Confirmed: Six Tornadoes

May 29th, 2013 at 10:43 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

tornado byron michigan mark l. rowell jr.   The National Weather Service survey teams have confirmed six separate tornado touchdowns between 8:30 and 10: 30 pm Tuesday evening.   Here’s their summary of the tornadoes.   On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, there were 2 EFO tornadoes, 2 EF1 tornadoes, and 2 EF2 tornadoes.  The tornado east of Grand Blanc had an estimated maximum wind speed of 130 mph.   There were no serious injuries from the twisters.  Note that there were also no serious injuries from the Dexter tornado last year.  People are heading warnings and taking action, moving to relatively safer locations.  Here’s a helicopter view of some of the damage.  Rainfall this month is up to 3.24″ for G.R. and 3.92″ for Lansing.   Grand Rapids is now 9.01″ above average for precipitation this year.   Two EF1 tornadoes hit NW Pennsylvania.  Seven people were injured by these tornadoes.  Pictures here.  Wednesday was a busy day for severe weather in the U.S. with nearly two dozen tornadoes and over 325 severe reports from Massachusetts to Colorado and Wisconsin to Texas.

It was a mostly sunny and warm day here in E. Tennessee.  The high temperature in Knoxville was 88.  We spent most of the day inside talking with my mother.  Mom will be 94 in July.  She still loves to cook and we had a nice beef stew this evening.  I’m over at my sister’s now, where they have WI-FI.  We did get out for a nice walk.  Looks like we may drive mom back to Illinois, then come back to Michigan.  The Storm Prediction Center reports nearly two dozen tornadoes and over 325 severe reports in the U.S. on Weds. with severe reports from Massachusetts to E. Colorado and Wisconsin to N Texas.  Hurricane Barbara with a well-developed  eye hits the SW coast of Mexico.   I did get a chance to see the overnight NAM (caribou) and the model gives G.R. 1.36″ of rain from Friday PM thru Saturday AM.

Boy, the Red Wings gave it quite a run…so close.   OH, and gas is as low as $3.21 in Clinton, Tenn. – that’s the cheapest I’ve seen it on this trip.

480 Responses to “Confirmed: Six Tornadoes”

  1. Cort S. says:

    There is a storm with 70 mph winds and a funnel cloud reported, headed toward the Joplin area.

  2. GunLakeDeb says:

    And I almost feel guilty, watching a particularly beautiful orange sunset with mammatus clouds……

  3. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Here’s footage people. Another huge one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zXXqhWLAwOc

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      Oh no……….. :-(

    2. Cort S. says:

      That looks like the Rozel, Kansas tornado that Chuck saw about two weeks ago:

      http://cistormedia.com/kansas-tornado-fest-5-tornadoes-51813/

      I think that wedge tornado near El Reno was a lot messier than that, with lots of rain wrapping in.

      1. Cort S. says:

        Ben Holcomb just uploaded this:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCnYOV1XhJY

        Here is Brandon Sullivan’s vehicle getting hit by debris:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziZNsproDzs

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Wow, thats scary intense footage .

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I think today’s events will give the chasers pause, and hopefully they’ll use more care and keep their distance in the future. It’s just not worth it.

  4. Kevin(Rockford) says:

    Dang…3 inch diameter hail still coming down

  5. GunLakeDeb says:

    Bill just started a new thread….

  6. fixxxer says:

    WOW…these tornado’s are violent this season.

  7. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Damn it Valverde , I thought the tigers got rid of you for a reason. Here we go again!!!

    1. fixxxer says:

      wrong thread brian.

    2. Jack says:

      POOPa Grunty….. Brian !!!

    3. Red in Allegan Co. says:

      I’m with you Brian. I wish he’d get shipped off to Timbuktoo. He doesn’t even deserve to be with the Mud Hens.

    4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Yet another 10+ K performance by a starter all for naught. Way to go valTURDde.

      1. fixxxer says:

        Gotta love detroit sports teams..right?

      2. Yup (Grandville) says:

        Valverde is done, that’s for sure.

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