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2013-05-20 05:21:08 PM
Damn, local weather guy just claimed it will be the largest tornado ever... in the world.  DAMN!
 
2013-05-20 05:21:30 PM

jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.


Yes, I do.
 
2013-05-20 05:21:34 PM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.


I feel like . . . that's a hard one to call. It just freaking happened. Doesn't seem particularly scientific?
 
2013-05-20 05:21:41 PM

ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.


Looking at that picture on the home page triggered a gag reflex.

Holy God that's terrible.
 
2013-05-20 05:21:42 PM

ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.


What's the font size!? DEAR GOD MAN TELL ME THE FONT SIZE!
 
2013-05-20 05:21:56 PM
Day care kids are ok according to the police scanner.  Good news!
 
2013-05-20 05:22:12 PM
All children from something-daycare are okay. They've been relocated.
 
2013-05-20 05:22:17 PM
So, OK is not OK?
 
2013-05-20 05:22:32 PM
They're calling for severe weather for my area tonight, lets hope thats not the case
 
2013-05-20 05:22:37 PM

zomega: I'm just praying for no fatalities at the school. Those poor kids.


God's not at the phone right now, he's busy running his Hoveround over hospitals out there.  I get the sentiment and by all means pray, but personally? God is being a motherfarker today.
 
2013-05-20 05:22:38 PM
I mean no disrespect to any one in the area, god bless you and hope you make it ok. however,  google ads put an ad for a leaf-blower from home depot right below the story.  i laughed at that, not the destruction....
 
2013-05-20 05:22:41 PM

ontariolightning: Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.

Worse than Bangladesh?


Who knows? What I do know is this: The world outside the US doesn't count.
 
2013-05-20 05:22:51 PM

phlegmmo: jurzdevil: that lady is pretty badass for walking lumbering out of the debris with a chunk of wood stuck in her leg like that


... goddamnit i laffed
 
2013-05-20 05:22:52 PM

LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.


If that were true you wouldn't have asked, twice.
 
2013-05-20 05:23:08 PM

LasersHurt: Cities aren't DESIGNED to handle them.


The best thing...no, the ONLY thing you could do to design a tornado-damage-proof city is to build the entire city underground.  Anything sticking up from ground level in Oklahoma will be at risk of being knocked over.  You CAN'T build something to withstand it.
 
2013-05-20 05:23:24 PM

mr lawson: LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I

short answer...no
long answer: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah no


Longer answer: mountains. But they take a while to build.
 
2013-05-20 05:23:25 PM
One dispatcher has the voice of God with all the echo
 
2013-05-20 05:23:41 PM

LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.


You're talking about the rotating power of many, many nuclear blasts, strong enough to stick pieces of straw and hay 3 inches deep in solid, living trees.

There is no technology to break that up, that it would not simply go up and over and proceed along the way.
 
2013-05-20 05:23:42 PM
Another huge hook echo in the radar....this is not close to being over.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:07 PM

ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.


Caps lock is cruise control for cool holy sh*t!
 
2013-05-20 05:24:15 PM

MartinaMcSorley: Di Atribe: MartinaMcSorley: wxboy: Tornado Emergency for Moore and southern OKC.

Is there something very specific about the Moore area that causes more tornado activity there than other places?  *Is* there, in fact, more activity there than other places?  It seems to happen around Moore so, so often.

Tinker AFB was once hit by tornadoes twice in one week.

I believe that was some sort of record for most frequent repeat tornadic touchdowns. Today may be breaking that record. Geez.

And to answer your question, there are lots of places in OK that are hit repeatedly. There are infamous tornadoes from Edmond, Moore, Tuttle, and OKC proper. There's a reason that the meteorology department at OU is world-renowned.

Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma.  I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others.  Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite.  So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas.  Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state.  That place is flat, flat, flat!


It's the location. Big blob of cool air comes down from the north, smushes into a blob of moist, warm air from the Gulf. All along that line, you get storms and often tornadoes. That line just often happens to be in OK. I believe it also depends on the location of the jet stream.

