Storm Warning--a book review

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:09 PM GMT on March 09, 2007

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May 3, 1999 is a date forever etched in the memory of every Oklahoman. A series of 70 twisters tore through the state with unprecedented fury, leveling entire towns, killing 37 people, damaging or destroying 11,000 buildings, and racking up $1.2 billion in damage. The most powerful of these storms had the strongest winds ever measured at Earth's surface--302 mph. This F5 monster, 1.8 miles in diameter, ripped through the southern suburbs of Oklahoma City. Nancy Mathis, a veteran journalist and native Oklahoman, has just published a book chronicling this remarkable tornado--Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado. Mathis intersperses a fast-paced narrative of the armada of 50 storm chasers that tracked the May 3, 1999 tornado, with chapters exploring the history of tornado research, plus biographical information on the scientists who study these great storms. The result is a highly entertaining and informative book.

The book begins with a well-written and chilling account of the 1.8 mile wide F5 April 9, 1947 tornado that smashed Woodward, Oklahoma. Back in those days, the National Weather Service forbid their forecasters from using the word tornado in their forecasts, a practice that continued until 1950. The only weather alarms were sounded by rural telephone supervisors calling each other. Like most tornadoes of that era, the Woodward tornado stuck without warning. The twister killed 181 Oklahomans--the worst tornado disaster in Oklahoma history. Mathis writes:

"The tornado ate prickly sand sage to its roots, grabbed the barbed wire and telephone lines, and wrapped them into twisted strings strewn along the countryside.

One character Mathis follows is on a first date at a local movie theater when the tornado strikes: As he leaned in for a first kiss, the entire theater went black, and a tremendous roar from the winds outside drowned out the protests and rattled the building. The theater held together, but the couple emerged a few minutes later to find 100 blocks of the city destroyed, and much of it in flames. Now that's a memorable first date!

Half of the remainder of the book focuses on the May 3, 1999 tornado, with the other half tracing the history of tornado science. The two themes are interwoven, so that the fast-paced story of the chasers following the storm as it smashes through Oklahoma is interrupted by long, thoughtful chapters discussing such topics as the career of famed tornado scientist, Dr. T. Theodore Fujita (Dr. Tornado). Portions of these chapters had some really fascinating material. For example, Dr. Fujita's life was saved in 1945 when cloud cover over his city prevented the U.S. from dropping the second atom bomb on it. Nagasaki got the bomb instead. Dr. Fujita performed his first damage survey in Nagasaki, which helped him later in his career to develop theories of how thunderstorm downdrafts create similar damage patterns. However, I often found myself skipping over the tornado science chapters to resume the exciting story of the chase. I would then go back and read the portions I skipped over, which didn't detract from my reading experience. Here's an excerpt from the chase portion of the narrative, which uses the live broadcast of local KWTV weather forecaster Gary England for much of the story:

"It's approaching the river," Gary told viewers. "The sirens are going off in Moore. It's moving northeast to the Moore area. This is a long-tracked tornado, potentially deadly. The wind speeds are quite strong now, we fear. You have time, you still have a few minutes in Moore to move to a place of safety, but not much."

The tornado crossed I-44 and the South Canadian River. Dead ahead was Will Rogers World Airport, the region's main civilian airport, where hundreds of people were stranded as the airport waved away aircraft. Nothing could take off or land in this weather. The tornado took a right turn and entered a densely packed neighborhood just before officials evacuated the terminals.



Figure 1. Radar reflectivity image of the May 3, 1999 F5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma. note the classic "hook" shape of the echo, a common feature of strong (F2 or F3) and violent (F4 and F5) tornadoes. At the time of this image, the tornado was crossing Interstate 44 near the Canadian River, after producing F5 damage in Bridge Creek OK, and before causing more F5 damage in Moore. The bright red colors at the tornado location represent not rain or hail, but the aggregate signature of car parts, pieces of houses, shredded tree branches, dirt and other debris, hoisted thousands of feet skyward by the tornado vortex! Image credit: NOAA Storm Prediction Center.

A criticism I have of the book is that there is no map of Oklahoma City showing the landmarks described in the text, detailing where the storm struck. I had to pull out a road atlas and consult a storm survey map put together by the NWS in Norman to figure out what was going on. The addition of photos of the disaster would have been nice as well. However, the science presented in the book was well done, and was taken from interviews with many of the leading tornado researchers in the world. Overall, Storm Warning is book that everyone who lived through the disaster will certainly want to own a copy of, and one that will appeal to those who enjoy storm stories like The Perfect Storm.

