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Deadliest U.S. tornado since 1953 rips through Joplin, Missouri, killing 89

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:11 PM GMT on May 23, 2011

The incredibly violent tornado season of 2011 struck another sickening blow last night, when a violent tornado carved a ½ – ¾ mile-wide path of devastation through Joplin, Missouri. At least 89 people died, hundreds were injured, and huge sections of the town virtually obliterated. Damage from the tornado is so severe that pavement was ripped from the ground, which is characteristic of a top-end EF-5 tornado with winds in excess of 200 mph. This was almost certainly a least an EF-4 tornado with winds over 166 mph, and the level of damage is so extreme that this is likely to surpass last month's Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado as the costliest tornado of all-time.


Figure 1. Cars stacked on top of each other in front of the heavily damaged St. Johns Regional Medical Center after the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. Note the pavement ripped up from the road and piled in front of the cars. Tornadoes powerful enough to rip up pavement are frequently classified as EF-5 with winds in excess of 200 mph. Image credit: Chris McCrillis, posted to Twitter.

The huge supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Joplin tornado formed over extreme southeast Kansas yesterday afternoon, along the boundary between warm, moist air flowing northwards from the Gulf of Mexico, and cold, dry air moving south from Canada. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had put the region in its “moderate risk” region for severe weather. As the supercell moved into Southwest Missouri, it spawned the tornado that roared through Joplin at 5:45pm CDT. This storm generated other tornadoes, straight-line wind damage, and flash flooding from torrential rains that exceeded six inches as it moved east southeast across Southwest Missouri. SPC recorded 48 preliminary reports of tornadoes yesterday, bringing the 2-day total for the current outbreak to 70. A tornado also killed one person and injured 22 in Minneapolis Sunday. Separate tornadoes killed one person each in Andice, Texas and Reading, Kansas on Saturday—the first tornado deaths in the U.S. since the April 25 – 28 Super Outbreak.


Figure 2. Radar reflectivity image of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Joplin, Missouri tornado, ½ hour after it devastated the city (circle with the “+” symbol.)


Figure 3. Radar Doppler velocity image of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Joplin, Missouri tornado, ½ hour after it devastated the city (circle with the “+” symbol.)


Figure 4. Satellite image taken at 5:45pm CDT May 22, 2011, when the Joplin, Missouri tornado was occurring. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Deadliest tornado since 1953
Yesterday's Joplin, Missouri tornado is the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. since June 10, 1953, when 94 people died in the Worcester, Massachusetts tornado. The previous deadliest tornado in the past 50 years occurred just last month, when 65 people died in the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham EF-4 tornado in Alabama. This year's tornado death toll now stands at 455, making it the deadliest year for tornadoes in the U.S. since 1953, when 519 people died. The deadliest year was 1925, with 794 deaths. That was the year of the deadliest U.S. tornado of all-time, the great Tri-State tornado, which killed 695 people in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.

More severe weather today
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed a large section of the Midwest U.S., including portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, in its “moderate risk” region for severe weather today. The threat of tornadoes will not be as great today as yesterday, with today's main threat being large hail and damaging straight-line thunderstorm winds. However, I do expect we will see a dozen or so tornadoes today, and residents of the at-risk area need to keep in mind the deadly history of this storm system. The severe weather threat will continue into Tuesday, when additional tornadoes are likely over Oklahoma, Kansas, and Southwest Missouri. A severe thunderstorm roared through Joplin between 8:30am and 9am CDT this morning, bringing heavy rain, small hail, and wind gusts to 36 mph. Undoubtedly, this storm frayed some nerves, and the city will remain at risk of seeing more severe thunderstorms through Tuesday night.


Figure 5. Severe weather threat for Monday, May 23, 2011.

Links
The most remarkable audio I've ever heard of people surviving a direct hit by a violent tornado was posted to Youtube by someone who took shelter in the walk-in storage refrigerator at a gas station during the Joplin tornado. There isn't much video. We won't see a lot of spectacular videos of the Joplin tornado, since it was wrapped in rain and difficult to see.

Listen to my 12-minute interview on the historic April 2011 tornadoes for EarthSky.org, which aired on NPR earlier this month. I discuss how climate change might impact severe weather and tornadoes.

Our weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, has an excellent post on The World's Deadliest Tornadoes.

My 2008 post, Are tornadoes getting stronger and more frequent? The answer is--we don't know.


Figure 6. The Portlight relief trailer being loaded in Summerville, SC, in preparation for a journey to the April tornado disaster zone.

Helping out tornado victims
For those who want to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the widespread destruction this spring's severe weather has brought, stop by the Red Cross website, or portlight.org blog. Portlight has been very active bringing aid to the victims of this year's tornadoes.

Jeff Masters
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Rotating wall cloud coming through Perry Kansas. That speck towards the top is a helicopter.
Gran Tara by ketchum ok.
Gran Tara  by ketchum ok.
The one that hit Joplin Mo.
Reading, KS
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USDA Reminds Producers to Apply for 2011 LDA
Manhattan, Kansas, May 20, 2011 - Adrian J. Polansky, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kansas, reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers to apply under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for losses incurred during the 2011 grazing season up to October 1, 2011.
The EF-1 tornado that tore through Central Wisconsin Sunday night was on the ground for 32 miles and nearly 40 minutes, and had winds up to 110 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The report about the damage it left behind from the National Weather Service is as follows:

The National Weather Service in Green Bay completed a damage survey across southern Wood and Portage counties and found evidence of a tornado that struck during the evening of May 22.

The tornado entered Wood County just west of the Wisconsin River at about 6:05 pm. The tornado hit a campground just east of the river about three miles south of Nekoosa. Over 100 pine trees were snapped and uprooted on the campground, some two feet in diameter. Several camper vehicles were damaged by fallen trees. The tornado was seen by campground visitors just before 6:15 pm. The tornado continued east-northeast and snapped or uprooted hundreds of additional trees south of Wisconsin Rapids. The storm damaged at least three homes and several other outbuildings about six miles south-southeast of Wisconsin Rapids. This area experienced high-end EF1 damage with winds at least 95 to 105 mph.

