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2013-05-20 04:03:43 PM  
Tornado Emergency for Moore and southern OKC.
 
2013-05-20 04:05:29 PM  
Not this again. :(
 
2013-05-20 04:05:33 PM  
 
2013-05-20 04:06:05 PM  
Stay Safe!!!
 
2013-05-20 04:06:42 PM  
Yikes.
Stay safe, OKC farkers.
 
2013-05-20 04:07:20 PM  
Dang. And I thought it was windy here...

Stay safe out there, Oklahomans!
 
2013-05-20 04:07:29 PM  
That's a big tornado....

stay safe OKC farkers.
 
2013-05-20 04:07:38 PM  
What happens if NIckleback gets sucked up in a tornado?  Does that form a supersuck or do they cancel each other out?  I propose we find out.
 
2013-05-20 04:07:39 PM  
Where is Bill Paxton when you need him!?!
 
2013-05-20 04:07:49 PM  
Is it too soon to talk about Tornado Control.....just for the lols.
 
2013-05-20 04:07:59 PM  
It's following a similar path to the last big OKC tornado.  ugh.
 
2013-05-20 04:08:36 PM  
Warning cones here:
http://www.news9.com/category/258217/weather-control-center#!/centra l/

Looks like south of the city, or suburbs. Not sure.
 
2013-05-20 04:08:40 PM  
Thanks, 0bama!
 
2013-05-20 04:08:40 PM  
It looks like this front is heading straight north east toward Tulsa.
 
2013-05-20 04:09:14 PM  
I hope you guys stay safe.
 
2013-05-20 04:09:15 PM  
Wow, classic hook echo. Text book. Doppler not needed.
 
2013-05-20 04:09:26 PM  
weknowmemes.com
 
2013-05-20 04:09:30 PM  
I'd be curious to see what Pat Robertson has to say about this.

//Damn OKC overrun by queers!
 
2013-05-20 04:09:34 PM  
Could they disrupt it with a large explosion?
 
2013-05-20 04:09:39 PM  
one of the reasons I am glad I don't live in Tulsa anymore, those things scare the crap out of me.

Stay safe Okkies
 
2013-05-20 04:09:54 PM  
Are you sure it's not just the Tasmanian Devil?
 
2013-05-20 04:10:00 PM  
watched it develop on the news.. shep had a storm chaser on the phone who got cut off, they went to commercial then come back early to show the live tornado :P
 
2013-05-20 04:10:16 PM  
I think that shiat is supposed to rumble up this way later tonight.

Yikes
 
2013-05-20 04:10:23 PM  
Someone better hold on to the Thunder's title hopes.
 
2013-05-20 04:10:43 PM  
Saying EF4 maybe EF5. :(
 
2013-05-20 04:11:15 PM  
Finger of god!
 
2013-05-20 04:11:27 PM  
This is not a repeat from 1999.
 
2013-05-20 04:11:32 PM  
stay safe folks!
 
2013-05-20 04:11:48 PM  

MugzyBrown: Finger of god!


I prefer more to think of it as a teabag of God
 
2013-05-20 04:12:26 PM  
Good luck. We just got caught in a storm whilst viewing the largest crucifix in the world. Maybe just the US? It was big.
 
2013-05-20 04:12:33 PM  
ITT people who were pissing and moaning about the placement of New Orleans, LA will somehow come up with a flimsy and convenient rationalization as to why "flyover country" is an ideal place to live.

/has come to peace with living between the Coasts and not having to deal with the sort of people attracted to living in such areas is a plus for living here
//the weather does suck, get over it
 
2013-05-20 04:12:35 PM  
Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

stay safe, y'all..
 
2013-05-20 04:12:40 PM  
"Houses are disappearing right in front of us".

Holy shiat.
 
2013-05-20 04:12:43 PM  

theurge14: This is not a repeat from 1999.


I hope not, lot of people died
 
2013-05-20 04:12:54 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: What happens if NIckleback gets sucked up in a tornado?  Does that form a supersuck or do they cancel each other out?  I propose we find out.


The tornado would just spit them back out. They are more into classic rock.

/Especially The Doors.
 
2013-05-20 04:13:05 PM  
It's eating the south side of OKC right now...
 
2013-05-20 04:13:18 PM  
If any dating site was going to attract the wrath of God, I always assumed it would be PoF.
 
2013-05-20 04:13:25 PM  
The only time I'm happy I live in Roanoke, VA
 
2013-05-20 04:13:25 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Good luck. We just got caught in a storm whilst viewing the largest crucifix in the world. Maybe just the US? It was big.


The one on 40?

Also, good luck, OK farkers.
 
2013-05-20 04:13:39 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: ITT people who were pissing and moaning about the placement of New Orleans, LA will somehow come up with a flimsy and convenient rationalization as to why "flyover country" is an ideal place to live.

/has come to peace with living between the Coasts and not having to deal with the sort of people attracted to living in such areas is a plus for living here
//the weather does suck, get over it


Come on, someone must be looking for a distraction from the storms to start a flame war over them...
 
2013-05-20 04:14:00 PM  

Alpha Sierra Foxtrot: If any dating site was going to attract the wrath of God, I always assumed it would be PoF.


[JokerClapping.gif]
 
2013-05-20 04:14:13 PM  

theurge14: This is not a repeat from 1999.


This is not a repeat from yesterday.  Shawnee hit again!  Just horrible.
 
2013-05-20 04:14:14 PM  
Stay safe Okies... well, everyone EXCEPT Clay Bennett...  he can diaf.
 
2013-05-20 04:14:38 PM  
It's bearing down on my favorite movie theater! Leave the Warren alone! Actually, leave OK alone.

Thankfully, my neck of the woods has been spared twice now.
 
2013-05-20 04:14:53 PM  
Is it complaining about how awkward it is to summarize your whole life in a paragraph and claiming it's fun-loving and happy with its life?

/stay safe out there
 
2013-05-20 04:15:19 PM  
I wish harm to no one, but if somebody DOES get hurt... I hope it's Clay Bennett.
 
2013-05-20 04:15:38 PM  
Moore is just north of Norman, who got tagged yesterday. I have family in Norman and they got pummeled by softball sized hail & apparently heard the tornado go over them.

Just loaded up the live feed. Sweet Sooner Jesus that is some serious business.
 
2013-05-20 04:15:43 PM  
"EF4 possible EF5"
 
2013-05-20 04:15:47 PM  
Oh, God. Oh, this is bad.
 
2013-05-20 04:15:51 PM  

reillan: [JokerClapping.gif]


Thank you; I have my moments.
 
2013-05-20 04:15:52 PM  
This is bad. bad. bad bad bad bad bad
 
2013-05-20 04:15:59 PM  
If it hits the Shields Blvd overpass, things could get very interesting.
 
2013-05-20 04:16:01 PM  
I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you ...
 
2013-05-20 04:16:22 PM  

one_drummer: Stay safe Okies... well, everyone EXCEPT Clay Bennett...  he can diaf.


DIAT
 
2013-05-20 04:16:24 PM  

vicejay: Live video http://www.news9.com/category/258217/weather-control-center



whoa, you can see that baby on the that feed
 
2013-05-20 04:16:44 PM  

Alpha Sierra Foxtrot: If any dating site was going to attract the wrath of God, I always assumed it would be PoF.


www.maniacworld.com

/congrats, ftw
 
2013-05-20 04:16:50 PM  
The entire city of Moore has been replaced with a traffic cone.
 
2013-05-20 04:16:51 PM  
http://www.chasertv.com/
 
2013-05-20 04:16:57 PM  
Ive been forecasting for this area for the better part of 7 years now and never seen rotation like this = /

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2013-05-20 04:17:29 PM  
That looks dangerous
 
2013-05-20 04:17:30 PM  
There's a Toranado headed your way.

www.americandreamcars.com
 
2013-05-20 04:17:36 PM  
People always say to me, "I can't believe you can live in FL because of hurricanes"

I always say, "Fark that, we know hurricanes are coming for 7-10 days a head of time. Tornadoes are the scary shiat"
 
2013-05-20 04:18:09 PM  
tornado 1/4 mile away from santa fe (rd, dr, blvd, whatever) and it is filled with cars.
 
2013-05-20 04:18:12 PM  
Approaching a "log-jammed" roadway...holy shiat...
 
2013-05-20 04:18:42 PM  
I remember when Norman OU had buildings.

The dorm beds were very short. Average Texan had his feet hanging over the ends.
 
2013-05-20 04:18:45 PM  
Moore got hit with an F5 in 1999

Man OK gets the worst of the worst in terms of severe weather.

/lives in Dallas
//I know we talk a lot of smack about OK but stay safe guys
 
2013-05-20 04:18:56 PM  
Jebus, a whole line of traffic about to get blasted. RUN, dammit.
 
2013-05-20 04:18:57 PM  
it is heading directly at that road filled with cars.
 
2013-05-20 04:18:57 PM  

Random Name Generator: This is bad. bad. bad bad bad bad bad


This, plus more bads.

Damn, that's a helluva swath.
 
2013-05-20 04:19:04 PM  
that blue atmosphere on the livefeed is...chilling.

/good luck OK'ers...and all you folks in tornado alley.
 
2013-05-20 04:19:09 PM  
Holy shiat, it just ran over a bunch of cars!
 
2013-05-20 04:19:18 PM  
I'd feel better if i could get hold of any family members ... one of my sisters lives in Moore, right at where that thing was. I think it's moved east of there. Hopefully she still has a house.
 
2013-05-20 04:19:26 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: ITT people who were pissing and moaning about the placement of New Orleans, LA will somehow come up with a flimsy and convenient rationalization as to why "flyover country" is an ideal place to live.

/has come to peace with living between the Coasts and not having to deal with the sort of people attracted to living in such areas is a plus for living here
//the weather does suck, get over it


The only one I see pissing & moaning is you.
 
2013-05-20 04:19:39 PM  

WTF Indeed: /congrats, ftw


Woo! :)

The standard is high, my friend. :P
 
2013-05-20 04:19:44 PM  

Almost Everybody Poops: "EF4 possible EF5"


Not to pick nits or take away from the severity of the situation but they don't assign an EF number until they can look at the damage path. The visual size or appearance of a tornado doesn't factor in. It's the mess it makes that counts.

In any case, got my fingers crossed for everybody up there. Keep your heads down.
 
2013-05-20 04:19:53 PM  
 imageshack.us
That looks dangerous too
 
2013-05-20 04:20:14 PM  
Tornado's in Oklahoma in the spring time. Definitely a sign of global warming. They should make a movie about that.
 
2013-05-20 04:20:32 PM  
My first thought when I saw "OKC" was that this was about OKCupid.
 
2013-05-20 04:20:34 PM  
1.25 mile wide debris ball


HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
 
2013-05-20 04:20:52 PM  
api.ning.com

is available for comment cause they ain't playing ball!

/all i got
/stay safe
/go blazers
 
2013-05-20 04:21:05 PM  

theurge14: This is not a repeat from 1999.


Or yesterday, for that matter. The Norman/Shawnee area got slammed pretty hard then.
 
2013-05-20 04:21:05 PM  
Looks like it's heading toward a hospital too, right by I-35 (Moore Medical Center)
 
2013-05-20 04:21:13 PM  
Traffic jam on Santa Fe is most likely high school students leaving school. Dammit so much.
 
2013-05-20 04:21:16 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 04:21:30 PM  
My parents/brother/sister/friend/boyfriend/girlfriend goes to/works in that school/mall/city/building and I can't get a hold of them.  So scary/stay safe will keep you posted send thoughts/prayers.
 
2013-05-20 04:21:36 PM  
TWC has some crazy people up in a Helicopter. A Bell Helicopter.
 
2013-05-20 04:21:43 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I'd feel better if i could get hold of any family members ... one of my sisters lives in Moore, right at where that thing was. I think it's moved east of there. Hopefully she still has a house.


Oh, no. Good luck, mang.

Di Atribe: Crotchrocket Slim: ITT people who were pissing and moaning about the placement of New Orleans, LA will somehow come up with a flimsy and convenient rationalization as to why "flyover country" is an ideal place to live.

/has come to peace with living between the Coasts and not having to deal with the sort of people attracted to living in such areas is a plus for living here
//the weather does suck, get over it

The only one I see pissing & moaning is you.


Oh, don't get in the way of his pity party, Di.
 
2013-05-20 04:21:52 PM  
I said yesterday and I'll say it again, 1 earthquake every 30+ years is much less scary than this every year
 
2013-05-20 04:22:06 PM  
Man that thing is a monster! Hope all you OKC Farkers are ok.
 
2013-05-20 04:22:13 PM  

chasd00: Moore got hit with an F5 in 1999

Man OK gets the worst of the worst in terms of severe weather.

/lives in Dallas
//I know we talk a lot of smack about OK but stay safe guys


And it got hit with an F-4 in 2003 or so.
 
2013-05-20 04:22:24 PM  
<i>Large tornado on ground right now in OKC </i>
Otherwise known as MAY in Oklahoma.

<i>This is not a repeat from 1999. </i>
Or yesterday, or the day before that...

Hey, at least we don't have earthqua... er... nevermind.
 
2013-05-20 04:22:26 PM  
Good luck neighbors to the north.
 
2013-05-20 04:22:27 PM  

MugzyBrown: Finger of god!


That's not a finger.
 
2013-05-20 04:22:32 PM  
Headed right for Moore High School, and they can't evacuate.  Holy shiat!
 
2013-05-20 04:22:47 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: What happens if NIckleback gets sucked up in a tornado?  Does that form a supersuck or do they cancel each other out?  I propose we find out.


It's worth a try.
 
2013-05-20 04:22:52 PM  
I responded the the Harrisburg Illinois Tornado.This is some scary crap.
 
2013-05-20 04:23:10 PM  
2 mile wide debris ball crossing I-35
 
2013-05-20 04:23:21 PM  
about to cross I-35.
 
2013-05-20 04:23:25 PM  
 
2013-05-20 04:23:29 PM  

Alpha Sierra Foxtrot: WTF Indeed: /congrats, ftw

Woo! :)

The standard is high, my friend. :P


That was supposed to be "congrats, btw" in reference to the other thing.
 
2013-05-20 04:23:46 PM  
holy crap that monster is headed straight for a traffic jam
 
2013-05-20 04:23:51 PM  
Great.

Family's there...what's left of them anyway.

Waiting to hear back from my mom.  SE 44th and Sooner area...close to where the last huge one took out most of the neighborhood next to Tinker.
 
2013-05-20 04:24:01 PM  

PacificaFitz: I said yesterday and I'll say it again, 1 earthquake every 30+ years is much less scary than this every year


It's the one that isn't every 30years that gets you though. It's the one that is every 100 years (which you are about 10 years overdue for) that gets you good.
 
2013-05-20 04:24:05 PM  
Wow.  A 2 mile-wide debris ball.

