Plains/Midwest Severe WeatherMay 19th, 2013 at 12:45 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Tornado in Kansas Sat. PM – pic. from KSN. The early Sunday AM severe weather count from Saturday: 11 tornadoes, 46 reports of wind damage and 102 reports of large hail (up to tennis-ball size. Nine states had at least one severe weather report with the largest concentration in the High Plains from the Dakotas to North Texas. Here’s updated SPC severe reports. Here’s video of the Rozel KS tornado. Here’s some pics. A policeman was injured by debris at Garfield OK. 4″ of rain fell near /Dupree SD. 85 mph winds were reported at Okreek SD.
Model update…the NAM caribou gives G.R. highs of 83 the next couple days. The GFS caribou goes to low 80s Sun. and 85-86 on Monday. It also takes low temperatures down to the mid-upper 30s next Sat. and Sun. AM – both days are partly-mostly sunny and dry, but too cool for most people for getting wet at the lake or pool.
Also, it looks like it’ll be the latest ice break-up on record at Nenana, Alaska. The only other year when the ice lasted this long was 1964. The contest goes back to 1917! The tripod at the link is bigger than it looks in the picture and it’s 300 feet offshore. The ice there was actually 2″ thicker on April 25 than it was on April 1…that’s incredible. What’s also incredible is the money! The jackpot last year was $350,000. Speaking of jackpots, I heard that 80% of the possible combination of numbers were picked in the Powerball drawing.