Tim Samaras was an engineer who made probes that captured information at the base of the violent storms. He was inspired to chase tornadoes by the iconic scene in The Wizard of Oz.
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Tens of thousands of people in the Oklahoma City area are scrambling to get out of the way of at least four reported tornadoes on Friday.
Severe tornado and hail watch in effect. From NOAA (note this type of satellite data is in danger of being cut by the current administration):
A Moderate Risk of Severe Thunderstorms is Forecast Today and/or TonightTHE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FEW STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES…VERY LARGE HAIL…AND INTENSE DAMAGING WINDS OVER PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TO THE OZARK PLATEAU LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT.
For additional details, see the current Public Severe Weather Outlook (PWO).
Whoa!! David Karp liked my Oklahoma safe room post! Is this real life?
Actually, yes. Karp and Mayer (very briefly) discussed the power of social media and the monster tornado disaster in OKC in this nice interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos yesterday. I think this shows they are listening, and I am humbled.
Early warning, communication, training, and “safe rooms” combined to save thousands of lives from the Okla. monster tornado. It is a very clear example of how cities have designed adaptation systems to respond to local weather conditions.
How could so many have survived the Okla. tornado?
Viewers glued to TV following Monday’s tornado that hit here with the destructive force of an atomic bomb very likely expected to wake up Tuesday to a death and injury toll in the thousands.
How could anyone have survived the apocalyptic destruction of a worst-of-the-worst EF5 category storm? Miraculously, most did, despite an official warning coming just 16 minutes before the twister cut a 17-mile war-zone-like path through this city of 56,000.
Local, state and federal officials credit luck, happenstance, timing, faith, heroics, preparation and the seasoned experience that comes with living in the heart of Tornado Alley for the relatively low victim count.
“If they say there’s a chance of severe tornadoes, people take it really seriously,” said Tyler Porter, who lives in Oklahoma City, 10 miles north of Moore. “They pretty much know when it’s time to take cover.”
Excellent coverage by USA Today
The IRS has a tumblr. Here a rep discusses how they can help in times of natural disasters.
Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finds Missing Dog Mid-Interview
Wow. Pretty amazing. (Can’t believe the cameramen didn’t help her).
Another day of active severe weather is expected across parts of the Southern Plains into the Arklatex. Tornadoes (possibly strong), large hail and damaging winds are all possible.
Mile-wide tornado shreds Moore, Oklahoma. via CBS Last Updated Monday at 6:10 p.m. ET
Live owl cam! This momma is warming a clutch of eggs that are about to hatch. Via PopSci
(Photo: Tony Gutierrez / AP)
KANSAS CITY — The worst drought in more than half a century baked more than two thirds of the continental United States this summer and its harsh effects continue to plague the parched cities and towns of the Great Plains.
Ask the 94,000 people of San Angelo, Texas, who are running out of water. Fast.
The city — once known as “the oasis” of dry west Texas — now says it only has enough water supplies to last one more year. On Oct. 16, it will enforce its highest level of emergency measures to save its water supply.
That first-ever “Drought Level III” declaration will ban any watering of lawns, golf courses and gardens, forbid fresh water use for swimming pools and close commercial car washes.
The city will also push up usage fees aiming to cut water use by at least 30 percent as it awaits a new water pipeline now under construction. The pipeline will not be available for use until mid-2013 or later.
Protests from local businesses has prompted the city to consider some exceptions but those may be temporary, officials say.
“We need to get back to meeting just basic needs,” said Will Wilde, water utilities director for San Angelo. “We don’t want to put people out of business. It may come to that if conditions get extreme in the future. Do you want to keep a green lawn or do you want water to drink?”
Despite recent rains, the drought continues to expand, with severe or worse drought affecting 83.80 percent of the High Plains region, up from 82.81 percent the prior week, according to the weekly Drought Monitor on Thursday.
More than half of Texas is having a drought that is rated severe or worse, and more than 95 percent of Oklahoma is rated as experiencing the more serious category of extreme drought.
The action allows the state to become eligible for Federal Assistance.
God hates Oklahoma.
(Photo: Del City Fire Department)
Tinder-dry and wicked-hot Oklahoma battled at least six grass fires on Friday, including several just outside Oklahoma City — where the temperature reached 111 degrees Fahrenheit.
Two fires were burning in Cleveland County, part of Greater Oklahoma City, and residents in largely rural areas were ordered to evacuate.
False. Polycarbonate melts at around 300 degrees, and city lighting standards require either substances such as polycarbonate or tempered glass to withstand anything from vandals throwing rocks to hail to heat waves to electrical fires.
The lamp is located on 7th and Main in downtown Stillwater, Oklahoma, which hit an apocalyptic 114 degrees this week (thanks Sean Ball!). It melted from a dumpster fire.
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Why are these on during the day?
Update: I don’t think these melted from the weather.
WOW. It’s so hot in Oklahoma that the streetlights are melting.
Today could be the hottest day in Oklahoma City history, 114 degrees.
Meanwhile, a senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe (R), is a major climate denier.
Photo from KFOR-TV