Most Tornadoes ever in a single day! – 328 fatalities

April 27th, 2011 at 6:22 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

<– Tornado moving left to right into Cullman, Alabama and severe weather reports from Weds. (click to enlarge).     TORNADO EMERGENCY in Alabama, National Guard mobilized  – 328 fatalities, 45 of those in Tuscaloosa, AL with approximately a thousand more injured (1,730 injured in Alabama alone and 990 in Tuscaloosa).  This tornado may have been on the ground for 200 miles (the record is 219 miles back in 1925), with the parent supercell storm in a severe state for 300 miles.  There were tornado fatalities in 7 states, with  34 fatalities in Tennessee, 35 in Mississippi and 238 in Alabama with 15 fatalities in Georgia, 5 in Virginia, 2 in Louisiana and one in Kentucky.  This is the 4th highest death total from a single day of tornadoes in U.S. history.  West of Birmingham -  extreme damage.  Spotters reported EF4 damage, deaths and injuries, people have been trapped in houses.    Here’s coverage from Alabama.   Some tornadoes were a mile wide.  Another strong tornado crossed I-65.  Here’s storm reports for the day…211 tornado reports!  The record of 148 from 4/3/74 has been eclipsed, though I bet some of these will turn out to be multiple sightings of the same storm.  A medical center was hit.  Georgia tornado video.   Mississippi tornado videoCullman, AL videoLive tornado on a skycam!  More video from TuscaloosaRadar with dramatic hook echo from the giant tornado.  Debris ball on radar! Jerrod passes this along:   John Oldshue, former ABC 33/40 meteorologist: “EF-4 or EF-5 in Tuscaloosa” and “Streets are unrecognizable and buildings are missing”.    Buildings have been totally destroyed west of Birmingham.  Debris from the Tuscaloosa tornado landed 140 miles ENE of Tuscaloosa!  “Multiple fatalities in Pleasant Grove, AL and many missing”.  Birmingham observation:  KBHM 272312Z 17014G30KT 5SM TSRA FEW037CB BKN046 OVC070 24/21 A2956 RMK TORNADO B02 TORNADO N MOVING NE TORNADO E10 AO2 PK WND 12030/2309 OCNL LTGICCCCG ALQDS TS ALQDS.    375,000 customers were without power in Alabama!  Some won’t get power back for a week or more.  More tornado pictures hereMore video of the Tuscaloosa tornado.  Here’s 8 minutes of raw tornado video from TuscaloosaVideo from near the Univ. of Alabama.   Here’s Tornado Records.  Here’s various Wikipedia articlesMore pictures.    Here’s video from Reed TimmerClose view of Mississippi tornadoMore video. and more.

176 Responses to “Most Tornadoes ever in a single day! – 328 fatalities”

  1. tomkap (GR-Michigan & Fuller) says:

    This is really crazy. Take a look at all the Tornado Watches (and current warnings if you look quick enough).
    It’s just day after day after day…..quite hard to believe.

  2. Swatz_Zoo says:

    YAY!! My dh is coming home tomorrow from Afghanistan for R&R until May 12, he’s flying into Atlanta, lay over, then to GR, anyone know how the weather is suppose to be like tomorrow down that way?? I couldn’t help but thank God he wasn’t flying in yesterday day down there.

  3. fixxxer says:

    Yay for more rain, clouds and cooler weather NOT!

    Any warm ups in sight bill? Whats the chances of tornados here this season? Hope your summer outlook has changed since last you spoke to me.

  4. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Posting some more good videos of the tornadoes:

  5. John says:

    What is going on! I’m beginning to believe the 2012 thing!

    1. Marie says:

      I agree John, I said that after the tsuanmi hit Japan. This is just a very weird pattern we are in lately!

    2. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

      We have been overdue for an outbreak of this nature, as bad as that sounds.

      2012 is a hoax, the more people read into and believe it, the more money someone (the authors who made the books). Its a sick, twisted way to frighten everyone and make them believe that every event that is happening currently is leading up to 2012.

      Just my two cents.

