Birth of A Killer




It takes a special mix of weather conditions to spawn strong, damaging tornadoes. The series of supercell thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes from Oklahoma City to Wichita (May 3, 1999) came from a classic combination of conditions.

The diagram below shows conditions as they existed before the tornadoes hit Oklahoma and Kansas.


Source: WeatherData Inc., National Weather Service.; Graphic by Paul Soutar/The Wichita Eagle




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