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ChiefB
06-01-2013, 12:41 AM
Currently a monster Tornado cluster around Oklahoma city is headed directly for Tinker AFB.

News is sporadic but reports of multiple Tornado clusters are thrashing the area.

Measure Man
06-01-2013, 12:53 AM
Thoughts are with the folks over there...I have several very good friends at Tinker.

RFScott
06-01-2013, 01:13 AM
I've been watching this for the past few hours as I have friends that live in Moore, Oklahoma. I've been discussing this with my friends on Facebook through most of the night and have seen the weather observations coming out of Tinker so far this evening....multiple tornadoes on and around the base.

KTIK 010057Z 29041G54KT 1 1/4SM R36/3500FT +FC TSRAGS SCT013 SCT020 BKN028 21/18 A2972 RMK +FC 3NM SW MOV ESE SLP058

Winds gusting to 54KT knots with a tornado observed 3 miles SW moving ESE

KTIK 010038Z 08031G40KT 10SM +FC TSRA BKN030 26/23 A2950 RMK AO2 +FC OHD MOV E LTG DSNT W-E RAB0004E0013B0030DZB0013E0030 TSB2358E0013B0030 PRESFR PA +1672 DA +3709 COR 0037

Winds at 40 knots with a tornado on base, moving E

KTIK 010034Z COR 03043G48KT 9SM R18/5500FT +FC TSRA BKN028 BKN034 27/23 A2955 RMK AO2 +FC 3NM W MOV SE PK WND 02053/34 LTG DSNT W-E RAB0004E0013B0030DZB0013E0030 TSB2358E0013B0030 PRESFR COR 0037

Busy night across the OKC area....hopefully everyone remains safe. I did see that a Weather Channel vehicle was tossed 200 yards by one of the tornadoes. Luckily the crew escaped with only bumps and bruises.

ChiefB
06-01-2013, 01:45 AM
Looks like the wx system has moved through Ok city... can't find any info on Tinker other than one twister reported on base previously. No current Tornados on ground... warnings still in effect. Storm now headed thru Missouri (Joplin) and on way to St. Louis Mo.

-- An 87-mph wind gust was recorded at the air force base, the National Weather Service tweeted.

RFScott
06-01-2013, 01:53 AM
I did see that tinker had an additional wind event after the tornadoes passed, with winds reaching 87 mph (76 knots). Looks like flash flooding is becoming and issue in the OKC area. I heard there was a tornadic storm moving over the Lambert Airport in St Louis earlier....hopefully nothing makes it into the Scott AFB area tonight.

RobotChicken
06-01-2013, 02:06 AM
:plane What A/C are at tinker?

RFScott
06-01-2013, 02:09 AM
I'm not sure RC, but I believe they have the E-3 Sentry there (AWACS).

ChiefB
06-01-2013, 02:09 AM
:plane What A/C are at tinker?

E-3 AWACS and E-6Bs...Mercury..(Navy Boeing 707 derivative conversion as Airborne Command Post)

RobotChicken
06-01-2013, 02:34 AM
Yes..just looked it up, big damn base! Never flew into it. Interesting history.

RobotChicken
06-01-2013, 02:54 AM
Atlus? was mentioned too about kc-135/buffs. Now it does training for the AF.

ChiefB
06-01-2013, 02:56 AM
Yes..just looked it up, big damn base! Never flew into it. Interesting history.

Used to be huge KC-135 logistics and mx depot. (Back in the old SAC days.) If memory serves. :wink1:

garhkal
06-01-2013, 05:06 AM
Wow up to 5 dead already..
Those Oklahoman's can't get a break!

FLAPS, USAF (ret)
06-01-2013, 10:33 AM
Used to be huge KC-135 logistics and mx depot. (Back in the old SAC days.) If memory serves. :wink1:

Still is, and for the E-3, B-52, B-1 and most engines

RFScott
06-02-2013, 03:04 PM
Damn....apparently that tornado killed well-respected storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son, and his partner Carl Young.....

Death toll is up to nine.....and I think a child was pulled from a swollen river in Oklahoma as well. They just can't get a break in the OKC area lately. Storm season started slow this year, but it has roared to life in the past few weeks unfortunately.

