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5th warmest winter on record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 4:17 PM GMT on March 10, 2006

The winter of 2005-2006 (December, January and February) was the 5th warmest on record in the U.S., according to the National Climatic Data Center. February temperatures were near average for the U.S., with no states much warmer or much cooler than their long-term means. February 2006 was the 45th warmest on record since 1895. However, the record warm January over most of the U.S. helped push the temperatures for the winter as a whole sharply upwards. The global numbers are not tabulated yet, but it is likely that the winter will rank in the top 15 warmest winters globally, since December was the 9th warmest December on record, and January was the 13th warmest. The very cold temperatures seen in Asia during January 2006, plus the emergence of La Ni�a, will keep the global winter from setting any records for warmth.


Figure 1. Global temperatures in January 2006 were the 13th warmest on record, and the warmest on record in the U.S. Note the cool blue dots along the Equator off the Pacific coast of Central America, indicating the presence of La Ni�a cooling of the ocean surface. It is unprecedented in the historical record for a La Ni�a of this intensity to develop so early in the year.

Precipitation for the winter of 2005-2006
Precipitation was much below average in February for much of the U.S., making this February 2006 the 9th driest on record. December-February precipitation was near normal for the U.S. as a whole, but portions of the south-central U.S. and southwest U.S. suffered acute drought conditions. However, the Southwest is poised to receive its biggest storm of the season Saturday, when a half-inch of rain is expected in Phoenix, bringing its amazing string of 143 straight days without rain to an end. Up to foot of snow is expected in the mountains near Phoenix. Not much precipitation is likely for the upcoming months, though, as the persistent La Ni�a pattern should act to keep the jet stream and major storm systems well north of the Southwest.



Figure 2. Precipitation for the winter of 2005-2006 averaged near normal for the country, with the very dry conditions in the south-central and southwest U.S. being balanced by heavy precipitation in the northwestern U.S.

Tropical outlook for March
The oceans in the Northern Hemisphere are near their yearly minima in temperature this week. In the Atlantic, only the Caribbean is above the minimum 26 C threshold for hurricane formation. Wind shear remains high over the entire Atlantic, and is forecast to remain high for at least the next ten days. I'm not anticipating any off-season tropical development in the Atlantic this March. As the sun crosses the Equator on Spring Equinox (March 20), the oceans will slowly begin to heat up again.

Hottest temperature ever recorded
OK, so this isn't meteorology, but yesterday scientists at Sandia National Laboratories announced they had produced a superheated gas with the hottest temperature ever recorded--3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit, or 2 billion degrees Centigrade. The Sun checks in at a mere 15 million degrees Centigrade.

Jeff Masters

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Reader Comments

Phoenix, bringing its amazing string of 143 straight days

dr M i think it is up to day 148 with no rain or dat 144 to 147 or some in like that
According to the Phoenix weather dicsussion:

http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=PSR&StateCode=AZ&SafeCityName=Phoenix


Climate...
the record dry spell continues at Phoenix Sky Harbor...though that streak is likely to end on Saturday. March 10th Marks the 143rd consecutive day with no rain at Sky Harbor...not even a trace...so we are obviously long overdue for rain. Record-keeping in Phoenix began 6 August 1895.


Jeff Masters
Hi Friends got to make this post a quick one.

That is great graph of the temps. You can see there the La Nina in the Eastern Pacific and the warmer then average temop for all of the US. The dryness in the southwest. The above average precip in the NorthWest.

So what do people think of this storm that is hitting the west? Very Very cold storm for this type of year. Spring is a week away. The nights are not as short as they use to be. The sun is stronger this time of year. Very interesting to see a storm this cold this time of year.

I thought Northern Europe and Russia were having way below average temperatures this winter...
Temperaturewise didn't northern Europe pretty much have a normal Winter, with perhaps more precipitation than usual? Western Europe's Winter was actually quite mild.
From an Article I found on the 2 billion temp created.

"the Z machine was releasing more energy than was originally put in, something that usually occurs only in nuclear reactions."

So buster, its not a myth to create more energy then you put in, it happens in the Sun 24/7. It's fusion my friend. However, they are sure they caused fusion; I wouldnt be surprised if they did.

