Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tipton, Oklahoma Mesonet Observation Site Records Tornado Passover

In an amazing coincidence of right place right time, a tornado moved over a Mesonet observation weather station in Tipton, Oklahoma on November 7th. Thanks to the Mesonet network, this plot spanning a few hours before the tornado shows what happened as the tornado struck. The reason the plot says 'Station knocked down by debris is because the debris associated with the Tipton tornado hit the Mesonet site and knocked it over, therefore ceasing recording.
This is quite an amazing glimpse into the midst of a tornado and may help NOAA researchers with tornado research in the future.

Some stats from this graph:
-Maximum wind gust is estimated (by looking at the graph) at 85 MPH.
-Minimum central pressure was recorded at 913.47 millibars- the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.

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