November 28, 2013
November 18, 2013
The fifth largest number of tornados ever in American history hit the central part of the United States yesterday. 'Entire towns just disappeared' according to one weather observer. The hardest hit areas were in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. The small town of Washington, Illinois was one of the hardest hit.
As of this morning, six are dead with many injured across the region.
Weather observers believe that two of the tornados were are least F-4 on the severe scale. F-5 is the highest you can go.
November 17, 2013
Dozens of tornados are hitting Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky today. Many small towns have been hit. Video is just beginning to come out of these areas and it is assumed there are many injuries. Here is the video of the Washington, Illinois tornado that ended up doing massive damage. The outbreak will continue into Michigan and Ohio.
October 24, 2013
Weather.com shares with us more about the wonderfully weird world of weather. This time they picked the five biggest coincidences in American weather history. These are five amazing stories. Do you have any to add?
1. Two Tropical Storms Named Allison Hits Same Area Of Texas
Our first wild weather coincidence comes from southeast Texas. In June 1989, Tropical Storm Allison rolled into the Houston area. Once ashore, the storm meandered around East Texas and western Louisiana for days, unleashing rainfall amounts of 10 to 25 inches across a broad area. Eleven people died in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi – all due to flood-related causes – and over half a billion dollars in damage resulted from the freshwater deluge.
Then, 12 years later, another tropical storm named Allison took a very similar track from the western Gulf of Mexico north into the Houston area. This time, Greater Houston itself took an even bigger hit from prolonged torrents, piling up 10 to 30 inches of rainfall; not far away, over 40 inches fell on one spot near Beaumont. A second area of 10 to 30 inches of rain pounded much of southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi.
The 2001 version of Allison took 23 lives in Texas alone. The damage was far more severe than in 1989, amounting to $9 billion as tens of thousands of cars and homes were flooded in and around Houston.
Members of the World Meteorological Organization ultimately decided that this was enough to retire "Allison" as a tropical cyclone name, making it the first and only Atlantic tropical system to be retired for storm-related reasons without becoming a hurricane.
In yet another eerie twist of fate, "Allison" had replaced "Alicia" on the naming list after Hurricane Alicia had also walloped the Houston area in 1983.
2. Two Monster Tornados Follow The Similar Paths In Different Years And Hit Moore, Oklahoma
More than 1,000 tornadoes touch down in a typical year in America, but only a tiny fraction of them contain truly violent winds.
The most violent tornadoes of all, packing winds over 200 mph and rating EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, are particularly rare. Sometimes years pass without one forming anywhere in the U.S., and most people will never see one in their lives.
Unfortunately, that's not the case in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, one of the most tornado-prone metro areas in the country.
On May 3, 1999, a monster tornado swept in from the southwest. On the old Fujita scale it rated F5 and tore a swath of destruction through the suburbs of Bridge Creek, Newcastle, Moore, Del City, and Midwest City, killing 36 people.
Fourteen years later, another massive and violent tornado, an EF-5, touched down in Newcastle before grinding its way east into Moore, taking another 23 lives. Both tornadoes were billion-dollar disasters.
These two tornadoes' paths crossed within the city limits of Oklahoma City itself, near and just southwest of the intersection of Southwest 149th Street and South May Avenue, in the Cleveland County portion of Oklahoma's capital city. The area is a flat zone of large acreages and widely scattered ranch homes – not the tightly packed subdivisions found just to the north and east, but nevertheless a populated area.
While both tornadoes were roughly (E)F3 to (E)F4 strength in the zone where their paths overlapped, it's still remarkable that two top-rated tornadoes crossed the same chunk of land just 14 years apart.
3. Two Hurricanes Make Landfall On The Same Island The Same Year
While most people remember 2005 as the most hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season in modern memory, the previous season was not exactly a benchwarmer itself.
The 2004 season brought four hurricanes to Florida – three made landfall in the state, and a fourth (Ivan) made landfall just west of the state line in Alabama.
