Friday, May 26, 2017

Deadly Chetek Tornado Was Wisconsin's Longest on Record

Jon Erdman
Published: May 25, 2017


  

A deadly tornado which tore through northwest Wisconsin on May 16 left the longest damage path in the Badger State since modern records began, according to the National Weather Service.
(MORE: Tornado Central)
A storm damage survey completed Tuesday by the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minnesota, found the tornado that killed one in a mobile home park near the town of Chetek was actually on the ground for 83 miles over almost an hour and a half from southeast Polk County to southwest Price County.
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The track of mid-level rotation as seen by radar corresponding, in part, to the Wisconsin record long-track tornado of May 16, 2017.
(NWS-Chanhassen, Minnesota)




































The previous longest Wisconsin tornado path was also in northwest Wisconsin, an 80-mile long path through Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties on May 10, 1953, according to Tim Halbach, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office near Milwaukee.
Modern historical tornado path records - dating to 1950 - are not as straight-forward as, say, temperature or precipitation records.
(MORE: The Future of Tornado Warnings)
"Some early long-track tornadoes, especially before the 1960s, are suspect due to the lack of data for post-storm analysis," Jeff Last, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Green Bay, told weather.com in an email.
In this case, Halbach said in an NWSchat entry Wednesday that a pair of seemingly longer-track tornadoes from May 10, 1953 were likely not a single, continuous tornado path, but rather a number of separate tornadoes from one parent thunderstorm, known as a "tornado family."
Last said aerial surveys, drones, high-resolution satellite imagery and dual-pol Doppler radar all help present-day meteorologists determine if a supercell produced multiple tornadoes or simply one long-track tornado.
In fact, a drone was used to assist in the Chetek tornado survey, according to NWS-Chanhassen.
(MORE: Most Tornado-Prone Counties in the U.S.)
The most recent tornado with a comparably long path so far north happened almost 30 years ago, a July 11, 1987 F3 tornado in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which was at least 71 miles long.
With historical tornado paths of higher confidence, path lengths that long, while thankfully uncommon, typically occur in the Deep South, central and southern Plains, Ohio Valley or Lower Midwest.
Some Notable Tornado Path Lengths
(Sources: Dr. Greg Forbes/The Weather Channel, Midwest Regional Climate Center)
DatePath Length (miles)Location
Mar. 18, 1925151 to 235 Tri-State Tornado (MO/IL/IN based on 2012 research)
Apr. 24, 2010149LA/MS (Yazoo City)
Apr. 27, 2011132Hackleburg, Phil Campbell, AL
Apr. 3, 1974109Monticello, IN (after gap, previous tornado path removed)
Nov. 27, 198883From Raleigh metro to northern NC
While the lion's share of damage with this tornado was tree and minor building damage, the NWS survey found one home in Rusk County "collapsed down to the foundation," prompting an EF3 rating with winds up to an estimated 140 mph.
(MORE: Why Rating Tornadoes in Rural Areas is Challenging)
Damage near Chetek was found to be "high-end EF2", according to NWS-Chanhassen.
Wisconsin averages just under two dozen tornadoes a year. The average path length of a Wisconsin tornado is only about 3 to 6 miles, according to data compiled by the National Weather Service in Green Bay.
The longest path of the only three F5 tornadoes in the Badger State since 1950, the June 1984 Barneveld tornado, was less than half as long – 36 miles – as the Chetek tornado.
(MORE: Your Odds of Being Hit by a Tornado)
Jonathan Erdman is a senior meteorologist at weather.com and has been an incurable weather geek since a tornado narrowly missed his childhood home in Wisconsin at age 7. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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Damage Reported in Georgia, Carolinas as Another Round of Severe Weather Batters Southeast

Ada Carr and Sean Breslin
Published: May 25,2017

For the second time in as many days, residents cleaned up damage across the South as severe storms hit the region Wednesday.
In Yadkin County, North Carolina, a radar-confirmed tornado tore two walls off the gymnasium of an elementary school and there were reports of several flipped vehicles.
Spotters reported a tornado near East Bend, North Carolina, around 4:30 p.m. EDT, according to weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles. The confirmed tornado passed through Yadkin and Stokes counties before the tornadic supercell continued into south-central Virginia.
Four homes were damaged in Newberry, South Carolina, after a radar-confirmed tornado was reported in the area, the National Weather Service said. A tornado was also reported in Gilmer County, Georgia, where several trees were taken down.
(MORE: A Look Back at This Week's Severe Storms)
Strong winds impacted Iredell County, North Carolina, destroying several homes, the Associated Press reported via the Statesville Record and Landmark. Roads were blocked by downed trees and power lines and there were multiple reports of property damage near the Davie County line.
Winds also battered Laurens County, Georgia, damaging barn roofs and downing several trees into roads, reports NWS.
In DeKalb County, Georgia, a homeowner narrowly escaped before a strong wind gust knocked a tree over into their house, WSB-TV reported.
A motorist also had a close call in DeKalb County when a tree collapsed on top of her vehicle as she was driving, according to WSB. She was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor head and neck injuries.
A small tree crashed into a home in Saluda County, South Carolina, Wednesday, and the skirt was torn off of a mobile home, AP reports.
Despite the severity of these storms, no serious injuries or deaths were reported across the South Wednesday night.



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NOAA Predicts Above-Average 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Jon Erdman
Published: May 25,2017

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be more active than historical averages with regards to the number of named storms and hurricanes, according to a forecast released Thursday by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
(MORE: Hurricane Central)
NOAA's forecast calls for:
  • Eleven to 17 named storms – including April's Tropical Storm Arlene.
  • Five to 9 of which would become hurricanes.
  • Two to 4 of which would become major hurricanes.
The 30-year historical average (1981-2010) for the Atlantic Basin is 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
(MORE: 5 Changes Coming to Hurricane Season Forecasts)
Numbers of Atlantic Basin named storms, those that attain at least tropical storm strength, hurricanes, and hurricanes of Cat. 3 intensity forecast by The Weather Company, an IBM business, NOAA, and Colorado State University compared to 30-year average.



































