Monthly Archives: May 2007

Significant action in Montana at present

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Hi Jimmy – been great keeping up to date with the chasing via the two Australian forums with your and Macca’s reports.

I see some significant action in Montana at present (Sunday arvo US time), but as you says it is a bloody long way to go !   The latitude is the same as Tasmania which puts it into perspective for me.

Not much weather here the past couple of days though we did get 20mm of much needed shower activity last Friday. Still quite mild days. Looks like another significant rain event over the Southeast of the country which is great news.

Rest day here in York – southern Nebraska

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Michael,

More of a rest day here in York – southern Nebraska at the moment and let the storm system come down to us. Too far and very expensive to pay fuel for the system in Montana – something like travelling 900 miles was not appealing even if supercells do exist.

Regards,

Jimmy

Damage survey Greensburg, Kansas May 2007

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Hi Michael – finally back online. Had some impressive action I must say. This included experiencing first hand some of the damage from Greensburg, Kansas. It was an eye opener and certainly turned me off storm chasing that evening. As the seriousness of the warnings esculated I realised that Greensburg was going to be hit. It was night by now and the tornado violent and reported as very large mile wide wedge. The warnings Storm chasers were tracking an vry large and extremely dangerous tornado – the warning “this is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation” still rings in my ears. But when it was esculated again as an emergency situation (“This is an emergency”) as it appears Greensburg would take a direct hit, the rest is history. I knew there would be fatalities. I guess storm chasers helped immensely sound the seriousness of the alarm. It was officially rated an EF5 – the first rated under the new system and the first F5 since May 3 1999 Oklahoma City tornado.

Jimmy