Inside the Eye of the Storm – Moore, Oklahoma

Monday’s powerful tornado that ravaged Moore, Oklahoma had wind speeds of up to 200 mph, and was at least a mile wide. With 24 fatalities (9 of them children) and hundreds more injured, it’s a heart-wrenching example of the viciousness that storms can produce.

A truck lays damaged in a field near the Moore Medical Center, background, after a tornado moves through Moore, Okla. Alonzo Adams/AP

A truck lays damaged in a field near the Moore Medical Center, background, after a tornado moves through Moore, Okla. Alonzo Adams/AP

We knew that this tornado was not going to be your average one… we saw it grow in fearsome intensity by capturing and analyzing lightning data from the WeatherBug-Earth Network’s Total Lightning Network (TLN):

Credit: WeatherBug - Actual data from our lightning network

Credit: WeatherBug – Actual, exclusive data from our total lightning network

We witnessed a massive influx of in-cloud lightning (red line) signifying that extreme weather was on the horizon. We are the only weather company to be able to measure both types of lightning (in-cloud and cloud-to-ground) and translate it into meaningful weather intelligence. We typically see severe thunderstorms produce about 25-75 lightning flashes per minute. This monster storm produced over 140 flashes per minute — among the highest flash rates recorded — in the storm cells moving through Oklahoma. 

Credit: WeatherBug - shows WeatherBug tracking the lightning from the Moore, OK tornado. Watch the whole video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHkM88fA1kk

Credit: WeatherBug – shows WeatherBug tracking the lightning from the Moore, OK tornado. Watch the whole video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHkM88fA1kk

Our Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) are issued based on lightning activity and gave 33 minutes of warning during the Moore, Oklahoma tornado (versus only 14 minutes from other weather apps) — 135% faster! Our DTAs had earlier lead times over other weather apps 113 times and was the ONLY alert issued 18 times. WeatherBug issues not only our  exclusive DTAs but all NWS warnings and watches. Please download WeatherBug… it’s free and helps you make the right decisions to stay safer during a storm.

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A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. Sue Ogrocki/AP

A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. Sue Ogrocki/AP

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. If you can, please help our fellow Americans through this trying time by donating what you can to the American Red Cross – text 90999 to make a $10 donation or go to to their website.

 

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