Wednesday, July 9, 2014

St. Louis Gets the Shaft in Tornado Weather Map

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Uh-oh, a storm's a-brewin'. Slip on your raincoats, St. Louis! - NOAA
  • NOAA
  • Uh-oh, a storm's a-brewin'. Slip on your raincoats, St. Louis!

Remember when Monday night's storm brought rain, heavy winds and thunder through the St. Louis region?

Well, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tried to give us a heads up that the storm could be a real dick.

Monday's map forecasts the chances a tornado could swell into the region: 2 percent for St. Louis, much of the Midwest and Northeast (in green), and a 5 percent chance in three perfectly positioned clusters: Omaha, Nebraska; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Syracuse, New York (in red-brown).

The hilariously shaped storm is the best thing we've seen since last winter's weather map, which promised to leave St. Louis covered in wintry white precipitation:

See also: Hilariously Shaped Winter Storm Could Penetrate Midwest, Make Things Slippery

Yes, but how many inches will we get? - ACCUWEATHER
  • Accuweather
  • Yes, but how many inches will we get?

Actor George Takei was also tickled by this week's map. He shared it on Facebook, where his fans shared it more than 4,700 times.

So a great big thank-you to the NOAA for keeping us informed -- and entertained -- with this week's severe weather maps, especially the one on the bottom left:

And as always, if your tornado lasts longer than four hours, call your doctor.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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