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US Tornadoes – UPDATE

Posted by feww on April 12, 2011

Tornadoes: Nature’s Most Violent Storms

Oldest known photograph of a tornado

Image Source: National Weather Service (NWS) Collection
Location: South Dakota, 22 miles southwest of Howard
Photo Date: 1884 August 28

Tornado Stats – YtD

  • Tornadoes: 305 [as of April 11, 2011]
  • Hail: 1,963
  • Wind: 2,891

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U.S. Weather: Flooding, Wildfires, Heavy Snow

Posted by feww on April 8, 2011

Severe weather for NE Kansas and NW Missouri today: NOAA

Flooding to increase in the Dakotas and Minnesota, southern Plains threatened by extreme fire weather conditions, as central Rockies continue to be buffeted by winter storms, NOAA forecasters say.

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Heavy Snow Forecast

“Scattered heavy snow is expected in parts of Montana, Idaho, Washington, California, Nevada and Colorado while light to moderates snow will be widespread in the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain West. Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the central Plains, the Midwest and the Central Gulf states. With the exception of isolated rain and thunderstorms in Texas and southern Louisiana, the South will remain dry from southern Texas across Florida to the Eastern Seaboard.” NWS reported.

Alaska hit by a “dynamic and dangerous storm”

“Winds of 100 miles per hour roared through an Aleutian Island village on Thursday, ripping roofs off buildings, blowing out windows and causing structures to collapse,” local officials were reported as saying.

“The damage in False Pass, a tiny fishing village on Unimak Island, made it among the worst-hit parts of the state in a fierce winter storm that moved in from the Bering Sea.”

Twin Cities

“A strong weather system will organize on Saturday, bringing the first severe thunderstorm potential of 2011 to the area, especially late Saturday afternoon and night. The system will then track east on Sunday, still leading to thunderstorms …” NWS

Snow melts, river levels rise in the Upper Midwest

Melting snow and ice in Upper Midwest is inundating the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.  National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings for communities along those rivers. NWS reported  major flooding along the Minnesota River at Montevideo, and along the Mississippi River at St. Paul, as well as warnings for moderate and minor flooding in the region. The above IR/visible light images were taken by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on April 6, 2011 (top), March 28, 2011 (middle), and February 28, 2011 (bottom). Source: NASA-EO

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Mega Tornadoes to Bombard U-S Tornado Alley

Posted by feww on March 3, 2011

2011 Tornadoes Ever Deadlier: FEWW

Start of Meteorological Spring Signals Hyper Tornado Season

Based on several climatic indicators and recent weather trends, FIRE-EARTH forecasts a deadly peak tornado season in 2011.

“Tornado reports are already coming in,” says the National Weather Service forecast offices.

“Tornado Alley should be geared up. Typical peak tornado season runs from late winter through mid summer. The peak period for tornadoes in the southern plains runs from May to early June. On the Gulf coast, it is earlier during the spring. In the northern plains and upper Midwest, it is June or July. Remember, tornadoes can happen any time of year if the conditions are right.”

The Maximum Threat

The following map shows the time for maximum probability of significant tornadoes.

Time for maximum probability of significant tornadoes (F2 or greater). Source: Severe Thunderstorms Climatology

Time for maximum probability of tornadoes. Source: Severe Thunderstorms Climatology

  1. Tornado
  2. F2 or greater (significant) tornadoes
  3. Wind
  4. Hail

Monthly Probabilities

Any Tornado

Signif. Tornado (F2-F5)

Violent Tornado (F4-F5)

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The probability of having one or more days with a tornado within 25 miles of a point sometime during a month. The base data for all tornadoes are the reports from 1980-1994 and for significant and violent tornadoes are the reports from 1921-1995. The values are probabilities in percent. Source: Severe Thunderstorms Climatology

F5 and EF5 Tornadoes of the United States: 1950-present

[Storm Prediction Center]

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Tornado Stats:

