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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by GoodForAnother, May 10, 2010.
Keep your head on a swivel
8 hours... damn
Pretty sure Spann was on much longer than 8 hours that day.
This beauty is a couple miles away.
Man the 2:30 hour mark of that spann video you can see how much of a monster that tornado became.
This cell ended up dropping nickel sized hail on my house ~20 miles away about 30-45 mins ago. Saw it form at work then got the wrath of it when I got home a little later.
Interesting (subjective) look at F/EF5 tornadoes
Whenever I think about the Super Outbreak, Tuscaloosa is the first thing that comes to mind(probably because of all the incredible videos I've watched of it), but holy shit at all the EF5s that dropped that day. 2011 was a real mother fucker with El Reno and Joplin, as well.
Nevermind the tornado, the fish are biting!
Hackleburg-Phil Campbell is the most incredible EF-5 since Jarrell. I will fight anyone who argues.
It’s a pretty good list actually. I only have a few discrepancies. May re-rank later.
so when is this stuff starting today
Did you or Zebbie get any of the hail from the cell that just came through DFW?
We got some lightning but that’s it.
Also the news is saying DFW should get it around 9-12 pm tonight.
i didn’t hear anything at all, but i had my white noise machine on pretty high
thunder woke me up. no hail. my weather station showed 21 mph gusts and .2" of rain. I didn't hear any hail
12.) Philadelphia, MS (2011)
It is probably a good thing that this tornado remained mostly in rural areas during its lifespan, because had it impacted more structures, it very likely would be much higher on this list. While one well-built home was swept from its foundation, the EF5 rating derives mainly from the remarkable ground scouring this tornado produced. In some places a trench up to "two feet deep" was scoured by this tornado, a simply incredible feat that no other tornado on this list competes with (NWS Jackson).
Sweet pic from the 80s... oh wait his shirt says 2012
#3 on this list. Check out the ground scouring photo, its absolutely gnarly. That guys page is pretty awesome. He ranks the top 20 most powerful tornadoes post 1970 and pre 1970 with tons of great photos.
Warm, humid, and sunny here right now. Looks like things could be ripe for later today
Hey man, you have to Finish What Ya Started.
~ This guy, probably
I'll see myself out
This is a scary sentence:
An NWS survey team found no evidence that the mobile home had made contact with the ground, so it likely remained airborne the entire distance before disintegrating on impact (NWS, 2011).
Moderate zone expanded
The Jarrell tornado description was the real scary one. Basically a 100% kill rate in it's main path.
1. Jarrell, Texas – May 27, 1997
View of the Jarrell tornado as it obliterates homes on Double Creek Drive. The slow moving storm caused the most intense wind damage ever documented.
□ On May 27, 1997, a tornado of unparalleled violence touched down in the hills of Central Texas. The storm was spawned from a rapidly developing supercell that drifted slowly to the southwest, the opposite direction of most severe thunderstorms. Initially, the thread-like funnel caused little damage as it followed the I-35 towards the small town of Jarrell.
Unexpectedly, the tornado entered a period of explosive intensification several miles north of Jarrell. In less than two minutes, the narrow funnel expanded into a massive, violently rotating wedge tornado. Large sections of pavement were torn from county roads as the storm made a shift to the west-southwest, sparing the center of Jarrell. Homes that lined County Road 305 and Double Creek Drive, however, lay directly in the storm’s path. Good visibility and excellent warning meant that all the area’s residents were well aware of the tornado, but interior rooms in well-constructed homes provided no protection. Every home in the tornado’s path was swept cleanly away, killing entire families. In the homes where the fatalities occurred, there were only three survivors – all on the far northern edge of the tornado’s damage path. The 0% survival rate for those above ground in the core of worst damage is unique to the Jarrell event.
The damage in the Double Creek area was the most intense ever surveyed. The thick pasture grass that once covered the area was ripped completely from the ground, along with more than one foot of soil. The sheds, fences and trees that populated the neighborhood were also removed, leaving nothing but fields of empty mud. All of the pavement in the worst affected areas was scoured, and every telephone pole in the core damage path was sheared inches above ground level. Surveyors also documented perhaps the most extreme instance of debris granulation ever recorded. All of the destroyed structures, trees and utility poles were pulverized into tiny pieces, quite literally leaving nothing left for emergency crews to sift through. The bodies of the victims were thrown long distances, many more than a quarter mile, and were nearly impossible to identify. Additionally, more than a dozen vehicles known to have been in the Double Creek area were removed without a trace (Grazulis, 2003).
