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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Quoting washingtonian115:
Wow very very warm outide.And beautiful,all though some storms might roll in later today.It's going to be in it's upper 70's through 80's the rest of the week and next week.


Looking at some pop up storms to the west moving in the general direction of DC right now. They may contain some small hail or gusty winds.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The two-week cold spell in early February was a deep one. But since then, temps have been mostly above normal throughout the European mainland and the UK. In fact, hundreds of record high temperatures have been set, mainly in western Europe--and the UK overall had one of its mildest winters ever, despite the February cold snap.

Sections of europe are also experiencing drought...southern UK, spain, portugal...etc
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Flood surveys underway by the National Weather Service Lake Charles in the Lafayette/Carencro, LA, area. Large swaths of land remain under water from yesterday's flash flood, only coming down 0.5-1.0ft from high water marks.
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FWIW, Reed Timmer is saying the same thing about next week that both Margusity and TropicalAnalystwx13 have said today:

"Looks like March 18-20 could be significant dry line severe weather outbreaks each day for the same areas in southwestern Great Plains. Looks like west Texas will get active again. It's been awhile."

(From Facebook)
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Good Afternoon. For those more interested in weather than politics today, here is the Aussie Met Office Enso forecast release from today:

La Niña nears its end
Issued on Tuesday 13 March | Product Code IDCKGEWWOO

The 2011–12 La Niña event is nearing its end, with most indicators approaching or at neutral values. Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest that the Pacific Ocean will continue to warm over the coming months, with a neutral ENSO state expected to persist at least through the second half of autumn. While La Niña is nearing its end, waters around Australia remain warmer than normal, maintaining the potential for increased rainfall over the continent.

The declining state of the La Niña is evident in several indicators. Sea surface temperatures across the central tropical Pacific Ocean are now near-normal and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) has been in the neutral range since late February. Central Pacific trade winds have weakened over the past fortnight, while cloudiness near the Date Line has also returned towards more normal levels.

During La Niña events, the number of tropical cyclones in the Australian region is typically above normal over the November to April tropical cyclone season, with February and March the peak. The influence of La Niña on Australian rainfall and temperature typically peaks during winter to mid-summer, and then weakens over the following autumn.

The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) has limited influence on Australian rainfall from December through to April. Neutral IOD conditions are forecast for the austral winter


Considering time-lag issues, it looks like an Enso Neutral start to the Atlantic H-Season in three months.
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halfpasthuman.com/poorbrain

note the date here
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Quoting HurrikanEB:
Does anyone know how europe has recovered from the winter? They had that really bad cold spell, but now are they back to normal, or are they warmer like the US?
The two-week cold spell in early February was a deep one. But since then, temps have been mostly above normal throughout the European mainland and the UK. In fact, hundreds of record high temperatures have been set, mainly in western Europe--and the UK overall had one of its mildest winters ever, despite the February cold snap.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Beautiful

Wow! Very nice
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Wow very very warm outide.And beautiful,all though some storms might roll in later today.It's going to be in it's upper 70's through 80's the rest of the week and next week.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


would i scare ya
if i told ya
the death ridge
is going to be
a eastern north
american ridge
anywhere east of
the rockies
will be under it

Yeah you would. That would be insane if that actually happened. O_O
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No Tropical storm, but I *DO* have TS-like coditions:

Dillon MT
52 °F
Clear
Humidity: 27%
Dew Point: 19 °F
Wind: 36 mph from the SSW
Wind Gust: 44 mph
Pressure: 29.41 in (Falling)
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Quoting nymore:
A lot of cold water anomalies around the Equator worldwide hardly any warm

It's true that the eastern equatorial Pacific is still in its La Nina cool stage, but there are nevertheless lots of reds here. Lots and lots and lots of reds:

uh-oh
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Does anyone know how europe has recovered from the winter? They had that really bad cold spell, but now are they back to normal, or are they warmer like the US?
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Beautiful
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A lot of cold water anomalies around the Equator worldwide hardly any warm
Link
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The way the last few months have been, I wouldn't be surprised to see some of that "abnormally dry" expand a bit in the northeast. There hasn't been much change since January, but the general outlook for NYS has temperatures about 10-30 degrees above average probably for the rest of the month.


