Capital Weather Gang: Tornadoes


Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 04/29/2014

Southern tornado swarm: Astonishing and awful visuals

A compilation of photos and videos from Monday’s tornadoes, which offer a distressing sense of their monstrous ferocity and the devastating toll they left behind...

By Jason Samenow  |  11:39 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/28/2014

Tornado outbreak in Southern U.S. underway, life-threatening storms through tonight

Following Monday’s deadly tornado outbreak from Kansas to Arkansas, a new round of rotating thunderstorms is erupting in the Southern U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 04/28/2014

Arkansas tornado outbreak amazingly well forecast, despite horrifying outcome

The National Weather Service couldn’t have done a better job identifying in advance the Arkansas zone where devastating tornadoes claimed at least 10 lives.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:21 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Slowest start to tornado season on record, and fatality-free

The polar vortex, for all the suffering it caused this winter, has brought about a major societal benefit: record-setting low tornado activity.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:57 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Highlighting possible D.C. region tornado hotspots using warnings and tracks

Tornadoes happen every year, but are some places more prone than others? While it seems that way, we should keep in mind they can strike anywhere in the area.

By Jordan Tessler  |  01:00 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Tornadoes

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 04/17/2014

Map: D.C. area spends average of 45 minutes in tornado warnings every year

Locally, we see a tornado warning hot spot in southern Maryland.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:11 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Myth-busting: Tornadoes don’t form from a “clash of air masses”

Science literacy in the U.S. is at an all-time low, and the public deserves a better explanation about how tornadoes arise.

By Jeff Halverson  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Explainer, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Amazing visuals of thunderstorms in central U.S. Thursday

Violent thunderstorms erupted from Texas to Kentucky Thursday. No reports of casualties or catastrophic damage, but plenty of eye-popping storm imagery...

By Jason Samenow  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Rare February tornado tracked 18 miles through St. Mary’s and Calvert counties

Today’s weak tornado in southern Maryland was the first in February for the state since 1966. It also had an unusually long track for the region.

By Ian Livingston  |  09:15 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Weather Service proposes more severe weather risk categories in 2014

The National Weather Service has developed more categories for describing thunderstorm risk. Will it actually help communicate severe weather hazards?

By Jeff Halverson  |  02:55 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, National Weather Service, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/07/2014

A ‘COOL’ weather phenomenon that only happens when it’s COLD!

You’ve heard of a “sonic boom,” but what about a “cold boom“?

By Kathryn Prociv  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Surveillance cameras capture EF-4 tornado destruction in Washington, Illinois

New video - showing the tornado’s fury from the vantage point of four surveillance cameras - is a terrifying, incredible sight to behold.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:02 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The silent triumph: weather warnings saved hundreds of lives in Midwest tornado outbreak

Despite all of the atmosphere’s complexity, weather forecasts are increasingly on the mark, saving lives and helping people make decisions that save time and money.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:56 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Sunday’s tornado outbreak could be costliest November weather event in U.S. on record

Economic damages from Sunday’s tornado outbreak could exceed $1 billion says a leading risk modeler.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:43 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 11/18/2013

A November tornado outbreak for the record books

Dozens of tornadoes touched down in the Midwest and Ohio Valley Sunday, killing eight and destroying hundreds of homes. The outbreak was one of the worst on record during November.

By Jason Samenow  |  11:05 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Worst of storms exiting the D.C. area, drying out mid-afternoon

The combination of a strong cold front and low level spin in the atmosphere has primed the atmosphere for some gusty thunderstorms and perhaps a few tornadoes in the region today.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Climate change may boost violent thunderstorms, study finds

As the Earth warms in the coming decades, explosive thunderstorm ingredients will gel more routinely, finds a new Stanford University-led study.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:53 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

The U.S. severe weather downturn in 2013 in one map

Severe weather - compared to normal - across the country is down, way down in 2013.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Extreme Weather, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Hurricane Ivan, Virginia’s largest tornado outbreak -- September 17, 2004

The 38 tornadoes that swept across Virginia in a matter of hours destroyed prior records for the area.