I'll be back Monday with a look at the lessons learned from the great May 3, 1999 tornado.

Jeff Masters

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78. luna9878
4:57 AM GMT on March 12, 2007
What a chilling reminder of the Oklahoma tornadoes in 1999. I remember vividly watching the TV in horror as this unfolded. My husband (fiance at the time, we got married a month later) was stationed at Tinker AFB and his dorm building was located just across a small parking lot from the western fence line of the base. Sooner Road is just outside the fence, and there was total devastation on the other side of Sooner Road. He told me that he took shelter in his bathroom, and the building shook. After a time, he peeked out his door, and saw the monster as it moved away. When I drove to see him a week later, there were wooden beams still sticking out where they had been rammed into the walls of his brick dormitory building. The cars in the small parking lot all had windows blown out and their tires were flat from being skewered by debris. The ground was covered with bits of pink insulation. A lot of cleaning had already been done, but it was still awful. The book looks like a good read, and I'll have to pick it up when I see it. Thanks!
Lori V.
Barksdale AFB, LA
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77. ajcamsmom
9:43 PM CDT on March 11, 2007
I searched African Dust on the internet and found this...very interesting
http://archives.cnn.com/2001/TECH/science/06/15/dust.microbes/
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76. Patrap
4:15 PM CDT on March 11, 2007

The Times-Picayune,New Orleans
Storm leads to friendship, which leads to recovery aid
Nearly 500 volunteers spend spring break at work
Sunday, March 11, 2007
By Karen Turni Bazile

Like many other Loyola University students who were forced to leave New Orleans just after arriving for the fall semester in 2005 because of Hurricane Katrina, Lori LaPatka ended up at Loyola College in Maryland.

She made important friendships at the Baltimore school before returning to New Orleans to pursue a degree in jazz studies. Now, the connections she and other local students established at other schools are translating into volunteers coming to the Gulf Coast for spring break to help with recovery work more than 18 months after the storm.

For LaPatka, that meant housing her best Baltimore buddy, Ashya Majied, and four of Majied's Baltimore friends in LaPatka's four-person dorm room this weekend.

Although she was glad to reconnect with her friend, LaPatka said she thought it was just as important that Majied and nearly 500 other college and high school student volunteers were at Loyola this weekend.

"They see things on the news, and they think New Orleans is kind of completely desolate," said LaPatka, a 19-year-old sophomore from Arcadia, Calif. "But for college students to come here and to see that we have a good night life and that our college is thriving, and that there is community and opportunity here, that maybe will make them think about coming back and helping again."

Majied agreed.

"There's still so much to do," said Majied, a 19-year-old sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio. "I would definitely come back to do this again."

In addition to volunteering on relief projects, the students gathered at Loyola and Jesuit High School this weekend for a social justice conference that included a two-hour tour of both devastated and relatively unaffected areas of the city, prayer services and sessions to discuss rebuilding the city in the face of what conference organizers called "entrenched poverty, racism and Katrina-induced blight."

Jocelyn Sideco, pastoral associate for relief ministries for the Jesuits of the New Orleans province, said the goal is to give people the tools and networking ability to help where they think it is most needed.

"You hear this generation is full of apathy and is inundated with so much that they don't do anything," Sideco said. "But then you take a look at this group of 500 who chose to come to town"There is something about New Orleans that continues to attract people," said Sideco, who moved to the city from Milwaukee a year ago after volunteering to help. Her task is to give volunteers the opportunity to help, using the resources, if necessary, of a national network of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and 54 high schools.

The Baltimore college sent 70 volunteers to the Gulf Coast, said volunteer Mark Mangano, adding that students from his college traveled to New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish and Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian, Miss. During his stay, he helped tear down broken walls and stoops from homes in Biloxi blown apart by Katrina's winds.

Mangano said he came to see Jason Robinson, a Loyola of New Orleans student who roomed with him in a six-person campus apartment after Katrina.

"He had a car, and he drove up with a couple of changes of clothes, his computer and his PlayStation. He didn't even have bed sheets," Mangano said of Robinson.

Although the volunteers spent some of the week in Mississippi, Mangano said he visited his friend Friday night. "We didn't really do anything but play PlayStation, and it was like nothing had changed."

Majied said LaPatka, who moved into the dorm room across the hall from her after Katrina, always brightened her days in Baltimore. "At first, I thought she was just a regular freshman, but we found out that she had been forced to leave" New Orleans because of Katrina, she said.