According to NOAA, "The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or non-existent El Niño, near- or above-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and average or weaker-than-average vertical wind shear in that same region."
Strong El Niños typically lead to increased wind shear in parts of the Atlantic Basin, suppressing the development or intensification of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, so the prediction for weak conditions increased the chance for more activity this season.
"The climate models are showing considerable uncertainty, which is reflected in the comparable probabilities for an above-normal and near-normal season," NOAA added.
The Weather Company updated its seasonal forecast earlier in May and expects a total of 14 named storms – seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes – this season. This is an increase from its forecast compared to April due to a couple of factors.
One of the reasons is that warmer sea-surface temperatures have been observed in the North Atlantic, which have correlated with more active seasons in the past. In addition, there are indications that further warming is likely.
Another factor the outlook cited is that there is a reduced potential for the development and strength of El Niño later this summer.
Given the current trends, there is the potential for another increase with the next update in June. "The historically strong North Atlantic blocking event in early May also suggests the possibility of continued increases in North Atlantic sea-surface temperature anomalies, so it would be no surprise if we increased our forecast numbers again," said Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with The Weather Company.
(MORE: The Latest on El Niño's Possible Development)
The Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project outlook headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach calls for a lower number of named storms, with 11 expected. CSU forecasts fewer hurricanes this year compared to average, with four expected in the Atlantic Basin.
The official Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Occasionally, storms can form outside those months as happened this year with Tropical Storm Arlene, which formed in April. This also occurred last season with January's Hurricane Alex and late May's Tropical Storm Bonnie.
2017 Atlantic hurricane season names.
An important note is that Arlene is included in the seasonal forecast numbers in the outlooks.
(MORE: 10 Things We Remembered Most About the 2016 Season)

What Does This Mean For the U.S.? 

There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season. One or more of the 11-14 named storms forecast to develop this season could hit the U.S., or none at all. Therefore, residents of the coastal United States should prepare each year no matter the forecast.
A couple of classic examples of why you need to be prepared each year occurred in 1992 and 1983.
The 1992 season produced only six named storms and one subtropical storm. However, one of those named storms was Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida as a Category 5 hurricane.
In 1983 there were only four named storms, but one of them was Alicia. The Category 3 hurricane hit the Houston-Galveston area and caused almost as many direct fatalities there as Andrew did in South Florida.
In contrast, the 2010 season was active. There were 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes that formed in the Atlantic Basin.
Despite the large number of storms that year, not a single hurricane and only one tropical storm made landfall in the United States.
In other words, a season can deliver many storms, but have little impact, or deliver few storms and have one or more hitting the U.S. coast with major impact.
The named storms that affected the U.S. in 2016 were clustered in the Southeast.


































The U.S. averages one to two hurricane landfalls each season, according to NOAA's Hurricane Research Division statistics.
In 2016, five named storms impacted the Southeast U.S. coast, most notably the powerful scraping of the coast from Hurricane Matthew, and its subsequent inland rainfall flooding.
(MORE: Hermine Ended Florida's Record Hurricane Drought)
Prior to that, the number of U.S. landfalls had been well below average over the previous 10 years.
The 10-year running total of U.S. hurricane landfalls from 2006 through 2015 was seven, according to Alex Lamers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. This was a record low for any 10-year period dating to 1850, considerably lower than the average of 17 per 10-year period dating to 1850, Lamers added.
Of course, the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season was outside that current 10-year running total. It was also the last season we saw a Category 3 or stronger hurricane (Wilma) hit the U.S., the longest such streak dating to the mid-19th century.
(MORE: 10 Reasons the U.S. Major Hurricane Drought is Misleading)
The bottom line is that it's impossible to know for certain if a U.S. hurricane strike, or multiple strikes, will occur this season. Keep in mind, however, that even a weak tropical storm hitting the U.S. can cause major impacts, particularly if it moves slowly, resulting in flooding rainfall.

Will El Niño play a role?

As mentioned earlier, El Niño could return at some point during the 2017 hurricane season, but there remains plenty of uncertainty regarding that.
This periodic warming of the central and eastern equatorial waters of the Pacific Ocean tends to produce areas of stronger wind shear (the change in wind speed with height) and sinking air in parts of the Atlantic Basin that is hostile to either the development or maintenance of tropical cyclones.
The effects of El Niño in the eastern Pacific, Caribbean and western Atlantic Ocean.
NOAA put the odds of El Niño's development at slightly lower than 50 percent during the summer to fall period, according to their latest update.
Crawford said in The Weather Company hurricane season forecast that the latter portion of the season could be less active if El Niño conditions develop. But it's unclear how much and how soon any type of atmospheric response there would be if El Niño did materialize.
In the CSU outlook, Klotzbach said the potential development of El Niño is different than anything seen since 1980, complicating the forecast.
"Current SST (sea-surface temperature) anomalies in the Nino 1+2 region are some of the warmest ever observed," wrote Klotzbach.
"These warm SST anomalies off the west coast of South America may be a harbinger of a developing El Niño event." Klotzbach also cautions there is considerable uncertainty regarding the eventual strength of El Niño, assuming it even occurs.
The most recent El Niño strengthened quickly during the 2015 season, which featured 11 named storms, 4 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. Hurricane Joaquin's prolonged pummeling of the Bahamas was the most notable hurricane that season.
Strong wind shear near the Caribbean Sea and other parts of the Atlantic Basin contributed to the eventual demise of five named storms during the heart of the 2015 season.
Klotzbach found that June through October 2015 Caribbean wind shear was the highest on record dating to 1979. Klotzbach also said the magnitude of dry air over the Caribbean Sea in the peak season month of August and September also set a record.

