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I've lived in the Midwest my entire life and I've never seen a tornado, nor can I think of any of my peers who have. If you happen to be in that incredibly rare situation like the video just don't drive into it...

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I have a co worker that had a flat tire a bit north of there or he would have been about the same place as the tornado. Anyhoo, this is just a part of every sprING over here. Here's some more vid. It was in the mountains so it wasn't picking up much dirt to better define the outline like they do in the flatlands. There were a a little over a dozen tornados in Arkansas this outbreak. No lose of life this go around. A couple radar indicated rotations got close to SDC but were really east of Downtown Branson.

 

https://youtu.be/KKu-A4UE1SY

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I saw one once. It went about a mile south of the house where I grew up and we all went out on the deck to watch it. Was really surreal. The funny thing about tornados is that if you're directly in their path, they're devastating; if not, there's basically no danger.

 

How we deal with it out here is every time there's a tornado warning, just pay attention to radar (or crank radio if the power goes out) and know where each tornado is. Wait for them all to pass and you're good. As far as natural disasters go, I'd rather deal with that than a blizzard or hurricane. Probably one of those devil you know things.

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Years ago, my wife's German exchange student was terrified of getting hurt by a tornado when she visited. Maybe we're a pretty big deal for tornado's in places overseas?

 

If you're interested in knowing the odds of dying from a tornado in the US:

https://www.dartmouth.edu/~ears5/handouts/Prob_dying6_25_99.html

 

I think it's safe to say you'll be fine. Even if you do something as idiotic as the people in the video. If you're still worried about tornado's after the stats, give up smoking or riding in cars.

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^I hear people all the time say, "But what about earthquakes in CA??" when I bring up tornadoes around here. Your stats prove tornadoes are more deadly. Now CA wildfires? That's a different story...

 

I think what makes these disasters more scary than smoking or driving is the perceived lack of control. You can choose not to drive or maneuver to avoid an accident, but if a tornado appears above you, you have no control and little time to react. At least hurricanes give more warning, it seems. However, I wouldn't want to get caught in one of those either.

 

Anyway, I'm glad no one was killed and it's generally pretty rare.

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If a tornado appears above your head, then you ignored several hours' worth of warnings not to stand there. No, it's not as much warning as a hurricane, where we know days in advance, but several hours ahead of time we know the general area a tornado will be, and 30-60 minutes ahead we know its exact path. Plenty of time to not be in that path.

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If a tornado appears above your head, then you ignored several hours' worth of warnings not to stand there. No, it's not as much warning as a hurricane, where we know days in advance, but several hours ahead of time we know the general area a tornado will be, and 30-60 minutes ahead we know its exact path. Plenty of time to not be in that path.

 

This tornado wasn't warned ahead of this for very long, one of the videos, you hear the emergency alert on the radio going off as it hit.

This time around these storm intensified when they crossed over into Arkansas, 9 times out of 10 the mountains screw with them, not this time. The tornados have been increasing in Arkansas lately, it's not a new thing as historical data has shown previous times where this happened. The NWS let the warning lapse even though the weathermen at the tv stations were all over the rotation in between 15 minutes before the NWS reissued it for Carroll Co and Boone Co. Arkansas. The counties below SDC.

 

The weather folks around here are typically grads from OU and Miss. St. They are legit not hired faces that read the NWS feed. Scoff is tyically more acurate than the NWS Tulsa office.

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^This is true. I wont go into details but we have had many discussions and incidents where we have been at odds with the NWS office (Tulsa) on general data, warnings, and storm assessments. I remember one incident a few years back where a fellow chaser of ours was flat out called a liar. Caused a lot of internal drama between the office and the media. It was pretty ridiculous.