LaPatka said she borrowed makeup and clothes from other students at the Maryland school because she had left all of those items behind in her dorm in New Orleans.

Majied said she decided to spend her spring break on the Gulf Coast because she wanted to see LaPatka and to help the area. She was assigned to assist families in Pass Christian, where she was moved by how the people she helped thanked her and welcomed her into their family.

On Saturday, she planned to see the heart of New Orleans. "She wants me to try these doughnut things," Majied said. "What are they called again?"

"Beignets," LaPatka said. "I'll probably show her where Brad Pitt and Angelina live, and we'll take a walk through Audubon Park."

Information about volunteering with the Jesuits is available at www.norprov.org/katrinarelief
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75. hurricanic
8:05 PM GMT on March 11, 2007
Jacob looks horrible.

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74. NeverPanic
7:47 PM GMT on March 11, 2007
Just comming down here....
Pineapple Express time. This is what we have to look forward to tonight.


Environment Canada's Official Weather Warnings
Warnings
Greater Vancouver
9:18 AM PDT Sunday 11 March 2007
Wind warning for
Greater Vancouver continued

Southwest winds of 60 to 90 km/h are expected to develop over the above regions overnight except over West Vancouver Island where westerly winds of up to 100 km/h are forecast to develop late this evening.

This is a warning that damaging winds are imminent or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.



A strong pacific front stalled over the southern part of the province is directing a very mild and moist southwesterly flow of air over Vancouver Island and the south coast. The front is producing heavy rain and high freezing levels. Heavy rain is expected over western Vancouver Island and portions of the southern mainland with additional amounts of 80 to 120 mm across southern sections of West Vancouver Island Howe Sound and the north shore mountains and 40 to 80 mm over Greater Vancouver Greater Victoria and the Fraser Valley. The rain will ease overnight as the front slumps south of the area.

In the wake of the front strong west to southwest winds are forecast to develop. Southwesterly winds of 50 to 70 km/h are expected for Greater Vancouver and 60 to 90 km/h over Victoria and the Fraser Valley. Strongest winds are expected over western Vancouver Island where gusts of 100 km/h are possible beginning late this evening.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details.

Greater Vancouver
9:18 AM PDT Sunday 11 March 2007
Rainfall warning for
Greater Vancouver continued

Additional rainfall amounts of 40 to 80 mm are expected for the above regions through this evening except over West Vancouver Island and Howe Sound where 80 to 120 mm are expected.



A strong pacific front stalled over the southern part of the province is directing a very mild and moist southwesterly flow of air over Vancouver Island and the south coast. The front is producing heavy rain and high freezing levels. Heavy rain is expected over western Vancouver Island and portions of the southern mainland with additional amounts of 80 to 120 mm across southern sections of West Vancouver Island Howe Sound and the north shore mountains and 40 to 80 mm over Greater Vancouver Greater Victoria and the Fraser Valley. The rain will ease overnight as the front slumps south of the area.

In the wake of the front strong west to southwest winds are forecast to develop. Southwesterly winds of 50 to 70 km/h are expected for Greater Vancouver and 60 to 90 km/h over Victoria and the Fraser Valley. Strongest winds are expected over western Vancouver Island where gusts of 100 km/h are possible beginning late this evening.

Please refer to the latest public forecasts for further details.


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73. hurricane23
04:00 PM GMT on martie 11, 2007
NEED THE RAIN ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA.....

The situation will only continue to get worse as the weeks go by.

HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK FOR SOUTH FLORIDA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
1100 AM EST FRI MAR 9 2007

DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE AROUND LAKE OKEECHOBEE...
...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUE FOR THE REST OF SOUTH FLORIDA...

...NORMAL RAINFALL FORECAST FOR THIS SPRING ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA...

MOST OF SOUTH FLORIDA RECEIVED AROUND 1 INCH OF RAINFALL FOR
FEBRUARY...EXCEPT FOR THE EAST COAST METRO AREAS WHERE BETWEEN 1 TO
3 INCHES OF RAINFALL WAS OBSERVED. MOST OF THE RAINY SEASON OF 2006
AND THE EARLY PART OF THE DRY SEASON OF 2006-2007 WAS ALSO QUITE DRY
OVER SOUTH FLORIDA. THIS OBSERVED BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION HAS
HELPED TO KEEP RAINFALL SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW NORMAL OVER MOST OF THE
AREA.

