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(Washington Post)   Washington Post: Sure, Oklahoma, you had some pretty bad tornadoes. But we've got tornado problems, too. Why, we've had two in the past year alone and another one could be really, really bad for us. Keep us in your hearts as you rebuild   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 84
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2013-05-22 03:15:23 PM  

Carn: For you folks that don't live in DMV, people round these parts tend to panic at any weather or geologic event of any kind other than "sunny", so this is merely WaPo's response to the number of concerned readers who may or may not be experiencing tornado panic due to events that happened halfway across the country and are exceedingly unlikely to happen here.  Still, the conditions do sometimes occur so it's not unreasonable to get some information out there.


Man, the other day I was driving on the beltway, and the sun was like RIGHT IN MY EYES.  Well, not in my eyes, but it was in they sky and tracking me.  So I tried changing lanes, but that didn't work.  So I tried changing lanes again, but this time I didn't use my turn signal.  Damn sun was still pointing directly at me.  I tried to hide by getting 2 feet from the truck in front of me, but that didn't work either.  I noticed an exit to the left, so I took it.  A couple a-holes in the two lanes to my left honked at me and totally let the sun know what I was up to.  Jerks - do they not know how important I am?  I moved here from the midwest to put my communication degree to good use - I am far too important to get sunburn in my eyes.

Anyways, I eventually found a bar in DuPont that had the windows down and hid out there.  Totally charmed a girl by telling her my five year plan to start up a non-profit and got digits.  What did the sun get?  nothing, biatches.
 
2013-05-22 03:18:31 PM  

durbnpoisn: While it's true that a tornado can occur just about anywhere, the frequency and severity is much worse in those flat states with no tall buildings.

Here in NJ, we really don't have problems with serious natural disasters.  The worst we've seen in recent times are hurricanes (I'm looking at you, Sandy!!)

I can only remember a handful of tornados and they were minor, and very few structures damaged.  Really, I think most of the damage caused by Sandy was wind related.  And it was possitively frightening.  It sounded like a fleet of trucks drving by for 2 days.  I can't even imagine what a tornado is like.


www.bible-codes.org

That old wives tale about tornadoes somehow avoiding tall buildings is (shocking) not even remotely true. See also rivers.
 
2013-05-22 03:18:32 PM  

gopher321: Pardon me if I pull a Kinnison on this issue, but what the fark do you expect when you live in Tornado Alley? YOU GET GODDAMN TORNADOES EVERY YEAR, IDIOT! MOVE YOUR ASS OUT OF THERE!



Odd.  I didn't see anyone up-thread that was complaining about being being in tornado alley.  I kind of like it.  I love to watch thunderstorms in general - and we get some impressive ones - but I also like to watch tornadoes when they occur in daylight.

/has a storm shelter
//has good insurance
 
2013-05-22 03:19:00 PM  

durbnpoisn: While it's true that a tornado can occur just about anywhere, the frequency and severity is much worse in those flat states with no tall buildings.

Here in NJ, we really don't have problems with serious natural disasters.  The worst we've seen in recent times are hurricanes (I'm looking at you, Sandy!!)

I can only remember a handful of tornados and they were minor, and very few structures damaged.  Really, I think most of the damage caused by Sandy was wind related.  And it was possitively frightening.  It sounded like a fleet of trucks drving by for 2 days.  I can't even imagine what a tornado is like.


Wait... do you honestly think tall buildings stop tornados?  Like that tornados are scared of them or something?

and NJ is a one giant single natural disaster.
 
2013-05-22 03:19:38 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Oy vey. It has nothing to do with Oklahoma.


Then why quote the post mentioning Kinison lived in OK as somehow making him a bigger douche?  Either you fail at Farking or you fail at logic.
 
2013-05-22 03:20:02 PM  
"...as you rebuild"

There's yoour proper use of the STUPID tage right there.

May as well just live in a trailer, at least you can try and outrun the next one that will be coming through relatively soon.