Also, some may ask if they were doing the same fusion as the sun, why was it so much hotter. The reason is that the sun fuses hydrogen, the smallest atom known. The scientist there werent using hydrogen, they were using metal wires with much heavier atoms in them. When heavy atoms fuse they release many time more energy then light atoms like hydrogen.
Correction -

"However, they are not sure they caused fusion;"
i going to see big time t-storms today come see my blog for more i hop they do a sever t-storm watch for ca today
What kind of container do they put a 2 billion degree superheated gas in?
If they knew in theory fusion can be achieved, as it is always happening in the sun, how is it a myth?

Cold fusion would be better classified as a myth, as it has almost no scientific backing, yet for a while people were all over the bandwagon thinking it would power the future.
Tabby,

It's not in stored in a container. It's bound my very strong magnetic waves. Since very hot material turns into plasma, which is very negative I believe, you can use strong magnets to keep it where you want it. Since plasma will melt anything it comes in contact with, you cant use any material we know of to keep it bound.
Wow!
All that negative plasma, just like in "ghostbusters". I should have guessed - didn't they use magnetic chambers to contain the ghosties? Isn't the universe amazing!!
Ok, must be the different era's that we were educated in then. I've never been told fusion isn't possible. Hell, it's the cleanest, most efficient form of energy we can find. If we could control fusion to such an extent that we could harnesss it for energy, all our power problems would be solved. Along with no more greenhouse gases, pollution, or highly radio-active material caused by todays power generators.
It's clean, it's easily contained, and it's harnessable. The problem is, to create the extreme conditions for fusion requires an absurd amount of energy to produce here on Earth. In the sun, gravity does the work. If they got more out than in, that's one of the biggest steps in mankind's history.
Without questioning the benefits of science in the least, don't certain questions appear in the mind about such experiments?
Earth is sixteen quadrilion years old..ride a light beam to the next galaxy and everybody's old when you return...the earth's oil reserves are a bunch of dead dinosaurs.
Somebody heated a gas to over a hundred times the temp of the Sun, and the room stayed at 72 I guess..
Arisona is one place of many that will suffer...

Scientists have been studying solar measurements for decades
We are all seeing rather less of the Sun, according to scientists who have been looking at five decades of sunlight measurements.
They have reached the disturbing conclusion that the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth's surface has been gradually falling.

Paradoxically, the decline in sunlight may mean that global warming is a far greater threat to society than previously thought.


The effect was first spotted by Gerry Stanhill, an English scientist working in Israel.

Cloud changes

Comparing Israeli sunlight records from the 1950s with current ones, Dr Stanhill was astonished to find a large fall in solar radiation.

"There was a staggering 22% drop in the sunlight, and that really amazed me." Intrigued, he searched records from all around the world, and found the same story almost everywhere he looked.

Sunlight was falling by 10% over the USA, nearly 30% in parts of the former Soviet Union, and even by 16% in parts of the British Isles.

Although the effect varied greatly from place to place, overall the decline amounted to one to two per cent globally every decade between the 1950s and the 1990s.

Dr Stanhill called it "global dimming", but his research, published in 2001, met a sceptical response from other scientists.

It was only recently, when his conclusions were confirmed by Australian scientists using a completely different method to estimate solar radiation, that climate scientists at last woke up to the reality of global dimming.

My main concern is global dimming is also having a detrimental impact on the Asian monsoon ... We are talking about billions of people

Burning coal, oil and wood, whether in cars, power stations or cooking fires, produces not only invisible carbon dioxide - the principal greenhouse gas responsible for global warming - but also tiny airborne particles of soot, ash, sulphur compounds and other pollutants.

This visible air pollution reflects sunlight back into space, preventing it reaching the surface. But the pollution also changes the optical properties of clouds.

Because the particles seed the formation of water droplets, polluted clouds contain a larger number of droplets than unpolluted clouds.

Recent research shows that this makes them more reflective than they would otherwise be, again reflecting the Sun's rays back into space.

Scientists are now worried that dimming, by shielding the oceans from the full power of the Sun, may be disrupting the pattern of the world's rainfall.

There are suggestions that dimming was behind the droughts in sub-Saharan Africa which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the 1970s and 80s.

There are disturbing hints the same thing may be happening today in Asia, home to half the world's population.

"My main concern is global dimming is also having a detrimental impact on the Asian monsoon," says Professor Veerhabhadran Ramanathan, professor of climate and atmospheric sciences at the University of California, San Diego. "We are talking about billions of people."

