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.

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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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Things are gettin' big out here



Starting early today

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That's a large storm complex over West Texas!

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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.
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Quoting Bielle:


It is a fraud, as noted in the first example here: http://www.historyaccess.com/tenmisquotationa.html


Yo! Bielle, where have you been hiding?
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Quoting Grothar:


That is the advantage of age. We were there when most of these things were said or written.


Yea! You can debunk what we youngens think we know
Quoting presslord:


they used to split logs together when they were kids


It's called a chainsaw:P
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A rule of thumb of verifying if Lincoln wrote something.....If the paragraph didn't have at least 15 commas and 5 "heres" it was not written by him.

(Come on, you people had to look up Scopes or Snopes to find this out? LOL) You should already know these things. :)
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Quoting PedleyCA:


Here is a listing backing up what you just said.

Did Lincoln actually say that


Thank you Grasshopper!
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Quoting weatherh98:


You prolly even went to a few of his speeches!


they used to split logs together when they were kids
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Quoting weatherh98:


You prolly even went to a few of his speeches!


That is the advantage of age. We were there when most of these things were said or written.
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Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, Tribu, but I do not believe Lincoln ever said or wrote that. I have read just everything ever written by him and about him and I do not recall that. Also, it is not his writing style.


You prolly even went to a few of his speeches!
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Quoting Bielle:


It is a fraud, as noted in the first example here: http://www.historyaccess.com/tenmisquotationa.html
Long time no see Bielle...
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Quoting Tribucanes:
And the point is those words could have never rang more true than they do today.

Possibly, but this isn't the time or place for a political discussion.
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Quoting jeffs713:


SHARE!


Oh.....you'll get your share......
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Quoting Tribucanes:
He did write it. US November 21st, 1864. In a letter to Col. William F. Elkins. Very easy to find and verify. Lol he may not have said it but he did write it. Sorry for the confusion.

No he didn't. Its been debunked all over as a fake, including by his own family and personal secretary.
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Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, Tribu, but I do not believe Lincoln ever said or wrote that. I have read just everything ever written by him and about him and I do not recall that. Also, it is not his writing style.


It is a fraud, as noted in the first example here: http://www.historyaccess.com/tenmisquotationa.html
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And the point is those words could have never rang more true than they do today.
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Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, Tribu, but I do not believe Lincoln ever said or wrote that. I have read just everything ever written by him and about him and I do not recall that. Also, it is not his writing style.


Here is a listing backing up what you just said.

Did Lincoln actually say that
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Quoting Grothar:


May 15.


Hi Grothar. I know you are not nrt,but thank you for posting the date.
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The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for the following counties in south central Texas... Bandera... Bexar... blanco... Burnet... Comal... Edwards...
Gillespie... Hays... Kendall... Kerr... Kinney... Llano... Medina...
real... Travis... Uvalde... Val Verde and Williamson.

* From this evening through Tuesday afternoon

* average storm total rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with higher totals of 3 to 5 inches possible
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He did write it. US November 21st, 1864. In a letter to Col. William F. Elkins. Very easy to find and verify. Lol he may not have said it but he did write it. Sorry for the confusion.
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Quoting RitaEvac:




HELL YEA


SHARE!
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Thanks for the post on Japan, Dr. M.
It is good to see weather outside the US, and I miss Japan on occasion.

Is there any risk of tornado resuspention of radioactive material?

Finally getting some rain in NE Florida but it is still spotty.

Detention pond is just a mudpit with fish struggeling in a few vansishing holes. The blue heron loves it.

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Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, Tribu, but I do not believe Lincoln ever said or wrote that. I have read just everything ever written by him and about him and I do not recall that. Also, it is not his writing style.


Correct, oh great one.

http://americanmissive.com/2009/03/20/did-abraham -lincoln-say-that/

Furgeson had indeed discovered that this quote is a fake. And from here I found Thomas F. Schwartz’s Spring 1999 article “Lincoln Never Said That” in For the People: A Newsletter of the Abraham Lincoln Association Vol. 1, Number 1, Page 4. Mr. Schwartz presents his more indepth research and findings. In it is a real gem by Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son, denouncing this quote as a fake.
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Link From Snopes - "These words did not originate with Abraham Lincoln, however — they appear in none of his collected writings or speeches, and they did not surface until more than twenty years after his death (and were immediately denounced as a "bold, unflushing forgery" by John Nicolay, Lincoln's private secretary)."

Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, Tribu, but I do not believe Lincoln ever said or wrote that. I have read just everything ever written by him and about him and I do not recall that. Also, it is not his writing style.
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Quoting ncstorm:
Funny these areas werent in the slight risk area today





The Ohio Valley was as of last night, and if you check CAPE in the area, you will see why. The atmosphere is ready to pop his afternoon... the humidity in the Potomac Valley is unreal. Dew point of 68 and 76% humidity. Not exactly NO, but enough to provide a bit of fuel.
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HELL YEA
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snopes (again) clears it upLink
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Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, Tribu, but I do not believe Lincoln ever said or wrote that. I have read just everything ever written by him and about him and I do not recall that. Also, it is not his writing style.


I'm sure he would be more than happy to provide a link :)
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Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, Tribu, but I do not believe Lincoln ever said or wrote that. I have read just everything ever written by him and about him and I do not recall that. Also, it is not his writing style.


Lincoln gets 'credited' with a LOT of stuff he never said...
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Quoting nigel20:

Hey pedley...i'm fairly ok today. How are you?


Pretty good. 74.9 right now. Had Marine Layer this morning so it is still cool.
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Quoting Tribucanes:
Remember the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed." Brilliant vision has now become a terrifying reality. We the people need to wake up and start connecting the dots. Love here how most everyone knows the right is waging war on truth with huge amounts of money in so many sectors.


Sorry, Tribu, but I do not believe Lincoln ever said or wrote that. I have read just about everything ever written by him and about him and I do not recall that. Also, it is not his writing style.
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Remember the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed." Brilliant vision has now become a terrifying reality. We the people need to wake up and start connecting the dots. Love here how most everyone knows the right is waging war on truth with huge amounts of money in so many sectors.
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Quoting pottery:

We could use some of that here.
Coming down hard again, with Thunder rumbling....

BAH !!

What's up pottery? I've noticed that it has been very wet in Trinidad...i hope you'll get some dry weather soon
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Quoting ncstorm:
Good Afternoon! Way way way out in long range on the GFS but interesting none the less to post


The 6z run was showing a hurricane in the East Pac again... 12z backed off though
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Quoting PedleyCA:


Morning TWPR and Nigel,
Good to see PR is getting cut some slack.
So how are you two today?

Hey pedley...i'm fairly ok today. How are you?
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Some great news for West Texas




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Funny these areas werent in the slight risk area today



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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Of course the East Coast gets the rain, it's not like we in Tampa don't need it too.

Still, this is far earlier and better than anything the last two years.



Hey hang in there as these storms should continue to build and maybe back build toward Tampa later. Getting black here now.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
nrtiwlnvragn,I know that NOAA will release their 2012 Hurricane forecasts for North Atlantic,EPAC and CPAC around the third week of May,but my question is,do you know the exact date?


May 15.
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Quoting nigel20:

Good afternoon TWpr. The weather in Jamaica is generally fair with inland showers as a result of day time heating

We could use some of that here.
Coming down hard again, with Thunder rumbling....

BAH !!
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Of course the East Coast gets the rain, it's not like we in Tampa don't need it too.

Still, this is far earlier and better than anything the last two years.

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Good Afternoon! Way way way out in long range on the GFS but interesting none the less to post

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Thunderstorm watch possible for the nothern Ohio Valley... storms are currently forming to our south and propagating north, just to the east of the proposed watch area. Looks like an exciting afternoon coming up from Pittsburgh to Charleston.

Link
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Good afternoon Nigel, how is the weather in Jamaica today? I can tell you that in Puerto Rico for a change,less rain has fallen today if compared with the past few days. Temperatures are in the mid 80's.


Morning TWPR and Nigel,
Good to see PR is getting cut some slack.
So how are you two today?
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Eastern East Pacific
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Looks like precursor of things to come for SE TX


I would not mind that at all. If we have sea-breeze storms all summer I will be ecstatic. That was one thing we really missed last year
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Good afternoon Nigel, how is the weather in Jamaica today? I can tell you that in Puerto Rico for a change,less rain has fallen today if compared with the past few days. Temperatures are in the mid 80's.

Good afternoon TWpr. The weather in Jamaica is generally fair with inland showers as a result of day time heating
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Quoting jeffs713:

That... is a page I didn't look at.

I stand corrected.



It's all good man.
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