Debate exists over the nature of the Jarrell damage. Post-storm surveys were challenging due to the complete lack of debris, but some of the homes were determined to have been well-constructed (NOAA, 2003). Additionally, one of the destroyed homes where three fatalities occurred had thick stone walls 24-inches thick (NBC, 1997). Even so, many believe that the slow movement of the Jarrell tornado, which averaged 8mph, was primarily responsible for the severity of the damage. While the tornado’s slow pace surely contributed to its astounding violence, the nature of the damage was highly indicative of F5 winds.
no it went north of me, looks like north of downtown up to 820 is where it started & then moved southeast from there
Yea no thanks on that ef5 list. Scary shit.
SC is super screwed if we keep getting tornados like we have the past two weeks. Like 95% of homes here are shitty pre-fab quality slab homes prime to be obliterated.
Fucking shit - and I thought the Jarrell one ripping up asphalt pavement was bad...
Boy this afternoon update just narrowed in the hail right on top of me
Good luck this afternoon
lets fuck up half of fucking Oklahoma
Stopping by to say hey. I need larger than nickel sized hail. (Not really)
rip tulsa hoods and roofs
Baseball sized hail? I thought they said no sports during quarantine! Ima be out here listening to st. Lunatics swinging a bat tonight!
rip ShuPoor and Andy Reocho
Jokes on y'all, my car got fucked up by hail last Wednesday and i welcome death
What time the storm hitting? I’ll have my car parked in my rented houses garage
Clearing out the garage to put the corvette back in there now
Looks like OKC has a nice Police Chase going as a prep to the storms.
But it looks so good parked in front of your trailer home
And we’re off
She’s the envy of the rest of my fellow park mates
I've read more books and looked at more damage photos than I care to admit over the last 5 years. I'm no meteorologist but I fancy myself as an amateur tornado historian. If I ever have more time i'll do a better breakdown of a top 50 tornadoes in history. For today i'm just listing a top 15 since 1950 (when Ted Fujita started the F scale) with a few anecdotes. My list takes into totality what the storm did instead of just death toll. For example, Greensburg and Joplin devastated the cities they hit but the highest end damage of the tornado isn't as impressive as some other tornadoes that didn't hit larger cities but showed incredible damage where they did hit.
15. Rainesville, AL (2011) - Tornado ripped an 800lb safe anchored to a homes foundation and threw it 200 yards. The door to the safe was never found.
14. Parkersburg-New Hartford, IA (2008) - the most intense tornado of the EF scale era outside of storms in 2011.
13. Bakersfield Valley, TX (1990) - moved a 180,000lb oil tank 3 miles up a hill. Several roads were stripped of asphalt with severe ground scouring. Tornado was given an F-4 rating because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
12. Philadelphia, MS (2011) - Dug a 2ft trench. Some of the most intense ground scouring ever recorded.
11. Andover, KS (1991) - The most explosive upward motion ever filmed. Duke Evans video of it is incredible:
10. Guin, AL (1974) - Terrifying nighttime tornado but few photos/videos exist of the damage. Rumors Ted Fujita considered rating F-6 for the damage.
9. Smithville, MS (2011) - 70mph forward speed with intense ground scouring.
8. El Reno, OK (2011) - A 20,000lb oil truck was thrown a mile and the 1.9 million pound Cactus 117 oil rig was toppled and rolled 3 times.
7. Bridge Creek-Moore, OK (1999) - While Moore gets the attention the tornado peaked in Bridge Creek. Mobile Doppler captured winds at 308mph. The highest wind speed ever recorded on Earth.
6. Harper, KS (2004) - One of my "favorite" tornadoes. Rated an F-4 because the surveryors didn't know what to make of what they were looking at. The tornado only hit one 2-story house but the house vanished. Just disappeared with no debris left . Farm equipment was found a mile away in a field stripped down to the chassis.
5. Brandenburg, KY 1974- The tornado toppled part of a walkout basement wall. 18 deaths in just 9 homes on Green Street is an incredibly high fatality rate showing just how powerful the winds were.
4. Udall, KS (1955) - This tornado would be ranked higher on every list if Udall was a bigger town. Basically the entire town suffered F-5 damage and the town water tower toppled over.
3. Beecher, MI (1953) - The residential structural damage done by this tornado on Coldwater Rd. is the highest end damage to a neighborhood outside of the Jarrell tornado. 60 fatalities on a 1/4 stretch of road is insane.
2. Hackleburg-Phil Campbell, AL (2011)- The modern era Tri-State tornado. A 132 mile long track with sustained EF-5 or near EF-5 damage for 70 straight miles of it. 72 fatalities hitting only small cities and mostly over rural land. Incredible.
1. Jarrell, TX (1997)- A perfect death machine. Outside the Tri-State tornado, its the single most remarkable tornado in history.
Anecdotes based on my personal opinion:
Greensburg, KS (2007) was an EF-4
Tuscaloosa was properly rated as an EF-4
Vilonia and El Reno 2013 were EF-5s
Current view of the cell headed toward my house
Good timing. Starting to lightning like crazy
Futureman is homeless and lives on the highway
Hey I recognize that area
Nice skyscrapers we got here huh