While watching storms is exciting, wonderous and exhilarating, living with the reality of their awesome power, is not. Pray for the folks of Moore, Oklahoma, they will need a long time to heal and recover.

2013-05-20: NEXRAD radar trace from KTLX east of Moore, Oklahoma, and just prior to the tornado moving into town The classic tornadic curl of this EF4-5 tornado is clealy evident. The purple core of the tornado is known as a “debris ball” – the amount of debris sucked up into the tornado produces a high reflectivity signal, and is sadly characteristic of a violent on-the-ground tornado. Moore is in the open space to the right(east) of the debris ball. Image courtesy “rrick8”, posted at 3:20PM 2013-05-20 at grlevelX.com.