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El Reno Twister Upgraded to Mega Tornado

Posted by feww on June 5, 2013

El Reno Tornado Upgraded to EF5, Widest Ever Measured

The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded the El Reno tornado of May 31, 2013 to an EF5 mega tornado with maximum wind speeds of 475km/h (295 mph).

The mega tornado measured 2.6 miles wide at its widest, making it the widest tornado ever recorded in the U.S.

“This is still preliminary and stats may be tweaked as more information becomes available.” NWS said

The mega twister touched down southwest of El Reno at 6:03 pm CDT on Friday, making a 40-minute detour  around the city, effectively missing El Reno.

el reno tornado
El Reno Mega Tornado Path. The Mega Twister touched down southwest of El Reno at 6:03 pm CDT on Friday, making a 40-minute detour  around the city, effectively missing El Reno. Source: NWS

The previous record for the widest tornado was set on May 22, 2004, when an EF4 tornado measuring 2.5 miles at its widest raked through Hallam, Nebraska.

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

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OKC Mega Tornado: Fact and Fiction

Posted by feww on May 21, 2013

 Moore Tornado Upgraded to EF5

NWS damage teams have upgraded the deadly tornado that struck Moore to EF5.

  • Rating: EF5
  • Peak Winds: 200 – 210 mph (338 km/h)
  • Path Length: 17 miles
  • Maximum Width: 1.3 miles
  • Begin Time: 2:45pm CDT
  • Begin Location: 4.4 miles west of Newcastle
  • End Time: 3:35 pm CDT
  • End Location: 4.8 miles east of Moore

OKC tornado 20may2013
This is a preliminary track outline of the powerful EF-5 tornado that struck Newcastle and Moore during the afternoon of May 20, 2013. This path may change as we continue to survey the damage. Notice how the tornado path contracts toward the right side of the image. Source: NWS

Tornado Damage and Casualties

  • Preliminary estimate for the damage is put at $3 billion.
  • The tornado has left thousands of people homeless.
  • Most of the 91 or so people killed by the tornado were resurrected within hours, thanks to the political will. Current death toll stands at only 24.  (See also the ‘Joplin Syndrome’).
  • About 240 others were injured.

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

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DISASTER Diary – 21 May 2013

Posted by feww on May 21, 2013

Major Disaster Declared in Oklahoma after Mega Tornado Kills Dozens

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes beginning on May 18, 2013, and continuing.

The areas worst affected are the counties of Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie.

At least 91 people, many of them children, are feared to have been killed and about 240 others injured after a mega tornado ripped through Oklahoma City suburbs, leveling numerous blocks in the city of Moore (pop: ~ 55,000),  Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

The death toll included 51 confirmed deaths and an additional 40 bodies on their way to the Medical Examiner’s office. (See also the ‘Joplin Syndrome’).

  • The tornado was rated as at least an EF4, with winds of up to 200mph, according to NWS preliminary damage ratings.
  • The tornadic event began at 2.56pm CDT on Monday and lasted for 40 minutes.
  • Moore twister was as much as two miles wide, and carved a 20-mile path of destruction.
  • The tornado left obliterated many hundreds of homes and other buildings in Moore.

Moore tornado path -NWS
This is a preliminary tornado track for the tornado that affected Newcastle, Moore, and Oklahoma City on May 20, 2013. The tornado touchdown at around 2:56 pm in Newcastle, OK and moved through Moore and south OKC before lifting at around 3:36 pm. The path length is estimated to be about 20 miles long with a preliminary damage rating of at least EF4. —NWS

“Our hearts are broken,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said. “This is bigger than anything I’ve ever seen. It’s absolutely huge. It’s horrific.”

More Severe Weather Expected from Great Lakes to Central Texas on Tuesday

More severe weather is expected on Tuesday from the Great Lakes across the Mississippi River Valley and into central Texas. Primary threats will be very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. Some of the storms could also produce heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding concerns, especially in the Ark-La-Tex region. —NWS

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Average CO2 at Mauna Loa Observatory: Last 5 days of preliminary daily average CO2

  • May 20 – 400.15 ppm
  • May 19 – 400.06 ppm
  • May 18 – 399.77 ppm
  • May 17 – 399.87 ppm
  • May 16 – 399.74 ppm

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Groundwater depletion in the U.S. has accelerated

Groundwater depletion in the United States during 1900–2008 was about 1,000 cubic kilometers (km³), according to a new study released by USGS.

  • The rate of groundwater depletion has increased significantly since about 1950, with maximum rates occurring during the most recent period (2000–2008), said the report.
  • The average depletion rate climbed to about 25 km³ [6.6 trillion gallons] per year during 2000–2008, compared to 9.2 km³ per year averaged over the 1900–2008 period.

GW Depletion in the US
Map of the United States (excluding Alaska) showing cumulative groundwater depletion, 1900 through 2008, in 40 assessed aquifer systems or subareas. Colors are hatched in the Dakota aquifer (area 39) where the aquifer overlaps with other aquifers having different values of depletion. [Konikow, L.F., 2013, Groundwater depletion in the United States (1900−2008): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013−5079. http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5079.(Available only online.)]

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Kamchatka, Russia

At least 2 dozen significant quakes, measuring between 5.0 and 6.0Mw, have struck off the east coast of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia since Monday May 20, 2013. 