Any Other Factors in Play?

Dry air and wind shear can be detrimental to tropical storm or hurricane development no matter whether El Niño is present or not.
The 2013 and 2014 seasons featured prohibitive dry air and/or wind shear during a significant part of the season, but El Niño was nowhere to be found.
Named storm tracks in the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season.
Sea-surface temperature anomalies may continue to trend upwards as we head into hurricane season due to a change in the weather pattern near the north Atlantic Ocean, according to The Weather Company outlook. This could result in atmospheric conditions becoming more favorable for the development and strengthening of Atlantic hurricanes.
"The historically-strong negative NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) event in May would suggest further warming of the North Atlantic sea surface temperaturs, which is a bullish factor that may cause future forecast numbers to increase a bit," Crawford said.
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Here's a Fascinating New Way to Define the Seasons

Brian Donegan
Published: May 25,2017

While most people think of the seasons astronomically, when summer begins about June 21 and winter begins about Dec. 22 in the Northern Hemisphere, meteorologists define them climatologically, when summer runs from June through August and winter spans December through February.
But what if there were a third way to classify the beginning and end of each season?
Climatologist Dr. Brian Brettschneider of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the Western Regional Climate Center created the maps below using a new method.
Brettschneider defined summer as the days within the warmest quarter of the annual temperature range, and winter as the days within the coldest quarter. Spring is defined as the time between those ranges before summer, and fall is the time between those ranges after summer.
(MORE: Why Seasons Aren't the Same to Meteorologists as the Rest of Us)
This is the length of summer if defined as the days within the warmest quarter of the annual temperature range.
(Dr. Brian Brettschneider)
Based on Brettschneider's definition, summer lasts four months or longer in much of the East, but closer to the coast, the season is 10 to 20 days shorter due to sea breezes keeping temperatures cooler at times.
The length of summer in the West is highly variable, ranging from 85 to 100 days in the highest elevations of the mountain West to over four months in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Along the Gulf Coast and into the Florida Peninsula, summer actually lasts almost five months.
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In this definition, parts of the upper Midwest, Adirondacks of northern New York and a large swath of Canada actually have long summers.

This is the length of winter if defined as the days within the coldest quarter of the annual temperature range.
(Dr. Brian Brettschneider)
Using the above definition of winter, this season lasts 100 to 120 days in the East, so it's slightly shorter than summer when looking at the annual temperature distribution.
Once again, the length of the winter season is highly variable in the West, where it's as long as four and a half to five and a half months in the Sierra, Cascades and Olympics, but as short as 100 to 110 days in portions of the Bay Area.
Much of the Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley, Gulf Coast and Florida Peninsula experience winter 100 to 110 days of the year.
(MORE: The Winter Storms of 2016-17)
By this definition, portions of the Desert Southwest have a rather long winter, which spans four months or longer in much of Arizona and into western New Mexico.

This is the length of spring if defined as the time between the coldest quarter and warmest quarter of the annual temperature range.
(Dr. Brian Brettschneider)
If we assume spring is the time between winter and summer, the season ranges from 55 to 70 days in the Northeast and 70 to 75 days in the Southeast, except in Florida, where spring lasts 65 to 70 days.
Spring persists longest in much of the West, with many locations experiencing this season for approximately three months before summer finally arrives.
Portions of Missouri, Oklahoma, north Texas, southwest Missouri and Arkansas also have a fairly long spring which spans 75 to 80 days.
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This is the length of fall if defined as the time between the warmest quarter and coldest quarter of the annual temperature range.
(Dr. Brian Brettschneider)
If fall is the time between summer and winter, this season lasts just over two months for much of the Northeast, though portions of Maine experience autumn for 70 to 83 days. The Northeast region has the longest fall in comparison with the rest of the U.S. – good news for those who aren't ready for winter's chill.
The West Coast has the shortest fall, ranging from 36 to 50 days from western Washington through western Oregon, most of California, southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico.
The Rockies, Plains and Southeast have an autumn which lasts just under two months in many locations. The Sunshine State is different than the rest of the Southeast, as south Florida only experiences fall for 36 to 50 days, while the rest of the state has an autumn which lasts 50 to 55 days.
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Brettschneider selected a few cities to show the exact breakdown of how long each season runs, based on his methodology defined above.

Annual Temperature Curve for New York City
(Dr. Brian Brettschneider)
In New York City, for example, summer and winter are nearly the same length, as are spring and fall.
Summer kicks off around Memorial Day in the Big Apple and persists for 118 days, while winter is 113 days long. The transition seasons, spring and fall, are 68 days and 66 days, respectively.
Annual Temperature Curve for Denver
(Dr. Brian Brettschneider)
Looking at the Mile High City, winter is about one month longer than summer. Summer is a measly 99 days in Denver – beginning in early June and ending in mid-September – and winter persists for a long 131 days as it begins in mid-November and doesn't end until mid-March.
Since winter is so long, it takes longer to get rid of the cold air that's been locked in for several months. Therefore, spring is about three weeks longer than fall.
Annual Temperature Curve for Minneapolis/St. Paul
(Dr. Brian Brettschneider)
Taking a closer look at a northern city, the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area may be the opposite of what you'd expect.
By this definition, summer in the Twin Cities actually starts in mid-May rather than late June. Summer lasts 129 days – 20 days longer than winter's span of 109 days.
Spring and fall are relatively close in length, however. Spring is 67 days in Minneapolis/St. Paul, while fall is only a week shorter with 60 days.
Brian Donegan is a digital meteorologist at weather.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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Here's Why Clouds Sometimes Resemble Jellyfish