Alarming energy

But perhaps the most alarming aspect of global dimming is that it may have led scientists to underestimate the true power of the greenhouse effect.

They know how much extra energy is being trapped in the Earth's atmosphere by the extra carbon dioxide we have placed there.

What has been surprising is that this extra energy has so far resulted in a temperature rise of just 0.6 degree Celsius.

This has led many scientists to conclude that the present-day climate is less sensitive to the effects of carbon dioxide than it was, say, during the ice age, when a similar rise in CO2 led to a temperature rise of six degrees Celsius.

But it now appears the warming from greenhouse gases has been offset by a strong cooling effect from dimming - in effect two of our pollutants have been cancelling each other out.

This means that the climate may in fact be more sensitive to the greenhouse effect than previously thought.

If so, then this is bad news, according to Dr Peter Cox, one of the world's leading climate modellers.

As things stand, CO2 levels are projected to rise strongly over coming decades, whereas there are encouraging signs that particle pollution is at last being brought under control.

"We're going to be in a situation unless we act where the cooling pollutant is dropping off while the warming pollutant is going up.

"That means we'll get reducing cooling and increased heating at the same time and that's a problem for us," says Dr Cox.

Even the most pessimistic forecasts of global warming may now have to be drastically revised upwards.

That means a temperature rise of 10 degrees Celsius by 2100 could be on the cards, giving the UK a climate like that of North Africa, and rendering many parts of the world uninhabitable.

That is unless we act urgently to curb our emissions of greenhouse gases.
*rolls eyes massively*

Yeah, the sun is 30% dimmer. Right. I'd think that maybe, just maybe, those who have been alive for that whole period would have noticed a third of the sunlight gone.
The diiming is there even if it is hard to notice !

In the days immediately after 9/11 the entire United States commercial airfleet was grounded for three days & the sky had never been so blue since decades...

Dr Travis believed that aircraft vapour trails were themselves a significant contributor to solar dimming, and he found that their three day absence alone resulted in a massive jump in the daily temperature range the difference between the highest daytime temperature and the lowest night time temperature.

This important climatic variable increased by more than one degree Celsius over the three days of the grounding.
The unforeseen climatic effects of 9/11 suggest that if we remove other causes of dimming, the impact on global temperatures could be huge.

Thanks for elaberating on the hot winter, I had wondered where the earth average would end up on the record after the winter season.

The global dimming~ had run across some of this on the why we make contrails searce. One claiming it was to dim the sunlight to curb global warming with some respected scientists saying it would only excellerate it. Glad more answers are being found in the global warming area.

This was interesting~ NASA finds stronger storms change heat & rainfail world wide~ some highlights of the article~

Studies have shown that over the last 40 years, a warming climate has been accompanied by fewer rain- and snow-producing storms in mid-latitudes around the world, but the storms that are happening are a little stronger with more precipitation. A new analysis of global satellite data suggests that these storm changes are affecting strongly the Earth's water cycle and air temperatures and creating contrasting cooling and warming effects in the atmosphere.

Fewer and stronger storms in the mid-latitudes affect the radiation field, that is, the solar energy being absorbed and the heat radiation emitted by the Earth. There are two things happening with storms and energy. The first is that sunlight is reflected back into space from the tops of the clouds, creating a cooling effect at the Earth's surface. Conversely, clouds also act to trap heat radiation and prevent it from escaping into space, creating a warming on the Earth's atmosphere.

A 1998 study of precipitation data for the continental U.S., showed an increase in more extreme rainfall and snowfall events over the previous 70 to 90 years. Further, climate model studies that Tselioudis and others performed in the last few years indicate that additional levels of carbon dioxide will lead to fewer but more potent storms as has been the case in the last 50 years.

In the present study, when a storm change prediction by a leading climate model was examined, the radiation effects of stronger storms were found to be greater than those produced by the related decrease in the number of storms. Fewer storms mean less cloud cover to reflect sunlight and that adds heat to the Earth. However, more intense storms tend to produce thicker clouds which cool the atmosphere. Tselioudis and Rossow looked at both of those factors, and calculated that the cooling effect is larger than the warming in all months except June, July and August, when the two effects cancel each other.


I found this interesting since it named out CO2 causing these more intense storms (with NASA as the source) as well as the larger storms have a greater cooling affect most of the year.
Yeah, the sun is 30% dimmer

The sun isn't dimmer, the excess clouds from particles & what not prevent it's sunshine frome reaching the ground as well as prevent radiational cooling.

