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Major tornado outbreak forecast for southern Plains on Wednesday

Posted by feww on May 25, 2011

Climate change quick menu!

Powerful and dangerous storm system will develop across the central and southern Plains: NWS

“A powerful and dangerous late-spring storm system will develop across the central and southern Plains today as an upper level system and a parade of supporting upper level disturbances advance out of the Intermountain West. The result will be strengthening low pressure over Kansas by this afternoon and evening that will then move slowly but steadily eastward toward Missouri by later Wednesday. The storm system will be accompanied by a classic dryline signature across the southern Plains with a strong frontal zone that will stretch across the Midwest and well to the East into the Northeast.” National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

Residents of the southern Plains and Ohio Valley are advised to prepare for severe weather, including the probability of large and powerful tornadoes through Wednesday.

Weather Hazards Map


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Weather Forecast Map


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Probability of a tornado within 25 miles of a point. See inset for the date and times. Hatched Area: 10% or greater probability of EF2 – EF5 tornadoes within 25 miles of a point. (More Info)


Probability of severe weather within 25 miles of a point.   See inset for the date and times.  Hatched Area: 10% or greater probability of significant severe weather within 25 miles of a point. (More Info)

Tornado Update for May 24, 2011

  • A total of 491 severe weather reports  received by SPC (preliminary data) of which 47 were tornado touch downs.
  • Tornadoes reported in six states: Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Virginia, Texas and Arkansas.
  • At least 13  people were killed in 3 states (8 people in Oklahoma, 2 in Kansas,  and  3 in Arkansas.)
  • A twister killed at least two people in Kansas on Tuesday (as above.)
  • One EF3 tornado reported in El Reno with winds of 151mph (243km/hr), as of posting.

Annual Tornado Report Map


Total Number of tornadoes: 1,115 reports  (Tornado numbers are preliminary and subject to revision.)

Top Ten Tornado Days of 2011


Source: NWS/SPC

2011 Tornado Tabulation (by State)

Tornado Safety

Joplin Tornado Update

  • Death Toll has risen to 124, and is still climbing.
  • The number of residents unaccounted for stands at 1,500.
  • At least 750 people have received hospital treatment.
  • The tornado is upgraded to EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale (see chart below) with winds exceeding 200 MPH (322 km/hr), NWS said.
  •  Much of the south side of Joplin has been levelled.
  • At least 2,000 homes have been completely destroyed.
  • Some 6,000 other structures have been damaged.
  • An estimated 5,000 vehicles have been totaled/damaged.
  • The Joplin tornado was the deadliest single twister to strike the United States since 1947.

The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale – Quick Chart

EF0: 65 TO 85 MPH
EF1: 86 TO 110 MPH
EF2: 111 TO 135 MPH
EF3: 136 TO 165 MPH
EF4: 166 TO 200 MPH
EF5: Wind speeds greater than 200 MPH

On March 1, 2011, FIRE-EARTH said:

U-S Attacked by Continued Severe Weather

Brace for the Worst Ever!  Climatic  Extremes, Primeval Geophysical Activities and WILD Weather to Wreak Mega Havoc in 2011/2012 and Beyond…

NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO POWER DOWN AND START THINKING HARD.  Encourage your folks, friends and neighbors to join in!! BECAUSE  for most of us the GAME would be OVER soon.

Flooding and fires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, deadly tornadoes and strong storms … are just some of the items you’ve ordered from the climate change quick menu!

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2011 Disasters

updated at 13:27 UTC on May 25, 2011

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