NOAA's claim on El Reno tornado may not hold up

Tornado Widths– NOAA Makes Changes In Procedure By Paul Homewood NOAA have claimed that the El Reno tornado, in Oklahoma in May, was the widest tornado on record. As I pointed out at the time, there was evidence to suggest that the width of earlier tornadoes had been underestimated. One tornado, in particular, Hale County,…

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The 2013 Moore Oklahoma Tornado – a synopsis

By Paul Homewood I have deliberately held off running this post for a day or two, partly because I felt it inappropriate to do so earlier, and also because I wanted to wait until the facts became clearer. NWS have now officially declared the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma on Monday as an EF-5, the…

Quote of the week – misplaced priorities

One of the most shocking stories to come out of the Oklahoma tornado this week is this one. The mind reels that in the middle of tornado alley, in a place where a previous F5 tornado devastated the town in 1999, no safe room existed in the school. Full story: http://houston.cbslocal.com/2013/05/22/school-where-7-students-died-lacked-tornado-safe-room/ Dr. Roger Pielke Sr.…