The tornado continued into Portage County, mainly over farmland, where it continued to snap trees and overturn irrigation systems. About six miles south of Plover, a nearly half-mile long row of power poles were bent over. The tornado crossed I-39 at Coddington Road two miles west of Keene. The tornado grew to nearly 700 yards wide as it passed just north of Keene and damaged a farmstead. A silo was heavily damaged and barn flattened. Along the path, several more irrigation systems were overturned and hundreds of trees snapped or uprooted. This area also experienced high-end ef1 damage with winds of 100 to 110 mph. The tornado dissipated about nine miles southeast of Plover at about 6:46 pm.

Total track length: 32 miles estimated time on the ground: 605 pm - 646 pm strongest damage: Ef1...Winds near 110 mph maximum width: 700 yards average width: 200 yards

This is preliminary information and may be updated as additional information is received and analysis completed.
I understand everyone is concerned about the Joplin tornado (as am I), but I just wrote a blog on both Invest 92L and Invest 90E. Please check it out.
big t.storm coming to my house soon
FYI....Tornadodude( a good WU blogger)...is now with the MIDSCAR group of Chasers.....that is a good group....so glad for him :)
Quoting Skyepony:
JPL climatologist warns of potential flooding in the West
Rogue jet stream considered culprit of tornadoes, large snowpack
Posted: 05/23/2011 01:22:44 PM PDT

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE - A Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist warned Monday that a rogue jet stream in the upper atmosphere that has been the culprit of severe weather since the fall, including Sunday's devastating tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, Mo., could soon result in severe flooding in the West.

Bill Patzert of the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said he is "extremely anxious about late spring and early summer floods in the West, especially on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers," which merge in the San Francisco Bay Delta.

This jet stream or powerful air current has seen unusual dips in recent months as it drags dry, cold air down from the north that collides with warm, moist air from the south. It's the source of recent "heartbreaking" tornado activity in the Midwest and South, severe storms resulting in a large snow pack in the northern tier of the country and subsequent Mississippi River flooding, Patzert said.

"We've had so much snow in the Rockies and the Sierras, and it has not begun to melt yet," Patzert said. "We might see flooding that we haven't seen in over 25 years here in California. I'm really concerned about the Bay Delta." Hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland are situated in that vicinity, and many residents have their homes built on flood plains, he said.

Read more: http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_18122058#ixzz1NEkzF5X J

Seems like they are talking about how the Arctic keeps being displaced from the polar region. This would obviously increase the chances for severe storms and tornadoes; but I think the flooding and excessive snow is due to the large amounts of water vapor rising in those "plumes", or "atmospheric rivers". The cooler air is only aiding via instability and allowing for the water-vapor to precipitate out. Climate change is mostly going to be about the water, since it consists of about 99.9% of the total potential heat capacity.
Reference Post #469: Songda headed for NE Japan as CAT 4.

JapanMeteorologicalAgency
Quoting EYEStoSEA:
FYI....Tornadodude( a good WU blogger)...is now with the MIDSCAR group of Chasers.....that is a good group....so glad for him :)

Would not want to chase a tornado at night.
Anyway, goodnight all. Barely a dull moment these days weatherwise.
Quoting Chicklit:

Would not want to chase a tornado at night.
Anyway, goodnight all. Barely a dull moment these days weatherwise.


Neither would I ! Could not get me in a car...but I do like to follow online...goodnight Chicklet and smiley dog :)
Atleast what is going through OK City has weakened a bit. That cell headed east across AK still looks bad.
See what u mean...

Darn, my arrows (Radar) are never in right place lately, what am I doing wrong?
Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical Astrological Service and Administration
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin #5
TROPICAL STORM CHEDENG (SONGDA)
11:00 AM PhST May 24 2011
====================================

Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" has slowed down as it moves in a West Northwest direction.

At 10:00 AM PhST, Tropical Storm Chedeng (SONGDA) located at 12.1°N 130.5°E or 490 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar has 10 minute sustained winds of 55 knots with gusts up to 70 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northeast at 6 knots.

Warning Signals
=============

Signal #1
---------

Luzon Region
------------
1. Catanduanes
2. Camarines Sur
3. Albay
4. Sorsogon

Visayas Region
-------------
1. Samar Provinces

Additional Information
======================

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under signal # 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.

TS "Chedeng" is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over Visayas and Mindanao.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and to watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.
Quoting Skyepony:
Atleast what is going through OK City has weakened a bit. That cell headed east across AK still looks bad.
ya here is a radar shot



in the dark it comes
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
ya here is a radar shot




in the dark it comes


NOW there we go ...took ya long enough :}

Quoting beell:


LOL, Drak. It's good to see you!
I'll stick to my guns. Right front exit is subsident.

Haby-Exit Regions/Jet Streaks
No its not. The right front exit is the region with upper level divergence promoting thunderstorms.
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #30
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM SONGDA (T1102)
12:00 PM JST May 24 2011
==================================

SUBJECT: Category Two Typhoon In Sea East Of Philippines

At 3:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Songda (980 hPa) located at 12.1N 130.8E has 10 minute sustained winds of 55 knots with gusts of 80 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northwest slowly.

Storm Force Winds
==================
30 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
===============
150 NM from the center in northeastern quadrant
110 NM from the center in southwestern quadrant

Dvorak Intensity:

Forecast And Intensity
=======================
24 HRS: 13.0N 128.2E - 75 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
45 HRS: 14.5N 125.9E - 80 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
69 HRS: 16.9N 123.4E - 85 knots (CAT 4/Very Strong Typhoon)
http://www.weatherzone.com.au/help/glossary.jsp?l =r
Right Exit Region

(or Right Front Quadrant) The area downstream from and to the right of an upper-level jet max (as would be viewed looking along the direction of flow). Upward motion and severe thunderstorm potential sometimes are increased in this area relative to the wind seed maximum.


