Joplin tornado toll at 116; dangerous tornado outbreak expected today

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:50 PM GMT on May 24, 2011

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Severe weather is expected again today in storm-torn Joplin, Missouri, as rescuers sift through the rubble of their town that was devastated by the deadliest U.S. tornado since at least 1947. A violent high-end EF-4 tornado with winds of 190 – 198 mph carved a 7-mile long, ¾ to one mile-wide path of near-total destruction through Joplin beginning at 5:41pm CDT Sunday evening. In nine terrifying minutes, the tornado killed at least 116 people, injured 500 more, and obliterated huge sections of the town. Damage from the tornado is so severe that pavement was ripped from the ground, and the level of damage is so extreme that this is likely to surpass last month's Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado as the costliest tornado of all-time.


Figure 1. Radar reflectivity image of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Joplin, Missouri tornado, one minute before the tornado touched down at 5:41pm CDT. There is a hook echo apparent, though not a classic well-defined one.


Figure 2. Radar-estimated rainfall for the period May 22 – 24 over the region surrounding Joplin. Rains of 1.83" fell on the city yesterday, a record for the date.

The Joplin tornado's place in history
According to our weather historian, Christopher C. Burt in his post, The World's Deadliest Tornadoes, the death toll of 116 from the Joplin tornado ranks as the deadliest U.S. tornado since at least 1947, when a violent F-5 tornado hit Woodward, Oklahoma, killing 181. However, it is now thought that the Woodward tornado was actually one of a series of tornadoes, and the tornado that hit Woodward killed 107 people. If that is true, we have to back all the way to 1936 to find the last U.S. tornado that killed more people than 2011's Joplin tornado. In 1936, violent tornadoes a day apart hit Tupelo Mississippi (216 killed), and Gainesville, Georgia (203 killed.) NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) rates this year's Joplin tornado as the 9th deadliest U.S. tornado of all-time.

This year's tornado death toll now stands at 482, making it the deadliest year for tornadoes in the U.S. since 1953, when 519 people died. That year, three heavily populated cities received direct hits by violent tornadoes. Waco, Texas (114 killed), Flint, Michigan (115 killed), and Worcester, Massachusetts (89 – 94 killed) all were hit by violent F-4 or F-5 tornadoes. A similar bad tornado year occurred in 1936, when violent tornadoes hit Tupelo Mississippi (216 killed), and Gainesville, Georgia (203 killed.)


Video 1. The last year with more tornado deaths than 2011 was 1953, when three great tornadoes killed more than 90 people each. This old newsreel video shows destruction from the first of these deadly 1953 tornadoes, the May 11, 1953 F-5 tornado that hit downtown Waco Texas, killing 114 people. The wunderground youtube channel has almost 300 old newsreel videos of historically significant weather events.

What's going on?
It's been an incredibly dangerous and deadly year for tornadoes. On April 14 - 16, we had the largest tornado outbreak in world history, with 162 tornadoes hitting the Southeast U.S. That record lasted just two weeks, when the unbelievable April 25 – 28 Super Outbreak hit. Unofficially, that outbreak had 327 tornadoes, more than double the previous record. The legendary April 3 – 4 1974 Super Outbreak has now fallen to third place, with 148 tornadoes. Damage from the April 25 – 28, 2011 outbreak was estimated to be as high as $5 billion, making it the most expensive tornado outbreak in history; the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado of April 27 may end up being the most expensive tornado of all-time—until the damage from Sunday's Joplin tornado is tabulated. Officially, 875 tornadoes hit the U.S. In April 2011, making it the busiest tornado month in history. The previous record was 542 tornadoes, set in May 2003. The previous April tornado record was 267, set in 1974, and April has averaged just 161 tornadoes over the past decade.

So what's going on? Why are there so many tornadoes, and so many people getting killed? Well, the high death toll this year is partly just bad luck. Violent EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes usually miss heavily populated areas, and we've had the misfortune of having two such tornadoes track over cities with more than 50,000 people (the Joplin tornado, and the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham EF-4 tornado in Alabama, which killed 61 people on April 27.) This sort of bad luck occurred in both 1953, when F-5 tornadoes hit Flint, Worcester, and Waco, and in 1936, when F-5s hit Tupelo and Gainesville. However, this year's death toll is more remarkable than the 1953 or 1936 death tolls, since in 2011 we have Doppler radar and a modern tornado warning system that is very good at providing an average of twelve minutes of warning time. The warning time for the Joplin tornado was 24 minutes. The first tornado warning wasn't issued until 1948, and virtually all tornadoes from the 1950s and earlier hit with no warning. On average, tornado deaths in the United States decreased from 8 per 1 million people in 1925 to 0.12 per 1 million people in 2000. Had this year's tornadoes occurred 50 years ago, I expect the death toll would have exceeded three thousand.


