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Tornadic Storms Rip Through Kansas And Neighbors

Tue May 06, 2003 4:56 am

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.

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RE: Tornadic Storms Rip Through Kansas And Neighbors

Tue May 06, 2003 4:58 am

Hopefully, a lot of people were able to take advantage of tornado shelters... Anyway, I guess that with all the forecasting and countermeasures, the death tolls are nearly as low as possible.
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RE: Tornadic Storms Rip Through Kansas And Neighbors

Tue May 06, 2003 5:12 am

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.
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RE: Tornadic Storms Rip Through Kansas And Neighbors

Tue May 06, 2003 5:19 am

That looks so weird to a European like me... When a storm hits over here, you'll never see such focussed damage; you rather see entire forests snapped off, or also floodings.
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RE: Tornadic Storms Rip Through Kansas And Neighbors

Tue May 06, 2003 5:27 am

Aloges,

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.

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RE: Tornadic Storms Rip Through Kansas And Neighbors

Tue May 06, 2003 5:41 am

CNN is reporting that the death toll is now up to 40.
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RE: Tornadic Storms Rip Through Kansas And Neighbors

Tue May 06, 2003 5:45 am

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.
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RE: Tornadic Storms Rip Through Kansas And Neighbors

Tue May 06, 2003 5:55 am

What can I say? Posting four short sentences awards you an explanation of how the thing you were talking about works, in line with two book recommendations...  Big thumbs up Thank you, Mike!
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