TORNADO WARNING!!!

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 17, 2009 1:19 AM GMT
    For the 2nd night in a row.....

    All is quiet here in my neck of the woods, sun shining brightly... just home from the gym... and I notice a thunderhead in the southern sky..... 30 minutes later its a mammoth thunderhead and huge clouds... its a supercell thunderstorm.... then suddenly

    Tornado Warning
    If a tornado warning is issued, a tornado has been confirmed to have touched down somewhere in your county. Take shelter if you are in an area that is being thretened. Change your WeatherWarn settings

    KSN Weather Bulletin
    TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS 807 PM CDT TUE JUN 16 2009 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WICHITA HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... WESTERN COWLEY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS. EASTERN SUMNER COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS. * UNTIL 900 PM CDT. * AT 807 PM CDT...LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD 6 MILES WEST OF OXFORD...OR 7 MILES EAST OF WELLINGTON...MOVING EAST AT 10 MPH. * LOCATIONS WITHIN THE WARNING INCLUDE... OXFORD...WINFIELD...STROTHER FIELD AIRPORT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. MOVE INTO YOUR TORNADO SHELTER NOW! IF NO UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...MOVE INTO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY STRUCTURE. LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WINDS ARE ALSO EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM. &&


    Such is life in Kansas... wait 30 minutes and it all changes!



  • silverfox

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    Jun 17, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    Be careful Chris we'll be thinking of you!
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 17, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    Dorothy, take off those ruby slippers!
  • DCEric

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    Jun 17, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    I am likely the only person on here who is jealous.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 17, 2009 2:19 AM GMT
    Mr. DCEric saidI am likely the only person on here who is jealous.



    And why would you be jealous, Mr. Eric?

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  • DCEric

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    Jun 17, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    Mr. DCEric saidI am likely the only person on here who is jealous.



    And why would you be jealous, Mr. Eric?

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    Cuz this gets me all hot and bothered:
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  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 17, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
    Actually I was walking the beagles and it now looks pretty ominous in the southern sky....
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 17, 2009 2:23 AM GMT
    Be sure to tell Vortex 2 (Weather Channel) which way she blows. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 17, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    DCEric saidI am likely the only person on here who is jealous.

    False. I love thunderstorms and tornadoes.
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    Jun 17, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    My grandmother actually died when a little girl from Kansas dropped a house on her.

    Well now that it explains it!!!
  • silverfox

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    Jun 17, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidActually I was walking the beagles and it now looks pretty ominous in the southern sky....


    OMG we havent heard from HndsmKansan in over 2 hours!

    Can you hear us Chris? Tell us i f you are alright!

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    Jun 17, 2009 4:51 AM GMT
    DCEric saidI am likely the only person on here who is jealous.


    HA!

    I hope Kansas man is ok!

    You are not Eric... when I was a kid in Western PA we had an outbreak of tornados touch down all over the Pittsburgh area and I was so bummed that one of them didn't hit our house.

    Not because I wanted to lose the house, or anyone to get hurt, but because it was so exciting.

    If my life had gone a little differently I might have turned out to be one of those storm chasers. I still get really excited for thunderstorms. I Love em.
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    Jun 17, 2009 5:21 AM GMT
    June 17 looks to be a big tornado day in south-central Nebraska (as least that's where the focus appears to be setting up 24 hours in advance). Watch out in the Beatrice, Hebron portion of the state and adjacent areas of northern KS.

    NE Colorado into the Nebraska Panhandle looks under the gun too.

    Tornado Researcher John
  • Pheo

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    Jun 17, 2009 8:34 AM GMT
    I had one behind my house last night, took out a window and a tree... And my power. On a generator now, luckily phone lines are underground. We're supposed to have more within the week. u.u I miss LA.
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    Jun 17, 2009 9:34 AM GMT
    In my 11 years in commercial broadcasting I can remember saying:
    The National Severe Storms forecast center in Norman OK has issued a tornado watch for an area x number of miles from blah de blah.

    I also remember very well saying, after broadcast and EBS tone(s):

    "The National Weather Service Office in Norfolk, NE has requested activation of the emergency broadcast system. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Madison County in Nebraska until 9:45 p.m."

    In all but two stations I worked at over the years we were the primary EBS (Emergency Broadcast System) stations for the region (post 09/11/2001, EAS).

    Just a few nights ago, flex89 / Logan and I watched a counter-clockwise rotation directly overhead, with another just to the north of us.

    One other day, I saw a water spout on the lake just out my door here at Lewisville Lake, TX.

    Another time, near Johnstown, NE, on the 4'th July, we saw 7 (seven) tornadoes in a group.

    The scariest time for me was when a tornado took the grain bins at the ranch south of Wood Lake, NE.

    The ranch was like so: chicken coop, machine shed, domicile, grain bins, barns, and corral, and big hill with the tornado. We were on the cellar stairs the day that happened.