Figure 3. Number of strong to violent EF-3, EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes from 1950 to 2011. There are no obvious trends in the numbers of these most dangerous of tornadoes. Image credit: NOAA/National Climatic Data Center (updated using stats for 2008 – 2011 from Wikipedia.)

Tornadoes require two main ingredients for formation—instability and wind shear. Instability is at a maximum when there is record warm air with plenty of moisture at low levels, and cold dry air aloft. April 2011 sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico were at their third highest levels of the past 100 years, so there was plenty of warm, moist air available to create high instability, whenever approaching storm systems pulled the Gulf air northwards into Tornado Alley, and brought cold, dry air south from Canada. The La Niña event in the Eastern Pacific, in part, caused this spring's jet stream to have very strong winds that changed speed and direction with height. This sort of shearing force (wind shear) was ideal for putting a twist on thunderstorm updrafts, allowing more numerous and more intense tornadoes than usual to occur. Was this year's heightened wind shear and instability the result of climate change? We don't know. Over the past 30 years, there have not been any noticeable trends wind shear and instability over the Lower Mississippi Valley, according to the NOAA Climate Scene Investigations team. Furthermore, there have been no upward trend in the number of violent EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes over the past 60 years, or in the number of EF-3 and stronger tornadoes (Figure 3.) However, this year's remarkable violent tornado activity—17 such tornadoes, with tornado season a little more than half over—brings our two-year total for the decade of 2010 – 2019 to 30. At this rate, we'll have more than 150 violent tornadoes by decade's end, beating the record of 108 set in the 1950s. In summary, this year's incredibly violent tornado season is not part of a trend. It is either a fluke, the start of a new trend, or an early warning symptom that the climate is growing unstable and is transitioning to a new, higher energy state with the potential to create unprecedented weather and climate events. All are reasonable explanations, but we don't have a long enough history of good tornado data to judge which is most likely to be correct.

More severe weather today
Yesterday, survivors of the tornado endured a 12-hour period with two severe thunderstorm warnings, a record 1.83” of rain, hail, and lightning that struck two police officers. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) recorded 11 preliminary reports of tornadoes yesterday, along with 315 reports of damaging winds and 182 reports of hail up to 3.5” in diameter. The severe weather threat is much higher today, and SPC has placed a large section of eastern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma in their "High Risk" region for severe weather potential, and warn of the potential for long-lived strong tornadoes. This is their third "High Risk" forecast for the year, and the first since the terrible April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. That day was the busiest tornado day in world history, with 198 tornadoes occurring in a 24-hour period. Over 300 people died. The other "High Risk" forecast by SPC came during the final day of the April 14 – 16 outbreak over the Southeast U.S. Fifty-two tornadoes hit that day, and 26 people died in North Carolina and Virginia. The severe weather threat will continue into Wednesday, when additional tornadoes are likely along a swath from Arkansas to Indiana.


Figure 4. Severe weather threat for Tuesday, May 23, 2011.

Links
The most remarkable audio I've ever heard of people surviving a direct hit by a violent tornado was posted to Youtube by someone who took shelter in the walk-in storage refrigerator at a gas station during the Joplin tornado. There isn't much video.


Video 2. Video of the Joplin, Missouri tornado of May 22, 2011, entering the southwest side of town. Filmed by TornadoVideos.net Basehunters team Colt Forney, Isaac Pato, Kevin Rolfs, and Scott Peake.

Helping out tornado victims
For those who want to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the widespread destruction this month's severe weather has brought, stop by the Red Cross website, or portlight.org blog. Portlight has been very active bringing aid to the victims of this year's tornadoes. Below is the damage survey from the Joplin tornado:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
938 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2011

...JOPLIN TORNADO GIVEN A PRELIMINARY HIGH END EF-4 RATING...

