Storm D began to form in the late evening, roughly 30 miles south of those areas that had just been hit by the Oklahoma City Supercell. Storm D went on to produce four tornadoes of its own, each with fairly lengthy tracks. The fourth of these directly struck the shopping mall located along I-44 inbetween Oklahama City and Tulsa. F3 damage occurred.
Warnings were issued well in advance, but the severe weather situation certainly was challenging. By (03:05) there were five dangerous storms in Central Oklahoma. At this time, WDSS played a somewhat increased role in the warning process through its ability to summarize the intensity of many storms.
1. THE TORNADO NEAR PINK:
2. NEAR RANGE DETECTION ISSUES:
Description: One interesting aspect of Storm D is its proximity to the radar. In near range storms, the radar tends to observe a variety of vortices which would, in a distant storm, would be smoothed out by the broader beam width. The existence of several vortices of all depths and orientations within a single storm presents a challenge to any algorithm attempting to identify and categorize them. The three links above attempt to offer some insight into these challenges.
3. THE SHAWNEE to MEEKER TORNADOES:
Description: The tornado near Pink lasted about 17 minutes. Then, around (01:56), this tornado occluded. The storm cycled rapidly, putting down its next tornado at (02:00) near Shawnee. By (02:16), the radar images were becoming very ominous as the tornado approached Meeker.
4. THE STROUD TORNADO:
Description: Following the tornado near Meeker, Storm D quickly evolved into an HP supercell. Other storms can be seen forming upstream of Storm D at (02:46). These contributed to the storm's HP nature by seeding it with precipitation.
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