Severe

  • Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak which brought 12 strong tornadoes to the Southeastern United States on April 5-6, 1936.  Approximately 454 people were killed in the storms, most by two tornadoes, which makes this the second deadliest outbreak in US history.  Wikipedia also notes that severe flash floods in the…

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  • Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Super Outbreak of tornadoes, which hit a wide area of the eastern US stretching from Alabama to Michigan.  Until 2011’s massive outbreak, it was the largest outbreak of tornadoes in one event on record, with 148 reported tornadoes, 319 deaths, 5484 injuries, and $3.5 billion in damage.  I…

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  • Do you use bounce houses or other inflatable structures as an amusement for kids at outdoor public events or personal birthday parties?  If so, you should read this.  Jason Samenow of the Washington Post published an article today on the dangers caused by bounce houses after the death of a 7-year-old girl in the U.…

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  • Gimme shelter

    “Grazing the Net” blog had an interesting story this week about a farm in Texas that goes above and beyond the usual to protect their investment in prime livestock from severe weather.  This farm is a breeding facility for champion horses, and they have a number of stallions with a value of up to several…

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  • If you like to look at maps, you might find this map from the NWS Storm Prediction Center interesting.  They have collected all of the severe weather reports from across the US and put them all on one map for 2015.  Looking closely at it brings out a lot of questions about why it looks…

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  • Today is the anniversary of the tornado that hit Atlanta, Georgia, on March 14, 2008.  It made a big impression on me because it is one of the few tornadoes I have seen directly impacting my area (I don’t storm chase, I let the tornadoes come to me). My husband (also a meteorologist), son and…

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  • The tornado intercept and study program called VORTEX-SE started March 1.  This field project, Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment-Southeast, will send scientists out across the Southeast on days that are likely to have severe weather to study the development and evolution of tornadic supercell storms as systems move through the region.  The…

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