It was 25 degrees above average yesterday, and we smashed the previous record high by 7 degrees. Tempes today are running a couple of degrees warmer than yesterday.
- - definitely setting up to be drier and warmer than last summer anyway.
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Sun Doc's?



recently a massive sphere was observed within the solar corona. It was apparently attached to the solar sphere by an umbilical tube of sorts. Whether 'birthed' from the sun, or just sucking at the solar tit, i am struck by the excellence of the timing of the occurrance. Just when our friendly neighborhood sun is in the throes a seeming major expansion event (or events), along comes a very very very very very very unexpected form of solar energy dissipation. Right at a scary peak of activity in fact.

Hmmm...is this good for us here on earth?

Can't see that this is bad. And as universe is self correcting, and self adjusting (read that again, oh admirals of the temporal seas...), it makes sense that it would have its own form of an 'adjustment mechanism' in-built into the proccesses.

As humans are mostly small and ignorant, and even collectively (in the matterium), we can barely keep our asses covered, it also makes sense that we are totally oblivious to the larger processes of universe operating around us. It would seem that universe is providing a demonstration for our elucidation.

The large 'triangle' coronal 'hole' makes sense as well. If the energy levels are being 'drawn down' so to speak, then the underlying geometric nature of the sun (and all within matterium) will be revealed as a natural outcome of less 'energetic overlay'.



Hmmm...from the view point of the small and the ignorant, this whole turn of events feels like a 'good thing'.

posted March 13, 2012 by clif high
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to residents of the SE, doesnt this remind you of.... summer???!!
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Global D-Region Absorption

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Quoting Ameister12:



would i scare ya
if i told ya
the death ridge
is going to be
a eastern north
american ridge
anywhere east of
the rockies
will be under it
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Related to the water shortages that we were chewing over earlier today, I found this on the BBC:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-173 43034

This an interesting line from it:-
"Continuation of water consumption at 20th Century rates is no longer possible." Mikhael Gorbachev.

If you look at the map of soil moisture anomaly map, the impending disaster is blatantly obvious. Although most areas will not run out of water and domestic supply will continue the main problem will be what to feed the livestock on as they cant be moved out of the affected area easily!
This could be the first modern European natural disaster in the making and if so this is going to make a lot of people sit up and listen to finite means "finite."
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img src="Powerful Aurora borealis over Abisko National Park. 03-12-2012 from Lights Over Lapland on Vimeo.">

Lights over Lapland (20 hours ago)
What also makes this especially cool are Venus and Jupiter in the aurora, slightly to the left of the screen. Wow.
Here's a little more from spaceweather.com about recent events:
ANOTHER STRONG FLARE: So much for the decay of sunspot AR1429. The active region unleashed another strong flare on March 13th, an M7-class eruption that peaked around 1741 UT. A first-look image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory show's the flare's extreme ultraviolet flash. The blast accelerated energetic protons toward Earth and a solar radiation storm is now developing around our planet. Stay tuned for updates. Space weather alerts: text, phone.

VENUS-JUPITER CONJUNCTION: This is a great week to admire the sunset. Venus and Jupiter are side-by-side only 3o apart in the western sky, beaming through the twilight as soon as the sun goes down.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Coming soon: The Return of the Death Ridge: Part 2


Good evening, I'm sure people in texas wouldn't like to hear that
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Space Weather Message Code: SUM10R
Serial Number: 533
Issue Time: 2012 Mar 13 1845 UTC

SUMMARY: 10cm Radio Burst
Begin Time: 2012 Mar 13 1711 UTC
Maximum Time: 2012 Mar 13 1725 UTC
End Time: 2012 Mar 13 1805 UTC
Duration: 54 minutes
Peak Flux: 1400 sfu
Latest Penticton Noon Flux: 115 sfu
Description: A 10cm radio burst indicates that the electromagnetic burst associated with a solar flare at the 10cm wavelength was double or greater than the initial 10cm radio background. This can be indicative of significant radio noise in association with a solar flare. This noise is generally short-lived but can cause interference for sensitive receivers including radar, GPS, and satellite communications.

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Space Weather Message Code: ALTPX2
Serial Number: 50
Issue Time: 2012 Mar 13 1906 UTC

ALERT: Proton Event 10MeV Integral Flux exceeded 100pfu
Begin Time: 2012 Mar 13 1855 UTC
NOAA Scale: S2 - Moderate
Potential Impacts: Radiation - Passengers and crew in high latitude, high altitude flights may experience small, increased radiation exposures.
Spacecraft - Infrequent single-event upsets to satellites are possible.
Radio - Small effects on polar HF (high frequency) propagation resulting in fades at lower frequencies.