HERE ARE SOME RAINFALL TOTALS...NORMALS...AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL
FOR SOUTH FLORIDA FOR THE DRY SEASON OF 2006-2007 AND FOR THE 14
MONTH PERIOD FROM JANUARY 1, 2006 TO MARCH 8, 2007.

AIRPORTS DRY SEASON : DRY SEASON : 14 MONTH : 14 MONTH TOTALS
2007 DEPARTURES TOTALS DEPARTURES

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL : 7.41 : -2.66 : 66.84 : 3.74
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL : 7.58 : -3.68 : 51.48 : -16.76
PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL : 17.13 : 3.30 : 55.75 : -12.72
NAPLES MUNICIPAL AIRPORT : 1.82 : -6.37 : 51.14 : -5.43

SECONDARY OBSERVATION SITES

IMMOKALEE : 5.31 : -3.45 : 45.00 : -14.26
DEVILS GARDEN : 4.60 : -4.19 : 45.64 : -12.83
CLEWISTON : 3.98 : -5.14 : 38.83 : -17.16
BELLE GLADE : 3.86 : -5.21 : 37.86 : -18.11
FLAMINGO RANGER STATION : 5.48 : -3.83 : 46.86 : -10.22
MIAMI BEACH : 7.57 : -1.65 : 62.02 : 7.37

THE KEETCH-BYRAM DROUGHT INDEX HAS ALSO INCREASED INTO THE 550 TO
650 RANGE ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH FLORIDA...EXCEPT FOR GLADES COUNTY
WHERE IT HAS INCREASED TO 700 TO 750 RANGE. THIS INDICATES AN INCREASED
FIRE DANGER ACROSS ALL OF SOUTH FLORIDA...WITH DANGEROUS FIRE
CONDITIONS IN GLADES COUNTY. WELLS ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA ARE STILL
NEAR NORMAL LEVELS...EXCEPT AROUND AND WEST OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE WHERE
THE WELLS WERE RUNNING AT 10 TO 30 PERCENT OF NORMAL. HOWEVER...
UNDERGROUND RESERVOIRS WERE STILL AT ADEQUATE LEVELS ACROSS MAINLAND
SOUTH FLORIDA.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE DID NOT RECEIVE MUCH RAINFALL DURING THE RAINY
SEASON OF 2006 AND THUS FAR DURING THE DRY SEASON OF 2006-2007.
THEREFORE...THE LAKE LEVEL HAS FALLEN TO AROUND 11.1 FEET AS OF THE
END OF FEBRUARY...WHICH IS ABOUT 2 FEET BELOW NORMAL. THE SOUTH
FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT HAS THE LAKE OKEECHOBEE AREA UNDER
A WATER RESTRICTION USAGE...WHILE THE EAST COAST METRO AREAS ARE BEING
ASKED TO CONSERVE WATER.

AS A RESULT...THE LAKE OKEECHOBEE AREA AND THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF
SOUTH FLORIDA REMAIN IN A DROUGHT CONDITION (D1). THE REST OF
SOUTH FLORIDA REMAINS IN THE ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITION STATUS (D0).

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER OUTLOOK FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2007
DRY SEASON IN SOUTH FLORIDA...WHICH TYPICALLY EXTENDS UNTIL LATE
MAY...IS FOR NEAR NORMAL RAINFALL. THIS COULD PROVIDE SOME RELIEF
TO THE DRY CONDITIONS AND FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE AREA.

THE FLOOD THREAT FOR THIS SPRING IS ALSO LOW FOR SOUTH FLORIDA...DUE
TO THE DRY CONDITIONS OVER THE AREA.


STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER
DETAILS OR UPDATES.
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72. Patrap
10:57 AM CDT on March 11, 2007
..How long must we sing this song?...Link
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71. Patrap
10:56 AM CDT on March 11, 2007
Wonderful..thanks .That is for someone who made a request,,,,from afar.
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70. stormchasher
11:56 AM EDT on March 11, 2007
Heres Something Good to think about

Link
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69. Patrap
10:53 AM CDT on March 11, 2007
10day Loop of the African view..Link
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68. hurricane23
3:53 PM GMT on March 11, 2007
Patrap ive already posted a link.
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67. Patrap
10:53 AM CDT on March 11, 2007
A link to see more..Link
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66. Patrap
10:51 AM CDT on March 11, 2007
S A L..Saharan Air Layer..or Dust as it is called.
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65. hurricane23
3:48 PM GMT on March 11, 2007
Goodmorning,

One very important thing to moniter this offseason is the SAL factor across the atlantic.Right now there's a huge SAL outbreak taking place across the basin which quite normal for this time of the year.If by the time july and august roll around if this amount of SAL is around it will tend to shut down development and keep numbers low.The SAL was a big factor in surpressing acvivity in 2006.Adrian

Here is what it looks like currently...


