Taking a look back on yesterdays severe weather event. Lets compare the tornado and severe weather reports to the forecast risk. Looks like a very good forecast to me!
This pic was sent to me by friend David Williams from Tulsa. Looking west from the HW 97 bridge near Sand Springs and Prattville area. This tornado ripped through a mobile home park killing one person and injuring many others. History tells me that tornadoes, even small tornadoes, and mobile home parks = bad combination.
Yesterday I visited the Oklahoma Mesonet for the very first time. Great group of men and women who go to great lengths to accurately measure current weather conditions as well as keep extraordinary records for all 77 Oklahoma counties. Here's a look at rainfall totals and highest wind gusts observed from the Oklahoma Mesonet stations yesterday.
At my place far NW OKC I missed out on most of the action. The brunt of the thunderstorms tracked north or just south of my location. But I was able to capture this full rainbow on the back side.
You can always learn lessons during weather events. Sometimes you "re-learn" them! Never say never when it comes to Oklahoma weather. Even though it wasn't the "classic" tornado set up yesterday there were still tornadoes, damage and death. Even though it wasn't a high risk day, and I could argue not even a moderate risk day on the weather maps, you can never rule out tornadoes. Always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. The only thing predictable is that Oklahoma's weather is unpredictable.