May 18, 2022

Fast Facts: 2011 Tornado Info Web Page from NOAA and Other Sources

UPDATE 2: GeoEye Posts Hi-Resolution Satellite Image of Joplin, MO Showing Post Tornado Destruction of Joplin High School. We will monitor site and update if/when additional imagery becomes available. The image is also available via Flickr.

Update 1: If You Would Like to Listen to a Live Audio Feed From Jasper County, MO Law Enforcement Visit this Radio Reference Page. Then, Click the “Launch County Web Player Link” (a New Window Will Open) or Direct.  Finally, select either Jasper County Law Enforcement Agencies or Jasper County Storm Spotters.

The 2011 Tornado Information Web Page being compiled by NOAA is being updated with with info about the tornado that occurred in Joplin, MO. on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The NOAA page will continue to be updated so check back.

A NOAA satellite image shows the storm system moments before spawning the tornado.

Compilation of Sources from the State of Missouri and From the City of Joplin (Includes City News Releases)

The Joplin Public Library was undamaged with power and is serving as an Internet access point for the community. However, LJ reports, “20 Percent of Joplin Public Library’s Staff Lose Homes in Tornado”

Note: As of Noon EST on May 24, 2011 the list of deadliest single tornadoes on the 2011 Tornado info page has not yet been updated to reflect that two more deaths have been announced from Joplin were announced today making the total number of deaths 118.  This makes the Joplin tornado the deadliest single tornado in U.S. history.

We also plan to update this INFOdocket post with additional material as it becomes available.

Our Thoughts and Prayers are With All of the People of Southwest Missouri.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.