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64. Hellsniper223
11:30 AM GMT on March 11, 2007
Koritheman... The water is going to be bloody cold in april... Probably in the 70s... You don't see Warm Warm temps untill mid-late May..Generally.
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63. KoritheMan
7:47 AM GMT on March 11, 2007
This may be a bit out there (random, I mean), but someone PLEASE ANSWER THIS for me! Are the Gulf of Mexico's waters off the coast of Texas and eastward normally this cold during this time of year? I am planning a vacation to Gulf Shores in the last week of April, and I want to know, should the waters be 65°F at this time, or warmer? And will they warm up?
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62. hurricane23
9:38 PM EST on March 10, 2007
NWS...Miami

THE LONG RANGE MODELS ARE STILL SHOWING FOR A CUT OFF LOW TO
DEVELOP OVER THE TEXAS AREA MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK AND MOVE SLOWLY
EAST INTO THE SOUTHEAST OR NORTH FLORIDA AREA LATE NEXT WEEK.
SO WILL CONTINUE THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN
THE FORECAST FOR LATE THIS WEEK. ONCE THE UPPER LEVEL LOW MOVES
EAST OF FLORIDA...ANOTHER HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD INTO THE
SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES NEXT WEEK ALLOWING FOR DRY WEATHER OVER
THE CWA.





Hopefully we can get a few tropical waves move threw here in the coming months cause the situation is getting quite serious with very little rain chances in the extended forcast.Adrian
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61. Skyepony (Mod)
2:31 AM GMT on March 11, 2007
PROTECTING EARTH’S OZONE LAYER ALSO HELPED SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE (NOAA news)
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59. hurricane23
6:33 PM EST on March 10, 2007
Thanks skye...

Hope you have a great evening.
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58. NeverPanic
11:14 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Skyepony,
Just checked out moe.met and their site was up.

http://moe.met.fsu.edu/cyclonephase/

You can also get to Experimental forecast Tropical Cyclone Genesis Potential Fields at this link.

http://met.psu.edu/tropical/tcgengifs/

Hope that's what your looking for.
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57. Skyepony (Mod)
10:34 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
NeverPanic~ I was looking for the Phase analysis which is a FSU specific product. Nice link though, Thanks. My favorite was the SST annomily rotating earth.

23~ I was down your way yesterday, nice clouds, I should have took a few pics of them too.
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56. hurricane23
17:22 EST le 10 mars 2007
Good afternoon,

Wanted to share a few pics i took yesterday of clouds over my house.



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55. NeverPanic
9:39 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Almost forgot to mention, If it's rain your looking for come to the Pacific North Wet.
Under another Heavy Rainfall Warning. 60-110mm expected this afternoon and tonight.
Were drownin up here :)
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54. Thunderstorm2
9:38 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
New Tropical Depression.

More Info on all INVESTS on my Thunderstorm2 blog.
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53. NeverPanic
9:32 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Skyepony,
If your looking for Models you can find some at the link below. moe.met.fsu.edu has been down a couple days now.

http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/loops/
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52. Patrap
3:25 PM CST on March 10, 2007
Marine 105 Howitzers delivering 19 Gun Salute during ceremonies...
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51. Patrap
9:25 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
The USS New Orleans LPD-1 is Commissioned into Active Service This Morning here in New Orleans.The Vessel was Built 10 miles upriver at Avondale.
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50. Skyepony (Mod)
7:36 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
FSU is still down, was looking around more for the Phase analyisis that had completely disappeared & came a cross this..

moe.met.fsu.edu is undergoing an upgrade.

Web pages will return by the weekend.

Thank you for your patience.


Chilling blog Dr Masters... so what's the history behind the whole lets not use the word tornado & what creative words were used?

No Tornado Warning in Georgia Town city officals decided not to sound them...

