Oklahoma twister tracked path of 1999 tornado
Two men walk through debris just east of Western and north of SW 149th after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)
NEW YORK (AP) — Monday's powerful tornado in suburban Oklahoma City loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999.
The National Weather Service estimated that the storm that struck Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday had wind speeds of up to 200 mph (320 kph), and was at least a half-mile (800 meters) wide. The 1999 storm had winds clocked at 300 mph (480 kph), according to the weather service website, and it destroyed or damaged more than 8,000 homes, killing at least two people.
Kelsey Angle, a weather service meteorologist in Kansas City, Missouri, said it's unusual for two such powerful tornadoes to track roughly the same path. The 1999 twister was part of a two-day outbreak sweeping mostly across central Oklahoma — similar to the past two days.
The weather service has tentatively classified the Moore twister's wind speeds as an EF4 on a 5-point scale. Angle said less than 1 percent of all tornadoes reach EF4 or EF5.
The thunderstorm developed in an area where warm moist air rose into cooler air. Winds in the area caused the storm to rotate, and that rotation promoted the development of a tornado. The most destructive and deadly tornadoes develop from rotating thunderstorms.
The biggest known tornado was nearly 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) wide at its peak width, which the weather service describes as near the maximum size for a tornado. It struck Hallam, Nebraska, in May 2004.
The deadliest tornado, which struck March 18, 1925, killed 695 people in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana.
Deaths from twisters have been declining in recent years because of improved forecasts and increased awareness by people living in tornado-prone areas, especially in smaller and rural communities.
Global warming is a shortsighted farce drummed up by a bunch of media seeking liberals in search of a cause. The very idea that we have that much control over the weather patterns on this turbulent planet amuses me. In the end, Mother Nature, or whatever else you wish to call it, will always have her way with us. The Earth has been warming and cooling, passing through great Glacial Periods and Ice Ages since the elements arrived. Could the Sun possibly be to blame, or the changing tilt of the Earth on its axis, or space debris, or Gravity or whatever, and not the tiny little creatures that inhabit this planet? Tired of hearing about human induced Global Warming being blamed for every negative natural disaster. Let us pull together as the great country we are and extend all the help we can to the victims of this horrific weather related event.
1. You cannot say these larger tornados, EF4's 5's that have occurred recently are specifically correlated to global warming. Weather is cyclical and without having a million years worth of data and only maybe a hundred years worth of data does not cut it for any type of end all analysis and fact.
2. I hope those who think this is caused by global warming are walking the walk and just not talking the talk. You have no car right? even electric since if you think your charging it from solar or wind your an idiot. You do not consume any product or service that used fossil fuel. Your house has no electricity or gas.