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(USA Today)   Number of tornadoes in U.S. drops to a 60-year low. Weather Channel scrambles to fill time, begins airing specials on clouds that look like bears   (usatoday.com) divider line 77
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2013-08-21 08:31:55 AM  

Id say the weather channel had plenty of tornadoes this year.

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2013-08-21 09:03:46 AM  
Ah....the sequel to Sharknado: Bearricane!

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2013-08-21 09:08:11 AM  
Damn you Global Climate Change! !
 
2013-08-21 09:08:32 AM  
Are you trying to say that Mother Nature isn't as predictable as we thought?
 
2013-08-21 09:14:45 AM  
Tornado season isn't over yet. Got another good month or two of possible risk before it starts turning wintry up here in the north central US.
 
2013-08-21 09:16:16 AM  
I swear TWC makes misleading bad weather forecasts just for ratings and site hits.

A Tornado Warning in your area used to mean that an actual tornado had been spotted.  Now, a Warning is just a bigger version of a Watch.
 
2013-08-21 09:17:22 AM  
Still no hurricane in Tampa.
 
2013-08-21 09:19:41 AM  

jaybeezey: Damn you Global Climate Change! !


But I thought climate change meant MORE tornadoes? and they were going to be 10X and intense?
 
2013-08-21 09:19:43 AM  
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2013-08-21 09:22:13 AM  

Bartman66: jaybeezey: Damn you Global Climate Change! !

But I thought climate change meant MORE tornadoes? and they were going to be 10X and intense?


Nice. You might get a few hits. I say 5/10.
 
2013-08-21 09:27:15 AM  

Bartman66: jaybeezey: Damn you Global Climate Change! !

But I thought climate change meant MORE tornadoes? and they were going to be 10X and intense?


You misunderstood. Things become more potent the more dilute they are. The 10X means that there will be 10 times as many storms with the same number of tornadoes.
 
2013-08-21 09:29:00 AM  
Thanks Global Warming.
 
2013-08-21 09:29:56 AM  
God decided instead of lots of little tornadoes that he would just do a couple of big ones per year.
 
2013-08-21 09:32:15 AM  
This is because of over tornado hunting.
 
2013-08-21 09:32:53 AM  

Savage Belief: Bartman66: jaybeezey: Damn you Global Climate Change! !

But I thought climate change meant MORE tornadoes? and they were going to be 10X and intense?

Nice. You might get a few hits. I say 5/10.


thanks.. was thinking more 6-7/10
Now if I liked this :
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/21/oklahoma-tornado-climate-cha n ge_n_3310413.html">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/21/oklahoma- tornado-climate-chan ge_n_3310413.html

About Huffpo predicting that there is going to be more .. than..?......8/10? 9/10?
So they are guessing at outcomes and with the same data having different conclusions?..
 
2013-08-21 09:33:49 AM  

Coconice: I swear TWC makes misleading bad weather forecasts just for ratings and site hits.

A Tornado Warning in your area used to mean that an actual tornado had been spotted.  Now, a Warning is just a bigger version of a Watch.


According to the Wx Channel, everything west of the Mississippi River is a raging inferno, while everything east is submerged in flood water.
 
2013-08-21 09:43:24 AM  
Didn't we ship a few over to the EU?
 
2013-08-21 09:44:57 AM  
The Weather Channel's quickly becoming a mixed bag.

Some of their non-forecasting programming, like Hurricane Hunters (or whatever the name of the show is about the AF group that tracks hurricanes), is actually quite good.  Most of the others are, at the very least, acceptable as background noise to occasionally pay attention to.

On the other hand, their forecasting (their bread and butter, so to speak) is quickly reaching Fox News levels of sensationalism.  I was actually groaning this past winter whenever I would turn it on and see them naming winter storms.
 
2013-08-21 09:45:20 AM  
Meanwhile, NYC girds for Sandy II. Christ, the elevators in my building still don't work right.
 
2013-08-21 09:49:36 AM  

Bartman66: jaybeezey: Damn you Global Climate Change! !

But I thought climate change meant MORE tornadoes? and they were going to be 10X and intense?




Except for the whiners, I'm loving climate change. Now I don't have to move someplace else when I retire.
 
2013-08-21 09:51:12 AM  
Yesterday morning they were literally talking about jellyfish clouds.
 
