Only lost five in the metro area yesterday- not so bad as the suburb tornadoes in Moore city last week where dozens died. These tornadoes are so fast in forming, dropping, and can be very erratic in path. The similarities to Mars 'desert devils' is remarkable. Usually the core large cities have a heat dome cushion aiding in protecting some portions of the urban areas to a minor degree- but all is unpredictable as seen last night.
We had a ~ F3 tornado traveling almost straight to the OKC, OK core, but as was within the suburb cities, it made several zigzag changes in direction possibly as a result of the 'heat dome' effect on the metro overall larger super-cell circulation. As the wind was blowing in gusts at up to 80MPH generally, with the tornado itself much faster, the losses were limited by the redirection through less developed zones of outskirts to the city cores. The hail accompanying the 7-8 inches of rain in two hours lasted for about 50 minutes. Some areas had 4-5 inch hail.
We were lucky, and the micro-climate tornado paths pass in diagonals north-east and parallel south-east around the downtown core normally. The storm moved slowly across, dropping a record rain amount I believe. 100.000 without power today yet.
These tornadoes were slower than the worst, estimated approx. F3. Multiple vortex droppings were active along the path.
I was lucky to have waited a few minutes to watch the abrupt change (90 degrees) in direction, as the change took it the direction I would have travelled had I taken the initial advisement to drive south. Even five miles north I sat in an opaque wall of rain and the 50 minutes of hail.
I then returned home driving through 1 foot deep flood-waters at times on main roads.
Exciting times in tornado season along 'tornado alley'.
No basement. Bad planning. The water table is too shallow for basements generally here.
Mars must be altered substantially in the micro-climate paths of the smaller dust devils. I have seen some of the effects in rocky boulder paths cut by intersecting paths on Mars in locations.
Learned a few details about tornadoes again this season, with prior experiences in the mutual attraction objects develop in the regions of the debris wall wrapping the core vortexes. Object the size of cars will find each other due to a lessor wind pressure or shear between themselves as multiple objects in suspension in the air. I have seen that following at the tornado speeds in the direction of the rotation. It is one of the cohesiveness traits allowing a formation of the vortex which collimates the structure and makes the debris wall stable. Several causes, similar to solitons and tsunami's.
A powerful geology altering force along with the flooding and straight line winds.
And now comes the sun, 8AM this morning, to give us comfort. Can you imagine the differences on Mars in a similar scenario of settings?