Perhaps the schools might even consider, I don't know, storm shelters...maybe...yes...no?
 
2013-05-22 03:20:41 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: yequalsy: Carn: For you folks that don't live in DMV, people round these parts tend to panic at any weather or geologic event of any kind other than "sunny", so this is merely WaPo's response to the number of concerned readers who may or may not be experiencing tornado panic due to events that happened halfway across the country and are exceedingly unlikely to happen here.  Still, the conditions do sometimes occur so it's not unreasonable to get some information out there.

No offense but hearing this area referred to as DMV is more annoying than people standing on the left side of Metro escalators.

No it's not. It's become an acceptable term to describe the area since DC and Maryland finally opened their arms to embrace our (Northern) Virginia neighbors.


To be honest, I didn't really like it at first either, but it fits and it's a lot shorter than the word salad I posted above.
 
2013-05-22 03:22:50 PM  
Came here for "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" jokes ... then I realized it said "bad toRNADoes" ... left feeling kinda stupid
 
2013-05-22 03:23:59 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: No it's not. It's become an acceptable term to describe the area since DC and Maryland finally opened their arms to embrace our (Northern) Virginia neighbors.


Just because some Sparky the Wonder Slug on one of our local pop stations decided to start calling it DMV doesn't make it acceptable. It has nothing to do with Northern Virginia and everything to do with the stupid cutesy trend towards Euro-ripoff stickers that people put on their cars now like OBX. DMV stands for that singular abomination known as the Division of Motor Vehicles. Calling the DC area DMV only makes sense as an insult.

/what do you mean untwist my panties?
 
2013-05-22 03:25:13 PM  

tzzhc4: How many F5 and EF5 tornados have hit Moore, OK?


Since 1999, Moore has been hit by 4 EF-4/5

1999
2003
2010 (Although it starting in an undeveloped part east of Moore and hit other cities east)
2013
 
2013-05-22 03:27:32 PM  

Uisce Beatha: Rapmaster2000: Oy vey. It has nothing to do with Oklahoma.

Then why quote the post mentioning Kinison lived in OK as somehow making him a bigger douche?  Either you fail at Farking or you fail at logic.


It's as dumb for someone to tell Kinison to just move as it is for Kinison to tell someone to just move.  Kinison's failure to recognize that he was in a similar situation is what makes him an even bigger douche.

This isn't about you and the state you live in.
 
2013-05-22 03:29:31 PM  

Rapmaster2000: It's as dumb for someone to tell Kinison to just move


True, but no one did that.

Rapmaster2000: This isn't about you and the state you live in.


It seems to be for you, so I'll go with choice b) logic failure.
 
2013-05-22 03:31:24 PM  
bacongood:

Man, the other day I was driving on the beltway, and the sun was like RIGHT IN MY EYES.  Well, not in my eyes, but it was in they sky and tracking me.  So I tried changing lanes, but that didn't work.  So I tried changing lanes again, but this time I didn't use my turn signal.  Damn sun was still pointing directly at me.  I tried to hide by getting 2 feet from the truck in front of me, but that didn't work either.  I noticed an exit to the left, so I took it.  A couple a-holes in the two lanes to my left honked at me and totally let the sun know what I was up to.  Jerks - do they not know how important I am?  I moved here from the midwest to put my communication degree to good use - I am far too important to get sunburn in my eyes.

Anyways, I eventually found a bar in DuPont that had the windows down and hid out there.  Totally charmed a girl by telling her my five year plan to start up a non-profit and got digits.  What did the sun get?  nothing, biatches.


VERY nice. But are you sure that girl in DuPont wasn't really a dude?
 
2013-05-22 03:40:28 PM  
Rapmaster2000:

[www.bible-codes.org image 492x208]

That old wives tale about tornadoes somehow avoiding tall buildings is (shocking) not even remotely true. See also rivers.