Hmm, seeing how oddly active the tropics have been the past month already, is this a sign of what's to come? Just asking.

92L
Winds are still old, but this has better resolution than the other images. I think it moved a little to the west though, hard to tell.
Quoting Drakoen:

No its not. The right front exit is the region with upper level divergence promoting thunderstorms.


No, it's left exit region that's divergent.
Quoting Drakoen:
http://www.weatherzone.com.au/help/glossary.jsp?l =r
Right Exit Region

(or Right Front Quadrant) The area downstream from and to the right of an upper-level jet max (as would be viewed looking along the direction of flow). Upward motion and severe thunderstorm potential sometimes are increased in this area relative to the wind seed maximum.




The region downstream from a wind speed maximum in a jet stream (jet max), in which air is moving away from the region of maximum winds, and therefore is decelerating. This deceleration results in divergence in the upper-level winds in the left half of the exit region (as would be viewed looking along the direction of flow). This divergence results in upward motion of air in the left front quadrant (or left exit region) of the jet max. Severe weather potential sometimes increases in this area as a result. See also entrance region and right entrance region.

NWS Glossary
My 5-day forecast for Fairbanks, Alaska :)

Quoting jlp09550:
Hmm, seeing how oddly active the tropics have been the past month already, is this a sign of what's to come? Just asking.

92L
its anyones guess really all we can do is watch and warn
529. beell
PVA and Divergence-Left exit. As would be found in the base of a trough.





Exit Region
The region downstream from a wind speed maximum in a jet stream (jet max), in which air is moving away from the region of maximum winds, and therefore is decelerating. This deceleration results in divergence in the upper-level winds in the left half of the exit region (as would be viewed looking along the direction of flow). This divergence results in upward motion of air in the left front quadrant (or left exit region) of the jet max. Severe weather potential sometimes increases in this area as a result. See also entrance region and right entrance region.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream//append/glossar y_e.htm
Quoting Levi32:
My 5-day forecast for Fairbanks, Alaska :)

A scorcher Levi!

And more info on jet streaks here. Usually it's the entrance region that causes divergence as the air is accelerating into the jet max. The worst weather here is usually to the SE side of the jet streak.
Nice graphic Beell. You can easily see there how the low and high pressure centers would act to create conv/div on the jet stream.
I don't think it's a matter of tornadoes becoming stronger. They're just passing through more heavily populated areas. A mile wide tornado in the Oklahoma panhandle or sparsely populated areas of western kansas isn't going to cause much damage.

I live in Hutchinson, Kansas. In 1990 and 1991 we were missed by an F5 and an F4 tornado. The F5 in 1990 eventually hit a glancing blow to Hesston. It missed Hutchinson to the east by several miles after passing half way between two small towns. I wasn't able to see it because of the heavy rain between the city and the tornado

I did watch the F4 in 1991 that passed a few miles to the west and hit the small suburb of Willowbrook before going to a rope like stage.

Had either of those storms taken a slightly different course, Hutchinson at the time could have looked like Joplin does today.


Quoting Levi32:
My 5-day forecast for Fairbanks, Alaska :)

It's only May and you're in the 80s at 65N??

Jesus. I'm more than 30 degrees of latitude further south than you and my high is still more than 10f cooler. And I do not live in the mountains either.
For those of you who like to witness rapid intensification, Songda in the WPAC is seemingly undergoing it as we speak. Really starting to wrap up...

Link
Quoting TomTaylor:
It's only May and you're in the 80s at 65N??

Jesus. I'm more than 30 degrees of latitude further south than you and my high is still more than 10f cooler. And I do not live in the mountains either.


We're just that awesome :)
536. xcool



...THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST KANSAS SWD INTO PARTS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN
OKLAHOMA...

...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
KANSAS...CENTRAL AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA...AND INTO WESTERN ARKANSAS...

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM NEW ENGLAND SWD TO THE
MID-ATLANTIC REGION...AND WWD INTO THE PLAINS...

...SYNOPSIS...
WITH CYCLONIC FLOW ALOFT TO PERSIST ACROSS THE NORTHEAST U.S. AND
ERN CANADA...A STRENGTHENING MID-LEVEL SYSTEM -- ACCOMPANIED BY
70-PLUS KT MID-LEVEL JET -- IS FORECAST TO EMERGE INTO THE CENTRAL
AND SRN PLAINS. BY THE END OF THE PERIOD...A DEEPENING UPPER LOW IS
FORECAST ACROSS THE KS VICINITY -- WITH A 75 KT MID-LEVEL JET AROUND
THE SRN PERIPHERY OF THIS SYSTEM.

AT THE SURFACE...A COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE ADVANCING ACROSS ERN
CANADA...MOVING EWD INTO NEW ENGLAND THROUGH THE AFTERNOON BUT
BECOMING MORE WASHED OUT ACROSS THE MIDWEST/OH VALLEY WITH TIME.
FARTHER W...A LEE LOW IS FORECAST TO MOVE VERY SLOWLY EWD/NEWD
ACROSS KS/OK...BUT SHOULD STRENGTHEN THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AS THE
UPPER LOW DEEPENS. BY LATE AFTERNOON...A DRYLINE WILL EXTEND SWD
ACROSS CENTRAL OK/CENTRAL TX AND A COMPOSITE WARM FRONT/OUTFLOW
BOUNDARY SHOULD EXTEND SEWD ACROSS SRN KS/ERN OK AND INTO AR. THIS
SURFACE SYSTEM WILL BECOME A FOCUS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A
POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK FOCUSED ON KS/OK/WRN
AR THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS.

