>US Marks 1st Anniversary Of The Super Outbreak Which Produced 277 Tornadoes, Killed 327

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Settled Saturday Throughout UK & Ireland But Turning Very Wet & Windy Across South By Sunday

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Southern States Mark 1 Year Anniversary Of The Super Tornado Outbreak 2011 Which Spun 277 Tornadoes, Killed 327, Produced 4 EF-5’s

Videos of the Violent EF-4 and EF-5 Tornadoes on April 27, 2011
UNITED STATES TORNADOES

One Year Later: Tornado Super Outbreak of 2011
ACCUWEATHER

‘Never Thought I Would See This In My Lifetime’, Words Echoed By Several Veteran Meteorologists At The Weather Channel

My Blog Post/Coverage Of Super Outbreak April 27, 2011
SEVERE WEATHER SEASON 2011 GOES TO ANOTHER LEVEL…
SOUTH DEVASTATED BY LARGE, POWERFUL TWISTERS THAT HAVE KILLED 231 SO FAR…

Coverage April 28, 2011

Coverage April 29, 2011

My Write-Up On April 29, 2011

IT WAS METEOROLOGICAL PERFECTION THAT CAME TOGETHER IN THE WRONG PLACE THAT KILLED SO MANY!

When marrying together a certain type of ingredients and unfortunately that is what happened on Wednesday evening. I personally think, given the type of season, the regions in which these tornadoes were forming that something bigger was brewing and something very ugly indeed.

The hits on St Louis airport and other ‘population focused’ areas that because this pattern was almost appearing to intensify in it’s conflicting extremes and the fact that this weather was pointing not to the open, unpopulated plains but a populated area of the country, this season was going to worsen in a big way.

The setup was pure meteorological perfection. Storms, Supercells and Tornadoes that you would see a few times a year in the unpopulated, wide spaces of the High Plains AWAY FROM CITIES , in a hollywood movie or in a weatherbook. Well, like mentioned a line or two above, I think that this has been a severe weather season that’s WANTED TO BE BAD, the cold to the north, very hot air to the south, a stronger jet stream aloft, strong low’s attached and let’s not forget the very warm, abnormally warm Gulf of Mexico waters where this very large, very warm, body of water is releasing heat, which translates into humidity/moisture released into the atmosphere above. This warmer, moister than normal air is being picked up by south winds across the Deep South that’s driven by the ‘meteorological perfection’ over the heart of the US, Unfortunately, all this weather exploded over a populated area and because there are more buildings and property and people live and work here, that’s why there’s the deaths.

I leave you with this thought. I for one will commend those forecasters out there that did a second to none job at announcing DAYS ahead that very bad severe weather was likely and with hours left to spare, the threat was as high as it ever could be. The warnings where there for folks and of course, the only thing people could do was GET OUT. Nothing would stop these EF4s and 5s, however, this was a catastrophy and I wonder, would the exceptionally high death toll been much higher, had it been 20, 30 years ago? Yes, population growth etc needs to be taken into consideration, however, people were warned because the technology was there and available. What if you had the same amount of people back then and the same event take place, would the toll have perhaps ran into the thousands or tens of thousands or rather than hundreds?? It still is a stocking amount and my heart goes out to those who are suffering at this time with either loss of property, loved ones or even more devastating, both.

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Dramatic Turnaround In UK Rainfall Trend During April

According to Met Office statistics, the UK overall is running 139% of normal for rainfall this month.

Ironically, it is drought-stricken England that’s been wettest thanks to a mean trough sitting directly over the UK which has supported a more southerly storm track off the Atlantic. It’s the complete opposite atmospheric set up to just last month where persistent high pressure was in control and pumping warmth north from the Azores bringing the UK it’s 3rd warmest and driest March on record. Remember Scotland’s 3 straight days of record breaking warmth?

So, how wet has England been? A solid 165% of normal for April.

It’s been so wet in Sheffield, Yorkshire with 153.4mm so far this month that it’s been the wettest April on record. Normal rainfall for the month is only 62.5mm, double the normal.

VIDEO: April is one of the wettest months in years
BBC

Settled Saturday Throughout UK & Ireland But Turning Very Wet & Windy Across South By Sunday

Cold Friday and Saturday nights for Interior northern England, Scotland, NI, Ireland

While we see the easing of those very intense downpours this afternoon stretching from Nottinghamshire southwestwards across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, we see a cloudy, mild evening ahead in the South but remaining dry as active showers and t-storms associated with front pushes out into the North Sea/Channel but north of this residual cloud will be clearer skies and with light winds, areas outwith towns and cities as far south as Birmingham may see a light frost develop tonight, perhaps a moderate frost with a risk of icy patches up over Cumbria into Scotland as well as over Northern Ireland and down into the Republic.

Scottish towns and cities while down to 1-3C, may see outlying rural areas fall to -1 or -2C with Highland Glens possibly tumbling to -5C.

LARGELY FINE, DRY, SETTLED SATURDAY, CLOUDY FROM MIDLANDS SOUTHWARDS, RAIN LINGERS IN SE, S & SW OF ENGLAND

During Saturday, it remains largely dry with good spells of sunshine for most over Scotland, Northern Ireland down into Northern and perhaps extending as far down as the north Midlands while it will be a dull day but dry across the heart of the Midlands on into the South. The lingering front will keep the rains going over parts of East Anglia and the Southeast including areas of Greater London. Showers also linger across southern counties as well as Devon and Cornwall.

The sun further north is all thanks to surface high pressure but it won’t be overly warm despite the sunshine as the air mass is a cool one with a trough or ‘cold pocket’ aloft which will restrict surface temps to 10C in North, 14-16C in South. Thanks to the strength of the late April sun however and light winds, it will feel very pleasant in direct sunlight. Read more!

AUSTRALIA LATEST

Active Weather On Both Sides Of Australia, Quiet In Between

THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER

HIGH: 102° at San Angelo, TX
LOW: 16° at Bridgeport, CA

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 62° (16.6°C) at Gravesend (Kent)
LOW: 29° (-1.7°C) at Saughall (Cheshire)

TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 50°
LOW: 35°

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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