Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sometimes, I get the feeling like I know too much about the weather. I watch the radar, and I see signatures on the radar that suggest immediately to me that devastation is imminent, and it breaks my heart in two. I hate to see a powerful supercell racing toward a city, and area I know is populated, knowing that people's lives are about to be changed forever or stolen by a vicious beast of a storm. I am saddened to the core. I see it clearly; I see that a cell has strong rotation, is likely on the ground, all indications point to a powerful tornado, and a city lies in wait as it races toward it... Five lives were stolen in yesterday's tornado outbreak, which was referred to by the Storm Prediction Center as a high risk, with a Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) tornado watch issued ahead of the storms. They saw, and I am sure they cringed... their hearts broke much like mine, knowing that this would mean bad things, devastating things to these people in the path of what was to come.
As a storm chaser, I know what weather has in store. I know it's phenomenal power and the devastation it can cause. I know the horrific destruction it can leave in its wake. Sure, I think that nature is amazing, awesome even, but the destruction is... surreal, heart-breaking. I am glad that the guys I was assisting with Nowcasting made it safely home (they were on storm track #6 as it literally breezed by them, most likely as a tornado-- the 2nd graphic shows some storm tracks during yesterday's outbreak). There were a total of 37 tornado reports, as depicted in the 1st graphic. Unfortunately, storms line up for the same area over today and tomorrow.
My thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted during yesterday's outbreak.
Peace that surpasses all understanding,
Posted by Dewdrop at 10:37 AM