...CENTRAL AND SRN PLAINS...
A REGIONAL OUTBREAK OF SEVERE STORMS -- INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL FOR
VERY LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS...AND SEVERAL LARGE/STRONG
TORNADOES IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AS THE POWERFUL
UPPER JET EMERGES INTO THE PLAINS DRIVING SURFACE CYCLOGENESIS.

ELEVATED STORMS MAY BE ONGOING ACROSS PARTS OF NRN KS AND NEB AT THE
START OF THE PERIOD...WHILE A CAPPED WARM SECTOR HINDERS STORM
DEVELOPMENT INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS. BY MID AFTERNOON...SURFACE
DEWPOINTS IN THE 60S TO NEAR 70 COMBINED WITH DAYTIME HEATING AND AN
EWD SPREAD OF VERY STEEP MID-LEVEL LAPSE RATES ATOP THE WARM SECTOR
WILL RESULT IN A VERY UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT...WITH 100 MB MIXED-LAYER
CAPE VALUES EXCEEDING 3000 TO 4000 J/KG ACROSS PARTS OF OK/KS AND
INTO WRN AR E OF THE LOW/DRYLINE.

AS THE UPPER JET AND ASSOCIATED/DEEPENING UPPER SYSTEM EMERGE...A
SLOWLY WEAKENING CAP SHOULD RESULT IN STORM INITIATION BY LATE
AFTERNOON...FROM CENTRAL KS SWD INTO CENTRAL TX NEAR THE SURFACE LOW
AND SWD ALONG THE DRYLINE. WITH MODERATE/BACKED LOW-LEVEL FLOW
AHEAD OF THE SURFACE LOW VEERING AND INCREASING RAPIDLY THROUGH THE
LOWER TROPOSPHERE TO SWLY AT 50 TO 60 KT AT MID LEVELS...SHEAR VERY
SUPPORTIVE OF BOTH MID-LEVEL AND LOW-LEVEL ROTATION WILL ALLOW
STORMS TO RAPIDLY BECOME SUPERCELLULAR. VERY LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING
WINDS...AND SEVERAL POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT TORNADOES APPEAR LIKELY
AS THE STORMS INCREASE AND SPREAD ACROSS KS/OK INTO WRN AR AND THEN
LATER INTO WRN MO.
Terribly sorry to hear and see the devastation in Joplin.That utube video of those people in the gas station cooler were so fortunate to survive a monster of that magnitude.At the rate of these tornado outbreaks there won't be much of some of these cities left to rebuilt.So we have Iceland's volanoe waking up, Typhoon Songda with is about to rapidily intensify if it already hasn't started, 5 mbs drop from the previous observation.So that system may be a close shave to luzon then okanowa and the south to south east coast of Japan poteintally its not written in stone yet but if the recurvature doesn't commence soon the afformention areas will be a concern.
LOL. I can't get anything right today, literally. Stuff like that keeps you humble LOL
Quoting Levi32:


We're just that awesome :)

And you have a chance of thunderstorms? I'm definitely jealous. Our forecast down here in San Diego for the next week is pretty much overcast every morning with sun by the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Gotta love that cold California current and the resulting marine layer. It keeps our weather perfectly mild and boring nearly all year round.

I'd advise all weather enthusiasts to stay clear from Southern California.
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #31
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM SONGDA (T1102)
15:00 PM JST May 24 2011
==================================

SUBJECT: Category Two Typhoon In Sea East Of Philippines

At 6:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Songda (975 hPa) located at 12.5N 130.2E has 10 minute sustained winds of 60 knots with gusts of 85 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northwest at 9 knots.

Storm Force Winds
==================
50 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
===============
170 NM from the center in northeastern quadrant
150 NM from the center in southwestern quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T3.5

Forecast And Intensity
=======================
24 HRS: 13.2N 128.0E - 75 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
48 HRS: 15.1N 125.4E - 80 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
72 HRS: 17.7N 122.9E - 85 knots (CAT 4/Very Strong Typhoon)
Taz!

Or anyone else, can you tell me where to get that map from the SPC? I went to Wunderground severe page and it only shows moderate risk tomorrow. I have a friend in the area of high risk and I want to tell her to lay low tomorrow!

I'd like to send her the link that shows 'high' risk instead of moderate.
Quoting iahishome:
Taz!

Or anyone else, can you tell me where to get that map from the SPC?
Here is a link to all of their convective outlooks, which are issued daily. The high risk outlook specifically can be found here.
Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical Astrological Service and Administration
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin #6
TROPICAL STORM CHEDENG (SONGDA)
5:00 PM PhST May 24 2011
====================================

Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" has slightly intensified as it continues to move in a West Northwest direction.

At 4:00 PM PhST, Tropical Storm Chedeng (SONGDA) located at 12.5°N 129.8°E or 450 km east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar has 10 minute sustained winds of 60 knots with gusts up to 80 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northwest at 6 knots.

Warning Signals
=============

Signal #1
---------

Luzon Region
------------
1. Catanduanes
2. Camarines Sur
3. Camarines Norte
4. Albay
5. Sorsogon

Visayas Region
-------------
1. Samar Provinces

Additional Information
======================
Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under signal # 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.

TS "Chedeng" is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over Visayas and Mindanao.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and to watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.
549. IKE

Quoting jlp09550:
Hmm, seeing how oddly active the tropics have been the past month already, is this a sign of what's to come? Just asking.

92L

Nope, all the invests we've seen have been subtropical and at northerly latitudes, since most storms form from tropical waves coming off Africa we can't say that it will be an active season because of the lows coming off America
Outbreak of Strong Tornadoes Expected Late Today and Tonight / Plan Now Where You Will Seek Shelter



Link
japanese are still not sure what has happened http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/05/24/japan. nuclear.plant/
TS SONGDA

Beginning to really ramp up the spin and become better organised.
Westerly movement is slowing and that can only be good news for the locals in Luzon province, as this storm still has the potential to make landfall there.
Every model now suggests this systom will rapidly become a typhoon and intensify rapidly over the next 48-72 hrs.
good morning all from NE Fla. Sun rising, as usual. Luckily some things don't change.

