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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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
617 PM EDT MON MAY 7 2012

FLZ059-064-072315-
MARTIN-ST. LUCIE-
617 PM EDT MON MAY 7 2012

...A SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR STRONG WIND GUSTS
BETWEEN 45 AND 55 MPH AND SMALL HAIL OVER MARTIN COUNTY...
SOUTHEASTERN ST. LUCIE COUNTY...

* UNTIL 715 PM EDT.

AT 612 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG WINDS AND SMALL HAIL 5 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF PALM CITY...DRIFTING SLOWLY TO THE NORTHEAST AROUND 5
MPH.

LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THE STORM WHICH MAY EXPERIENCE STRONG WINDS
AND SMALL HAIL INCLUDE NORTH RIVER SHORES...PORT SALERNO AND ROCKY
POINT.

ADDITIONAL STORMS WILL FORM AS MULTIPLE BOUNDARIES COLLIDE AND
INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER.

THE PRIMARY THREATS WILL BE CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING
STRIKES...SMALL HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS OF 45 TO 55 MPH...WHICH CAN
CAUSE UNSECURED OBJECTS TO BLOW AROUND...SNAP TREE LIMBS OR CAUSE
POWER OUTAGES. HEAVY RAINFALL WILL TEMPORARILY REDUCE VISIBILITY.
SEEK SHELTER INDOORS UNTIL THE STORM PASSES.

MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN IN HEAVY RAINFALL TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
HYDROPLANING AND LEAVE SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN OTHER VEHICLES.

LAT...LON 2696 8062 2713 8057 2716 8052 2728 8037
2728 8023 2726 8022 2728 8022 2728 8020
2721 8015 2716 8015 2703 8009 2697 8008
2697 8014 2695 8017
TIME...MOT...LOC 2214Z 225DEG 5KT 2713 8033

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My take is, if you don't get personal, and go off the wall politically use profanity/sexual content, and lastly involve to much self promotion,copyright infringement, you are pretty much free to post what you want.The fact that I am posting here is all the proof anyone should need.
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Quoting PlazaRed:

In a few weeks, with the start of the Atlantic season everybody had better behave themselves, or they get dealt with.
Just for now comments are better then blank spaces and interesting things come out of idle chat sometimes.
I read all of the blog and sometimes strange correlations and diverse ideas emerge that I would never have thought of.
Things like religion isn't a way of life, it is life.
Or how the small piece of information is seen so differently by so many people.
Makes me see things though other peoples eyes sometimes!


They ban people in cane season like nobodys business
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Quoting weatherh98:


I dont want to be like this but argue over wu mail or text the person. Doing this will probably get you banned only 20 days after you join!!!

In a few weeks, with the start of the Atlantic season everybody had better behave themselves, or they get dealt with.
Just for now comments are better then blank spaces and interesting things come out of idle chat sometimes.
I read all of the blog and sometimes strange correlations and diverse ideas emerge that I would never have thought of.
Things like religion isn't a way of life, it is life.
Or how the small piece of information is seen so differently by so many people.
Makes me see things though other peoples eyes sometimes!
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Quoting Tribucanes:
?banned? Wilson threw out baseless comments and a nasty comparison to Bastardi, and I might get banned? Because I laughed and agreed with GW's undeniable science. Okay.


cant say i didnt try
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I think KoritheMan would approve of my new avatar.

Same with anyone who grew up in the 80s.
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I wouldn't lump um together if I didn't like and respect them both( Gro. and Keep.).Lastly Patrap could be right on Tebow,I'm an old fart but still remember Joe Capp and Fran the man Tarkenton.
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Thanks Red Plaza
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Quoting Tribucanes:
In response to Wilson. Wait, let me stop laughing. I am in complete agreement with the GW science. I have talked quite a bit about it. Bastardi and his type use Religion as a guise to get the Christian sheep to follow their GW denial. Bastardi knows he's spreading lies, I seek only to spread the seeds of truth.


I dont want to be like this but argue over wu mail or text the person. Doing this will probably get you banned only 20 days after you join!!!
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I'm doing wetlands monitoring for the city tomorrow and would love nothing more than the chest-high swamp that always follows the heavy thunderstorms....
I sure hope Plant City gets hammered tonight.
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Quoting ncstorm:
Look at the Nogaps..



NOGAPS is definitely one model you shouldn't bet your life on or lose much sleep over. It makes for some great imaginative doomsday scenarios though.
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Quoting PlazaRed:

Hi Press,
Looks pretty straightforward to me.
First there was creation, then there was evolution!
But then I don't like complicated things.


Yo! yea...I'm pretty comfortable with a little mystery about it all....
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oh....well.....thank you for clearing that up....
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Quoting presslord:
I'm a little foggy here...Is the argument Creation vs. Evolution? they don't have to be in conflict...or...Do you just enjoy the experience of pounding on the keys and pressing 'post'?

Hi Press,
Looks pretty straightforward to me.
First there was creation, then there was evolution!
But then I don't like complicated things.
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Quoting Patrap:
Lotsa sea breeze fronts and outflow boundaries clashing on the N Shore this afternoon.



im ready for some rain!!!
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Looks like it's Hillsborough's turn!!!! :D
Radar shows the main cluster starting to move south towards Plant City now...
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I'm a little foggy here...Is the argument Creation vs. Evolution? they don't have to be in conflict...or...Do you just enjoy the experience of pounding on the keys and pressing 'post'?
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Texas storm:

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Quoting yqt1001:


He did say that, but I'd be surprised if he could stand his God being hated on like what has happened lately and not emerge from lurking.
i rise not against god only religion for it has corrupted thy self at the hands of man
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Lotsa sea breeze fronts and outflow boundaries clashing on the N Shore this afternoon.