    Here in North Texas, we don't often see cloud tops over about 40,000 at best. In NE, we'd see them at 75,000 from time to time. The other day, we had lots of storm damage with cloud tops at 65,000.

    Only a fool doesn't get out of the way of mother nature given a chance.

    I remember back when OKC got hit. I was with Deb, my very dear companion for 3.5 years. It was very hot, very humid, and very still. I told Deb "someone is going to get killed by weather today." Within just a few hours, the OKC tornadoes had gone through.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 17, 2009 10:04 AM GMT
    I so remember the OKC tornado (F5). I was stationed in south Missouri and we had our eyes on that monster of a storm. Everytime I come across that story on tv, I always watch it in awe like it was the first time again.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 17, 2009 12:09 PM GMT
    silverfox1 said
    HndsmKansan saidActually I was walking the beagles and it now looks pretty ominous in the southern sky....


    OMG we havent heard from HndsmKansan in over 2 hours!

    Can you hear us Chris? Tell us i f you are alright!



    God it was awesome.... I ran back in the house and then there was the tornado...I must have gotten sucked up in the funnel and then I was in this most AWESOME place....

    All I kept telling everyone was I want to go home... and they sent me home despite my house falling on Jeff''s grandmother.... There was this Wizard..
    he was dressed up as an LOLcat and they called him "Cas"....

    and he sent me home.. home.. And this is my room.. and I won't leave here
    ever, ever again... and ...

    blah blah...

    LOL

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    Jun 17, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    Just an update. It looks like there may be an outbreak of tornadoes in the area south central Nebraska to extreme northeast KS today (June 17).

    My colleagues and I are looking at the area from Hastings south to Hebron east to Beatrice north to Lincoln back to Hastings where the parameters are particularly volatile.

    If a supercell gets into that region given what we are forecasting for this afternoon, then a few strong and violent tornadoes are likely to occur.

    I am not out there today, but wish I was for the sake of my research. The picture on my profile was shot in the same area back in 2004 on a similar day.

    However, the sobering side is if this occurs and one of these things comes through a town. Fortunately, even in a pattern like this, the chances of that are somewhat slim, given the spread out nature of the towns in the area.

    All in that area keep your eyes and ears open today.

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    Jun 17, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidDorothy, take off those ruby slippers!


    ..and secure the house!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 17, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    fastprof saidJust an update. It looks like there may be an outbreak of tornadoes in the area south central Nebraska to extreme northeast KS today (June 17).

    I am not out there today, but wish I was for the sake of my research. The picture on my profile was shot in the same area back in 2004 on a similar day.




    Well in all seriousness, do be careful should you decide to "study at close range" again soon....
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    Jun 17, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    DCEric said
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    Cuz this gets me all hot and bothered:
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    Does anyone else think this is very phallic?

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    Jun 17, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said

    Well in all seriousness, do be careful should you decide to "study at close range" again soon....


    Thanks, but I know it's hard to convince people that storm research in the field is not particularly dangerous if (a) the person knows what he or she is doing; and (b) the person doesn't take risks.

    In the case of supercell tornadoes...their motions are NOT random, despite popular myth. We always set ourselves up so we have escape routes anyway.

    I really wish I were out there today.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 17, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    fastprof said


    I really wish I were out there today.


    I do think the whole process is intriguing. The atmosphere must have been just right for the large thunderstorm to develop south of Wichita. There wasn't much there, except for a few (what I perceived to be) minor thunderheads on my way back from the gym at about 7:15.. but within 30 minutes, it was "towering" in the south sky and by 8:00 p.m. a tornado warning had been announced. I thought the explosion was fascinating.. and then the storm didn't move much at all.
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    Jun 18, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    This is not good:

    "..ATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
    912 PM CDT WED JUN 17 2009

    NEC081-180230-
    /O.CON.KGID.TO.W.0019.000000T0000Z-090618T0230Z/
    HAMILTON NE-
    912 PM CDT WED JUN 17 2009

    ...THIS IS A TORNADO EMERGENCY AS A LARGE TORNADO MOVES EAST ALONG HIGHWAY
    34 AND IS HEADING DIRECTLY TOWARD AURORA...

    AT 910 PM CDT...A TORNADO WAS REPORTED. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR
    AURORA...OR ABOUT 15 MILES EAST OF GRAND ISLAND...MOVING EAST AT 20
    MPH.

    THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
    AURORA AROUND 925 PM CDT.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
    WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
    AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
    INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
    COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

    IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
    SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
    NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

    &&

    LAT...LON 4080 9794 4082 9826 4090 9824 4093 9820
    4093 9791
    TIME...MOT...LOC 0211Z 276DEG 16KT 4087 9809

    $$
    HEINLEIN
    ....."
  • Pheo

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    Jun 23, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    May 4th, 2003 we had one level my hometown. Even made Wikipedia. icon_rolleyes.gif
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockton,_Missouri