The Sky, those 3 days after 9/11 was pretty well documented, that yeilded all sorts of alarming info as to the contrail's affect.
By sun being 30% dimmer, I meant on earth.
Ummmm, can we use Fahrenheit please? This is the United States, not Europe.
Bd, C just makes more sense. Learn to use it, it's the scale of the rest of the world and will probably catch on here eventually. Farenheit is arbitrary, at least Celcius has defined boundaries (0C = water freezes, 100C = water boils). Kelvin makes the most sense, but adding 273 to everything is a bit annoying.

...Open Your Eyes, Gals and Guys...

The "Sandia National Laboratories" experiment posted by Cyclonebuster above is potentially the biggest story of the century.

If it turns out that the energy created is significantly greater than the energy input, and that energy can be harnessed to produce electricity, it could:

1. Solve the world's energy problems
2. Remove dependency on the middle east oil supplies
3. Stop the CO2 emissions for those concerned with global warming.

We won't know until they have done more research, but I will be following the story with EXTREME INTEREST.
California, I did a little more looking on the subject. Google News for "Sandia National Laboratories"
Wooohooooo... Cali I hope they are on to something here!!!!
I am just wondering about the hazards of it!!!!!!
If that plasma got out of hand or got through the magnetic field...... It could not be good.
Posted By: Fshhead at 8:39 PM GMT on March 10, 2006.

I am just wondering about the hazards of it!!!!!!
If that plasma got out of hand or got through the magnetic field...... It could not be good.


No need to worry - it could not sustain any reaction if it escaped containment.

This is not at all like nuclear fission.
Cali.... like I said very good find. I hope this is the answer that was right under our noses that I referred to before!!!!!!!!
This "could" be the biggest discovery to mankind!!!!!!
Man.... sure hope so
I had heard a couple of years ago about something like this. They said they were going to reproduce the energy of the sun.....
Not sure if this was what they were talking about. LOL, I would have loved to see the looks on the scientists face while this happened.
Sidenote on Fahrenheit vs Celsius--the Fahrenheit scale was actually the predecestor of the absolute scale (be it Kelvin or Rankine) since zero degrees F was defined as the lowest possible temperature achievable in a lab--in the 1720s, this was a mixture of ice and salt. Though the 100 degree point was supposed to be human body temperature (he must have had a slight fever), the scale was eventually recalibrated (like Celsius) around the freezing point of pure water (32 F) and the boiling point of water at standard sea level pressure (212 F). Though it is true that most of the world uses Celsius, it (and its related Kelvin scale) are actually less accurate than Fahrenheit--1 degree Celsius is equal to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Why not go Rankine, which has the ease of Kelvin (no negative temperatures, since both O K and O R are at absolute zero) and the smaller Fahrenheit degree, elimnating those pesky decimals which have caused may errors in the past. :)
A little off topic here but, did u guys hear about NASA probe finding "possible" water on one of Saturns moons???

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html
Yeah, Fusion is pretty much completely safe. Insane though the energy involved is, as soon as the reaction got out of control, it would shut itself down.
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Cyclone, you're just an endless source of amusement - on par with Category 7: The end of the world. Your basic lack of physics, especially that of Conservation of Energy is really lacking here. Where do you think they get the energy from? The heat produced by the reaction.
Got lows?

If you were following my fantasy storms, get back in there. I updated them 2 days ago, and no one has updated their forecasts.
Seems the radiation output could be concerning if not contained correctly?
The GFS had shown that to cutoff and develop in the BOC a few days ago, but I don't think it's anything. It's barely even a trough ATM.

Sayhuh - Fusion doesn't use radioactive materials at any stage.
Fission vs. Fusion

In a conventional nuclear reactor (fission), you have radioactive materials generating heat.

If the heat gets too great, everything starts to melt, the nuclear materials all run together, and you can no longer slow down the process.

It can just melt right into the ground and keep going. Radioactive materials are released into the environment.


With fusion you are working with non-radioactive atoms and/or molecules. They also generate heat, but unlike fission, if anything goes wrong, the process stops immediately.

Even if stuff "gets out", it's not radioactive, so there is no concern about health or the environment.
Here's how fusion works:

H1 + H1 (Joe average Hydrogen) -> H2 (Deuterium)
H2 + H1 -> He3 (Helium-3, rare but not radioactive)
He3 + He3 -> He4 + 2 H-1 + TONS of energy

Even if everything in the reaction were as radioactive as Plutonium, we'd still not really need to worry. Amounts used are absolutely miniscule, on the order of a few pounds, to provide more energy than a nuclear plant. This is big stuff.
Heck, it's not even poisonous. Hydrogen will end up reacting to form water quite quickly, and Helium is totally inert and will drift out of the atmosphere.
Yeah, I remember when I was tracking Charley (who was bearing down on me, at the time), it took like 10 minutes to get a radar loop...lol.
Tremendous svr weather outbreak setting up over the midwest and southeast...*ulp*
Its over friends. RAIN in the phoenix area. Congradulations. I was starting to think they where going to break LA's record of 210 days without rain.

As for where I live. This storm has done a great job of rainin in every other direction besides here. ITs raining to the north and the south here just a few sprinkels. A few hours ago there was a cell that looked very promising. It got near my area then just split in 1/2 and it was raining just a little north and a little south but nothing here. ITs as if there is a little dry pocket over my area that is keeping the rain away.
We had this insane hail storm 10 minutes ago. It lasted on and off for like 30 minutes. Everytime it looked like it was going to spop the sun came out and it would rain harder. The problem is that my dad was to worried about his Emails to get the camera to take a pitcure :(
The SPC has me in a moderate risk for today and tomorrow (see my blog).
Looks like I am in a moderate risk for tomorrow. We might get 2-5 inches of rain over the next couple of days.
Quite a few tornadoes today, with a couple still on the ground.
Ya, looks like we might get some good wheather here in Central Indiana tomorrow. Wouldn't mind seeing a tornado as long as it is not killing people, or destroying homes.
NWS is reporting plenty of damage, and a couple homes totally destroyed. Several large and powerful tornadoes on the ground as we speak.
There are tornado warnings being issued that say that strong to violent tornadoes are possible, such as this:

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
1102 PM CST SAT MAR 11 2006

ILC145-120530-
/O.CON.KPAH.TO.W.0019.000000T0000Z-060312T0530Z/
PERRY IL-
1102 PM CST SAT MAR 11 2006

...A TORNADO WAS RECENTLY REPORTED ON THE GROUND JUST NORTH OF
TAMAROA IN PERRY COUNTY ILLINOIS...TAKE COVER NOW IF YOU ARE NEAR
TAMAROA!...

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1130 PM CST FOR PERRY
COUNTY ILLINOIS...

AT 1053 PM CST...THE PERRY COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE REPORTED A TORNADO
ON THE GROUND NORTH OF TAMAROA IN NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY.

THE TORNADO WILL AFFECT THE NORTHERN AND NORTHEASTERN-MOST PART OF
PERRY COUNTY ILLINOIS...NEAR TAMAROA.

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. THIS
STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES.
IF YOU ARE
IN THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO...TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY!

I have a bad feeling that something like the Evansville tornado could occur again, especially as it is night and people are going to bed.
I hope not.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
1112 PM CST SAT MAR 11 2006

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH KENTUCKY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
HAMILTON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS.
WAYNE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS.

* UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST.

* AT 1108 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
TORNADIC STORM WITH A HISTORY OF PRODUCING DEADLY TORNADOS
14 MILES WEST OF DAHLGREN...OR ABOUT 8 MILES SOUTH OF MOUNT
VERNON...MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

THIS SAME STORM REPORTEDLY DOWNED 154 POWER LINES AS IT MOVED NEAR
PINCKNEYVILLE.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO WAYNE
CITY...SIMS...MCLEANSBORO...KEENES...JOHNSONVILLE...
JEFFERSONVILLE...CISNE AND BELLE PRAIRIE CITY.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 200 AM CST SUNDAY MORNING FOR
SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. A TORNADO WATCH ALSO
REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 AM CST SUNDAY MORNING FOR SOUTHWESTERN
ILLINOIS. A TORNADO WATCH ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 AM CST
SUNDAY MORNING FOR SOUTHEASTERN ILLINOIS AND SOUTHWEST INDIANA.
I just noticed that I spelled the word weather, "wheather". Wow, I feel stupid.
If these storms hold together, it looks like we could get some interesting weather within a few hours.
tomorrow might be a fun day--look how large of an area the risk of moderate storms covers. I would say it covers 3 times the area of todays moderate area--maybe 4 times