Smog is changing the face of Earth's water cycle.. most interesting.
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49. pottery
6:01 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Thank Ryang, was looking at that earlier.
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48. ryang
5:56 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Pottery check here
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47. pottery
5:53 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Yeh, an un-adulterated embarassment.................
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46. ryang
5:52 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
I think the first match is Tues and the opening cermoney tommmorow.
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45. ryang
5:51 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Poor performance.
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44. pottery
5:50 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Yah man, send some chill............
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43. ryang
5:50 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Yes i saw it here
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42. pottery
5:49 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Hi there Ryang. The Aussies are the security guys with the cricket , just here for the w/e. Did you here that India skittled us out for 85 runs yesterday in a warm up in Jam. ? Lordy,we are in pig manure for sure...........
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41. ryang
5:49 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Pottery it's chilly here in canada.HAHAHA
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40. refill
5:47 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Inyo, in Puerto Rico we had less than 3 months for some of the most important lakes reach their critical levels. Some of them lost 4cm per day. The local tv weather reporter said that probably we wont see any rain until April or May. Last time that we had this problem, Hurricane Hortense resolved it with more than 24 inches of rain in 24 hours. I hope that you in LA with see some rain. Thank you
39. pottery
5:46 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Actually, it was 88 at 10:30, now its 90 + 2 with the heat index. The challenge is, not to move at all, except to lift the bottle.........
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38. ryang
5:44 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Hey pottery,are the Aussies with the world cup team???I think they like bear,give them carib beer.LOL
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37. pottery
5:41 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Good morning / afternoon, depending where you're at. ( its afternoon here )

Its hot 88 F, dry, windy.

Going to go fishing tomorow with a band of Aussies who are here. How many cases of beer do I take ? Do Aussies drink beer ?Do birds have feathers ?
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36. Inyo
5:00 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
In Puerto Rico we need rain as soon as possible. The lakes are soon to be in their critical levles. I hope we can get some rain in the next few months


there too? LA is at 20% of average precip. and its supposed to be in the 90s on sunday and monday.. bad bad bad
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35. 1900hurricane
4:41 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
TEXAS DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AUSTIN TX
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
913 AM CST SAT MAR 10 2007

...AMBER ALERT...

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE TEXAS
DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN AUSTIN TEXAS.

THE LUBBOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT IS SEARCHING FOR MYCHAEL DARTHARD-DAWODU,
, BLACK, FEMALE, 3 DAYS OLD, 03/07/2007, 19 INCHES TALL, 5 POUNDS, 7
7 OUNCES, BLACK HAIR, BROWN EYES, AND JAUNDICED.

POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR UNKNOWN, BLACK, FEMALE, EARLY 20`S YEARS OLD,
, 5 FEET 3 INCHES, 130 POUNDS, BLACK/AUBURN HAIR, AND WEARING
A FLOWER PRINT SCRUB SHIRT, LIGHT-BLUE, T-SHIRT AND SCRUB PANTS,
GREY JACKET, IN CONNECTION WITH HER ABDUCTION.

THE SUSPECT IS DRIVING A RED, LATE MODEL, DODGE RAM, PICKUP WITH AN
UNKNOWN LICENSE PLATE. SUSPECT WAS LAST SEEN IN LUBBOCK, TEXAS.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS BELIEVE THIS CHILD TO BE IN GRAVE OR
IMMEDIATE DANGER.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ABDUCTION, CALL THE
LUBBOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT, 806/775-2788 OR 806/775-2817.

NEW MEDIA POINT OF CONTACT IS: DETECTIVE JOHN BENTLEY WITH LUBBOCK
POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 806/775-2788 OR 806/775-2817.
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34. Caffinehog
3:33 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Daylight savings time was originally suggested by Ben Franklin!
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33. ricderr
2:51 PM GMT on March 10, 2007
Is there a chance south central florida could see some rain today?......theres a bit of moisture traipsing through the gulf right now moving merrily east......coupled with a small amount of instability.....if it could just move a bit further south.....we might get a few drops and keep brush fires at bay another few days
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31. refill
1:32 AM GMT on March 10, 2007
In Puerto Rico we need rain as soon as possible. The lakes are soon to be in their critical levles. I hope we can get some rain in the next few months
30. weathersp
11:15 PM GMT on March 09, 2007
Ordered it from Barnes and Noble.com with my gift card that I got for my birthday.
Barnes and Noble.com
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29. hurricane23
9:32 PM GMT on March 09, 2007
Another CAT4 on the way!

Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre




Severe Tropical Cyclone Jacob has intensified overnight and is expected to continue its southeast track in the next 24 to 48 hours towards the Pilbara coast. The system has the potential to develop further into a (category 4 cyclone) prior to landfall.
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28. Tazmanian
8:53 PM GMT on March 09, 2007
lol
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