Sunday, April 17, 2016

More Spring Weather Porn, Tornadoes And More

Via @stormchasing on Twitter, (JR Hehnly) a beautiful Oklahmoa
tornado Friday. I say beautiful because it is, and
was in rural areas so it didn't cause much damage.  
As advertised the southern Plains, especially Texas got more severe weather over the past couple of days and more is looming.

The threat of severe thunderstorms and possibly a few tornados will be a daily threat in parts of Texas daily through Wednesday. 

An even bigger threat is the rain -- lots of it. Flash flooding is already occuring in parts of Texas, and that's only going to get worse as torrential thunderstorms will continue to roam the state for at least a few more days.

Flood watches are up for much of Texas and other sections of the southern and central Plains.

The bad weather is terrible for people. I don't want to minimize the property damage and the hurt the weather is causing people in Texas and elsewhere.

Still, the images and videos of this weather are still impossible to ignore and compelling to watch.

I trivialize it by calling it "weather porn" because weather geeks get off on this kind of thing, but it's a convenient label, so I'll stick to it.

Some of this "weather porn" is below.

The ever-reliable storm chaser Pecos Hank captured these two tornadoes dancing around each other near Eva, Oklahoma on Friday:



Here's Storm Chasing Videos' view of tornadoes in the Oklahoma panhandle Friday, which is the same storm system Pecos Hank was on:


It hailed again in Texas again Friday and Saturday. Here's the golf ball sized hail and flooding near the Toot 'N Totum store in Dalhart, Texas, captured by Storm Chasing Videos:



The United States wasn't the only place that had tornadoes.

A large one struck Uruguay, of all places the other day, killing four people and injuring at least 200 in the city of Dolores.

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