That ATL one knocked us out of our condo for about 5 mos.  Not nearly as destructive/powerful as this Moore one, I can only imagine how bad it must be for folks out there.
 
2013-05-22 03:41:54 PM  

Uisce Beatha: Rapmaster2000: It's as dumb for someone to tell Kinison to just move

True, but no one did that.

Rapmaster2000: This isn't about you and the state you live in.

It seems to be for you, so I'll go with choice b) logic failure.


You win.  I surrender.  BTW, this is why you can't get a girlfriend.
 
2013-05-22 03:44:18 PM  

Rapmaster2000: BTW, this is why you can't get a girlfriend.


Sick burn!  Oh, wait, no, my wife isn't down for that.  Bye now.
 
2013-05-22 03:44:24 PM  

irwin_m: Rapmaster2000:

[www.bible-codes.org image 492x208]

That old wives tale about tornadoes somehow avoiding tall buildings is (shocking) not even remotely true. See also rivers.

That ATL one knocked us out of our condo for about 5 mos.  Not nearly as destructive/powerful as this Moore one, I can only imagine how bad it must be for folks out there.


Were you in Cotton Mill?   I drove east on DeKalb because I was going from Kirkwood to Midtown about an hour after the tornado and saw that the corner of the E building all smashed in.  I lived in that place in 2002.

Were you home when it happened?
 
2013-05-22 03:51:11 PM  

Uisce Beatha: Rapmaster2000: BTW, this is why you can't get a girlfriend.

Sick burn!  Oh, wait, no, my wife isn't down for that.  Bye now.



WIFE?!?!? PFFFFT! You think that's better?? It just means that you masturbate with the sound off so that you can listen out for turning door knobs.

/I keed, I'm sure she's a lovely woman
 
2013-05-22 04:14:11 PM  

Carn: Sorry, the greater DC, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland Metropolitan area.


I lived there for 20 years, and never felt the need to call it anything but DC.  Everyone knows it almost always refers to the greater DC area.
 
2013-05-22 04:27:03 PM  

Babwa Wawa: Carn: Sorry, the greater DC, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland Metropolitan area.

I lived there for 20 years, and never felt the need to call it anything but DC.  Everyone knows it almost always refers to the greater DC area.


True, but when I was a DC resident, it always rubbed us the wrong way when some guy from Rockville or NoVa was going around saying he was from DC. Calling it the DMV eliminates that as an issue.
 
2013-05-22 04:27:51 PM  

Babwa Wawa: Carn: Sorry, the greater DC, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland Metropolitan area.

I lived there for 20 years, and never felt the need to call it anything but DC.  Everyone knows it almost always refers to the greater DC area.


It's something I've only heard more recently.  Maybe it's just more trendy jingoism, but especially for geography challenged people in the rest of the country, it helps them understand a little better.  "DC?  That's the island in the middle of the ocean where Obama controls the winds from, right?"

I'd like to take this opportunity to link to some relevant Megadeth.
 
2013-05-22 04:28:12 PM  

blahpers: Are we reading the same article, subby? Seemed more like a "Tornadoes are happening. Let's talk about tornado statistics in our area."


Yeah, it's more like "your science is not pandering emotionally enough to the disaster of the week."
 
2013-05-22 04:30:46 PM  

Carn: For you folks that don't live in DMV, people round these parts tend to panic at any weather or geologic event of any kind other than "sunny", so this is merely WaPo's response to the number of concerned readers who may or may not be experiencing tornado panic due to events that happened halfway across the country and are exceedingly unlikely to happen here.  Still, the conditions do sometimes occur so it's not unreasonable to get some information out there.


There was one week awhile back when we had both an earthquake and a hurricane within one week. Yes, it does happen here in suburban Maryland, as improbable as it seems.

/also had the derecho and a tornado and huge blizzard.
 
2013-05-22 04:44:09 PM  

Vodka Zombie: I can't imagine the outcome if a strong twister ripped through the DC area. That body count and damage would be pretty extreme I think.


