For my first regular feature I have decided to highlight the various chasers and chase teams that put their lives at risk to conduct scientific research, track storms, or provide helpful information during times of crisis. As a Texan, I have chosen to focus on the Texas Storm Chasers first.
Mike Morgan, the chief "meteorologist" for KFOR in Oklahoma, is apparently on the most conveniently scheduled vacation in history. He made contact with the public through his station's Facebook page. In his statement he takes full responsibility for his bad advice.
On the first day of the season no less.
It's astounding that so many misconceptions regarding tornadoes continue to be repeated as fact. Some of the myths date back to the 19th century, were disproved a century later, and yet they are still regurgitated online or even through the media. Here is a list of some of these tornado "facts" that need to be rid of…
The Atlantic hurricane season is off to an excellent start. The National Hurricane Center has issued a notice stating that a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has a 60% expectancy to become a tropical depression or storm within the next 48 hours.
The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma issued a statement today declaring that the recent El Reno tornado was an EF-5. EF-5 is the highest rating possible for a tornado. In addition, the tornado path was at one point 2.6 miles wide which is quite likely the widest on record.
You can catch the replay on YouTube.
Envelope please. Oh, if this list feels familiar, it's because you last saw it in 2007 with three exceptions. Dean, Felix, and Noel were retired and replaced.
From Oklahoma today. If you want you can just skip to the second half. It is nuts:
*Update* Tornado threat is diminished, but straight line winds continue to be a major threat.