Daily Archives: 10 April, 2012

Video of a dangerous tornado Monday in Oklahoma

Longtime storm chaser Dick McGowan captured a powerful multi-vortex tornado near Woodward in northern Oklahoma Monday.

Monday was the 65th anniversary of the deadly Woodward tornado of 1947, which is the deadliest tornado in Oklahoma history. According to the National Weather Service, more than 100 city blocks on the west and north sides of the city were destroyed in 1947, with lesser damage in the southeast portion of the town.

At least 107 people killed in and around Woodward and nearly 1000 people were injured.

Updated outlook for severe weather later this week

Here is a series of maps produced by the Storm Prediction Center reflecting the severe weather threat later this week around Kansas.

The storm system responsible for the threat appears to be moving more slowly than computerized forecasting models suggested over the weekend, meaning the greater threat to Wichita for severe weather now appears to be Friday and Saturday.

Here’s the outlook for Thursday in the central Plains:

The second map is the SPC outlook for the next four to eight days. Day 4 is Friday, Day 5 is Saturday.

Atmospheric conditions for Friday and Saturday “will promote the potential for tornadic supercells also producing large hail and damaging winds,” SPC forecasters state.

Wichita weather: Sunny, with highs in the mid-60s

After some predawn showers, the Wichita area should have a sunny Tuesday with highs in the mid-60s.

East winds will nudge double digits, forecasters say. A slight chance of showers re-enters the forecast tonight, with lows slipping into the upper 40s.

Wednesday offers mostly cloudy skies, forecasters say, with highs in the low 60s. More showers and thunderstorms are possible Wednesday night, when lows bottom out in the low 50s.

Strong thunderstorms are possible in the Wichita area Thursday and Thursday night, forecasters warn. Monitor weather conditions and forecasts for updated information.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.