Odd, I go to the Norman OK NWS, and they've only got 30% for today, 50% for tonite.
Water still building in Morgan City LA
Don't get caught up in the illusion that your not at risk if you live around their!!

Hurricane Preparedness Week
May 22-28th, 2011

Here is a list of websites that can assist you in your preparedness plans "Link"

Link
558. IKE
Stephanie Abrams on TWC...."It is Wednesday, May 24th"......

Uh...no...it's only Tuesday. She's a little out there...somewhere.
It is going to be very very dangerous from Central and Eastern Kansas down into Central and Eastern Oklahoma today. Large, damaging, long-lived tornadoes are a good bet...Personally, I think we may see another EF-5.
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
It is going to be very very dangerous from Central and Eastern Kansas down into Central and Eastern Oklahoma today. Large, damaging, long-lived tornadoes are a good bet...Personally, I think we may see another EF-5.

I'm afraid you may be right.



Looks like another extremely dangerous day on the high plains today. A high risk in in effect for severe storms; with an 30% hatched area of tornadoes for central OK and southern-central KS.



The last time I remember seeing a 30% hatched area was during the SPC's outlook the morning of the deadly AL/MS/TN tornado outbreak last month. That, of course was upgraded to 45% during that afternoon.
Ike- maybe you oughtta post the date here every morning...heck I don't even know what day it is, most've the time.

I'm going back to sleep..or pop whatever Stephanie Abrahms is taking..like anyone needs more tornados. Let's just pray they stay away from people and towns. I wonder how depleted FEMA is already...it's not even hurricane season.
566. IKE
Ali Velshi(CNN morning host), interviewing a man that survived the tornado in Joplin while in his pickup truck.....

"She laid down...I laid down on top of her" :)

LOL....that's what he said.
567. IKE

Quoting aquak9:
Ike- maybe you oughtta post the date here every morning...heck I don't even know what day it is, most've the time.
It is Tuesday, May 24th....the 144th day of 2011. There are 221 days left in the year.

I've had .76 inches of precip this month.
good morning ike not that there is anything good for today lets hope the alerts save lives today

o by the way 7 more days till ya start posting yer 0.0.0 numbers keep the tradition alive
569. IKE

Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
good morning ike not that there is anything good for today lets hope the alerts save lives today

o by the way 7 more days till ya start posting yer 0.0.0 numbers keep the tradition alive
LOL...I will.
Quoting IKE:
Ali Velshi(CNN morning host), interviewing a man that survived the tornado in Joplin while in his pickup truck.....

"She laid down...I laid down on top of her" :)

LOL....that's what he said.

Rapture.
Wow! I high risk for Oklahoma City, Norman, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wichita, Kansas. This possible tornado outbreak could be like May 10, 2010, or May 9, 1999 all over again.


models still picking up a dist. at end of the run for jun 2 in carb
573. IKE

Quoting pottery:

Rapture.
Oh.....I like that song.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLhaTzMyGhM
I wonder if Mike Bettis will be up for the chase today. If I were him..I'd opt OUT.
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
500 AM PDT TUE MAY 24 2011

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

1. SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY HAS DIMINISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH
A WEAK AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 350 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST
OF THE GULF OF TEHUANTEPEC. TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPMENT IS NOT
EXPECTED AND THERE IS A LOW CHANCE...NEAR 0 PERCENT...OF THIS
SYSTEM BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.
Good morning all....

*sips coffee*

Who brought the doughnuts?
Quoting muddertracker:
I wonder if Mike Bettis will be up for the chase today. If I were him..I'd opt OUT.


He is in Wichita, KS today waiting to start the chase so if you can watch, then pick up on his livestreaming video and follow along..
Did anyone see Anderson Cooper interviewed the people who were in the gas station last night?
Quoting BanTech:
Good morning all....

*sips coffee*

Who brought the doughnuts?

Me.
But I ate them....

The ITCZ has gone kind of quiet in the Atl. over the past 2 days.
Quoting ncstorm:
Did anyone see Anderson Cooper interviewed the people who were in the gas station last night?

How come you get a 20 minute warning, and you are in a gas station?
Surely they could have SEEN this thing coming??? Even if they WERE deaf.
Ike, did you take my rain?..lol

I've had .76 inches of precip this month.

We have had about .10 of an inch - lol

582. IKE
Quoting AllyBama:
Ike, did you take my rain?..lol

I've had .76 inches of precip this month.

We have had about .10 of an inch - lol

It is soooo dry. Hard for me to complain with what's happened elsewhere though.

12 Hr



24 Hr



36 Hr



And the list goes on, isnt looking good for those folks, Good Luck and stay safe!!
Quoting pottery:

How come you get a 20 minute warning, and you are in a gas station?
Surely they could have SEEN this thing coming??? Even if they WERE deaf.


Honestly, If I had to choose somewhere to take shelter, I definetly wouldnt have picked a gas station..just the combination of gas and fire would have been a reason to keep going..I hope they find the clerk because they said he was the real hero and he saved lives..
Good morning. At least there is some rain falling in parts of the Western Caribbean,where it has been very dry in the past few months.

586. IKE
Per CNN...."17 rescued from tornado wreckage, 117 dead"
Ike, I concur with that! Praying that today will NOT pan out as forecast..

Quoting IKE:
Per CNN...."17 rescued from tornado wreckage, 117 dead"



That's pretty significant for a single tornado.
Quoting IKE:
It is soooo dry. Hard for me to complain with what's happened elsewhere though.




Dry is an understatement. Eastern Palm Beach County currently holds the record in the south @ 45% of normal -12.43 inches since November 2010. We're going to need an active tropical season to pull us out.
Quoting IKE:
It is soooo dry. Hard for me to complain with what's happened elsewhere though.

