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Atlanta Weather | Why Do You Chase Storms???

Atlanta Weather | Why Do You Chase Storms???

When tragedy strikes related to weather, meteorologist are often asked why we warn people to stay away from the bad weather and we run toward it!

 I read an accuweather blog the other day that hit the nail right on the head. I thought I would share it with you:

 

“As meteorologists, we have a responsibility to keep the public safe in any way possible.

Simply put, we do it to save lives. When we are out chasing storms, we have the best forecasting tool available, our eyes. Unlike radar and satellite imagery, we can see what is going on in realtime. We don't have to wait five minutes for the next radar scan to come in, instead we are watching it as it is happening.

The Weirdest Tornado I Have Ever Seen

First of all I want to make sure all of you know how sorry I am for the 18 deaths that occured in during the El Reno tornado..... Whenever I talk about these monsters I am always talking about the storm knowing that people died while it was on the ground.... With that in mind I wanted to apologize to any of you who were offended when I referred to the El Reno tornado as a "Bad Boy" and that you would be "Amazed" by it's intensity. Never did I intend to offend anyone nor did I want to make light of the fact that 18 people died. The El Reno storm is quite possibly the biggest freak of a storm I have ever seen in my days of meteorology!!

Tropical System Heading Towards Georgia

Tropical System Heading Towards Georgia

The National Hurricane Center has this system in the Gulf with a 40% chance of development into a tropical depression. Right now the system is encountering strong winds on the SW side so it is being sheared apart as it slowly lifts northward. The latest model runs has the jet to the north picking this thing up over the next 48 hours and taking it towards Tampa, FL and expected to arrive as a tropical system with some serious rain down there. As it lifts northeast it will mainly affect South Georgia and South Carolina, but for the metro area we will rain chances start to go up tomorrow and last through Friday evening. We are not expecting anything severe here.

I AM LOOKING FOR STORM SPOTTERS!!!

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 ...