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Space Weather Message Code: WARPC0
Serial Number: 61
Issue Time: 2012 Mar 13 1818 UTC

WARNING: Proton 100MeV Integral Flux above 1pfu expected
Valid From: 2012 Mar 13 1817 UTC
Valid To: 2012 Mar 14 0600 UTC
Warning Condition: Onset
Potential Impacts: An enhancement in the energetic portion of the solar radiation spectrum may indicate increased biological risk to astronauts or passengers and crew in high latitude, high altitude flights. Additionally, energetic particles may represent an increased risk to all satellite systems susceptible to single event effects. This information should be used in conjunction with the current Solar Radiation Storm conditions when assessing overall impact.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Coming soon: The Return of the Death Ridge: Part 2


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Quoting Jedkins01:



Woah really? I mean yes there is enough evidence to prove Obama is a U.S. citizen, but its not perfect. If someone questions that a little, does that really make that person equivalent to what you suggest?

Seriously man, let some air out of your big head before you pop it yourself. If anything you are the ignorant one because you don't question anything you hail to be the right answer. There are many different people with different views and opinions, that doesn't give them a low I.Q.

Furthermore, even if someone does have a low I.Q. they shouldn't be treated as inferior. Yet I see such a strong presence of an arrogant elitist attitude in this blog its horrendous. For those of you that possess it be careful because that person you think has such a low I.Q. might be far closer to the truth than you are.


I know, some might call this a rant, but I don't care, I do have some emotion and, I am not going to attempt to pretend I don't. I am quite sick of what I see.


There is always fishin and beer..:). Might be a bit choppy, but the Sun is shining.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Maybe. From Scientific American:

Unusual Warmth Expected to Fuel Extreme Weather in the U.S.
Most of nation will experience a mild spring that will produce an active storm season


Highlights:

--"The central Plains and western and central parts of Texas will be particularly warm this spring, once a large dome of high pressure shifts westward and dominates the weather. The change to drier, milder weather is expected to occur in April and May. Temperatures will climb above-normal, especially across Nebraska and Kansas and western and central Texas, with below-normal rainfall. The persistent dry and mild weather is not good news for the already drought-stricken Texas and the Four Corners region."

--"An above-normal number of tornadoes is forecast for this season with water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico running above normal for this time of year."

--"Areas that seemed to miss out on frequent severe weather last year may see an uptick this year... More frequent bouts of rain and severe weather will migrate northward to the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys, which were not hit as hard as the Deep South in 2011, mainly during April and May."
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Lalalalalalalala I reject your reality.
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Quoting Floodman:


I'm hanging in there, hydrus; the last year has been a rough one, but where there's life, there's hope. How about you? Things going well, I hope?
I,m so busy its not even funny.
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Quoting WatchingThisOne:


Yup. I just wiped my ignore list yesterday for the upcoming season, and already people are clamoring to get back on it :)


Oh, I never wipe it; I just amnesty a few, most of whom end up right back on it...
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Quoting Patrap:


Its a coronal Hole, nothing unusual..

Coronal Holes


Move along, Johhny; nothing to see here...move along Johnny
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i see there has been another event strong
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Quoting BobWallace:


And I'm sick of ignorant people continuing to make stupid arguments.





Yup. I just wiped my ignore list yesterday for the upcoming season, and already people are clamoring to get back on it :)
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Quoting Floodman:


Not you (LOL) NEAPOLITAN (who apparently left the site before seeign the post...

How the devil are you, brother?


GREAT! And you? My WUMail is working if you need to drop me a line...glad to see you still kicking! I hadn't been on here much lately. So busy with a myriad of hobbies and pursuits!
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Quoting Floodman:


Numerous times; I tend to get a little passionate about things if I'm not careful...
i do miss the Jerry when things get messy round here.. 'grate' to see your return (~};)
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Quoting hurricanejunky:


Not sure if it's working...or I'm on the iggy list! LOL


Not you (LOL) NEAPOLITAN (who apparently left the site before seeign the post...

How the devil are you, brother?
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Quoting entrelac:

It looks really good. I clicked around but didn't find anything I could break.


Thanks for the time! Glad you liked it. I'm working on a couple of suggestions I've gotten this morning; nothing fundamental, mostly minor this and that like providing links to the larger versions for posted photos, things like that...stop by the site anytime; we;ll be updating regularly!
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Quoting SPLbeater:
how in this big wide world do i get an email telling me that i have violated community standards here???

i betcha it was the political comments yesterday...yeah, most likely. any1 else ever gotten this?