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DISASTER CALENDARMay 21, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,026 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,026 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

GLOBAL WARNINGS

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Massive Deadly Tornado Rips Across Oklahoma City Suburbs

Posted by feww on May 20, 2013

At least 37 killed, many injured in OKC gigantic twister attack

The massive tornado first touched down in Newcastle and barreled toward Interstate 44, Moore and South Oklahoma City, killing at least 37 people, as of posting, injuring scores of others, destroying hundreds of buildings and  leaving a path of destruction behind.

The deadly twister was at least an EF4 tornado packing winds of about 200mph (320km/h) and was reportedly as much as ‘two-miles’ wide.

It struck about 15:00 CDT (UTC -5hrs) on Monday in Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb south of Oklahoma City, and remained on the ground for at least 40 minutes.

Moore, OKC
Massive tornado hits Okla. Screen grab of damage in Moore, Oklahoma from massive tornado that swept through on Monday afternoon. Credit: CBS News

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who had already declared a state of emergency in 16 counties after the previous round of tornado attack, told CBS: “Well, we know we’ve had a massive tornado that has come through a major metropolitan area in Moore, Okla. It was a very wide tornado, a very strong tornado. It has damaged lots of neighborhoods, it’s hit two schools that possibly had school children in them. It’s also it a hospital and a big movie theater and a commercial area.”

Latest SPC Filtered Storm Reports for May 19 – 20

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SPC filtered 19May2013


Mega Tornadoes to Bombard U-S Tornado Alley


The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale – Quick Char
t

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

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Extreme Weather: States of Emergency Declared in 4 States

Posted by feww on March 2, 2012

Missouri, Kansas, W Virginia and Kentucky declare States of Emergency due to violent storms

Missouri Governor (Jay Nixon) has declared a statewide emergency in response to the deadly tornadoes and violent storms that struck southwest and southeast parts of the state.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 2

[March 2, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,475 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Missouri, USA.   The extreme weather system that moved across the Midwest and South spawned tornadoes and high winds and caused the loss of life, numerous injuries and significant damage to multiple communities across Missouri, including Branson, Buffalo, Cassville, Lebanon and Oak Ridge.
  • The Midwest and South.  Death toll from a reported 36 tornadoes the struck the Midwest and Southern U.S. currently stands at 13, including 3 in the Tennessee.
  • Kansas.  States of emergency have been declared in Butler, Chautauqua, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Douglas, Franklin, Harper, Kingman, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Montgomery, McPherson, Reno, Republic, Sumner, Wabaunsee and Wilson counties.
  • Tennessee.  Severe storm and high winds left at least 3 people dead, a dozen injured and up to 100 homes damaged or destroyed.
  • Kentucky. An EF2 tornado with winds of about 125 MPH struck Elizabeth town, Kentucky.
    • Tornadoes struck  four counties across the state.
    • Tornadoes and high winds flattened mobile homes, houses and businesses in Elizabeth town, Henderson, and Hodgenville, officials said.
    • NWS confirmed EF2 tornadoes in Morgan and Russell counties.
    • A state of emergency was declared in West Liberty where high  winds destroyed a church and many  buildings.
  • West Virginia.   State of emergency has been declared in Marion County following torrential rains which left dozens of homes and businesses submerged under water.
    • Flash flooding also occurred across Harrison, Monongalia and Preston counties, reports said.

Related Links

Tornadoes 2012

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Tornadoes Devastate 2 Small Towns, Kill 12 in 3 States

Posted by feww on March 1, 2012

Harrisburg declared a disaster area

EF4 tornado blasts through HARRISBURG, Ill., killing at least 6 people, injuring more than a 100 others and flattening entire blocks of homes.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 1

[March 1, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,476 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History


Storm updates (unfiltered). Source: SPC

  • U.S. Midwest. Violent storms devastated communities in the Midwest and South, killing at least 12 people across three states, injuring hundreds and destroying or damaging up to a thousand homes.
  • Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois has declared Harrisburg a disaster area, after an EF4 tornado blasted through the town (pop: ~ 9,000), killing at least 6 people, injuring more than 100 others and flattening entire blocks of homes.
  • Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon has declared Taney County a disaster area after an EF2 tornado with winds of about 130MPH touched down in Stone and Taney Counties in Missouri leaving a 22-mile path of destruction from the Kimberling City area to Branson.
    • The tornado impact injured 33 people and damaged/destroyed  more than 100 homes and businesses in Branson, reports said.
    • About 20 of the more than 200 hotels in Branson have been badly damaged including a large motel, officials said.
    • Branson, dubbed a ‘music Mecca,’ is a major tourist destination with about 8 million visitors arriving each year.
  • The Next System. The storms are now heading for Mid-Atlantic states;  however, more destructive tornadoes may be spawned by the next system striking both the Midwest and South,  a meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said.

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 (>322 km/hr)

Other Global Disasters

  • Australia.  About  three-quarters of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) as well as parts of the two neighboring states of Victoria and the Northern Territory in the SE of the continent are affected by floods, reports said.
    • Thousands of people have been evacuated from Cooma, near the NSW Snowy Mountains, and Goulburn, midway between Sydney and Canberra.
    • Parts of Central Australia have received more than 100mm of rain in the past two days, about a half of  their annual rainfall, leaving many roads impassable.
    • “In the [Australian Capital Territory,] a large dam near Canberra being built after a severe drought four years ago was expected to overflow last night. The old dam, built in 1912, is completely submerged for the first time in its history,” said a report

Weather systems to remember!


Source: ABOM

Related Links

Tornadoes 2012

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Australian Disasters

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