* DATE...22 MAY 2011
* BEGIN LOCATION...APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF JOPLIN
* END LOCATION...1 MILE SOUTHEAST OF DUQUESNE
* ESTIMATED BEGIN TIME...541 PM
* ESTIMATED END TIME...550 PM
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-4
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...190-198 MPH
* ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH...3/4 OF A MILE
* PATH LENGTH...7 MILES
* FATALITIES...116 REPORTED AS OF 3 PM MONDAY
* INJURIES...400 REPORTED AS OF 3 PM MONDAY
* BEGIN LAT/LON...37.06 N / 94.57 W
* END LAT/LON...37.06 N / 94.39 W

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAMS RATED THE TORNADO THAT KILLED OVER 100 PEOPLE IN AND AROUND JOPLIN AS A HIGH END EF-4 TORNADO.

BASED UPON SURVEYS COMPLETED TODAY...MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED BETWEEN 190 AND 198 MPH. THE TORNADO HAD A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 3/4 TO ONE MILE.

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 541 PM NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTRY CLUB AND 32ND STREET. ADDITIONAL SURVEYS ARE EXPECTED TO BE CONDUCTED TO FURTHER DEFINE THE STARTING POINT AND INTENSITY AT THIS LOCATION.

DAMAGE BECAME MORE WIDESPREAD AS THE TORNADO CROSSED MAIDEN LANE...CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO NEARLY ALL WINDOWS ON THREE SIDES OF ST JOHNS HOSPITAL AS WELL AS TO THE ROOF. THE TORNADO FURTHER INTENSIFIED AS IT DESTROYED NUMEROUS HOMES AND BUSINESSES TO THE EAST AND NORTH OF THE HOSPITAL. THE HIGHEST RATED DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS TO A CHURCH SCHOOL THAT HAD ALL BUT A PORTION OF ITS EXTERIOR WALLS DESTROYED AS WELL AS TO A NURSING HOME. WINDS IN THAT AREA WERE ESTIMATED AT 160 TO 180 MPH.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO DESTROY OVER 100 HOMES BETWEEN 32ND AND 20TH STREETS. THREE STORY APARTMENT COMPLEXES HAD THE TOP TWO FLOORS REMOVED...OTHER TWO STORY COMPLEXES WERE PARTIALLY LEVELED.

A BANK WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE VAULT.

A DILLONS GROCERY STORE ALSO HAD SIGNIFICANT ROOF AND EXTERIOR WALL DAMAGE. LASTLY...THE EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR WALLS OF A TECHNICAL SCHOOL...A MORTAR AND REBAR REINFORCED CINDER BLOCK BUILDING...FAILED.

THE TORNADO CROSSED RANGELINE ROAD NEAR 20TH STREET. THE MOST INTENSE DAMAGE WAS NOTED JUST EAST OF THIS INTERSECTION WHERE A HOME DEPOT WAS DESTROYED BY AN ESTIMATED 190 TO NEARLY 200 MPH WINDS.
IN ADDITION...THE CUMMINS BUILDING...A CONCRETE BLOCK AND HEAVY STEEL BUILDING...HAD ITS STEEL ROOF BEAMS COLLAPSE. SPORTS ACADEMY AND THE WALMART ALSO SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE EASTWARD ALONG AND SOUTH OF 20TH STREET DESTROYING NUMEROUS WAREHOUSE STYLE FACILITIES AND RESIDENCES THROUGH DUQUESNE ROAD. WINDS IN THIS AREA MAY ALSO APPROACH 200 MPH.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO DESTROYING NUMEROUS HOMES BEFORE WEAKENING AS IT TURNED SOUTHEAST TOWARD INTERSTATE 44.

SUBSEQUENT DAMAGE SURVEYS WILL BE REQUIRED TO DETERMINE THE SCOPE OF ADDITIONAL REPORTS ALONG AND SOUTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 71 AND INTERSTATE 44.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

Jeff Masters

May 22, 2011 (WisconsinCowboy)
Hailstones in Westfield, WI
May 22, 2011
Wall cloud (weatherfanatic2010)
wall cloud with scud clouds rising up into it that looked like a funnel but were actually not ratating with the wall cloud.
Wall cloud
Tornado? (thomasanthony)
This is a shot looking west toward Topeka Kansas, about 5 miles away, as the wall cloud came closer to my position.
Tornado?
Wall Cloud (thomasanthony)
Rotating wall cloud coming through Perry Kansas. That speck towards the top is a helicopter.
Wall Cloud
Cleora, OK Tornado (okeedoky)
Very active tornado day 5/22 was. About the same time as Joplin, MO was getting hit, we had this one come right over the Grand Lake RV park and put down some EF-3 damage on the other side of the hay field you see.
Cleora, OK Tornado

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276. IKE
"""BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS, IKE!!!!!!!!!""".....

