Another stormy week… another deadly tornado

May 23rd, 2011 at 8:45 am by under Uncategorized, Weather

After a pretty amazing weekend (with the exception of the thunderstorms late Sunday)… we are right back into a stormy weather pattern this week.  Overnight thunderstorms produced some heavy rain, as storms moved over & over the same location.  We have some flooding concerns in the southeastern Miami Valley this morning, with radar estimating more than three inches of rain in parts of Greene and Clinton counties.  Be aware you may come upon water on the roads… and remember the phrase “Turn around, don’t drown,” as you do just that!!

A front will stall out over the region, and lay west-to-east for a good part of the week.  Disturbances will ride along this front, bringing several rounds of thunderstorms to the area.  Looking at the severe weather outlook, we really have a chance of severe weather through Thursday.  This morning, the SPC is planning to upgrade our area to a MODERATE risk for this afternoon and evening.

Hail and wind will be the main threats, as well as an increased tornado threat… and heavy rain.  With the potential for thunderstorms each day, possibly training over the same area. the flooding concern will linger.

On Sunday, there was another devastating tornado outbreak.  Parts of Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin had reported touchdowns:

In particular, the town of Joplin, MO was hit hard.  It is estimated that 25-30% of the city was wiped out, as a powerful tornado cut a 4-6 mile path through town.  The death toll was up to 89 this morning, and likely to rise… as crews continue to search through the destruction.  Sadly, this makes it the deadliest tornado outbreak in Missouri history, surpassing the 1957 death toll of 56.   Joplin’s population is 50,000… and the NWS gave people about a 20-minute lead time with tornado warnings.  More thunderstorms (some strong) and heavy rain is possible for this area today, and tomorrow they are right back in a moderate risk.  What a Spring.

Jamie

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