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One-year anniversary of the devastating Joplin, Missouri tornado PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Heidi Farrar   
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:02
Today marks one year since thousands of lives were changed by the weather in and around southwest Missouri. On May 22, 2011, the city of Joplin was taken apart in graphic fashion by one of the most violent tornadoes ever to impact a community in the United States: an EF-5, nearly a mile wide. Over 150 were killed; the injured, almost too many to count. The damage left behind: staggering.

Below is a summary of the event, courtesy of the National Weather Service office in Springfield, MO, along with the Weather Service's assessment report. As the Weather Service explains,

"Service Assessments provide a valuable contribution to ongoing efforts by the National Weather Service to improve the quality, timeliness, and value of our products and services. Findings and recommendations from this assessment will improve techniques, products, services, and information provided to our partners and the American public."

As such, this is a must-read:


Joplin, Missouri tornado assessment


Joplin, Missour tornado event summary



Below is the video of the Joplin tornado, captured by TVN's Basehunters chase team. Isaac Pato, Scott Peake, Kevin Rolfs and Colt Forney found themselves among the first to enter the disaster scene, and subsequently remained for over an hour in search and rescue mode:


Potential exists for several days of severe weather beginning today in the northern Plains and lasting potentially into early next week; Reed and the Dominator crew will be chasing today in North Dakota (follow along live HERE). With the busy Memorial Day weekend looking to be an active severe weather day, and with the Joplin story still fresh in our minds, we want to underscore importance of monitoring local weather conditions and having a plan in place before severe weather strikes.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:13