Rare Japanese tornado kills 1, injures 48

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:28 PM GMT on May 07, 2012

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A rare strong tornado ripped through Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan 30 miles northeast of Tokyo on Sunday, killing a teenage boy, injuring 48 people, and damaging or destroying 890 buildings. The tornado carved a path of destruction 15 km long and 500 meters wide, said the Japan Meteorological Agency. The tornado was given a preliminary rating of F-2, with winds of 113 - 157 mph (Japan uses the traditional "F" scale to rate tornadoes, not the "EF" scale used in the U.S.) The tornado also damaged homes in a housing complex in Tsukuba where 20 people from seven families from Fukushima Prefecture had evacuated following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, caused by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. I bet those families are feeling disaster-prone!


Video 1. A rare tornado in Japan hits approximately 30 miles northeast of Tokyo on May 6, 2012.

Japan's tornado climatology
Tornadoes are rare in Japan, due to the fact the nation is surrounded by ocean, which tends to stabilize the air. Between 1961 - 2010, an average of 15 tornadoes per year hit Japan, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Only four F-3 tornadoes have hit Japan. The most recent F-3 hit on November 7, 2006, in the Wakasa area of Saroma, Hokkaido. Nine people died and 26 were injured. Over 30 buildings, including a dwelling, warehouses and temporary structures were damaged or destroyed. No violent F-4 or F-5 tornadoes have been recorded in Japan, according the Japan Meteorological Agency, though other sources list a December, 1990 tornado as having been an F-4. Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt has more details in his latest post, Deadliest Tornadoes. Only one F-2 tornado hit Japan in both 2010 and 2011. A 1997 study published in the Journal of Climate found that Japanese tornadoes occurred most frequently in September and least frequently in March, and that typhoons were responsible for about 20% of all the tornadoes. A list of Asian tornado outbreaks maintained at Wikipedia lists the deadliest Japanese tornado as one on 6 September, 1881, which killed 16 people.


Figure 1. Distribution of tornadoes in Japan, 1961 - 2010. Image credit: Japan Meteorological Agency.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting LargoFl:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL
351 PM EDT MON MAY 7 2012

FLZ042-043-048-072030-
SUMTER-CITRUS-HERNANDO-
351 PM EDT MON MAY 7 2012

...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT CENTRAL SUMTER...NORTHEASTERN
HERNANDO AND SOUTHEASTERN CITRUS COUNTIES...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATES STRONG THUNDERSTORMS
LOCATED NEAR FLORAL CITY...OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF INVERNESS...MOVING
EAST AT 5 MPH...WILL AFFECT INVERNESS...INVERNESS AIRPORT...
HEATHERWOOD AND WAHOO...UNTIL 430 PM EDT.

GUSTY WINDS 35 TO 45 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE. FREQUENT LIGHTNING IS
EXPECTED. TO BE SAFE GO INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. IF CAUGHT
OUTSIDE...FIND A LOW SPOT...AND STAY AWAY FROM TALL OBJECTS. THESE
STORMS MAY PRODUCE PEA SIZE HAIL. TORRENTIAL RAINS WILL REDUCE
VISIBILITY TO NEAR ZERO AND WILL CAUSE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS.
MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION.

&&

LAT...LON 2891 8233 2891 8207 2861 8202 2869 8237
2883 8238
TIME...MOT...LOC 1951Z 260DEG 5KT 2876 8226

$$


Hey, Largo. I hope you got my message. I am sorry you misunderstood my blog the other day. I meant it as a shot to me, not you. Again, I apologize for the misunderstanding.
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Turning into a Meso

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Tropical Tidbits


Thanks!
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Yeah! Like this oft quoted, "What cherry tree?". Supposedly this has been attributed to someone named George.

Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are often associated with quotes that they did not make.


They probably got them from Grothar in the first place. How old is this guy
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Turning into a Meso....


