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
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