Jon Davies, a storm chaser and weather researcher who used to call Wichita home, has posted a useful look at how difficult it was to see the El Reno tornado on May 31.
When the tornado darted northeast, it doubled in speed to more than 40 miles an hour – a change that caught many storm chasers off guard. It’s probably what doomed Tim Samaras and Carl Young and Tim’s son, Paul, as they placed data probes in the tornado’s path.
The death toll from May 31′s severe weather, including flash flooding, is now at 20.
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