  • Deadliest U.S. tornadoes: The “Tri-state” tornado of 18 March 1925 killed 695 people along a 219 mile track across Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, causing F5 damage. The 25 deadliest tornadoes on record are listed here.
  • The deadliest U.S. tornado days: On 3 April 1974, a “Super Outbreak” of tornadoes killed 308 people. Two lists of the top 15 deadliest tornado days since 1950 are posted here.
  • Biggest outbreak of tornadoes: Some 147 tornadoes touched down in 13 U.S. states on 3 and 4 April, 1974. See map here.
  • The biggest known tornado: “The Hallam, Nebraska F4 tornado of 22 May 2004 is the newest record-holder for peak width, at nearly two and a half miles, as surveyed by Brian Smith of NWS Omaha. This is probably close to the maximum size for tornadoes; but it is possible that larger, unrecorded ones have occurred. “
  • Single month with the most tornadoes: Tornado record was set in May 2003, with 543 tornadoes touchdowns confirmed . Previous record was 399, set in June 1992 (modern tornado records began in 1950).
  • The strongest tornado/ the highest wind speed in a tornado: Not Known! “Tornado wind speeds have only been directly recorded in the weaker ones, because strong and violent tornadoes destroy weather instruments. Mobile Doppler radars such as the OU Doppler on Wheels have remotely sensed tornado wind speeds above ground level as high as about 302 mph (on 3 May 1999 near Bridge Creek OK)–the highest winds ever found near earth’s surface by any means. [That tornado caused F5 damage.] But ground-level wind speeds in the most violent tornadoes have never been directly measured.”
  • The costliest tornado: The Topeka (KS) tornado of 8 Jun 1966 is believed to be the costliest. The tornado caused damage estimated at  $1,599,537,000 in 2007 dollars, after adjusting for inflation. “The Bridge Creek-Moore-Oklahoma City-Midwest City, OK, tornado of 3 May 1999 currently ranks first in actual dollars but third when inflation adjusted.  A list of  top-10 tornado damage in 2007 dollars is posted here. SOURCE: Storm Prediction Center

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Deadly Tornedoes Hit NYC

Posted by feww on September 18, 2010

Fast-Moving Freak Storm Spawns Deadly Tornadoes in NYC

One of a dozens of cars crushed by fallen tree in Brooklyn. Photo credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

A freak storm traveling from Staten Island across New York harbor, carved a 14-mile (22km) path of destruction from Brooklyn to the Bayside area in Queens, spawning a microburst with speeds of about 125mph (200 km/h), and two deadly tornadoes.

The tornadoes, which struck on Thursday, uprooted at least 1,000 trees,  cut power to as many homes, crushing dozens of cars, and killing at least one person whose car was hit by a falling tree.

New York City was hit by tornadoes for the second time this year, but only 9th time since 1950, National Weather Service said.

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Deadly Tornadoes Turn U.S. Midwest into ‘War Zone’

Posted by feww on June 7, 2010

Tornadoes and thunderstorms have killed at least seven people in U.S. Midwest, destroyed 50 homes, damaged many more and forced Fermi nuclear power plant to shut down

At least 7 people have been killed, more than a dozen injured, 50 houses destroyed and many more damaged in north-western Ohio, according to the officials.

US Weather forecast snapshot. Click image for an update.

The states of Illinois and Michigan have also been severely affected by the extreme weather, local reports say.

The Lake Township, one of the worst-hit areas was described as being “like a war zone,” by its Police Chief Mike Hammer [Mark Hummer.]


Fermi nuclear power plant, located on the shore of Lake Erie, Michigan, was forced to shut down after strong winds seriously damages one of the buildings.


The city of Streator in Illinois has been seriously damaged by high winds and thunderstorms. About 2 dozen [50] people were taken to hospital, and 30 buildings sustained “major structural damage,” the  Streator Mayor was reported as saying.

“I saw people coming out of their homes right after the tornado hit; a second story of a house was taken off,” an eye-witness said.

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Deadly storms kill at least 7 in Tenn., 5 in Miss.

Posted by feww on May 3, 2010

Deadly line of thunderstorms strikes Tennessee and northern Mississippi, killing at least 12 people, damaging homes and closing most of highways

The storms were accompanied by an extreme rain event forcing thousands of people to evacuate, while hundreds of others had to be plucked from rooftops, as flood waters from overflowing rivers and creeks submerged neighborhoods throughout the region.

At least 33cm (13 inches) of of rain fell in Nashville over the weekend, almost double the previous record of 17cm that fell in 1979 when Hurricane Fredrick. struck.

“That is an astonishing amount of rain in a 24- or 36-hour period,” Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said, adding that it was an “unprecedented rain event.”

Schools, hospitals and government buildings also were flooded, forcing many schools in middle Tennessee to close for Monday.

According to one emergency official and long term resident of Nashville,  it was the worst flooding in living memory. “I’ve never seen it this high,” said  Donnie Smith. “I’m sure that it’s rained this hard at one time, but never for this much of an extended period.”

Meanwhile, tornadoes obliterated homes, “overturned vehicles and uprooted trees were scattered across central Arkansas on Saturday after several tornadoes ripped through the state, killing a woman and injuring two dozen others,” AP quoted authorities as saying.

Video footage show the extent of deluge, and a large building being washed away.

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Giant Tornado Kills at least 10 in Mississippi

Posted by feww on April 25, 2010

Death, Devastation, “Utter Obliteration”

“It has done huge damage around Yazoo City.” —Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour

A mile-wide tornado ripped through central Mississippi, killing at least 10 people, trapping many more  in their homes, destroying hundreds of buildings and causing “utter obliteration” in parts of Yazoo County.

Tornado Touches down in Mississippi. Freeze frame from an AP news video.