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Quoting MississippiWx:
Clashing of outflow boundaries...Think there might be a thunderstorm or two??




where in mississippido u live?
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The tornado warned storm in Texas is heading in the general direction of San Antonio, but it's a while away and should miss the city just to the east if it stays on it's current path.
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Quoting MississippiWx:
Clashing of outflow boundaries...Think there might be a thunderstorm or two??



..or 3 or 4... looks like its about to blow out there...
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Quoting Tribucanes:
Tell me something I don't Plaza, you intrigue me.


Like a leaf upon a breeze,
We will pass this way but once.
Now older, we might cherish the springtime of youth!
Only until we fall upon a slumbering Earth,
Where we fuel life anew.
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Clashing of outflow boundaries...Think there might be a thunderstorm or two??


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Sad news as the body of the man that was washed away by a raging river in interior Puerto Rico on Sunday was found.

Link
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The storms moving into se la have moved the outflow boundary of a previous thunderstorm towards the south, i thought it would intensify them briefly and then weken them but apparently not
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Quoting MississippiWx:
Well, I was trying to finish mowing the yard until a thunderstorm developed on top of me. These summer-type thunderstorms are odd. It got dark and windy, so I went inside. Well, it didn't rain until I was about to go back outside...in the bright as day sunlight. In other words, it didn't rain until the sun started shining (poured is a better word). Anyway, the sun is still shining and it's still raining. While I'm waiting for it to get cloudy, I'll show you guys some cool pictures I took yesterday on my farm land about 30 minutes south of here.

This one is an awesome picture of a massive thunderstorm SE of my location. I believe it was severe-warned...I can see why:



And here is another one about an hour later of a shelf-cloud moving in from the East. A line of storms came in from Alabama and this is what it looked like when it reached my location:



All I can say is that you've gotta love summer-time thunderstorms!

Yeah!!! Summer anvil tops are awesome to see... I saw the first 40K top out here last week, and it became severe warned...
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Well, I was trying to finish mowing the yard until a thunderstorm developed on top of me. These summer-type thunderstorms are odd. It got dark and windy, so I went inside. Well, it didn't rain until I was about to go back outside...in the bright as day sunlight. In other words, it didn't rain until the sun started shining (poured is a better word). Anyway, the sun is still shining and it's still raining. While I'm waiting for it to get cloudy, I'll show you guys some cool pictures I took yesterday on my farm land about 30 minutes south of here.

This one is an awesome picture of a massive thunderstorm SE of my location. I believe it was severe-warned...I can see why:



And here is another one about an hour later of a shelf-cloud moving in from the East. A line of storms came in from Alabama and this is what it looked like when it reached my location:



All I can say is that you've gotta love summer-time thunderstorms!
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Quoting yqt1001:


He did say that, but I'd be surprised if he could stand his God being hated on like what has happened lately and not emerge from lurking.

I don't even think he reads the site anymore... He made this account after he was banned

Link

Meanwhile...

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AUSTIN/SAN ANTONIO TX
510 PM CDT MON MAY 7 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AUSTIN SAN ANTONIO HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN LLANO COUNTY...

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT.

* AT 508 PM CDT...NWS METEOROLOGISTS HAVE DETECTED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR CASTELL...OR ABOUT
15 MILES WEST OF LLANO...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IF YOU ARE IN A MOBILE HOME OR VEHICLE...GET OUT AND GO TO A STURDY
SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH
OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT
MONDAY EVENING FOR SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS.

&&

LAT...LON 3066 9859 3051 9894 3059 9898 3075 9898
3083 9894
TIME...MOT...LOC 2210Z 296DEG 19KT 3068 9891

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Tebow is a lurker.


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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I actually did talk to SPL though and I was one of the people that he didn't dislike... And he told me he wouldn't comment here again so...


He did say that, but I'd be surprised if he could stand his God being hated on like what has happened lately and not emerge from lurking.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Looks like NADA for Hillsborough today, all in Polk.

Outflow boundaries were forecasted to set up over Hillsborough and Pinellas in the next hour or so, I just seen it on the news at school....
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Looks like NADA for Hillsborough today, all in Polk.
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Quoting Grothar:
Big trough.



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Quoting gordydunnot:
I'm going to start a rumor Grothar is Keeper dad.

Im thinking great great great great great great granpa
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Quoting gordydunnot:
I'm going to start a rumor Grothar is Keeper dad.


And since I'm insane and uneducated, I may just believe it :)
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I'm going to start a rumor Grothar is Keeper dad.
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The Talk Origins blog/website is over here:
Link
Link

Seems like a better place for bad philosophy/physics masquerading as science, anyway.
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Quoting gordydunnot:
Didn't Einstein say the final truth can never be know as there will be nothing to test it against. I'll go with him, he has had a pretty good batting average.


The final truth, by its very nature, will be true!
As there will be no rumour in that truth?
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Einstein had FAR more comments attributed to there being a CREATOR.
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I love you all :) I love talking about weather quite a bit too believe it or not. I don't take things personally. Keeper and most here have strong articulate views. I respect them, just sharing mine; using science to back me up. I believe science and God can go hand in hand no problem.
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Didn't Einstein say the final truth can never be know as there will be nothing to test it against. I'll go with him, he has had a pretty good batting average.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I actually did talk to SPL though and I was one of the people that he didn't dislike... And he told me he wouldn't comment here again so...

Yeah he WU mailed me a while ago and said he's done with the site... He did create another account before that though, but he didn't post much with it.

He liked me too :)
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