posted on Apr, 11 2013 @ 08:50 PM
Okay, I've heard of high wind speeds for a tornado. In fact, all that data isn't all that impressive for the one which just recently hit St Louis.
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING: EF-2
* FATALITIES: NONE.
* INJURIES: SEVERAL MINOR INJURIES. NO SERIOUS INJURIES KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
* BEGIN TIME/LOCATION: 8:00 PM CDT IN BRIDGETON AT ST. CHARLES ROCK ROAD AND INTERSTATE 270.
* END TIME/LOCATION: 8:05 CDT JUST EAST OF ST. FERDINAND PARK IN FLORISSANT.
* MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WIND SPEED: 115 TO 125 MPH
* PATH LENGTH: 7 MILES
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 500 YARDS
Now EF-2 isn't THAT severe. Let me show the chart to refresh everyone's memory who isn't living in Tornado country (and this is a bit outside the
norm for that, but not that far out)
EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH
No, the Fujita scale rating isn't what got my attention in a major way. What got my attention was this part, which you may not catch in reading the
National Weather Service Bulletin / Summary Report
THE TORNADO MOVED VERY FAST...COVERING 7 MILES IN ABOUT 5
I'm the curious sort, so I went out and checked that with a calculator. THAT is what got my attention. A 7 mile track in 5 minutes is moving straight
line ground speeds of around 84 miles an hour!
Someone write that thing a ticket! You know what the penalty is in this state for busting 80 in a residential zone?? Yikes! (No one was killed in
this, as I checked before any levity was seen)
Global warming my foot. It's not warming or any other 'ing in a particular pattern, It's just going hog wild out there at times and I for one,
don't take warnings about severe weather as lightly as I once may have years ago. The next record or just spectacular attention getter could be
within the next weather warning for any of our areas, after all.