      1. Swatz_Zoo says:

        I agree, sadly rather it’s Christ’s 2cd coming, 2012, whatever, the end of the world is the day you die, and unfortunately and very tragically, the end of the world ended for 248+ people yesterday, it’s so incredibly tragic, makes me rethink my excitement for severe weather. I love thunderstorms but never, ever, EVER wish this on my worst of enemy in my life time. NEVER!

        1. Harry (Battle Creek) says:

          Agreed. People like us don’t necessarily like the fact that some severe weather can cause horrible results, its the fact that we are watching such an amazing phenomena, that the normal everyday person doesn’t pay attention to.

          Also, in the Bible, Christs second coming will be like a “theif in the night” and within a blink of an eye. Also, completely unpredictable. The only warning us as Christians get is the fact that over time everything is getting worse. But let me enlighten everyone, this is nothing… I’m interested to see what its like 50 years from now. Back when gas was “cheap” (4.17 a gallon) Haha.

        2. fixxxer says:

          Wait till west michigan gets a tornado like that. Its rare but were due for one. If it was warmer out tuesday that could of been the day. Those cells were huge.

  6. Mike in Hamilton says:

    I always add the following in my mind to these statements “that’s we’ve counted” or “that we know of” here’s an example

    This is the most tornadoes EVER in one day (that we have counted)
    another would be: “It’s the biggest hurricane EVER (observed)
    How many tornadoes went unreported 75 years ago that are now measured, filmed, studied and so forth?

    1. Cort S. (Woodward, OK) says:

      Right, and the thing about preliminary reports is that the tornadoes are usually overcounted, or several reports of damage along one tornado’s path will inflate the number. We need to wait until the number of actual tornadoes is confirmed until we declare this to be worse than the 1974 Super Outbreak.

    2. Mr. Negative says:

      Agreed. Everything has to be the worst, the greatest, the largest, the most powerful, the most destructive, record breaking, while supported with comments focusing on “in all my years, I’ve never seen anything like this before!,” and “believe me, we’re witnessing an historic event!.” Let’s cover the event as professionally, and calm as possible, while warning people to stay safe. Then?…start to clean up and rebuild.

    3. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

      Great points, Mike! I like your perspective.

      1. Melissa says:

        How much damage was done in Hamilton? I have an Aunt that I can’t reach. She lives just off Bexar in some apartments, just across a funeral home.

    4. Melissa says:

      How much damage was done in Hamilton? I have an Aunt that I can’t reach. She lives just off Bexar in some apartments, just across a funeral home.

  7. fred says:

    I hate to bring up global warming but…..
    Recently we’ve had 3-4 thunder storms with the temp. below 40 degrees. I’m not a spring chicken anymore but I don’t remember having thunder storms when the temp is that low!
    This repeated outbreak of severe weather is no doubt highlighted by the Weather Channel, etc, but …… I’m waiting for the “Big Story” blaming it on global warming. And I won’t be surprized if it isn’t a real reason for this onslaught of terrible storms.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Obama joined the lies years ago while talking about AGW mixing up a 10,000 with 10…

    2. michael g (SE GR) says:

      The real reason is the unseasonably COOL weather around to clash with the warm humid air that always comes from the gulf of Mexico.

    3. Cort S. (Woodward, OK) says:

      It’s the nature of warm frontal storms. Warm air rides up over cold air and if moisture, lift, and instability are sufficient, thunderstorms will occur, rooted well above the ground while temperatures at the ground are very cold. Global climate change has nothing to do with this.

    4. big Daddy BC says:

      Hey, fred. Hottest decade in history + Rainiest April in History + Most Tornadoes in History…and the list goes on! There’s definitely something going on with the climate, but don’t try to say it here. Bill and the gang will call you a radical! Al Gore must have caused all those tornadoes. He’s invested in search and rescue equipment I hear. lol

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        It’s not the rainiest April in history bigD…2nd place here in G.R., lower elsewhere in the state. There are more tornadoes reported now because there are 50,000 storm chasers getting video with cell phones. Nowadays you’ll find a dozen cars chasing every dark cloud. Some of these reports are going to be duplicates. We didn’t record them all in the past. Look here and note the number of strong tornadoes (F3-F5) has gone down since the 1970s: I think it’s going to ramp up again with the more frequent La Ninas and a cold PDO, just like the 60s. The 1974 Super Outbreak stretched from Ontario to the Gulf States and it killed more people. The globe is cooling: We knew this was going to be a big spring for tornadoes with a greater temperature contrast from north to south and the related stronger jet.

