The National Weather Service office in Dallas/Ft. Worth published their storm surveys today with a total of sixteen tornadoes in their area of responsibility. “Our” storm – the Alvord/Wise county cell, produced an EF-0 tornado with an estimated peak wind of 80 mph, a path length of only 0.1 miles, and a width of only 25 yards. I did speak with a local resident in the Decatur Wal-Mart parking lot Thursday morning (5/16) who said that her house was just outside the damage path but they did have some damage to outbuildings and trees. Nevertheless it is always sobering to hear of major damage, injuries, and deaths from outbreaks like these.
We are currently in North Platte Nebraska in position for an even bigger outbreak of severe storms tomorrow. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Moderate Risk for severe weather tomorrow with a significant chance of tornadoes. Being the weekend we expect to see chasers galore but hope that enough storms will fire to spread out the inevitable convergence. There is another probable center of activity in southern Kansas that may help with that spreading out process.
Meanwhile a television crew from WDBJ Channel Seven in Roanoke will join us tomorrow with the potential for live television coverage during the chase. Follow their coverage of our chase as they rendezvous and chase with us.