Better yet, NWS personnel have access to hi-res satellite data through the Dept. of Homeland Security for this event. The entire path of that supercell received a scan, and this data is able to be displayed as a layer in the internal version of the Damage Assessment Toolkit - the software used to plot damage points.I propose it would be of historic interest to get drone footage to confirm the path, or lack thereof, along this 10 mile stretch.
This is not targeted at Ken, but just a general statement to all - There is much that goes on behind the scenes that many assume is not happening without bothering to ask or think that it might be. NWS meteorologists are just as involved and curious in this event as all the enthusiasts and chasers. While there are some tornadoes that could stand to be surveyed better IMO, I can assure everyone that this damage track has many eyes on it from the meteorological and engineering communities, and will continue to be thoroughly reviewed. Regardless of if the rating and path length stand as they currently are, this was still a historic event.
Correct. And that is why it is so hard to get EF5 damage as Jeff said - most DIs do not have an UB that goes into that range, and if they do, it's the worst possible destruction of the best engineered structure. The ranges (LB-UB) are given to account for varying degrees of engineering, construction quality, the impacts of debris loading, etc.As I am writing this, I’m thinking maybe I have the answer to my own question… Is the idea to say, continuing to use the DoD 3 example, that if “broken glass in windows and doors” is the *worst* damage found, then the tornado is unlikely to have had winds greater than 114 mph?