Forecasters Explain the Reason for Multiple Tornadoes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/13/05

Forecasters Explain the Reason for Multiple Tornadoes

The National Weather Service says they have not seen anything like this in quite some time on the South Plains.

In footage captured NewsChannel 11 Stormchasers, the video was shot just east of Plainview and it illustrates how the clouds were rotating in the air. National Weather Service lead forecaster Ron McQueen says 99 warnings were issued over a 16 hour period on Thursday. That included severe thunderstorms, flooding, and of course tornadoes.

Why was the weather so crazy on Thursday?

McQueen says the atmosphere over the South Plains contained the right amount of ingredients to create explosive tornadic conditions. "We had very high levels of gulf moisture early in the day that led with the surface heating to an extremely unstable air mass. At the same time, we had an upper level trough of low pressure coming out of the southern Rockies into the southern high plains, while a surface cold front was trying to slip southward with outflow boundaries," said McQueen.

Our viewer Digi-pics how different the conditions were around the Lubbock area. Between May and June is the peak season for Tornadoes in this area, which has been nicknamed "Tornado Alley."

McQueen says it is because the conditions on the South Plains or more favorable for tornadoes than any other place on earth.

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