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(Reuters)   Not content with keeping snowstorms just a winter thing and tornadoes a summer thing, the Midwest is getting both at the same time. EVERYBODY PANIC   ( ) divider line
    More: Scary, Central United States, Spring Storm, freezing rain, snowstorms, tornadoes, St. Louis County, Denver International Airport, Van Buren County  
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2013-04-11 11:45:09 AM  
3 votes:
Hate to tell you this subby, but tornado seasons are spring and fall
2013-04-11 01:24:52 PM  
1 vote:
It's global warming bringing new kinds of "active" weather and nasty random climate changes*. Denialists can bite me!

*Unless this sort of thing is normal "abnormal". If it's abnormal abnormal, then I'm probably right. It could, of course, be normal normal or abnormal normal but why be wishy-washy? It's

Shout out to my man, Donald Rumsfield, famous logician and political philosopher. Even when he's right he sounds like he's full of devious shiat. Then again, even when he's right he IS still full of devious shiat.

The US is a world leader in natural disasters, so normal is still pretty awful some times. This is partly because it has so much stuff. American disasters are costly. It's partly because of boot-strapy and other forms of stupidity (not to mention a well-developed insurance industry and "free" government disaster insurance for repeat offenders). And it's partly because Nature gets up to some mighty tricks on US territory. But the Mid-West, you never know. Is God pissed off over the number of homo-sexuals in San Francisco and striking out in his blind fury at  Missouri, or is it just Missouri being Missouri? Hard to say.

Either way, it sucks to be you. Ha! ha!

Speaking of "suck", I saw on the Weather news this morning that Toronto is cancelling school and hundreds of airline flights because of a normal Spring storm blowing in from the South West. This means it may rain here a bit later. I must remember to check the weather before I leave work, as I might need my umbrella. These storm systems seem to peter out before they hit us, or else bypass us to the North or South. Very occasionally, it sucks to be us.
2013-04-11 12:51:55 PM  
1 vote:

It does seem a little unusual for any place to get tornadoes and snow in a single 24-hour period, though.

You're not really familiar with how this weather thing works, are you? Most spring tornados are caused by a steep temperature gradiant when there is atmospheric instability present. Getting snow on the back side of a springtime tornadic squall line is not common, but it also isn't unusual. We're expecting a 50 degree drop in temps here tonight after the front passes us. This isn't climate change, it's weather.
2013-04-11 12:35:15 PM  
1 vote:

mr lawson: wxboy: It does seem a little unusual for any place to get tornadoes and snow in a single 24-hour period, though.

Why? With a user name "WX" in it, you should know how cold fronts work.
hell...i'm surprised it doesn't happen more often

Conditions that favor tornadoes don't often occur in front of cold fronts behind which are conditions which favor snow.  Usually there's at least a buffer of a few days.  In Colorado, they got a couple tornadoes from this storm, followed within 12 hours by 6" of snow.  That's not normal.  Typically if it's cold enough to be snowing behind a cold front it's not warm enough in front of it to support tornadic storms, especially ones capable of significant damage.

It's unusual, but not extremely rare.  All in all, it appears very similar to
2013-04-11 12:21:51 PM  
1 vote:
Meanwhile in Chile...

2013-04-11 12:11:37 PM  
1 vote:
Figured this was going to happen this year. Last year I was golfing in February.
2013-04-11 12:11:23 PM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: Pitabred: Don't worry, everyone. Climate change totally isn't a thing. The GOP told me so, so this kind of stuff just can't be happening. QED.

Spring tornadoes in the Midwest aren't climate -- they're seasonal weather.

"Spring storms unleashed heavy snow, rain and high winds, including tornadoes " Rapid (on the timescale of hours to days) temperature changes bring with them high winds. High winds bring with them tornadoes.

Without tornadoes, the Midwest would be rapidly overrun by trailer parks.

It does seem a little unusual for any place to get tornadoes and snow in a single 24-hour period, though.
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