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24 May 2011

Deadliest Tornado Season in 60 Years Continues As Oklahoma Prepares for Violent Tornado Outbreak

A rare HIGH RISK outlook was issued today by the Storm Prediction Center (NOAA) in Norman, OK. The last high risk was on 27 April when the tornado swarm hit Alabama and Mississippi. Without doubt, this will be the deadliest tornado season in at least 60 years and it is frankly amazing in the modern warning era. The death toll in April was over 350 and this week in Joplin …

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8 May 2011

Mississippi Tornado Upgraded to EF 5. Takes Road With It.

    The supercell responsible for this, killed three people and was the first EF 5 in Mississippi since 1966. The fatalities happened when a strapped down double wide mobile home was thrown 300 yards in the air and into a line of trees, and obliterated. You can read the storm survey from the NWS here.

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5 May 2011

The Flat Rock Mobile Home

I visited the site of one of the EF 4 tornadoes that hit North Alabama on Monday and came across this mobile home. At least it WAS a mobile home. The original trailer was on those blocks in the picture above and was blown across the road about 70 yards. Not all of the mobile home made it across the road because the metal base got caught by a pine …

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2 May 2011

The Most Amazing Storm Survey I’ve Ever Read

  A large and deadly tornado, on the ground for 132 miles! This is a little longer than the 130 mile track of the deadly tornado that took a very similar path on April 3, 1974. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 959 PM CDT SUN MAY 1 2011 …LONG TRACK EF-5 TORNADO CONFIRMED ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY… THIS IS UPDATED INFORMATION CONCERNING CUMULATIVE STORM SURVEY INFORMATION OF …

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29 April 2011

500,000 without power in North AL

Madison County, AL is in the dark tonight. Every main feeder line into the area was destroyed by the tornadoes yesterday, and  you can walk outside and see the sky the way my great grandparents saw it 90 years ago!  I am writing this post using the generator that is running the five lights in our studio, and (we are told) no power is likely for at least 4 days. …

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26 April 2011

Storm Prediction Center Issues Rare “High Risk” of Severe Storms

There are two main ingredients for severe thunderstorms, wind shear and instability. These long lasting thunderstorms called supercells produce almost all of the severe weather that hits the plains and Southeast USA in the spring. If you have large hail or see a tornado, then you are in a supercell. Meteorologist combine instability and shear into an number called the supercell index. Anything above 5 is significant, and over 10 …

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19 April 2011

New Tornado Outbreak Coming- This one in the Midwest.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman (They are the ones who issue the tornado and severe thunderstorm watches) has indicated a moderate risk of severe storms on Wednesday afternoon and Evening over much of the Midwest. After last weekends swarm of tornadoes, this is not good news, but it is April and some of our deadliest tornado outbreaks have been in this month. There are already signs in the numerical …

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17 April 2011

Wild Friday Tornado Outbreak

The tornado outbreak on Thursday night into Friday from Oklahoma into Alabama was the worst of the spring so far. More damage was reported into North Carolina on Saturday but the states of Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Alabama were hardest hit. Most of the tornadoes were EF 0 to EF-2 which means winds were around 70-115 mph. You will survive if you are in a house, but a trailer park …

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25 March 2011

The Very Real Consequences of Defunding NOAA Satellites

I rarely pay much attention to federal budget issues, but this issue is on my turf. Having worked around TV-news folks for 31 years, I am rarely surprised by politics or politicians! You tend to get rather jaded because you end up seeing a lot of crazy things, day in and day out! That said, this is one I really could not believe. It seems the House of Representatives proposed …

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16 March 2011

Updated Radiation Trajectory for Fukushima

Here is the most recent trajectory forecast for air above the damaged nuclear plant in Japan. The model guidance continues to indicate an offshore flow for the next 48 hours. Experts in the USA are recommending that folks within 75 km of the plant move outside that zone. Will update these a couple of times a day as long as the situation warrants…

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