/get underground.
 
2013-05-20 04:24:12 PM  

Random Name Generator: This is bad. bad. bad bad bad bad bad


Sure looks that way, stay safe everybody out that way.
/Lots of supercells out there forming with just Thunderstorm warnings for now that could go tornadic as well.
 
2013-05-20 04:24:24 PM  
Can someone out there put this into perspective for me? I'm a dumb person when it comes to weather. Like size wise, how big are the tornados?

I lived in Norman when I was a kid for exactly 6 weeks. I remember epic floods and frogs falling from the sky, I shiat you not, it was like a scene from Magnolia. OK has crazy stupid weather.
 
2013-05-20 04:24:27 PM  
Have people been saying "Tornadic" for years and I've just missed it?
 
2013-05-20 04:24:37 PM  
I'll stick to my occasional May snowstorm, thankyouverymuch...
 
2013-05-20 04:24:41 PM  
Jesus. The sky looks like the goddamn Apocalypse.
 
2013-05-20 04:24:41 PM  
Fuuu. Hope everyone's under cover.
 
2013-05-20 04:24:47 PM  
Maybe it can relocate the Thunder to Seattle?
 
2013-05-20 04:24:53 PM  
Moore is the antfarm of Oklahoma.  Tornadoes shake it to pieces and everyone rebuilds.
 
2013-05-20 04:25:11 PM  
Moore about to get pasted.
 
2013-05-20 04:25:13 PM  
Stay safe OK. Farkers. Hope anyone near this beast is safely hunkered down in a basement or an underground shelter.
 
2013-05-20 04:25:16 PM  

Alpha Sierra Foxtrot: Oh, don't get in the way of his pity party, Di.


MY BAD! I will behave. Maybe.


PacificaFitz: I said yesterday and I'll say it again, 1 earthquake every 30+ years is much less scary than this every year


The difference is, a major earthquake is going to destroy just about everything. Tornadoes are a bit more pinpoint. I mean, usually. Not when they're a 1/2 mile wide. You also generally know when tornadoes are coming. No such luck with earthquakes. But I do see your point. Especially on days like today.

And if anyone is curious about what a hook echo really looks like, just check the radar over OKC. That is massive.
 
2013-05-20 04:25:30 PM  

ariseatex: Approaching a "log-jammed" roadway...holy shiat...


a2.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2013-05-20 04:25:47 PM  
Too early for a root cause analysis?

a). OK conservatives engaged in some kind of sodomy that has enraged jeebus.
b). Global warming
c). Obama

I'll just wait for Pat Robertson's input...
 
2013-05-20 04:25:49 PM  
All joking aside... Stay safe up there. This does appear to be quite serious.
 
2013-05-20 04:25:53 PM  

mariner314: Maybe it can relocate the Thunder to Seattle?


It's too busy relocating Oklahoma to Arkansas
 
2013-05-20 04:25:54 PM  
Oklahoma! Where the tornados sweep-in with the rain. Oklahoma! Oklahoma! OK!
 
2013-05-20 04:25:59 PM  
A guy on the news just said he saw "a new area of rotation to the northeast" and that the current one looked smaller. While the latter half of that is obviously not-as-bad, I can't imagine that new rotation opening up is a good thing in any way. Can someone correct me if I'm wrong?
 
2013-05-20 04:26:01 PM  

LunarAtom: Ive been forecasting for this area for the better part of 7 years now and never seen rotation like this = /

[farm8.staticflickr.com image 800x442]


Nasty fishhook, with a huge debris ball, those are not good to see.
 
2013-05-20 04:26:35 PM  
Smeggy Smurf: "What happens if NIckleback gets sucked up in a tornado? Does that form a supersuck or do they cancel each other out? I propose we find out."

You fool! If you super-charge them with a tornado they'll grow to 50' tall and march across the world scouring the countryside with tepid rock!
 
2013-05-20 04:26:38 PM  
Aren't news people in OK. right now?

Run.
 
2013-05-20 04:26:43 PM  
Holy crap it just hit a medical center
 
2013-05-20 04:27:03 PM  
Finger of god.


Tornadoes are one of the few things that scare me on an absolutely primal level.


Take that shiat seriously and do whatever you can to get underground or get out of the way.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:11 PM  

fatalvenom: People always say to me, "I can't believe you can live in FL because of hurricanes"

I always say, "Fark that, we know hurricanes are coming for 7-10 days a head of time. Tornadoes Earthquakes are the scary shiat"


Hurricane will wipe out a state, but give you a week's warning.
Tornado will wipe out a town or three if we're really unlucky, and gives you a couple hours general warning (Big Storm a-coming, be near shelter) and unless you're incredibly unlucky and you're right where it drops, a couple minutes specific warning (Funnel cloud on the ground, get in shelter NOW NOW NOW)
Earthquake doesn't give you squat for warning and wipes out an entire region.

/Seattle area is screwed since Rainier and the offshore fault are both overdue.
//So's the midwest.
///And San Andreas is overdue for a really big one to send SF sliding into the sea.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:15 PM  

ringersol: Smeggy Smurf: "What happens if NIckleback gets sucked up in a tornado? Does that form a supersuck or do they cancel each other out? I propose we find out."

You fool! If you super-charge them with a tornado they'll grow to 50' tall and march across the world scouring the countryside with tepid rock!


Oh my God what have I done???
 
2013-05-20 04:27:23 PM  

Alpha Sierra Foxtrot: Smelly Pirate Hooker: I'd feel better if i could get hold of any family members ... one of my sisters lives in Moore, right at where that thing was. I think it's moved east of there. Hopefully she still has a house.

Oh, no. Good luck, mang.


I'm hoping it's just that cell network is overloaded/down. I did text, also. No answer yet. (shrug) can't do anything from 200 miles away. Not wanting to panic until I know there's something to panic about.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:36 PM  
 
2013-05-20 04:27:44 PM  
o_O
 
2013-05-20 04:27:46 PM  
This is Joplin-bad.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:47 PM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: LunarAtom: Ive been forecasting for this area for the better part of 7 years now and never seen rotation like this = /

[farm8.staticflickr.com image 800x442]

Nasty fishhook, with a huge debris ball, those are not good to see.


I was gonna say.  Those lines couldn't be any cleaner unless they were DRAWN.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:50 PM  
Mrs.Sharpier: Can someone out there put this into perspective for me? I'm a dumb person when it comes to weather. Like size wise, how big are the tornados?

This tornado is approximately a half-mile wide, and it's grinding along at twenty miles an hour. Winds are clocking  well above 200mph. It's in the middle of a metropolitan area. This is about as bad as it gets.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:51 PM  

dugitman: holy crap that monster is headed straight for a traffic jam


In other news, hundreds of truck nuts rained down from the sky in OKC on Monday.
 
2013-05-20 04:27:52 PM  
HO
LEE
SH*T!!!
 
2013-05-20 04:27:53 PM  

WTF Indeed: That was supposed to be "congrats, btw" in reference to the other thing.


I figured because, really, an OKCupid joke was kinda low-hanging...

me_onthenet: /get underground.


Vault 101 has room!

Elzar: I'll just wait for Pat Robertson's input...


GAY MARRIAGE.
 
2013-05-20 04:28:04 PM  
SE 104th and Bryant tornado is crossing
 
2013-05-20 04:28:10 PM  
Two mile wide debris field
 
2013-05-20 04:28:14 PM  

crab66: Finger of god.


Tornadoes are one of the few things that scare me on an absolutely primal level.


Take that shiat seriously and do whatever you can to get underground or get out of the way.


I'm that way with clowns.
 
2013-05-20 04:28:31 PM  

MugzyBrown: Finger of god!


The middle finger, I think.  :(
 
2013-05-20 04:28:39 PM  

LunarAtom: Ive been forecasting for this area for the better part of 7 years now and never seen rotation like this = /


Good Lord, that's a tornado hook and no mistake about it.
 
2013-05-20 04:28:43 PM  
second tornado forming.
 
2013-05-20 04:28:43 PM  

Jekylman: Have people been saying "Tornadic" for years and I've just missed it?


Webster's says its been in use since 1884.

I've been snickered at for using the word.

Guess its not used a lot unless you live in DorothyLand
 
2013-05-20 04:28:50 PM  

crab66: Finger of god.

Tornadoes are one of the few things that scare me on an absolutely primal level.

Take that shiat seriously and do whatever you can to get underground or get out of the way.



As I posted before, that's not a finger.
 
2013-05-20 04:28:56 PM  
"The tornado has just moved a couple of inches above 4th street!"

/oh man, stay safe peeps
 
2013-05-20 04:29:03 PM  

wxboy: Tornado Emergency for Moore and southern OKC.


Is there something very specific about the Moore area that causes more tornado activity there than other places?  *Is* there, in fact, more activity there than other places?  It seems to happen around Moore so, so often.
 
2013-05-20 04:29:18 PM  
Another funnel forming NE of the current one
 
2013-05-20 04:29:38 PM  

fatalvenom: People always say to me, "I can't believe you can live in FL because of hurricanes"

I always say, "Fark that, we know hurricanes are coming for 7-10 days a head of time. Tornadoes are the scary shiat"


I actually prefer volcanic eruptions and earthquakes on the left coast. The just happen.
 
2013-05-20 04:30:05 PM  
Get to the low ground, OK people.
 
2013-05-20 04:30:05 PM  
a lot of flashes at the bottom of that thing.

just crossed sunnylane
 
2013-05-20 04:30:41 PM  
Holee farking crap.

Stay safe you guys in OK.
 
2013-05-20 04:30:48 PM  
images.elephantjournal.com

brace for impact!
 
2013-05-20 04:30:55 PM  
Why, Toby Keith?
 
2013-05-20 04:30:58 PM  

cc_rider: MugzyBrown: Finger of god!

The middle finger, I think.  :(


Ok you guys are wearing me down. How about The Middle Finger Bang of God?
 
2013-05-20 04:31:04 PM  

Whiskey Pete: crab66: Finger of god.


Tornadoes are one of the few things that scare me on an absolutely primal level.


Take that shiat seriously and do whatever you can to get underground or get out of the way.

I'm that way with clowns.


CLOWNADO!!!
 
2013-05-20 04:31:06 PM  

ArtosRC: Mrs.Sharpier: Can someone out there put this into perspective for me? I'm a dumb person when it comes to weather. Like size wise, how big are the tornados?

This tornado is approximately a half-mile wide, and it's grinding along at twenty miles an hour. Winds are clocking  well above 200mph. It's in the middle of a metropolitan area. This is about as bad as it gets.


Oh...God.
 
2013-05-20 04:31:14 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I'm hoping it's just that cell network is overloaded/down. I did text, also. No answer yet. (shrug) can't do anything from 200 miles away. Not wanting to panic until I know there's something to panic about.


Yeah, but it still sucks. I was freaking out over my mom during Sandy and when I finally got her, she was like, "Yeah, it just rained really hard for a while. I think some branches came down. Oh, and my power might have flickered."

She lives about a half hour from Atlantic City.
 
2013-05-20 04:31:14 PM  
That city doth resembleth a court jester with its tornadoes on the ground.

/in all seriousness, if you're gonna have tornadoes... the middle of the day is the best time for it.
 
2013-05-20 04:31:48 PM  

MFAWG: fatalvenom: People always say to me, "I can't believe you can live in FL because of hurricanes"

I always say, "Fark that, we know hurricanes are coming for 7-10 days a head of time. Tornadoes are the scary shiat"

I actually prefer volcanic eruptions and earthquakes on the left coast. The just happen.


Good grief. Americans and this "left coast" weirdness.
 
2013-05-20 04:31:57 PM  

Mrs.Sharpier: Can someone out there put this into perspective for me? I'm a dumb person when it comes to weather. Like size wise, how big are the tornados?

I lived in Norman when I was a kid for exactly 6 weeks. I remember epic floods and frogs falling from the sky, I shiat you not, it was like a scene from Magnolia. OK has crazy stupid weather.


It's large. Its destructive power remains to be assessed. But generally, huge tornadoes are also very destructive when they hit a populated area, which this one is. It's going through an area full of houses, businesses, you name it. It's not too far west of Tinker AFB.
 
2013-05-20 04:32:14 PM  

Random Name Generator: This is Joplin-bad.


Or Moore 1999 bad.
 
2013-05-20 04:32:31 PM  
funnel cloud in Southern OK forming
 
2013-05-20 04:32:35 PM  

Mrs.Sharpier: Can someone out there put this into perspective for me? I'm a dumb person when it comes to weather. Like size wise, how big are the tornados?

I lived in Norman when I was a kid for exactly 6 weeks. I remember epic floods and frogs falling from the sky, I shiat you not, it was like a scene from Magnolia. OK has crazy stupid weather.


Tornados range in size. We had a twin pair of F1s come down the road years ago here. Those took out two small barns, an archery outbuilding, and a bunch of tree limbs. (A neighbor's porch needed repairs, too.) Those were small ones.

This one is damn huge, and long-lived. Those little ones were short-lived, did relatively little damage, and didn't hurt anybody. This one's taking lives. Guaranteed.
 
2013-05-20 04:32:37 PM  
Just seeing that monster is making me ill.
Could not be one of those stormchasers following that.
Oh god, it hit an elementary school!
 
2013-05-20 04:32:49 PM  
This is bad
 
2013-05-20 04:32:59 PM  
Damn nature.


You scary.


Seriously.
 
2013-05-20 04:33:03 PM  
This is just God smiting all the people who don't believe in Climate Change.
 
2013-05-20 04:33:03 PM  
Extensive damage to Briarwood Elementary, some kids trapped.
 
2013-05-20 04:33:11 PM  
My wife works in downtown OKC. It's going to take hours for her to get home tonight.

This is not fun.
 
2013-05-20 04:33:17 PM  
Hit an elementary school!  Briarwood Elementary.
 
2013-05-20 04:33:25 PM  

Whiskey Pete: crab66: Finger of god.


Tornadoes are one of the few things that scare me on an absolutely primal level.


Take that shiat seriously and do whatever you can to get underground or get out of the way.

I'm that way with clowns.


Clown Tornado

Nice....got my new retro-grunge alternative band name!
 
2013-05-20 04:33:34 PM  
Wow all those power flashes. Stuff is getting messed up, bad.

Uhh.. did it just get bigger in the last few minutes?
 
2013-05-20 04:33:46 PM  
Its gonna suck Lake Stanley Draper dry.
 
2013-05-20 04:33:58 PM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: Hit an elementary school!  Briarwood Elementary.


ariseatex: Extensive damage to Briarwood Elementary, some kids trapped.


:/
 
2013-05-20 04:33:59 PM  

Bird3149: Two mile wide debris field


Oh man this doesn't sound good.
 
2013-05-20 04:34:11 PM  

jfarkinB: Not this again. :(


I wish Jesus would stop half-assing these raptures.
 
