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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
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+4 #1 SkyEyeJo 2012-05-22 13:34
Every time I view this video, I'm amazed that it only takes less than 30 short seconds for this torn to form into a violent vortex and less that 2 min. to become a wedge. Just chilling footage.
+3 #2 gasorg 2012-05-22 15:30
I was going to say the exact same thing about how quickly the tornado intensified. Thoughts and prayers to those still affected by this.
+4 #3 Tornado 2012-05-22 18:50
I hope that everyone effected by this tornado is recovering well! I pray everyday for the people in Joplin! Also good luck Reed and the Dominator team! Hope you guys get some great data!
+2 #4 smalltexan 2012-05-28 20:32
Hopefully it has been a quick recovery, and great video! hopefully everyone has been able to learn something through this tragedy. Great job guys!
-1 #5 reoko9 2013-01-15 18:14
I was in this tornado. We recovered at a good pace. There are many houses rebuilt and we are currently building a new middle school and elementary school. Although, many people are still scarred, physically and mentally, from that tornado. Including me. Before that tornado hit, my family and I, (I'm 13 years old) had just moved into a brand new house. 4 months later, the tornado hit. We were very sad. Fortunately, friends helped us and our relator found us a rental house. My house is now rebuilt on the same foundation. My step-dad and i were in the hallway under a down comfitter blanket. We have a dog and her name is Zoe. She was in the tornado too. I am very glad she survived. My Mom was at work when the tornado hit. Thankfully, my moms work didn't get hit. People ask me nowadays what was the scariest thing you've ever been through. That tornado. That's my answer. Being in an EF5 tornado is not fun at all. But the hardest part, is walking out of your house. The most heartbreaking.

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