Flash Flood Watch in Effect Until 7 AM CDT Sunday for Western and Central Oklahoma (5-27-2015)

Flash Flood Watch in effect from 7 PM CDT this evening through
Sunday morning…

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a
* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Oklahoma and northern
  Texas…including the following areas…in Oklahoma…
  Alfalfa…Atoka…Beckham…Blaine…Bryan…Caddo…
  Canadian…Carter…Cleveland…Coal…Comanche…Cotton…
  Custer…Dewey…Ellis…Garfield…Garvin…Grady…Grant…
  Greer…Harmon…Harper…Hughes…Jackson…Jefferson…
  Johnston…Kay…Kingfisher…Kiowa…Lincoln…Logan…Love…
  major…Marshall…McClain…Murray…Noble…Oklahoma…
  Payne…Pontotoc…Pottawatomie…Roger Mills…Seminole…
  Stephens…Tillman…Washita…Woods and Woodward. In northern
  Texas…Archer…Baylor…Clay…Foard…Hardeman…Knox…
  Wichita and Wilbarger.

* From 7 PM CDT this evening through Sunday morning

* Wednesday night into early Thursday…best chance for heavy
  rainfall western and northern Oklahoma. Locally 1 to 2 inches
  of rain possible with higher amounts.

* Thursday afternoon and night…best chance for heavy rainfall
  southwest Oklahoma and western North Texas. Locally 1 to 2
  inches of rain possible with higher amounts.

* Friday night through Saturday night…best chance for heavy
  rainfall most of Oklahoma and North Texas. Widespread 1 to 2
  inches of rain with higher amounts.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…
Monitor weather forecasts and information. Make plans to get to
higher ground if flooding happens.

NWS Dodge City Issues Tornado Warning Based on My Report (4-13-2015)

At about 8:15 PM CDT, one of my storm chase team members witnessed a rain wrapped tornado 5 miles north of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Even though it was brief, it did have power flashes with some debris being kicked up. It was me embedded in some heavy rain.

The top shows Dodge City expiring the tornado warning with the bottom showing the report. Sometimes if it wasn’t for those reports, people won’t know it’s on the ground before it was too late. Very thankful that this occurred over rural areas.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
827 PM CDT SUN APR 12 2015

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BARBER KS-
827 PM CDT SUN APR 12 2015

…THE TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN BARBER COUNTY WILL EXPIRE AT
830 PM CDT…

THE TORNADO THREAT HAS DIMINISHED…THEREFORE THE TORNADO WARNING HAS
BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER…LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS REMAIN LIKELY
AND A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE AREA.

LAT…LON 3732 9838 3737 9845 3737 9846 3738 9844
      3738 9835 3732 9835
TIME…MOT…LOC 0126Z 246DEG 11KT 3737 9841

$$

KRUSE

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WFUS53 KDDC 130120
TORDDC
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BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
820 PM CDT SUN APR 12 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DODGE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
  NORTHEASTERN BARBER COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 820 PM CDT…A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS LOCATED 4 MILES SOUTH OF
  NASHVILLE…OR 8 MILES NORTH OF SHARON…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 15
  MPH.

  HAZARD…DAMAGING TORNADO AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.

  SOURCE…WEATHER SPOTTERS CONFIRMED TORNADO.

  IMPACT…FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
           SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
           DAMAGE TO ROOFS…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR.  TREE
           DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM WILL REMAIN OVER MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF
  NORTHEASTERN BARBER COUNTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TO REPEAT…A TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A
BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY
BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME…A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS…MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

&&

LAT…LON 3732 9838 3737 9845 3737 9846 3738 9844
      3738 9835 3732 9835
TIME…MOT…LOC 0120Z 246DEG 11KT 3737 9841

TORNADO…OBSERVED
HAIL…1.25IN

$$

KRUSE

My First Nighttime Tornado Near Afton, OK Rated EF1 (4-3-2015)

Last night, I witnessed my first nighttime tornado near Afton, OK around 10:05 PM CT. Sure, I’ve seen and witnessed tornadoes in my time. This was my first nighttime tornado. Check out this information statement from NWS Tulsa.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK 959 PM CDT Fri Apr 3 2015

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 04/02/15 TORNADO EVENT…

.. AFTON OKLAHOMA TORNADO… RATING: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 100 TO 110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 12.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 800 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 1

