Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Storm Wolf » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:12 pm

Fu Manchu wrote:A few hours ago a tornado 3miles wide left a 63mile path of destruction! Has been confirmed. Will post link to data later.



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:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

3 miles wide?! Jesus! That's longer than the distance between my mate's house and Walmart! It's longer than the distance between my house and my high school - and that took some time to walk! At a stroll, I guess. I'm trying to picture a tornado stretching across two suburbs...

It's been some season! I get Reed's updates on Facebook, and also Sean Casey's. Reed posts a lot of updates. I'm actually glad none of the twisters hit Marshalltown, where my friends live. One tornado flattened a town a couple hundred miles from Sioux City. I think that was the same tornado. F5. All those deaths...

...and it's only mid-April!
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Postby Fu Manchu » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:54 am

There was a quiet day yesterday but today is firing up!
St Louis getting some attention from chasers.

Super Cells getting going.

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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Pete » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:46 pm

Somebody give me a link to the storm chasers website, please? :)

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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Sydney » Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:13 pm

Pete, as in the show lol? Or a chaser in particular?

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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Pete » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:55 am

Yeah for the whole show. Though a link to Reed Timmer's site would be good. :)

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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Sydney » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:35 am

Reed's is www.tornadovideos.net You can watch live chaser cams there including his.
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/storm-chasers/ That is for the show.
www.findthetornado.com is another amazing chaser, he does a live stream which is great quality image and has actually caught a lot more tornados that Reeds crew so far this year. They work together sometimes though. They are all the best of friends! The cam to watch on here is Andy Gabrielson's.

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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Tasman » Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:04 am


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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Tasman » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:54 pm

Toll rises as storms, floods rock southern US
4:10 PM Thursday Apr 28, 2011


A wave of tornado-spawning storms swept the US South, splintering buildings across hard-hit Alabama and killing 72 people in four states.

At least 58 people died in Alabama alone, including 15 or more when a massive tornado devastated Tuscaloosa.

Eleven deaths were reported in Mississippi, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee.

States of emergency were declared in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma, and governors called out the National Guard to help with rescue and clean-up operations.

The National Weather Service had preliminary reports of more than 110 tornado touchdowns in 24 hours.

Especially hard-hit was the southern state of Alabama, hit by two lines of storms, one in the morning and one in the evening.

An evening tornado tore through the city of Tuscaloosa and the city "has been majorly impacted," Yasamie August with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency told AFP.


"We're still trying to assess how bad the damage is," said August, adding that the local EMA office was among the buildings struck.

News footage showed paramedics lifting a child out of a flattened Tuscaloosa home, with many neighbouring buildings in the city of more than 83,000 also reduced to rubble. A hospital there said its emergency room had admitted at least 100 people.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox told CNN that the tornado "obliterated blocks and blocks" of his city.

"My wife and I were watching the weather coverage until the monster was right up on us," Tuscaloosa resident Will Nevin told The Birmingham News, the local newspaper.

"Then it was the mad dash to the bathroom where the lights flickered, pulsed and finally gave up. Even on the ground floor of our two-story apartment building, we could hear the wildness above us."

A tornado also struck the city of Birmingham and officials were still assessing the damage, August said.

"This has been a very serious and deadly event that's affected our state, and it's not over yet," Alabama Governor Robert Brantley told reporters after the second string of storms.

Some 74 tornadoes were reported on Wednesday and there have been hundreds of reports of wind and hail damage, the national weather service said.

The NWS issued a rare "high-risk" warning of tornadoes, hail, flash flooding and dangerous lightning for parts of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and warned that severe weather could also strike 21 states from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf Coast and across to the Atlantic.

The NWS said that a tornado watch will remain in effect until 0500 GMT Thursday for southeastern Alabama.

Storm victims across the region were trapped in homes, trailers and cars by falling trees. Hail the size of golf balls cracked windows.

Roads were washed out or rendered impassable by fallen trees and power lines across the region. Homes, schools and businesses were flattened, flooded and set on fire by lightning.

"Our citizens have endured days of consecutive severe storms and flooding," said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.

"We stand ready to assist any community in need, and we urge Kentuckians to remain on alert until this storm system finally passes."

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Missouri after levees failed to hold back swollen rivers.

"I'm just glad my family is safe," said Chris Pigg, who spent the night at a shelter with his wife and daughter and wasn't sure if he'd have a home to return to after the Black River breached the levee in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

The skies are not expected to clear until late Thursday or Friday.

There will be little time to mop up, as another major storm system is forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds on Saturday.

The storm comes after a wet spring and a winter of heavy snowfall, which means the ground is saturated and rivers were already quite high.

Officials were considering deliberately destroying levees in some areas to ease pressure on swollen rivers, some of which are so high that barges have become trapped under bridges.

As much as 18 inches (45 centimetres) of rain had fallen from Saturday through Tuesday night in some areas.

"It's producing major to record flooding in a lot of those river basins," said Jim Keeney, deputy chief of the weather service's central region.

In Arkansas, flash floods and a series of tornado strikes have killed at least 11 people.

