The global tropical cyclone season of 2010: record inactivity

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 01:14 AM GMT am 03. April 2011

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The year 2010 was one of the strangest on record globally for tropical cyclones. Each year, the globe has about 92 tropical cyclones--called hurricanes in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific, typhoons in the Western Pacific, and tropical cyclones in the Southern Hemisphere. But in 2010, we had just 68 of these storms--the fewest since the dawn of the satellite era in 1970. The previous record slowest year was 1977, when 69 tropical cyclones occurred world-wide. Both the Western Pacific and Eastern Pacific had their quietest seasons on record in 2010, the Atlantic had its 3rd busiest season since record keeping began in 1851, and the Southern Hemisphere had a below average season. As a result, the Atlantic, which ordinarily accounts for just 13% of global cyclone activity, accounted for 28% in 2010--the greatest proportion since accurate tropical cyclone records began in the 1970s. Global Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) for 2010 was the lowest since the late 1970s (ACE is a measure of the total destructive power of a hurricane season, based on the number of days strong winds are observed.)


Figure 1. Visible satellite image of 2010's strongest tropical cyclone: Super Typhoon Megi at 2:25 UTC October 18, 2010. A reconnaissance aircraft measured a central pressure of 885 mb and surface winds of 190 mph in the storm, making Megi the 8th strongest tropical cyclone in world history. Image credit: NASA.

A record quiet 2010 Northwest Pacific Typhoon Season
The Western Pacific set records for fewest number of named storms (fifteen, previous record seventeen in 1998) and typhoons (nine, tied with the previous record of nine in 1998. Note that Tropical Storm Mindulle was upgraded to a typhoon in post-analysis after the season was over.) Reliable records began in the mid-1960s. For just the second year in history, the Atlantic had more named storms and hurricane-strength storms than the Western Pacific. The only other year this occurred was in 2005. Ordinarily, the Western Pacific has double to triple the amount of tropical cyclones of the Atlantic. One other notable feature of the 2010 season was the lack of a land-falling typhoon on the Japanese mainland. This is only the second such occurrence since 1988.

In 2010, there was only one super typhoon--a storm with at least 150 mph winds--in the Western Pacific. However, this storm, Super Typhoon Megi, was a doozy. Megi's sustained winds cranked up to a fearsome 190 mph and its central pressure bottomed out at 885 mb on October 16, making it the 8th most intense tropical cyclone in world history. Fortunately, Megi weakened significantly before hitting the Philippines as a Category 3 typhoon. Megi killed 69 people on Taiwan and in the Philippines and did $700 million in damage, and was the second deadliest and damaging typhoon of 2010. Category 3 Typhoon Fanapi was the deadliest and most damaging typhoon of 2010, doing over $1 billion in damage to Taiwan and China and killing 105.

The record quiet typhoon season in 2010 was due, in part, to the La Niña phenomena. During such events, the formation region for Western Pacific typhoons moves northwestward, closer to China. Thus, storms that form in the Western Pacific spend less time over water before they encounter land, resulting in a lesser chance to become a named storm, and less time to intensify. They also accumulate a lower ACE due to their shorter duration. Since the Western Pacific is responsible for 35% of the world's major tropical cyclones, the global ACE value is strongly tied to year-to-year variations in the El Niño/La Niña cycle.


Figure 2.
Statistics for the global tropical cyclone season of 2010. The two numbers in each box represent the actual number observed in 2010, followed by the averages from the period 1983-2007 (in parentheses). Averages and records were computed using the December 23, 2008 release of NOAA's International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship.

A record quiet 2010 Eastern Pacific Typhoon Season
In the Eastern Pacific, it was also a record-quiet season. On average, the Eastern Pacific has 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 3 intense hurricanes in a season. In 2010, there were 8 named storms, 3 hurricanes, and 2 intense hurricanes. The previous record quietest season since 1966 was the year 1977, when the Eastern Pacific had 8 named storms, 4 hurricanes, and zero intense hurricanes. La Niña was largely responsible for the quiet Eastern Pacific hurricane season, due in part to the cool sea surface temperatures it brought. It is quite remarkable that both the Eastern and Western Pacific ocean basins had record quiet seasons in the same year--there is no historical precedent for such an occurrence.