        1. big Daddy BC says:

          Oh, boy. Here we go again with the Exxon-Spencer links. No one believes that a scientist on the Exxon payroll is credible. Come on, man.

          Second place for April? The month isn’t over yet. I agree that a lot more people recorded these events, but taken with all of the other envelope pushing extremes, it’s significant. Anytime the margins are moved, climatic averages are shifted. That’s the very definition of climate change. Wake up and smell the smog.

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          And every time you post that silly dismissal, I’m going to correct you…the following message has been approved by NASA: “Dr. Spencer’s work with NASA continues as the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Dr. Spencer’s research has been entirely supported by U.S. government agencies: NASA, NOAA, and DOE. He has never been asked by any oil company to perform any kind of service. Not even Exxon-Mobil.” No credible scientists doubts the validity of the data in that graph. It’s from NASA.
          The margins haven’t been moved. We’ve had rainy Aprils before and we’ve had big tornado outbreaks before (1952, 1953, 1956, 1965, 1974). As I mentioned, some of the tornado reports will turn out to be duplicates and a higher percentage of small tornadoes are recorded now. They were not in the past. Large tornado frequency dropped from the late 1980 to 2010.

        3. big Daddy BC says:

          Your station reported this morning that this was a record breaker! …and yes we’ve had rainy Aprils but this was the rainiest…again pushing the margin in both cases.

          Your ‘correction’ was cut from Exxon-Spencer’s website, hardly support for his lack of bias. The fact that he has to print something like that as a disclaimer on his webpage is hilarious. I wonder how many REAL scientists have to deny corruption in their abstracts? lol

          Fact is, the greater the difference in temps the more likely energetic storms will ensue. These types of events have been predicted by AGW scientists. Who says Climate Change never hurt anyone?

        4. Bill Steffen says:

          Many of the tornadoes reported on Thursday will be shown to be duplicate reports of the same tornado. Six months down the road, someone will have to sift through all the LRSs to come up with a final total. The total on the map at SPC will remain the same, but the actual number of tornadoes will be less than the 211 that is listed now. Today we have hundreds of storm chasers and we get multiple reports of the same tornado. The 4/3/74 outbreak was much more widespread, from Ontario to the Gulf of Mexico. A single tornado in 1925 killed twice as many people as this whole event. I’m going to post something about this later. The number of tornadoes and bad tornadoes is usually higher in La Nina years. Dr. Spencer works for NASA. The information on his website is correct and no one challenges it but you ideological, non-science far-out leftists. You cannot prove a word of that is untrue and if you could, get NASA to take it off the website. Because you can’t discredit his work scientifically, you try in vain to attack his character. AGW scientists said it’s going get much warmer. Since that isn’t happening right now, they’ve shifted the terminology to “Climate Change” and “Climate Disruption”…acting like we’ve never had storms before and ignoring the fact that their predictions aren’t coming true. The U.N. IPCC had to take another “prediction” off the website because it isn’t happening: What’s next from you guys….a royal wedding is a sign of climate change?

        5. big Daddy BC says:

          I’ve posted the relationship between Spencer and Exxon several times. Remember…Heartland Institute, for example? I even linked the website with Spencer listed as an employee! lol De-Nile isn’t just a river in Egypt. If I was the only one who questioned his credibility, why would he have to put a disclaimer on his webpage about his non-involvement in the the big oil business. lol
          As far as severe storms go, sure there have been powerful ones in the past, and I’m sure the magic eight ball told you that several of those tornadoes were repeaters, but you’re missing the point. It’s the increase in envelope-pushing weather events that change climate. This month has produced a couple.
          BTW, the only reason scientists went from calling it global warming to climate change is for people like you who don’t understand the science and so on every colder than normal day scream, “HEY, IT’S COLD TODAY SO THOSE SCIENTISTS ARE FULL OF &^%$!”
          …and, they’ve been calling it climate change for about a decade now. Change the channel, Comrade!