START DATE: APRIL 2 2015
START TIME: 959 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 5.5 NE VINITA / CRAIG COUNTY / OK START LAT/LON: 36.7045 / -95.0953
END DATE: APRIL 2 2015 END TIME: 1019 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 3.3 NE BERNICE / DELAWARE COUNTY / 0K END LAT/LON: 36.6561 / -94.8845 SURVEY

SUMMARY: A TORNADO DEVELOPED FROM A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM NORTH OF I-44 IN EAST CENTRAL CRAIG COUNTY TO THE NORTHEAST OF VINITA. THE FIRST DAMAGE NOTED OCCURRED TO BARNS AND TREES AT THE S 440 ROAD. THE TORNADO MOVED EAST SOUTHEAST SNAPPING AND UPROOTING TREES AND DAMAGING BARNS AND OUTBUILDING ALONG THE E 220 ROAD…S 440 ROAD…AND E 230 ROAD BEFORE CROSSING I-44…WHERE IT BLEW OVER TWO TRACTOR TRAILERS RESULING IN AN INJURY TO ONE OF THE DRIVERS. THE TORNADO MOVED EAST THROUGH OPEN COUNTRY AS IT MOVED INTO SOUTHWESTERN OTTAWA COUNTY THEN CROSSED HIGHWAY 60 ABOUT A MILE SOUTHWEST OF AFTON. ROUND HAY BALES WERE BLOWN ACROSS A FIELD AND LIMBS WERE SNAPPED FROM TREES. THE TORNADO DESTROYED BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS…DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES…AND SNAPPED OR UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES AS IT CROSSED THE S 510 AND S 520 ROADS. THE TORNADO MOVED INTO NORTHERN DELAWARE COUNTY NEAR THE S 520 ROAD. TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED…BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED…AND HOMES WERE DAMAGED AS IT APPROACHED THE NORTH END OF GRAND LAKE FROM THE WEST NORTHWEST. IT DESTROYED A PRIVATE BOAT DOCK THE LAKE THEN MOVED THROUGH A COMMUNITY OF HOUSES TO THE EAST OF THE LAKE…RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO HOMES AND TREES.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch #11 in Effect for Areas Along and South of I40 Until 10 PM CDT (3-31-2015)

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 11
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORMAN OK
357 PM CDT TUE MAR 31 2015 OKC005-009-011-013-015-017-019-027-029-031-033-039-043-045-049- 051-055-057-063-065-067-069-075-085-087-095-099-109-123-125-129- 133-137-141-149-010300- /O.NEW.KOUN.SV.A.0011.150331T2100Z-150401T0300Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 11 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN OKLAHOMA

THIS WATCH INCLUDES 35 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA: CANADIAN CLEVELAND GRADY MCCLAIN OKLAHOMA POTTAWATOMIE

IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA: PONTOTOC SEMINOLE IN NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA BLAINE DEWEY ELLIS

IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA: ATOKA BRYAN COAL HUGHES JOHNSTON MARSHALL

IN SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA: CARTER GARVIN JEFFERSON LOVE MURRAY STEPHENS

IN SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA: CADDO COMANCHE COTTON GREER HARMON JACKSON KIOWA TILLMAN

IN WESTERN OKLAHOMA: BECKHAM CUSTER ROGER MILLS WASHITA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ADA…ALTUS…ANADARKO…ARDMORE… ARNETT…ATOKA…CHEYENNE…CHICKASHA…CLINTON…COALGATE… CORDELL…DUNCAN…DURANT…EL RENO…ELK CITY…FREDERICK… HOBART…HOLDENVILLE…HOLLIS…LAWTON…MADILL…MANGUM… MARIETTA…MOORE…MUSTANG…NORMAN…OKLAHOMA CITY… PAULS VALLEY…PURCELL…SAYRE…SEMINOLE…SHAWNEE…SULPHUR… TALOGA…TISHOMINGO…WALTERS…WATONGA…WAURIKA… WEATHERFORD AND YUKON.

Moore Tornado Now Rated an EF2 (3-30-2015)

The rating on the Moore Tornado from Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 has been upgraded as pockets of EF2 damage was noted close to 2nd and Janeway. Also, near Main and Arnold in the same area. I observed similar damage when I visited the area on Thursday, March 26th.