WTH?
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thanks admin
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


source?


PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
329 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0323 PM TORNADO 2 N CANTON 36.08N 98.59W
05/24/2011 BLAINE OK STORM CHASER

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Quoting emcf30:
LARGE Tornado on ground OK


source?
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272. Jax82
well, that didnt take long.
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EMPTY SPACE CREATED GOODBYE
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BAM
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LARGE Tornado on ground OK
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Quoting atmoaggie:
May I borrow the crystal ball next?


Could come in handy when trying to pick winning lottery numbers..
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Quoting atmoaggie:
May I borrow the crystal ball next?


lol, sorry. Post #188 :P
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Quoting atmoaggie:
Hahahaha! That's wunderful.
When I had it, I didn't find the US weather station that useful, really, but at least it was something.


Wasn't sure if it was useful either, but really wanted to test it out during a hurricane season and possible evec before I made the declaration.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Just as predicted in post #288, the storms in OK have become tornado warned.
May I borrow the crystal ball next?
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Don't like the looks of that cell just south of Fairview, OK:

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Quoting pottery:

HAH!!
I only drink 20 yr old rum.
Brewed BEFORE this Environmental thing was even an issue.
So, I'm in the clear.
:):))

BBL>>>>>>>>>
So that's why you call yourself pottery. You throw. Wish I could. I would raku everyday if I could do it. I wonder if Vodka is as bad on the environment???? who cares, have another drink!
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South of Alfalfa
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260. Jax82
Yeah i guess Reed Timmer was right, dont drive on I-40 near these storms.
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Quoting beell:


Good question. There is no correlation to the coordinates given and the text description of the location. They're off for sure.

Probably a very good correlation between the tornado and its damage path and that's what will get entered in the final database.
;-]

LSR's will always a crude measure of activity and even poorer for track but it is usually all we have early on.


I questioned those locations, too. Google puts them right on, yet my GPS has the start and stop west of Joplin.
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Randy Denzer has nice rotating wall on stream with audio
discovery
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Very strong rotation with this particular storm...Judging by the way it appears on velocities, this could be the first damaging tornado of the day in OK.

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Quoting presslord:


your most egregious offense: the distillation process of rum is an environmental abomination.... but, I suppose, an argument could be made that it's worth it...

HAH!!
I only drink 20 yr old rum.
Brewed BEFORE this Environmental thing was even an issue.
So, I'm in the clear.
:):))

BBL>>>>>>>>>
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Just as predicted in post #288, the storms in OK have become tornado warned.
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All these cells have Tornado Warnings on them
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Quoting pottery:

OK!
First thing in the morning..
(who are you, anyway?)


your most egregious offense: the distillation process of rum is an environmental abomination.... but, I suppose, an argument could be made that it's worth it...
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and move on...

Trolls die quickly if unfed.
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Backtracking...
#137,
Hey Atmo, I was somewhat second-guessing myself as well, lol, why I mentioned, see if could reach consensus view...

#160,
Hiya MS Wx,
Guess, as Dr Jeff mentioned, La Nina influence, although sure other climate teleconnections involved... We've certainly had the classic atmospheric signal of persistent La Nina drought over the southern tier for months! Our YTD rainfall here? Thru May 23: 7.54" / 15.63" deficit...

The absurd irony - Watching Atchafalaya floodwater levels rise steadily up to record levels close by to potentially threaten, while the ground is totally parched - extreme drought surrounded by record river flooding! One NE Terrebonne upper bayou stretch (disconnected from floodwater sources) is bone dry with huge cracks 2" across, over a foot deep... Just incredible dryness for location that averages over 63" a year and scary to ponder how the atmosphere will try to balance out in time... Been warm, but have not had record warmth here right on the Gulf - might reach it today, but still have not hit or exceeded the 90F mark officially yet at either KHUM or HUML1 stations.

Add correction / edit: 300 PM CDT HOUMA MO SUNNY 90 72 55 S21 29.95F HX: 96
And there we are...

Safe wishes to all in mod-high risk target zone... Rapidly developing tstms growing more ugly by the minute.

