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15 April 2012

Update: (Now 5) Dead As Midnight Twister Hits Woodward, Oklahoma

The Woodward news paper posted the video of the tornado lit by lightning as it passed into Woodward. A former firefighter who works for KWTV (in Okla. City) as a storm tracker, followed the storm into town.  His coverage was among the most riveting and chilling I’ve heard in such a situation. (Woodward is in far NW Oklahoma, and I passed through the city in January coming back from a …

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13 April 2012

Tornado Outbreak In Oklahoma Saturday? SPC issues rare “High Risk” two days out.

High risk outlooks from the Storm prediction Center are rare, but the issuance of one two days out is extremely rare and this evening SPC did just that. The advancements in forecasting over the last 15 years have been amazing and high risk outlooks are bad news for those covered by them. They mean a major outbreak of deadly tornadoes is very possible. Those of you from Oklahoma City to …

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11 April 2012

USGS Scientists: Dramatic Increase in Oklahoma Earthquakes Is Man-Made (Updated)

  NPR covered this story today April 11 and you can listen here. I was “face timing” with my daughter in Oklahoma City last November when the biggest quake on record struck the Sooner state. I could see the lights swinging at our home in Oklahoma City as she ran down the stairs, and it was the first time I watched a quake happen live on an iPhone! The quake …

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10 April 2012

March 2012 and Last 12 Months Were Warmest On Record in U.S.

Some amazing data out of the NCDC today: From NOAA – NCDC- The 12-month period (April 2011-March 2012), which includes the second hottest summer (June-August) and fourth warmest winter (December-February), was thewarmest such period for the contiguous United States. Twenty-eight states were record warm for the 12-month period, and an additional eleven states had April-March temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. Oregon and Washington were the only states cooler than average for the period. The 12-month …

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6 April 2012

There Really Is A Tornado Alley- Three Actually

Any meteorologist gets the same question over and over: Where exactly is tornado alley?? The answer (until now) has been that there is no scientifically defined alley, but that the Great Plains from Kansas to Texas is the best answer. Enter Michael Frates at the University of Akron. He decided it was high time to delineate the tornado alley’s of America and he did it based on historical data beginning …

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4 April 2012

Hot Spring Turns Stormy- Tornadoes Hit North Texas

Some video of the tornadoes that danced across North Texas today. Lots of damage but so far the injuries seem to be minor. That may change as search and rescue crews get to the hardest hit areas. Some videos from folks in Texas who witnessed the event. Some amazing video from the TWC below showing what winds over 150 mph can do.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTjR91JC850 and another from North Texas… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O8NrwD4NXc The …

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2 April 2012

Severe Weather Warnings Will Soon Come in Several Flavors

  The NWS is testing a new type of tornado warnings beginning this month in Missouri and Kansas. Trust me, this is a good idea, I suspect this will go nation-wide within a year or two. When it does it will make many of us who are the ones who interrupt your favourite TV programs happy. The problem now is that all tornado warnings are not created equal. When it …

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