Featured speakers (in order of appearance) included Bill Read, the director of the National Hurricane Center; Brian LaSorsa of NWS Baltimore/Washington; Brad Panovich of WCNC-TV; Mike Smith of WeatherData; and a conference regular, winter weather expert Paul Kocin.
A visible satellite loop covering the time period from storm initiation through dusk.
We got on our first active tornado warned storm of the trip, and it produced a tornado. Poor visibility and lack of light kept us from seeing it, but it was likely very close.
We’re in Nebraska today, looking for some supercells and maybe a tornado if we’re lucky.
Three days of sunshine in Tornado Alley in may can knock a chaser down. The outlook going forward is a hopeful one though.
The final countdown is on to the departure for two weeks of storm chasing. The plan is to leave Maryland around the crack of dawn on Sunday and head west (or South?).
Significant tornadoes are somewhat rare in the D.C. area, but not unheard of. Here’s a look at upper level conditions that have led to a handful over the years.
At least 141 tornado reports (as of 1:45 a.m. April 28), on top of 61 on the 26th. Many communities, including parts of large cities such as Tuscaloosa and Birmingham have been devastated. View a satellite loop of the explosive thunderstorms during the evening.
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