Friday, May 2, 2008
Tornado Video & On-Scene Photos: Deadly Storm Kills Seven in Arkansas; Spawns 6-Vortice Tornado in Oklahoma; Texas Picks Up After Twisters(Raw Video)
This is an extraordinary photo of a tornado over Oklahoma City, OK during the May 1 outbreak. The photographer,Linda, a gardening, and nature enthusiast, grabbed a huge twister on the right and the simultaneous development of other funnels on the left. (Photo copyright to photographer, one-time usage granted to I Found a Peanut blog.)
This outstanding photo of mammatus in straight-line wind development as the massive storm system moved across Kansas was taken by Frank Thompson of Overland Park. (Photo copyright to photographer, one-time usage granted to I Found a Peanut blog.)
This storm system, which ranged across more than 2,000 miles of the continental United States, is a textbook example of how snowstorms and extreme cold in the West, coupled with a "fetch" of warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, can fire up supercells.. As this storm moves east, Chicago forecasters are keeping a wary eye on this system.
Seven deaths have been reported in Arkansas from this storm system, including a teenager who died when a tree fell on her house while she was sleeping. The National Weather Service has confirmed reports of at least a dozen tornadoes overnight Thursday. More storms are hitting today across the Mississippi Valley as the system roars east.
The Peanut crew lives in Oklahoma's Tornado Alley. We were up most of the night tracking the storms.