2013-05-20 04:34:14 PM  

xanadian: Whiskey Pete: crab66: Finger of god.


Tornadoes are one of the few things that scare me on an absolutely primal level.


Take that shiat seriously and do whatever you can to get underground or get out of the way.

I'm that way with clowns.

CLOWNADO!!!


NOOOOOOOOO!!!!
 
2013-05-20 04:34:20 PM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: Hit an elementary school!  Briarwood Elementary.


I think a junior high too right? I can't watch with sound on but the closed captioning said it was headed for a junior high
 
2013-05-20 04:34:21 PM  
Just said the ground rotation is a mile wide.  YIKES
 
2013-05-20 04:34:22 PM  
Good luck, Moope
 
2013-05-20 04:34:42 PM  
They think F4 or F5 now?
 
2013-05-20 04:34:52 PM  

fatalvenom: People always say to me, "I can't believe you can live in FL because of hurricanes"

I always say, "Fark that, we know hurricanes are coming for 7-10 days a head of time. Tornadoes are the scary shiat"


Right.  We call them "water spouts" in Florida, because they don't come sweepin' down the plains, like tornadoes.

/Wx Channel is all over this

//They even interrupted the season premier of "Hardcore Hillbilly Coal Miners"
 
2013-05-20 04:34:53 PM  
That helicopter pilot has balls of steel.
 
2013-05-20 04:35:25 PM  
♪ ♫ O-o-o-o-o-klahoma, where the wind comes sweepin 'cross the plain...
And the waving wheat,
can sure smell sweet,
when the storm finally sets it down in Ma-aine... ♪ ♫
 
2013-05-20 04:35:36 PM  
I've seen an EF2 in person. It was scary. But this looks like an EF4 or 5. What's the best course of action? Get out of the cars and run for basements?
 
2013-05-20 04:35:54 PM  

mikaloyd: They think F4 or F5 now?


someone else pointed out that they don't assign the scale until the damage is surveyed but it looks like every F5 i've ever seen footage of. I say F4 at a min
 
2013-05-20 04:35:57 PM  
This shiat's not funny. That's some serious badness going on.

Hunker down, OK people. For real.
 
2013-05-20 04:35:58 PM  
starting to fizzle out
 
2013-05-20 04:36:14 PM  
Thanks, Obama.
 
2013-05-20 04:36:23 PM  
Laaarge Torn-a-do
Laaarge Torn-a-do
Large Torn-a-do, Large Torn-a-do
Large Toooorn-a-do

To the tune of hallelujah
 
2013-05-20 04:36:24 PM  
Sounds like it's roping out. One can only hope.
 
2013-05-20 04:36:28 PM  
It's dissipating.
 
2013-05-20 04:36:31 PM  
Aaaannnddd... It's gone.
 
2013-05-20 04:36:42 PM  
Looks like it dropped off.
 
2013-05-20 04:37:03 PM  

Alpha Sierra Foxtrot: WTF Indeed: That was supposed to be "congrats, btw" in reference to the other thing.

I figured because, really, an OKCupid joke was kinda low-hanging...

me_onthenet: /get underground.

Vault 101 has room!

Elzar: I'll just wait for Pat Robertson's input...

GAY MARRIAGE.


Your getting gay-married in vault 101 to Pat Robertson?

/ you must have done something pretty bad in a previous life
 
2013-05-20 04:37:04 PM  

MartinaMcSorley: wxboy: Tornado Emergency for Moore and southern OKC.

Is there something very specific about the Moore area that causes more tornado activity there than other places?  *Is* there, in fact, more activity there than other places?  It seems to happen around Moore so, so often.


Tinker AFB was once hit by tornadoes twice in one week.

I believe that was some sort of record for most frequent repeat tornadic touchdowns. Today may be breaking that record. Geez.

And to answer your question, there are lots of places in OK that are hit repeatedly. There are infamous tornadoes from Edmond, Moore, Tuttle, and OKC proper. There's a reason that the meteorology department at OU is world-renowned.
 
2013-05-20 04:37:05 PM  
www.technobunny.org
 
2013-05-20 04:37:06 PM  
children trapped in demolished elementary school :(:(:(:(
 
2013-05-20 04:37:08 PM  
Kids trapped in collapsed Elementary school :(((
 
2013-05-20 04:37:18 PM  
Grandparents just got passed up and it's headed towards my "Fathers" house. This is the craziest I've seen in years.
 
2013-05-20 04:37:19 PM  

solaufein: Aaaannnddd... It's gone.


After, what, taking out a hospital and 2 schools, was it?

Mother of God.
 
2013-05-20 04:37:23 PM  
They are going to blame me for this. They blame everything on me.

...sigh
 
2013-05-20 04:37:23 PM  
"Looks like there's going to be another tornado to the right of that one"

Sweet lord.

"Everything to the south of here is obliterated."
 
2013-05-20 04:37:32 PM  
Hopefully winding down and roping out
 
2013-05-20 04:37:41 PM  
And within seconds it farking disappears....
 
2013-05-20 04:37:46 PM  

Skywolf the Scribbler: I've seen an EF2 in person. It was scary. But this looks like an EF4 or 5. What's the best course of action? Get out of the cars and run for basements?


Get underground.
 
2013-05-20 04:37:50 PM  
The good news in this, although it's not much, is that we've known for days that these storms were coming.
Today, on the second day, people will be more cautious and take better safety precautions.
 
2013-05-20 04:37:52 PM  
"Nightmare scenario"

Those are just not good words.
 
2013-05-20 04:37:54 PM  
It's never good when the police use words like "obliterated" to describe the situation.
 
2013-05-20 04:38:08 PM  
I was in Norman during the 1999 Moore tornado.  And during the OKC bombing.  I thought I could help by leaving.  Sorry, OKC.
 
2013-05-20 04:38:14 PM  
 
2013-05-20 04:38:18 PM  
This storm isn't done. It'll produce another, and soon.
 
2013-05-20 04:38:25 PM  
"Some really impressive DBZ values with that..."

I wonder if they're... OVER 9000!
 
2013-05-20 04:39:01 PM  

Blues_X: My wife works in downtown OKC. It's going to take hours for her to get home tonight.

This is not fun.


Is your cute neighbor home, maybe you could comfort them a little?
 
2013-05-20 04:39:08 PM  

Crotchrocket Slim: ITT people who were pissing and moaning about the placement of New Orleans, LA will somehow come up with a flimsy and convenient rationalization as to why "flyover country" is an ideal place to live.


How about "when the tornado leaves, the ocean doesn't try to drain into Oklahoma City"?
 
2013-05-20 04:39:15 PM  
where's my coffee!? i always have coffee when i watch radar
 
2013-05-20 04:39:29 PM  

vicejay: Live video http://www.news9.com/category/258217/weather-control-center


That is one crazy mofo driving that truck.
 
2013-05-20 04:40:21 PM  

solaufein: Aaaannnddd... It's gone.


it's just regrouping.
 
2013-05-20 04:40:28 PM  
It's close to hitting the television station that's broadcasting. Oh, man.
 
2013-05-20 04:40:28 PM  
Wow, the helicopter footage is amazing.  I've never seen a tornado 'rope-out' and dissipate live, but it was fascinating to watch.  If it weren't so awful it would be beautiful.
 
2013-05-20 04:40:37 PM  
Well, now it's gone back up into the clouds. Hopefully for good. There's another one (not as big, I don't think) south of there, in the Paul's Valley area.
 
2013-05-20 04:40:44 PM  

SpikeStrip: where's my coffee!? i always have coffee when i watch radar


Well played fellow coffee drinker
 
2013-05-20 04:40:54 PM  
I bet some fish and crawdads and frogs are found in odd places after it goes over that lake
 
2013-05-20 04:41:35 PM  

Kaeishiwaza: Wow, the helicopter footage is amazing. I've never seen a tornado 'rope-out' and dissipate live, but it was fascinating to watch. If it weren't so awful it would be beautiful.


I've gotta look that footage up when I'm not at work.
 
2013-05-20 04:41:51 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com

Wants FOOD.
 
2013-05-20 04:42:13 PM  

Hobodeluxe: it's just regrouping.


Yup.  That's my thought exactly.
 
2013-05-20 04:42:31 PM  
first images coming out
pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-05-20 04:42:56 PM  
Come on Michael, get with the program.
 
2013-05-20 04:42:57 PM  
This is the worst American disaster I've seen in my lifetime.
 
2013-05-20 04:43:00 PM  

neversubmit: Blues_X: My wife works in downtown OKC. It's going to take hours for her to get home tonight.

This is not fun.

Is your cute neighbor home, maybe you could comfort them a little?



I have a cute neighbor now?
 
2013-05-20 04:43:01 PM  
Jesus bloody Christ there is nothing there.
 
2013-05-20 04:43:02 PM  
Holy crap!!!

The entire neighborhood is gone!
 
2013-05-20 04:43:21 PM  

ArtosRC: This storm isn't done. It'll produce another, and soon.


Tornadoes are easily frightened, but they'll soon be back. And, in greater numbers. We must be cautious.
 
2013-05-20 04:43:34 PM  

Hobodeluxe: solaufein: Aaaannnddd... It's gone.

it's just regrouping.


Yep. It's still rotating. Just needed a breather.

/omg there were kids in that elementary school...
 
2013-05-20 04:43:42 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2013-05-20 04:43:42 PM  
This is insane. I'm watching the news9 feed, and I'm impressed with the guy driving toward the tornado. I hope he stays safe.

Seeing the devastated school is heartbreaking, and I'm praying all the kids are all right.
 
2013-05-20 04:43:47 PM  
Oh, and like yesterday, the link isn't as good as the other stuff out there.
http://www.newson6.com/Global/category.asp?C=207223&BannerId=990  for example.
(It's a Tulsa station currently using the OKC feed, it will change over when it gets to Tulsa territory)
 
2013-05-20 04:43:55 PM  
Holy cow, it went just south of Moore, didn't it? Farker was so big and strong, it was completely differentiated on the radar.
 
2013-05-20 04:43:59 PM  
Metro complex, schools, and hospitals. God. This is bad. This is very, very bad.
 
2013-05-20 04:44:07 PM  
Bark stripped off the trees. Which is easy to see because there's no buildings left.

Radar shows back-building into Tuttle & Mustang.
 
2013-05-20 04:44:11 PM  
i35.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-20 04:44:11 PM  

Random Name Generator: first images coming out
[pbs.twimg.com image 599x351]


If that's authentic from this storm, that's easily EF4.
 
2013-05-20 04:44:42 PM  
This just proves that all housing structures should be made entirely made out of eletric line poles.
 
2013-05-20 04:44:49 PM  
Just heard someone over the radio/comms for PD in OKC say "the entire town is gone" that's just f'ing scary.
 
2013-05-20 04:44:49 PM  
Well, we're getting aerial footage of damage now. In Moore. Lots of obliterated houses.
 
2013-05-20 04:45:26 PM  
Another possible funnel near the lake.
 
2013-05-20 04:45:31 PM  
There's no way there aren't any casualties from that...
 
2013-05-20 04:45:34 PM  
omg the school
 
2013-05-20 04:45:46 PM  

Kaeishiwaza: Wow, the helicopter footage is amazing.  I've never seen a tornado 'rope-out' and dissipate live, but it was fascinating to watch.  If it weren't so awful it would be beautiful.


That's a good way of describing tornadoes.
 
2013-05-20 04:46:10 PM  

mikaloyd: I bet some fish and crawdads and frogs are found in odd places after it goes over that lake


And pick-ups, road signs, tractors.......
 
2013-05-20 04:46:26 PM  
crab66:

Tornadoes are one of the few things that scare me on an absolutely primal level.

True dat.  You can't see a hurricane, and you can't see an earthquake, but there's something about seeing the dark tentacle of a tornado reaching down from the clouds that just makes your skin crawl.
 
2013-05-20 04:46:34 PM  
That school gym was totally destroyed.

/God hates PE
 
2013-05-20 04:46:57 PM  
I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me
 
2013-05-20 04:47:07 PM  
Tinker AFB in the path of the new funnel.
 
2013-05-20 04:47:09 PM  

Macinfarker: omg the school


Can you imagine being a parent & seeing your child's school like that? Very upsetting.
 
2013-05-20 04:47:21 PM  
 
2013-05-20 04:47:47 PM  
Where the hell are those kids going to go home to? The bus going to drop them off at the corner of slab and de-barked tree?
 
2013-05-20 04:47:58 PM  

Di Atribe: Macinfarker: omg the school

Can you imagine being a parent & seeing your child's school like that? Very upsetting.


I'm upset, that's for damn sure, and they're not my kids.
 
2013-05-20 04:47:59 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me


It'll respect your right to be swept off your feet.
 
2013-05-20 04:48:28 PM  

Di Atribe: Macinfarker: omg the school

Can you imagine being a parent & seeing your child's school like that? Very upsetting.


You could not have kept me away had that been my child's school. Driving in or walking in, I'm going.

My thoughts with all those scared families right now.
 
2013-05-20 04:48:34 PM  
so moore is less
 
2013-05-20 04:48:47 PM  
This is horrifying. Absolutely horrifying. Those poor people.
 
2013-05-20 04:48:54 PM  

BetterMetalSnake: That school gym was totally destroyed.

/God hates PE


BS, God just wanted to play Ultradodgeball
 
2013-05-20 04:49:10 PM  
Oh man, it took out the Warren theater.
 
2013-05-20 04:49:16 PM  

eepapapee: This is the worst American disaster I've seen in my lifetime.


So, ... are you under age 12? Or do you just mean natural disasters, and forgetting about Katrina?  I'm confused?
 
2013-05-20 04:49:19 PM  

Bunny Deville: Di Atribe: Macinfarker: omg the school

Can you imagine being a parent & seeing your child's school like that? Very upsetting.

I'm upset, that's for damn sure, and they're not my kids.


Me too.
 
2013-05-20 04:49:38 PM  
Just watching it is making me sick. I hope all of you OK Farkers and your families are safe today.
 
2013-05-20 04:49:42 PM  
Auntie Em,

Hate you, hate Kansas, took the dog.

D.
 
2013-05-20 04:49:47 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 04:49:49 PM  
Oh wow.
Just tuning in.
This is pretty horrific.
 
2013-05-20 04:49:56 PM  
Two schools hit that I've seen so far.
 
2013-05-20 04:49:56 PM  
Stuff developing in my area, probably miss me to the east like yesterday.  Left work early to pick my kid up at the bus stop in case it started nasties during his 0.6 mile walk to the house.  Still clear here.

Really hope no deaths in that S. OKC school...
 
2013-05-20 04:49:59 PM  

Di Atribe: Macinfarker: omg the school

Can you imagine being a parent & seeing your child's school like that? Very upsetting.


