Remembering Those in Joplin, Tropical Storm Bud and Today’s Severe Threat
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Remembering Those in Joplin, MO
1 Year Ago…
“On a hot and humid Sunday afternoon on May 22, 2011, a supercell thunderstorm tracked from extreme southeast Kansas into far southwest Missouri (NWS Springfield, County Warning Area). This storm produced an EF-5 tornado over Joplin, Missouri causing incredible devastation and a tragic loss of life. This storm along with others generated additional tornadoes, wind damage and flash flooding across far southwest Missouri.”
“A large portion of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by an EF-5 (greater than 200 mph) tornado resulting in 158 fatalities and over 1000 injured in the Joplin MO area. The Joplin tornado is the deadliest since modern record keeping began in 1950 and is ranked 7th among the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history.”
“The tornado surpassed the June 8, 1953, tornado that claimed 116 lives in Flint, Mich., as the deadliest single tornado to strike the U.S. since modern tornado recordkeeping began in 1950. The deadliest tornado on record in the U.S. was on March 18, 1925. The “Tri-State Tornado” (MO, IL, IN) had a 291-mile path, was rated F5 based on a historic assessment, and caused 695 fatalities.”
The summary for the Joplin, Missouri tornado is here: www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf/
Here’s an uplifting story about the recovery efforts from the Christian Science Monitor titled: Hope, Resiliency and Unity Mark the Joplin Tornado Anniversary.
Remembering the North Minneapolis, MN Tornado
1 Year Ago…
On the same day as the Joplin, MO EF5 tornado, an EF1 twister touched down in North Minneapolis. People are still cleaning up/recovering from the event last year.
“Eleven tornadoes touched down in eastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and northeast Iowa on Sunday, May 22, 2011, including one EF-1 that tore through North Minneapolis and neighboring areas, and two EF-2 tornadoes that hit northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and southwest Wisconsin (including La Crosse). There was one fatality in north Minneapolis. This was also the day when a violent EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri and killed 158 people.”
The summary for six long-tracked tornadoes in the La Crosse area is here: www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php
Storm Reports From May 22nd, 2011
May 22nd, 2011 was an incredible day. There were 823 severe weather reports (hail, high winds & tornadoes). 64 of those were tornado reports.
Severe Threat Today
The severe threat today encompasses the High Plains and parts of the Southeast. Hail and high winds look to be the primary threat with these two areas, but there could be an isolated tornado in the High Plains as a little more rotation gets tangled up with any storm that develops.
Heavy Rain Forecast
The front pushing across the High Plains will spit out several round of severe weather potential through the week, but the slow movement will have heavy rain/minor flooding as a risk too. Check out the 5 day HPC rain forecast.
Take a look at our newly formed tropical storm in the Eastern Pacific. This is BUD!
Some Neat Facts About BUD
- “Bud is the second named storm to form in the Eastern Pacific in 2012–Tropical Storm Aletta, which formed on May 15, was the first. Bud’s appearance on May 21 marks the earliest date since record keeping began in 1949 for formation of the season’s second named storm.
- The previous record was set in 1984, when the second named storm formed on May 29. Only two other years have had two named storms in May in the Eastern Pacific–2007 and 1956, which both had the second named storm of the year form on May 30.
- If Bud ends up making landfall in Mexico as a hurricane, it would be only the second Eastern Pacific May hurricane on record to hit Mexico. The other was Hurricane Agatha of May 24,1971,which hit the same stretch of coast that Bud is threatening.
- Agatha made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane about 45 mi (75 km) from Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The village of Playa Azul was hard hit by the storm, with up to half of the village’s homes destroyed.
- Ocean temperatures this year in the region where Aletta and Bud formed are only slightly above average, so the large scale atmospheric patterns are probably more to blame for this year’s exceptionally early start to hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific.”
We’ll have to watch bud later this week/weekend as he nears Mexico. Heavy rain would be the most significant threat…
It’ll be another HOT day today across the Southwest. Look at the EXCESSIVE HEAT ADVISORIES/WARNINGS where temperatures could soar close to 115° – YIKES!
Forecast Highs Today
Record Heat in Denver?
It’s going to be a hot one in Denver, CO too! Temps are expected to spike into 90s later this afternoon. This would be the first 90° of the year and the warmest temp since September 1st, 2011 when they hit 96°
This was the view from downtown Denver earlier today…
Moose on the loose! Thanks to the Denali National Park for sharing this picture on their Facebook page.
“We are on the cusp of green-up. Meanwhile, a moose has do what a moose has to do. Warm air vented from an underground utility system cultivates tasty greens worth kneeling for. ~IN”
Thanks for checking in and have a great rest of your week!
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