Brian Donegan
Published: May 25,2017

Skywatchers were treated to clouds that resembled jellyfish in Southern California during fair weather Wednesday afternoon.
The "jellyfish cloud" is not an official cloud type, but it's a perfect description of its appearance. The more solid part at the top of the cloud resembles the jellyfish's body, while the wispy portion extending vertically toward the ground represents the tentacles.
(MORE: New Cloud Types Added For the First Time in 30 Years)
Jellyfish clouds May 24, 2017, in Anaheim, California.
(Wayne Willett/Facebook)
The jellyfish clouds in this series of photos shared on our Facebook page by Wayne Willett and Eric Von Haden appear to be altocumulus clouds, though cumulus and cirrostratus clouds can also form these types of clouds.
(MORE: No, This Isn't a Hurricane Off the California Coast)
Making up the tentacles that extend toward the ground from the altocumulus clouds is virga, a meteorological term that refers to precipitation that evaporates in drier air before reaching the ground. This creates the wispy cloud trail that extends from the main cloud before ceasing at the level in the atmosphere where the evaporation is complete.
Jellyfish clouds May 24, 2017, in Anaheim, California.
(Wayne Willett/Facebook)
Altocumulus clouds typically form in the middle part of the atmosphere, roughly 6,500 to 23,000 feet above the ground in temperate climate areas like much of the United States. They are usually made up of water droplets, but also sometimes ice crystals in very cold temperatures.
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Jellyfish clouds May 24, 2017, in Palm Desert, California.
(Eric Von Haden/Facebook)
Other jellyfish clouds develop when limited amounts of moisture are available in colder portions of the atmosphere – cold enough for moisture to condense and freeze into ice crystals.
Clouds that consist of ice crystals are cirrus clouds – also known as wispy "mares' tails" – and cirrostratus clouds, which are slightly thicker and gauzier than cirrus clouds. Changes in wind direction at various heights in the atmosphere can "stretch" the ice crystal formations and cause the jellyfish-like appearance.
Jellyfish clouds develop during fair weather days when there is enough moisture in the air to produce clouds, but not enough for them to grow large or to produce rain.
Brian Donegan is a digital meteorologist at weather.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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Missing Fishermen Identified as Search Continues off Georgia Coast

Sean Breslin
Published: May 26,2017

The U.S. Coast Guard has released the names of three fishermen missing off the coast of Tybee Island, Georgia, since a round of severe weather hit the area Tuesday evening.
The three fishermen have been identified as Gary McGowen, Benjamin Dover and Isaac West, as reported by the Savannah Morning News.
Just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders were notified by the District 7 Command Center of an emergency position for the Miss Debbie, according to WCBD-TV. The USCG launched a rescue boat shortly after, and the 47-foot shrimp boat was found capsized minutes before 8 p.m., the report added.
Weather conditions have also impacted the search. WITN.com reported some USCG elements were unable to join the search Wednesday because of the weather, but the search was not called off altogether. The search was centered on an area about a mile northeast of Tybee Island, according to the Associated Press.
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In a social media post, USCG shared an image of debris in the water, and although the boat was recovered, they haven't located the crew. Helicopters have also been dispatched in the search, WJCL.com reported.
Around the time an emergency was reported from the boat, severe storms were in the area of Tybee Island. An EF1 tornado was confirmed near the island, but it's unclear if the boat was impacted by the twister or rough seas.
The USCG rescued four boaters near Pritchard's Island, South Carolina, Tuesday afternoon in a separate incident, WTOC.com reported.
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'King Tides' May Cause Flooding Problems for Hawaii

Alex Blumer
Published: May 26,2017

Hawaii's shorelines are in danger of flooding over the weekend due to record-level "king tides."
The National Weather Service in Honolulu warned of coastal flooding and erosion over the holiday weekend. The beaches most at risk are those along the south shore, such as Oahu's Waikiki.
King tides, as the highest tides of the year are known, are expected to cause peak water levels in Honolulu Friday and Saturday evenings.
"Surf will build along south-facing shores, which, combined with the king tides period, will result in impacts to beaches, shorelines, docks and low-lying roads and structures, including areas that normally remain dry," said weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam.
(MORE: Hawaii Had Snowier Start to 2017 Than Chicago or Denver)
As trade winds likely weaken over the weekend, surf along east-facing shores will also trend downward, although coastal flooding impacts are still expected, said Lam.
The NWS also warned very strong breaking waves and rip currents are expected, as an ocean swell is likely to build Friday and continue through Memorial Day. A high surf advisory for south-facing shores went into effect Friday at 6 a.m. and will continue through Saturday night.
The last time Hawaii experienced a similar tide was on the last weekend of April, when Honolulu reported its highest tide on record.
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Coldest Spring on Record? After mild,snowless winter of 2016-17,this spring 2017 could go down as one of the coldest on record,certainly in recent memory.

After one constant for the weather pattern for this past winter (a mild,dry weather pattern),the weather pattern for the 2017 spring season has been constantly changing, making it hard to pin down one characteristic for this spring,though only one constant seems to be the rainy,stormy weather pattern that has stuck around here in the Northeastern US almost constantly since March 2017.Here's the high and low temperatures and departures from normal for White Plains,NY,in suburban Westchester County just north of NYC,for the 2017 spring season so far,as of 12AM,EDT,May 27,2017 from accuweather.com:









March 21:                57/39          45/29           +12/+10
March 22:                45/21          46/30              -1/-9
March 23:                39/19          46/30              -7/-11
March 24:                52/28          47/31              +5/-3
March 25:                57/41          47/31            +10/+10
March 26:                40/36          48/32               -8/+4
March 27:                48/36          48/32                0/+4
March 28:                44/40          49/33               -5/+7
March 29:                57/39          49/33              +8/+6
March 30:                50/30          50/34                 0/-4
March 31:                39/35          50/34             -11/+1
April 1:                    46/36          50/34               -4/+2
April 2:                    61/37          51/35             +10/+2
April 3:                    64/36          51/35             +13/+1
April 4:                    50/44          52/36               -2/+8
April 5:                    60/42          52/36               +8/+6
April 6:                    51/39          53/35                -2/+4
April 7:                    49/39          54/36                -5/+3
April 8:                    54/38          54/36                 0/+2
April 9:                    67/33          55/37              +12/-4
April 10:                  73/41          55/37              +18/+4
April 11:                  78/48          56/38              +22/+10
April 12:                  72/52          56/38              +16/+14
April 13:                  62/44          57/39                 +5/+5
April 14:                  63/41          57/39                 +6/+2
April 15:                  60/40          58/40                 +2/0
April 16:                  85/51          58/40              +27/+11
April 17:                  70/54          59/41              +11/+13
April 18:                  63/45          59/41                +4/+4
April 19:                  53/41          59/41                 -6/0
April 20:                  66/46          60/42                +6/+4
April 21:                  52/48          60/42                -8/+6
April 22:                  56/46          60/42                -4/+4
April 23:                  65/43          61/43                +4/0
April 24:                  62/40          61/43                +1/-3
April 25:                  56/50          61/43                -5/+7
April 26:                  63/53          62/44                +1/+9
April 27:                  67/57          62/44                +5/+13
April 28:                  83/57          62/44              +21/+13
April 29:                  84/62          63/45              +21/+17
April 30:                  64/48          63/45                 +1/+3
May 1:                     70/46          63/45                +7/+1
May 2:                     74/60          64/46              +10/+14
May 3:                     63/45          64/46                 -1/-1
May 4:                     61/39          64/46                 -3/-7
May 5:                     60/48          64/46                 -4/+2
May 6:                     64/52          65/47                 -1/+5
May 7:                     54/46          65/47                -11/-1
May 8:                     55/43          65/47                -10/-4
May 9:                     58/42          65/47                 - 7/-5
May 10:                   61/45          65/47                  -4/-2
May 11:                   60/42          65/47                  -5/-5
May 12:                   61/43          66/48                  -5/-5
May 13:                   54/44          66/48                -12/-4
May 14:                   64/50          66/48                 -2/+2
May 15:                   66/52          66/48                   0/+4
May 16:                   77/55          67/49               +10/+6
May 17:                   85/57          67/49               +18/+8
May 18:                   95/71          67/49               +28/+22       (Record High Set)
May 19:                   90/62          68/50               +22/+12
May 20:                   66/48          68/50                  -2/-2
May 21:                   67/47          68/50                  -1/-3
May 22:                   59/51          69/51                -10/0
May 23:                   70/54          69/51                 +1/+3
May 24:                   70/56          70/52                   0/+4
May 25:                   58/54          70/52               -12/+2
May 26:                   74/54          71/53                +3/+1






-Highest Temperature: 95 degrees on May 18
-Lowest Temperature: 19 degrees on March 23
-# of Highs above normal:  33 days
-# of Highs right at normal:  5 days
-# of Highs below normal:  29 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees above normal: 17 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees below normal:   6 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees above normal:   9 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees below normal:   0 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees above normal:   4 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees below normal:   0 days

Coldest May on Record? May 2017 is on track to be one of the coldest Mays on record for NYC area.

Despite the recent heat-wave of May 17-19,2017,the latest unseasonable dip in the Jet Stream has returned much of the Northeastern US to the cool,dank,dreary weather pattern that the region has been stuck in since early March 2017 and with temperatures forecasted to fluctuate between the above normal 70's and the below normal 60's for the rest of May 2017,this month of May could still go down as one of the coldest on record.Here's the High and Low Temperatures compared to normal for each day this May of 2017 so far,for the city of White Plains,NY, in suburban Westchester,NY,as of 12AM,EDT,May 27,2017 from accuweather.com:








May 1:                70/46           63/45          +7/+1
May 2:                74/60           64/46        +10/+14
May 3:                63/45           64/46           -1/-1
May 4:                61/39           64/46           -3/-7
May 5:                60/48           64/46           -4/+2
May 6:                64/52           65/47           -1/+5
May 7:                54/46           65/47          -11/-1
May 8:                55/43           65/47          -10/-4
May 9:                58/42           65/47           - 7/-5
May 10:              61/45           65/47            -4/-2
May 11:              60/42           65/47            -5/-5
May 12:              61/43           66/48            -5/-5
May 13:              54/44           66/48          -12/-4
May 14:              64/50           66/48            -2/+2
May 15:              66/52           67/49            -1/+3
May 16:              80/58           67/49          +13/+9
May 17:              85/57           68/50          +17/+7
May 18:              94/72           68/50          +26/+22   (Record High Set)
May 19:              90/62           68/50          +22/+12
May 20:              65/49           69/51             -4/-2
May 21:              68/48           69/51             -1/-3
May 22:              59/51           70/52           -11/-1
May 23:              69/55           70/52            -1/+3
May 24:              70/56           70/52             0/+4
May 25:              58/54           71/53          -13/+1
May 26:              74/54           71/53           +3/+1







-Highest Temperature: 94 degrees on May 18
-Lowest Temperature: 39 degrees on May 4
-Lowest High Temperature: 54 degrees on May 7 and 13
-Highest Low Temperature: 72 degrees on May 18
-# of Above Normal High Temperatures: 7 days
-# of High Temperatures right at Normal: 1 day (May 24)
-# of Below Normal High Temperatures: 18 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees above normal: 5 days
-# of Highs at least 10 degrees below normal: 5 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees above normal: 3 days
-# of Highs at least 15 degrees below normal: 0 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees above normal: 2 days
-# of Highs at least 20 degrees below normal: 0 days

Tropical Cyclone Likely to Form in Bay of Bengal; Potential Threat to Bangladesh, Myanmar