Yes it is...I'm sending my kid to school in an iron refrigerator.
prematureevacuation.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-20 04:50:07 PM  
Jesus, there's just, nothing left
 
2013-05-20 04:50:11 PM  

EddyKilowatt: True dat. You can't see a hurricane, and you can't see an earthquake, but there's something about seeing the dark tentacle of a tornado reaching down from the clouds that just makes your skin crawl.


As a kid growing up in Toledo, tornadoes would scare the fark out of me. Not quite Tornado Alley, but close.
 
2013-05-20 04:50:37 PM  
Jebus..cars on IH35 are toast. Gonna be some major body counts.
 
2013-05-20 04:50:37 PM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Kaeishiwaza: Wow, the helicopter footage is amazing.  I've never seen a tornado 'rope-out' and dissipate live, but it was fascinating to watch.  If it weren't so awful it would be beautiful.

That's a good way of describing tornadoes.


It really is. They're beautiful, dangerous beasts. Frankly, I'd love to see one in person. A small one, preferably churning up an uninhabited field. Ideally fallow.

/Best just to stick with Twister...
 
2013-05-20 04:50:55 PM  

Bunny Deville: thismomentinblackhistory: Good luck. We just got caught in a storm whilst viewing the largest crucifix in the world. Maybe just the US? It was big.

The one on 40?

Also, good luck, OK farkers.


Indian Lake in Michigan. I don't think it's the largest cross -- crucifix, rather. A huge iron Jesus.

Now we're waiting out the last of the storm until we can cross to Mackinac Island.
 
2013-05-20 04:50:56 PM  
Holy farking Hell!  o.O
 
2013-05-20 04:51:08 PM  
i.imgur.com

Harley Dealership got hit hard
 
2013-05-20 04:51:18 PM  
This is going to be a long season
 
2013-05-20 04:51:27 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me


To paraphrase the great Tater Salad, "It's not THAT the wind is blowing, it's WHAT the wind is blowing."
 
2013-05-20 04:51:48 PM  
Omg. That school's in chaos. Did anyone catch that dispatcher saying groups of children were lost?
 
2013-05-20 04:51:49 PM  

EddyKilowatt: crab66:

Tornadoes are one of the few things that scare me on an absolutely primal level.

True dat.  You can't see a hurricane, and you can't see an earthquake, but there's something about seeing the dark tentacle of a tornado reaching down from the clouds that just makes your skin crawl.


Ever since I was a kid and we had tornado drills in school it's just been the deepest rooted fear in my soul.  I've only been in the midst of the sirens going off and having to take shelter once or twice, I can't even imagine hearing that roaring, feeling the foundations shake.
 
2013-05-20 04:51:53 PM  

Tony_Pepperoni: [i.imgur.com image 755x407]


Holy shiat.
 
2013-05-20 04:51:55 PM  
Do the schools have shelters and whatnot? Or are they just sitting ducks?
 
2013-05-20 04:52:04 PM  

zomega: Di Atribe: Macinfarker: omg the school

Can you imagine being a parent & seeing your child's school like that? Very upsetting.

You could not have kept me away had that been my child's school. Driving in or walking in, I'm going.

My thoughts with all those scared families right now.


Yup. I'm drivin through that tornado, I don't even care.

Although knowing my kid, she'd already have elected herself incident manager & taken control of the situation. I show up, "Back off, Mom, I'm workin here!"

That's my only comfort right now. I just hope all those babies are ok. I can't even imagine.
 
2013-05-20 04:52:25 PM  
Note to self: stay in Texas.
 
2013-05-20 04:52:29 PM  

Double_B: [www.technobunny.org image 604x453]


That's one of the better things I've seen on the internets.
 
2013-05-20 04:52:31 PM  
www.charlock.org
 
2013-05-20 04:52:34 PM  
Everyone get your OKCStrong hashtags ready.
 
2013-05-20 04:52:38 PM  

Tony_Pepperoni: i.imgur.com


Is that the chopper footage? Crazy-ass pilot.
 
2013-05-20 04:52:38 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 04:52:40 PM  

my alt's alt's alt: Where the hell are those kids going to go home to? The bus going to drop them off at the corner of slab and de-barked tree?


I feel bad that you made me laugh. You should feel bad, too.
 
2013-05-20 04:52:54 PM  

solaufein: Two schools hit that I've seen so far.


Does anyone know if the schools around there have underground shelters?  I hope so!!  After 1999 you think they would at least consider it.
 
2013-05-20 04:53:04 PM  
Jesus. At least two schools destroyed-- unclear at this point if kids were still inside or not.  Even the blades of grass on the ground were sucked up. It's just mud now.
 
2013-05-20 04:53:10 PM  
holy hell.
 
2013-05-20 04:53:50 PM  

Mrs.Sharpier: ArtosRC: Mrs.Sharpier: Can someone out there put this into perspective for me? I'm a dumb person when it comes to weather. Like size wise, how big are the tornados?

This tornado is approximately a half-mile wide, and it's grinding along at twenty miles an hour. Winds are clocking  well above 200mph. It's in the middle of a metropolitan area. This is about as bad as it gets.

Oh...God.


Got to 2.25m wide - windspeeds around 225. Thats as big as I can remember hearing about even may 3 was only 1.4-1.6m wide.
 
2013-05-20 04:54:07 PM  
Worried about gas leaks near the school, damn...
 
2013-05-20 04:54:17 PM  
Please don't tell me kids were in those schools. Fark praying, send help!
 
2013-05-20 04:54:24 PM  
i.imgur.com

School
 
2013-05-20 04:54:44 PM  

JerseyTim: Do the schools have shelters and whatnot? Or are they just sitting ducks?


I believe they all have pretty fortified shelters but it's a matter of rounding everyone up and getting to them in time. Hopefully that had enough warning to get to the shelters, but given the ferocity the footage showed unless the shelters were underground they may have not done much good.
 
2013-05-20 04:54:45 PM  
Okay, can't watch this anymore. Gotta go lie down.

/Holy crap...
//Not complaining about local storms this week.
///Stay safe and best of luck, OKC!
 
2013-05-20 04:54:53 PM  

Tony_Pepperoni: [i.imgur.com image 755x407]


Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  That would haunt me forever if I saw it coming my way.  My prayers are going out to everyone involved...those injured, lives lost, families in need, first responders and rescue workers of all kinds.
 
2013-05-20 04:55:11 PM  
Been through a fair share of tornadoes in central IL, one actually hit our house when I was young but just did some mild shingle damage. Never seen one on this scale, but about 4 years ago in college I was alone at my (basically cardboard-walled 2 story) apartment building when a storm was coming through and the news said the tornado was heading south along the 4-lane road I lived on.

Best believe I literally sprinted out of the front door with a backpack of about 6 valuables to the big 5 story lab a 1/2 block away into their basement. It ended up veering away, but I could see it in the distance. It's always eerie, if not downright terrifying if you're in the path. The kind of thing that makes you feel like an insignificant speck while the hand of destruction reaches down.

/We had to shelter at my elementary school once and about 1/2 the kids were crying the whole time... can't imagine what's going through everyone's mind in OKC right now
 
2013-05-20 04:55:22 PM  
A dispatcher said to other dispatchers: "We're going to get through this, alright? Stay calm."
 
2013-05-20 04:55:58 PM  
That weathervan driver is a farking madman. Jeebus
 
2013-05-20 04:56:23 PM  
youmightberight: Got to 2.25m wide.

Was that the tornado or simply the debris field?
 
2013-05-20 04:56:48 PM  
For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?
 
2013-05-20 04:56:50 PM  

Mutable_Beaver: solaufein: Two schools hit that I've seen so far.

Does anyone know if the schools around there have underground shelters?  I hope so!!  After 1999 you think they would at least consider it.


One of the schools is in horrific shape. The dispatcher guy is freaking out. He's talk-yelling about things being blocked off, missing children, etc. It's still chaos. He keeps asking if there's anyone in charge here.
 
2013-05-20 04:56:52 PM  

mikaloyd: [i.imgur.com image 850x637]

School


www.charlock.org
 
2013-05-20 04:57:03 PM  
I know it's probably too soon, but I have to ask...

They had a few days warning about this. Why didn't the state shut down the schools and stuff and open shelters to all who might need them?

Holy fark...
 
2013-05-20 04:57:20 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 04:57:30 PM  
Uh oh, at least one fire going, gas main probably.
 
2013-05-20 04:57:31 PM  
http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/ctid/2182/?rl=rr">http://www.broad castify.com/listen/ctid/2182/?rl=rr

Radio reference link for Oklahoma City Area.
 
2013-05-20 04:57:39 PM  

Maud Dib: Jebus, a whole line of traffic about to get blasted. RUN, dammit.


It's horrible to see it happening live.  And yet I can't look away.

I'll take earthquakes any day of the week.  Jeebus.
 
2013-05-20 04:57:44 PM  

teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?


Looks like a hook on the radar. Means intense circulation. See pic back around the 50 post mark.
 
2013-05-20 04:57:47 PM  
I know reporters need to report, but GODDAMN IF YOU ARE ON THE SCENE THEN HELP SOMEONE
 
2013-05-20 04:58:18 PM  
How COULD you get a count on destroyed homes when it's all just one pile of debris.
 
2013-05-20 04:58:23 PM  
Here come the fires. And there's no way for firetrucks to get there because of all the debris in the way.  It's like farking Armageddon.
 
2013-05-20 04:58:27 PM  
It's the rare person that gets to watch their house burn down live on the Weather Channel.
 
2013-05-20 04:58:36 PM  

cc_rider: I know it's probably too soon, but I have to ask...

They had a few days warning about this. Why didn't the state shut down the schools and stuff and open shelters to all who might need them?

Holy fark...


The difference between a hurricane and a tornado. Tornadoes just APPEAR and you have no idea where they'll drop and which way they'll jump. There's no real way to predict a tornado until you see the signs. Hurricanes you have days to prepare for.
 
2013-05-20 04:58:39 PM  
Can anyone tell me if the tornado broke up before hitting bryant street east of 35?

We have family at 10th and Bryant.
 
2013-05-20 04:58:39 PM  

my alt's alt's alt: Where the hell are those kids going to go home to? The bus going to drop them off at the corner of slab and de-barked tree?


You crack me up. Humor like this kinda helps, you know?
 
2013-05-20 04:58:57 PM  

teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?


It's just how it looks on the radar. Tornadoes will usually show up with a hook shape on the radar as a result of the rotation.
 
2013-05-20 04:59:00 PM  

teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?


"hook echo" is what a tornado looks like on radar, the rotation shows up as a hook on the SW corner of a thunderstorm
 
2013-05-20 04:59:13 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 04:59:19 PM  

teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?


Example from 1999.  The hook is at the lower left of the storm, and is approximately where the tornado is, in the simplest terms.

i40.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-20 04:59:27 PM  
That pregnant man got beat up pretty bad.
 
2013-05-20 04:59:33 PM  

rolladuck: eepapapee: This is the worst American disaster I've seen in my lifetime.

So, ... are you under age 12? Or do you just mean natural disasters, and forgetting about Katrina?  I'm confused?


Never mind, I just saw the helo footage.  This probably could compare.
 
2013-05-20 04:59:44 PM  

teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?


i40.tinypic.com

I'll let some one else explain the details, but it is essentially the radar signature of a storm around a tornado.  The storm wraps around the west side of the funnel.
 
2013-05-20 04:59:46 PM  

teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hook_echo
 
2013-05-20 04:59:52 PM  

theorellior: Tony_Pepperoni: i.imgur.com

Is that the chopper footage? Crazy-ass pilot.


Yes.
 
2013-05-20 05:00:04 PM  

Bunny Deville: Looks like a hook on the radar. Means intense circulation. See pic back around the 50 post mark.


That particular radar pic will be used in textbooks.
 
2013-05-20 05:00:09 PM  

teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?


It's a formation in the cloud system that is a very strong indicator of upper rotation in the clouds that could turn into a funnel cloud. It looks like a pirate hook shape. You tend to see them on radar in red and yellow.

Tornadoes are weird because they rarely occur in the rain, if ever. In my experience the rain will die and it gets really quiet, and the sky turns a really sickly greenish color. You can hear it coming for a mile too, like a weird freight train horn or the sound when you blow over the mouth of a soda bottle. I guess that's why they say the calm before the storm.
 
2013-05-20 05:00:11 PM  
Holy hell.

I've jumped out of planes, almost drowned several times while whitewater rafting, and my only vehicle is a motorcycle.

Tornadoes scale the piss out of me.

Any farkers over there...stay safe.
 
2013-05-20 05:00:13 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 05:00:14 PM  
Any farkers that volunteer for Red Cross or any disaster relief groups please get your bags packed we're gonna need you come tomorrow. Today is going to be epic and not in the good way.

Thoughts go out to families with kids in those schools.
 
2013-05-20 05:00:14 PM  
The remains of someone's house is on fire. So what the tornado didn't destroy, fire is finishing up with. Yay.
 
2013-05-20 05:00:30 PM  

Geriatric Goodman Brown: Can anyone tell me if the tornado broke up before hitting bryant street east of 35?

We have family at 10th and Bryant.


It started breaking up at Bryant, but didn't really break up until it crossed Sunnylane.  10th might be on the north side of the tornado path.
 
2013-05-20 05:00:37 PM  
Tornado warning: Cleveland

A tornado warning has been issued for Cleveland
 
2013-05-20 05:01:02 PM  
Moore's command center to be set up at Warren Theater
 
2013-05-20 05:01:09 PM  

teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?



That is what is used to describe  the shape of a tornado on radar.

A lack of a hook echo does not mean there is not a tornado but the big nasty ones pretty much always show up as one.

i40.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-20 05:01:21 PM  
Shiat, on News9 is that live footage of the tornado again?
 
2013-05-20 05:01:42 PM  

cc_rider: I know it's probably too soon, but I have to ask...

They had a few days warning about this. Why didn't the state shut down the schools and stuff and open shelters to all who might need them?

Holy fark...


We don't have the tech to pinpoint certain areas like hurricanes.  We knew there was a big risk for Oklahoma but there's no way right now to know where.  Unless you want to evacuate hundreds if not thousands of square miles, having people concentrated in the danger zone could actually be a bad thing if that's where the tornado decides to hit.
 
2013-05-20 05:01:46 PM  
that reporter is about to lose it
 
2013-05-20 05:01:46 PM  
MAJOR GAS LEAK at elementary school. "Could go at any time"
 
2013-05-20 05:01:49 PM  
sounds like the reporter is about to break down and dry
 
2013-05-20 05:01:54 PM  

jayhawk88: Shiat, on News9 is that live footage of the tornado again?


No that is video of the tornado as it went through...it is not live
 
2013-05-20 05:02:15 PM  
that chick in the red shirt had EF-4 Chins
 
2013-05-20 05:02:19 PM  

Mutable_Beaver: Does anyone know if the schools around there have underground shelters? I hope so!! After 1999 you think they would at least consider it.


