ALFALFA, OK TORNADO AND BINGER, OK TORNADO
9 OCTOBER 2001
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5:46 PM: Tornado D2 moving toward Alfalfa.
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5:48 PM: Tornado D2  moving toward Alfalfa.
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5:52 PM: Tornado D2  just west of Alfalfa.
Tornado D2 continues toward Alfala, changing shape again from a wedge to a tall, white stovepipe just west of the village. Eventually, a new meso formed just south of our position and we were forced east again.  The tornado(s) were rain-wrapped and difficult to see at this point, and we were in a better position to intercept a new supercell (for us anyway) to our south on State Highway 281 about 6 miles south southeast of Binger.

Here we witnessed two more tornadoes, designated, E3 and E4 on the Norman NWS Tornado Table, (Damage Path #7) emerge from a remarkably sculpted updraft--the most striking vault I've ever seen, tightly striated all the way around with a winding inflow tail.

The reason for the confusion in the damage survey below is that there were actually two tornadoes, very close to one another, which emerged from this supercell.  The first is the one in the pictures below.  Another small, wispy funnel touched down, which we believe to be E4, before a large multi-vortex tornado, E5, crossed the road   My friend
Eric Nguyen stayed for each and shot great video of this last menacing vortex swirling across the highway and blotting out the sun. 

Thanks to Steve Miller and Jeff Lawson for nowcasting assistance.

 

From Norman NWS Damage Survey:
HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/OUN
(ALL LETTERS UPPER CASE)

DAMAGE PATH #7 (Tornado E3):
5.5 MILES SOUTH OF BINGER TO 4 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF SPRING CREEK

LENGTH: 7 MILES, MAX WIDTH: 1 MILE
UNUSUAL DAMAGE PATTERN SUGGESTS THIS BEGAN AS A SMALL TORNADO AND  ENDED AS A LARGE, MULTI-VORTEX TORNADO WITH MUCH OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY SUCTION VORTICES. DAMAGE WAS CLEARLY TORNADIC, BUT WITH CONSIDERABLE VARIATIONS IN DAMAGE INTENSITY ACROSS A BROAD TRACK, ESPECIALLY NEAR HIGHWAY 281 SOUTHEAST OF BINGER. INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
MAX DAMAGE RATING: F1

 

PAGE ONE / OCTOBER OUTBREAK

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5:53 PM: Tornado D2 just west of Alfalfa.
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5:53 PM: Tornado D2 just west of Alfalfa.
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5:54 PM: Tornado D2  just west of Alfalfa.
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6:00 PM : Tornado D2, now a stovepipe, (just to the right of the pole)  west of Alfalfa, OK.
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6:12 PM new meso forming just to our south chases us from our stovepipe-viewing area just south of Alfalfa (Alfalfa sirens were NOT going off at this time).
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7:05 PM Southeast of Binger, OK / Amazing sculpted vault preparing to drop a tornado.
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7:06 PM Southeast of Binger, OK / Amazing sculpted vault preparing to drop a tornado.
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7:07 PM Southeast of Binger, OK / Amazing sculpted vault preparing to drop a tornado.
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7:08 PM Southeast of Binger, OK / Amazing sculpted vault drops Tornado E3.
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7:10 PM Tornado E3 Southeast of Binger, OK.
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7:10 PM Tornado E3 Southeast of Binger, OK.
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7:11 PM Tornado E3 Southeast of Binger, OK
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7:11 PM Tornado E3 Southeast of Binger, OK
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7:11 PM Tornado E3 Southeast of Binger, OK
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7:11 PM Tornado E3 Southeast of Binger, OK
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7:12 PM Tornado E3 Southeast of Binger, OK
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7:13 PM Large wall cloud eventually drops Tornado E5 and crosses the road.
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7:14 PM Tornado E4 Southeast of Binger, OK.  Robert and I were northbound toward Binger on 281 at this point. 

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