By Kathryn Prociv and Ian Livingston  |  10:29 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latest, Local Climate, Tornadoes, Tropical Weather

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Extreme weather snoozer: no hurricanes, and low tornado numbers in 2013

As stormy as the weather has been in the U.S. and tropical Atlantic over the past few years, 2013 has been deadsville.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:15 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Latest, Tornadoes, Tropical Weather

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/04/2013

September severe weather: the month of tropical tornadoes

After a quiet August month, the Washington, D.C. area experiences a spike in severe weather during the month of September.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Funnels at the beach: video from Delaware and Florida

When talking about funnels at the beach over Labor Day weekend, usually the reference is to funnel cake, not funnel clouds.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:15 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Are violent tornadoes becoming more common?

The short answer is no, not really. The long answer is...

By Dennis Mersereau  |  11:32 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tornadoes

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Possible tornado struck Washington, D.C. and the White House 100 years ago (PHOTOS)

A hot and humid airmass set the stage for a destructive thunderstorm and possible tornado that tore through the District 100 years ago today.

By Kevin Ambrose  |  12:43 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Latest, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Tornadoes strike Italy near Milan -- incredible video

International news media are reporting multiple tornadoes touched down in Italy earlier today.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:12 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Weather, Latest, Tornadoes

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Storms flying under the radar: when radar gaps and down time turn dangerous

When weather radar breaks down or is unavailable, the consequences can range from a simple inconvenience to loss of life.

By Dennis Mersereau  |  01:37 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Possible tornado touch down north of Waldorf

A tornado warning was issued earlier this evening for southern Prince George's County, but it remains an open question whether a tornado actually touched down.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:44 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Tornado watch discontinued for D.C. area, severe weather stays away

or the fourth straight day, the National Weather Service has determined the area is under the risk of hazardous thunderstorms.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Next generation lightning and cloud data highlight tornado-producing storms in Md.

High resolution satellite imagery and lightning data offered important clues that storms in Maryland June 13 were particularly vigorous.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:22 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Long-track tornado confirmed in St. Mary's County

The thunderstorm outbreak of June 13 brought not just one rare long-track tornado to the region, but two. In addition to the 18-mile long Montgomery County shredder, a twister that ripped through southern Maryland carved a 14-mile path.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:41 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Grand Isle, Louisiana waterspout Wednesday (PHOTOS)

On Wednesday, a large waterspout came ashore Grand Isle, Louisiana and numerous eyewitnesses captured and shared the dramatic scene.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:38 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Tornado at Denver International Airport (PHOTOS)

At approximately 3:30 p.m., a tornado touched down in the vicinity of Denver International Airport (DIA). The weather station clocked a 97 mph gust as it passed by.

By Jason Samenow  |  05:22 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Volcano in Mexico blows its top, Australia fire tornado in real time (VIDEOS)

Here are two examples of Earth, wind and fire - to the extreme.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:59 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Comparing the 2012 and 2013 June derechos

Whereas the June 12-13, 2013 event was larger, traveled farther, impacted more states, and spawned more tornadoes, the June 29, 2012 event featured overall stronger wind gusts and traveled faster.

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 06/17/2013

June 13, 2013 Montgomery County tornado track among longest on record in D.C. area

With a track length of 17.3 miles, the tornado that swept through parts of the area last Thursday was one for the books.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:41 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:57 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Montgomery County tornado was on ground 17 miles Thursday, NWS finds

The tornado that touched down in Montgomery County Thursday carved a 17-mile path from North Potomac to Burtonsville the National Weather Service discovered in its storm survey, which it completed today.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:57 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Twisting, turning explosive storms

I've encountered some great images that show off both the explosiveness and rotation of the storms that cycled through the region Thursday.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:00 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 06/14/2013

June 13, 2013 severe weather: Hypestorm or the real deal?

