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  •  The Ft. Worth Mayfest storm (1+ / 0-)
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    Not a tornado, but high winds and hail.

    It affected a highly populated area with hail up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, as well as striking the local outdoor festival known as the Fort Worth Mayfest. At the time the storm was the costliest hailstorm in the United States history, causing $1 billion in damage. The hail injured at least 100 people, and flash flooding and lightning from the same storm killed at least 13 people
    The storm caught many meteorologists and the people out at Mayfest offgaurd . The sheer impact of the supercell prompted a huge response from everyone, volunteers and professionals alike.

    Beginning a year after the storms and continuing ever since, volunteers from RACES - the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service - set up and operate a mobile weather command center at Mayfest.

    That bit about catching meteoroligists off guard? That's been mentioned in this last bout of North Texas tornados. Not that the folks were asleep at the switch, by any means, but any of us watched the weather forecast before leaving for work, or maybe even caught it on radio on the way to lunch - nobody was advising to prepare for dangerous weather. We were expecting heavy rain, which presumably kept a lot of people from planning outdoor activity, so that probably helped.

    from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 12:41:03 PM PDT

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