Severe Weather Outbreak in the USA – April 27th, 2014
A severe weather outbreak occured in parts of central USA last night, more precisely across parts od Nebraska, E Kansas, E Oklahoma NE Texas, Missouri and Arkansas. Several tornadoes occurred, including a strong wedge tornado resulting in significant damage in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a rare high risk for W-CNTRL Arkansas where conditions were very favourable for violent tornadoes. However, more tornadoes actually developed outside the high risk area as can be seen from the preliminary reports.
1 km polar-orbiting satellite image of tornado-producing storms over Arkansas.
Here is a radar scan of the intense storm which produced a destructive long-track wedge tornado in central Arkansas. Notice the pronounced hook echo radar signature just north of the city of Little Rock:
Spectacular backside view of the supercell thunderstorm in NE Texas
Another view of the backside of an explosive supercell as seen from Bartlett, Texas. Notice the massive overshooting top!
A very photogenic tornado through Baxter Springs, Kansas, yesterday afternoon:
Very large baseball size hail from this intense supercell:
Strong tornado southeast Kansas, the debris in the air is from a destroyed church:
Mayflower, Arkansas storm structure with wedge tornado on the ground in lower left:
More photos of the Myflower, Arkansas tornado:
Some videos of yesterday’s tornadoes:
Tornado in Linn County, Kansas:
Source: Brandon Ivey
Hume, Missouri tornado:
Source: Kory Hartman, Tim Purington and Joe Nelson via SevereStudios
Source: Basehunters Chasing via twiter @Basehunters
Aerial view of the tornado damage in Mayflower, AR:
Source: Brian Emfinger
Here is a Storm Prediction Center (SPC) map of severe weather event reports with the outlook issued at 20 UTC yesterday: