March 2 - 3 tornado outbreak: 10th largest in recorded history?

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:06 PM GMT on March 12, 2012

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The deadly early-season tornado outbreak of March 2 - 3 that hit Indiana, Kentucky, and surrounding states, killing 41 people, may have been the 10th largest two-day tornado outbreak since record keeping began in 1950. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center now lists 132 preliminary tornado reports for March 2, and 11 for March 3. It typically takes several months to finish damage surveys and verify all the tornadoes that really occur in a big tornado outbreak. Sixty-one tornadoes have been confirmed so far, according to Wikipedia's tally of the outbreak. The two-day total of 143 tornadoes from March 2 - 3 is probably an over count of about 15%, based on historical levels of over counts. This would give the March 2 - 3 outbreak around 120 tornadoes, making it the tenth largest outbreak since record keeping began in 1950. Assuming this is true, the past two tornado seasons would hold four of the top ten spots for largest tornado outbreaks in recorded history. Below are the top two-day tornado outbreaks since 1950. Several of these two-day totals were taken from outbreaks that lasted three or more days; the highest two-day period of activity was selected for this list, so that the outbreak would not be mentioned multiple times. The numbers from the 2011 outbreaks are still preliminary:

262, Apr 26 - 27, 2011
169, Apr 3 - 4, 1974
160, May 29 - 30, 2004
141, May 24 - 25, 2011
135, Jan 21 - 22, 1999
130, Apr 15 - 16, 2011
125, May 4 - 5, 2003
123, Jun 15 - 16, 1992
121, May 4 - 5, 2007
120ish, Mar 2 - 3, 2012
120, May 3 - 4, 1999


Video 1. Spectacular tornado video taken at a home in West Liberty, Kentucky outfitted with seven automatic security cameras, which captured the fury of the strong EF-3 tornado with 165 mph winds that roared overhead on March 2, 2012. The views from all the cameras are worth watching, but don't watch past 7:00, as the end of the video has three minutes of blankness at the end. According to an article at wkyt.com, the home owners, Randy and Norma Risner, took shelter in the basement, and their home survived the tornado. "You could actually feel the ground shaking and our the 11-foot basement walls were shaking, too," Norma said. The tornado destroyed their workshop (caught on camera), and another camera shows the roof of their neighbors home peel off.


Video 2. Perhaps even more impressive is video taken at a nearby pharmacy showing the West Liberty tornado destroying buildings across the street. The view from Clinic Pharmacy starts at 0:50 into this video.

The uncertain business of counting tornadoes
While there's no question that having four top-ten tornado outbreaks in just two years is highly unusual, the quality of our tornado data base is poor, and there are probably outbreaks that occurred prior to 1990 that were significantly under-counted and would have made the top ten list, had they occurred today. The number of tornadoes being reported has increased in recent decades, and this increase may be due entirely to factors unrelated to climate change:

1) Population growth has resulted in more tornadoes being reported.

2) Advances in weather radar, particularly the deployment of about 100 Doppler radars across the U.S. in the mid-1990s, have resulted in a much higher tornado detection rate.

3) Tornado damage surveys have grown more sophisticated over the years. For example, we now commonly classify multiple tornadoes along a damage path that might have been attributed to just one twister in the past.


Figure 1. Number of EF-1, EF-2, EF-3, EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes from 1950 to 2011. The total shown for 2011 is preliminary and uses unofficial numbers, but 2011 now ranks in 2nd place behind 1973. There is not a decades-long increasing trend in the numbers of tornadoes stronger than EF-0, implying that climate change, as yet, is not having a noticeable impact on U.S. tornadoes. Data provided by Harold Brooks, NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory.

If we look at changes in the strongest tornadoes--EF-1, EF-2, EF3, EF4, and EF-5 twisters, the ones most likely to have a reliable long-term detection rate, due to their destructive power--we see no sign of an increasing trend in recent decades (Figure 1), even if we include 2011. However, it is difficult to make solid conclusions on how tornadoes may be changing, since the quality of the historical tornado data set is so poor. This is largely due to the fact that we never directly measure a tornado's winds--a tornado has to run over a building before we can make an EF-scale strength estimate, based on the damage. As tornado researcher Chuck Doswell said in a 2007 paper, "I see no near-term solution to the problem of detecting detailed spatial and temporal trends in the occurrence of tornadoes by using the observed data in its current form or in any form likely to evolve in the near future." Major changes in the rating process occurred in the mid-1970s (when all tornadoes occurring prior to about 1975 were retrospectively rated),and again in 2001, when scientists began rating tornadoes lower because of engineering concerns and unintended consequences of National Weather Service policy changes. Also, beginning in 2007, NOAA switched from the F-scale to the EF-scale for rating tornado damage, causing additional problems with attempting to assess if tornadoes are changing over time.


Figure 2. Thomas Hudson and the Portlight trailer in Harrisburg, Illinois.

Portlight disaster relief charity responding to the tornado disaster
The Portlight disaster relief charity has made a strong showing in tornado-devastated Harrisburg, Illinois and Henryville, Indiana. Both towns were hit by deadly EF-4 tornadoes during the February 28 - March 3 tornado outbreak. From the Portlight blog:

"Yesterday we went to Henryville, Indiana and volunteered for a few hours, mainly unloading trailers with water, canned goods, etc.

The people were in great spirit, eager to rebuild, and overall thankful that it wasn't worse than it was.

Myself, Jeremiah Moran, Blaize Edwards, and Andrew Newcomb made the 2 hour drive from Washington, Indiana.

We will be trying to get back this weekend or a couple of days next week."

An interesting sciencedaily.com article discusses how the powerful EF-4 tornado from the February 29, 2012 outbreak that devastated Harrisburg, Illinois passed through a high-density network of seismographs. "The seismograms show a strong, low-frequency pulse beginning around 4:45 a.m. on Feb. 29. Our preliminary interpretation, based on other seismic records of tornadoes, suggests that we were recording not the tornado itself, but a large atmospheric pressure transient related to the large thunderstorms that spawned the tornadoes."

I'll have a new post by Wednesday.

Jeff Masters

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I know this is a weather blog, but you have to read this link if you want a good laugh hahahaha.
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Quoting Patrap:
The New Coronal Triangle Hole continues



Why does that remind me of the Eye of Sauron? And why do I vaguely recall something about an eye in the sky mentioned in Revelations back when I still believed in God and went to church?
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Nea, you would know. Did gas prices break $4.00 during President Bush's administration?
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here is fridays flare
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Quoting yqt1001:
Even if Obama was from "Kenya" or whatever, does it make a difference? Not like it's another foreign superpower trying to break into the US through a very open hole (getting elected).

Some people like to think that "OMG OBAMAIS MUZLIMZOMG HOW AWFUL" but the US is a religious tolerant society, technically nobody should care. Unless the days of religious extremism are coming back, if so, I think I'll go and commit suicide as that is a world I would hate to live in.
Oh hang around. At least it's interesting.

There's a blessing that goes: May you live in interesting times." I've been blessed.
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An extremely rare meteorite fell through the roof of a cottage house, situated in an allotment in Rodelokka center of Oslo. According to Norwegian daily VG, the meteorite caused a hole in the roof of the house. The owner of the house, Rune Thomassen told VG that the meteorite piece was about as big as a snowball, and as heavy as a regular stone in its size. Expert on astrobiologi and geophysicist Hans Amundsen believes that it is a very rare meteorite because it contains fragments of many different rocks that are cemented together, a so-called breccia. It is relatively unusual to find pieces of meteorite hitting earth. Norway has recorded fourteen such findings since 1848.The last time was in Moss in 2006.
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No,, not this anomaly, wiki has a nice entry on Coronal Holes.


A solar wind stream flowing from this coronal hole could reach Earth on March 16-17. Credit: SDO/AIA.

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Quoting Patrap:
The New Coronal Triangle Hole continues

an upsidedown sunado
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The New Coronal Triangle Hole continues

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
I love cheesy grits.

me too.
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So, I went back and got radar data for the Joplin tornado (for like the 5 billionth time). It just amazes me how the atmosphere was able to produce an EF5 tornado on May 22, a day that wasn't really conducive for strong, long-lived tornadoes. I guess it goes to show you that it doesn't take a fully primed environment to produce a monster.



Left: Base Reflectivity
Right: Base Velocity
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Quoting yqt1001:
Even if Obama was from "Kenya" or whatever, does it make a difference? Not like it's another foreign superpower trying to break into the US through a very open hole (getting elected).

Some people like to think that "OMG OBAMAIS MUZLIMZOMG HOW AWFUL" but the US is a religious tolerant society, technically nobody should care. Unless the days of religious extremism are coming back, if so, I think I'll go and commit suicide as that is a world I would hate to live in.
why do that cherish each moment of life no matter what it may be it is truly unique in all thats you and me
KOTG.
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I love cheesy grits.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
FOX is the best news station out there. they dont support Ocrapa, thats the best
If you can't respect the person at least respect the position. I had deep and well informed disagreements with the previous occupant of the most expensive federally funded housing unit. However I never felt the need to resort to ad-hominem attacks when I discussed them.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Ok...well then, uh...moving on!



Yeah, I've been a bit paranoid these days.
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Quoting yqt1001:
Even if Obama was from "Kenya" or whatever, does it make a difference? Not like it's another foreign superpower trying to break into the US through a very open hole (getting elected).

Some people like to think that "OMG OBAMAIS MUZLIMZOMG HOW AWFUL" but the US is a religious tolerant society, technically nobody should care. Unless the days of religious extremism are coming back, if so, I think I'll go and commit suicide as that is a world I would hate to be in.

Ok...well then, uh...moving on!
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Politics and politicians suck so now for something completely different, lets learn about the bird.

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Anyone going to Tampa in August for the RNC Party ?

Hmm, Hmmm?




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I see a change in course coming, on GW

Republicans, climate change doubts

....
Mitt Romney, the Republican party's presidential frontrunner, has said we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet, and Rick Santorum, his closest rival, has described climate science as "political science". Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has said "global warming is not proven".....

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Even if Obama was from "Kenya" or whatever, does it make a difference? Not like it's another foreign superpower trying to break into the US through a very open hole (getting elected).

Some people like to think that "OMG OBAMAIS MUZLIMZOMG HOW AWFUL" but the US is a religious tolerant society, technically nobody should care. Unless the days of religious extremism are coming back, if so, I think I'll go and commit suicide as that is a world I would hate to live in.
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Quoting TampaSpin:
HERE YOU ALL GO....i am going to post a nice tune for you all to hear to calm this down. This was my Father/Daughter wedding dance Friday night...its a tear jerker.



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Nice.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


His birth certificate from Hawaii. Plain and simple.
I don't doubt it. I just said that I'd read conflicting reports.

Trust me, I'm not one of those extreme right-winged idiots that ignore all evidence to the contrary.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I've read conflicting reports regarding the veracity of his claim to citizenship, some of which were (to my knowledge) not from FOX. However, you know I'm open-minded. If you have a conclusive article stating such, I'm all ears.


His birth certificate from Hawaii. Plain and simple.
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Christie Hahahahahaha.
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HERE YOU ALL GO....i am going to post a nice tune for you all to hear to calm this down. This was my Father/Daughter wedding dance Friday night...its a tear jerker.



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The Replicans should just let Obama win. Trust me, hardly nothing will get done in Congress during the next four years. In 2016, you will have Bush and Christie battling it out, and if Hillary does not run, an easy win for the Pubs.
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Quoting yqt1001:


This could be approaching a time where the best option may be an extremist third party.
Agreed.
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A solar wind stream flowing from this coronal hole could reach Earth on March 16-17. Credit: SDO/AIA.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Post #378

ocrapa was in Texas once recently and he though he was in Arkansas xD

he claims to not be muslim, but can recite the muslim prayer thingy perfectly.

he says he is a christian, and is CLEARLY not.

these are also facts.


Well-how can you prove or disprove if someone has a faith? For someone who was brought up in such a strongly religious background I would've thought that you would know not to judge so easily.

Anyways I'm sorry for putting this conversation into a position where it's nearly over the edge so I'll stop here and ask a legitimate question.

Democracy is about picking the lesser of the evils; Obama has done bad enough, I agree, but at this point can ANYONE fix it? Is anyone really the lesser evil?
This could be approaching a time where the best option may be an extremist third party. After all, the only thing that brought Germany out of a horrible depression was Nazism. The only thing that brought Russia (some of Russia*) out of starvation was Stalinism..the list goes on.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
There is nothing dubious Kori.


I've read conflicting reports regarding the veracity of his claim to citizenship, some of which were (to my knowledge) not from FOX. However, you know I'm open-minded. If you have a conclusive article stating such, I'm all ears.
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Aurora Australis

"We can actually fly into the auroras," space station resident Don Pettit said recently. "It's like being shrunk down and put inside of a neon sign."
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Quoting Chicklit:
Okay, 10th largest, but how about when it happened? I'll bet it's the worst early season tornadic event in history.

Excellent point. The thing is, while the number of tornadoes may not be increasing, the number of outbreaks certainly seems to be. Now, perhaps having 40% of the 10 largest outbreaks occur in just the past 12 months is a fluke--but perhaps it's actually a trend, something which remains to be seen. Sure, the "120ish" tornadoes reported during last week's outbreak would have been a considerably smaller number four decades ago. But there would have still been many dozens of tornadoes reported--and all the EF-2, EF-3, and EF-4 twisters that occurred happened in places that have been populated for many decades, so it's not like they would have gone unnoticed even half-a-century ago.

While it's true that rising population and better technology have certainly worked to raise the number of observed twisters, it's not as if the country has suddenly become densely populated in just the last few years, or that overnight people have become concerned about tornado awareness. I suppose the proof will be in the pudding. That is, if large tornado outbreaks continue to increase in number, there would obviously come a point very soon where people would no longer be able to say, "It's just from increasing population density."

We'll see...
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Quoting yqt1001:


Ron Paul has no chance either, the media seems to hate him and Ron Paul supporters are pretty annoying so I tend to ignore them. :P Either way, it really seems that Obama has the best chance at being elected.

You'd have to be pretty stupid to let a billionaire into office (Mitt Romney)... You know what happens to countries where someone with most of the wealth is ruling. He'd probably bring even more corruption and problems into office.



Actually Ron Paul would have a chance, but every politician and the media pumps into everyone that he is "unelectable". When in realty he has values that many democrats would also agree with if he was actually given a chance. The general public in American culture does not, test, and investigate what they know or where their beliefs/opinions are valid anymore. It's so bad to the degree where we would be prime for a dictator to seize power if it weren't for the checks and balances apposing such.
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Quoting TheThinker:
If any other of our presidents had increased the national debt by 50% in three years,
which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, would you have approved?

*If any other of our presidents had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law
that he admitted he never even read,
would you think that he is just an
ignorant hot head? *

*If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico
and sued a state in the United States to force that state
to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism
and wonder who's side he was on? *

*If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps
like Marine Corpse, would you think him an idiot? *

*If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work
by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling
on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry
because one foreign company had an accident,
would you have agreed? *

*If any other of our presidents had used a forged document
as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him? *

*If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a Teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference,
would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept
he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes? *

*If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings
of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?*

*If any other of our presidents had made a joke
at the expense of the Special Olympics,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive
and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him
a thoughtful and historically significant gift,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England
an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it
a proud moment for America ? *

*If any other of our presidents had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia would you have p approved?

*If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference
to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off
as a minor slip? *

*If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers
with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states
in the United States , wouldn't you have had second thoughts about his capabilities? *

*If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark
to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him
walking out his front door in his home town,
would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk. *

*If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate
as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador
when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it
when he tried again, wouldn't you have winced in embarrassment? *

*If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel
to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?*

*If any other of our presidents' administrations had okayed
Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter
in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic,
would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened
on 9-11? *

*If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid
to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed
or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made
into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence? *

*If any other of our presidents had created the position of 47 Czars
who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate
on much of what is happening in America ,
would you have ever approved. *

*If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO
of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority
to do so, would you have approved? *

*So, tell me again,
what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? *
*Can't think of anything?
Don't worry.
He's done all this in 36 months�¬
so you have that much time to come up with an answer.*

*Every statement and action in this email is factual
and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama.

Kinda gives ya something to think about...............
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386. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin
TROPICAL LOW 16U
9:00 AM WST March 13 2012
===========================

At 8:00 AM WST, Tropical Low (996 hPa) located at 18.7S 115.2E or 285 km northwest of Karratha and 400 km west northwest of Port Hedland has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The tropical low is reported as nearly stationary.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5/2.5/D1.0/24 HRS

Forecast and Intensity
===============

12 HRS: 18.4S 115.1E - 40 knots (CAT 1)
24 HRS: 17.3S 115.0E - 50 knots (CAT 2)
48 HRS: 17.0S 115.3E - 60 knots (CAT 2)
72 HRS: 18.4S 117.9E - 80 knots (CAT 3)

Additional Information
=================

The low has intensified in the past 24 hours with very deep convection about the low level center and improving curvature under light vertical wind shear. Strong easterlies to the south of the low level center off the Pilbara coast have been enhanced overnight although these may ease slightly during today. Dvorak CI held to 2.5 and is supported by MET, although current DT=3.0 based on 0.6 curved band wrap on recent visible imagery, suggesting cyclone intensity is imminent.

Movement is very slight with the steering balanced between an upper ridge to the southwest and strengthening monsoonal northwesterlies to the north. A slow motion to the north is forecast through 48 hours then a southeasterly track is forecast for the following days towards the Pilbara coast as the ridge weakens and the monsoon intensifies.

Steady intensification is forecast under the influence of low wind shear and warm sea surface temperature, although sea surface temperature may cool owing to upwelling with the slow motion. numerical weather prediction show a broad system which would indicate rapid intensification is less likely. A broad area of monsoonal gales is expected to develop north of the center by Thursday.

The next tropical cyclone bulletin on Tropical Low 16U from the Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center will be issued at 7:30 AM UTC..
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Quoting Patrap:
Somewhere, a BP is steadily rising..