 

Dan's Public Page: https://www.facebook.com/danskoff/

Alternatively: https://www.facebook.com/NWAWeatherAuthority/

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I'm from KS...I've seen my fair share of tornados (seriously...5-6 on the ground)...and seen what they can do...both on purpose and not on purpose. I have a healthy respect and curiosity for them. A car is a very danger place to be if you are not paying attention. It's a great place to be if you know about how to watch the storms on radar and know the roads around ya to get out of the path. But I wouldn't mess with trying to see a tornado at night or in the hills. There are reasons why chasers do it on the open plains with plenty of cross roads to escape on.

 

I followed the Joplin Tornado into town on that fateful day:( In a mini-van with my family. We actually saw a few funnel clouds in KS near Parsons that day too and took very slowly on the way home trying to avoid the storms. I was driving back to NWA after visiting family just a few miles from a town (Reading, KS) that get hit the night before Joplin. I've got a picture with my son we took the moment that Joplin tornado touched down. We where visiting with the route 66 Mater (Cars movie) truck in Galana just east of town intentionally waiting for the storm to move through Joplin before we where going to stop and eat. It was heart breaking to drive through town....it was only 10-15 minutes after it hit....I didn't know how bad it was and every major street through town was blocked...ended up near the Walmart that got hit....it was a war zone and I felt helpless to help (had my family with me)...a lot of people just wondering around in shock. I ended up driving over power lines and weaving between wrecked semi's and cars to get through. Off topic but I don't get to tell that story often. Ended up spending most of the next week in Joplin helping with the clean up.

 

I'm a die hard follower of Dan and KNWA....dude knows his stuff. One of these days (maybe when the kids leave)...I'm going to go through the official spotter training.

 

Remember folks....SDC has one of the best and biggest tornado shelters in the country on-site with Marble cave.

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^I hear people all the time say, "But what about earthquakes in CA??" when I bring up tornadoes around here. Your stats prove tornadoes are more deadly. Now CA wildfires? That's a different story...

 

I think what makes these disasters more scary than smoking or driving is the perceived lack of control. You can choose not to drive or maneuver to avoid an accident, but if a tornado appears above you, you have no control and little time to react. At least hurricanes give more warning, it seems. However, I wouldn't want to get caught in one of those either.

 

Anyway, I'm glad no one was killed and it's generally pretty rare.

 

I grew literally on top of the New Madrid Fault Line in East Arkansas. If a Tornado didn't get you an earthquake would. And...if all that failed, having a SAC base just up the road then meant you were going to get vaporized by the Russians

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The weather folks around here are typically grads from OU and Miss. St. They are legit not hired faces that read the NWS feed.

 

Hail State!

 

Nice to see props for the school here.

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Man... I'm not sure how we all ended up so involved in a tornado conversation in the thread where a Mack spinning launched inverted coaster just opened up. I could understand if this were the Worlds of Fun or Valleyfair thread...

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Man... I'm not sure how we all ended up so involved in a tornado conversation in the thread where a Mack spinning launched inverted coaster just opened up. I could understand if this were the Worlds of Fun or Valleyfair thread...

 

Branson had a twister hit the the main drag just a couple of years ago. SDC was under a tornado warning last week. Branson is right on the outer edge of tornado alley and the area has had its share of history with them....despite any disputes about the hills protecting them.

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^It was a joke.

 

 

There's term in Northwest Arkansas that's often joked about called the Fayetteville effect. It doesn't spare Benton much as they have had a few tornados over the years. The old folk will claim it is because it sits on the Northeast corner of the Plateau. Folks point to this for why the Mena AR gets them too. Another undeniable hot spot it between Conway Arkansas and Little Rock. The poor town of Vilonia is cursed with them. I'd never, ever live there.

 

This tornado was just leaving the relatively flat river valley and entering the Boston Mnt. Section of The Ozarks.

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Man... I'm not sure how we all ended up so involved in a tornado conversation in the thread where a Mack spinning launched inverted coaster just opened up. I could understand if this were the Worlds of Fun or Valleyfair thread...

