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Fire Weather Threats Continue in the West; Wintry Weather from Upper Midwest to New England

High pressure in the west continues to send weather systems into the Great Basin, and this is keeping fire weather threats elevated to critical across southern California. A series of weather systems will bring widespread snow from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast U.S., with locally heavier snow amounts on the lee side of the Great Lakes. Read More >

Rain returns to the region Saturday and Sunday. The rain will spread into the region from the south Saturday afternoon and evening, and exit the region to the east on Sunday. Highest rain chances are Saturday night along and east of Interstate 35/35W. Rainfall totals are generally expected to be less than a half of an inch, and some locations west of Interstate 35 may not receive any rain.
Maybe you've heard a rumor about wintry weather before Christmas? It's true, some of the forecast data does suggest a weather pattern favorable for winter weather. However it's such a long way out, weather forecasters have to deal with uncertainty. One of the best ways to show uncertainty is with probabilities. Hear's a chart that shows the highest probability of a certain type of weather December 21st through December 25th. See why snow and ice may be possible, but the most likely forecast is cold and dry.
With very little rainfall the past several weeks, widespread moderate to severe drought has overspread much of the region. Burn bans are in effect for many counties across the region due to the resultant increased fire danger.
Another cold front will move into the region this evening and overnight. This front will result in a north wind shift, but gusty winds are not expected until Thursday. Low temperatures tonight and Thursday morning will be in the 30s for most locations.

 
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Tornadoes Across North Texas
May 15th, 2013

Tornado Count: 19

   
 
 
 
   
The on site damage surveys have been completed. There are three additional areas that are still under investigation as to whether or not additional tornadoes will be identified. This information remains PRELIMINARY. Survey crews went to Granbury, Cleburne, Ennis, Montague County, and Parker County. Data collection included photographs and video, eyewitnesses, and radar data. The information here could still change.
   
.TORNADO #1 BELCHERVILLE/MONTAGUE COUNTY

RATING:                                     EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.1 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      110 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                            MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                             N/A
START LOCATION:                 1 W BELCHERVILLE TX

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                N/A
END LOCATION:                     1 W BELCHERVILLE TX

THIS TORNADO WAS REPORTED ONE MILE WEST OF BELCHERVILLE BY STORM SPOTTERS.
.TORNADO #2 - LAKE AMON G. CARTER/MONTAGUE COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:     100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.50 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:     200 YARDS
FATALITIES:                             0
INJURIES:                                1

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                            N/A
START LOCATION:                 6 WSW SUNSET TX

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                 N/A
END LOCATION:                     7 WSW SUNSET TX

SURVEY CREWS FOUND FIVE HOMES DAMAGED BY THIS TORNADO SOUTH OF LAKE AMON G. CARTER. FOUR OF THE HOMES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED AND ONE HOME WAS DESTROYED. IN ADDITION...SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS REPORTED. ONE MINOR INJURY WAS REPORTED.

.TORNADO #3 - ALVORD/WISE COUNTY...

RATING:                                     EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   0.10 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      25 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                            N/A
START LOCATION:                3 NE ALVORD TX

END DATE:                              MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                               N/A
END LOCATION:                    3 NE ALVORD TX

THIS TORNADO WAS REPORTED BY STORM SPOTTERS AND LOCAL RESIDENTS. THE TORNADO OCCURRED IN OPEN LAND...DAMAGING TREES.
.TORNADO #4 - MILLSAP/PARKER COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:     100 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      400 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                            MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                             N/A
START LOCATION:                  1 SSE MILLSAP TX

END DATE:                                MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                 N/A
END LOCATION:                     1 W MILLSAP TX

SURVEY CREWS FOUND FIVE HOMES SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED BY THIS TORNADO. IN ADDITION...SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED.

.TORNADO #5 - GRANBURY/HOOD COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:     180 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   2.75 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      800 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              6
INJURIES:                                 DOZENS

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                            N/A
START LOCATION:                 3 SE GRANBURY

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                 N/A
END LOCATION:                     2 NW DECORDOVA

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED WITH THIS TORNADO INCLUDING HOMES WIPED CLEAR OFF THE FOUNDATION. TWO HOMES SUFFERED EF-4 MAGNITUDE DAMAGE AND SEVERAL MORE SUFFERED EF-3 MAGNITUDE DAMAGE.
.TORNADO #6 - PECAN PLANTATION/HOOD AND JOHNSON COUNTIES...

