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Oklahoma tornado was widest ever recorded

Oklahoma tornado was widest ever recorded

(WXIA) -- The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit El Reno, Okla., last Friday was an EF-5 storm, that they said is the widest tornado ever recorded.

The storm had a width of 2.6 miles, and had estimated winds topping out at 296 miles per hour.

The Oklahoma medical examiner's office said Monday that 18 people died as a result of the powerful storms that swept through the Oklahoma City area late Friday. At least four of the victims were actively pursuing one of the tornadoes as it churned west of Oklahoma City.

MORE | Full coverage of Oklahoma tornadoes

Spokesperson Amy Elliott says the death toll includes 12 adults and six children.

Atlanta Weather | Tropical System Could Bring Rain

Atlanta Weather | Tropical System Could Bring Rain

We are continuing to watch the tropics as there are still hint of some development near Yucatan, Mexico. Models are showing the system is likely to produce a swath of heavy rain from parts of the Florida Peninsula into portions of the Southeast this week.
Depending on the track of the system, it could bring a dose of heavy rain is in portions of the eastern mid-Atlantic and New England toward the weekend.

The system is looks weak at the moment, but will drift northeastward and has a window of strengthening as is moves into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Strong upper level winds are preventing the system from taking shape right now, but are forecast to drop off later this week.

Indications are that steering winds will guide the system, whether it has fully developed tropically or not, on a general northeastward path during the second half of the week into the weekend.

Incredible Phased Array Radar Sequence From El Reno Tornado

Incredible Phased Array Radar Sequence From El Reno Tornado

This is the loop from a new experimental radar that the folks at The National Severe Storms Laboratory. This radar is much more sensitive, takes more images, and can go in 90 degree increments which is faster than the 360 degree scans that NEXRAD has to go through. 

What you can see above is exactly the reason so many people were injured and 3 were killed last week on this storm... Watch at around 2300 as the hook is moving.... It is going due east, then all of the sudden it literally takes a hard left and hooks north!!! It took all of the chasers by surprise and threw many of them from the road....   

I AM LOOKING FOR STORM SPOTTERS!!!

Atlanta Weather | Weather Community Loses A Gem!

Atlanta Weather | Weather Community Loses A Gem!
 Weather researcher Tim Samaras, his son, and colleague, Carl Young were killed while documenting the powerful storms that hit the Oklahoma area last week. In the storm's aftermath, 13 people have been confirmed dead. Among them were three veteran storm chasers. Tim was found inside his car with his seat belt still on. Paul and Young were pulled from a car by a tornado. One of them was found dead a half mile away.I believe this is the first time that storm chasers lost their lives during a chase, and Tim was known as one of the best and most careful. Tim Samaras was very valuable to the weather community as an esteemed scientist, Tim’s research was funded through National Geographic, which issued a statement that said, "We are shocked and deeply saddened... [Samaras] was a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning ...

Atlanta Weather | Weather Community Loses A Gem!

Atlanta Weather | Weather Community Loses A Gem!
 Weather researcher Tim Samaras, his son, and colleague, Carl Young were killed while documenting the powerful storms that hit the Oklahoma area last week. In the storm's aftermath, 13 people have been confirmed dead. Among them were three veteran storm chasers. Tim was found inside his car with his seat belt still on. Paul and Young were pulled from a car by a tornado. One of them was found dead a half mile away.I believe this is the first time that storm chasers lost their lives during a chase, and Tim was known as one of the best and most careful. Tim Samaras was very valuable to the weather community as an esteemed scientist, Tim’s research was funded through National Geographic, which issued a statement that said, "We are shocked and deeply saddened... [Samaras] was a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning ...

Atlanta Weather | Thunderstorms Possible and Hurricane Season Update

Atlanta Weather | Thunderstorms Possible and Hurricane Season Update

A cold front moving slowly east will be the focus for the next two days for possible strong storms in our area. Today we can expect a few isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon and early evening. Some of the storms could produce strong wind gust, small hail, and frequent lightning. The front should be south of the area by Monday afternoon.

 

Topic Update:

The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season is officially under way and already there is talk of the potential for development in the Gulf of Mexico.

The tropics are currently quiet right now, but there are signs that the wind shear (which helps prevent the development of tropical storms) will lessen enough for a broad area of disturbed weather to attempt to organize into a tropical depression over the central Gulf of Mexico by midweek

Storms On The Way

Storms On The Way

Mostly cloudy skies tonight with a few isolated showers in the northern and western portions of the state. Overnight low temperatures will be in the mid to upper 60s. South wind between 5-10mph.

Showers and thunderstorms increasing Sunday, otherwise mostly cloudy skies. High temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s. Some of the thunderstorms could produce gusty winds and a lot of cloud to ground lightning. 

Sunday night the showers and thunderstorms continue. The heaviest rainfall will likely occur during this time frame. Overnight low temperatures will be in the upper 60s.