"There's trees down, the power's down, you've got homes that are damaged... as well as a lot of flooding going on," Renee Preslar, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas department of emergency management, told AFP.

Officials across the country begged people to use common sense and not to try to drive or walk through the floodwaters.

"Some people are still trying to drive around barricades with their cars. Please don't do that," Louisville, Kentucky Mayor Greg Fisher said at a press conference.

"If it's moving fast you can go with it."

- AFP, AP
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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Sydney » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:26 pm

Terrible. been watching the chasers updates on twitter all day. Unbelievable season for them so far. The power of La Nina. Perfect for chasing but ultimately a recipe for disaster.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:34 pm

There would be chasers in the US scoring tors each day numbering the entire count of previous encounters.

What was there today? 110 of them? Just silly numbers.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:49 pm

150 plus people have been killed :( A 2km wide Tornado, just horrible. At just the start of the season, we can only hope that these beautiful weather features spare lives for the rest of the season.

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Re: She'll Be Apples April 2011

Postby Sydney » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:13 pm

173 now reported dead in the states from the tornado outbreak. Devastating.

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Re: She'll Be Apples April 2011

Postby Pete » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:22 pm

Yeah this is got to be the worst storm in U.S. history. And its only April! :shock: I though the greatest amount of tornadoes occurred during May and early June.

11.0 here, 11.1 at Albany Airport. Looking forward to a cold morning tomorrow. :D

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Re: She'll Be Apples April 2011

Postby Sydney » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:38 pm

Remember La Nina makes that different this year though. Overly active season already resulting in many tornado outbreaks.


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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Tasman » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:20 pm

Thanks CMC, just amazing to see and hard to imagine being so close to these things.

Very sad to see the human toll..

'Catastrophic' tornadoes kill 280 and destroy US towns
April 29, 2011 - 9:43AM


Shocked Americans struggled on Thursday to grasp the magnitude of the worst US tornadoes in decades, which carved a trail of destruction across the south, leaving 280 people dead and some communities virtually wiped off the map.

Disbelief and despair were written on the faces of residents of cities and towns in seven states crippled by the ferocious spring storms as they picked through the remains of destroyed homes, businesses and schools, in surreal scenes of devastation more common to war zones and massive earthquakes.

The severe weather killed at least 184 people and injured several hundred more on Wednesday in Alabama alone, authorities told AFP, and President Barack Obama said he would travel to the state on Friday for a first-hand look at the devastation.



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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Sydney » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:32 pm

well over 300 dead now. sickening.

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Postby Fu Manchu » Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:23 pm

Sydney may have seen this already but for those who haven't this is a blog link by Dr Greg Forbes who documented the '74 outbreak.
http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/8_2 ... _mainindex

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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Tasman » Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:48 pm

Springfield - Massachusetts
Watch video> Tornado footage


State of emergency as twin tornadoes smash Massachusetts
By staff writers From: NewsCore June 02, 2011 11:04AM


Death toll has reached four so far
62,000 Massachusetts homes without power
Large area of US East Coast under tornado watch

A STATE of emergency was declared in Massachusetts today, after two tornadoes barrelled through the city of Springfield, leaving in their wake four dead, numerous injured, 62,000 homes without power and a trail of damage.

Governor Deval Patrick said it was believed four people had died after a twister struck West Springfield, in the south-west of the state - however officials had not yet confirmed that fatality.

The governor said 19 communities were affected, and 1000 National Guard troops were deployed to the Springfield area and the town of Munson to assist residents, the Boston Herald reported.

The Massachusetts Urban Search and Rescue Team, which was among the responders at Ground Zero on September 11, was also activated.

Dramatic video earlier in the day showed a debris-filled funnel roaring through downtown Springfield, leaving vehicles overturned and trees uprooted as it swept through the heavily-populated area.

Local television stations reported heavy damage in the city's South End section, with roofs torn off buildings.

"We've got a lot of damage. A lot of buildings damaged, a lot of trees downed from downtown heading east throughout the city," Springfield police Captain William Collins said.

According to the Herald, one eyewitness screamed at her colleagues to take cover when she saw a twister approaching their office building.

"She looked out the window in our office and said she could see the funnel cloud," Margaret Jordan told the Herald. "She yelled 'everybody move' and we all ran into the stairwell. I heard it roar overhead and the glass doors to our office were flying open.

"I saw rooftops missing, cars moved, trees down all over the place."

As of 6pm local time, 62,000 homes in Massachusetts were without power, WCVB-TV reported.

The mayor of Westfield, Massachusetts, reported that a tornado originated in his town before sweeping 16.1km east to Springfield.

A large area of the East Coast from Pennsylvania to Maine, including New York, Boston and Philadelphia, was under a tornado watch for much of the day. The most recent warning was due to expire at 11pm local time.

Tornadoes, hail measuring up to 5cm in diameter, thunderstorms, wind gusts of up to 112km/h and dangerous lightning were possible in these areas, the National Weather Service warned.


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Re: Iowa (Midwestern USA) Weather - Tornado Alley

Postby Storm Wolf » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:46 pm

I still can't believe how huge and terrible this season has been. :/
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