Daily Archives: 22 May, 2013

A tornado in Russia? Da!

A rare tornado in Russia injured more than a dozen residents of the small town of Yefremov, according to Reuters.

Here’s video of the tornado posted on YouTube:

Three straight days of monster tornadoes a rarity

For only the fifth time in recorded history, there were three straight days of tornadoes rated EF-4 or higher this past weekend.

The first of those was in Kansas. The tornado that just missed Rozel in western Pawnee County Saturday night was rated an EF-4 with winds as high as 185 miles an hour. On Sunday, an EF-4 tornado tore through part of Shawnee, Okla., killing two people. And on Monday, of course, a massive EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Okla., killing 24.

Harold Brooks, a research meteorologist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory, said Wednesday he found four other instances where F-4s or F-5s touched down three days in a row:

April 30, May 1-2, 1953
June 7-8-9, 1953
April 17-18-19, 1970
April 19-20-21, 1973

Wichita storm chaser and extreme weather photographer Jim Reed featured on CNN

Veteran storm chaser Jim Reed, who calls Wichita home, was featured on CNN’s home page yesterday.

After decades of chasing storms, he’s no stranger to damage like that found in the wake of the EF-5 tornado in Moore, Okla., on Monday.

Wichita weather: Pleasant spring day

A pleasant spring day is in the offing for the Wichita area on Wednesday, forecasters say.

Highs are expected to reach the upper 70s under mostly sunny skies, with light winds out of the north. A chance of showers and thunderstorms arrives early Thursday morning, when lows slip into the mid-50s.

Thursday will see chances for rain continue, forecasters say, with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-70s. Winds out of the east-northeast will crawl into the double digits.

Chances for rain and thunderstorms will continue through the holiday weekend, forecasters say.

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