Climate change and the 2008 global tropical cyclone season
We only have about 30 years of reliable global tropical cyclone data, and tropical cyclones are subject to large natural variations in numbers and intensities. Thus, it will be very difficult at present to prove that climate change is affecting global tropical cyclone activity. (This is less so in the Atlantic, where we have a longer reliable data record to work with.) A common theme of many recent publications on the future of tropical cyclones globally in a warming climate is that the total number of these storms will decrease, but the strongest storms will get stronger. For example, a 2010 review paper published in Nature Geosciences concluded: "greenhouse warming will cause the globally averaged intensity of tropical cyclones to shift towards stronger storms, with intensity increases of 2 - 11% by 2100. Existing modeling studies also consistently project decreases in the globally averaged frequency of tropical cyclones, by 6 - 34%. Balanced against this, higher resolution modeling studies typically project substantial increases in the frequency of the most intense cyclones, and increases of the order of 20% in the precipitation rate within 100 km of the storm centre." Last year, I discussed a paper by Bender et al that concluded that the total number of Atlantic hurricanes is expected to decrease by the end of the century, but there could be an increase of 81% in the number of Category 4 and 5 storms. The net effect of a decrease in total number of hurricanes but an increase in the strongest hurricanes should cause an increase in U.S. hurricane damages of about 30% by the end of the century, the authors computed, assuming that hurricane damages behave as they did during the past century. A new paper just published by Murakami et. al predicts that Western Pacific tropical cyclones may decrease in number by 23% by the end of the century, primarily due to a shift in the formation location and tracks of these storms.

In light of these theoretical results, it is interesting that 2010 saw the lowest number of global tropical cyclones on record, but an average number of very strong Category 4 and 5 storms. Fully 21% of last year's tropical cyclones reached Category 4 or 5 strength, versus just 14% during the period 1983 - 2007. Most notably, in 2010 we had the second strongest tropical cyclone on record in the Arabian Sea (Category 4 Cyclone Phet in June) and the strongest tropical cyclone ever to hit Myanmar/Burma (October's Tropical Cyclone Giri, an upper end Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds.) It is too early to read anything into this year's global tropical cyclone numbers, though--we need many more years of data before making any judgments on how global tropical cyclones might be responding to climate change.


Figure 3. Visible satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Phet on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Record heat over southern Asia in May helped heat up the Arabian Sea to 2°C above normal, and the exceptionally warm SSTs helped fuel Tropical Cyclone Phet into the second strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Arabian Sea. Phet peaked at Category 4 strength with 145 mph winds. Only Category 5 Cyclone Gonu of 2007, which devastated Oman, was a stronger Arabian Sea cyclone. Phet killed 44 people and did $700 million in damage to Oman.


Figure 4. Visible MODIS satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Giri taken at 2:55am EDT October 22, 2010, just prior to landfall in Myanmar/Burma. At the time, Giri was a Category 4 storm with 145 mph winds. Giri killed 157 people and did $359 million in damage. Image credit: NASA.

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Do you thing the Weather Channel is over hyping this next system for ratings or are they all over this current upcoming system?


I think its just they are giving an independent opinion. Remember, just cause it shows a severe threat in Florida doesn't mean they are forecasting a big severe threat. They are many saying a slight chance of severe here, which sounds about right to me.
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Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Perth
Tropical Cyclone Advice #33
TROPICAL LOW 25U
9:00 AM WST April 4 2011
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At 8:00 AM CST, Tropical Low (1000 hPa) located at 16.2S 123.7E or 125 km north of Derby and 250 km northeast of Broome has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving southwest at 5 knots.

Dvorak Intensity:

The low is currently close to the west Kimberley coast near Cockatoo Island. It may develop into a tropical cyclone late tonight or during Tuesday as it moves towards the west southwest and over open water. GALES with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may develop in coastal areas between Kuri Bay and Beagle Bay overnight.

During Tuesday the low is likely to slowly develop as it moves toward the west southwest parallel to the Pilbara coast. Recent model guidance is indicating that a significant coastal impact is less likely but during Wednesday the system may threaten the Pilbara coast.

HEAVY RAIN may cause flooding over the north and northwest Kimberley during Monday. During Tuesday heavy rainfall is likely to become confined to coastal parts of the Kimberley. Please refer to latest Flood Advices (IDW39610, IDW39890) for more details.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
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A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal areas from Kuri Bay to Bidyadanga.

A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal areas from Bidyadanga to Mardie.

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 16.6S 122.6E - 30 knots (Tropical Low)
24 HRS: 16.8S 121.1E - 40 knots (CAT 1)
48 HRS: 17.4S 118.0E - 55 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 18.5S 116.0E - 50 knots (CAT 2)

Additional Information
=======================

The centre has been difficult to locate, lying outside radar range. The current fix uses a combination of satellite imagery and surface observations. Convective structure is poor at present and the low level cloud lines evident in early VIS imagery also indicates a weak LLCC. Environmental shear is low at present, with CIMSS analysis of northerly shear of around 3m/s or less [at 00Z]. However model guidance indicates the shear may be concentrated in the mid levels. Models also indicate dry air in the mid levels may be inetrained into the circulation and further weaken it. The morning sounding from Broome indicates increasingly drier air in the mid levels despite the approach of the system.

