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WFMJ meteorologist experiences Oklahoma storms first hand

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Photo courtesy of:  Barbara Armitage Photo courtesy of: Barbara Armitage
Photo courtesy of: Barbara Armitage Photo courtesy of: Barbara Armitage
Photo courtesy of: Barbara Armitage Photo courtesy of: Barbara Armitage

NORMAN, Oklahoma - As part of a trip to learn about and experience supercells firsthand, WFMJ Meterologist Mike Joyce is in Oklahoma this week as multiple tornadoes touch down on the midwestern plains.

Joyce, a weekend weather anchor for 21 News, says the trip was planned months ago and just so happened to be the same weekend as a tornado devastated the communities surrounding Moore, a town 10 miles north of where Joyce is.

He is in a group of 17 meterologists and students studying to become meterologists.

The crew went down for an "exciting storm chasing experience," but the experience has gone above and beyond what they could ever imagine.

"From the models and parameters we saw, we didn't expect that ... we didn't expect this to happen," Joyce said.

"A lot of us have never seen the type of severe weather that's common to the plains," Joyce explained. "It's a lot easier to see super cell development, it's more frequent."

When we spoke to him Tuesday, Joyce said there was a little rainfall, things were more stable than they were Monday.

He sent us pictures of a tornado that touched down about 3 p.m. Monday.

Joyce described the trip as an amazing experience and the surrounding events as unfortunate.

Although the crew would like to help those affected by the devastating tornadoes, Joyce said they are sticking to storm chasing and letting the professional emergency management agencies handle the relief efforts.

 

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