The featured photo (which can be seen above) was captured by Chad Vandever.
According to the National Weather Service storm (damage) survey team, preliminary (prelim) results indicate at least an EF-2 hit a small town in Washita County, Oklahoma (OK) – Rocky to be precise – on Tuesday.
The Tornado was on the ground for almost
thirteen miles – starting in Hobart and ending in Cordell. The cone Tornado had a width of four hundred
yards. The Tornado had a (peak) wind speed estimated at one hundred and fifteen
miles per hour to one hundred and twenty miles per hour.
No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with this Tornado, thankfully. However, at least five mobile homes and several outbuildings were damaged. Trees and utility poles were also damaged.
Even though they got the forecast spot on. We have no words for what the president said.
President Trump ridiculed meteorologists at a recent Wisconsin rally, poking fun at the weather forecasters for a bad prediction. However, he was spouting his own fake news, because the forecast was spot-on.
Thousands of people pilled into the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the rally this past weekend. After meeting loyal supporters and launching puns at politicians he has nicknamed in the 2020 race, the president turned to the meteorologists.
“They thought you were going to have a big snowstorm. A big, big snowstorm. The people that get it wrong the most are the weather forecasters and the political analysts.”
President Donald J Trump
THREE WORDS: THE FORECAST WASN’T WRONG.
According to The Washington Post (TWP), there was a storm, but hundreds of miles to the south. Wet snow blanketed southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, including Chicago. The system was not expected to hit northern Wisconsin.
It is not known who the president was referring to when said “they”. We highly recommend that you read TWP’s article, which you can find here.
We don’t understand this President, one minute he praises the meteorologists for their work during the deadly Tornadoes – Alabama. The next he is poking fun at them for a “wrong” forecast which in fact was right.
Maybe he should stick what he knows best…. We can’t say, that’s a defamation case waiting to happen. However, he should be extremely proud of his National Weather Service. That’s all we’re saying.
The April 2011 super Tornado outbreak was one of the biggest, deadliest and most destructive severe weather and Tornado outbreaks in the U.S. Suffice to say some of a handful of the Tornadoes that touched down during the outbreak struck heavily populated areas.
Regardless of alerts well in
advance and short term warnings, the Tornadoes/storms killed three hundred and
twenty one people and injured almost three thousand people, according to National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA – Storm prediction Center – SPC).
Nearly three hundred and fifty
Tornadoes touched down in around of the south, Midwest and northeast states of
the U.S. A majority of the Tornadoes that touched down during the April 2011 super
outbreak happened on the 27th April, according to the National
The most destructive Tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-4 Tornado, which took the lives of sixty five people and injured more than one thousand people alone swept through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama during the afternoon/evening on the 27th April.
Suffice to say, within a
matter of minutes, ten per cent of Tuscaloosa was destroyed and more than one
thousand six hundred people were left homeless – including the students of
University of Alabama. It has to be said, the above mentioned Tornado was one
point five miles wide with winds of one hundred and ninety miles per hour.
The Tornado was on the ground for more than eighty miles.
It has to be stated: The same
supercell thunderstorm that produced the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Tornado went
onto to spawn other Tornadoes that “skipped” along a three hundred and eighty
mile long path from Mississippi to North Carolina.
Three EF-5 Tornadoes, twelve EF-4
Tornadoes and twenty one EF-3 Tornadoes struck during the April 2011 super
Tornado outbreak. Some of the violent storms coincided areas that were hit with
severe weather and Tornadoes earlier in the month. April 2011 was a busy month!
A destructive and deadly
Tornado outbreak took place on the 14th – 16th April,
when one hundred and seventy eight Tornadoes touched down and resulted in the
deaths of almost fourty people across parts of the Plains, south and eastern
In closing, April 2011 saw a
record seven hundred and fifty Tornadoes strike the U.S, according to the SPC –
records go back to 1950.
We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction. Now you’ve read about it, now relive the April 2011 super outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.
Find an extensive video playlist of the Hackleburg/Phil Campbell EF5 Tornado below.
Furthermore, TV coverage and documentaries in regards to this outbreak can be found below.
UPDATE: A reader brought it to our attention that Smithville, Mississippi was struck by an EF-5 Tornado on the 27th April 2011 – watch two videos of the Tornado below.
According to the National Weather Service storm (damage) survey team, preliminary (prelim) results indicate at least an EF-3 Tornado swept through Ruston, Louisiana (LA) the early hours of Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
Going by the
Enhanced Fujita Scale, the Ruston Tornado had winds of at least one hundred and
thirty five miles per hour or great. The NWS Shreveport branch will release
their complete storm report later this evening.
That report will include exact strength and track of the above mentioned Tornadoes.
A mother and her son was killed by this Tornado. Our thoughts, prayers and love go to the family at this time.
…which deserved its own post here on
Before we get
into post, we’re going to introduce the man behind the blog. Dan Satterfield
has worked as an on-air meteorologist for over thirty years in Alabama, Florida
Now back to our regularly scheduled post. Satterfield took to his blog on agu.org and penned his thoughts on the Lee County, Alabama Tornado. Suffice he did an excellent job, read two excerpts from the post below.
“Sirens Are So Last
Let’s get the sirens out of the way
first. They are not (and never were) designed to be heard indoors. We are
talking 1930’s technology, and while some days it may not seem like it, we are
living in 2019. People have smart-phones that make Star Trek communicators look
old fashioned, and every one of them will alert you to severe weather warnings.
Weather sirens are so last century and frankly are a total waste of tax money except
in a few specific locations. There are better and more cost-effective ways to
alert people to severe weather danger.”
“Plenty of Warning
The Storm Prediction Center issued an outlook 24 hours in advance of the tornado that was dead on. They issued a Watch more than 2 hours before the storm and they deserve credit for what I would almost label an eerily accurate forecast. Most residents had at least 9 minutes under a Tornado Warning before the monster cloud with 170 mph winds developed at 2 PM CST last Sunday.
The Tornado Watch was issued by the SPC at 11:40 AM CST. That is over 2 hours before the tornado formed. Read the wording below.
It’s clear that residents had plenty of
warning that deadly weather was possible, but 23 died and 90 were injured along
the 23-mile path of the EF 4 tornado. Why such a high death toll with all that
It’s an absolutely incredible piece,
which you can read in full here.