Jon Erdman
Published: May 26,2017

A tropical cyclone is expected to form in the Bay of Bengal this weekend and may eventually pose a danger to Bangladesh, Myanmar and perhaps parts of eastern India by early next week.
Currently, convection is festering near a broad area of low pressure, dubbed Invest 94B in the central Bay of Bengal.
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Current Infrared Satellite Image
With little wind shear overhead, and warm water, it appears probable Invest 94B will organize into a depression first, then into what is locally known as a cyclonic storm, the equivalent of a tropical storm, by Sunday. Once it develops, it will gain the name "Mora."
(MORE: What is an Invest?)
Beyond that, assuming it forms, the tropical cyclone would likely get pulled north by the upper-level steering winds. On that course, the intensifying cyclone could make landfall later Monday or Tuesday in Bangladesh or Myanmar.
The threat of torrential, flooding rainfall is most certain along, north and to the east of the track of this future tropical cyclone, including Bangladesh, northeast India and western Myanmar, if not more of that country.
(MORE: Heavy Rain Triggers Deadly Sri Lanka Landslides)

Rainfall Potential Through Wednesday
Of greater concern, however, is the potential storm surge.
As colleague Chris Dolce laid out in a previous article, the northern Bay of Bengal is one of the most storm-surge-prone coastlines in the world due to a combination of dense population, very flat terrain near the coast, the narrowing of the bay on its northern edge, the shallow bathymetry of the bay, and numerous small inlets.
Of the 12 tropical cyclones on record that have claimed at least 100,000 lives, eight of those formed in the Bay of Bengal, according to Weather Underground.
One of these, the infamous Great Bhola Cyclone, killed at least 300,000 in November 1970, the world's deadliest tropical cyclone of record.
In more recent times, Cyclone Nargis in 2008 devasted the Irrawaddy Delta region of Myanmar, claiming at least 130,000 lives.
(MORE: Which Countries Get Hit Most by Tropical Cyclones?)
Less intense storms have also been very deadly in the region.
In 2015, a tropical storm-strength cyclone, Cyclone Komen, hovered near the coast of Bangladesh and brought flooding rain to six countries that killed nearly 500 people. Cyclone Komen made weeks of heavy rainfall even worse as landslides occurred in Myanmar, and more than a million people were evacuated or displaced from Myanmar alone.
MORE: Bay of Bengal's Deadly Cyclones

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Memorial Day Weekend Forecast: Stormy Weather Possible in Central and East, Warm and Dry in the West

Chris Dolce
Published: May 26,2017

The central and eastern states could encounter stormy weather at times this Memorial Day weekend as the western half of the nation enjoys plenty of sunshine.
A southward dip in the jet stream will be the large-scale weather feature dominating locations to the east of the Rockies this weekend, which should prevent any major heat from building. Impulses of energy aloft in that jet stream are also likely to trigger the formation of scattered showers and thunderstorms. At the same time, a northward bulge in the jet stream over the West Coast will keep much of that region warm and precipitation-free.
AAA expects Memorial Day weekend travel to be the heaviest since 2005 with 39.3 million travelers. It also marks the third consecutive year travel has grown for the holiday weekend.
With that in mind, here's what travelers can expect this holiday weekend.
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Saturday's Forecast

  • Wet Areas: A low-pressure system pushing across the Midwest will likely spark scattered showers and storms from the Front Range into the central Plains, mid-Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley and the central Appalachians. Widespread severe storms, including the risk of tornadoes, are expected to fire up from central Texas northeastward into southern Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and southwestern Virginia.
  • Dry Areas: Much of the Gulf Coast and the western states should begin the weekend with no precipitation worries. Parts of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes will escape rainfall for much of the day, but will see increasing rain chances late day. 
  • High Temperatures: Portions of the Pacific Northwest will see temperatures soar 10 to 20 degrees above average. Much of the East will be near or slightly above average. The Front Range of the Rockies from Wyoming to Colorado and into Kansas and Nebraska will see temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below average. 

Saturday's Forecast
(MORE: Outbreak of Severe Thunderstorms Possible Saturday in Parts of the Plains, Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley)

Sunday's Forecast

  • Wet Areas: Showers and storms will advance into the Ohio Valley, Appalachians, interior Northeast and parts of the South. Any wet weather in those regions will depend on the evolution of the weather system mentioned in Saturday's forecast, specifically, how quickly it moves east. A few severe thunderstorms are also possible, mainly from southwestern Ohio southwestward into central Texas.
  • Dry Areas: Odds are high that the West and the northern and central Plains should escape any major precipitation worries, although portions of the northern Plains may experience breezy conditions. Much of Florida and Georgia should also stay dry most of the day.
  • High Temperatures: Afternoon readings are forecast to be much warmer than average in the Northwest by 15 to 25 degrees. The East Coast will also remain near to slightly above average. Temperatures in the central states will generally be near average, except from eastern Colorado into western Texas where it may be 5 to 10 degrees cooler than late-May averages.

Sunday's Forecast
(MORE: National Forecast Temperature Maps)

Memorial Day Forecast

  • Wet Areas: The forecast for Monday once again depends on how quickly the same weather system mentioned above progresses east. Our forecast right now indicates that a cold front will be moving through portions of the East on Memorial Day, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast, portions of the mid-Atlantic and into the South. Another disturbance may bring wet conditions to portions of the Great Lakes and upper Midwest. Scattered showers and storms may also develop in parts of the Rockies.
  • Dry Areas: Much of the northern and central Plains, as well as areas west of the Rockies, will continue to be the safest bet for dry weather on Memorial Day. Breezy conditions are possible once again in the northern Plains.
  • High Temperatures: Above-average warmth will expand in the West to include the Great Basin and interior parts of California. Some cities in the Pacific Northwest may see highs up to 25 degrees warmer than average.

