Five-ton tractor 'missing' in South Dakota following tornado

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  1. Randy Jennings

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    Harding County, SD 6/28/2018 (USA Today story 7/2/2018) "Tornadoes have been known to toss around everything from cars and trucks to cows and people, but usually the objects don't vanish.However, last Thursday, a tornado near the Montana/South Dakota border apparently "lofted and destroyed some farm machinery, including a 5-ton tractor that has yet to be found," according to the National Weather Service. Winds were estimated at 136 mph. "While much of the damage was consistent with an EF-1 or EF-2 tornado, the most significant damage was consistent with an EF-3 tornado," the weather service noted. The tornado will be officially categorized in the next few days.:"

    Full story at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...ing-south-dakota-following-tornado/752475002/

    There is a nice NWS writeup with chaser pics at: https://www.weather.gov/unr/2018-06-28

    No word on if anyone is offering a reward to find the tractor. Guess it would give bored chasers something to do.
     
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  3. Randy Jennings

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    The article Alex posted is something else. This farmer was quite a collector and is still missing several other vehicles and an atv. He also had a bull skewered by a 2x6 (don't worry the bull is ok). Farmer claims the tornado was much bigger than the NWS said. Also the "NWS provided this picture of the tornado ... taken by Roger Hill". I can't help but wonder if this newspaper is confusing "provided " with "posted".
     
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    I'm not generally one to question a rating given out by an WFO, but I would think this would lean more towards a violent tornado rather than a low end EF-3? I get that there wasn't much out there for it to hit while at it's peak intensity, but it seems like it was capable of quite significant damage just based on these DI's alone.
     
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    I had a very good NWS WCM tell me once that storm surveys are often more about what you don't see than what you do see. The story needs to be consistent and many times there is more to the story on high end damage.
     
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    We've had internal discussion and have reached out to a few people re: this tornado. However, vehicles (cars, tractors, etc.) are not an official DI, therefore we cannot rate them based upon that.
     
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    Ah, I wasn't aware vehicles aren't included as DI's. Makes sense then.
     
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