        6. Bill Steffen says:

          Dr. Spencer gets his money from NASA. You can never disprove anything he’s printed or said, so you just attack his character. bigDaddy = Joe McCarthy. I’ve had my blog quoted in both right wing and left wing publications and it doesn’t influence what I say or think. The is NO INCREASE IN “Envelope-pushing weather events”. NONE! Here’s a graph of F3-F5 tornadoes and you can see they’ve actually DECREASED since the 1970s: This is accumulated cyclone energy (hurricanes and tropical storms) from the COAPS site at Florida State Univ. It’s been dropping since 2005 (actually since the mid 1990s) and it’s now at an all time LOW. We’ve also have very few temperate/tropical volcanoes. Charlie Sheen has had more “envelope-pushing events”.

        7. big Daddy BC says:

          So your position is that this event, with more tornadoes observed than in all of history, is insignificant? Duh. I don’t get it. …and that the fact that there’s been more rain this April than in all of history is insignificant? Duh. …and that we observed the hottest decade in all of history? …and that we observed the hottest spring in all of history… And the list goes on.

          So apparently this can all be explained away by Exxon-Spencer’s graph, which I debunked repeatedly. You can not take an average from the hottest three decades and then call that climate. Duh, again. When Spencer compares to that average, he’s lying. …and so are you, my communist friend, spreader of misinformation, and corporate puppet.

        8. Bill Steffen says:

          I’ve told you the reasons behind that number…the same tornado getting multiple reports. This is the 2nd rainiest April in G.R., not the rainiest, and barely into the top ten for Holland, Muskegon, Lansing, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. You haven’t debunked Dr. Spencer’s graph. No credible scientist that I know of doubts that graph. It’s the official graph of global IR temperature from NASA.

        9. big Daddy BC says:

          Well, actually I’m a credible scientist, and I say although the numbers are fine, its interpretation is flawed. …as I’ve explained to you again and again and again…

        10. Bill Steffen says:

          Prove that you’re a “credible scientist”. I don’t know what you mean when you say you disagree with the “interpretation”. The graph is a straightforward picture of global temperature since 1979. You’re rabid, far-left partisanship has blinded you from using the graph to your advantage. I have pointed out the obvious…that global temperature has dropped significantly since last June. The recent 2-year spike upward and fall have nothing to do with global warming or CO2. It’s what has happened, is happening, and will happen when you have a significant El Nino flipping to a significant La Nina.

  8. INDY says:

    2012 is not that far off stay tuned!!! Weather is going to calm down for days now time to start thee yard work ……..INDYYYY

  9. todd says:

    2012 is a myth but could the sun entering a period of high activity be a cause for the extreme weather?

    1. fixxxer says:

      2012 is not a myth.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Thanks Fix… if you would have said it WAS a myth we would have all been screwed =) Face it that you guessing hasn’t been up to par lately. Thank you for saving humanity with this prediction!

  10. Tom says:

    The awful winter has turned into an awful spring for major portions of the United States. My heart goes out to all those people who have been devastated by yesterday’s tornadoes and severe weather.

  11. Complete list of tornado videos from yesterday…. updating as i see more

  12. Cort S. (Woodward, OK) says:

    United States tornado outbreaks with more than 200 fatalities, since 1925:

    April 27, 2011
    Super Outbreak 1974 (315)
    Palm Sunday 1965 (256)
    Flint MI outbreak 1953 (247)
    Arkansas-Tennessee 1952 (208)
    Tupelo-Gainesville 1936 (454)
    Deep South 1932 (330)
    May 1927 (217)
    Tri-State 1925 (747)

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      You saw yesterday what happens when these things go through populated areas even with the modern warnings. It was just a matter of time and an urban target away from an outbreak making this list again.

    2. GunLakeDeb says:

      Thanks, Cort – I had been wondering how many storms with more fatalities had occurred before the advent of good warning systems and Doppler Radar, and I guess the answer is (1)? (I thought I heard that the Palm Sunday outbreak was the push that convinced people we needed adequate warnings systems?)

      They said on the Weather Channel this morning, that in a tornado of this size – if you’re not WAY underground (like a basement; a crawl space isn’t going to cut it) – you probably won’t survive.

      Every time I pop in here, the number of deaths has risen – and it just breaks my heart….

