Southern Plains Tornado Outbreak

Following an outbreak of thunderstorms and tornadoes across the Central Plains, the Southern Plains have been under threat of severe storms and supercells this week.

Across states like Texas and Oklahoma, severe weather has fired up along frontal boundaries and the dryline nearly every day, with some leading to the formation of strong tornadoes.

In Oklahoma, a couple of unique tornadoes spawned in the southwest region of the state, featuring one that seemingly did a “u-turn”, as well as a dangerous anticyclonic tornado.

Storm season isn’t expected to taking a break soon, as severe weather is in the forecast everyday through the middle of next week for the central and southern plains.

For more information, visit the Storm Prediction Center. For information on tornado tracks and damage, see the Damage Assessment Toolkit.

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Contributions by: Dakota Smith, Kim Erickson and Josh Reiter

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Severe Storms Produce Tornadoes in Texas

Description:

Dangerous tornadoes touch down in Texas this afternoon as severe thunderstorms and supercells explode along the dryline in this astonishing imagery.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

High-Resolution View of Tornadic Supercells Over Texas

Description:

Polar-orbiting satellites captured severe thunderstorms over Texas in high-resolution.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Infrared (band I5)

Instrument: VIIRS

Tornadic Supercell Erupts in Texas

Description:

Incredible imagery of a tornadic supercell erupting in South Texas.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Storms Bring a Deluge for Eastern Texas

Description:

Slow moving storms bring a deluge rain to eastern Texas. Flooding concerns for the region will continue through today.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Base Radar Reflectivity GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Tornadic Storms Erupt in Texas Panhandle

Description:

Severe tornadic supercells take shape in the Texas Panhandle.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms Above Anvil Cirrus Plumes Overshooting Tops Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Supercell Storms Spur Tornadoes in Southwest Oklahoma

Description:

Devastating tornadoes spawned from supercells in southwest Oklahoma last night. Severe storms are forecasted for this region again this afternoon and evening.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI

Active Night for the Central Plains

Description:

Severe thunderstorms rolled through the Central Plains of the US overnight. Another round of severe weather for the region is expected today.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Severe Storms Ignite Across Central Great Plains

Description:

Severe storms ignite across Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Overshooting Tops

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Severe Storms Explode Along the Dryline

Description:

Severe thunderstorms and supercells explode along the dryline extending across the Central and Southern Plains. Multiple tornado warnings have already been issued along the boundary from Iowa to Oklahoma.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Tornadoes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13) Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Multi-Day Imagery of Severe Storms Across Central US

Description:

Severe storms and tornadic supercells have battered the Central US over the last several days. This multi-day imagery going back to last week showcases these storms utilizing high-resolution infrared and near-constant contrast products from VIIRS satellites.


Phenomena: Lightning Thunderstorms

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Day/Night Band Infrared (band I5)

Instrument: VIIRS