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mississippi storms headed south
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Tropical Tidbits
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Quoting Bielle:


Yo,Grothar: On this site, I'm a reader, not a writer, unless I spot something egregiously wrong. You and others were way ahead of me on this on though.


Anyone who can use the word egregiously in a sentence, can't be all bad. :)
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Quoting nigel20:

Thanks for your reply


In the extremely unusual instance where Grothar does not have the answer immediately at hand, Google can be your friend. Here's an article from 2011 about the increase in the parrot population: Link
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

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No tornado warnings out, nor are there any storms that look potentially tornadic...


Radar has rotation
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Quoting nigel20:

It's a page that you like


What is his lastname
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Quoting txjac:
Tornadic thunderstorms in west Texas now

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No tornado warnings out, nor are there any storms that look potentially tornadic...
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Quoting nigel20:

What's up pottery? I've noticed that it has been very wet in Trinidad...i hope you'll get some dry weather soon

Well, the Rainy Season starts in June........
The dry season better hurry up!
As you know, our dry is from Jan to May.
This year we had rain right through, so far.

The rains have not been a problem though.
The watermelons are plentiful and huge !
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Quoting weatherh98:


If he posts stuff on fb i mqy hqve to friendhim

It's a page that you like
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190. txjac
Tornadic thunderstorms in west Texas now
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THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE


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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


Frankly,I dont know the answer to your question as I haven't payed much attention to any updated information. But yes,that population was almost gone when Hugo hit the NE part of PR,where El Yunque rain forest is located.

Thanks for your reply
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
From Levi's facebook:

"May 20th - June 5th is starting to look like a period to watch for subtropical or tropical stirrings in the western Caribbean, eastern Gulf of Mexico, or southwest Atlantic due to an MJO pulse that should come through and enhance thunderstorm activity. The upper-air pattern on the ensemble means is becoming more favorable-looking 12+ days out with the polar jet off in Canada and sagging heights to the south off the SE US. The eastern Pacific may get their first storm out of this pattern. The CFS week 3 forecast shows how wet the whole area looks:"



If he posts stuff on fb i mqy hqve to friendhim
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Quoting hydrus:
I probably should not have plussed that because I dont like violence, but I am a patriot.
\

Now THIS is America!

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Quoting HughJass:


You've got some great input at times but please refrain from over-sensationalizing local weather events. Every time there's a storm in C FL you're smack dab in the center of it. I wish I had your luck here in Lakeland.


Oh really well here you go.

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Sea Surface Temperatures in 2009 were significantly colder than they are this year, the Gulf of Guinea was warm, and there was an ongoing El Nino by the peak of the season and the year still managed to produce 9 named storms, 3 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes.

We may finish with a lower number of storms than in the past two years, but this hurricane season won't be below average.

2009:



2012:

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Quoting presslord:


Lincoln gets 'credited' with a LOT of stuff he never said...


Yeah! Like this oft quoted, "What cherry tree?". Supposedly this has been attributed to someone named George.

Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are often associated with quotes that they did not make.
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167. I'm not quoting you because you seem to be trolling now. Between your rather... eclectic climate change posts, then politics, and now religion... might as well take on abortion and complete the trifecta of divisive blog topics.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Looks like a flash flood outside my work I would say just over 2" so far as it's raining so hard I can't even see the rain guage.


You've got some great input at times but please refrain from over-sensationalizing local weather events. Every time there's a storm in C FL you're smack dab in the center of it. I wish I had your luck here in Lakeland.
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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL
351 PM EDT MON MAY 7 2012

FLZ042-043-048-072030-
SUMTER-CITRUS-HERNANDO-
351 PM EDT MON MAY 7 2012

...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT CENTRAL SUMTER...NORTHEASTERN
HERNANDO AND SOUTHEASTERN CITRUS COUNTIES...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATES STRONG THUNDERSTORMS
LOCATED NEAR FLORAL CITY...OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF INVERNESS...MOVING
EAST AT 5 MPH...WILL AFFECT INVERNESS...INVERNESS AIRPORT...
HEATHERWOOD AND WAHOO...UNTIL 430 PM EDT.

GUSTY WINDS 35 TO 45 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE. FREQUENT LIGHTNING IS
EXPECTED. TO BE SAFE GO INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. IF CAUGHT
OUTSIDE...FIND A LOW SPOT...AND STAY AWAY FROM TALL OBJECTS. THESE
STORMS MAY PRODUCE PEA SIZE HAIL. TORRENTIAL RAINS WILL REDUCE
VISIBILITY TO NEAR ZERO AND WILL CAUSE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS.
MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION.

&&

LAT...LON 2891 8233 2891 8207 2861 8202 2869 8237
2883 8238
TIME...MOT...LOC 1951Z 260DEG 5KT 2876 8226

$$
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Quoting Grothar:


Yo! Bielle, where have you been hiding?


Yo,Grothar: On this site, I'm a reader, not a writer, unless I spot something egregiously wrong. You and others were way ahead of me on this on though.
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Quoting nigel20:

Have you seen my question in post 157? I wanted to know how is the Parrot population in Puert Rico, as I heard that it mostly wiped out during Hugo


Frankly,I dont know the answer to your question as I haven't payed much attention to any updated information. But yes,that population was almost gone when Hugo hit the NE part of PR,where El Yunque rain forest is located.
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Anybody here in Altamonte Springs experiencing this flooding?
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Tsunami? radiation? Tornado? That's nothing; how about this:

Fears increase of big earthquake near Tokyo in the foreseeable future

A prominent Japanese seismologist rattled some nerves when he declared there was a 70 percent chance of a major earthquake in or around Tokyo -- in the next four years. Government scientists had proclaimed a similar risk, but over a longer timeframe, 30 years.

---

Modern Japanese buildings are among the sturdiest in world. After the 1995 Kobe earthquake, the country spent billions developing the most advanced technology for protecting structures. Still, the government estimates that a powerful quake in Tokyo today would kill nearly 10,000 people, and leave more than half a million buildings in flames.


This would will be bad. Very, very bad...


All the action across the globe is in motion, and now we sit back and watch
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Today's CPC update has the same reading of last week's one (-0.1C) at Nino 3.4.

Link

Have you seen my question in post 157? I wanted to know how is the Parrot population in Puert Rico, as I heard that it mostly wiped out during Hugo
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Looks like a flash flood outside my work I would say just over 2" so far as it's raining so hard I can't even see the rain guage.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Meanwhile, the abridged version of the Iraq invasion of 2003:

I probably should not have plussed that because I dont like violence, but I am a patriot.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Meanwhile, the abridged version of the Iraq invasion of 2003:

hahahhahahahah........yes!  It's been a good monday now thank you.  Funny stuff.
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170. LBAR
Anyone else noticing the spin off the South Carolina coast?

http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/huecvs.html
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Flash floods in Nepal leave many dead and/or missing. Link
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Tsunami? radiation? Tornado? That's nothing; how about this:

Fears increase of big earthquake near Tokyo in the foreseeable future

A prominent Japanese seismologist rattled some nerves when he declared there was a 70 percent chance of a major earthquake in or around Tokyo -- in the next four years. Government scientists had proclaimed a similar risk, but over a longer timeframe, 30 years.

---

Modern Japanese buildings are among the sturdiest in world. After the 1995 Kobe earthquake, the country spent billions developing the most advanced technology for protecting structures. Still, the government estimates that a powerful quake in Tokyo today would kill nearly 10,000 people, and leave more than half a million buildings in flames.


This would will be bad. Very, very bad...
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It is storming hard here!

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
From Levi's facebook:

"May 20th - June 5th is starting to look like a period to watch for subtropical or tropical stirrings in the western Caribbean, eastern Gulf of Mexico, or southwest Atlantic due to an MJO pulse that should come through and enhance thunderstorm activity. The upper-air pattern on the ensemble means is becoming more favorable-looking 12+ days out with the polar jet off in Canada and sagging heights to the south off the SE US. The eastern Pacific may get their first storm out of this pattern. The CFS week 3 forecast shows how wet the whole area looks:"


I saw it as well
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Today's CPC update has the same reading of last week's one (-0.1C) at Nino 3.4.

Link
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Quoting presslord:


Lincoln, again?
Ovid.?
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Quoting Tribucanes:
And the point is those words could have never rang more true than they do today.


Actually, to me it appears that the point is you are using an untruth to push a political agenda.
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Quoting Tribucanes:
In Spite of the great number an variety of scientific processes, there are two statements that can be made about all of them without exception. These are: 1. All processes involve interchanges and conversions of an entity called energy, with the total energy remaining constant. Scientifically this is called the law of conservation of energy, or the First Law of Thermodynamics. 2. all processes manifest a tendency toward decay and disintegration, with a net increase in what is called the entropy, or state of randomness or disorder, of the system. This is called the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Thus all the processes of nature are fundamentally processes of quantitative conservation and qualitative disintegration. Superimposed on the conservation principle, however, is the decay principle. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, no less than the First Law, is a universal law governing all processes. Although energy is never destroyed, it continually becomes less available for further work. Everything tends to wear out, to run down, to disintegrate, and ultimately to die. All processes, by definition, involve change-but the change is not a change in the upward direction, such as the evolutionists assume. All facts of observation support the concept of the original creation of distinct kids of organisms, each with a genetic ability to develop into many different varieties but never into a new kind.


No, evolution does not run in an "upward" direction. It runs in a luckier, or perhaps faster, more adaptable, not-so-specialized, or what ever direction gives the species a reproductive advantage. It's all about who lives long enough to make the most babies :)

We humans may be arrogant enough to feel we are the apex species for all history, but a nice asteroid strike or a destroyed ecosystem would teach us humility, and open the door for the next dominate species.



Link

The link may help us see how lucky we are...
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From Levi's facebook:

"May 20th - June 5th is starting to look like a period to watch for subtropical or tropical stirrings in the western Caribbean, eastern Gulf of Mexico, or southwest Atlantic due to an MJO pulse that should come through and enhance thunderstorm activity. The upper-air pattern on the ensemble means is becoming more favorable-looking 12+ days out with the polar jet off in Canada and sagging heights to the south off the SE US. The eastern Pacific may get their first storm out of this pattern. The CFS week 3 forecast shows how wet the whole area looks:"

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try me and common sense wrote that one. Based on scientific fact. Maybe you should check it out and see if what I just stated is in fact true.
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TWPR, how's the parrot population in Puerto Rico? I heard that it was mostly wiped out after hurricane Hugo
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Cool ocean temps and very cool 400 mb temps equal quiet weather.No major hurricane has hit United States in 7 years.Early development possible then El Nino.
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And I'm no quote expert. Thought it encompassed the state of our nation. I will do more research to see if is not attributed to him. I did research it, but could have been more diligent.
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Quoting Tribucanes:
In Spite of the great number an variety of scientific processes, there are two statements that can be made about all of them without exception. These are: 1. All processes involve interchanges and conversions of an entity called energy, with the total energy remaining constant. Scientifically this is called the law of conservation of energy, or the First Law of Thermodynamics. 2. all processes manifest a tendency toward decay and disintegration, with a net increase in what is called the entropy, or state of randomness or disorder, of the system. This is called the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Thus all the processes of nature are fundamentally processes of quantitative conservation and qualitative disintegration. Superimposed on the conservation principle, however, is the decay principle. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, no less than the First Law, is a universal law governing all processes. Although energy is never destroyed, it continually becomes less available for further work. Everything tends to wear out, to run down, to disintegrate, and ultimately to die. All processes, by definition, involve change-but the change is not a change in the upward direction, such as the evolutionists assume. All facts of observation support the concept of the original creation of distinct kids of organisms, each with a genetic ability to develop into many different varieties but never into a new kind.


Lincoln, again?
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