Author Archives: Gabe Garfield

About Gabe Garfield

B.S. and M.S in Meteorology from the Univ. of Oklahoma | Storm Chasing | Extreme Weather | Business at the Univ. of Tennessee | Psalm 97:4

The Illinois-Indiana-Ohio Tornado Outbreak – 5 June 2010

Eight years ago today, a large tornado outbreak affected portions of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. My memories of that day are foggy.  I do remember the day, though, as it happened during VORTEX-2, the massive tornado field … Continue reading

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Rare Fall Tornadoes Possible Tomorrow

The ingredients are coming together for a rare fall-season outbreak of severe weather weather in the Plains on Monday.  The primary driver for this threat is a powerful upper-level trough entering the Plains from the western U.S. The flow at 500 mb will … Continue reading

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An Unforgettable Chase – The EF5 Moore Tornado (5/20/13)

Two years ago today, I observed an EF5 tornado ripping through Moore, Oklahoma.  Before the tornado, I had always wondered what it would have been like to see an F5 hit Moore (thinking of 5/3/99).  I never thought that I … Continue reading

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One Year Later: Reflections on the Loss of Tim, Paul, and Carl

It’s been a year.  In one way, that’s very easy to believe, because so much has happened.  Some of it has been negative, but most of it has been positive.  I’ve made new friendships and deepened others.  The numbing fog … Continue reading

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Clarification of El Reno Tornado Width Claim

It has come to my attention that the tornado width ascribed to the El Reno tornado in my previous post is not quite accurate.  On the topic, Josh Wurman writes, “That is a ridiculous interpretation, out of context, of the … Continue reading

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10 Amazing Facts about the El Reno Tornado!

The weather radar conference is ongoing in Colorado this week, and one of the conference papers features some eye-popping statistics regarding the 31 May El Reno tornado.  This paper, authored by Josh Wurman and others, is titled “Preliminary Results from … Continue reading

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May 3, 1999: My Story

May 3, 1999.  To those outside of Oklahoma, this date means very little.  But to those Okies who survived the largest tornado outbreak in state history, “May 3rd” is forever branded into our collective conscious.  That day over 60 tornadoes … Continue reading

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