Absolutely..A lot of folks would take the dry from you right quick. Today will be another really bad day for some. Clear skies will rapidly destabilize the atmosphere causing explosive development of tornadic storms....
Well 90E is dead
592. IKE
What happened to the "rainy season starting in peninsula Florida"?

The waiting is the hardest part.
Quoting CyclonicVoyage:





Dry is an understatement. Eastern Palm Beach County currently holds the record in the south @ 45% of normal -12.43 inches since November 2010. We're going to need an active tropical season to pull us out.

I hope you get it in manageable amounts...
GfS starts forming another Paloma by next week wednessday. Takes it right over the Caymans then Cuba and out into the Atlantic.
Link
Quoting IKE:
Stephanie Abrams on TWC...."It is Wednesday, May 24th"......

Uh...no...it's only Tuesday. She's a little out there...somewhere.
I dont care what day of the week she thinks it is....she is HOT!!
596. Jax82
Quoting IKE:
What happened to the "rainy season starting in peninsula Florida"?

The waiting is the hardest part.


The rainy season got banned for an unknown period of time. lol
Quoting scott39:
I dont care what day of the week she thinks it is....she is HOT!!

I'd take her out any day of the week.
We are at a 13" rain deficit this year-to-date in Mobile and I am praying that we don't cover it all at once! A small tropical system would be o.k. provided it didn't stall..
599. beell
Quoting iahishome:
Taz!

Or anyone else, can you tell me where to get that map from the SPC? I went to Wunderground severe page and it only shows moderate risk tomorrow. I have a friend in the area of high risk and I want to tell her to lay low tomorrow!

I'd like to send her the link that shows 'high' risk instead of moderate.


The latest SPC Day one usually is out around 7AM-8AM CDT. Momentarily. The link Kori provided is just right.
Quoting IKE:
What happened to the "rainy season starting in peninsula Florida"?

The waiting is the hardest part.


Where's Jeff? He was insistent that the rainy season was coming early to Florida starting this week.
Quoting AllyBama:
We are at a 13" rain deficit this year-to-date in Mobile and I am praying that we don't cover it all at once! A small tropical system would be o.k. provided it didn't stall..
The rain will catch up here eventually. During the meantime, my grass isnt growing...YES!!
Quoting clwstmchasr:


Where's Jeff? He was insistent that the rainy season was coming early to Florida starting this week.
rain will come first weekend of june for fla not before
Quoting cat5hurricane:

I'd take her out any day of the week.
Go for it...for some reason my wife would get mad if I tried.
Quoting beell:


The latest SPC Day one usually is out around 7AM-8AM CDT. Momentarily. The link Kori provided is just right.

You're always on top of the severe weather and know your stuff. And yes, it appears the SPC now is updated.
605. beell
Just a little bit of morning stratus over OK. Should burn off pretty quick.
My hopes for the day:

I hope the SPC is wrong.

I hope that shear relaxes so mesocyclones haven't a chance to spin up.

I hope the convective cap stays strong and in place.

I hope that any potential supercells never even make it to adolescence, instead growing into nothing more than scattered handfuls of drowsy cumulus clouds.

I hope that no tornadoes--especially violent ones--form.

I hope that any tornadoes that do form--especially violent ones--spin their way harmlessly across open land, countryside that's free of buildings, people, or animals.

I hope today's stormchasers will have wasted their gas and time merely driving around the Great Plains under cloudless skies.

I hope that after today, the 2011 tornado season is finished.

I hope the SPC is wrong.

I hope the SPC is wrong.

I hope the SPC is wrong.

- - - - - - - - - -

Hey, a guy can have hope, right? :-\
anyway i got to put in a shift long weekend over be back around lunch we should see the first of the storms at daytime heat maximum at 4 pm
Quoting scott39:
Go for it...for some reason my wife would get mad if I tried.

LOL! You got it!
Abrams does nothing for me....a bit too ditzy for my tastes.

Ideally, I'd like my weather from Robin Meade.
Interesting article about the efficacy of the existing tornado warning system:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/23/missouri.tornado .warning/index.html?hpt=C1
613. beell
Quoting cat5hurricane:

You're always on top of the severe weather and know your stuff. And yes, it appears the SPC now is updated.


I must be hitting a different NOAA server. Don't have it here yet.

Appreciate the compliment. Weather has a way of making us all humble at times! I try to keep that in mind.
We join all of you who complain about the lack of rain. Drought-Index for Germany this spring (in mm):


And of course: our sympathy and best whishes for all who live in the tornado region!
615. IKE

Quoting clwstmchasr:


Where's Jeff? He was insistent that the rainy season was coming early to Florida starting this week.
He's MIA along w/the rain?
Quoting Neapolitan:
My hopes for the day:

I hope the SPC is wrong.

I hope that shear relaxes so mesocyclones haven't a chance to spin up.

I hope the convective cap stays strong and in place.

I hope that any potential supercells never even make it to adolescence, instead growing into nothing more than scattered handfuls of drowsy cumulus clouds.

I hope that no tornadoes--especially violent ones--form.

I hope that any tornadoes that do form--especially violent ones--spin their way harmlessly across open land, countryside that's free of buildings, people, or animals.

I hope today's stormchasers will have wasted their gas and time merely driving around the Great Plains under cloudless skies.

I hope that after today, the 2011 tornado season is finished.

I hope the SPC is wrong.

I hope the SPC is wrong.

I hope the SPC is wrong.

- - - - - - - - - -

Hey, a guy can have hope, right? :-\

Amen.
Does anyone know... if this tornado season is the worst ever recorded,with regards to hitting heavy populated areas?
618. IKE
12Z 5 day QPF......


Quoting barbamz:
We join all of you who complain about the lack of rain. Drought-Index for Germany this spring (in mm):


And of course: our sympathy and best whishes for all who live in the tornado region!
The whole country is in a drought?
620. MTWX
SPC day 1 high risk!! KS and OK need to be ready to go today!
On the Japan front, apparently they are running out of space to store water at Fukushima Daiichi. They expect to fill existing capacity within days.