Memorial Day Forecast
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Outbreak of Severe Thunderstorms Expected Saturday in Parts of the Plains, Ozarks, Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley

May 26,2017
An outbreak of severe thunderstorms – including at least some tornadoes – appears likely to kick off the Memorial Day weekend in parts of the nation's midsection.
Storms are expected to kick across the central Plains overnight and through Saturday with damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes.
(MORE: Tornado Central)

Current Radar, Watches and Warnings.
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The Ingredients For Saturday's Severe Weather
Saturday, a volatile mix of ingredients will be in play.
Hot and humid air will stream northward from the western Gulf of Mexico toward a quasi-stationary frontal boundary draped from the Ohio Valley to the Plains. Extreme amounts of energy are likely in parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.
Overlying that increasingly steamy air mass, the jet stream will send a train of disturbances and help enhance wind shear, the change in wind direction with height, that can give rise to vigorous thunderstorms.
While Saturday looks to be the day with the most widespread severe thunderstorms, other days during the weekend may also have some severe weather, as well.
Storm reports so far: 
One batch of thunderstorms produced hail as large as 2.50 inches in diameter or the size of baseballs in central Illinois Friday afternoon and evening.
Vermilion County, Illinois was especially hard hit. A wind gust up to 70 mph was recorded near Bismarck, possibly to a tornado. Windshields in Hoopeston were broken by two inch or greater hail stones.
Numerous trees were downed or snapped according to reports in west-central Indiana. Several homes and cars were damaged by falling tree branches.
Wind-blown hail near Pine Bluffs, Wyoming was forceful enough to strip trees and mow down wheatfields.
Hail slightly larger than eggs fell near El Paso, Colorado on Friday evening.
Multiple brief tornadoes were seen in southern Wyoming and eastern Colorado, but no damage was reported.
(MORE: Memorial Day Weekend Forecast)

Saturday

  • Afternoon: Widespread severe thunderstorms are expected from eastern Oklahoma or southern Missouri into western parts of the Ohio Valley. Scattered severe storms are also expected to flare up in eastern Oklahoma and north Texas. At least a few severe storms are possible as far east as the Virginias and North Carolina.
  • Night: One or more clusters of thunderstorms are likely to persist through the overnight hours from Saturday night into early Sunday from the Lower Ohio Valley into the Tennessee Valley and Ozarks. 
  • Threats: Damaging winds will be the main threat, but large hail, tornadoes and flash flooding are all possible, as well as localized flash flooding, given saturated ground from multiple heavy rain events over the past several weeks.
  • Cities: Dallas | Tulsa | Little Rock | St. Louis | Louisville
(INTERACTIVE: Your 7-Day Severe Weather Outlook)


Saturday's Thunderstorm Forecast

Sunday

  • Where: A rather expansive zone of strong to severe storms is possible from the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Appalachians to the Tennessee Valley westward to central Texas.
  • Threats: Damaging winds, hail and perhaps some tornadoes are possible, as well as locally heavy rain with flash flooding, especially in the Appalachians and South.
  • Cities: Cincinnati | Nashville | Austin


Sunday's Severe Forecast
Check back frequently for important updates to this forecast into the holiday weekend.
MORE: Severe Weather, Flooding Hits the Southeast

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This Date in Weather History for May 26,2017 from weatherforyou.com

Weather History
For Friday,May 26,2017
 
 
 
 
 
1771 - A famous Virginia flood occurred as heavy rains in the mountains brought all rivers in the state to record high levels. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987)
1917 - A tornado touched down near Louisiana MO about noon and remained on the ground for a distance of 293 miles, finally lifting seven hours and twenty minutes later in eastern Jennings County, IN. The twister cut a swath of destruction two and a half miles wide through Mattoon, IL. There were 101 persons killed in the tornado, including 53 at Mattoon, and 38 at Charleston IL. Damage from the storm totalled 2.5 million dollars. (David Ludlum)
1984 - Thunderstorms during the late evening and early morning hours produced 6 to 13 inches of rain at Tulsa OK in six hours (8.63 inches at the airport). Flooding claimed fourteen lives and caused 90 million dollars property damage. 4600 cars, 743 houses, and 387 apartments were destroyed or severely damage in the flood. (Storm Data) (The Weather Channel)
1987 - Thunderstorms in southwest Iowa spawned five tornadoes and produced up to ten inches of rain. Seven inches of rain at Red Oak forced evacuation of nearly 100 persons from the town. Record flooding took place in southwest Iowa the last twelve days of May as up to 17 inches of rain drenched the area. Total damage to crops and property was estimated at 16 million dollars. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1988 - There was "frost on the roses" in the Upper Ohio Valley and the Central Appalachian Mountain Region. Thirteen cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Youngstown OH with a reading of 30 degrees. Evening thunderstorms in North Dakota produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Jamestown. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
1989 - Thunderstorms in produced large hail in eastern Oklahoma during the pre-dawn hours, and again during the evening and night. Hail two inches in diameter was reported near Prague, and thunderstorm winds gusted to 70 mph near Kenefic. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
1990 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Colorado to western Arkansas and northeastern Texas. Severe thunderstorms spawned three tornadoes, and there were eighty-eight reports of large hail or damaging winnds. Evening thunderstorms over central Oklahoma spawned strong tornadoes east of Hinton and east of Binger, produced hail three inches in diameter at Minco, and produced wind gusts to 85 mph at Blanchard. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rain, thunderstorms may disrupt Sunday's 101st running of the Indy 500

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
May 25,2017, 12:24:31PM,EDT
 