http://spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html

I hope that image inserted right
Well, moderate thunderstorm here. Just lost sattelite signal.
Fun day? What about deadly and violent tornadoes?
I don't want deadly, or destructive tornadoes. But a violent tornado in an open field would be kind of cool to see.
As far as I can tell there are 7 counties in 3 states under a tornado warning right now.
Looks like a tornado train in Southern Illinois.
High risk of severe weather in Illinois.
A HUGE TORNADO HAS GONE THROUGH MORLEY MISSOURI HERE LEVELING THE SMALL TOWN, OVER 300 PEOPLE DEAD AND MANY MISSING!!!!
Cyclone, there are people dying out there. For once in your life, shut up.

This is a terrible event, and all the indicators are showing that it will be even worse over the next 2 nights. We've already got a few sketchy reports of fatalities, tons of property damage, and the SPC just used a high risk on their map, which they've not done in a while.
Cyclone, let's assume for a second your idea did work. You cool the GS to 60. This storm isn't feeding off the GS.
Now children play nice in Dr. Masters blog..LOL..
Cyclone, your tunnels were supposed to cause upwelling (which they don't) in the Gulf Stream. Cooling the Gulf Stream would cool water along the E Coast, not the GOM.
Now we're planning on a line across the Yucatan Channel? You have any idea how many billions that'd cost?
Cyclone, it doesn't matter what you say or do around here, you have no credibility. If you truly believe in your idea, stop preaching to people who aren't listening and get together a research team. Write a detailed report detailing not only that your tunnels work, but that they would also control midwest storm systems. Then, perhaps, you'll have some crediblity. Right now, I just wish your tunnels would upwell some intelligence in you.
Likely tornado on the ground!

And one last thing - it doesn't matter if you don't care how much it will cost. What matters is whether the people with the resources to build it care. If they'd really pay for themselves, take it to a company. It'd be a) great PR and b) make them money once they've paid for themselves.
Wow! With such massive rotation on radar it definitly looks like a tornado!
Not good if we're having the first tornado already. Please, everyone in Missouri/Iowa/Illinois keep a close eye on things.

Regarding the tunnels, best to do what TrollWrangler said - just ignore it.
drop me a post in my blog

but the good news is that the storm is moveing fast
Actually, Myles, what we're looking at is the hook on the south end of the storm. A 'hook echo' is a pretty good tornado sign.
Thank goodness the worst of it looks to be north of Richmond. I went to school at EKU and unless they have done some major renovations to the dorms there, those poor kids have to be terrified. I had a townhouse there, and all residents of Richmond are given weather warning radios from Madison Co. Seems they do have far to many storms for comfort. I remember them being terrifying at times. Give me a cane anytime!
I knew what you were looking at Colby. I was simply refering to the rotation that was also in the cell. I'm sure you know you can sometimes get clouds that look like hook echos. That one was unmistakably tornadic, though.
Yep. Usually a random formation that happens to be hooked doesn't stay very long, though. This tornado has moved across 3 counties in a half hour. It's suprisingly long-lasting, and probably pretty strong or large. Quite a beauty on radar.
More evidence of a tornado was present in the wind direction. Just north/northwest of the hook echo thier was winds moving towards the radar station I was using. The hook echo itself was moving very quickly in the opposite direction. I'd agree with Colby. We probably had nasty tornado touch down. I hope no one was hurt.
101. RL3AO
High rish of storms in IL, MO, and far southern IA

and the Twin Cities might pick up 6-12 inches of wet snow
what is up the post around 6:08 am by Storm..about a tornado ripping up a town and killing over 300 people...

There is no mention on CNN or Fox about this ...so far ..2 dead ...

why post info that is incorrect and insensitive..

104. RL3AO
what is up the post around 6:08 am by Storm..about a tornado ripping up a town and killing over 300 people...

There is no mention on CNN or Fox about this ...so far ..2 dead ...

why post info that is incorrect and insensitive..


he was being an idiot
thats too bad ...this is serious stuff and posts during weather situations like what is happening now should be as accurate as possible and no joking around...if some one wants to joke around ..they should start their own joke blog....unfortunately people will die today from this severe weather ...but we should not make fun of that ...


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