2013 El Reno tornado

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2013 El Reno Tornado
EF3 tornado
El Reno, OK EF-5 Tornado 2013-05-31.jpg
View of the tornado from the southeast at 6:28 p.m. CDT (2328 UTC) as it was nearing peak strength
TypeTornado
FormedMay 31, 2013, 6:03 p.m. CDT (UTC−05:00)
Duration40 minutes
DissipatedMay 31, 2013, 6:43 p.m. CDT (UTC−05:00)
Max rating1EF3 tornado
Highest winds
Damage$35–40 million (estimate)
Total fatalities8 fatalities, 151 injuries
Areas affectedCanadian County, Oklahoma; especially areas to the south of El Reno
1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale Part of the tornado outbreak of May 26–31, 2013

The 2013 El Reno tornado happened on May 31, 2013. It happened close to the city of El Reno, Oklahoma in central Oklahoma.[2] It was the widest tornado ever recorded.[3] This tornado also was found to have some of the strongest winds ever found. One mobile Doppler radar found very high winds of 296 miles per hour.[3] These winds are slightly less than the 301 mile per hour winds detected in a tornado on May 3, 1999 while it was close to Bridge Creek, Oklahoma in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.[4]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The National Weather Service does not currently use wind speed estimates into its official tornado ratings, so while the winds align with the "EF5" category of the Enhanced Fujita scale, damage surveys took precedence. Because of this, while the wind estimates are considered reliable by the NWS,[1] the tornado only received a rating of "EF3" based on a damage survey (in the weeks before this, it was considered an "EF5").

References[change | change source]

  1. Bluestein, Howard B.; Snyder, Jeffrey C.; Houser, Jana B. (2015). "A Multiscale Overview of the el Reno, Oklahoma, Tornadic Supercell of 31 May 2013". Weather and Forecasting. 30 (3): 525–552. Bibcode:2015WtFor..30..525B. doi:10.1175/WAF-D-14-00152.1.
  2. "Central Oklahoma Tornadoes and Flash Flooding – May 31, 2013". National Weather Service Office in Norman, Oklahoma. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. June 1, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jason Samenow (4 June 2013). "Deadly El Reno, Okla. tornado was widest ever measured on Earth, had nearly 300 mph winds". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  4. "Frequently Asked Questions About The May 3, 1999 Bridge Creek/OKC Area Tornado". National Weather Service Office in Norman, Oklahoma. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. January 20, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2014.