  13. INDY says:

    Time to start taking care of our own people land and home ….We have our own major problems in our country ….My thoughts to many of them US Citizens that lost everything ….Mr. Obama TIME TO TAKE A STAND ON OUR GROUNDS TOWNS AND US Citizens !!!!!!!!INDYYYYY

    1. Swatz_Zoo says:

      I couldn’t agree with you any more or any stronger with your statement Indy. What allies or countries overseas will come to our Aid???? WHO!? But we are the 1st ones to respond to crisis overseas, rather to help our Allies or neighboring countries when devastation hits. But who will come to our aid?? Who came to our aid on 9/11 that was overseas??? WHO!? Makes me so angry! Republican or Democrat, Liberal, Independent, whatever your political lable is, what happened to UNITED WE STAND!? That is why we are UNITED States Of America, we need to UNITE and look out for our own. Ok, now I’m off my political view. I usually stay out of it, but times like this when our country needs help, where are our neighbors, where are those that we feed? They only end up biting the hand that feeds them.

      1. Mr. Negative says:

        The U.S. does not ask/look for outside help as our initial response to natural disasters. We take care of ourselves and our families. We help neighbors and friends without concern for recognition or reward. We help people around the world because they breathe and bleed as we do. This is who we have been, and who we will hopefully continue to be. I understand your anger, fear and stress Skott. I hate the fact that I’m stuck wresting with the same issues myself these days. I also hate the fact that I “could” have written this comment in the past tense. It can be difficult to be the U.S., but overall it’s better than anywhere else…even with the lousy weather ;)

        1. Swatz_Zoo says:

          LOL you addressed me as Skott, it’s Swatz, I’m all for what you said, and agree & understand it and that is why the Unite State has “In God We Trust” because our founding fathers had such faith in God and did the will of God, and we do try to do “God’s Will” and command, “Do Onto Others As You Want Others To Do Onto You.” But it’s hard when the USA gets slapped in the cheek and continues to turn the other. It would just be nice to receive every once in a blue moon then continue to give, give, give. But, as you said that is how we are but as we as a country see and know, our means are dwindling down fast, and pretty so those means will not be able to help those less fortuate in other countries, we are unable to help ourselves, how can we help those who can’t/won’t help themselves. Some of it isn’t “We The People’s Fault” it is the governments, both parties are at fault for bringing down the USA with worthless unfounded wars, it not only costs the USA $$$, it costs more then money could ever begin to replace, the lives of our soldiers and their families, and the lives of those USA Civilian Contractors and their families, for example mine!! My dh is over in Afghanistan as a Civilian Contractor, and every time I hear of our troops getting killed alon with a Civilian Contractor, I am sadden but I am so frightened thinking “Ok, is it my dh, when will my phone ring with the news.” The money spent on the wars and of the lives taken is horrific! I just want my dh and our soldiers home with my and the soldiers families.

        2. Mr. Negative says:

          Sorry about that Swatz…old eyes. I hear ya, and we’re obviously both frustrated that the U.S. is in the shape it’s in. I’m embarassed everyday that my Dad is still around to witness this garbage. I do hope your dh gets home safely, and enjoys the time off. I had a good friend contracting in Afghanistan as an electrician for 12 months. Your fears we’re our fears understandably. Please thank him from us for “serving” our soliders, and our country’s efforts.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          I stand by what I wrote in the comment above yours.

    2. fixxxer says:

      Obama isnt going to be elected again anyways. Gas goes past $4.50 starting today i heard. Michigan is doomed.

      1. big Daddy BC says:

        Snyder will see to it that Obama IS elected…he and the rest of the crazy right. The corporatization of Michigan will drive everyone left again. Mark my words.

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          Snyder has essentially no influence outside of Michigan. Michigan has voted Democratic in the last five Presidential elections. The only way Snyder would decide this election is if Michigan were to somehow vote for the Republican nominee and the election were close enough that Snyder could have been shown to have moved the few votes to make a difference. That scenario is about as likely as Elvis showing up at the Burger King in Kalamazoo.

        2. big Daddy BC says:

          How limited the scope of your vision is, Bill. Snyder is but one of many new republican governors that are playing out corporate America’s hand. Legislation is being written by the American Legislative Exchange Council and dictated to each of these puppets. Walker is now trying his own version of the Emergency Manager bill in Wisconsin. Coincidence? No sir!

