El Reno, OK EF-5 Tornado Widest on Record (6/4/2013


On Friday, May 31st at approximately 545 PM CDT, a tornado would form southeast of the I-40 interchange with US-270. This tornado would catch so many people off guard with its rapid intensification as well as that this would be the tornado that would change the way tornado chasers would chase these monsters forever.

Here is the path of that monster tornado from NWS Norman.

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Here is the public information statement from NWS Norman on the May 31st tornado.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
1206 PM CDT TUE JUN 4 2013

…UPDATE ON MAY 31 EL RENO TORNADO…

METEOROLOGISTS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND RESEARCHERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE INFORMATION
RELATED TO THE MAY 31 EL RENO TORNADO.

WITH THIS INVESTIGATION… THE TORNADO HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO AN EF5
TORNADO BASED ON VELOCITY DATA FROM THE RESEARCH MOBILE RADAR DATA
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA RAXPOL RADAR. IN ADDITION… THE
WIDTH OF TORNADO WAS MEASURED BY THE MOBILE RADAR DATA TO BE 2.6
MILES AFTER THE TORNADO PASSED EAST OF US HIGHWAY 81 SOUTH OF EL
RENO. THIS WIDTH IS THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO ITSELF AND DOES NOT
INCLUDE THE DAMAGING STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS NEAR THE TORNADO AS
DETERMINED BY THE HIGH-RESOLUTION MOBILE RADAR DATA. THE 2.6 MILE
TORNADO PATH WIDTH IS BELIEVED TO BE THE WIDEST TORNADO ON RECORD
IN THE UNITED STATES.

.EL RENO TORNADO 

RATING: EF5
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 16.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 2.6 MILES
FATALITIES: N/A
INJURIES: N/A

START DATE: MAY 31 2013
START TIME:  6:03 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 8.3 WSW OF EL RENO /CANADIAN COUNTY /OK, NEAR COURTNEY ROAD ABOUT 1 MILE NORTH OF REUTER ROAD
START LAT/LON:  35.495 / -98.095
END DATE: MAY 31 2013
END TIME: 6:43 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 6.2 ESE OF EL RENO /CANADIAN COUNTY /OK, NEAR INTERSTATE 40 AND BANNER ROAD
END LAT/LON: 35.502 / -97.848

This tornado would be the one that kills famed tornado researcher and storm chaser, Tim Samaras, his son, Paul Samaras, and fellow meteorologist and storm chaser, Paul Young near Reuter Rd and Radio Rd. Here was where the tornado would be at its widest point.

This information might be changed as more information becomes available.

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