 
 One of the biggest automobile races of the year takes place this weekend as 33 drivers face off in the Indianapolis 500 and inclement weather may be in store.
Over 300,000 people will be in attendance for the 101st running of the Indy 500 with the green flag set to fly at 12:19 p.m. EDT Sunday.
Although the main event is not until Sunday afternoon, activities will be taking place all weekend long, including a 40-lap race on Friday and multiple concerts on Saturday.
Those planning on attending the race or any of the pre-race festivities may want to consider bringing a poncho with them as rain is expected to make an appearance at the track during the weekend.
Charlie Kimball
Indy car racer Charlie Kimball. (Photo: LAT USA)

“Saturday will feature clouds and a few breaks of sun with the chance for a brief shower,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.
These spotty showers will develop into a steadier rain on Saturday night that will soak the track ahead of the main event.
“The steadier rain should shift east of Indianapolis Sunday morning; however, the threat for a few showers and thunderstorms will be renewed in the afternoon.”
Static 2017 Indy 500 Forecast

The return of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon may lead to disruptions to the Indy 500 and could lead to rain delays.
While Indy cars are able to use rain tires on road courses to be able to race in the rain, that is not an option when racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“On the ovals like the Indianapolis motor speedway for the Indy 500, we don’t run in the rain. It’s just too dangerous for us to have rain tires,” Indy car driver Charlie Kimball told AccuWeather.
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Even a brief downpour could put the race on hold as it takes time for crews to dry the 2.5-mile racetrack.
If rain does manage to hold off on Sunday for the race, the heavy rain on Saturday night could alter the way that the cars handle during the Indy 500.
“What the rain does, especially if it’s a really hard thunderstorm type rain that you tend to get in the Midwest in May, it will wash a lot of that base rubber off the racetrack,” Kimball said.
This rubber slowly builds up during practices and qualifying leading up to race day and gives the cars more grip.
Apart from the rain, the other factor that may impact the drivers is the wind.
“For us in the car, especially at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where you’re doing 220 mph, the car is really affected by the wind,” Kimball said.
“Ideally, you’re looking for less than 5 to 10 mph in wind,” Kimball added.
Winds on Sunday may be a bit higher than this, ranging from 7 to 14 mph, according to Edwards. While this may just feel like a breeze to those in the grandstands, it may make the race more difficult for the drivers.
“Other than that, the biggest piece is that it be comfortable for the fans because when you’ve got 300,000 people coming to the racetrack, it’s important that they have a good time and are comfortable,” Kimball said.

Wisconsin, Oklahoma communities rally to recover from devastating tornadoes

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
May 25,2017, 12:51:03PM,EDT
 
 More than a week after two deadly tornadoes leveled homes and forever altered lives in Elk City, Oklahoma, and Chetek, Wisconsin, the communities are slowly but surely working to get back to normal.
The tornadoes struck as part of a widespread severe weather outbreak on Tuesday, May 16, which saw 33 tornado reports scattered from Wisconsin to Texas.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin both spent time surveying the damage and meeting with victims in the impacted communities in the following days.
In Chetek, located in northwest Wisconsin about two hours from Minneapolis, one person was killed and 25 were injured after the powerful EF3 tornado ravaged a mobile home park and unleashed winds up to 140 mph. Damage has been estimated at $10 million in Barron County. The tornado tracked for 83 miles, making it the longest tornado in Wisconsin since record keeping began in 1950.
At least 100 homes and numerous businesses were damaged in the western Oklahoma town of Elk City. Aerial footage captured the widespread destruction that the EF2 tornado wrought on the town and surrounding areas. One person was killed and more than 80 people suffered injuries from May 16-20, officials said.
Mobile home park destroyed in Barron County, WI
A mobile home park in Barron County, Wisconsin, is mostly destroyed after a tornado hit the area on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (Facebook Photo/Barron County Sheriff's Department)

The American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other aid groups have volunteers stationed in both communities to assist with emergency response.
Brittney Rochelle, regional communications and marketing manager for the Oklahoma and Arkansas Red Cross, said Red Cross volunteers will remain in an area as long as they’re needed.
“The biggest need going forward is just getting these people help,” Rochelle said. “Their houses have been completely destroyed and so we are just in the area doing what we can to help them get back on their feet.”
Barbara Martin, a Red Cross volunteer who specializes in disaster recovery, helped distribute food and other supplies from an emergency response vehicle from Friday through Sunday in the Elk City area.
Martin had the chance to interact with several storm victims and she got the sense that the community had come together and described the mood among residents as “hopeful.”
“They knew it was a tough time, but they knew they were gonna recover also,” she said.
The Red Cross has distributed more than 1,800 meals, 1,100 snacks and over 200 bulk items around Elk City, and other Oklahoma counties hit hard by severe weather over the course of the last week.

After the devastating May 20, 2013, tornado, which leveled her hometown of Moore, Oklahoma, Martin has been a volunteer with the Red Cross ever since.
As a veteran of many storm cleanups, Martin said she was impressed with how quickly the Elk City community came together to donate items and clear debris.
"It was just the speediness and the sense of community I think that really impressed me," she said.
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Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told AccuWeather that the recovery will take “months,” and 30-50 homes were “totally destroyed.”
Thousands of downed trees remained strewn across the region and the storms also inflicted structural damage on several farms, Fitzgerald said. As many people continue to discover property damage, submit requests for assistance as they begin to prepare their cabins for Memorial Day weekend and beyond, he added.
tornado Chetek
A tornado flattened a trailer park and nearby trees in a mobile home park Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Chetek, Wis. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

In addition to gathering physical supplies and monetary donations, a trauma response team from the Barron County Health and Human Services Department is meeting with those who are struggling to cope with the loss of their homes.
In the wake of the storms, law enforcement officials have spoken about the camaraderie and selflessness on display in their communities.
“What amazes us as we have patrolled the area is the graciousness, determination and generosity of spirit we have encountered - both from those affected by the storm and those who are out helping,” the Beckham County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page.
“It’s been neighbors helping neighbors, the response has been unbelievable,” Fitzgerald said. “They’re bringing hope to a lot of families and that’s what people want.”