Dickie
06-03-2013, 12:41 PM
Tell you what. It was damn scary in base housing: me, the wife and my 2 your old son. You could feel the rumbling and hear it. Luckily, the tornado turned when it did or a good part of folks in housing would be homeless right now.

RFScott
06-03-2013, 12:54 PM
Tell you what. It was damn scary in base housing: me, the wife and my 2 your old son. You could feel the rumbling and hear it. Luckily, the tornado turned when it did or a good part of folks in housing would be homeless right now.

Glad to hear that tornado dodged base housing!

JD2780
06-03-2013, 07:27 PM
That's my question. Does base have hardened facilities for folks to go into? I wouldn't trust the housing I've lived in.

garhkal
06-03-2013, 07:34 PM
Were there not facilities on base to go to for safety?

JD2780
06-03-2013, 07:37 PM
That's my question. Does base have hardened facilities for folks to go into? I wouldn't trust the housing I've lived in.

RobotChicken
06-03-2013, 07:53 PM
:spy Even if it did;the TSA or security would defeat any advantage accessing it!

Dickie
06-03-2013, 09:17 PM
The new houses where I live have shelters built In under the slab in the garage. Not sure about the old housing still awaiting demo. The gate guards have below ground shelters nearby their posts. But no provisions for folks at work areas to go to.

ChiefB
06-04-2013, 12:11 AM
Damn....apparently that tornado killed well-respected storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son, and his partner Carl Young.....

Death toll is up to nine.....and I think a child was pulled from a swollen river in Oklahoma as well. They just can't get a break in the OKC area lately. Storm season started slow this year, but it has roared to life in the past few weeks unfortunately.

Saw that. They had been up on the WX channel a lot of the day. If it could happen to experienced professional guys like that, some of the future amateur gawkers are in real danger. Mother Nature gets real murderous in Tornado Alley.

ChiefB
06-04-2013, 12:15 AM
The new houses where I live have shelters built In under the slab in the garage. Not sure about the old housing still awaiting demo. The gate guards have below ground shelters nearby their posts. But no provisions for folks at work areas to go to.

Well it sounds like they are making progress. That's something. Now if they could just solve Keesler's flooding problem...

ChiefB
06-04-2013, 12:16 AM
The new houses where I live have shelters built In under the slab in the garage. Not sure about the old housing still awaiting demo. The gate guards have below ground shelters nearby their posts. But no provisions for folks at work areas to go to.

Well it sounds like they are making progress. That's something. Now if they could just solve Keesler's flooding problem...

ChiefB
06-04-2013, 12:17 AM
Tell you what. It was damn scary in base housing: me, the wife and my 2 your old son. You could feel the rumbling and hear it. Luckily, the tornado turned when it did or a good part of folks in housing would be homeless right now.

Glad you made it ok. It must have been a real scary day so close to the Moore nightmare.

Dickie
06-04-2013, 02:02 AM
Thanks Chief! Actually it was happenstance that I moved up to base last year. I used to live right in the 4th St and Bryant Ave area in Moore. My old neighborhood got hit. I would say we were lucky we moved but we have so many friends down there.

RobotChicken
06-04-2013, 03:18 AM
Well it sounds like they are making progress. That's something. Now if they could just solve Keesler's flooding problem...
:fish2 Issue everyone a 'scrub tub'.(works in a pinch)

RFScott
06-04-2013, 05:30 PM
Damage surveys and radar data now indicate that the tornado that struck the El Reno area was the widest in history at 2.6 miles in width. Wind speed measurements from a nearby radar at the University of Oklahoma indicated that the winds also peaked at 296 mph, making it the second highest wind speed recorded on the surface of the earth (behind a tornado that struck Moore, OK in 1999).

http://www.koco.com/news/oklahomanews/okc/el-reno-tornado-upgraded-to-ef5-widest-twister-on-record/-/11777584/20417722/-/p5l0sw/-/index.html

The tornado that moved by Tinker was rated an EF-0, with a path length of 0.4 miles and a width of 200 yards.