Numerous times; I tend to get a little passionate about things if I'm not careful...
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Through the first 12 days of March my average high has been 56.0 F and and an average low of 34.3 F.  Our typical average for our high for the first 12 days of March is 46.0 F and a low of 27.8 F.  So we are ( plus 10 F, and plus 6.5 F) above average respectively.

10 Day forecast calls for...

(74 - 39)...(77 - 58)...(73 - 58)...(77 - 56)...(72 - 56)...(77 - 57)...(79 - 63)...(77 - 61)...(75 - 59)...
(70 - 41) *By this last day of the ten day forecast we are supposed to be average 50 F and 29 F.
Records will smashed...

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Coming soon: The Return of the Death Ridge: Part 2

Maybe. From Scientific American:

Unusual Warmth Expected to Fuel Extreme Weather in the U.S.
Most of nation will experience a mild spring that will produce an active storm season


Highlights:

--"The central Plains and western and central parts of Texas will be particularly warm this spring, once a large dome of high pressure shifts westward and dominates the weather. The change to drier, milder weather is expected to occur in April and May. Temperatures will climb above-normal, especially across Nebraska and Kansas and western and central Texas, with below-normal rainfall. The persistent dry and mild weather is not good news for the already drought-stricken Texas and the Four Corners region."

--"An above-normal number of tornadoes is forecast for this season with water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico running above normal for this time of year."

--"Areas that seemed to miss out on frequent severe weather last year may see an uptick this year... More frequent bouts of rain and severe weather will migrate northward to the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys, which were not hit as hard as the Deep South in 2011, mainly during April and May."
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Quoting SPLbeater:


if they have a problem about me talking of my day, which is infact influenced by the WEATHER, they are free to tell me anytime!


I have no problem with it, I see others talking even more "off-topic", most recently talking about gas prices and presidents. *cough cough*


In weather news, very quiet rainwise across this great USA.Not quite cloud-free, but it is very nice all over.






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Quoting SPLbeater:


if they have a problem about me talking of my day, which is infact influenced by the WEATHER, they are free to tell me anytime!


but you didnt say anything about weather, but i am just guessing. I dindt sen u any email.


the death ridge wont return either, yet.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



never, but is was probably for your chatter about your day yesterday combined with the political stuff. If you stick to weather, you should be fine.

Actually i have a question for Dr. Masters on if in cases like this, they would highlight your infraction so you know exactly what you did.


if they have a problem about me talking of my day, which is infact influenced by the WEATHER, they are free to tell me anytime!
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Coming soon: The Return of the Death Ridge: Part 2

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Quoting Xyrus2000:


Yes they did. In several places in.

But why on Earth do people think the POTUS has any control over gas prices? They are driven by market conditions. The POTUS can influence foreign policy which might impact prices (i.e. stop threatening Iran). The POTUS can go before congress and request lower fuel taxes (at the expense of trying to maintain our infrastructure). But the POTUS is not a dictator. He can't simply say "Verily I sayeth gas prices be lower!" and they magically lower.

And even if he gets fuel taxes lowered at the federal level, he has no control at the state level. Sure he can pressure, persuade, etc. but he can't force states to lower their fuel taxes.

This is how the free market works. Political uncertainty, rumor, speculation, oligopolies, etc. all of it affects the price you pay at the pump. Congress (and to a lesser extent, the POTUS) can make and implement policies that influence the prices, but they cannot control them. The market does that.

Any candidate or member of congress claiming that they can magically lower gas prices is either a charlatan or an idiot.


You are absolutely correct but two things Obama could do to lower prices are release some of the strategic reserves (which are nearly full and would lower prices by as much as .25 a gallon) and force the CFTC to do their freakin' job and crack down on oil speculators which is said to be adding .58 per gallon to gas prices. Aside from those things, you're right and I've never been one to accuse the POTUS (regardless of who it is) of intentionally keeping gas prices high and/or having the ability to greatly affect them. Of course Moon Man Newt will have us at $2.50 because he'll be importing oil from his moon base free of charge. Yeah, and his wife Morgan Fairchild will be flying the oil shuttle. Yeah, that's the ticket. LOL.

Enjoying sunny,breezy 80 degree weather here in good old Fort Myers, FL. Hope everyone else's weather is tolerable as well!
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