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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

    A measurement of a 295 mph wind speed just above the surface in the May 31, 2013 El Reno tornado by a mobile research radar from the University of Oklahoma (subject to change upon further evaluation) may leave you wondering whether it is a world record-breaker for measured wind speed.

     

    (MORE:  El Reno, Okla. Tornado a Rare EF5)

     

    Amazingly, this measured speed wasn't quite the strongest measured in a tornado.  

     

    In the May 3, 1999 Bridge Creek/Moore/southeast Okla. City tornado, the "Doppler on Wheels" mobile research radar measured peak winds of 301 mph (with a margin of error of 20 mph) at a height of 105 feet above the ground.  This F5 tornado was responsible for $1 billion in damage and 36 deaths.  

     

    Next, the strongest wind speed measured at the surface is...

     

     

    http://www.weather.com/news/weather-severe/most-extreme-winds-earth-20130605?hootPostID=2bd2c50eb95fd33ef91e2e339fea0121

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