday. There will be plenty of moisture and warm sea surface temperatures for this to become a tropical depression or storm. Wind shear over the area is expected to weaken. Its just something to watch out for over the coming days. Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday and I'll have a new post tomorrow. Continue to keep the tornado victims of the South and Midwest in your prayers. Also, pray for Japan as they continue to rebuild.
By: JohnnyParker, 6:54 PM GMT on May 30, 2011
Here are your forecasted highs and lows through this week into next week. Highs will range between 91 and 101 with lows between 68 and 73. There is a slight chance for a shower or two as we head into the middle of the week, but nothing major. Most of the rain will hold off until next week. At this time, no severe weather is anticipated. Okay, the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Wednesday. TSR (Tropical Storm Risk) is predicting 10 to 18 named storms, 5-10 hurricanes, and 2 to 5 major hurricanes. CSU (Colorado State University) is predicting 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is predicting 12 to 18 named storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes, and 3 to 6 major hurricanes. So, basically, they are all predicting a pretty active season. In fact, three models are predicting the development of an area of low pressure in the Central Caribbean Sea at some point this week. Wind shear will be weakening over the area later this week and there is plenty of warm water over the Caribbean. I hope that everyone is having a good Memorial Day and I'll have a new post tomorrow. Continue to pray for the tornado victims both in the South and Midwest. Also, keep praying for Japan.
By: JohnnyParker, 7:24 PM GMT on May 29, 2011
It is very warm right now. The current temperature is 89. It is going to get very hot as we head into the middle of this week. Your highs will range between 91 and 97 with lows between 69 and 71. No rain in the forecast until next Monday and Tuesday. At this time, no severe weather is expected. I will be doing my post on the hurricane season tomorrow. Already, three hurricane models (GFS, NOGAPS, and ECMWF) are picking up on a potential area of low pressure forming in the Central Caribbean Sea in the next couple of days. It is also possible, if it forms, it could get stronger. Water temperatures are already above average and the wind shear will weaken over the area. Just something we will have to watch over the coming days. Continue to pray for Smithville, MS, Alabama, Joplin, Missouri, and many others as they rebuild. Also pray for Japan as they rebuild, too. I hope yall are having a great Sunday! I'll have a new post tomorrow.
By: JohnnyParker, 12:40 AM GMT on May 29, 2011
Sunny and warm weather will be with most of the South all this week. Highs will range between 92 and 96 with lows between 67 and 72. There is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms Thursday. At this time, no severe weather is anticipated. The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins Wednesday. I'll have a big post on that either Monday or Tuesday. Continue to pray for Smithville, MS, Joplin, Missouri, and many other places that were impacted by tornadoes. Continue to also pray for Japan. Due to the fact that so many severe weather events have happened during the past two months, I have upgraded my forecasts just a little. From now on, during any severe weather outbreak, I will be posting two times a day. I will be doing the same for this years hurricane season. My mission is to keep yall safe. I hope yall are having a great Saturday and I'll have a new post tomorrow.
By: JohnnyParker, 6:29 PM GMT on May 27, 2011
Sunny and very warm weather is forecasted for most of next week. There is a slight rain chance for Thursday, but as of now, nothing major. Your highs will be ranging between 82 and 94 with lows between 61 and 71. The 2011 hurricane season begins next Wednesday and they are forecasting an active season. I'll have more on the hurricane season soon. Smithville, MS continues to receive donations from many places. There are lots of places both in the midwest and south that need our prayers. I hope that yall are having a wonderful Friday and have a fantastic Memorial day weekend! Continue to also pray for Japan.
By: JohnnyParker, 7:48 PM GMT on May 26, 2011
Here is your forecasted highs and lows for the rest of this week into next week. Highs will range between 81 and 94 with lows between 57 and 70. There will be no rain or storms in the forecast until next Saturday. This is liable to change, though. Smithville, MS is on the road to recovery now. Donations keep coming in left and right and cleanup is continuing. April was an extremely active month for severe weather and tornadoes. May has been active too, but not as active has April was. Both months had tornadoes that hit highly populated areas. For example, Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Lets hope that next April is less active. I am planning to do a big post on this years hurricane season soon. Continue to pray for Smithville, MS, the South, Midwest, Joplin, Missouri, and Japan. I hope that yall are having a wonderful Thursday and I'll have a new post tomorrow.