Underground shelters are not always possible due to the high water table. I know that's a problem here in N Texas. It's not that people just forgot about that being an option. Every school does tornado drills at least twice a year.
 
2013-05-20 05:02:19 PM  

crab66: teenytinycornteeth: For us laypeople, what is a "hook echo" that they're talking about?


That is what is used to describe  the shape of a tornado on radar.

A lack of a hook echo does not mean there is not a tornado but the big nasty ones pretty much always show up as one.

[i40.tinypic.com image 543x416]


and a hook THAT well-defined is pretty much a gimme.
 
2013-05-20 05:02:22 PM  
Speaking of a hook echo, Doppler is showing a new one forming on the storm that went through Moore.
 
2013-05-20 05:02:43 PM  

m1ke: Where is Bill Paxton when you need him!?!


theworldaccordingtoalice.files.wordpress.com

On LV 426.
 
2013-05-20 05:03:17 PM  
A golf course? shiat just got real!
 
2013-05-20 05:03:23 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: Note to self: stay in Texas.


Never heard of Jarrell, eh?
 
2013-05-20 05:03:31 PM  
This dude on the KFOR traffic copter really knows his local geography.
 
2013-05-20 05:03:31 PM  

ArtosRC: youmightberight: Got to 2.25m wide.

Was that the tornado or simply the debris field?



The debris field. It is what does the majority of the damage. Just imagine the trees and buildings in your neighborhood blasting through the air around 180-200mph.
 
2013-05-20 05:03:58 PM  
"A unit has been in... uh... an accident."

"We're trying to get into a neighborhood here and it's a ... complete disaster."
 
2013-05-20 05:04:05 PM  

eepapapee: This is the worst American disaster I've seen in my lifetime.


worse than Katrina? No. Sandra? No.
 
2013-05-20 05:04:10 PM  

Hobodeluxe: sounds like the reporter is about to break down and dry


yeah i think he's losing it
 
2013-05-20 05:04:20 PM  

mikaloyd: Harley Dealership got hit hard


God hates Harleys.
 
2013-05-20 05:04:30 PM  
My friends and their 3 month-old daughter live in Moore. Praying that they are safe.
 
2013-05-20 05:04:36 PM  
This is some nasty shiat, man
 
2013-05-20 05:04:37 PM  
That woman's leg is impaled.
 
2013-05-20 05:04:49 PM  
Did channel 9 just show an impaled woman live on air?
 
2013-05-20 05:04:53 PM  

jayhawk88: Shiat, on News9 is that live footage of the tornado again?


No... It's previous footage. They really should label it.
 
2013-05-20 05:04:54 PM  
Jesus Christ a woman has been IMPALED by debris
 
2013-05-20 05:04:57 PM  
they just showed some big woman who was impaled. :(
 
2013-05-20 05:04:59 PM  
O.o i just saw a woman with a board through her leg...........
 
2013-05-20 05:05:01 PM  
West side of OKC checking in. OK so far.

Moore and the south side of OKC got nailed......again.

Going to be bad for lots of people.
 
2013-05-20 05:05:04 PM  
 
2013-05-20 05:05:05 PM  
Yikes- woman with board through leg.  Fire's a really bad sign too.
 
2013-05-20 05:05:08 PM  
They just showed a woman with a board stuck in her
 
2013-05-20 05:05:17 PM  
My sister lives near 164th and Santa Fe. Still can't figure out if there's damage in that area. I think the tornado went a little north of there. I think.

Being within a mile of that farkers must have been farking terrifying all the same.
 
2013-05-20 05:05:20 PM  
Jeezus! just saw a woman with a giant board through her leg. Wont post pic
 
2013-05-20 05:05:25 PM  
that lady is pretty badass for walking out of the debris with a chunk of wood stuck in her leg like that
 
2013-05-20 05:05:26 PM  

ShankatsuForte: that chick in the red shirt had EF-4 Chins


www.charlock.org
 
2013-05-20 05:06:07 PM  
Closed the webstream, leaving on Weather Channel...not gonna subject my partner to on-the-ground video of impaled victims.
 
2013-05-20 05:06:25 PM  

Bontesla: Omg. That school's in chaos. Did anyone catch that dispatcher saying groups of children were lost?


t1.gstatic.com
 
2013-05-20 05:06:35 PM  

Maud Dib: Never heard of Jarrell, eh?


I was having a meeting with a possible business partner in a restaurant when Jarrell happened. All the TVs had footage going. We sat there in stunned silence as the tornado progressed. It was surreal.
 
2013-05-20 05:06:36 PM  

Maud Dib: HaywoodJablonski: Note to self: stay in Texas.

Never heard of Jarrell, eh?


Fine.  I will never go north of Lake Conroe again
 
2013-05-20 05:06:49 PM  
That poor lady with the two kids they're interviewing. I wouldn't even be able to talk after that.
 
2013-05-20 05:06:56 PM  
Mom held her daughter in the tub by her hair as the wind pulled her. Damn.
 
2013-05-20 05:07:00 PM  
And now the part where they talk to shell-shocked victims, providing no useful information.

How about "where can people go for temporary housing" instead of "look at this devastated mother and tell her 'man, it could have been even worse if you weren't in the bathtub'.?"
 
2013-05-20 05:07:38 PM  
Had to happen sooner or later
 
2013-05-20 05:07:46 PM  

ariseatex: Did channel 9 just show an impaled woman live on air?


'Uh, careful with the shot there guys..."
I think so :(
 
2013-05-20 05:07:50 PM  
The first person who says thank god I'm alive should be shot.
 
2013-05-20 05:08:04 PM  
Clear, defined, rapid rotation near the new wall cloud dropping off the Moore storm. This storm is vicious, and it's not done.
 
2013-05-20 05:08:11 PM  

Geriatric Goodman Brown: Can anyone tell me if the tornado broke up before hitting bryant street east of 35?

We have family at 10th and Bryant.


It looks like 10th is far enough north that they should be ok. Let us know when you know they're alright, ok? They should be alright.
 
2013-05-20 05:08:17 PM  
God, is everyone in that neighborhood fat? You'd think so just from watching the footage..
 
2013-05-20 05:08:21 PM  

JerseyTim: This dude on the KFOR traffic copter really knows his local geography.


I was able to follow along his description in Google Maps and look at the satellite photos of what the area looked like before today.
 
2013-05-20 05:08:22 PM  
Baseball-sized hail reported in Oklahoma County.

Good lord.
 
2013-05-20 05:08:22 PM  

zomega: That poor lady with the two kids they're interviewing. I wouldn't even be able to talk after that.


link?
 
2013-05-20 05:08:27 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 05:08:27 PM  

jurzdevil: that lady is pretty badass for walking out of the debris with a chunk of wood stuck in her leg like that


Got t agree. She was straight up calm and going forward despite all the shiat that just happened to her.
 
2013-05-20 05:08:30 PM  

waterrockets: Mom held her daughter in the tub by her hair as the wind pulled her. Damn.


That's shock.
 
2013-05-20 05:08:41 PM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: ariseatex: Did channel 9 just show an impaled woman live on air?

'Uh, careful with the shot there guys..."
I think so :(


I was just listening to audio and missed it. IMGUR link?
 
2013-05-20 05:08:52 PM  
Crap that's a huge fire.
 
2013-05-20 05:08:57 PM  

zomega: That poor lady with the two kids they're interviewing. I wouldn't even be able to talk after that.


waterrockets: Mom held her daughter in the tub by her hair as the wind pulled her. Damn.


I noted that she said her husband put them in the tub. Where is he?
 
2013-05-20 05:09:18 PM  

mikebagger: waterrockets: Mom held her daughter in the tub by her hair as the wind pulled her. Damn.

That's shock.


That's a parent going 'oh HELL no.'
 
2013-05-20 05:09:31 PM  
And now a house is on fire, cuz fark you house!
 
2013-05-20 05:09:43 PM  
Yep. There's the hook echo. It's going to drop, and soon.
 
2013-05-20 05:09:50 PM  

mikaloyd: jurzdevil: that lady is pretty badass for walking out of the debris with a chunk of wood stuck in her leg like that

Got t agree. She was straight up calm and going forward despite all the shiat that just happened to her.


Shock will do that.
 
2013-05-20 05:09:51 PM  
Good ribs at Leo's
 
2013-05-20 05:10:03 PM  
Holy shiat, that's a wide path of destruction they're showing on Fox right now.
 
2013-05-20 05:10:12 PM  
looks like avant, ramona going towards nowata getting hammered on radar
 
2013-05-20 05:10:28 PM  

LasersHurt: I noted that she said her husband put them in the tub. Where is he?


He was at work, not at home.  He was talking to her on the phone.
 
2013-05-20 05:10:32 PM  
That truly is God's Country out there.
 
2013-05-20 05:11:05 PM  
F5?

This is Brock Lesnars fault...dammit, comedy isn't helping.
 
2013-05-20 05:11:40 PM  

zappaisfrank: God, is everyone in that neighborhood fat? You'd think so just from watching the footage..


Tornado couldn't pick them up, that's why you don't see the skinny people.

/I'm going to hell for that
//aisle seat please
 
2013-05-20 05:11:41 PM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: LasersHurt: I noted that she said her husband put them in the tub. Where is he?

He was at work, not at home.  He was talking to her on the phone.


Ah, thanks, I missed that.
 
2013-05-20 05:11:52 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Holy shiat, that's a wide path of destruction they're showing on Fox right now.


But enough about Obama's mad power grab...
 
2013-05-20 05:11:52 PM  

Almost Everybody Poops: Crap that's a huge fire.


Yea and they can't get firetrucks to it.
/This is bad, so very bad.
 
2013-05-20 05:12:09 PM  
Tornadoes forming north of Tulsa. If that path continues, Joplin is on the way. Hope that doesn't get worse.
 
2013-05-20 05:12:11 PM  
They're saying that this tornado followed almost the exact same path as the 1999 tornado. fark that noise, I'd be relocating.
 
2013-05-20 05:12:12 PM  
 
2013-05-20 05:12:26 PM  

Outrageous Muff: That truly is God's Toilet out there.


FTFY
 
2013-05-20 05:12:26 PM  

Di Atribe: MartinaMcSorley: wxboy: Tornado Emergency for Moore and southern OKC.

Is there something very specific about the Moore area that causes more tornado activity there than other places?  *Is* there, in fact, more activity there than other places?  It seems to happen around Moore so, so often.

Tinker AFB was once hit by tornadoes twice in one week.

I believe that was some sort of record for most frequent repeat tornadic touchdowns. Today may be breaking that record. Geez.

And to answer your question, there are lots of places in OK that are hit repeatedly. There are infamous tornadoes from Edmond, Moore, Tuttle, and OKC proper. There's a reason that the meteorology department at OU is world-renowned.


Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma.  I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others.  Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite.  So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas.  Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state.  That place is flat, flat, flat!
 
2013-05-20 05:12:27 PM  
Dear Mrs. ohdoublereally, here's another frigging reason I don't want to move from San Diego to Oklahoma.
 
2013-05-20 05:12:34 PM  
Some pretty good coverage... except for MICHAEL.

http://www.news9.com/category/258217/weather-control-center
 
2013-05-20 05:12:51 PM  
I hope this doesn't delay my Amazon orders
 
2013-05-20 05:13:01 PM  
"This ain't good, for sure."
 
2013-05-20 05:13:08 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 05:13:14 PM  

theorellior: Maud Dib: Never heard of Jarrell, eh?

I was having a meeting with a possible business partner in a restaurant when Jarrell happened. All the TVs had footage going. We sat there in stunned silence as the tornado progressed. It was surreal.


Damn thing was coming right at us in Hays Co. for awhile until it turned west and hit out near the Pedernales River.
 
2013-05-20 05:13:15 PM  
Chasers on the ground monitoring a wall cloud with the Moore storm.
 
2013-05-20 05:13:16 PM  

jurzdevil: that lady is pretty badass for walking lumbering out of the debris with a chunk of wood stuck in her leg like that

 
2013-05-20 05:13:22 PM  

WTF Indeed: Popcorn Johnny: Holy shiat, that's a wide path of destruction they're showing on Fox right now.

But enough about Obama's mad power grab...


farking Obama....
 
2013-05-20 05:13:22 PM  
wonder if this storm has enough legs to make it to westboro
 
2013-05-20 05:13:26 PM  
ARRGH the goddamn elementary school is gone. I hope they had underground shelter.
 
2013-05-20 05:13:30 PM  
Sounds like they did have some sort of cellar in the school. That's good news.
 
2013-05-20 05:13:32 PM  
digging in wreckage of the school in moore on tv now
 
2013-05-20 05:14:01 PM  
"We're not done yet."

As if things aren't bad enough with the aftermath of this tornado, now it looks like another one will hit in about an hour.

Be safe if you're up there.
 
2013-05-20 05:14:05 PM  
God. It's never good when the reporter is at a loss for words
 
2013-05-20 05:14:21 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 05:14:36 PM  
That shirtless fella looked like he had a bunch of debrus bits stuck in his back. He was scratching at it while sitting on the back of the ambulance.
 
2013-05-20 05:14:38 PM  
I don't think this guy from the Orr Family Farm wants to be interviewed.
 
2013-05-20 05:14:41 PM  

Di Atribe: Radar shows back-building into Tuttle & Mustang.


Anymore info on that? My son has a friend that lives in Mustang.
 
2013-05-20 05:14:43 PM  
ok VELOCITY IS NOT A SCALAR

/sorry
//gets tiresome
///JUST SAY SPEED
 
2013-05-20 05:14:52 PM  
Oh, God running a shop-vac across your town not enough?  Here's some FIRE!
 
2013-05-20 05:14:55 PM  

ravenlore: How COULD you get a count on destroyed homes when it's all just one pile of debris.


Google maps
 
2013-05-20 05:15:06 PM  

MartinaMcSorley: Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma. I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others. Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite. So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas. Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state. That place is flat, flat, flat!


The flat helps by keeping atmospheric conditions consistent.  By far the biggest factor though is being about halfway between the warm air of the Gulf of Mexico and the cold air of the Rocky Mountains.
 
2013-05-20 05:15:11 PM  

ohdoublereally: Dear Mrs. ohdoublereally, here's another frigging reason I don't want to move from San Diego to Oklahoma.


Why would anyone want to do that...ever?
 
2013-05-20 05:15:59 PM  
http://www.redcross.org/ok/oklahoma-city">http://www.redcross.org/ok/ oklahoma-city

Please donate what you would spend drinking this weekend. Also if you know anyone that would like to volunteer follow the link.
 
2013-05-20 05:16:04 PM  

Guelph35: ravenlore: How COULD you get a count on destroyed homes when it's all just one pile of debris.

Google maps


Well, yes, later. I meant right now.
 
2013-05-20 05:16:07 PM  

MartinaMcSorley: Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma.