It will be at least two weeks after that before they get the large water decontamination system in place, perhaps significantly longer.

That large barge is onsite now, and has a capacity of 10,000 tonnes, the same as the main storage facility at Fukushima. However, the plan had been to run mostly decontaminated water (mildly radioactive was how it was put) into the barge.

So either that barge is going to get very radioactive or we are going to see large releases of highly radioactive water into the sea. I don't know if they can even do hookups to the barge with highly radioactive water.

Water is the big crisis at the moment. No where to put it and they can't stop pumping it.

(from various sources)

WTO
Quoting scott39:
Does anyone know... if this tornado season is the worst ever recorded,with regards to hitting heavy populated areas?

Don't have specifics. Per capita, probably not. For total amount of property damage as a whole (bearing in mind population density figues, property household income & median home value assessments & figures from the 2010 Census), I'd be willing to bet it's up toward the top.
Quoting barbamz:
We join all of you who complain about the lack of rain. Drought-Index for Germany this spring (in mm):


And of course: our sympathy and best whishes for all who live in the tornado region!




That is 6 to 8" below normal. Eastern Palm Beach County is sitting at -12.43", just FYI :-)
Quoting overwash12:
The whole country is in a drought?


Unfortunately yes (more or less), except in the extreme south (region of the Alpes Mountains). Locally there had been some thunderstorms the last days, but they couldn't catch up the deficit.
Quoting WatchingThisOne:
On the Japan front, apparently they are running out of space to store water at Fukushima Daiichi. They expect to fill existing capacity within days.

It will be at least two weeks after that before they get the large water decontamination system in place, perhaps significantly longer.

That large barge is onsite now, and has a capacity of 10,000 tonnes, the same as the main storage facility at Fukushima. However, the plan had been to run mostly decontaminated water (mildly radioactive was how it was put) into the barge.

So either that barge is going to get very radioactive or we are going to see large releases of highly radioactive water into the sea. I don't know if they can even do hookups to the barge with highly radioactive water.

Water is the big crisis at the moment. No where to put it and they can't stop pumping it.

(from various sources)

WTO

Time to entomb.
Quoting cat5hurricane:

Don't have specifics. Per capita, probably not. For total amount of property damage as a whole (bearing in mind population and property household income/value assessments & figures from the 2010 Census), I'd be willing to bet it's up toward the top.
Thanks, Its the first time in my 41 years... that Ive heard and seen so much destruction from tornados.
Quoting pottery:

I hope you get it in manageable amounts...


I am hearing a lot more talk of, as is my opinion, that we're to the point that we need a low end Hurricane to come through here. Both to alleviate this drought and to kick this sluggish economy in the pants.

But yes, anything more would be counter productive.
Quoting cat5hurricane:

Time to entomb.


My understanding is that there is still too much decay heat around to do that. TEPCO says they will have things under control by January. They may, but until then they can't seal it up for fear of a devastasting explosion from decay heat building up. If they could, they would be pouring boron-impregnated concrete now.

WTO
The local paper has on the headline 481 deaths in the U.S. this year already! That is for tornadoes only,and it's only May 24th.
Quoting IKE:

He's MIA along w/the rain?


I was out working in the yard yesterday in a heat index of about 105. I looked up and saw something that really ruined my day. It was a lone white puffy cloud that appeared to be giving me the "bird"...
Quoting scott39:
Thanks, Its the first time in my 41 years... that Ive heard and seen so much destruction from tornados.

True, it has been. But also one must keep in mind the population explosions for some of these areas. Take Joplin MO, for instance. Between 1970 and 2000, their population added 45,000 residents in the greater metropolitan region (surrounding suburbs, municipalities). That also has to be considered.

Quoting barbamz:


Unfortunately yes (more or less), except in the extreme south (region of the Alpes Mountains). Locally there had been some thunderstorms the last days, but they couldn't catch up the deficit.


Drought or not I wish was I back there. I spent some time working south of Stuttgart for my company. Loved hiking the black forest every day after work!
633. IKE
Quoting clwstmchasr:


I was out working in the yard yesterday in a heat index of about 105. I looked up and saw something that really ruined my day. It was a lone white puffy cloud that appeared to be giving me the "bird"...

Quoting WatchingThisOne:


My understanding is that there is still too much decay heat around to do that. TEPCO says they will have things under control by January. They may, but until then they can't seal it up for fear of a devastasting explosion from decay heat building up. If they could, they would be pouring boron-impregnated concrete now.

WTO

Wow. What a mess. I guess all things considered, they are really stuck between a rock and a hard place. Thanks for the Fukushima update.
Quoting cat5hurricane:

True, it has been. But also one must keep in mind the population explosions for some of these areas. Take Joplin MO, for instance. Between 1970 and 2000, their population added 45,000 residents in the greater metropolitan region (surrounding suburbs, municipalities). That also has to be considered.

I see your point. The land has always been there...the people havent.
Quoting IKE:

HaHa--clever Ike
Quoting WatchingThisOne:
On the Japan front, apparently they are running out of space to store water at Fukushima Daiichi. They expect to fill existing capacity within days.

It will be at least two weeks after that before they get the large water decontamination system in place, perhaps significantly longer.

That large barge is onsite now, and has a capacity of 10,000 tonnes, the same as the main storage facility at Fukushima. However, the plan had been to run mostly decontaminated water (mildly radioactive was how it was put) into the barge.

So either that barge is going to get very radioactive or we are going to see large releases of highly radioactive water into the sea. I don't know if they can even do hookups to the barge with highly radioactive water.

Water is the big crisis at the moment. No where to put it and they can't stop pumping it.

