P3.16 A detailed radar and damage analysis of the nocturnal QLCS tornadoes that moved through Omaha, Nebraska on 8 June, 2008

Monday, 27 October 2008
Madison Ballroom (Hilton DeSoto)
Daniel Nietfeld, NOAA, Valley, NE; and J. T. Martinelli and B. Mayes Boustead

During the early morning hours of 8 June, 2008, two tornadoes (rated EF1 and EF2) cut through the southwest part of Omaha,

Nebraska. These tornadoes were produced by a bowing segment of a quasi-linear convective system (QLCS). A highly-detailed

and extensive damage survey was conducted using GPS precision and GIS mapping. This technique provided high resolution

ground truth of the tracks and affects of the tornadoes. This damage survey data was then spatially correlated with the radar

data, which allowed for a fine scale examination of the precise location of the tornadoes in relation to the QLCS. This event was

somewhat unique in that the two tornado tracks merged into one, and the tornadoes occurred in relatively close proximity to the

KOAX WSR-88D which displayed the newly available super-resolution data.

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