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06/04/2013

Its Official... We Have The Largest Tornado Confirmed In Recorded History! More Details Inside...

The NWS just finished their assessment of the El Reno tornado and they upgraded it to an EF-5 tornado. They also are stating it was an ASTONISHING 2.6 miles wide making it the largest tornado in recorded history!!! Here is their statement...

 


...UPDATE ON MAY 31 EL RENO TORNADO...

METEOROLOGISTS WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND RESEARCHERS FROM
THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE INFORMATION
RELATED TO THE MAY 31 EL RENO TORNADO.

WITH THIS INVESTIGATION... THE TORNADO HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO AN EF5
TORNADO BASED ON VELOCITY DATA FROM THE RESEARCH MOBILE RADAR DATA
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA RAXPOL RADAR.

IN ADDITION... THE
WIDTH OF TORNADO WAS MEASURED BY THE MOBILE RADAR DATA TO BE 2.6
MILES AFTER THE TORNADO PASSED EAST OF US HIGHWAY 81 SOUTH OF EL
RENO. THIS WIDTH IS THE WIDTH OF THE TORNADO ITSELF AND DOES NOT
INCLUDE THE DAMAGING STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS NEAR THE TORNADO AS
DETERMINED BY THE HIGH-RESOLUTION MOBILE RADAR DATA. THE 2.6 MILE
TORNADO PATH WIDTH IS BELIEVED TO BE THE WIDEST TORNADO ON RECORD
IN THE UNITED STATES.

.EL RENO TORNADO

 

RATING: EF5
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/: 16.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/: 2.6 MILES
FATALITIES: N/A
INJURIES: N/A

START DATE: MAY 31 2013
START TIME: 6:03 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 8.3 WSW OF EL RENO /CANADIAN COUNTY /OK
NEAR COURTNEY ROAD ABOUT 1 MILE NORTH

 


This is a record now for the largest tornado ever. I measured approximately 343 mph rotation on radar the just after it crossed State Highway 81 in Oklahoma.

 

3D1

 

Absolutely unbelievable!!!

 

 I do have a full discussion on how so many tornado chasers got hit by this tornado in my previous blog. If you haven't read it, I do encourage you to take a look. It is a very interesting blog looking at storm chasing and how they interact with these violent tornadoes...

 


http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/wdrb_weather/2013/06/how-did-so-many-storm-chasers-get-hit-by-the-el-reno-tornado-why-this-tornado.html

 

 

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Mark,

That is amazing. I wanted to ask you, given the fact that we had two F-5 tornadoes in a span of a week both occurring on moderate risk days by the SPC, do you think the data indicated that the SPC should have issued a high risk warning for both of those days?

Paul, the high risk is based on criteria for severe weather reports. I don't know if there was enough reports to justify the high risk or not to be honest. I think May 31st could have been upgraded though.

Thanks Mark. I hope your family continues to heal and recover from the Moore, OK tornado.

Thank you Paul!

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