I've been playing softball and kickball down on the Mall in mid-summer for many years and have seen some legit storms come through (one with REALLY close lighting, at which point I ran for a ranger station like a bat out of hell) and that same thought has crossed my mind.  A line of storms that spawned a tornado and took all the tourists and people playing sports out on that big, open stretch of land by surprise would be BAD.  There is very little shelter, and most of it is very small and spread very far apart.
 
2013-05-22 04:44:41 PM  
It was a dumb article for the content, not the topic.
 
2013-05-22 05:42:29 PM  
I will pay a thousand dollars towards disaster relief* to teabag the subby.

*my liquor fund

FTW - YOLO
 
2013-05-22 06:00:44 PM  

Shmoooooo: Came here for "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" jokes ... then I realized it said "bad toRNADoes" ... left feeling kinda stupid


i1136.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-22 06:21:02 PM  

tzzhc4: How many F5 and EF5 tornados have hit Moore, OK?


Two (that I know of). One in 1999 and one on Monday. F5/EF5's are rare. Which is why the Kinnison impersonation above doesn't really apply.

Tornadoes here are common and something we live with and stay aware of. The farking finger of God is something no one can prepare for.
 
2013-05-22 06:23:38 PM  
EF5 is a higher standard and harder to hit than an F5, btw. This storm may turn out to be more devastating than Joplin. So while some may have no sympathy, that's fine. We're going to go clean up and bury our dead and take care of our own--with or without your sympathy.

And when something devastates your area, you will have my sympathy and I'll still do anything I can to help.
 
2013-05-22 09:50:39 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: Calling it the DMV eliminates that as an issue.


Except that everybody who lives more than 30 miles outside the beltway associates the acronym with bad fluorescent lighting, long lines, and surly government employees.

It does, however, give some people from the DC area (not you, I'm sure) the opportunity to explain just one more thing to the hillbillies.
 
2013-05-22 10:09:41 PM  

Carn: geography challenged people in the rest of the country, it helps them understand a little better.  "DC?  That's the island in the middle of the ocean where Obama controls the winds from, right?"


You've been in the DC area too long, my friend.  You sound like an elitist prick, which I'm sure you're not.

Look, if you have to explain the term after you use it, well, it just makes no goddamned sense.  Unless you're trying to sound like you're in some kind of club, which would be pretty f*cking stupid.

But maybe this is a trend.  We'll start seeing NJP for the Philly area.  NNJNYCC for the northern jersey, NYC, and CT areas.
 
2013-05-23 12:15:49 AM  

Aigoo: EF5 is a higher standard and harder to hit than an F5, btw. This storm may turn out to be more devastating than Joplin. So while some may have no sympathy, that's fine. We're going to go clean up and bury our dead and take care of our own--with or without your sympathy.

And when something devastates your area, you will have my sympathy and I'll still do anything I can to help.


Because that's how we roll.

Oh god, I've become an Okie.
 
2013-05-23 03:58:00 AM  

Mentat: Aigoo: EF5 is a higher standard and harder to hit than an F5, btw. This storm may turn out to be more devastating than Joplin. So while some may have no sympathy, that's fine. We're going to go clean up and bury our dead and take care of our own--with or without your sympathy.

And when something devastates your area, you will have my sympathy and I'll still do anything I can to help.

Because that's how we roll.

Oh god, I've become an Okie.


That's nothing to be ashamed of--you could be from Ontario.

/that IS how we roll
//bless gopher321's heart
///slashies come in threes
 
2013-05-23 09:51:15 AM  

Babwa Wawa: DROxINxTHExWIND: Calling it the DMV eliminates that as an issue.

Except that everybody who lives more than 30 miles outside the beltway associates the acronym with bad fluorescent lighting, long lines, and surly government employees.


Which pretty much describes living in the DMV... so I fail to see why you disagree with the term.
 
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