By: JohnnyParker, 3:13 AM GMT on May 26, 2011
I'm back to posting, finally! Right now, there is a tornado watch in effect for Northern Mississippi until 4am. Before we get to that, here are your forecasted highs and lows for the rest of this week into next week. Highs will range between 83 and 94 with lows between 58 and 70. A 40% chance of isolated thunderstorms tomorrow and a few storms could turn severe in the afternoon. I do not expect a big threat like today across North MS. With any storm that does become severe tomorrow, the main threats will be wind and small hail. After all this is over with, I see no more severe threats or rain in the forecast at all next week. Although, this could change. Tonight, we have a Tor:Con value (Tornado Condition Index) of a 6 out of 10. In other words, a 60% chance of seeing a tornado for North MS within a 50 mile radius. As for Smithville, MS, the town is continuing to cleanup and donations are continuing to pour into the town. I am still very thankful to be alive. Please keep praying for Smithville, MS, the South, and the Midwest as people rebuild their homes. Especially remember the people in Joplin, Missouri. I hope that everyone had a great Wednesday and I'll have a new post tomorrow. I will be back posting everyday now and I will be doing a post on this year's hurricane season soon.
Updated: 3:37 AM GMT on May 26, 2011
By: JohnnyParker, 3:44 PM GMT on May 13, 2011
Your highs will range between 62 and 90 with lows between 46 and 63. We have already had rain come through this morning. Some storms could be severe today. Main threats will be damaging winds up to 60mph and large hail up to the size of golf balls. I don't expect this to be a big and major outbreak. After this is over, warm and sunny weather returns this weekend and into next week. I do not know when my next post will be.
As for Smithville, MS, the town is cleaning up and it will rebuild. It is going to take a long time, though. I still have my computer, which is not broken or messed up. We do not have internet connection yet, but we will soon. I hope that yall will have a wonderful Friday. I want to say thanks to the people who have kept up with me by reading my posts. The EF-5 tornado has changed my perspective on the weather. I have seen first hand the damage the a EF-5 tornado can cause. God kept me and my family safe and many other families in Smithville. I can't thank him enough for that. I will continue to forecast the weather and keep yall safe! Have a great weekend and continue to pray for the South and for Japan!
By: JohnnyParker, 3:21 PM GMT on May 11, 2011
Okay, your highs will range between 71 and 92 with lows between 53 and 66. On Friday, rain and storms return. I do not know the timing yet, but the main threat looks to be large hail. Damaging winds and a isolated tornado are also possible.
Now, for my story of the EF-5 tornado. When I woke up at 6am Wednesday morning, I already had a bad feeling that something big was going to happen that day. Dr. Greg Forbes had his Tor:Con values at a 9 out of 10 for northeast MS. That means a 90% chance of seeing a tornado within a 50 mile radius. Most of the weather websites that I looked at were predicting this to be a pretty active day of severe weather. I went to school that morning and as soon as I got there, we were already under a tornado warning. Nothing happened, but I already knew there would be more storms later that day. My friends were all asking me is it over, but I told them there were more on the way. My school let out at 2:30 that day because of the severe weather. I told my teacher right before we left that I believed that in years to come, Smithville, MS would be hit by a tornado. I always knew that it was possible with every outbreak we had seen over the years. Unknown to me at the time, those words that I said to my teacher would unforunately come true later that day. I went over to my grandma's house and I was watching the weather until my dad came to get us to take us home. Tornado warnings were popping up everywhere in the state. As soon as we got home, the tornado siren went off. I raced to my computer and looked at the tornado warning. As I was looking at the tornado warning and trying to decide what may or may not happen, my dad called us to come outside to see rotation. I went outside with my sister and dad to see the rotation. All of a sudden, I turned my head and all you could hear was the sound of a big, roaring wind. That's when my dad told us to get inside the house.
We ran in and got in the hallway. My dad said that he heard God's voice in his head say "MOVE" . He then threw us in the bathroom. No sooner had we gotten in there, the door to mom and daddy's bedroom came flying down the hall with glass right behind it. The tornado lasted less than 10 seconds at the most. We all got up, unhurt, and walked out of the bathroom. I went to my room and it was completely gone and there were debris all in the house. I have to admit I was scared, but I knew what it was. I walked out of my front door and most of the houses were completely gone. I was so shocked by what had happened that I could not say anything. All I can say is that God saved me and my family. Our home was destroyed, but we can rebuild.
My mom was on her way home from work at the time it was happening. She said that her whole field of vision was the tornado itself. I have some pictures of the damage in Smithville which I will try to put some of them in my next post. That said, I do not know when my next post will be. The whole town of Smithville is devastated. My church was also destroyed. The town will rebuild, but it will take a long time. Continue to pray for the community of Smithville, MS. Pray for the whole states of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Pray for places along the Mississippi River, too. Hope everyone has a great day! The tornado struck at 3:44 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2011 and change my life and many others lives forever. It had winds of 205mph. Also, continue to pray for the people in Japan.