Brandon Goforth was just east of I-35 on Sooner Rd between 4th and 19th St filming the monster Moore, Oklahoma EF5 tornado as it approached and then passed his location just to the north. This tornado has killed 24 people, injured over 200, and destroyed countless homes. We are incredibly sad about the destruction and we want to use this video to hopefully guide you to help.
If you are interested in helping out the Moore relief efforts, please visit the city of Moore’s website for more information on how you can help right now: http://www.cityofmoore.com/2013-tornado-relief
Week of May 12-18, 2013
Temperatures & Precipitation
Record high temperatures spread across the Plains last week as a deep trough dug into the Western portions of the country. Temperatures soared to average more than 10 degrees above normal over the High Plains last week with plenty of other areas along the Rockies and the Plains seeing above normal temperatures. The northern Great Lakes, the eastern third and the far Northwest were the only areas to have below normal temperatures, but they were only a few degrees on average. Read More
We didn’t exactly chase this day the best we could but Josh Ward, James Foster, and myself captured this cone/stovepipe tornado near Duncan, OK roughly about the same time as the Moore EF5 tornado. After this tornado the storm quickly transitioned into an HP monster and while there were tornadoes reported, we saw a lot of the reports which seemed erroneous from what we were seeing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the tornado victims. Amazing job by the folks at the National Weather Service in Norman getting early warnings out.
Our own Brandon Goforth witnessed the Moore, Oklahoma tornado as it entered town and moved just to his north just to the east of I-35. This was a devastating tragedy, it’s impact is just now sinking in for many people. We are shocked and saddened by the events in Moore. Personally feel this has to change chasing for everyone, too many deadly tornadoes. We aren’t chasing today, need a break to really let ourselves process things. Chris, Brandon Sullivan, Brett Wright, and Josh Ward witnessed tornadoes near Duncan, OK as well yesterday — but what’s more important today is the victims of the tornadoes of the last week. We are going to be forwarding donation info to everyone soon. Our thoughts and prayers go to all of the victims.
To lend help, check out the City of Moore’s website for the latest on what they need.
Today’s chase looks to be another tough one with trees and more contributing to plenty of frustration for chasers keeping up with tornadic cells. Strong shear and extreme instability will combine for yet another day conducive for tornadoes across Oklahoma into Arkansas and Missouri. The area we are most concerned about strong tornadoes appears to be south of I-40 and east of Highway 81, from the OKC Metro area to just about the Red River. Please be weather aware if you live in these areas.
A tornado outbreak occurred over central Oklahoma on May 19, 2013 with myself, Brandon Goforth and my wife Sara intercepting 7-8 total tornadoes from several tornadic supercells. Two of the tornadoes were particularly violent — the Shawnee tornado (first tornado) and the Luther wedge tornado (second one). Also in the video are a couple of clips of the Edmond tornado but not pictured are another satellite rope type of tornado near Edmond and two tornadoes near Prague — I will have much more video from this day soon! – Chris