YA...ye think...LOL
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Quoting TampaSpin:


Shouldn't the same be done with BILL MAHER....all know its ok...his is a LIBERAL...JUST SAYN


He got kicked off of Comedy Central. HBO could do the same.
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Somewhere, a BP is steadily rising..
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A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in this image acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)


NASA Mars Orbiter Catches Twister in Action

ScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2012) — An afternoon whirlwind on Mars lofts a twisting column of dust more than half a mile (800 meters) high in an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

HiRISE captured the image on Feb. 16, 2012, while the orbiter passed over the Amazonis Planitia region of northern Mars. In the area observed, paths of many previous whirlwinds, or dust devils, are visible as streaks on the dusty surface.

The active dust devil displays a delicate arc produced by a westerly breeze partway up its height. The dust plume is about 30 yards or meters in diameter.

The image was taken during the time of Martian year when that planet is farthest from the sun. Just as on Earth, winds on Mars are powered by solar heating. Exposure to the sun's rays declines during this season, yet even now, dust devils act relentlessly to clean the surface of freshly deposited dust, a little at a time.

Dust devils occur on Earth as well as on Mars. They are spinning columns of air, made visible by the dust they pull off the ground. Unlike a tornado, a dust devil typically forms on a clear day when the ground is heated by the sun, warming the air just above the ground. As heated air near the surface rises quickly through a small pocket of cooler air above it, the air may begin to rotate, if conditions are just right....................

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/1203 07111113.htm
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
National advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show has been suspended for two weeks.


Shouldn't the same be done with BILL MAHER....nay its ok...his is a LIBERAL...JUST SAYN
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There is nothing dubious Kori.
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If any other of our presidents had increased the national debt by 50% in three years,
which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, would you have approved?

*If any other of our presidents had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law
that he admitted he never even read,
would you think that he is just an
ignorant hot head? *

*If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico
and sued a state in the United States to force that state
to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism
and wonder who's side he was on? *

*If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps
like Marine Corpse, would you think him an idiot? *

*If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work
by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling
on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry
because one foreign company had an accident,
would you have agreed? *

*If any other of our presidents had used a forged document
as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him? *

*If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a Teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference,
would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept
he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes? *

*If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings
of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?*

*If any other of our presidents had made a joke
at the expense of the Special Olympics,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive
and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him
a thoughtful and historically significant gift,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England
an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it
a proud moment for America ? *

*If any other of our presidents had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia would you have p approved?

*If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference
to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off
as a minor slip? *

*If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers
with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states
in the United States , wouldn't you have had second thoughts about his capabilities? *

*If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark
to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him
walking out his front door in his home town,
would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk. *

*If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate
as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador
when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it
when he tried again, wouldn't you have winced in embarrassment? *

*If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel
to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?*

*If any other of our presidents' administrations had okayed
Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter
in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic,
would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened
on 9-11? *

*If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid
to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed
or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made
into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence? *

*If any other of our presidents had created the position of 47 Czars
who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate
on much of what is happening in America ,
would you have ever approved. *

*If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO
of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority
to do so, would you have approved? *

*So, tell me again,
what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? *
*Can't think of anything?
Don't worry.
He's done all this in 36 months�¬
so you have that much time to come up with an answer.*

*Every statement and action in this email is factual
and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Obama's birth certificate is dubious, yes. But I think there is insufficient evidence to claim it as forgery.

Anyway, I never said Obama is a good president. He's not the greatest. But I think he far exceeds Bush. What a slouch he was.

Though he has no chance, I'd prefer Ron Paul to win.


Ron Paul has no chance either, the media seems to hate him and Ron Paul supporters are pretty annoying so I tend to ignore them. :P Either way, it really seems that Obama has the best chance at being elected.

You'd have to be pretty stupid to let a billionaire into office (Mitt Romney)... You know what happens to countries where someone with most of the wealth is ruling. He'd probably bring even more corruption and problems into office.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Obama's birth certificate is dubious, yes. But I think there is insufficient evidence to claim it as forgery.

Anyway, I never said Obama is a good president. He's not the greatest. But I think he far exceeds Bush. What a slouch he was.

Though he has no chance, I'd prefer Ron Paul to win.



Yeah, I don't agree with everything Ron Paul says, but I voted for him, for a MANY multitude of reasons. I guess the reason Ron Paul gets so little votes explains a lot about the state of the General public right now.

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Excuse me. This was from another blog.
I happen to agree with the guy.
Joe Bastardi is either disillusioned or a liar.
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Facts over "FAUX ficton",,

Winna every time.

..and datz a "Memo"..

: )
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