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I so enjoyed my first experience of stormchasing that I vowed I would do it again one year, so I saved up my pennies and from April 28th until May 9th, 2008, I went to the USA again to chase storms and hopefully more tornadoes in the Mid West. I flew from London, England to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and chased with the Netweather chase team. BBC meteorologist Michael Fish also chased with us during this time and this section documents all the activity and my feelings during the tour.

The daily JOURNAL with  details of what we got up to (LARGE document!).

Lots of PHOTOS taken on the tour - grouped together on several pages.

A page of VIDEO links on Youtube of my footage taken during the 10 days.

 
We travelled approximately 3500 miles in 10 days, which is a bit less than average, this is because we did not have to visit many different states to see storms and also had quite a few down days!
 

ENHANCED FUJITA TORNADO SCALE (since 1st Feb 2007)

EF0 WIND SPEEDS: 65 to 85 mph DAMAGE: Light - peels surface off some roofs; some damage to gutters or siding; branches broken off trees; shallow-rooted trees pushed over. Confirmed tornadoes with no reported damage (i.e. those that remain in open fields) are always rated EF0..
EF1 WIND SPEEDS
: 86 to 110 mph DAMAGE: Moderate - roofs severely stripped; mobile homes overturned or badly damaged; loss of exterior doors; windows and other glass broken.
EF2 WIND SPEEDS
: 111 to 135 mph DAMAGE: Considerable roofs torn off well-constructed houses; foundations of frame homes shifted; mobile homes completely destroyed; large trees snapped or uprooted; light-object missiles generated; cars lifted off ground.
EF3 WIND SPEEDS
: 136 to 165 mph DAMAGE: Severe entire stories of well-constructed houses destroyed; severe damage to large buildings such as shopping malls; trains overturned; trees debarked; heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown; structures with weak foundations blown away some distance.
EF4 WIND SPEEDS
: 166 to 200 mph DAMAGE: Devastating Well-constructed houses and whole frame houses completely leveled; cars thrown and small missiles generated.
EF5 WIND SPEEDS
: >200 mph DAMAGE: Incredible strong frame houses leveled off foundations and swept away; automobile-sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 m (109 yd); steel reinforced concrete structure badly damaged; high-rise buildings have significant structural deformation; incredible phenomena will occur. As of time of this update (16th May 2008) only one EF5 tornado has been recorded since the Enhanced Fujita Scale was introduced. This destroyed 95% of Greensburg in Kansas.

 

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