A critical analysis of how Wednesday's storm threat was communicated.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:59 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Dangerous thunderstorm set up for D.C. area Thursday; storms possible tonight as well

Ingredients are coming together for a possible large outbreak of severe thunderstorms in the D.C. area Thursday, capable of producing damaging winds, multiple tornadoes, and flash flooding.

By Jason Samenow  |  12:06 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 06/11/2013

Double trouble: severe storm risk both Wednesday and Thursday for D.C. area

A nasty mix of atmospheric ingredients are likely to converge Wednesday and Thursday over the Mid-Atlantic, laying the groundwork for strong to severe thunderstorms in the region.

By Jason Samenow  |  02:23 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Tornado watch for entire area until 10 p.m. (LIVE UPDATES)

The tornado watch was posted for the region Monday as water remained an issue in some areas overnight.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:25 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/05/2013

The rare "anticyclonic" tornado in El Reno, Okla.; not its first encounter

Not only was Friday's El Reno tornado the widest on record, but it was also flanked by an incredibly rare tornado that rotated in the reverse direction.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Deadly El Reno, Okla. tornado was widest ever measured on Earth, had nearly 300 mph winds

The massive El Reno, Okla. twister reached an unthinkable maximum width of 2.6 miles.

By Jason Samenow  |  01:11 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 06/03/2013

The storm chaser dilemma and choice to sit out the May 31 Oklahoma City tornadoes

Why a group of storm chasers chose to avoid the Oklahoma City area on May 31, while others faced dire consequences -in what may be storm chasing's Mt. Everest moment.

By Ian Livingston and Mark Ellinwood  |  01:11 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/01/2013

The day that should change tornado actions and storm chasing forever

Vehicle deaths in Friday's Oklahoma tornadoes should squash the idea that trying to flee a tornado in a car is a good idea. And storm chasers - who pursued the storms much too closely need to re-examine their priorities.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes expected again in Plains, Midwest

Once more, a nasty mix of atmospheric ingredients are converging in parts of the Plains and Midwest, setting the stage for the latest round of violent severe weather.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:16 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 05/30/2013

How a large, violent tornado stood still for nearly an hour (Bennington, Kansas)

Typically, tornadoes plow ahead swiftly. An atmospheric log jam set the stage for the anomalous, nearly stationary twister that struck Kansas with 247 mph winds Tuesday.

By Jason Samenow  |  04:24 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The Stormy Plains: Awesome supercell structure and a big tornado (PHOTOS)

An active period of storminess in the Plains continues. Some imagery from the past few days highlights the intense action.

By Ian Livingston  |  10:04 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Lawmaker rejects Weather Service furlough plan after Moore, Okla. tornado

This spring, Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) twice gently requested the Department of Commerce not furlough National Weather Service forecasters. After the Moore, Okla. twister, now he's more emphatic.

By Jason Samenow  |  06:43 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013

A deeper look at Washington, D.C.'s tornado history

How many tornadoes strike the D.C. area each year? What are the most common months? How many warnings are issued? Read more...

By Kathryn Prociv  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Severe weather likely today in central U.S. after Sunday's destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma

The potential exists for more violent tornado-producing thunderstorms this afternoon and evening in the central U.S.

By Jason Samenow  |  03:10 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 05/20/2013

A weekend of storms in Kansas and Oklahoma (PHOTOS)

A weekend of significant storminess in the Plains provided numerous incredible scenes while storm chasing across Kansas and parts of Oklahoma.

By Ian Livingston  |  11:37 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:41 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Tornado touched down near Largo Friday Weather Service confirms

In addition to the twister that caused minor damage in Fredericksburg, a tornado damaged 3 homes and uprooted trees in Prince George's county, 3 miles south-southeast of Largo Friday night.

By Jason Samenow  |  09:41 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:17 PM ET, 04/20/2013

Weather Service confirms tornado struck Fredericksburg Friday evening

At 6:36 p.m. Friday, a tornado touched down in the city of Fredericksburg and then carved a three-quarter mile path the National Weather Service (NWS) says.

By Jason Samenow  |  10:17 PM ET, 04/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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