Author Topic: April 30 to May 8, 2007 - Including the Greensburg Kansas EF5 Tornado  (Read 55761 times)

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Offline David C

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Good luck guys, should be some REAL plains action over the next few days. While I would prefer the upper trough the eject out more vigorously (more rapid destabilisation), it should not matter as there will be Kansas specials on offer in anycase (4000+CAPE and 60+knots 0-6km). It will be the first time quite a few of you guys there will have experienced this magnitude of SVR so take it all in :)



 
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Yes, best of luck for what looks like a very interesting few days of chasing. 

I'm looking forward to reports and pics.   

I start chasing on the 12th.
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Hi all,

We had a surprisingly interesting day yesterday with a Lp to classic supercell going crazy near Hillsborough! Lightning bolts from the anvil made it dangerous to be out of the vehicle and the organisation to supercell status was incredible. It was very close to producing a tornado with rapid rotation. There was absolutely no chaser that we saw around this storm because it developed and organised too quickly!

Pics later - we are enroute to Kansas after pulling off a miracle with car hire!

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For posterity>>

Unfortunately, it seems that the town of Greensburg KS has taken a direct hit and there is a tornado emergency current.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
1034 PM CDT FRI MAY 4 2007

KSC047-097-151-185-050400-
/O.CON.KDDC.TO.W.0027.000000T0000Z-070505T0400Z/
STAFFORD KS-EDWARDS KS-PRATT KS-KIOWA KS-
1034 PM CDT FRI MAY 4 2007

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT FOR
NORTHEASTERN KIOWA...NORTHWESTERN PRATT...SOUTHEASTERN EDWARDS AND
EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN STAFFORD COUNTIES...

AT 1031 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO
.  THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 4 MILES SOUTHWEST OF TROUSDALE...MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  FELLSBURG...
  TROUSDALE...
  HOPEWELL...
  RURAL RESIDENCES OF NORTHEASTERN KIOWA...NORTHWESTERN PRATT...
  SOUTHEASTERN EDWARDS AND SOUTHWESTERN STAFFORD COUNTIES.

TROUSDALE IS IN THE DIRECT PATH OF THIS VIOLENT TORNADO...TAKE
COVER IMMEDIATELY!!

THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING TORNADOES CAUSING SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE!
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OMG, check out these aerial photos of Greensburg:

http://www.kansas.com/static/slides/050507tornadoaerials/pages/_MG_0319.html

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It's a fine time for Stormtrack to remove the Target area access for visitors. It seems that visitors are contributing to the forum overloading and being shut down they have removed visitor access as a result. Great but it takes forever to join this stupid forum and thenif you don't post your membership gets canned! What are you supposed to do if you want to keep up with the latest developmenst and chase reports???

Lets see, the BoM website gets about 100,000+ hits a month and they don't seem to have a problem. I think Stormtrack needs to pay for more bandwidth, it's not like it's all that expensive over there!

Kiss goodbye to my stormwatching season :-(

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This is a particularly impressive VIS satpic at 23.45UTC (6.45 CDT) for central Texas.  SPC has a rope tornado spotted at the time.




Have to agree with you Jeff at Stormtrack - really peeved at no access to the reports, and they have shut down registering too.

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http://macca.bsch.au.com/gallery/20070502http://macca.bsch.au.com/gallery/20070504http://macca.bsch.au.com/gallery/20070505

Macca & Chris

(Currently staying in Clinton, OK as lines of thunderstorms pass about 5-10mi to our west with the odd storm passing over us...we had a lightning strike the building across the road...sparks were flying and the thunder was awesome!)

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Excellent report and congrats on the tornadoes -- great stuff, although the flip side of it all must have been all too evident for you guys as you approached Greensburg that night. The DDC area has copped an absolute flogging from this system and the wording in some of those tornado warnings was just spine-chilling. In addition, at the time there was a velocity image posted on storm track showing the off-the-scale TVS (~150 knots total shear) right over town. Back in 2004 we were on a storm, in the general same area btw, that was visibly spinning like a top and produced an EF4 and that was up at around 112 knots. The point being, this latest storm (Greensburg) was just brutal, and was brutal for over 100 miles.
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Dave,

Could you post any links here of video or pics of good storms and tornadoes that you see on stormtrack.

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Here's some more footage, this time from May 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roOVvEGyrzk
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Hi all,

Currently getting FLANGS galore but in between storms, I have just taken two screen captures (literally photos of the screen of my video camera) of the stove pipe tornado we got on Saturday night (last night).

http://macca.bsch.au.com/gallery/20070505

Enjoy,

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Hi all,

We have not been able to post for a few days because we have been on the road since acquiring the second vehicle.

First, congratulations on Macca and Chris for getting onto the tornado on the 5th May. We met them prior to getting those tornadoes same storm but we were destined to return to Dallas to pick up and set down friends in the group (arriving 3:30am). We did get two tornadoes and possibly a third daytime tornado - one was up close and personal within half a kilometre but not strong and no funnel developed. Impressive video as we headed on the go with rotating wall clouds etc.

On the night of the Greensburg, we were also cut off by the damage and on the way when the wedge was touching down, within 20 miles as the tornado ripped through the city and then as we headed up the 2 miles of downed power poles etc, Ray and Brad suggested they had observed a tornado consistent with the now smaller tornado direct north that did damage and cut off the northern road option. We will have to check video but low light made it difficult to observe. The scene of desctruction made us feel sick - for me it was the first time I was turned off by being in the area knowing there were and would be fatalities with a mile wide.

Yesterday was relatively crap though we had some blasting canon cg's in Clinton and that echoed across the whole neighbourhood for at least 10 seconds and vibrated the building!

Anyway, I will cut short here. Today is more like cold front central with likely HP supercells - lots of rain and thunder. We will play an easy day possibly along the red river rather than extreme SW Texas.

In relation to references to the supercell that hit Greensberg, I would like to add that this will go down as one in history as wedge fest. It is vary rare to get a cyclic supercell that puts down of the order of mile wide wedges one after the other. It was a long tracked supercell and one that prodcued tornadoes for at least 5 to 6 hours - I have not read up the reports at this point.

I will put some images online when time permits.

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Dave, That is awesome video! Those guys a completely insane and that wedge is just frightening!