“We have fatalities, a number of people that we’re still trying to rescue who are trapped in buildings. But it is a major, significant tornado … and it did some huge damage and perhaps some fatalities north of here,” Barbour said, calling the damage “utter obliteration.”

“We still have people trapped in houses and cars,” said a teary-eyed Barbour. “It reminds me of [Hurricane] Katrina.”

The tornado left a 6-mile-wide swath of destruction stretching from the Eagle Lake community in northern Vicksburg to Yazoo City and into Holmes County, leaving  homes, businesses, schools and churches reduced to piles of  rubble. The cost of damage in Yazoo County alone could easily top $10million.

The first major tornado of the year struck 15 counties, prompting Governor Barbour to declare a state of emergency.

Five people were killed in Choctaw County, including two children, four in Yazoo County and one in Holmes County, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn was reported as saying.

“This sucker is leaving a path of destruction,” Flynn said, adding that  the tornado had jumped the Mississippi River into Mississippi just before noon.

“It caused a bunch of damage in Louisiana. Then it strengthened when it got into Issaquena.” He said.

“This sucker is leaving a path of destruction,” Flynn said.

Two waves of heavy storms struck the region between 8:00a.m.  and midday central time. The second wave was the more destructive one.

Tornadoes also struck Alabama Arkansas and Louisiana, and the severe weather is moving eastward.

National Weather Service Doppler Radar detected a persistent band of strong thunderstorms moving from Cartersville to Lindale to Cave Spring and further southwest into Alabama at about 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Severe Storms Forecast

Weather Hazard Warning Map – NWS

An Outbreak of Severe Thunderstorms Including Strong Tornadoes Is Expected Over Parts of the Mid-South, Central Gulf Coast States And Tennessee Valley this Afternoon and Evening. The NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman OK is forecasting the development of a few strong, long-track tornadoes over parts of the Mid-South, Central Gulf Coast States and Tennessee Valley this afternoon and evening. This is a particularly dangerous situation. Click image for UPDATE and Details.

Damage in Louisiana

Complex Chemicals Co., a plant in Tallulah, La, was destroyed by a tornado, which also reduced 12 houses to a pile of splinters on Saturday, damaging many other buildings.

“Madison Parish Sheriff’s Maj. Neil Horath says a dozen people suffered broken bones, cuts or other injuries, and deputies had to clear fallen trees from several yards so people could get out of their houses. But he says nobody was seriously hurt.” AP reported.

Alberta Harris points to her Mississippi neighbour’s home where she and others helped rescue a bed-ridden man after a tornado struck on Saturday.  Photo: Brian Albert Broom/Associated Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service reported that at least two tornadoes had touched down Thursday afternoon south and east of Denver.
A house in Aurora was struck by lightening and caught fire.

“Hail pelted parts of the metro area and blanketed the ground and roads east of Denver. Storms caused street flooding and temporarily knocked out power in parts of cities north of Denver.” AP reported.

Based on the recent climatic trends, Fire-Earth Moderators forecast a severe tornado season in 2010, which could prove exceptionally costly, both in human losses and property damage.

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Saturn-like Storms Strike Southeast U.S.

Posted by feww on March 29, 2010

Violent storm system damages homes, downs power lines, heads east

Powerful low pressure systems in the southerns United States and over the Ohio Valley wreaked havoc across  the region before moving toward the Mid-Atlantic on Monday.



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At least 9 twisters struck a large swath of the southeast and were reported in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Three were reports of widespread damage to trees buildings and power lines, as well as a mobile homes park.

There were reports of several injuries in the Linwood area, southwestern Davidson County, NC, and damage to about 50 homes  in High Point, Piedmont Triad.  In Thomasville, at least one home caught fire as a result of the storm.

The temperatures difference in the lower 48 states on Sunday was 86ºF from a low of 2ºF degrees at Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, to a high of 88ºF at Anaheim, SoCal, National Weather Service reported.

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Doppler Radar National Mosaic
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Base reflectivity Radar Image.


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Current NWS Weather Hazard Warnings (U.S.)

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Central US Floods

Posted by feww on March 19, 2008

Hit by Tornados, Buried Under Water

Round 2: Mother Nature
Dallas received nearly 7 inches of rain, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport broke its single-day record with 2.35 inches [previous high of 1.52 inches was set in 1984.] A about 600 scheduled flights were canceled Tuesday.

“This is one of the most vicious thunderstorms DFW has seen in quite some time, especially its ongoing intensity,” declared airport spokesman Ken Capps.

  • Flood and flash flood warnings were issued from Ohio to Texas.
  • Tornado watches in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
  • Two people are reported dead, and another 2 are missing.
  • In Missouri, where National Guard was activated, high water has closed hundreds of roads since Monday; more than 10 inches of rain is expected.
  • Thousands of people have been evacuated in Lancaster, south of Dallas, Baxter, Madison, and Sharp counties in Arkansas and in Piedmont, Mo.

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