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  1. Gonna be there wearing both Duke and NU gear. But I will be cheering for NU to win.
  2. Great news. I think that if he stays with this long term he will end up being one of the best.
  3. My favorite 'Husker basketball player.
  4. I agree with REDitus' list. I would add Leroy Chalk at PF. Ferocious rebounder and outstanding defender who could score a bit as well.
  5. I recall reading in one of my books that in America an average of 2 anti-cyclonic tornados are reported each year. So a single storm producing multiple anti-cyclonic tornados is unusual. Oh and atskooc. Rereading my reply to you and I realize I came across as more than a bit of a dick. Sorry. but Wikipedia is a trigger word to me. I just want to make clear I never claimed that investigation established a 5 mile wide tornado. Fujita may have gone back to California or Japan (I don't recall where he was at the time), examined the aerial photos more closely, and said "nope, straight line wind damage". And because straight line wind damage wasn't cool, the story disappeared.
  6. If you are dealing with Wikipedia as an authority on anything, then I can't help you. There are Wikipedia articles that cover events I was involved with or subjects I know enough about to have written chapters in books that are not even in the same zip code as accurate reporting. Also, the NWS doesn't, to my knowledge, report possibilities that haven't been confirmed. Evidence of a tornado is not included in the NWS official stats even if they conclude they don't have evidence to make a decision either way. The reports of tornados wider than the 2.6 mile wide OK tornado are anecdotal reports that the NWS may mention in their initial investigative reports, such as "observers estimated the wedge to be three miles wide, but verifiable evidence puts it at no greater than 1.8 miles wide" but that's all I have ever seen. And as I said, it may be that later investigation concluded that it was straight-line wind damage or a series of tornados that happened to run abreast at different times. I have not seen that reported. I only mentioned the 5 mile wide tornado as one of the several things that brought the Fujita to GI, along with the reports of multiple anti-cyclonic tornados which is very rare, and the almost unprecedented height of the storm cell.
  7. Nope. Mr. Fujita rarely went out in the field at that time, sending his teams out instead. One of the reasons that Fujita actually visited GI was the destruction evidence of the 5 mile wide tornado. It wasn't officially confirmed as 5 miles wide, that's why I said evidence. Interestingly, for several years the widest tornado ever officially confirmed was the one that blasted Hallam, NE at 2.5 miles wide. However, that width was later surpassed by a tornado in, IIRC, OK that was officially determined to be 2.6 miles wide. But there are unofficial reports with destruction evidence of a number of tornados between 3 and 4 miles wide. The evidence of the one outside GI at 5 miles is the widest unofficial one that I know of.
  8. I don't remember the specifics, but I recall that the clouds over GI were almost unique in their height, going up to over 70,000 feet or something like that. That was the reason I was able to see the tops of them and all the weird lightning when I was sitting on a high ridge some 100 miles away.
  9. Thanks. The exact number I couldn't remember. But I know that people who were actually there and watching what was happening from their yards or, in the case of my ex-girlfriend, from a very open area around a school, are emphatic that there were considerably more than the official count. Of course, some of what they thought were tornados may have actually been funnels that never touched down. But the NWS has to be pretty sure that there was a tornado before they will call it one officially. I know that a number of years ago I followed 3 separate tornados near Giltner. I called 911 and reported where the 3 were. The NWS officially decided that there was only 1. Edit. Upon thinking about it, I'm pretty sure my Giltner citing was just 2 tornados. The 3 was farther north on a different occasion. But still even though I reported 2 on the ground and not sisters, the NWS official says there was only 1.
  10. No. I remember that there was a great deal of discussion about it at the time regarding the amount of damage a 5 mile wide EF-4 or 5 could have done to GI if it had touched 20 miles or whatever it was to the east, even if it only stayed on the ground for a little over a mile. In one of the newspapers (probably the GI paper) there was even a small map showing what would have been destroyed if that tornado had touched down at the GI city limits and moved east into GI for a mile and a quarter.
  11. Being a weather nerd I kept up on the information that came out when Fujita was in GI. I haven't seen anything else on the big one since then. I have noticed that the Wikipedia article on the GI tornados contradicts much of the info that came out from Fujita. It's possible that more information has come to light since then, making the Wikipedia article the most accurate source of info, but I tend to think that the information Fujita and his team released a month or so after the outbreak would be the most accurate.
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