Amazingly, two of those hurricanes crossed the same island on Florida's Atlantic coast. That island is Hutchinson Island, a barrier island along the coast of St. Lucie and Martin counties.
Early on Sept. 5, 2004, Hurricane Frances made landfall on the southern end of the island as a Category 2 storm, packing maximum sustained winds estimated at 105 mph.
Then, late in the day on Sept. 25, 2004 – not quite three weeks later – Hurricane Jeanne made landfall, also on the southern end of this very same island, as a Category 3 storm packing estimated maximum sustained winds of 120 mph.
Both hurricanes caused widespread power outages in Florida; the combined damage tally was over $17 billion, with Frances slightly edging out Jeanne in the damage figure. Frances caused five direct fatalities in Florida to Jeanne's three.
Both storms took a gently curving track northward after landfall and both ultimately brought widespread rainfall to most of the East Coast states, causing significant flood damage in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region.
As a final coincidence – almost certainly an intentional coincidence – both storms had their names retired by the World Meteorological Organization during its spring 2005 meeting.
4. Small Fishing Village In Mexico Takes A Direct Hit From Hurricanes Exactly 25 Years To The Day!
La Pesca is a small fishing town in Mexico, on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles south of the U.S. border.
It was the final landfall point of one of the strongest Atlantic basin hurricanes on record, Hurricane Gilbert. On Sept. 16, 1988, Gilbert, which had been a monster Category 5 storm with the lowest pressure ever observed in the Western Hemisphere up to that point, landed as a Category 3 cyclone at La Pesca.
Despite the direct hit, most of the losses and casualties in Mexico occurred further inland as Gilbert unleashed massive rainfall over the rugged interior in places such as Monterrey.
Twenty-five years later to the day, La Pesca took another direct strike as former Hurricane Ingrid landed as a high-end tropical storm with 65-mph winds on Sept. 16, 2013.
Ingrid also unleashed heavy rain over eastern and northeastern Mexico; in combination with Hurricane Manuel on the Pacific side of the country, Ingrid contributed to a combined death toll of over 100; it may never be fully clear what the delineation is between Ingrid's and Manuel's casualties because of the interaction of the two storms, though most of the deaths were near the Pacific Coast and thus more attributable to Manuel.
5. Codell, Kansas Hit By Tornados On Same Date Three Years In A Row!
Codell is a tiny town on the high plains of western Kansas, about 250 miles west of Kansas City.
It's the site of what is arguably the strangest tornado coincidence of all. Codell, along with the surrounding farmfields of Rooks County's Township 12, was hit by tornadoes on the same date in three consecutive years.
On May 20, 1916, an F2 tornado passed south and east of Codell, destroying barns and unroofing a farm house.
On May 20, 1917, an F3 tornado passed 2 miles west of Codell. According to tornado historian Tom Grazulis, it was described as "an immense cone, with a diameter of two miles." One house was destroyed and another damaged on the same ranch, and many barns were blown away.
On May 20, 1918, an F4 tornado blasted right through Codell. It hit the same ranch as the 1917 tornado outside of town, killing five, before plowing into Codell itself. Buildings in town were torn to shreds, and the property toll in town was far worse than the previous two years; but nobody in town died. Unfortunately, four more people perished northeast of town as the twister continued its rampage through the surrounding farmsteads.
October 07, 2013
A tornado watch has been issued today for New York City Metro area. Over close to three decades there has been only eleven confirmed tornados in New York City. None has ever been stronger than an F-1.
-On September 8, 2012, a tornado occurred in Queens and Brooklyn, yielded by an isolated severe storm in the morning. A combined waterspout event, the tornado originated as a waterspout about 1 mile south of the tip of Breezy Point, Queens, and came onshore as an EF0 tornado in Rockaway Beach. Eventually, the waterspout made landfall as an EF1 tornado in Brooklyn, damaging the neighborhood of Canarsie.