I am not a meteorologist.

Watch out, Meeker. Apparently that's where it'shiatting next.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:19 PM

KhamanV: zomega: I'm just praying for no fatalities at the school. Those poor kids.

God's not at the phone right now, he's busy running his Hoveround over hospitals out there.  I get the sentiment and by all means pray, but personally? God is being a motherfarker today.


I hate religion as much as the next guy, but let them have their coping method in times like this.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:20 PM

ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.


now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:39 PM

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: The worst tornado damage in the history of the world, according to the KFOR reporter?!? 2 to 3 times larger area of devastation than May 3, 1999.

Dear God.


http://extremeplanet.me/2012/09/23/analysis-of-the-1999-bridge-creek -f 5-tornado/

"While the tornado engulfed a wide area, the extreme damage was confined to a streak 100 yards wide in the center of the damage swath.".

That's a picture of the 1999 tornado.  This one appears to have a much wider damage swath, and one just as powerful.  Yeah, they have every right to be freaking out right now.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:43 PM

cc_rider: ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.

Caps lock is cruise control for cool holy sh*t!


I think we can excuse the caps lock for a few hours; this is pretty much a loss of bowel control level event.
 
2013-05-20 05:24:44 PM
Vehicles are blocking intersections. Blocking emergency vehicles from entering/exiting. They're requesting wreckers.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:07 PM
Prague? ok

/did not know that
//ok, OK
 
2013-05-20 05:25:21 PM
pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-05-20 05:25:26 PM
Telling people to come out to shut the gas off at the school as there's a leak.  Oh that's great.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:26 PM

WTF Indeed: ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.

What's the font size!? DEAR GOD MAN TELL ME THE FONT SIZE!


36 point Arial I think.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:31 PM

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?


Sure. A 1,000 foot building will really do some damage on a 50,000 foot storm. AND put more people in one concentrated area! Great idea.


Shrugging Atlas: I would hope like hell that's a freaking law for every public building in that region.


Not sure. I know you have to have a plan & you have to post it prominently, much like you see a fire escape plan prominently displayed. Tornado shelters are generally labeled well. Anyone who lives through one will generally identify where you would go if a direct hit were imminent. People know what to do, for the most part. The problem is, if you take a direct hit from an F4 or F5, you're generally farked no matter what.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:36 PM
Gas leak still at school. Not contained.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:46 PM

mr lawson: ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.

now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.


You might be able to counter an F-5 into an RKO.
 
2013-05-20 05:25:50 PM

WTF Indeed: ThatDarkFellow: Oh shiat. CNN just upgraded the headline TO ALL CAPS.

This must be serious.

What's the font size!? DEAR GOD MAN TELL ME THE FONT SIZE!


I don't want to alarm you, but if I had to guess I would say Arial 60pt
 
2013-05-20 05:25:56 PM

jst3p: LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.

If that were true you wouldn't have asked, twice.


Yes. I am not willing to accept it's totally impossible because you say so.

ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.


That's ridiculous.

awalkingecho: LasersHurt: jst3p: You have no idea how much power you are talking about.

Yes, I do.

You're talking about the rotating power of many, many nuclear blasts, strong enough to stick pieces of straw and hay 3 inches deep in solid, living trees.

There is no technology to break that up, that it would not simply go up and over and proceed along the way.


At the moment, sure. I can't imagine that it wouldn't take some pretty ambitious engineering. But this idea that tornados are unstoppable, forever, by anything, at all, is ridiculous and I won't have it.
 
2013-05-20 05:26:02 PM
Ugh. Farking A. Sometimes I despise living in a hurricane pathway... but at least those don't have quite these wind speeds, and I have a several days to a week's notice to get the fark out of the way if I need to. This... ugh. Hopefully the death/injury toll isn't as bad as it looks like it is.
 
2013-05-20 05:26:06 PM
If i live in OK I'ma have a basement pr I won't live there
 
2013-05-20 05:26:30 PM

you are a puppet: mr lawson: ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.

now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.