2013-08-21 10:00:26 AM  
he just wants some of your M&Ms
 
2013-08-21 10:08:28 AM  
Except in CT where tornadoes are at a 1000 year high.
 
2013-08-21 10:08:46 AM  

pdee: Thanks Global Warming.


Once again, science has failed us.
 
2013-08-21 10:11:19 AM  
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2013-08-21 10:12:26 AM  
See what happens when we cut funding to the CIA weather control program?

No blowback.
 
2013-08-21 10:15:05 AM  
Well, the people of Moore and El Reno are sure glad to hear that!
 
2013-08-21 10:16:45 AM  
Sweeps Week: boobie-shaped clouds.
 
2013-08-21 10:24:06 AM  
Nothing to sensationalize on the Weather Channel?  Now you know the real reason Al Roker's oversleeping was such big news.
 
2013-08-21 10:32:00 AM  

brimed03: Sweeps Week: boobie-shaped clouds.


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They're called "mammatus clouds", although some examples look more scrotal in nature
 
2013-08-21 10:33:00 AM  

Clutch2013: The Weather Channel's quickly becoming a mixed bag.

Some of their non-forecasting programming, like Hurricane Hunters (or whatever the name of the show is about the AF group that tracks hurricanes), is actually quite good.  Most of the others are, at the very least, acceptable as background noise to occasionally pay attention to.

On the other hand, their forecasting (their bread and butter, so to speak) is quickly reaching Fox News MSNBC levels of sensationalism.  I was actually groaning this past winter whenever I would turn it on and see them naming winter storms.

 
2013-08-21 10:38:37 AM  

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Follow. But! Follow only if ye be men of valor! For the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel, that no man yet has fought with it... and lived! BONES of full fifty men lie *strewn* about its lair! So! Brave knights! If you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth...
 
2013-08-21 10:39:46 AM  

Bartman66: So they are guessing at outcomes


A nice summary. Once subsidies and payola max out on this set of .. predictions, the model will be refreshed anew, with all manner of funding and IPOs available to the .. ahem.. environmentally conscious.
 
2013-08-21 10:54:02 AM  
Slow clouds day
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2013-08-21 11:05:50 AM  
Number of tornadoes in U.S. drops to a 60-year low. Weather Channel scrambles to fill time

They have plenty of footage they could air about how global warming caused by humans is going to lead to more and stronger storm systems than anything we have seen before.
 
2013-08-21 11:10:18 AM  

Clutch2013: The Weather Channel's quickly becoming a mixed bag.

Some of their non-forecasting programming, like Hurricane Hunters (or whatever the name of the show is about the AF group that tracks hurricanes), is actually quite good.  Most of the others are, at the very least, acceptable as background noise to occasionally pay attention to.

On the other hand, their forecasting (their bread and butter, so to speak) is quickly reaching Fox News levels of sensationalism.  I was actually groaning this past winter whenever I would turn it on and see them naming winter storms.


They more misleading and/or fearmongering nonsense on their website than most newspaper tabloids.  The most ALIEN place on earth.  Could you live HERE?  MILLIONS infected.
 
2013-08-21 11:37:04 AM  

Bartman66: jaybeezey: Damn you Global Climate Change! !

But I thought climate change meant MORE tornadoes? and they were going to be 10X and intense?


According to the tee vee, intensity only comes from Mountain Dew. Obviously, this high from "Doing the Dew" as kids these days call it will dramatically increase the intensity of tornadoes.

To combat this, I am submitting a bill before Congress to outlaw all tornadoes that are reaching maturity from imbibing this harmful beverage. This will generate millions in revenue and keep people from being flug across the landscape like rag dolls. This will mean more alone time and togetherness, which will increase the number of children we are producing, to hopefully reach the 2.1 sustainability figure we need to survive as a country. We must think of our future: the children.

/Is this sarcasm? Parody? I don't even know, anymore, dude.
 
2013-08-21 11:50:59 AM  
But one of them was a sharknado
 
2013-08-21 11:53:03 AM  
Global Warming might bring less storms, but they will be more intense. So get ready for one or two big ass tornadoes coming your way. Mother Nature is saving up.
 