 

I visited SDC for the first time on Friday, and I can't understand why there isn't more hype for Time Traveler! Back row is an amazing ride, with one of the best first drops out there.

I agree! I think Time Traveler is going to be over-shadowed this year by all the crazy RMCs opening, but I really was blown away by the ride. RMCs are awesome, but you pretty much know what you're getting going into them. I love that Time Traveler gives a unique experience every ride. The experience pretty much had everything I loved about X2 when I first rode it, minus the soundtrack. I try not to mention it much because it's an unpopular opinion, but I really loved X2 for years because of the sideways + diagonal + backwards crazy inversion experience. I also loved the drop and the few pops of airtime that could be taken at just about any angle.

 

Very underrated ride, and I hope Time Traveler gets the credit it deserves as the season goes on.

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Man... I'm not sure how we all ended up so involved in a tornado conversation in the thread where a Mack spinning launched inverted coaster just opened up. I could understand if this were the Worlds of Fun or Valleyfair thread...

 

I visited SDC for the first time on Friday, and I can't understand why there isn't more hype for Time Traveler! Back row is an amazing ride, with one of the best first drops out there.

I agree! I think Time Traveler is going to be over-shadowed this year by all the crazy RMCs opening, but I really was blown away by the ride. RMCs are awesome, but you pretty much know what you're getting going into them. I love that Time Traveler gives a unique experience every ride. The experience pretty much had everything I loved about X2 when I first rode it, minus the soundtrack. I try not to mention it much because it's an unpopular opinion, but I really loved X2 for years because of the sideways + diagonal + backwards crazy inversion experience. I also loved the drop and the few pops of airtime that could be taken at just about any angle.

 

Very underrated ride, and I hope Time Traveler gets the credit it deserves as the season goes on.

 

Right now SDC is suffering from crappy weekend weather syndrome that's really keeping folks from going to the park. I would like to use this oportunity to say MORE INDOOR RIDES. I'll stop screaming now.

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I visited SDC for the first time on Friday, and I can't understand why there isn't more hype for Time Traveler! Back row is an amazing ride, with one of the best first drops out there.

 

Powder Keg was also a very pleasant surprise!

 

Glad you enjoyed the park! Powderkeg is a GREAT coaster. Very underrated in my opinion!! As much as you enjoyed Time Traveler, it's got me that much more excited to make a trip back out there!!

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I visited SDC for the first time on Friday, and I can't understand why there isn't more hype for Time Traveler! Back row is an amazing ride, with one of the best first drops out there.

 

Powder Keg was also a very pleasant surprise!

Glad you had a good time! You'll hear more buzz this summer. A lot of enthusiasts wait until daily operations for their trips, and that starts in just a couple of weeks now. About that time, too, area schools start to let out for summer and the Branson tourist season begins. Once more people have a chance to ride it, you'll start seeing trip reports. I know several members here are planning to come out this way this summer.

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The abrupt launch surprised me, as well as many others. Although, it allows the rider to catch their breathe, it doesn't look to deter from the ride in anyway. I've heard that the s-curve before the zero-g-roll is one of the most surprising elements on the coaster. The ride itself looks amazingly themed, and overall a great investment for SDC.

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You have misquoted me. I didn't say that.

 

Ugh. How'd that get I there?

 

Most forums I'm on don't do multilevel quotes automatically, so I expected where you were quoted to be stripped when I quoted the post.

 

Corrected.

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I'm very certain I will be going to Silver Dollar City this year! However I've read reports online saying that traffic in Branson was really bad though. Is this true and how can I combat it?

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I'm very certain I will be going to Silver Dollar City this year! However I've read reports online saying that traffic in Branson was really bad though. Is this true and how can I combat it?

 

Learn the back roads inside and out on Google earth, get to SDC very early on busy days (Sat and Sun), possibly come in fom the west if not. The lights on 76 cause the back ups, why MDOT hadn't addressed these issues is mind boggling.

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