-On August 28, 2011, a weak F0 tornado was confirmed in Cunningham Park, Queens, according to a National Weather Service Storm Survey. This weak tornado was spawned by a rotating thunderstorm within a spiral rain band rotating around then Hurricane Irene several hours before it made landfall in New York City.
-On September 16, 2010, two tornadoes ripped through New York City — an EF0 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and an EF1 in the Bayside area of Queens. Learn about the EF0, EF1, and macroburst that tore through the city
-On July 25, 2010, an EF1 tornado touched down in the Bronx.
-On August 8, 2007, numerous thunderstorms produced two tornadoes across southern New York City. An EF2 tornado touched down in Brooklyn during a severe thunderstorm, and an EF1 tornado occurred in Staten Island just prior to the EF2 tornado in Brooklyn.
-An F0 tornado and a "gustnado" occurred in Staten Island's Bullshead and Willowbrook areas on October 27, 2003, during a severe thunderstorm.
-An intense F1 tornado struck Staten Island again in October 1995, causing some property damage, but no injuries.
-In August 1990, an F0 tornado struck Staten Island, injuring three people.
-In October 1985, an F1 tornado touched down in Queens, injuring six people.
October 05, 2013
Weather forecasters are shaking their heads this weekend at a 'very rare grand slam' this weekend. This weekend the United States has a tropical storm, blizzards, tornados and extremely high fire danger in California from the Santa Ana winds. Rarely have all four lined up at the same time.
A major blizzard has hit Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota. An amazing amount of snow has fallen for October with extremely high winds. In Lead, South Dakota, over 50" has fallen. In Rapid City, there is two feet of snow with wind gusts hitting 67 mph.
Last night all over Iowa, there were reports of large wedge tornados on the ground.
In California, officials are concerned about the highest wind/fire combination in years. Red Flag warning has been posted all over the state. Winds could hit 60mph in sections of Southern California and if fire breaks out it could move extremely quickly into threaten communities.
Finally in the Gulf is Tropical Storm Karen. While a very weak and perhaps just depression when it hits the Gulf Coast, it completes the 'Grand Slam'. Flooding is expected from the storm.
Oh by the way, this is all taking place with the government shut down including FEMA personnel and weather resources. Way to go Republicans!
July 30, 2013
Tornado's are often thought as happening only in the United States. While a huge majority of them do occur in the continental US, places like South Africa, Italy, Australia and others do have them. This week a swarm of over a dozen tornados hit the Northern part of Italy.
Just this past May, Milan was hit hard by a large wedge tornado. The world's climate is going crazy!
June 12, 2013
Nature Going Totally Wild: Massive Wildfires In Colorado; Flood Threat In New York, Extremely Violent Storms For Middle Atlantic With 45% Tornado Threat!
Nature has gone totally wild over the last day and the next couple of days promises to be horribly violent.
Yesterday massive wildfires broke out in Colorado and some estimate that over a hundred homes could already been burned to the ground. The fires continue, with temperatures near 100 degrees, to devastate neighborhoods.
Today, extremely violent thunderstorms and a possible Derecho (land hurricane)with tornados most likely will hit the area from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio. The line of storms could see winds up to 100 mph and torrential rains. Washington, DC to Philadelphia will be the target on Thursday.
The last Derecho to hit the East in 2012 killed two dozen, left millions without power and cause extensive damage.
There is an amazing 45% chance of tornados for Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, Southern New Jersey and Washington, DC. That is a highly unusual percentage for this area.
In New York City, some forecasts have three to five inches of rain falling within two days unto already saturated grounds. Even an inch in a downpour could cause serious flash flooding.
The situation with this system is serious and everyone tonight and tomorrow should pay very close attention to weather forecasts and breaking news!
June 11, 2013
Famed meteorologist and storm chaser Reed Timmer has been preaching about the dangers of seeking shelter from a tornado beneath a highway's overpass. The winds funnel into them and even become stronger. When he was a young man Reed made the same mistake and has been attempting to educate people since that incident.