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Quoting emcf30:

:):))
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Quoting pottery:

So many Weirdo's.
So little time....
I'd be interested in that one's carbon footprint...

Hey, we could ban refrigeration in the name of carbon emissions (much, much worse than any TV), millions more could die of food-borne illnesses, and everything would be better.
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Quoting CARBONCOP:


Pottery, go fire up your highly toxic raku pit again so you can help heat up the atmosphere and cause more natural disasters!!!!!!

OK!
First thing in the morning..
(who are you, anyway?)
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Quoting atmoaggie:
And when cell towers get toppled? (What if Joplin had another nado yesterday morning? Very little in the way cell service there, from what I understand.)
If mobile homes come with a built-in WX radio, why not autos?

The alternative is that we let Darwin handle it and those that are listening to the Pod or Sirxmius while the midday sunlight turns to black and would rather not interrupt their regularly scheduled programming for a live, local radio station just get forcefully removed from their cars, or the cars get removed from the surface, by a nado.


For those concerned, there are car radios that will pick up the NOAA signal - I believe this is sold by Cruchfield for about $120:

Pyle Marine CD AM/FM Radio, NOAA Weather, Detach Face, Wired Remote.
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Quoting hcubed:


Or even a small NWS alert radio that can be plugged in to DC power.

My new vehicle came with SIRIUS, and had one channel devoted 24/7 to U.S. weather conditions.

They dropped that channel, but kept one for Canadian weather. Really helpful in Biloxi, MS.
Hahahaha! That's wunderful.
When I had it, I didn't find the US weather station that useful, really, but at least it was something.
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
300 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN BLAINE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA...
NORTHEASTERN DEWEY COUNTY IN NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA...
MAJOR COUNTY IN NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA...
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN WOODS COUNTY IN NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 345 PM CDT

* AT 300 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 10 MILES WEST OF
CANTON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE AMES...CANTON LAKE...CANTON...CLEO
SPRINGS...FAIRVIEW...HOMESTEAD...HUCMAC...ISABELLA ...LONGDALE...
MENO...ORIENTA...ORION AND RINGWOOD.
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238. Skyepony (Mod)
Missed this update yesterday on the extreme fires in Canada..

Situation Update No. 13
On 23.05.2011 at 03:34 GMT+2

More than 2,000 personnel from across the country have enlisted to battle the 44 wildfires burning across central and northern Alberta's tinder-like landscape. As of Sunday evening, eight of those still raged out of control, including the Slave Lake, Alta., inferno that has consumed 4,559 hectares, decimated nearly half the town and left hundreds homeless in recent days. Suppression operations across the province have spread local resources thin, prompting the province to import some 500 firefighters from British Columbia and Ontario to help battle the blazes. The province has also deployed approximately 140 helicopters, 32 air tankers and scores of heavy ground-based equipment, and are warning northern Alberta residents to stay indoors to avoid health risks associated with the deteriorating air quality. A fire ban, which has been upgraded to include fireworks, is still in effect on all provincial land, government officials said Sunday. Fire has scorched more than 300,000 hectares - an area more than four times the size of Calgary - since the beginning of April. Meanwhile, officials are quashing speculation that a firebreak may have helped save Slave Lake from the monstrous blaze. "Many communities do still cut down trees to make firebreaks, however in this case, there was a firebreak in place," said Duncan MacDonnell with Sustainable Resources. "The highway is considered a firebreak." MacDonnell said the trees across the highway are the same distance from the town as they would have been had a firebreak been in its position instead.
He chalks the marked speed and power of the wildfire up to extreme weather conditions. "This was a special fire and it was fuelled by unfavourable weather conditions," he said. Officials say it will be quite some time before they can begin to investigate the details of the blaze. "At this point, we're more concerned with putting this fire all the way out than we are with studying it," he said.