          Koch, DeVos, Exxon, Walmart…
          This is the corporatization of Michigan, maybe America.

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          Hey everyone read this: Better call in “sick” on Monday…and hop on that bus to go protest the Democrats in liberal Boston…and please don’t leave the Capitol grounds a absolute mess like you did in Madison.

        4. big Daddy BC says:

          Do you think those protests in Lansing were about healthcare benefits for teachers, Bill? Do you actually watch the anchors report the news? I mean, I realize WOOD doesn’t report a lot of actual news, but occasionally a story slips through to give the appearance of investigative journalism. The protests, like the one today, are about a middle class that doesn’t want to pay for CEO bonuses. Taxing the middle class, privatizing the public sector, and creating a financial emergency so you can declare a crisis and take over like Hitler doesn’t sit right with the citizens of this state.

          Are you aware that there is a $500-$670 surplus in the State Aid educational fund this year? That’s about $300 for every student in this state, yet Vlad Snyder still insists upon paying for universities ($1 Billion) out of Prop A money and siphoning off the 1/2 billion. Why? To create the perception of a crisis. He’s shorting Universities by 15% and K-12 by $475 per student on top of mandatory retirement payments. Why should we care? Because he’s now created a $2.6 billion dollar slush fund for corporate tax breaks and the perception that districts are in need of Emergency Managers.
          Emergency Managers are being trained by the hundreds, and what’s even sicker is the fact that republicans refused to put salary caps on the job. These dogs with no prior experience necessary will be given the powers and salaries of a dictator! BTW, GR is on the list of eligible cities, as is Hastings and Kalamazoo… so get ready to kiss Dick DeVos’ ring.

        5. big Daddy BC says:

          I forgot to write million after the $500-$670! …more than 1/2 a billion dollars surplus! I guess the economy isn’t as bad off as we thought!

        6. Bill Steffen says:

          The protests in Lansing proved the far left would go so far as to jeopardize our fine Michigan law enforcement officers: You don’t care about the middle class. If you did, you’d protest on your own time rather than force poor, elderly, minority women from getting to their doctor appointments on time:–expected-back-Thursday. You want to punish small business, send more jobs to other states and increase unemployment. And, look at what the Democrats are doing in Massachusetts: Look at the vote 111-42. That’s Democrats, bigD – better grab that picket sign and head to Boston.

        7. big Daddy BC says:

          So you’d indict every democrat and republican at the demonstration because of a couple extremists? …you ignore the forest and concentrate on the trees – as usual, and seem incapable of debating the real issue of sacrificing the middle class for tax breaks for CEOs.

          And BTW, small businesses are owned by middle class people. Snyder’s plan protects corporations at the expense of our middle class, education, and the elderly. His dictatorial legislation is designed to cripple municipalities and school districts allowing his Emergency Manager teams to swoop in and take over.

          BTW, why do you suppose were republicans unwilling to put a cap on the salaries of Emergency Managers?
          Have you know intelligible response to any of the issues I’ve posted? I’ve long suspected that the tech team posts for you. That’s reinforced every time you repost the same tired old links.

        8. big Daddy BC says:

          no, not know…before you attack my spelling. GOTCHA

        9. Bill Steffen says:

          The VAST majority of small business owners are happy the Michigan Business Tax is being revamped (that’s Republican, Independent and Democrat)…to be REPLACED with a fairer, simpler 6% corporate tax. Call a local Democratic legislator and ask him/her how many small businesses have contacted them in favor of keeping the tax the way it’s been. You’re solution of putting additional massive taxes on small businesses to close the 1.58 Billion dollar budget gap would lead to a) businesses in Michigan choosing not to expand and hire new workers, b) businesses choosing not to come to Michigan, but to locate in states where there is a more equitable and simpler tax structure, c) more of our young people moving out of Michigan to find work, d) a number of business probably giving up and closing, and d) higher unemployment, which will mean less tax money coming into the state and less money for state services.

        10. big Daddy BC says:

          So you’ve personally poled Michigan’s small businesses? BS alert!