Even under favourable conditions the low would be expected to take some time to reach TC intenisty once it reaches open water. Hence the forecast of TC intensity at 18Z is considered to be at the fast end of the range of possibilities.

Model guidance indicates the system should take a generally west southwest track before interacting with an upper trough on Wednesday. However current mid level steering patterns are weak and model guidance has generally been right of track.

The next tropical cyclone advice from Tropical Cyclone Perth on Tropical Low 25U will be issued at 4:00 AM UTC..
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Country music is pretty terrible, IMO.


Hey seriously, what you should say is that it is terrible to you. Its all a matter of opinion, we are all different. I mean I hate some country, but some of it I love. In fact I don't think there is one genre of music I completely hate. I like something from just about every one, however I do like more country and southern rock more than anything. I tend to lean more towards alternative country because it is typically a lot more intelligent and not intentionally ignorant like much of main stream country. However there is some main stream country I like. I like Easton Corbin, Darius Rucker, and some others.

Country is a love hate relationship, depending on the artist, I either really love some, or really hate some. That is because country can reflect the relaxed great outdoors life style, the way I live. Or it can reflect intentionally ignorant and embarrassing political statements and call it American. lol
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Country music is pretty terrible, IMO.


Well I think country music is great, but...OK u can have your own opinion and I have mine.
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LAT...LON 3850 9635 3817 9634 3809 9636 3808 9655 3814 9684 3822 9683 3852 9650 TIME...MOT...LOC 0139Z 266DEG 47KT 3846 9643 3821 9670 WIND...HAIL 70MPH 1.00IN
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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
840 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WICHITA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CHASE COUNTY IN CENTRAL KANSAS...

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

* AT 837 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WERE
TRACKING A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH.
THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES
NORTHEAST OF STRONG CITY TO 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CEDAR POINT...AND
MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
SAFFORDVILLE...MATFIELD GREEN AND BAZAAR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES PER
HOUR...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR
YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR
HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE
INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.
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I like to play music. Genres are like nooses... :)
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Quoting snotly:


I wonder if the flanking downdraft is causing that hole behind the cell east of KC.


No

Rear Flank Downdraft is storm scale. 2-3 miles. The convection free area (at least on radar) you see is 20 miles away.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


I wonder if the flanking downdraft is causing that hole behind the cell east of KC.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I dunno. I'm certainly not a fan of rap, either.
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Rough night in Kansas City, MO
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Severe Weather Statement
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
812 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011

WYANDOTTE KS-JACKSON MO-CLAY MO-
812 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHWESTERN CLAY... NORTHERN JACKSON AND SOUTHEASTERN WYANDOTTE COUNTIES UNTIL 830 PM CDT...

AT 803 PM CDT...TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH INCLUDING A TRACTOR TRAILER ROLLED OVER NEAR RIVERSIDE. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR KANSAS CITY...MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... SUGAR CREEK...INDEPENDENCE...COURTNEY...MAYWOOD AND BIRMINGHAM.

THIS WILL IMPACT THE FOLLOWING INTERSTATES...

I-70 IN MISSOURI BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 0 AND 23.
I-35 IN MISSOURI BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 0 AND 9.
I-35 IN KANSAS BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 231 AND 235.
I-435 LOOP FROM MILE MARKERS 54 TO 65.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS STORM HAS A LONG HISTORY OF PRODUCING WIND DAMAGE FROM TOPEKA EASTWARD ACROSS INTERSTATE 70. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

WIND DAMAGE WITH THIS STORM WILL OCCUR WELL AHEAD OF ANY RAIN OR LIGHTNING. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE SOUND OF THUNDER BEFORE TAKING COVER.
SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

&&

LAT...LON 3916 9462 3916 9461 3917 9462 3918 9461
3920 9422 3902 9420 3902 9461 3904 9461
3904 9471
TIME...MOT...LOC 0109Z 267DEG 47KT 3910 9450
WIND...HAIL 70MPH <.75IN

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Quoting hurristat:


Any music but country and Ke$ha is good.


I dunno. I'm certainly not a fan of rap, either.
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Quoting TampaSpin:



Terrible.......ROFLMAO...OK! I got 2 girls and a son and all under 25 and that is their music of choice by far!


That's why I said "IMO". In my opinion it's terrible, but I'm not claiming any sort of objectivity here.
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Just want friggin RAIN in SE coastal TX!!
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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
817 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
LAFAYETTE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...


* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 812 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL. THIS
STORM WAS LOCATED 10 MILES WEST OF MENOMINEE...OR 15 MILES WEST OF
GALENA...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
BENTON AROUND 835 PM CDT.
SHULLSBURG AROUND 840 PM CDT.
DARLINGTON AROUND 850 PM CDT.
YELLOWSTONE LAKE STATE PARK AROUND 855 PM CDT.
ARGYLE AND BLANCHARDVILLE AROUND 900 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE LEAD
MINE...NEW DIGGINGS...GRATIOT...LAMONT...WIOTA...SOMERS...YEL LOWSTONE
LAKE ST PARK AND WOODFORD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES PER
HOUR...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR
YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR
HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE
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NEXRAD Radar
Topeka-Alma, Base Reflectivity 0.50 Degree Elevation Range 124 NMI


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Quoting KoritheMan:


Country music is pretty terrible, IMO.


Any music but country and Ke$ha is good.
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Quoting tampahurricane:
So is this next weather system going to bring severe weather to central Florida, like the batch last week?



NO it does not appear to be the same type of Threat. The Low pressure center of this system moves further N than last week. We in Florida will have a Squall line come thru, but straight line high winds is more likely than all the Tornado's we seen last week. An isolated Tornado is possible tho. Be SAFE
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NEXRAD Radar
Quad Cities, Base Reflectivity 0.50 Degree Elevation Range 124 NMI

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ULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO
806 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PLEASANT HILL HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CLAY COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI...
CENTRAL RAY COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL MISSOURI...

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 803 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 70 MPH...AND PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL.
THIS STORM WAS
LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTH OF SMITHVILLE...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
LIBERTY...KEARNEY...EXCELSIOR SPRINGS...LAWSON...RICHMOND...
GLENAIRE...MISSOURI CITY...HOLT...EXCELSIOR ESTATES...CRYSTAL
LAKES...WOODS HEIGHTS...HENRIETTA...MOSBY...PRATHERSVILLE...
HOMESTEAD...RAYVILLE AND KNOXVILLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES PER
HOUR...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR
YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR
HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE
INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD.
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Quoting TampaSpin:



That is not a Copyright problem to post an image that anyone can pull up. Its ok!


Yeah, but their terms of use say no putting it elsewhere w/out permission. Better safe than sorry.

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So is this next weather system going to bring severe weather to central Florida, like the batch last week?
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Country music is pretty terrible, IMO.



Terrible.......ROFLMAO...OK! I got 2 girls and a son and all under 25 and that is their music of choice by far!
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Quoting TampaSpin:
If you all are not watching the CMA (Country Music Awards) on TV........NICE!


Country music is pretty terrible, IMO.
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SVR T-STORM WARNING MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI - KMKX 752 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011
SVR T-STORM WARNING WICHITA KS - KICT 752 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011
SVR T-STORM WARNING KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO - KEAX 748 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011
SVR T-STORM WARNING KANSAS CITY/PLEASANT HILL MO - KEAX 744 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011
SVR T-STORM WARNING TOPEKA KS - KTOP 743 PM CDT SUN APR 3 2011



Still NO TORNADO WARNING YET!
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Quoting DontAnnoyMe:
sorry, removed image it's copyrighted

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That is not a Copyright problem to post an image that anyone can pull up. Its ok!
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.."They call the Wind Mariah",...
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Quoting TampaSpin:



That SEVERE LINE is really developing very fast. I mean this has all happened in about the last hour! UNREAL


Welcome to tornado alley.
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That SEVERE LINE is really developing very fast. I mean this has all happened in about the last hour! UNREAL
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If you all are not watching the CMA (Country Music Awards) on TV........NICE!
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Quoting bappit:

Interesting picture. Are those waves in the cirrus canopy moving northeast?

A lot of wind advisories are out. I picked one from Ohio.

Deep low pressure moving through the Great Lakes on Monday will push a cold front across the Ohio Valley. Strong winds ahead of the front will impact the region Monday morning into Monday evening. Wind gusts not associated with thunderstorms will reach 50 mph.


Those tops are climbing and climbing. So far NO Tornado's warnings yet.....,BUT ITS COMING VERY SOON!
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Quoting TampaSpin:



WOW look at the explosion......OUCH

Interesting picture. Are those waves in the cirrus canopy moving northeast?

A lot of wind advisories are out. I picked one from Ohio.

Deep low pressure moving through the Great Lakes on Monday will push a cold front across the Ohio Valley. Strong winds ahead of the front will impact the region Monday morning into Monday evening. Wind gusts not associated with thunderstorms will reach 50 mph.
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The Storms are emerging with the Cold front. Super Cells are now about to occur. Here comes the really Severe Stuff.
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