Very true, but in my experience, it tends to be the Oklahoma meteorologists who are LEAST interested in storm-chasing.  Probably because they had enough experience with them growing up that they have no interest in seeing them up close EVER again.

/friend's mother was in a Moore school building that is mostly gone
//they're okay physically, just shell-shocked as you'd expect at the moment
///slashies come in threes
 
2013-05-20 05:16:17 PM  

Kaeishiwaza: Wow, the helicopter footage is amazing.  I've never seen a tornado 'rope-out' and dissipate live, but it was fascinating to watch.  If it weren't so awful it would be beautiful.


Yeah, these live feeds are really educational.  More so than the pre-packaged tornado shows that pop up later during "tornado week" or whatever.  The older gentleman who is wrangling the live feeds on the TV channel is very good.  He's probably a famous meteorologist.  =)
 
2013-05-20 05:16:21 PM  

soporific: "We're not done yet."

As if things aren't bad enough with the aftermath of this tornado, now it looks like another one will hit in about an hour.

Be safe if you're up there.


TWC has been warning that Sunday & Monday would be pretty awful days for a lot of OKC.
Did not think anyone saw this coming...
 
2013-05-20 05:16:25 PM  
Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?
 
2013-05-20 05:16:38 PM  
Come on channel six, switch over to YOUR feed instead of OKC's. This storm is heading right farking to us and you won't switch over to your own footage online.
 
2013-05-20 05:16:41 PM  
Ol' Carl needs some training in interviewing disaster victims...
 
2013-05-20 05:16:43 PM  

mikaloyd: jurzdevil: that lady is pretty badass for walking out of the debris with a chunk of wood stuck in her leg like that

Got t agree. She was straight up calm and going forward despite all the shiat that just happened to her.


shock will do that
 
2013-05-20 05:16:51 PM  
I-35 is completely shut down. Oh, man.
 
2013-05-20 05:16:58 PM  
This is why I stay in California.

Hope everyone is okay, especially that elementary school.
 
2013-05-20 05:17:08 PM  

MartinaMcSorley: Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma. I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others. Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite. So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas. Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state. That place is flat, flat, flat!


There are some short-ish mountains just south of OKC. That may contribute to a bit of direction. But it's not a guarantee. Chickashaw took a hit last year, I believe. But  you're right, outside of those mountains, it is amazingly flat. Nothin between them & Canada but a barbed wire fence.
 
2013-05-20 05:17:16 PM  

Maud Dib: theorellior: Maud Dib: Never heard of Jarrell, eh?

I was having a meeting with a possible business partner in a restaurant when Jarrell happened. All the TVs had footage going. We sat there in stunned silence as the tornado progressed. It was surreal.

Damn thing was coming right at us in Hays Co. for awhile until it turned west and hit out near the Pedernales River.


I was in Caldwell county at the time and I saw the black wall north of us. At the time I had no idea how severe that storm was. A friend of mine was close to the storm. Her family survived with just a little house damage.
 
2013-05-20 05:17:19 PM  

Di Atribe: Sounds like they did have some sort of cellar in the school. That's good news.


I would hope like hell that's a freaking law for every public building in that region.
 
2013-05-20 05:17:21 PM  
1 fatality . . .  1400 blocks . . . something. Too much chatter.
 
2013-05-20 05:17:25 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Bunny Deville: thismomentinblackhistory: Good luck. We just got caught in a storm whilst viewing the largest crucifix in the world. Maybe just the US? It was big.

The one on 40?

Also, good luck, OK farkers.

Indian Lake in Michigan. I don't think it's the largest cross -- crucifix, rather. A huge iron Jesus.

Now we're waiting out the last of the storm until we can cross to Mackinac Island.


Huge crosses along highways are pretty common in rural Texas and Oklahoma. They're kind of like a Bible Belt equivalent of Muffler Men statues.
 
2013-05-20 05:17:31 PM  
Elementary school....

i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 05:17:37 PM  

JerseyTim: I don't think this guy from the Orr Family Farm wants to be interviewed.


Especially by a black guy.
 
2013-05-20 05:17:59 PM  

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I


short answer...no
long answer: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah no
 
2013-05-20 05:18:06 PM  
They really aught to consider rebuilding the city completely underground.
 
2013-05-20 05:18:12 PM  
KFOR doesn't know if the kids were in the school or not.
 
2013-05-20 05:18:14 PM  
Another fatality near South Tower.
 
2013-05-20 05:18:14 PM  

PowerSlacker: ohdoublereally: Dear Mrs. ohdoublereally, here's another frigging reason I don't want to move from San Diego to Oklahoma.

Why would anyone want to do that...ever?


Jobs.  There's a lot of meteorology jobs, both governmental and private, centered around Norman (just a few miles to the south).  That's the only reason I'd ever move to Oklahoma, to work there.
 
2013-05-20 05:18:30 PM  

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?


Problem is, you never know where the tornado is gonna be, and OKC is one of the largest cities in the US in terms of land area covered. Even if there was an easy tornado disruptor to build, you'd never be able to build enough of them.
 
2013-05-20 05:18:34 PM  

mr lawson: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I

short answer...no
long answer: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah no


Why not?
 
2013-05-20 05:18:36 PM  

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?


that would be like hitting a needle in a haystack. the best thing you can do is storm cellars and build all buildings in a dome like shape.
 
2013-05-20 05:18:42 PM  

Tony_Pepperoni: Elementary school....

[i.imgur.com image 850x476]


Where?
 
2013-05-20 05:18:43 PM  
shiat, another tornado forming.
 
2013-05-20 05:18:50 PM  
Guy on KFOR: "We're talking "biggest in the world" (2 to 3x worse May 3 1999)"
 
2013-05-20 05:18:59 PM  

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?


It seems that entire cities don't even slow them. What do you propose?
 
2013-05-20 05:19:00 PM  

zomega: cc_rider: I know it's probably too soon, but I have to ask...

They had a few days warning about this. Why didn't the state shut down the schools and stuff and open shelters to all who might need them?

Holy fark...

The difference between a hurricane and a tornado. Tornadoes just APPEAR and you have no idea where they'll drop and which way they'll jump. There's no real way to predict a tornado until you see the signs. Hurricanes you have days to prepare for.


I know they can't predict exactly what towns it's going to touch down in, but the weather reports since last weekend, especially yesterday, seemed to have a pretty good idea this would happen (again) in OK. and that it would be very bad.

I really just hope most people heeded the warnings, and it's not as bad as it looks. o_O
 
2013-05-20 05:19:02 PM  
KFOR meteorologist: "This is the worst tornado in the history of the world."
 
2013-05-20 05:19:02 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me


Bye!
 
2013-05-20 05:19:06 PM  
 
2013-05-20 05:19:11 PM  
And it looks like another's about to drop near...Elmore City, did they say?
 
2013-05-20 05:19:14 PM  
MartinaMcSorley:

Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma.  I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others.  Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite.  So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas.  Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state.  That place is flat, flat, flat!

It's a battle between warm air coming up from the gulf and cold air coming down from Canada.  The flatness of the plains along that whole path really helps.  When they mix just right, you get days like last Wednesday, yesterday, and today.
 
2013-05-20 05:19:17 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Di Atribe: Radar shows back-building into Tuttle & Mustang.

Anymore info on that? My son has a friend that lives in Mustang.


Luckily, it looks like it's puttering out a bit. They're probably getting some continuous heavy rain since it looks like that's where all the storms are being "born."

I've got family there, too. It catches my eye.
 
2013-05-20 05:19:17 PM  
MartinaMcSorley:  I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others.  Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite.  So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas.  Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state.  That place is flat, flat, flat!

Tornado Alley is where a big warm windstream (jetstream?) meets a big cold windstream. I don't remember the names, but it's why tornados are so common here.
Moore specifically? I don't know, maybe they collide more often there.
 
2013-05-20 05:19:22 PM  
The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.
 
2013-05-20 05:19:39 PM  
Blizter is annoying and asking dumb questions
 
2013-05-20 05:19:44 PM  
Does anyone have a link to a graphic showing the path of the tornado today?

I can't get ahold of any of my family there and I can't find any information about the path.  I just want to see how close it hit and make sure they're okay.
 
2013-05-20 05:19:49 PM  

Tony_Pepperoni: Elementary school....

[i.imgur.com image 850x476]


I hope there were no children in there

But this happened like 20 minutes ago, and it was around 3PM then...

Is the storm still going on?
 
2013-05-20 05:19:51 PM  

theorellior: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

Problem is, you never know where the tornado is gonna be, and OKC is one of the largest cities in the US in terms of land area covered. Even if there was an easy tornado disruptor to build, you'd never be able to build enough of them.


For it to be feasible, you'd have to distribute them evenly throughout populated areas, so it would take an enormous amount of material and time. But how would it compare to the resources and time spent constantly rebuilding from Tornados?
 
2013-05-20 05:19:53 PM  

LasersHurt: mr lawson: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I

short answer...no
long answer: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah no

Why not?


You have no idea how much power you are talking about.
 
2013-05-20 05:20:12 PM  
Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.
 
2013-05-20 05:20:29 PM  

LasersHurt: mr lawson: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I

short answer...no
long answer: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah no

Why not?


It's not that the wind is blowin', it's WHAT the wind is blowin'.

i4.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-20 05:20:33 PM  
shear size (mass) needed.
not to mention location placement.
 
2013-05-20 05:20:34 PM  

awalkingecho: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

It seems that entire cities don't even slow them. What do you propose?


Perhaps some type of giant javelin?
 
2013-05-20 05:20:43 PM  
I'm just praying for no fatalities at the school. Those poor kids.
 
2013-05-20 05:20:44 PM  

ontariolightning: Blizter is annoying and asking dumb questions


To be fair, you could post this in any thread and be correct
 
2013-05-20 05:20:44 PM  

WhoGAS: Does anyone have a link to a graphic showing the path of the tornado today?

I can't get ahold of any of my family there and I can't find any information about the path.  I just want to see how close it hit and make sure they're okay.


pic.twitter.com/MT0auFhmnY
 
2013-05-20 05:20:54 PM  
"As you encounter fatalities, secure the area"

Gods have mercy.
 
2013-05-20 05:20:54 PM  

Hobodeluxe: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

that would be like hitting a needle in a haystack. the best thing you can do is storm cellars and build all buildings in a dome like shape.


Not Mobile, permanent installations.

awalkingecho: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

It seems that entire cities don't even slow them. What do you propose?


Cities aren't DESIGNED to handle them.
 
2013-05-20 05:20:55 PM  

youmightberight: http://www.redcross.org/ok/oklahoma-city">http://www.redcross.org/ok/ oklahoma-city

Please donate what you would spend drinking this weekend. Also if you know anyone that would like to volunteer follow the link.


whynotboth.jpg
 
2013-05-20 05:20:58 PM  

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.


Worse than Bangladesh?
 
2013-05-20 05:20:59 PM  
Why, why do people live in tornado alley?
 
2013-05-20 05:21:08 PM  
Damn, local weather guy just claimed it will be the largest tornado ever... in the world.  DAMN!
 
2013-05-20 05:21:30 PM  

jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.


Yes, I do.
 
2013-05-20 05:21:34 PM  

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.


I feel like . . . that's a hard one to call. It just freaking happened. Doesn't seem particularly scientific?
 
2013-05-20 05:21:41 PM  

ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.


Looking at that picture on the home page triggered a gag reflex.

Holy God that's terrible.
 
2013-05-20 05:21:42 PM  

ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.


What's the font size!? DEAR GOD MAN TELL ME THE FONT SIZE!
 
2013-05-20 05:21:56 PM  
Day care kids are ok according to the police scanner.  Good news!
 
2013-05-20 05:22:12 PM  
All children from something-daycare are okay. They've been relocated.
 
2013-05-20 05:22:17 PM  
So, OK is not OK?
 
2013-05-20 05:22:32 PM  
They're calling for severe weather for my area tonight, lets hope thats not the case
 
2013-05-20 05:22:37 PM  

zomega: I'm just praying for no fatalities at the school. Those poor kids.


God's not at the phone right now, he's busy running his Hoveround over hospitals out there.  I get the sentiment and by all means pray, but personally? God is being a motherfarker today.
 
2013-05-20 05:22:38 PM  
I mean no disrespect to any one in the area, god bless you and hope you make it ok. however,  google ads put an ad for a leaf-blower from home depot right below the story.  i laughed at that, not the destruction....
 
2013-05-20 05:22:41 PM  

ontariolightning: Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.

Worse than Bangladesh?


Who knows? What I do know is this: The world outside the US doesn't count.
 
2013-05-20 05:22:51 PM  

phlegmmo: jurzdevil: that lady is pretty badass for walking lumbering out of the debris with a chunk of wood stuck in her leg like that


... goddamnit i laffed
 
2013-05-20 05:22:52 PM  

LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.


If that were true you wouldn't have asked, twice.
 
2013-05-20 05:23:08 PM  

LasersHurt: Cities aren't DESIGNED to handle them.


The best thing...no, the ONLY thing you could do to design a tornado-damage-proof city is to build the entire city underground.  Anything sticking up from ground level in Oklahoma will be at risk of being knocked over.  You CAN'T build something to withstand it.
 
2013-05-20 05:23:24 PM  

mr lawson: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I

short answer...no
long answer: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah no


Longer answer: mountains. But they take a while to build.
 
2013-05-20 05:23:25 PM  
One dispatcher has the voice of God with all the echo
 
2013-05-20 05:23:41 PM  

LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.


You're talking about the rotating power of many, many nuclear blasts, strong enough to stick pieces of straw and hay 3 inches deep in solid, living trees.

There is no technology to break that up, that it would not simply go up and over and proceed along the way.
 
2013-05-20 05:23:42 PM  
Another huge hook echo in the radar....this is not close to being over.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:07 PM  

ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.


Caps lock is cruise control for cool holy sh*t!
 
2013-05-20 05:24:15 PM  

MartinaMcSorley: Di Atribe: MartinaMcSorley: wxboy: Tornado Emergency for Moore and southern OKC.

Is there something very specific about the Moore area that causes more tornado activity there than other places?  *Is* there, in fact, more activity there than other places?  It seems to happen around Moore so, so often.

Tinker AFB was once hit by tornadoes twice in one week.

I believe that was some sort of record for most frequent repeat tornadic touchdowns. Today may be breaking that record. Geez.

And to answer your question, there are lots of places in OK that are hit repeatedly. There are infamous tornadoes from Edmond, Moore, Tuttle, and OKC proper. There's a reason that the meteorology department at OU is world-renowned.

Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma.  I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others.  Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite.  So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas.  Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state.  That place is flat, flat, flat!


It's the location. Big blob of cool air comes down from the north, smushes into a blob of moist, warm air from the Gulf. All along that line, you get storms and often tornadoes. That line just often happens to be in OK. I believe it also depends on the location of the jet stream.

I am not a meteorologist.

