posted on May, 23 2011 @ 04:37 AM
I experienced this storm first hand, but further to the east. Luckily for me it was only the northern side of the storm and it had weakened a little
bit. The tornado was on the south central side. I was so close to chasing this storm at around 4:30. I talked to my wife on the phone as she was
driving to STL and she said she had a bad feeling and I shouldn't go. Glad I didn't. It was a beast. The radar returns were coming back with a
massive and clear circulation in the base radial velocity scans out of Springfield and Tulsa. At one point the storm appeared to be about the size of
four counties! While I'm so glad that it went south of me, I'm really feeling for the people over in Joplin. I'm wondering if I should head over
there tomorrow to try to help. If I do I'll take some high quality photos and HD video on my 7D and try to post it.
This storm was intense. The sky was all green and afterwords there was a giant double rainbow. Probably the most beautiful one I've ever seen in my
life. The whole day was sort of surreal. My wife's work has a Joplin office and they all left about two to three hours earlier for St. Louis for a
conference. Some of those people might be alive now because they were gone. Upon arriving, they found out the terrible news. My wife said that they
all left St. Louis immediately and headed back so that they could help and locate loved ones. So terrible. Their office, from what I can tell, likely
lies in the path of destruction. This is just so terrible.
Being a trained storm spotter, there were some gut wrenching moments there where I had to decide if I should grab my bug out bag and split as this
storm wasn't moving too fast and I don't have a basement. I am personally so grateful the storm made a turn to the south. This yet again shows that
we need to be prepared for anything.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BUG OUT BAG.
Natural disasters happen everywhere. Man made disasters are more rare, but we hype them up and talk about bugging out. It isn't silly to prepare. Do
it now before the time comes and you're left wandering about the streets in only a towel like some people I saw on the news. They have nothing
I leave you with this heart-wrenching photo set by a pro photographer in the area. It's one of the best that I've come across and really shows the
magnitude of the devastation. That Walmart really did take one to the chin. Hell, half the town did! Joplin is in my prayers, that much is certain.
This really might be the next Greensburg, which is just horrible news.
[PICTURES] Professional photographer captures Joplin tornado
And guess what? We are supposed to receive thunderstorms until Thursday here! So we aren't even close to being out of the woods yet. Forecast for
Monday calls for severe thunderstorms today and tonight, so not even regular thunderstorms, but more severe weather is on tap. Specifically large hail
and damaging winds. Fantastic.