          The 6% tax will cost Michigan tax payers more than $2,000,000,000. …and since when is ‘simple’ the criteria by which we judge legislation? Your man will simply tax the middle class out of existence, simply cripple our elderly with taxes on the their pensions and the elimination of their tax credit, simply kill towns and schools by pulling funding and inserting his own personal army of Emergency Managers. Snyder is simply stealing from the poor to give to the rich. I think the CEOs are doing okay, they don’t need my money.

    3. Brenda says:

      That’s for sure; a heck of a lot of need here.

  14. Jerrod (Hartford) says:

    Fatalities now stand at 231 and climbing. I have a feeling the Geiger-Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado is going to be an EF-5. Easily.

  15. Mark(Charlotte) says:

    Seeing the aftermath of storms just makes my heart just ache. Those poor people. It wouldn’t hurt to say a quick prayer for those folks.

  16. DF (SE Mich) says:

    Reed’s video from yesterday. I am sure there is more for storm chasers.

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      I watched that #4 tornado live on the car cam yesterday.

  17. fixxxer says:

    Spill the beans bill on the summer outlook. Remember last year most were calling for cold and we ended up warm as heck.

  18. Ned S (Tallmadge Twp.) says:

    When you look at these large wedge tornadoes, they just look “Sinister.” The death and suffering they bring aids and abets that description. Pretty amazing stuff.

  19. John Vargo says:

    Please pray for those in the south, and all over that are affected by this tragedy.

    A lot of people in Michigan complain about the weather, but I’m really thankful that we aren’t in tornado alley, or at risk of hurricanes/tsunamis.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I agree – I feel like we “hide behind the skirts” of Lake Michigan – but that big lake DOES protect us! My Brother and sis-in-law lost a home to an F-5 near Joliet, IL – and they’ll be back in Michigan the week after my brother retires!

  20. Ned S (Tallmadge Twp.) says:

    Good post John, on both points. Our weather can be annoying and exasperating, but rarely life threatening. And those in the south do indeed need our thoughts and prayers right now.

  21. fixxxer says:

    Im liking bills summer outlook. Anyways how likely is it a large tornado could rip through gr?

    1. DF (SE Mich) says:

      Since the last big tornado in GR was in the ’50′s you tell me.

      … but I would say just above impossible.

      1. Swatz_Zoo says:

        Never say never! It is just a matter of time. If Alabama can get it in a populated area, so can GR. Nothing is impossible.

        1. DF (SE Mich) says:

          Did you read?

        2. Swatz_Zoo says:

          Yes I did, I was just agreeing with you in different wording.

        3. DF (SE Mich) says:

          K, sorry.

  22. Flush says:

    Can you imagine the fatalities if something like this hit downtown Chicago, New York or Atlanta?

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Glad to see TIV out there, too! Talk about vehicles you DON’T want to see in your neighborhood on a stormy day: the Dominators or the TIVs…..

  23. Jerrod (Hartford) says:

    Death toll is now 272, according to CNN.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      I can’t help but wonder if all the videos of tornadoes being shown on TV and the internet, cause the “average person” to think they’re not that scary. Or worse – cause the average person to assume they’ll SEE a tornado before it hits their neighborhood??

      Surely these areas were well-warned! The Weather Channel had their TorCon index umpteen hours before the storms; plus local channels MUST have been warning people way ahead of the actual Tornado Warnings…. so why did so many people die? Are there really that many homes that lack basements – that the poor souls who DID heed the warning and sought the best “cover” they could find – just didn’t survive??

      I guess I would have hoped with all our technology – that this many lives wouldn’t have been lost :-(

      1. Mike (Shepherd, mi) says:

        Look at the damage it looks like alot of people just had nowhere to go their entire house was gone.

  24. Brenda says:

    As awesome as tornadoes are, I would be scared to death if I were actually caught outside during one. So powerful and devastating.

  25. Swatz_Zoo says:

    What is Saturday’s storms looking to be? Average, strong, severe, or just rain?

    1. fixxxer says:

      i heard saturday is suppose to be sunny and near 70. or did they change it again? i swear every time they say 70+ it never happens. spring just sucks this year. now my kid has a high fever, i blame this crappy weather.