2013-08-21 12:00:07 PM  

Clutch2013: On the other hand, their forecasting (their bread and butter, so to speak) is quickly reaching Fox News levels of sensationalism. I was actually groaning this past winter whenever I would turn it on and see them naming winter storms.


yeah if they can't sell a good fear story they're done it seems. living in LA i've been pleasantly surprised at the lack of activity so far but yesterday TWC was trying to hype a tropical front and some mild stuff off Africa as news. the on air person finally admitted that the dry air/dust storm meant nothing was going to happen this week.

as to their other programing the constant repetition gets really old really fast. 5 episodes of coast guard Alaska on an endless loop doesn't make for good TV.
 
2013-08-21 12:23:14 PM  

dkimball: Are you trying to say that Mother Nature isn't as predictable as we thought?


They're insinuating that Mother Nature is saving up her tornadoes for a giant tornado that will suck America through a wormhole into an alternative universe where the Civil War never ended and the North is seceding from the union.  Which side will we support?
 
2013-08-21 12:24:38 PM  
so when do they start naming clouds
i can't wait for names to run out and go to numbers

CLOUD 9 !!!!
 
2013-08-21 12:28:43 PM  
There are areas of the midwest where this is seen as BAD news. Cleveland and Detriot, for example, would welcome mother nature taking out 1000's of abandoned houses.
 
2013-08-21 12:54:04 PM  
At this rate, they're going to have to start naming the high pressure systems too!
 
2013-08-21 01:24:14 PM  

basemetal: Id say the weather channel had plenty of tornadoes this year.

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2013-08-21 01:24:16 PM  

jaybeezey: Damn you Global Climate Change! !


dkimball: Are you trying to say that Mother Nature isn't as predictable as we thought?


pdee: Thanks Global Warming.


trappedspirit: They have plenty of footage they could air about how global warming caused by humans is going to lead to more and stronger storm systems than anything we have seen before.


If anyone's curious, and doesn't find the LOLALGORE derp to be particularly helpful, the impact of increasing greenhouse gas levels on tornadogenesis remains an area of signifcant uncertainty and active research. It's nontrivial to disentangle the influence of non-anthropogenic climatic variability such as ENSO on tornadogenensis, and there are competing factors (e.g. wind shear, as well as water vapor, conditional instability, lift, etc.) which simultaneously (and potentially non-uniformly) change as we warm up due to increasing GHGs. Which of these processes will ultimately dominate, if any, is unclear. And finally, frequency is a single metric of tornado activity, and shouldn't be taken as indicative of the overall response for all attributes. It's entirely possible for their to be conflicting trends in frequency vs. intensity, as well as changes in "season" start and end times, area of most activity, etc.

TL:DR; "lol global warming" in response to an article like the above makes you look stupid, not the climate science community.
 
2013-08-21 01:30:50 PM  

HailRobonia: Ah....the sequel to Sharknado: Bearricane!

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The comic strip Adam @ Home is on a story arc about a movie called clownicane this week
 
2013-08-21 02:05:45 PM  
Jon Snow:TL:DR; "lol global warming" in response to an article like the above makes you look stupid, not the climate science community.

However, activists (such as 'lolgore' which sounds like someone slaughtering while laughing.....and so i like it) for curbing as much human activity as possible in the name of global warming, especially when some of those activists are also climate scientists, make the climate science community look bad. (As do lazy journalists who print the words "global warming" in anything even remotely related to climate, weather, or temperatures.)

Pull the plank from your eye before addressing the splinter in your brother's eye.

Before you go and attack me: for the record I believe that AGW is complementing the natural heat cycle we have been in since the last ice age. However, I also know that we have a long way to go before we understand something as complex as the global climate system and how small or large changes in CO2, methane, or other gases affect the system in whole.
 
2013-08-21 02:22:21 PM  
The TV at the bank at work was left on the Weather Channel the other day and when I walked by and looked up at it, it showed "coming up next, 'DEADLIEST SPACE WEATHER'."

All I could think is "deadly to whom?"
 
2013-08-21 02:33:31 PM  

ManRay: Global Warming might bring less storms, but they will be more intense. So get ready for one or two big ass tornadoes coming your way. Mother Nature is saving up.


More storms?  Give us money to prevent it.

Fewer storms?  Give us money to prevent it.

Gave us money and still got more storms?  You didn't give us enough money.
 
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