Watch out, Meeker. Apparently that's where it'shiatting next.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:19 PM  

KhamanV: zomega: I'm just praying for no fatalities at the school. Those poor kids.

God's not at the phone right now, he's busy running his Hoveround over hospitals out there.  I get the sentiment and by all means pray, but personally? God is being a motherfarker today.


I hate religion as much as the next guy, but let them have their coping method in times like this.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:20 PM  

ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.


now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:39 PM  

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.


http://extremeplanet.me/2012/09/23/analysis-of-the-1999-bridge-creek -f 5-tornado/

"While the tornado engulfed a wide area, the extreme damage was confined to a streak 100 yards wide in the center of the damage swath.".

That's a picture of the 1999 tornado.  This one appears to have a much wider damage swath, and one just as powerful.  Yeah, they have every right to be freaking out right now.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:43 PM  

cc_rider: ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.

Caps lock is cruise control for cool holy sh*t!


I think we can excuse the caps lock for a few hours; this is pretty much a loss of bowel control level event.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:44 PM  
Vehicles are blocking intersections. Blocking emergency vehicles from entering/exiting. They're requesting wreckers.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:07 PM  
Prague? ok

/did not know that
//ok, OK
 
2013-05-20 05:25:21 PM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-05-20 05:25:26 PM  
Telling people to come out to shut the gas off at the school as there's a leak.  Oh that's great.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:26 PM  

WTF Indeed: ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.

What's the font size!? DEAR GOD MAN TELL ME THE FONT SIZE!


36 point Arial I think.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:31 PM  

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?


Sure. A 1,000 foot building will really do some damage on a 50,000 foot storm. AND put more people in one concentrated area! Great idea.


Shrugging Atlas: I would hope like hell that's a freaking law for every public building in that region.


Not sure. I know you have to have a plan & you have to post it prominently, much like you see a fire escape plan prominently displayed. Tornado shelters are generally labeled well. Anyone who lives through one will generally identify where you would go if a direct hit were imminent. People know what to do, for the most part. The problem is, if you take a direct hit from an F4 or F5, you're generally farked no matter what.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:36 PM  
Gas leak still at school. Not contained.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:46 PM  

mr lawson: ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.

now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.


You might be able to counter an F-5 into an RKO.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:50 PM  

WTF Indeed: ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.

What's the font size!? DEAR GOD MAN TELL ME THE FONT SIZE!


I don't want to alarm you, but if I had to guess I would say Arial 60pt
 
2013-05-20 05:25:56 PM  

jst3p: LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.

If that were true you wouldn't have asked, twice.


Yes. I am not willing to accept it's totally impossible because you say so.

ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.


That's ridiculous.

awalkingecho: LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.

You're talking about the rotating power of many, many nuclear blasts, strong enough to stick pieces of straw and hay 3 inches deep in solid, living trees.

There is no technology to break that up, that it would not simply go up and over and proceed along the way.


At the moment, sure. I can't imagine that it wouldn't take some pretty ambitious engineering. But this idea that tornados are unstoppable, forever, by anything, at all, is ridiculous and I won't have it.
 
2013-05-20 05:26:02 PM  
Ugh. Farking A. Sometimes I despise living in a hurricane pathway... but at least those don't have quite these wind speeds, and I have a several days to a week's notice to get the fark out of the way if I need to. This... ugh. Hopefully the death/injury toll isn't as bad as it looks like it is.
 
2013-05-20 05:26:06 PM  
If i live in OK I'ma have a basement pr I won't live there
 
2013-05-20 05:26:30 PM  

you are a puppet: mr lawson: ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.

now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.

You might be able to counter an F-5 into an RKO.


Okay, this made me laugh.
 
2013-05-20 05:26:35 PM  

mr lawson: ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.

now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.


Well, Cheyenne Mountain perhaps
 
2013-05-20 05:26:49 PM  
Has anyone suggested building something to break-up the tornados?

Because I'm sure the government would like to hear more about that not at all bald faced farking retarded idea.
 
GBB
2013-05-20 05:26:52 PM  

mr lawson: ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.

now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.


It's just really expensive.  And for something that doesn't happen that often, why bother, right?
 
2013-05-20 05:27:04 PM  

you are a puppet: You might be able to counter an F-5 into an RKO.


?
 
2013-05-20 05:27:07 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: KhamanV: zomega: I'm just praying for no fatalities at the school. Those poor kids.

God's not at the phone right now, he's busy running his Hoveround over hospitals out there.  I get the sentiment and by all means pray, but personally? God is being a motherfarker today.

I hate religion as much as the next guy, but let them have their coping method in times like this.


's why I say do pray.  I don't blame them for looking for something.  Maybe they're right and I'm wrong, shiat, that'd be REALLY NICE.  But I look at that shiat and I think somebody/the earth is major pissed off about something.

Prayer can't hurt.  It might even help.  I don't know.  I'm just sort of pissed off at the situation - not zomega - and flailing.  I've been through tornadoes.  They are on the dark side of utterly terrifying.  This one?  I think I'm locking up.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:18 PM  
Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...

i5.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-20 05:27:24 PM  

rolladuck: eepapapee: This is the worst American disaster I've seen in my lifetime.

So, ... are you under age 12? Or do you just mean natural disasters, and forgetting about Katrina?  I'm confused?


Eh, I was making light of a recent comment made by Dick Cheney regarding Benghazi. Since I posted that, shiat got real down in OKC, so now I feel like A Dick.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:26 PM  

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?


Considering that the rotation extends upwards into the atmosphere for miles, no. Simply no way to apply such.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:33 PM  
12349876:

The flat helps by keeping atmospheric conditions consistent.  By far the biggest factor though is being about halfway between the warm air of the Gulf of Mexico and the cold air of the Rocky Mountains.

I knew the Mexicans were up to something
 
2013-05-20 05:27:35 PM  

ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.


From the aerial photos, it looks like the medical center and especially the movie theater did a hell of a lot better than the bowling alley and banks and Harley dealer right next to them.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:37 PM  
Jeez, looking at the path of destruction, it looks like God's own lawnmower.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:42 PM  

Di Atribe: MartinaMcSorley: Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma. I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others. Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite. So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas. Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state. That place is flat, flat, flat!

There are some short-ish mountains just south of OKC. That may contribute to a bit of direction. But it's not a guarantee. Chickashaw took a hit last year, I believe. But  you're right, outside of those mountains, it is amazingly flat. Nothin between them & Canada but a barbed wire fence.


Actually, OK has 12 unique "eco regions" that correspond roughly to different types of geography.  Forests in the ESE, tall rolling green hills in part of the NE, planes, mesas, grassland, sand dunes - all sorts of terrain.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:44 PM  

Di Atribe: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

Sure. A 1,000 foot building will really do some damage on a 50,000 foot storm. AND put more people in one concentrated area! Great idea.


Who said building, with people in it?
 
GBB
2013-05-20 05:27:52 PM  
Anyone listenting to the scanner, Signal-7 is a "dead body" according to most codebooks.   And they are talking about them on OKC scanner.
 
2013-05-20 05:28:03 PM  

ariseatex: PowerSlacker: ohdoublereally: Dear Mrs. ohdoublereally, here's another frigging reason I don't want to move from San Diego to Oklahoma.

Why would anyone want to do that...ever?

Jobs.  There's a lot of meteorology jobs, both governmental and private, centered around Norman (just a few miles to the south).  That's the only reason I'd ever move to Oklahoma, to work there.


Her folks still live in OK, and there's a cell bearing down on their area. (Ada).
 
2013-05-20 05:28:10 PM  

Di Atribe: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

Sure. A 1,000 foot building will really do some damage on a 50,000 foot storm. AND put more people in one concentrated area! Great idea.


I know you guys are going nuts on LasersHurt, but I do remember seeing the beginning of a Weather Channel documentary propose the idea.  I can't find any corroborating information on it, though.
 
2013-05-20 05:28:25 PM  

zappaisfrank: Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...

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It doesn't.  That's Kansas.
 
2013-05-20 05:28:27 PM  
They need some big ass skiploaders or something to clear paths for Emergency crews just to get through
 
2013-05-20 05:28:41 PM  
Worst tornado damage in history of the world. If it weren't an Oklahoma City reporter saying it, I wouldn't give it much credence.

But it is.
 
2013-05-20 05:28:57 PM  
Horse Stables blown to shreds. Poor horses. (and other animals)

:(
 
2013-05-20 05:28:58 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: Has anyone suggested building something to break-up the tornados?

Because I'm sure the government would like to hear more about that not at all bald faced farking retarded idea.


You could build a weather control network, but the farking Q would just bypass it anyway
 
2013-05-20 05:28:59 PM  

zappaisfrank: Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...

[i5.photobucket.com image 515x455]


That's actually Liberal, Kansas.
 
2013-05-20 05:29:13 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: MartinaMcSorley: Di Atribe: MartinaMcSorley: wxboy: Tornado Emergency for Moore and southern OKC.

Is there something very specific about the Moore area that causes more tornado activity there than other places?  *Is* there, in fact, more activity there than other places?  It seems to happen around Moore so, so often.

Tinker AFB was once hit by tornadoes twice in one week.

I believe that was some sort of record for most frequent repeat tornadic touchdowns. Today may be breaking that record. Geez.

And to answer your question, there are lots of places in OK that are hit repeatedly. There are infamous tornadoes from Edmond, Moore, Tuttle, and OKC proper. There's a reason that the meteorology department at OU is world-renowned.

Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma.  I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others.  Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite.  So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas.  Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state.  That place is flat, flat, flat!

It's the location. Big blob of cool air comes down from the north, smushes into a blob of moist, warm air from the Gulf. All along that line, you get storms and often tornadoes. That line just often happens to be in OK. I believe it also depends on the location of the jet stream.

I am not a meteorologist.

Watch out, Meeker. Apparently that's where it'shiatting next.


To answer the question:

I do have a meterologist degree.
 A ton of factors go into why tornadoes hit some areas more than others. You need warm moist air at the surface. usually a low level jet from the south, a warm dry air mass in the mid levels, and a upper air jet (where the plains fly.) Generally you also need shear: basically the top and bottom winds coming out of different directions and speeds.
Side note:: The dixie alley area tends to have stronger and more deadlier tornadoes than the tornado alley area believe it or not. Still tornado alley has the most amount, if your going for pure numbers.
 
2013-05-20 05:29:16 PM  

LasersHurt: But this idea that tornados are unstoppable, forever, by anything, at all, is ridiculous and I won't have it.


That isn't what you originally asked. Currently we can't build a vertical structure to break up the ground speed of a tornado, because ... we can't.
 
2013-05-20 05:29:23 PM  

Bontesla: Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.

I feel like . . . that's a hard one to call. It just freaking happened. Doesn't seem particularly scientific?


I think his logic is that the May 3, 1999 tornado was the most expensive damage ever, and this one is twice or even three times the size. Your mileage for describing "worst" may vary.
 
2013-05-20 05:29:26 PM  

ArtosRC: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

Considering that the rotation extends upwards into the atmosphere for miles, no. Simply no way to apply such.


You only need to disturb the bottom of the rotation. A buffer layer of a few hundred to thousand feet would be enough to protect from the worst damage. It would still be a matter of enormous engineering, but I'm not suggesting stopping the entire tornado,  just breaking up the ground layer.
 
2013-05-20 05:29:32 PM  

GBB: Anyone listenting to the scanner, Signal-7 is a "dead body" according to most codebooks.   And they are talking about them on OKC scanner.


Thank you. I heard "Signal-7" in conjunction with a downed building. No clue what that meant.
 
2013-05-20 05:29:34 PM  
OKC Police scanner advising they need help with retrieving Signal Sevens: "Signal 7 -  DOA or dead body"
 
2013-05-20 05:29:42 PM  

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?


I think the kinetic energy just makes that impossible.

Let's say a tornado is 1km wide, and 1km tall (this one may have been wider? But to simplify the math)

So that's a volume of .785 km^3, or 7.85*10^8 m^3. (note: This is a very rough estimate, and I realize I should TECHNICALLY do rotational kinetic energy, but this is easier and faster)

Assuming normal air density at 20*C and atmospheric pressure (1.2041 kg/m^3), that gives us a mass of 9.46*10^8 kg.

The tornado had a windspeed of 200mph (I think it may have gotten up to 225, someone said?). That's 89.4 meters/second.

Kinetic energy is .5*m*v^2

That gives us a kinetic energy of 3.78*10^12 joules, or 3.78 Terrajoules.

Little Boy released an energy of 67 TJ.

Basically: An *UNDERPOWERED* estimate gives this tornado 1/20th the energy of an atomic bomb.
 
2013-05-20 05:29:44 PM  

star_topology: ontariolightning: Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.

Worse than Bangladesh?

Who knows? What I do know is this: The world outside the US doesn't count.


I still think the Tri State tor would be considerably more destructive than this.
 
2013-05-20 05:29:51 PM  
I assume the National Guard's been activated...not that they can get in to help if they're not in already.
 
2013-05-20 05:30:08 PM  

awalkingecho: It seems that entire cities don't even slow them. What do you propose?


Actually, big cities kind of do slow down the smaller tornadoes, not big EF-4 or 5s.  Big cities make 'heat islands' that tend make tornadoes skid around to one side or the other.
 
2013-05-20 05:30:12 PM  

PowerSlacker: zappaisfrank: Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...

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That's actually Liberal, Kansas.


Which is a pretty ironic name these days
 
2013-05-20 05:30:22 PM  

awalkingecho: LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.

You're talking about the rotating power of many, many nuclear blasts, strong enough to stick pieces of straw and hay 3 inches deep in solid, living trees.

There is no technology to break that up, that it would not simply go up and over and proceed along the way.


Even if you could break up the twister; a storm that bad could spawn a new one.

/ you'd have to break up the rotation in the whole storm somehow
 
2013-05-20 05:30:23 PM  
2.25 MILES WIDE?? mother of...
 
2013-05-20 05:30:27 PM  

JerseyTim: [pbs.twimg.com image 636x365]


That looks like Sim City after you use the "demolish" tool. :/
 
2013-05-20 05:30:30 PM  
Has anyone heard from Omarion yet?
 
2013-05-20 05:30:37 PM  

zappaisfrank: Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...

[i5.photobucket.com image 515x455]


Probably because it's in Kansas.
 
2013-05-20 05:30:43 PM  

ontariolightning: If i live in OK I'ma have a basement pr I won't live there


The thing is, a lot of homes built right after the War in the Midwest often don't have basements. They don't have strong rooms, either. People have nowhere to go.
 
2013-05-20 05:31:03 PM  
Goddamn it, neither CNN International or BBC has picked up the channel yet (connection too slow for the live feed).

I have to go to bed soon as it's getting near midnight here and I hate going to bed as tragedy unfolds back home in the USA...
 
2013-05-20 05:31:12 PM  

jst3p: LasersHurt: But this idea that tornados are unstoppable, forever, by anything, at all, is ridiculous and I won't have it.