The tornado lifted only 4 miles northeast of where I am at in Norman. Below, you will see a photo of the view from my residence in Norman. I observed 60 mph winds at my location around 6:45 PM CDT, most likely what is termed as rear flunk downdraft winds. I had also observed golf ball sized hail and 60 mph winds around 7:15 PM from this cell too near I35 and Robinson St in west Norman.

Here’s the information on tornado from NWS Norman. This information may change.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
423 PM CDT MON MAR 30 2015

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 3/25/2015 MOORE TORNADO EVENT

.OVERVIEW…
DAMAGE ACROSS SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA CITY… MOORE AND FAR NORTH NORMAN WAS CAUSED BY A COMBINATION OF THUNDERSTORM WINDS AND A NARROW TORNADO WITH AN INTERMITTENT DAMAGE PATH. THE PATH OF WIND DAMAGE
VARIED FROM 0.1 TO 0.6 MILES WIDE WITH EVIDENCE OF A NARROW TORNADO OBSERVED OCCASIONALLY WITHIN THIS AREA OF DAMAGE.

THE DAMAGE BEGAN NEAR SOUTHWEST 119TH STREET AND MAY AVENUE IN SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA CITY… MOVED THROUGH MOORE… AND ENDED ABOUT ONE-HALF MILE
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF NORTHEAST 36TH AVENUE AND INDIAN HILLS ROAD IN EXTREME NORTHERN NORMAN. THE MOST CONSISTENT EVIDENCE OF A TORNADO WAS OBSERVED FROM SOUTHWEST OF NORTHWEST 12TH STREET AND SANTA FE AVENUE TO NEAR SOUTHWEST 7TH STREET AND BROADWAY AVENUE IN MOORE.

LOW-END EF2 DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN A SMALL AREA OF MOORE FROM NEAR NORTHWEST 2ND STREET AND ARNOLD STREET TO NEAR MAIN STREET AND JANEWAY AVENUE.

.MOORE TORNADO…

RATING: EF-2 /MINIMAL/
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 111-115 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 11 MILES… ALTHOUGH NOT CONTINUOUS
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 50 YARDS
FATALITIES: 0
INJURIES: 7

START DATE: MAR 25 2015
START TIME: 634 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 4.5 MILES WNW MOORE /CLEVELAND/ OK
START LAT/LON: 35.349/ -97.565

END DATE: MAR 25 2015
END TIME: 650 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 7 SE MOORE /CLEVELAND/ OK
END_LAT/LON: 35.283/ -97.384

NOTE: THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

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View from Lexington Crossing of storm producing Moore Tornado. Notice the cloud in the lower left hand corner is the wall cloud producing the tornado.

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Radar image around the time the tornado lifted near 36th Ave NE and Indian Hills Rd in Norman, OK

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From NWS Norman: Damage path of the Moore tornado and straight line wind event from March 25, 2015

Sand Springs Tornado Rated EF2 by NWS Tulsa (3-27-2015)

A EF2 tornado hits areas from Keystone Lake to just SW of Sand Springs, OK on the evening of Wednesday, March 25th. Here’s the write up from NWS Tulsa.

SAND SPRINGS TORNADO…

RATING: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 125 TO 135 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 800 YARDS
FATALITIES: 1
INJURIES: 30
START DATE: MARCH 25 2015
START TIME: 525 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 6.3 W POGUE AIRPORT / OSAGE COUNTY / OK
START LAT/LON: 36.1752 / -96.2670

END DATE: MARCH 25 2015
END TIME: 538 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 0.6 SW OF SAND SPRINGS / TULSA COUNTY / OK
END LAT/LON: 36.1332 / -96.1167

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO DEVELOPED OVER KEYSTONE LAKE IN OSAGE COUNTY AND MOVED EAST SOUTHEAST ACROSS HIGHWAY 412 NEAR THE BRIDGE. IT DAMAGED RANCH HOUSES AND BARNS AS WELL AS A CHURCH ON 209TH WEST AVE. THE TORNADO MOVED SOUTHEAST DAMAGING SEVERAL HOMES ON 193RD WEST AVE AND CROSSED HIGHWAY 412 WHERE IT BLEW OVER A SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER. LARGE UTILITY POLES WERE SNAPPED SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 412 AND A DOUGHNUT BUSINESS WAS DESTROYED AT 177TH WEST AVE.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE ARKANSAS RIVER THEN MOVED EASTWARD ACROSS RIVER OAKS ESTATES MOBILE HOME PARK WHERE NUMEROUS HOMES WERE DESTROYED…RESULTING IN ONE FATALITY AND 30 INJURIES. THE TORNADO CROSSED THE RIVER AGAIN AS IT HEADED TOWARD SAND SPRINGS WHERE IT DISSIPATED JUST BEFORE HIGHWAY 97.

NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED ALONG THE PATH AND MANY POWER POLES WERE SNAPPED. THE SURVEY TEAM ALSO ASSESSED EXTENSIVE WIND DAMAGE FURTHER TO THE EAST ON CHARLES PAGE BLVD. A BROAD AREA OF WIND DAMAGE GENERALLY FROM THE NORTH TO SOUTH CAUSED SHINGLE DAMAGE AND MINOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO MANY HOMES…UPROOTED NUMEROUS TREES…AND DAMAGED BUSINESSES. THE NORTH FACING WALL OF A GYMNASTICS FACILITY HAD THE NORTH FACING WALL COLLAPSE INWARD…RESULTING IN THE ROOF COLLAPSING IN THAT PORTION OF THE BUILDING. SEVENTY FIVE CHILDREN WERE IN THE FACILITY AT THE TIME AND WERE TAKEN TO UNDERGROUND SHELTER BEFORE THE WIND STRUCK THE BUILDING. ESTIMATED WIND IN THIS AREA WAS AROUND 100 MPH.

Below is a series of radar images from NWS Tulsa showing the tornado on radar.
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Record Rainfall Hits Oklahoma City (6-23-2014)

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORMAN OK
400 PM CDT MON JUN 23 2014 .

..RECORD RAINFALL BROKEN AT OKLAHOMA CITY…

THE RECORD RAINFALL FOR THIS DATE WAS 2.79 INCHES… WHICH OCCURRED BACK IN 1908. SO FAR TODAY AT WILL ROGERS WORLD AIRPORT IN OKLAHOMA CITY… A TOTAL OF 3.03 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN… WHICH HAS BROKEN THE PREVIOUS RAINFALL RECORD. IF ANY ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATING RAIN OCCURS BEFORE MIDNIGHT CST… AN UPDATE WILL BE ISSUED.

Your Oklahoma City 7-Day Forecast: May 6-13, 2014

Tonight-Partly cloudy. Isolated thunderstorms possible. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of thunderstorms 10 percent.

Wednesday-Partly cloudy. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Windy. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of thunderstorms 20 percent.

Wednesday Night-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of thunderstorms 40 percent.

Thursday-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of thunderstorms 50 percent.

Thursday Night-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of thunderstorms 40 percent.

Friday-Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s.

Friday Night-Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.

Saturday-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of thunderstorms 30 percent.

Saturday Night-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of thunderstorms 30 percent.

Sunday-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of thunderstorms 30 percent.

Sunday Night-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of thunderstorms 40 percent.

Monday-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of thunderstorms 30 percent.

Monday Night-Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s. Chance of thunderstorms 30 percent.

Tuesday-Mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Chance of thunderstorms 40 percent.

Louisville, MS Tornado Rated a EF4 (4-30-2014)

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(From Twitter user @wxdam, a debris ball signature is on radar as the EF4 tornado hits Louisville, MS.)

On the afternoon of Monday, April 28rh a EF 4 Tornado struck Louisville and Renfroe, MS in Leake, Neshoba, Attala and Winston County. This tornado produced a large area of EF-2 to EF-4 damage along its path. Hundreds of structures were heavily damaged and thousands of trees were snapped and uprooted. A door from a building in the community of Louisville landed on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville.

The EF-4 damage consisted of several homes and apartments that were literally reduced to slabs, industrial buildings that collapsed, chicken houses that were completely destroyed with little trace left of them. Debarked and denuded trees and a collapsed cell tower were also noted.

Below is information from NWS Jackson, MS on the strength of the tornado

Rating: EF-4
Estimated Maximum Wind:  185 mph
Fatalities/Injuries: 9 fatalities and unknown Injuries
Damage Path Length:  35.5 miles
Maximum Path Width: 3/4 mile
Approximate Start Point/Time: 2 miles NNE Renfroe
3:51 pm
Approximate End Point/Time: 5 miles NNE Louisville
4:47 pm