Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Official Okie Quarter (not)
Note the detail. That there is one of them silver loaf-of-French-bread type trailer houses up in that tornado! And a cow! :-)
(F6, to any of y'all not acquainted with Tornado Alley, is a measurement of a tornado's damage. An F6 would be a bad sumbitch.)
The "F" in the "F-Scale" stands for Fujita the guy that invented the scale. An F-6 by definition is:
F6-Inconceivable tornado-319-379 mph-These winds are very unlikely. The small area of damage they might produce would probably not be recognizable along with the mess produced by F4 and F5 wind that would surround the F6 winds. Missiles, such as cars and refrigerators would do serious secondary damage that could not be directly identified as F6 damage. If this level is ever achieved, evidence for it might only be found in some manner of ground swirl pattern, for it may never be identifiable through engineering studies.
Now the rest of the story:
After the May 5, 1999 tornado in Oklahoma City, Fujita visited the site and declared that the tornado was an F-6. He said that it was the Only F-6 he had ever seen. For example the winds pulled the grass from the ground by its roots, and the tonage of debris collect only equaled 60% to 65% of the debris that should have been there. How do you "lose" several hundred thousand tons of stuff? And the wind speed at one point was recorded at 322 mph. Unfortunately the U.S. Weather Service only allows for the scale to go up to F-5 so they disagreed with him and officially declared it to be an F-5. Ah Government.
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I was working in an office and we saw the tornado form and dip down to the ground. My co-workers and I stood in the office door, poised to run to the deepest interior of the building should the storm turn and head directly for us. It didn't, and we stood and watched it go by less than 1/2 mile away from our vantagepoint. It did go through my childhood neighborhood, though, which was only about a mile from where I worked.
Many people in the area got some good video footage of the same storm. One of the videos taken of it is probably one of the most often shown. You have probably seen it. The group of people hiding under a highway overpass as the storm went by directly above them. It was taken on I-35 just outside of Andover Kansas, which was almost completely destoyed. That is the same storn that I saw personally, and watched as buildings, houses, and trees were blown apart.
Awesome sight, and a good reminder of God's awesome power.
That one tornado cost OKC alone 1.2 billon dollars. That same day Oklahoma had 46 other tornados as well.
And I agree. If I had my way, I'd be a storm chaser, too. They are fascinating, for sure.