Tornado Watch Tonight

Good evening bloggers,

We are on live at 5 PM as we track these thunderstorms heading our way.  Here is Live:ESP from 4:23:


The developing line of thunderstorms is 135 miles away and should arrive between 7 and 9 PM.  All types of severe weather are possible.


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56 comments to Tornado Watch Tonight

  • Cindyslegs

    i’m very scared

  • Hockeynut69

    A lot of debris in OKC tornado but funnel is weakening.

  • Hockeynut69

    The denominator weather chaser vehicle was right in the middle of that tornado and was pelted with debris. What a cool ride they have.

  • bob osoborne

    First tornado dissipated but new one redeveloping.

  • bob osoborne

    Dominator says lots of traffic on road, not chasers, silly people who won’t take heed.

  • Hockeynut69

    Wow lots of cars on the highway in the path of the tornado near Arcadia OK.

  • Skylar

    Don’t know if this was already posted, but EAX is thinking more storms will form ahead of the main line to the west.

    “Convection is already beginning to fire ahead of a north-south-
    oriented wave over central KS. This wave will be the main player this
    evening, and we still expect a line of supercells to develop just
    ahead of it through late afternoon. This line should be near a TOP-
    STJ line around 5 pm, into the KC metro between 6 pm and 9 pm and
    toward Kirksville and Boonville between 9 pm and midnight.”

  • bob osoborne

    You can hear Reed doing his usual frantic screaming in the background while Cantore reports.

  • Holy Jesus. Scared for my SE KS friends and my SW MO friends.

    Joplin May 22, 2011. I don’t want to see this again. These are some big cells forming.

  • bob osoborne

    Stormchaser Jacob Honeycut says tornado chances are over for KS.

  • Hockeynut69

    Wow Luthor OK multiple vortices and lot of debris. Awesome footage on TWC

  • Hockeynut69

    Getting its kicks just north of route 66

  • Wow..look at the concentration of chasers in SC KS… “http://www.chasertv.com/”

  • StormyWX

    The people in Oklahoma City are literally going CRAZY! Unbelievable!

  • Tennis Ball sized hail just reported in Comanche county by law enforcement.

  • kellyinkc

    Update discussion, maybe what Skylar was referring too. Humid and sunshine in Raytown.

  • Clouds breaking a bit in Leavenworth

  • ravenscroft

    Tornado Warning west of Topeka for cell near Herington.

  • StormyWX

    1) If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it. It’s as simple as that.

    2) You act as if no other television meteorologist or television station does this.

    3) Why did you even bother to count the number of “ums” and “uhs” that were said?

    4) “I don’t understand why the meteorologist just doesn’t tell us exactly what is going to happen and exactly when it is going to happen.” — Because they can’t. As of today with our technology, it is fundamentally impossible to predict the weather in an exact format. Meteorologists make an educated guess. GUESS. The closest they can get to telling us exactly what’s going to happen and when is when it’s actually happening…and even then they can be wrong.

  • smiley10

    Rock – Lighten up… the mets are just trying to do their job.

  • Skylar

    “Large bowing structure developing near Emporia is taking a track toward Kansas City, timed to arrive into the KC metro around 7 or 8 pm. As mentioned in an earlier discussion, low-level winds will become increasingly favorable for bow echoes and embedded mesovortices capable of producing very strong winds and tornadoes as the line reaches the MO/KS border. Thus, there is increasing concern for a potential widespread damaging wind event with a few embedded tornadoes [despite this, EAX is thinking the tornado threat is pretty low now] across east central Kansas and west central Missouri, including all of the Kansas City metro. The potential also exists for some significant wind gusts greater than 70 mph when the line arrives. “

  • f00dl3

    Looks like the line is weakening as it passes Emporia.

  • Rock Hardon…it seems like you are doing more to boost ratings despite what you say. Stop watching it.

    I’m speaking from the personal standpoint that I’m an idiot and my family are full of morons and we depend on ANY weather team to give us graphics and updates.

    My 6 year old needs to hear things like “go to the lowest room of your house”…so do I frankly.

    Stop trolling.

    THANKS WEATHER TEAM for your hard work on SUNDAY!

  • f00dl3

    ^ or reorging

  • bob osoborne

    If everything is weakening and some are saying nothing’s going tio happen, then why this? :”US National Weather Service Kansas City Missouri 5pm: We are anticipating the developing line of storms near Emporia to arrive in the KC metro between 6-8pm, capable of large hail, damaging winds, with the potential for quick developing tornadoes. http://ow.ly/i/29v4X

  • ravenscroft

    Tornado warning north of Emporia.

  • mukustink

    Wow the usual coverage all hyped up. Nothing is close to KC right now and yet 3/4 of the news is looking at radar. No tornadoes for us just wind and hail. Have a good evening. Starting to watch DVD’s instead of the telly. I’m sure tornado Sally wishes she was here and not in St. Louis LOL>

  • JPKC24

    Gary said that the bowing line will likely strengthen as it moves towards Kansas City. Things could get bumpy!

  • ravenscroft

    Confirmed report of a tornado just west of town moving north

  • tornado on ground 6 miles north of emporia moving north

  • John Sickels

    Trolling a weather blog is pretty much the definition of pathetic. Anyone who does that really has no life.

  • bob osoborne

    NWS:Here is a quick 530PM update: A line of strong to severe storms continues to rapidly move northeast towards the Kansas City metro area. Current indications place this line of storms near Kansas City between 7 and 8pm. Damaging winds, large hail will be the primary threats, however we can’t rule out an isolated brief tornado. The tornado threat is still very real for the KC metro.”

  • smiley10

    Tornado warning dropped near Emporia. Just a severe storm warning now.

  • thunder in Olathe new storms firing just to our south

  • smiley10

    When watching the footage of tornadoes, such as the one in OK today, I’m always amazed at how many cars one sees just driving by as if nothing is wrong. WTH?

    • bob osoborne

      IKR? Almost every tornado footage you see cars driving by (not chasers) like nothing is happening. I mean driving into the storm. People are crazy.

  • ravenscroft

    Think the M.O. for this line will be quick “drops” which will be over before any warning get out.

  • ravenscroft

    SPC thinking a new tornado watch may be needed for areas east.

  • debbe58

    I love Gary, Jeff and Brett! If you don’t like their style, then turn the channel!

  • ravenscroft

    Eureka reports damage due to wind driven hail.

  • mattmaisch

    Everything has gone linear around here. Tornado threat low, and even if they happen, it’s EXTREMELY unlikely that they would be the strong, long track tornado’s that happen when things are supercellular in nature. Wind and hail are the main threats, as has been the case around here for many years now.

  • HeatMiser

    Gee, a blog update from Gary would be swell…you know, with a line of severe storms moving in and us being under a Tornado Watch and all.

  • HeatMiser

    The most pronounced part of the bow echo is going to come through Lawrence shortly. I’ll let you all know in KC if it was at all impressive. What’s that? Oh, Lawrence under a T-Storm warning now.

  • DaleGribble

    Dear friends,

    I’ve been receiving many requests to come here and weigh in with my thoughts, so here I am. I know in times like this people want reliable information, and, as you know, Dale Gribble is a veritable fountain of truth.

    It looks like the heart of these menacing swarms of super-cell tornadoes will be in Oklahoma, South Kansas, and SW Missouri. Someone on the Ham just said that at least a few people in Joplin area are hopping in their cars, driving north or east, and not looking back.

    It’s serious, folks.

    KC has a much lower risk, but the risk is still here.

    I can tell you one thing: If KC is hit, I’m not going out like some sissy. Ruger 10/22 in hand, I’ll go out and face the twister head on.

    Prepare folks.

    If the KC area is hit by swarms of super-cell tornadoes, you can bet there will be looting and mass violence. Stores will be emptied within a day. (Dogs can serve as protection or meat.) Load up now, people. You have 30 minutes.

    I’m off to my secret location bunker now, but don’t worry, I’m running a cat-6 cable and extension cord from my Mom’s house so I’ll still be online, weather permitting.

  • kellyinkc

    hearing thunder in Raytown. some sprinkles too

  • bob osoborne

    The moved the watch until 1:00am for Lafayette and Johnson counties in MO.

  • Skylar

    New blog

  • smiley10

    Dale Gribble! Welcome back! How is your tin foil hat holding up? In the event it blows off or falls apart, just grab some foil from your kitchen cupboard and fashion a new hat lickety-split!

  • sagebrush

    The Voice? Missing a great weather evening. But those darn ratings…


    Holy cow. Really bad in Platte city. Very high winds. Driving rain. Lightning strikes.