20 Years Ago: My Tornado Experience

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Good afternoon bloggers,

We left London, England this morning, and now we are in Switzerland.  I felt London was quite fascinating. It’s hard to put my finger on it at the moment, as the people seemed more in shape and not too rushed. There were a few language gaps from English to American English such as when we were in an Uber yesterday and after we said it was our first time in London, he says, “How did you find it?”.  I don’t think he meant how did you find it on the map, but how is London so far?  The World Weather Expo begins Wednesday. More on that later in the week.

20 Years Ago

My brother Scott just transferred the video he took on May 31, 1999, also a rather active tornado season.  I hadn’t seen this in a while.  Watch near the end when he tries to get me to stop. I wish I would have, but the Rear Flank Downdraft (RFD) was blasting across the field and I just kept going and going and going:

This was near Sitka, KS and it became an EF-3 and was mostly over open fields of southwest KS with very little damage reported.

The next two weeks will become increasingly wet again. The rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs are full and can not take much more. As many of you know, using the LRC, Weather2020 predicted this would happen months ago.  The Corps of Engineers would be much better prepared if the LRC was being utilized as a prediction tool. One of these days, my vision for the LRC will come through.

Here is the outlook for the next 10 days:

I have not had time to truly analyze the pattern. I will do so later and we can discuss in the blog comments.  Thank you for sharing in this weather experience.  And, what do you think of the tornado from 20 years ago?  Who is with me and moving away from it for as long as I did, and who would have gotten out and up close and personal with it?

Gary

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EastOfEden
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EastOfEden

I’ll be out of KC until the 22nd, so I’ll probably lose track of the LRC for a bit.

Remember we’re coming up on the blizzard and count from there! 🙂

Cycle 6 may be a warm cycle. We’ll see. So it’s possible we may end up having a warmer and drier summer than expected (still colder and wetter than average, but not to the extreme we’ve been seeing).

Jason
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Jason

I just want to play golf Thursday and Friday.

Hockeynut69
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Hockeynut69

Gary- there is a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. How much of an influence will there be on weather from it? In particular it seems it could provide additional moisture into an already wet pattern.

Kstater
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Kstater

Just got 1.1 inches of rain in 20 minutes in Lawrence. That was the heaviest rain I have experienced in a few years.

Adam
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Adam

You could see the sun peeking out in the distance over the horizon during parts of that. That was an incredible shot. I would have done the same Gary, as they get stronger tornados can become unpredictable.

Rockdoc
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Rockdoc

Gary, until the LRC can predict exactly where the rain will fall, the amount of rain that will fall over each stream and major river basin for each rain event, when snow melt begins in the mountains and how long it will last based on temperatures, then the Corps of Engineers can use the LRC. I agree that general trends and LRC information are useful. It could tell the Corps that it’s going to be a very wet, dry year, or even a “normal” year, and when to expect possible extremes, i.e. expect a week or two of rain or… Read more »

JoeK
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JoeK

Respectfully, I disagree. Had USACE paid attention to the LRC, they could have been better prepared for what is happening. While I believe the LRC can provide specifics, it is not necessary for their purpose. The ability to predict 150%-200% above average in a specific region, provides adequate information to raise concern. Combine this with above average snowfall in the same region and one could deduce, with certainty, that same region will experience flooding issues.

Urbanity
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Urbanity

Awesome video, great memories I am sure:)

Well hurry up and get done with the UN people, Gary’s going global, I’m not opposed to sharing ideas from a global perspective but I am against what the UN has become as a global governing body. As I told you earlier I would have passed on the Expo as just down the street are people meeting to undermine our nations Sovereignty. But all is well in sharing weather ideas. Take good care, I’m sure the scenery is spectacular. We need you back here as we start another round of wet weather.

Nick
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Nick

I hope you are having fun in Europe Gary, I’m heading to the UK on the 21st and Returning on the 1st of July. As for the tornado, I will have to admit I dont know exactly how brave or not I would be until I saw it for myself, even if the tornado wasnt going to overtake me I would still be leary of it throwing things, then again if you don’t move the Tornado can’t see you… Oh, wait nevermind… :p (wrong tip from the 90’s)

Heat Miser
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Heat Miser

LoL…”Gary, you can stop…stop Gary. It can’t get you Gary”. “OH YES it can!”. You guys were plenty close enough to it. I’m with you Gary…I probably would have done the exact same thing.

Kole Christian
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Kole Christian

I would’ve kept driving away the way you did. I’m guessing that in person, that tornado still looked like a monster right behind you.

Gary, do you think the rivers will go back down a bit before the these next rounds of rain hit, or is there plenty of water still flowing into them causing them to rise still?

Mr. Pete
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Mr. Pete

Gary what’s the weather like over there?

Michael Casteel
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Michael Casteel

I would’ve stopped a little earlier . You were plenty far away from it! Pretty cool experience though for you and your brother! Have fun in Europe!
Michael