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(KWCH Wichita) NewsFlash Supercell with confirmed tornado bearing down on Wichita as severe weather outbreak begins in plains states. Hang tight Tornado Alley farkers, it's gonna be a bumpy evening. LGT live streaming vid   (kwch.com) divider line 613
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2013-05-20 05:47:07 AM  

KawaiiNot: Yikes! We just flew over those storm cells. It was bumpy but wouldn't have guessed there were tornados. Hope my next flight doesn't get caught up in this weather.


Ever read Wind, Sand and Stars, by Saint Exupery?  there's a great scene where he's flying a mail run, back in the 1920s, and he's lost on top of a cloud deck over the ocean.

He drops down through, hoping to see the coast, and winds up flying through a forest of waterspouts.  "Like being in a cathedral".
 
2013-05-20 05:53:31 AM  
Great Porn Dragon: ds_4815: Oddly enough, the old Fujita (F-scale) actually did go all the way to F12, equivalent to Mach 1. F5 was simply the naturally-assumed extreme end of the spectrum since nothing that would be considered F6 and above had ever been observed.

Yup--it was generally considered anything so extreme as to cause F6-level damage couldn't be determined just because F5 damage was that extreme.

To my knowledge, there is really only one tornado I've seen reports on that storm researchers even ha-ha-only-serious have stated "If there were an F6 tornado, these would qualify"--the Jarrell, TX tornado of 1997--and that was due to some pretty extreme reports of damage even for an F5 (cattle dismembered and even reports of cattle being eviscerated by winds, dogs actually skinned by the storm, reports of people being blown from the few basements in houses in that area and of house foundations being partially destroyed, actual full-on soil and sod removal to a depth of 18 inches, even cars being caught being so utterly destroyed that they were completely macerated and ground to small unrecognisable bits and in fact twelve vehicles were never found, such severe destruction of human remains that rescuers initially could not tell the difference between the remains of dead humans and dead animals, and so on).

DANG.  No offense, but I believe I'll stay on the East Coast, take my chances with the blizzards and hurricanes.

You can usually see those coming...

/guess it's what you're used to, but still...I prefer my weather not to be able to flense me at will...
 
2013-05-20 05:58:35 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Shadow Blasko: tinfoil-hat maggie: I do seem to remember accounts of similar occurrences near Tokyo with their subduction fault

Have you ever seen The Sinking Of Japan?

Great movie... especially if you like epic nightmare fuel.

I may have to see if I can find it, hmmmm.


Just saved it on Netflix, assuming I got the right film.
 
2013-05-20 07:02:39 AM  
This thread sure got educational in a hurry.

Thanks gents.
 
2013-05-20 08:01:13 AM  

ontariolightning: Why must people say "pray" in times of stress? They must know after the 3rd or 10th time that it doesn't farking work.


Because it provides comfort, and that should be good enough.  Why do people like you insist on getting online and arguing matters of faith?  You should know after the 3rd or 10th time that the people who do believe don't give a rat's ass about what you think.
 
2013-05-20 08:02:03 AM  

7th Son of a 7th Son: Shadow Blasko: 7th Son of a 7th Son: Shadow Blasko: 7th Son of a 7th Son: Shadow Blasko: 7th Son of a 7th Son: The May 3rd 1999 tornado had confirmed windspeeds of 318 mph. Holy freaking god that's fast.

Yep, thats the Bridge Creek/Moore storm we have been talking about.

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Thats what an EF5 does to your truck.

and now I see what I said was previously mentioned. :( I really should go to bed.

Nah.. its cool! We love it when we get to have fun conversations with people actually interested in the subject matter... v/s TROLLTROLLOLOLOLOBHENGAZIUMBRELLAGATE

LOL yeah that gets old fast. I've lived in OK all my life. Closest I've been to a tornado was on May 8th 1986. Edmond tornado. I will remember that night forever.

I've been in 7. Two of those before I was 12, and 4 of them on purpose...

Also managed to get my vehicle struck by lightning for the 2nd time last week.. and i wasn't even chasing, i was just driving home!

I was a very amateur chaser in the 90's, trained spotter now, and I just get lucky a bunch.

Growing up in a town that was hit by a F4 it just becomes part of who you are... and you either get scared of it, or you learn to grok it. I did the latter and it kinda set me up for life as one of those weathergeeks

I grew up in OKC/Edmond and I really wanted to be a storm chaser when I was a kid. Even went to one of "Those Terrible Twisters" shows with Gary England. Used to ride along with some amateur chasers around 2001 but never saw anything.


I still think the best old-style tornado documentary is The Day Of The Killer Tornadoes.

its about the 74 super outbreak.

you can find it on YouTube.
 
2013-05-20 08:15:18 AM  
Moderate risk extended to TX/OK border. Hope Joplin makes it alright today.
www.spc.noaa.gov
 
2013-05-20 01:17:05 PM  

Great Porn Dragon: Dixie Alley or parts of Texas where underground shelters are impossible to build.



Why would an underground shelter be impossible to build?
 
2013-05-20 02:33:47 PM  

the_rhino: Hopefully it will kill some retarded psycho Christians and tea tards.


Calling for the death of Christians should get you banned for a while. I got 24 hours for a joke. Your kind of scummy remark should get something but it won't. Sick. Typical atheist.

I woke up this morning with parts of two different roofs on my porch. Neither was mine. A few trees were down. We spent about an hour in the basement last night.

/Northern Missouri
 
2013-05-20 03:58:54 PM  

PunGent: tinfoil-hat maggie: Shadow Blasko: tinfoil-hat maggie: I do seem to remember accounts of similar occurrences near Tokyo with their subduction fault

Have you ever seen The Sinking Of Japan?

Great movie... especially if you like epic nightmare fuel.

I may have to see if I can find it, hmmmm.

Just saved it on Netflix, assuming I got the right film.


Ya, it's on Netflix I watched it on youtube last night and realized early on I had already seen it but went ahead and watched it again.
 
2013-05-20 08:41:03 PM  
Stone Meadow:
BTW, can one even feel a 2.8?

www.troll.me
 
2013-05-20 09:02:36 PM  

WeenerGord: Great Porn Dragon: Dixie Alley or parts of Texas where underground shelters are impossible to build.


Why would an underground shelter be impossible to build?


In a fair amount of Dixie Alley, the water table is so high that construction of really anything underground (like basements and tornado shelters) tends not to work very well...the basements and tornado shelters have a tendency to either flood to the point of unusability or to pop out of the ground.

(A lot of these areas also tend to have issues with graves popping out of the ground after bad rainstorms.)

In parts of Texas, the bedrock is not only very close to ground level but is very difficult to work in--building a basement or a tornado shelter would quite literally require the sort of blasting equipment normally used in coal mining--so, again, unless you're a millionaire you don't get to have a basement.
 
2013-05-20 09:36:20 PM  

Mister Peejay: Stone Meadow:
BTW, can one even feel a 2.8?

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THAT is some major win, sir. You get a Funny for that. :)
 
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