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Weather Blog: Survey Results Of First Killer Tornado 2010

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 10:48 PM

 

 

The first killer tornado of 2010 traveled across the entire width of the state of Mississippi. The survey results show a 1.75 mile width of destruction with top winds of 170mph. This makes the tornado an EF-4 on the enhanced fujita scale.The unusual aspects of this tornado is the 149 mile path of destruction. The tornado started in Tallulah, Louisiana crossed the Mississippi river and ended in Sturgis, Mississippi.  

A local storm chaser Hank Schyma tracked this same storm system as it crossed the Texas panhandle.  Hank videotaped 10 tornadoes on his travels through the state. This in itself is a very rare occurrence considering that in the U.S. out of 100,000 thunderstorms only 1% produce a tornado. Hank was successful because of his knowledge and abilities as a trained storm spotter for the National Weather Service. Hank has been calling in severe weather to the National Weather Service since his class in 1998. Hank started chasing storms in 1995 to photograph lightning. Now, after more than a decade of chasing storms he's got quite a collection of videos and photographs that have sold to CNN, The Weather Channel and every major network. Hank intercepted his first tornado in Kansas in 2002 with just a simple weather radio. Today a laptop and cell phone are a must have for any successful professional storm chaser. Here are just a few examples of his hard work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiX0Yy10hJU

 

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