Meteorologist Says Greensburg Tornado has Few Peers
KSCB News - May 7, 2012 5:50 am
GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas meteorologist says the deadly
tornadoes that killed hundreds of people last year in Joplin and in
the South don’t measure up to the monster storm that destroyed
almost all of Greensburg five years ago.
Mike Umscheid says he had never seen a 200-knot velocity reading
on radar before the May 4th, 2007, tornado that killed 11 people in
the southern Kansas community.
The Wichita Eagle reports emergency officials think the death
toll could have been much higher if Umscheid hadn’t issued a rare
"tornado emergency" 26 minutes before Greensburg was hit.
University of Oklahoma researcher Les Lemon teamed up with
Umscheid to write a research paper on the outbreak the night of the
Greensburg storm. Both believe it was one of the most powerful
tornadoes on record.