RATING:                                      EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:       90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:    2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:       300 YARDS
FATALITIES:                               0
INJURIES:                                  0

START DATE:                            MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                             N/A
START LOCATION:                 12 SSW CRESSON TX

END DATE:                                MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                 N/A
END LOCATION:                      12 SSE CRESSON TX

SURVEY CREWS FOUND AN ADDITIONAL DAMAGE PATH SEPARATE FROM TORNADO #5 THAT AFFECTED GRANBURY.

.TORNADO #7 - WEST OF ANNETTA SOUTH/PARKER COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      100 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                            MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                             N/A
START LOCATION:                 8 S WEATHERFORD TX

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                N/A
END LOCATION:                     8 S WEATHERFORD TX

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG TIN TOP ROAD. NUMEROUS TREES...MOBILE HOMES...AND BARNS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
.TORNADO #8 - CLEBURNE/JOHNSON COUNTY...

RATING:                                     EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      140 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   8.5 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:       1 MILE
FATALITIES:                               0
INJURIES:                                  0

START DATE:                            MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                              N/A
START LOCATION:                  9 SSW CLEBURNE TX

END DATE:                                MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                 N/A
END LOCATION:                      1 SSW CLEBURNE TX

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED WITH THIS STRONG TORNADO. DOZENS OF HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND AT LEAST 3 OR 4 HOMES SUFFERED EF-3 MAGNITUDE DAMAGE.

.TORNADO #9 - 6 ESE CLEBURNE/JOHNSON COUNTY...

RATING:                                     EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:       85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   1 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      0.6 MILE
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                          MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                            N/A
START LOCATION:                6 ESE CLEBURNE TX

END DATE:                              MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                               N/A
END LOCATION:                    7 ESE CLEBURNE TX

SURVEY CREWS FOUND AN ADDITIONAL DAMAGE PATH SEPARATE FROM TORNADO #8. DAMAGE WITH THIS TORNADO WAS MOSTLY TO TREES BUT 5
MANUFACTURED HOMES ALSO SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE.
.TORNADO #10 - MILLS COUNTY...

RATING:                                     EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:       80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:    0.25 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:       50 YARDS
FATALITIES:                               0
INJURIES:                                  0

START DATE:                             MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                              N/A
START LOCATION:                   10 NE GOLDTHWAITE TX

END DATE:                                 MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                   N/A
END LOCATION:                       10 NE GOLDTHWAITE TX

THIS BRIEF TORNADO WAS OBSERVED BY STORM SPOTTERS. THE LOCATION AND INTENSITY OF THIS TORNADO IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS FURTHER INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

.TORNADO #11 - NORTH OF EVANT/HAMILTON COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   0.25 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      25 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                            MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                             N/A
START LOCATION:                  2 N EVANT TX

END DATE:                                MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                  N/A
END LOCATION:                      2 N EVANT TX

VIDEO FOOTAGE SHOWED 2 BRIEF TORNADOES...TORNADOES 11 AND 12 OCCURRED SIMULTANEOUSLY APPROXIMATELY 2 MILES NORTH OF EVANT.
.TORNADO #12 - NORTH OF EVANT/HAMILTON COUNTY...

RATING:                                     EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   0.25 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      25 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                             N/A
START LOCATION:                 2 N EVANT TX

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                 N/A
END LOCATION:                     2 N EVANT TX

VIDEO FOOTAGE SHOWED 2 BRIEF TORNADOES...TORNADOES 11 AND 12 OCCURRED SIMULTANEOUSLY APPROXIMATELY 2 MILES NORTH OF EVANT.

.TORNADO #13 - ENNIS/ELLIS COUNTY...

RATING:                                     EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:       90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:    6 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      400 YARDS
FATALITIES:                               0
INJURIES:                                  0

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                             N/A
START LOCATION:                  ENNIS TX

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                N/A
END LOCATION:                     6 NE ENNIS TX

SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED IN ENNIS WITH THIS TORNADO. THE TORNADO BEGAN NEAR CLAY STREET AND ENNIS AVENUE. THE TORNADO TRAVELED EAST FROM THERE AND CROSSED INTERSTATE 45 SOUTH OF ENNIS AVENUE.
ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY INFORMATION FROM LOCAL OFFICIALS...17 HOMES WERE DAMAGED WITH 4 HOMES LEFT INHABITABLE. A TOTAL OF 55
COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES WERE DAMAGED WITH 20 OF THOSE PROPERTIES SUFFERING SEVERE DAMAGE.
.TORNADO #14 - SE OF MINERAL WELLS/PALO PINTO COUNTY...