That isn't what you originally asked. Currently we can't build a vertical structure to break up the ground speed of a tornado, because ... we can't.


Well, that's a bit obvious. I guess I should have phrased it more to the effect of "is anyone currently researching the idea of breaking up the ground level winds of a tornado." I can't imagine it's TECHNICALLY impossible, just improbable or uneconomical.
 
2013-05-20 05:31:16 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Another huge hook echo in the radar....this is not close to being over.


I didn't think it was, looking at the readings there was a lot of energy still left. this will go on well into the evening.
 
2013-05-20 05:31:28 PM  
And the next one just dropped. Meeker, get the fark under cover!
 
2013-05-20 05:31:30 PM  
 tornado almost on the ground at meeker
 
2013-05-20 05:31:30 PM  

gameshowhost: 2.25 MILES WIDE?? mother of...


That's what I thought I heard.

Son of a biatch.
 
2013-05-20 05:31:32 PM  

ohdoublereally: ariseatex: PowerSlacker: ohdoublereally: Dear Mrs. ohdoublereally, here's another frigging reason I don't want to move from San Diego to Oklahoma.

Why would anyone want to do that...ever?

Jobs.  There's a lot of meteorology jobs, both governmental and private, centered around Norman (just a few miles to the south).  That's the only reason I'd ever move to Oklahoma, to work there.

Her folks still live in OK, and there's a cell bearing down on their area. (Ada).


I'm in Ada - I hope we get skipped but we're due for a big one.
 
2013-05-20 05:31:35 PM  
Tornado on the ground.
 
2013-05-20 05:31:43 PM  
Anyone have an ETA on when the next wave is supposed to hit? I heard more severe weather on the way.
 
2013-05-20 05:31:48 PM  

LasersHurt: I can't imagine that it wouldn't take some pretty ambitious engineering. But this idea that tornados are unstoppable, forever, by anything, at all, is ridiculous and I won't have it.


i get where you are coming from..i do.
however, the material sciences come into play.
Both the height needed and the mass required to deflected the energy rules all most all material.
after a certain height, even steel can not hold up it's own weight.
 
2013-05-20 05:31:54 PM  

zappaisfrank: Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...


See that big black line? That's a state line. Liberal is in Kansas. It's a shiat hole
 
2013-05-20 05:32:16 PM  

zappaisfrank: Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...

[i5.photobucket.com image 515x455]


I guess the Tea Party won?

/jk
//that is just friggen aweful
 
2013-05-20 05:32:18 PM  
Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy.  What do you bet he's ALL OVER aid for this?
 
2013-05-20 05:32:22 PM  

Felgraf: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

I think the kinetic energy just makes that impossible.


The idea I had was just to disturb the bottom layer of the wind, not stop or disrupt the entire storm.
 
2013-05-20 05:32:42 PM  

soporific: Tornado on the ground.


Lookin like a fool with your tornado on the ground?
 
2013-05-20 05:33:05 PM  
No calls or texts are going through, so I've stopped trying. Did get hold of my other sister (she lives a bit away from this area). Her electricity was out, but no damage.

If my other sister still has a house, it probably doesn't have electricity.

The footage of the damaged cars on the highway is troubling. Kinda looks like people got trapped in the path of the tornado as they sat on (I assume) I-35.
 
2013-05-20 05:33:18 PM  
Get back in your cloud meeker tornado. We dont need more tornadoes today
 
2013-05-20 05:33:28 PM  
"Multiple gas leaks" off of Western.
 
2013-05-20 05:33:32 PM  
Good luck releasing information via the Internet now, school administration....
 
2013-05-20 05:33:32 PM  
"[prayg]"????
 
2013-05-20 05:33:36 PM  
My parents moved my family from Norman, OK to Minnesota when I was 5. We figured there wouldn't be any tornadoes and there would be more snow, which would be awesome! Turns out we were wrong on both counts considering that 15" of snow on May 2nd is NOT "awesome" and we still have to deal with these from time to time.

Still, I think MN is better than OK when it comes to tornado season; we have fewer of them and everyone up here has a basement.
On the other hand, MN has lutefisk, while the worst you can accuse OK of is a mild okra fixation. Maybe I should move back.
 
2013-05-20 05:33:48 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: It's the location. Big blob of cool air comes down from the north, smushes into a blob of moist, warm air from the Gulf. All along that line, you get storms and often tornadoes. That line just often happens to be in OK. I believe it also depends on the location of the jet stream.

I am not a meteorologist.

Watch out, Meeker. Apparently that's where it'shiatting next.


You may not be a meteorologist, but you've got a better handle on it than most people.

/smushes
//smuuuuuuuuuush
 
2013-05-20 05:34:04 PM  

Mutable_Beaver: Headed right for Moore High School, and they can't evacuate.  Holy shiat!


If the tornado has already formed, evacuation from a building with sturdy interior hallways is usually the last thing you'd want to do.  Getting everybody away from the windows and into duck-and-cover position is about all there's time for, and it's worlds better than being outdoors.
 
2013-05-20 05:34:05 PM  

LasersHurt: You only need to disturb the bottom of the rotation. A buffer layer of a few hundred to thousand feet would be enough to protect from the worst damage. It would still be a matter of enormous engineering, but I'm not suggesting stopping the entire tornado,  just breaking up the ground layer.


You are asking to create what amounts to a new mountain range in the nation's heartland. That is not "enormous engineering," but rather impossible engineering. Furthermore, there is no way to "disturb" the rotation. There is too much power from the other, oh, eight miles of vertical rotation to prevent any meaningful disruption. 

This is a force of nature. It cannot be stopped.
 
2013-05-20 05:34:12 PM  
Some screen-caps from KFOR Channel 4:
i.imgur.com
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i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 05:34:25 PM  

iheartscotch: zappaisfrank: Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...

See that big black line? That's a state line. Liberal is in Kansas. It's a shiat hole

.

FTFY.

/hopefully these tornadoes don't make it any more of a shiathole than it already is
//get in your damned basements NOW.
 
2013-05-20 05:34:33 PM  
Local news on TWC "Pretty sure at least some kids were in the 2 schools hit"  The anchors are looking pale
 
2013-05-20 05:34:42 PM  
meeker tornado lowering
 
2013-05-20 05:34:42 PM  

Aquapope: Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy.  What do you bet he's ALL OVER aid for this?


He won't be.  He's a tea party guy, so he'll be against federal aid for anything at all.  I also wouldn't put it past him to say this is God's way of showing us we shouldn't have public education

/hate that #%#@er.
 
2013-05-20 05:34:43 PM  
Felgraf:

That gives us a kinetic energy of 3.78*10^12 joules, or 3.78 Terrajoules.

I'm rusty on my energy measures; would that be 3.78 TJ per (second/minute/whatever), or for the assumed life of an average tornado?

If the former, then your (excellent, mind you) comparison would put that tornado at 1/20th of Little Boy every (unit of time), since a bomb releases all of its energy relatively instantaneously, making the storm far more powerful.
 
2013-05-20 05:34:44 PM  
Reporter, Lance, I think his name on KFOR is losing it on air. Poor guy.
 
2013-05-20 05:34:45 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: No calls or texts are going through, so I've stopped trying. Did get hold of my other sister (she lives a bit away from this area). Her electricity was out, but no damage.

If my other sister still has a house, it probably doesn't have electricity.

The footage of the damaged cars on the highway is troubling. Kinda looks like people got trapped in the path of the tornado as they sat on (I assume) I-35.


Apparently it plowed through a few intersections. There's some horrific images of vehicles that got caught in this.
 
2013-05-20 05:34:50 PM  
CNN reporting kids were in the schools
 
2013-05-20 05:34:52 PM  

Felgraf: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

I think the kinetic energy just makes that impossible.

Let's say a tornado is 1km wide, and 1km tall (this one may have been wider? But to simplify the math)

So that's a volume of .785 km^3, or 7.85*10^8 m^3. (note: This is a very rough estimate, and I realize I should TECHNICALLY do rotational kinetic energy, but this is easier and faster)

Assuming normal air density at 20*C and atmospheric pressure (1.2041 kg/m^3), that gives us a mass of 9.46*10^8 kg.

The tornado had a windspeed of 200mph (I think it may have gotten up to 225, someone said?). That's 89.4 meters/second.

Kinetic energy is .5*m*v^2

That gives us a kinetic energy of 3.78*10^12 joules, or 3.78 Terrajoules.

Little Boy released an energy of 67 TJ.

Basically: An *UNDERPOWERED* estimate gives this tornado 1/20th the energy of an atomic bomb.


I should note this is a VASTLY underpowered estimate; I'm not using rotational energy (where I'd use w^2 for the velocity term... where w is the velocity of the wind TIMES THE RADIUS OF THE TORNADO, and where I'd use I instead of m, where the momet of inertia would be 1/3 m r^2, which would scale it up a LOT. I just have to skip out of the lab soon, so I didn't do those extra steps.)
 
2013-05-20 05:35:02 PM  
Kids WERE in the Plaza Elementary...
 
2013-05-20 05:35:02 PM  

Aquapope: Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy.  What do you bet he's ALL OVER aid for this?


Shocker.
 
2013-05-20 05:35:18 PM  

mr lawson: LasersHurt: I can't imagine that it wouldn't take some pretty ambitious engineering. But this idea that tornados are unstoppable, forever, by anything, at all, is ridiculous and I won't have it.

i get where you are coming from..i do.
however, the material sciences come into play.
Both the height needed and the mass required to deflected the energy rules all most all material.
after a certain height, even steel can not hold up it's own weight.


I'm only imagining these things being a few hundred to thousand feet. Less than record-breaking skyscrapers, though admittedly we're asking it to take an enormous amount of side-winds. You'd almost need a super-structure to help them strengthen each other, and at that point it's basically a giant dumb dome to kill everyone when it collapses.
 
2013-05-20 05:36:02 PM  
Mother of God...
 
2013-05-20 05:36:08 PM  

TommyDeuce: Local news on TWC "Pretty sure at least some kids were in the 2 schools hit"  The anchors are looking pale


I heard that, as well. One school sounds like it's been evacuated. . . huge gas leak.
I haven't heard much about the other school.
 
2013-05-20 05:36:11 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 05:36:12 PM  

ArtosRC: This is a force of nature. It cannot be stopped.


I agree with your engineering points, but that's mystical hocus pocus BS.
 
2013-05-20 05:36:22 PM  

Aquapope: Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy.  What do you bet he's ALL OVER aid for this?

 
2013-05-20 05:36:35 PM  

soporific: Tornado on the ground.


I'm not a part of this storm system
Welcome to the real world, jackass

\MAN!
 
GBB
2013-05-20 05:36:44 PM  

Bontesla: GBB: Anyone listenting to the scanner, Signal-7 is a "dead body" according to most codebooks.   And they are talking about them on OKC scanner.

Thank you. I heard "Signal-7" in conjunction with a downed building. No clue what that meant.


Agencies have no obligation to use standardized codes and can make up definitions how they see fit.  But, I could tell by his voice that this is what he meant.  I've heard it before.
 
2013-05-20 05:37:13 PM  
Kids WERE in the schools? So did David Copperfield vanished them outside OK?
 
2013-05-20 05:37:17 PM  

LasersHurt: ArtosRC: This is a force of nature. It cannot be stopped.

I agree with your engineering points, but that's mystical hocus pocus BS.


There are F-5 rated storm shelters, but I think the original post asked if there was a way to build something to stop/weaken the tornado itself.  I doubt that....
 
2013-05-20 05:37:28 PM  

mzkitty901: CNN reporting kids were in the schools


grain of salt coming from CNN
 
2013-05-20 05:37:32 PM  
Did I just hear, "3 or 4 horses that need to be put down?" oO
 
GBB
2013-05-20 05:37:35 PM  
Oh, they've got 4-5 horses to "put down"?
 
2013-05-20 05:37:43 PM  
I wonder how a hobbit hole would stand up to a tornado?
 
2013-05-20 05:37:44 PM  

LasersHurt: I agree with your engineering points, but that's mystical hocus pocus BS.


I'm all ears on how to stop a ten-mile high wall of rotating air.


Pauls Valley about to be hit by another grinding monster.
 
2013-05-20 05:37:46 PM  
do the elementary schools have basements in OKC?
 
2013-05-20 05:38:11 PM  
Gas station is absolutely leveled, searching for survivors in the debris.
 
2013-05-20 05:38:14 PM  
Tornadoes in central Oklahoma?

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-05-20 05:38:14 PM  

GBB: Oh, they've got 4-5 horses to "put down"?


We're listening to the same station.
 
2013-05-20 05:38:14 PM  

LasersHurt: Felgraf: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?

I think the kinetic energy just makes that impossible.

The idea I had was just to disturb the bottom layer of the wind, not stop or disrupt the entire storm.


That is just the bottom layer. That is basically "The bottom of the tornado", especially since I only used 1km wide.

And I vastly, VASTLY underpowered those calculations, since I didn't do rotational kinetic energy... I'll do that when I get home, after dogs have been walked.

JayCab: Felgraf:

That gives us a kinetic energy of 3.78*10^12 joules, or 3.78 Terrajoules.

I'm rusty on my energy measures; would that be 3.78 TJ per (second/minute/whatever), or for the assumed life of an average tornado?

If the former, then your (excellent, mind you) comparison would put that tornado at 1/20th of Little Boy every (unit of time), since a bomb releases all of its energy relatively instantaneously, making the storm far more powerful.


That's just the energy contained in the tornado at a snapshot in time, yeah. I'd have to think about how to properly compare the power exherted by a tornado (Which is Energy/Second). though Little Boy, I think, released all it's energy over less than a second? So that would get tricky and I admit I am feeling a tetch lazy.
 
2013-05-20 05:38:17 PM  
Stay safe, OK farkers.  And those in neighboring states.  Gonna be an ugly couple of days.
 
2013-05-20 05:38:27 PM  
3rd graders were being pulled (alive) from the wreckage of Plaza Elementary, so says the TV anchors.
 
2013-05-20 05:38:41 PM  
Former gas station with rescue attempts under the rubbl4e

i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-20 05:38:45 PM  

netizencain: do the elementary schools have basements in OKC?


One of the schools apparently had a cellar, but IIRC not all the children were in it.
 
2013-05-20 05:38:50 PM  

LasersHurt: ArtosRC: This is a force of nature. It cannot be stopped.

I agree with your engineering points, but that's mystical hocus pocus BS.


Shh, you'll anger the gods.
 
2013-05-20 05:38:53 PM  

netizencain: do the elementary schools have basements in OKC?


No
 
2013-05-20 05:39:00 PM  

Mock26: I wonder how a hobbit hole would stand up to a tornado?


A mound of dirt? Depends on the intensity of the tornado. EF3, EF4, EF5? Don't count on it.
 
2013-05-20 05:39:01 PM