(from various sources)

WTO

Reading just today that TEPCO is admitting what we all sorta already knew: there were near-simultaneous meltdowns in reactors 1, 2, and 3. They can only confirm pressure vessel damage to unit #1 at this point, though all three may be in similar shape. Unit #4 didn't meltdown, of course, though the spent fuel rods stored there caught fire and spewed massive amounts of radiation into the air. And the water problem is huge; by the winter, up to 200,000 tonnes (53 million gallons, or roughly 90 Olympic-sized swimming pools) of highly radioactive water will be in need of decontamination or permanent storage.

Link

Link

Link
92L is dead. Just got 0% on the special TWO.
639. IKE
Quoting NICycloneChaser:
92L is dead. Just got 0% on the special TWO.
RIP 92L.
Quoting LS1redline:


Drought or not I wish was I back there. I spent some time working south of Stuttgart for my company. Loved hiking the black forest every day after work!


You're right, it's especially nice there. I once lived near black forest when I was a student in Freiburg. I miss it, too.
Quoting IKE:
RIP 92L.


This season is a bust.
Reading just today that TEPCO is admitting what we all sorta already knew: there were near-simultaneous meltdowns in reactors 1, 2, and 3. They can only confirm pressure vessel damage to unit #1 at this point, though all three may be in similar shape. Unit #4 didn't meltdown, of course, though the spent fuel rods stored there caught fire and spewed massive amounts of radiation into the air. And the water problem is huge; by the winter, up to 200,000 tonnes (53 million gallons, or roughly 90 Olympic-sized swimming pools) of highly radioactive water will be in need of decontamination or permanent storage.

Link

Link

Link

Any chance these record tornado outbreaks are the result of the elevated radiation levels in the atmosphere?
As if they don't have enough problems...

LinkJapanMeteorologicalAgencyTropicalCyclonePage
Quoting Neapolitan:

Reading just today that TEPCO is admitting what we all sorta already knew: there were near-simultaneous meltdowns in reactors 1, 2, and 3. They can only confirm pressure vessel damage to unit #1 at this point, though all three may be in similar shape. Unit #4 didn't meltdown, of course, though the spent fuel rods stored there caught fire and spewed massive amounts of radiation into the air. And the water problem is huge; by the winter, up to 200,000 tonnes (53 million gallons, or roughly 90 Olympic-sized swimming pools) of highly radioactive water will be in need of decontamination or permanent storage.

Link

Link

Link
Why not just cycle the water back through? Isn't that what the power plant does in normal operations anyway?
000
ABNT20 KNHC 241311
TWOAT

SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
910 AM EDT TUE MAY 24 2011

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY HAS DIMINISHED IN ASSOCIATION WITH
A SURFACE LOW LOCATED ABOUT 650 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.
UPPER-LEVEL WINDS ARE NOT FAVORABLE...AND SUBTROPICAL CYCLONE
DEVELOPMENT IS NOT EXPECTED. THERE IS A LOW CHANCE...NEAR 0
PERCENT...OF THIS SYSTEM BECOMING A SUBTROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM CAN BE FOUND
IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...
UNDER AWIPS HEADER NFDHSFAT1 AND WMO HEADER FZNT01 KWBC. THIS WILL
BE THE LAST SPECIAL TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK ISSUED ON THIS SYSTEM.

ROUTINE ISSUANCE OF THE TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK WILL RESUME ON JUNE
1.
646. IKE

Quoting BanTech:


This season is a bust.
LOL.

0-0-0.

$$
647. beell
Click for full Outlook text and graphics
13Z Day 1 Outlook
interesting feature trying to organize over cayman..
Quoting BanTech:


This season is a bust.
Wishcaster!
I just want to stop for a moment and thank all of you for creating such a wonderful place to learn. I have learned so much already about the tropics, tornadoes and nuclear plants than I ever thought I could learn at my age. This blog has a wealth of information and I consider it a privilege that you let an old man like me be a
part of it. I am sure I will learn much from you all over this hurricane season. I am embarrassed to say I did not know what an "Invest" was until I was reading here on the blog.
Quoting IKE:
RIP 92L.


92L didn't even get a facebook page like 91L. Very sad.

Complete Update





653. IKE

Quoting NICycloneChaser:


92L didn't even get a facebook page like 91L. Very sad.

It..at least deserved that. That is sad:( Bless it's heart.
hey everyone! back for another season of lurking, just wanted to say hi before I go find my place in the shadows.
Quoting Grandpato4:
I just want to stop for a moment and thank all of you for creating such a wonderful place to learn. I have learned so much already about the tropics, tornadoes and nuclear plants than I ever thought I could learn at my age. This blog has a wealth of information and I consider it a privilege that you let an old man like me be a
part of it. I am sure I will learn much from you all over this hurricane season. I am embarrassed to say I did not know what an "Invest" was until I was reading here on the blog.


I'd say you are now part of 1-2% of the population who would know what an invest was. Hurricane season gets a little silly in here, but it can be quite fascinating. Welcome!
Quoting largeeyes:


I'd say you are now part of 1-2% of the population who would know what an invest was. Hurricane season gets a little silly in here, but it can be quite fascinating. Welcome!


Just a little...

Meanwhile, to calm down all those pre-season bustcasters, we haven't seen this in about, oh, a day or two.


All hail the chart.
657. IKE
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) -- Thousands of contractors who got stimulus
money to do such things as build roads and provide social services owe
more than $750 million in back taxes, a federal investigation has found.

More than $24 billion in stimulus money went to some 3,700 contractors who
still owe the federal government taxes, according to the report released
Tuesday by the General Accountability Office, Congress' watchdog
agency. Tax cheats accounted for 5% of 80,000 contractors who got
stimulus dollars, the report said.
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Already 83.3 outside my window at 9 am CDST.
New Blog, folks
92L has "wrong-way"ed from 31.7n57.0w to 27.8n54.4w : ie southward and eastward.
Landfall in the CapeVerdes in a couple of weeks ;-D
Quoting IKE:
RIP 92L.


Ahhhh, there is the Ike we know and love.