RATING:                                   EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:     85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.5 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:     50 YARDS
FATALITIES:                             0
INJURIES:                                0

START DATE:                          MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                           6:39 PM CDT
START LOCATION:                3.5 SSE MINERAL WELLS TX

END DATE:                              MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                               6:42 PM CDT
END LOCATION:                    3.5 SSE MINERAL WELLS TX

OFF DUTY NWS METEOROLOGISTS AND STORM SPOTTERS PHOTOGRAPHED A TORNADO APPROXIMATELY 3.5 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF MINERAL WELLS OR 4 MILES NORTHWEST OF MILLSAP. THIS TORNADO IS SEPARATE FROM THE
MILLSAP TORNADO. SO FAR NO DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED FROM THIS
TORNADO.

.TORNADO #15 - E OF MILLSAP/PARKER COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   0.5 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      50 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                            7:22 PM CDT
START LOCATION:                 3 E MILLSAP TX

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                7:25 PM CDT
END LOCATION:                     3 E MILLSAP TX

OFF DUTY NWS METEOROLOGISTS PHOTOGRAPHED A TORNADO APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES EAST OF MILLSAP. THIS TORNADO IS SEPARATE FROM THE MILLSAP TORNADO. SO FAR NO DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED FROM THIS TORNADO.
.TORNADO #16 - NOCONA LAKE/MONTAGUE COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      200 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                            MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                             N/A
START LOCATION:                  5 NE NOCONA TX

END DATE:                                MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                 N/A
END LOCATION:                      6 NE NOCONA TX

THIS TORNADO WAS REPORTED NEAR NOCONA LAKE BY STORM SPOTTERS. PICTURES OF THIS TORNADO WERE ALSO OBTAINED. A FEW HOMES WERE
DAMAGED BY THIS TORNADO AND TREE DAMAGE WAS ALSO OBSERVED.

TORNADO #17 - 8 S OF ANNETTA SOUTH/PARKER COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   0.25 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      50 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                            8:05 PM CDT
START LOCATION:                 8 S ANNETTA SOUTH

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                8:06 PM CDT
END LOCATION:                     8 S ANNETTA SOUTH

TORNADO #18 - 3 NW CRESSON/JOHNSON COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   0.1 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      20 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                            8:19 PM CDT
START LOCATION:                 3 NW CRESSON

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                8:22 PM CDT
END LOCATION:                     2 NW CRESSON


TORNADO #19 - 10 NNW ST. JO/MONTAGUE COUNTY...

RATING:                                    EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:      80 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:   0.9 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:      50 YARDS
FATALITIES:                              0
INJURIES:                                 0

START DATE:                           MAY 15 2013
START TIME:                            7:18 PM CDT
START LOCATION:                 10 NNW ST. JO

END DATE:                               MAY 15 2013
END TIME:                                7:20 PM CDT
END LOCATION:                     9 NNW ST. JO

 

 

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH*
   
   


Base Reflectivity Data from KFWS at 7:58 pm CDT


Storm Relative Velocity Data from KFWS at 7:58 pm CDT

   

Base Reflectivity Data from KFWS at 8:58 pm CDT

Storm Relative Velocity Data from KFWS at 8:58 pm CDT

Base Reflectivity Data from KFWS at 7:58 pm CDT

Storm Relative Velocity Data from KFWS at 7:58 pm CDT

   
   
   

 
House completely destroyed with only the slab left -
Granbury, Tx

Tornado damage in Johnson County,
southwest of Cleburne. Near FM 1434 and CR-1224.

 


West side of Millsap, Just south of FM 3028


Granbury, Tx - Just South of Hwy 377 & N of
Acton Highway

 


Johnson County on the east side of Lake Pat Cleburne.

 


Johnson County near Old Foamy Road about 3 miles south southwest of Cleburne.