      1. Swatz_Zoo says:

        I’m sorry your kid is sick, it has been unreal this year, I can honestly say this has been the most impatient I’ve been for Spring to get here, usually I just take as is, but this year I’m very impatient. I heard Saturday near 70 but it’s the night they were calling for storms, but only 60%, which means the south will get them, and we won’t. So 100% for south subtracted by 40% they figured it would be safe to only say 60% since no one north of the southern counties will get anything. Did I make any sense?? :-p

  26. Mr. Negative says:

    Two days from May – should be 62 around here, but it’s 43 with a 34 wind chill…yipee.

  27. Tom in Alger Heights says:

    Has Bill posted his summer forecast? I saw that Fixx mentioned it, but I can’t find it.

    1. fixxxer says:

      He told me via email. It will be an average summer but cooler than last summer but warmer than 2009.

  28. HUMMER12 says:

    checked in with cuzin Jimbo (works in the oil bus tx) with some gas refineries affected by the weather in the south, their will be another spike! jimbo now projects $4.39 a gal for mi by mid may! we will stay well over the $4 mark for the next 3 to 5 months. If hurricanes do hit the gulf region $5 will happen!! ……. R U READY?????

    1. fixxxer says:

      Why do you have different names on here indy? ;)

  29. Don (Battle Creek) says:

    The damage I’ve seen from these Alabama tornadoes is absolutely horrific….Thank God we don’t see tornadoes of this magnitude in Michigan very often! I’m praying for everyone down there-they need as much support at they can get at this point.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Alot of people blame god for this. They say its his wrath. I dunno but i do wish them well. I also think were gonna have a decent severe weather season up here too.

  30. scott (west olive) says:

    Bill, quick question, do you get to watch the coverage and study the radars ect while that was unfolding down south. I would think yesterday would be like going to class and seeing a prime example of what could happen if all goes wrong. Thanks.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I watched a little bit, mainly Spann on the ABC affiliate. He was on the air continuously for 8 hours. I don’t have that much voice left in me to go that long.

      1. scott (west olive) says:

        We watched for awhile on the net, Thanks for the link. Lets hope you don’t have to track 3 tornado’s at once either.

  31. hurricane hunter says:

    Carl Parker from the weather channel said it was all he and Dr. Forbes could do to hold it together once they seen the radar with the big debri ball. They knew it was massive and people were losing their lives as they were reporting.

  32. INDY says:

    Time for the MIDDLE EAST TO GIVE US CASH FOOD AND GAS for our brothers and sisters down south …PAY BACK TIME FOLKS!!!!! and Fixxer not other names just a IWS fan club on Bill’s Blogg!!!! INDYYYYY

  33. Bernie (The original) says:

    I just brought my tomato plants in and there are a few wet snowflakes falling at the moment.

    May 5 is the latest I have ever seen snow and we are cutting it close this year. :)

  34. Tom says:

    Let’s all keep those poor folks who have lost their lives, their homes or have suffered in any untold manner because of these devastating tornadoes.
    We should all keep in mind what The Bible tells us:
    “…we will never know the time nor the place…”

  35. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

    Bill…I am thinking EF-5 damage with that 1.5 mile wide funnel in Tuscaloosa, AL and I had predicted at least one EF-5 would occur earlier that evening!

    WOW…What outbreak that was!

    Also, You would think with the advanced warning system we have today that we wouldn’t of lost so many people! I am sorry for the that people that have family down there (as I do) and I am also sorry for the states that were affected by the outbreak!

  36. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

    I also watched TWC during the whole outbreak and as Meteorologist Carl Parker and DR. Greg Forbs, I also had a hard time holding it together as my dad and I watched that debris ball cross through those cities/towns!

    1. Flush says:

      BEWARE OF THIS LINK!!!!!!! Carry’s a Trojan Virus!

  37. Flush says:

    I hope they have better warning systems. I remember living here back in the 60′s when a tornado came through Grand Rapids. We were in our basement and Buck Matthews had given the all clear. It was about 5 minutes later he said a tornado just touched down and took out Darling Freight (28th and 131). If you ever drive by that church at Madison and Alger, look at the roof and how odd the design is. That tornado actually cut a path right through the center of that church and they re-built that section.

  38. Pyro chick says:

    With all the weird weather that has been happening, I god is trying to tell us something!!!

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