Some of the wildfires still burning across Alberta:
- 23 km south of Loon Lake, 84,700 hectares (out of control)
- 15 km southeast of Gift Lake, 2,238 hectares (held)
- 7.5 km northeast of Red Earth Creek, 19,747 hectares (out of control)
- North of Fort McKay, 8,900 hectares (out of control)
- 21 km north of Fort McMurray, 100 hectares (held)
- 27 km south of Kinuso, 5,797 hectares (held)
- 7 km north of Janvier, 847 hectares (held)
- Richardson Backcountry, 148,000 hectares (out of control)
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Large swarms of locusts have laid waste to vast tracts of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with authorities expecting the plague to worsen as the weather heats up. The locust plague began in the pastureland of the Ili River Valley and Taer Basin in late April, said Wang Xinchang, an official with the animal husbandry bureau in Tacheng Prefecture, on Tuesday. "Locusts have infested nearly 100,000 hectares of pastureland in Tacheng Prefecture," he said. As the summer heat persists, the situation might still worsen next month. At least 400,000 hectares of pastureland could become infested, he said. Xinjiang's regional headquarters of locust and rodent control said an estimated 15.7 million hectares of pastureland would suffer from the locust plague this summer. The local governments in Ili and Tacheng have stepped up monitoring of the plague and have launched a pesticide spraying campaign to stop it spreading. Xinjiang has more than 100 kinds of locusts, one of the major menaces to the health of its grassland. It has a history of using chickens, ducks and other birds to fight the insects.
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Quoting CARBONCOP:
Quoting kwgirl:
So Ike, you sleep with your TV on too? In 1979 when Gov. Graham ordered the keys to evacuate, I slept with my radio on. Of course, I did not evacuate, but I remember waking up to listen to the wind( there was none) and kept the radio tuned to the local am channel. It was the same as in Andrew, the people evacuated into the storm and guess what.... ran right into it!




What a waste of greenhouse gasses to be leaving your TV on every night, you should be ashamed of yourselves!

I hope your local power plant is not coal powered which would make your transgressions even worse, such wasteful use of resources is what contributed to the April being the third warmest SST ever in the GOM which in turn led to the worst month in history for tornadoes.BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS, IKE!!!!!!!!!

So many Weirdo's.
So little time....
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Locally the Red Cross is trying to get the word out. That word being PREPARE.

May 23, 2011
American Red Cross helps prepare residents for hurricane season

David Ball The Orange Leader

ORANGE — June 1 is just around the corner— the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross staff and volunteers were out in force on Monday at Ace Hardware — Childs’ Building Supplies in Orange, Walmart in Vidor and Walmart in Bridge City to help prepare residents by giving out preparedness brochures and items need in their disaster supplies kit. They also highlighted some specialty items such as the R150 self-powered hand crank radio, Water Bob and weather radio.

Donna Ferchak, director of emergency services, said forecasters are predicting multiple named storms this season, so now is the time to get prepared.
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Quoting presslord:


this just chills me...but...we have a guy there now who told me that they are hearing a fair number of cries for help from within the rubble....that was from early this morning....not sure of the current status...


One third of a town of 50,000 people was wrecked. A three quarter mile wide, six mile long trail of destruction. They can't have recovered all the bodies in that destruction in such a short space of time. It may turn out to be a lot worse than is currently realised.
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Quoting CARBONCOP:
Quoting kwgirl:
So Ike, you sleep with your TV on too? In 1979 when Gov. Graham ordered the keys to evacuate, I slept with my radio on. Of course, I did not evacuate, but I remember waking up to listen to the wind( there was none) and kept the radio tuned to the local am channel. It was the same as in Andrew, the people evacuated into the storm and guess what.... ran right into it!




What a waste of greenhouse gasses to be leaving your TV on every night, you should be ashamed of yourselves!

I hope your local power plant is not coal powered which would make your transgressions even worse, such wasteful use of resources is what contributed to the April being the third warmest SST ever in the GOM which in turn led to the worst month in history for tornadoes.BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS, IKE!!!!!!!!!
you are a tormented soul aren't you and i really think today is not the day
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Quoting atmoaggie:
One thing I find sorely lacking is car radios capable of getting the NWS radio feed.

How easy would it be to have a car radio with the built in functionality of recognizing the strongest NWS radio signal, regardless of location, and automatically going to that in the event of a severe t-storm warning or tornado warning? With all of the other technology in car stereos presently, this likely would cost very little to add on to new designs.

With so many folks now listening to media devices or satellite radio through their car stereo and no longer getting any local notification of severe weather events, this notion makes even more sense. If you are driving and listening to the Pod through the car stereo, you are probably oblivious to severe weather warnings.


Or even a small NWS alert radio that can be plugged in to DC power.

My new vehicle came with SIRIUS, and had one channel devoted 24/7 to U.S. weather conditions.

They dropped that channel, but kept one for Canadian weather. Really helpful in Biloxi, MS.
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