92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Wednesday, 25 January 2012: 4:15 PM
Overview of the 24 May 2011 Tornado Outbreak
Room 252/253 (New Orleans Convention Center )
Kiel L. Ortega, Univ. of Oklahoma/CIMMS and NOAA/NSSL, Norman, OK ; and H. Bluestein, D. W. Burgess, G. S. Garfield, J. G. LaDue, K. L. Manross, B. R. Smith, R. Smith, T. M. Smith, J. C. Snyder, and G. J. Stumpf
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On 24 May 2011, 12 tornadoes impacted different parts of the state of Oklahoma. Three of these tornadoes were violent and impacted the greater Oklahoma City-metro area. The highlight of the event was the low death toll given the violent tornadoes proximity to dense populations. Damage surveys following the event revealed a number of stories from impacted citizens of a heightened awareness to the weather, even with limited information of the on-going threat. This presentation will provide an overview of the event, the proceeding damage surveys, stories from impacted citizens and other highlights of the event, including collection of mobile radar data on two of the day's tornadoes.

Supplementary URL: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=events-20110524