Friday, October 4, 2013

Gustnado!!!!! Weather Alert


We are under a severe thunderstorm warning in this part of Oklahoma.  The Northwestern part of Oklahoma right now is under a low tornado risk, with all kinds of circular motion, heavy rain, hail and winds.  Right now, areas close to Carmen, Oklahoma are experiencing a gustnado. 

Gustnado what is it???  The NOAA explains, a gustnado is a slang term for a short-lived, ground-based, shallow, vortex that develops on a gust front associated with either thunderstorms or showers. They may only extend to 30 to 300 feet above the ground with no apparent connection to the convective cloud above. They may be accompanied by rain, but usually are 'wispy', or only visible as a debris cloud or dust whirl at or near the ground. Wind speeds can reach 60 to 80 mph, resulting in significant damage, similar to that of a F0 or F1 tornado. However, gustnadoes are not considered to be a tornado, and some cases, it may be difficult to distinguish a gustnado from a tornado.

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    1. B,

      My family will continue to be weather aware in our area. Everyone else across the Midwest needs to be careful.

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  2. You guys get "gustnados" here we get "waterspouts" we are suppose to get some of the stuff from Tropical storm Karen on sunday night.. So be safe out there.

    PS: lol..we are both up to 88 followers... : )

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    1. JUGM,
      Yes Ma'am, we will be safe. You guys need to be safe too!!!

      P.S. Isn't that cool!!!

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  3. Put on your slippers and wave hi as you go by this time :)

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    1. PP,

      If you see a blinking red light, that's my shoes as I click my heals, lol

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  4. Hope you are ok. Half of Fema is at home watching TV. Thank the Tea Party!

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    1. Rat,
      We are okay, thanks! Yes Fema will be sitting on their butts at home.

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    1. DFW,

      Thank you. You be careful too!!!

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  6. Oh no! Your state is even more dramatic than mine. You know what to do. Please be careful. Thinking of you.

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