SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1951 times:
I don't have exact figures. One storm however did spawn an F4 half-mile wide cyclone. Better than 30 dead and many more injured, and that section of the country is not out of the hole yet last I heard. God speed be with the families.
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 28 Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1907 times:
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma did an amazing job predicting this. They were predicting a very dangerous weather system coming through the midwest well in advance (at least 24 hours).
Here's a map of all the severe weather occurances that occured yesterday accross the midwest. Quite a terrible outbreak.
There's at least 32 reported dead, 8 missing, and dozens of homes and businesses destroyed. The tornado that hit Kansas City may have been a possible F5, but only analysis of the damage done will tell the result.
So far today there have already been five more tornadoes in Tennessee with a barn, home, and elementary school destroyed.
Like somebody says, some of these places look like downtown Baghdad. This is a very bad disaster.
Illini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1864 times:
That's the midwest for you; the cold dry air from Canada can rush down with nothing really to block it, and the warm moist Gulf of Mexico airmass has nothing to block it's movement north, the result is some of the most severe weather in the world. Robert Buck, who spent two years looking for the worst weather he could in a B-17 said as much himself in both his book "Weather Flying", and his autobiography "North Star Over My Shoulder".
We get 2-4 of these major storms a year that cause widespread damage like this, and probibly another 20-50 "minor" ones that only level one or two towns.
Happy contrails - I support B747Skipper and Jetguy
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 28 Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1848 times:
Just to give you an example of how these storms affect aviation.
In Kansas City, the airport was shut down and terminals were evacuated. Travelers were given shelter in the tunnels leading from the parking lots to the terminals. Half an hour after the storms passed, travelers were allowed back into the terminal and flights were allowed to depart in limited numbers.