You might be able to counter an F-5 into an RKO.


Okay, this made me laugh.
 
2013-05-20 05:26:35 PM

mr lawson: ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.

now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.


Well, Cheyenne Mountain perhaps
 
2013-05-20 05:26:49 PM
Has anyone suggested building something to break-up the tornados?

Because I'm sure the government would like to hear more about that not at all bald faced farking retarded idea.
 
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2013-05-20 05:26:52 PM

mr lawson: ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.

now that is not true... you CAN build something to survive one. Even a f-5.


It's just really expensive.  And for something that doesn't happen that often, why bother, right?
 
2013-05-20 05:27:04 PM

you are a puppet: You might be able to counter an F-5 into an RKO.


?
 
2013-05-20 05:27:07 PM

God-is-a-Taco: KhamanV: zomega: I'm just praying for no fatalities at the school. Those poor kids.

God's not at the phone right now, he's busy running his Hoveround over hospitals out there.  I get the sentiment and by all means pray, but personally? God is being a motherfarker today.

I hate religion as much as the next guy, but let them have their coping method in times like this.


's why I say do pray.  I don't blame them for looking for something.  Maybe they're right and I'm wrong, shiat, that'd be REALLY NICE.  But I look at that shiat and I think somebody/the earth is major pissed off about something.

Prayer can't hurt.  It might even help.  I don't know.  I'm just sort of pissed off at the situation - not zomega - and flailing.  I've been through tornadoes.  They are on the dark side of utterly terrifying.  This one?  I think I'm locking up.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:18 PM
Before watching the TV coverage of this, I had no idea there was a town in Oklahoma called "Liberal"...

i5.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-20 05:27:24 PM

rolladuck: eepapapee: This is the worst American disaster I've seen in my lifetime.

So, ... are you under age 12? Or do you just mean natural disasters, and forgetting about Katrina?  I'm confused?


Eh, I was making light of a recent comment made by Dick Cheney regarding Benghazi. Since I posted that, shiat got real down in OKC, so now I feel like A Dick.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:26 PM

LasersHurt: Can't we put up some kind of vertical structures to break up the ground speeds of tornados? I've seen all manner of things designed to break up waves, etc - surely a similar principle could be used to protect residential areas?


Considering that the rotation extends upwards into the atmosphere for miles, no. Simply no way to apply such.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:33 PM
12349876:

The flat helps by keeping atmospheric conditions consistent.  By far the biggest factor though is being about halfway between the warm air of the Gulf of Mexico and the cold air of the Rocky Mountains.

I knew the Mexicans were up to something
 
2013-05-20 05:27:35 PM

ariseatex: You CAN'T build something to withstand it.


From the aerial photos, it looks like the medical center and especially the movie theater did a hell of a lot better than the bowling alley and banks and Harley dealer right next to them.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:37 PM
Jeez, looking at the path of destruction, it looks like God's own lawnmower.
 
2013-05-20 05:27:42 PM

Di Atribe: MartinaMcSorley: Yeah, it seems like the best meteorologists come from Oklahoma. I guess I was just wondering if there is some sort of very local topography that makes some places more tornado-y than others. Like, with earthquakes, places that are/were wetlands shake worse than places that are solid granite. So, I was wondering if maybe hills or bodies of water could channel tornadoes into certain areas. Honestly, though, from what I see of OKC, there isn't a hill in the whole state. That place is flat, flat, flat!

There are some short-ish mountains just south of OKC. That may contribute to a bit of direction. But it's not a guarantee. Chickashaw took a hit last year, I believe. But  you're right, outside of those mountains, it is amazingly flat. Nothin between them & Canada but a barbed wire fence.


Actually, OK has 12 unique "eco regions" that correspond roughly to different types of geography.  Forests in the ESE, tall rolling green hills in part of the NE, planes, mesas, grassland, sand dunes - all sorts of terrain.
 
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