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Stormy Pattern East of Mississippi

9 May 2014, 5:44 am

St. James, MN Tornado Footage. Check out the YouTube clip captured late Thursday afternoon near St. James, MN – that sure looks like a confirmed tornado on the ground to me. Credit: “KDR Media chaser, Kholby Martin documented a tornado in Saint James, MN this evening. Tornado touched down just to the north of by ¼ of a mile and crossed the road, tearing up the ground. It was roughly a couple hundred yards wide yet not fully condensed.”


What Is It Like To Experience A Tornado? Check out this remarkable YouTube security camera video from St. Luke United Methodist Church, where a large tornado struck last week. My one take-away: that’s some sturdy playground furniture.


Edmond (Oklahoma) Tornado Sirens Can Talk. Just wait until one gets hacked by an Internet-savvy prankster. But overall this may not be a bad idea, go beyond a dumb-siren and have an alerting system that provides site-specific details? Sounds like progress to me, although I’ll say it again, if you rely (only) on sirens you’re setting yourself and your family up for trouble. Here’s a video and excerpt from FOX25 in Oklahoma City: “…Starting Wednesday, the City of Edmond activated its new voice alert systems at both Mitch and Hafer Parks. “These are meant to provide warning to those that are outside that may not have access to other warning mechanisms,” said Edmond Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Magee. Magee says the voice comes out of the same speakers as the tornado siren. The siren only goes off for a tornado warning, but now the voice will warn park goers about hail, high winds and thunderstorms…”


Central Soaking. While California and Arizona remain bone-dry, a series of soaking storms drop as much as 3-4″ of rain on Missouri in the coming week; 1-3″ rains quite common from the Mississippi River to the Appalachians. Source: NOAA.


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