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2014-03-30 12:01:23 AM  
Where I come from, when you hear the sirens, you go outside to look and see the tornado.
 
2014-03-30 12:03:12 AM  
Where I come from, when you hear the sirens, you go outside and challenge the tornado to a knife fight.
 
2014-03-30 12:03:29 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: make me some tea: MaudlinMutantMollusk: make me some tea: Yeah, looks like it may have intensified a little from the radar track.

Naturally Wunderground's radar just went down for "maintenance"

/Thanks Weather Channel

I'm looking at WeatherSpark.com. Best site ever. I only wish it would differentiate snowfall from rain.

Whoa... cool site!

/Thanks!
//hope hubby stays safe up there iwantamonkey


It was so awesome I paid for the subscription. You can access weather data going back to the 1950s. It's pretty wild to rewind and run hurricane tracks. Like I said, it'd be perfect if it showed snow vs. rain, and satellite showing cloudcover.
 
2014-03-30 12:03:40 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Shadow Blasko: In regards to Earthquake v/s tornado smack talk... Is this where those of us in the midwest say something like:

"Pshh. It's only an EF2. I don't even put shoes on for anything less than an EF4!"

/Stay safe folks.

I, I think I'm in lurve with you right now : )


It's kind of an inside joke with some chasers I used to hang out with.

When you called it a night because it was too dark to chase, but you were still in danger from more approaching storms, you always sleep with your shoes on.

Nothing sucks worse than being woken up by the sounds of wind and breaking glass in a hotel room in the middle of bumblefark, Oklahoma, and not being able to get out of the room because you can't step over the broken glass.

/The older chasers ALWAYS slept with their shoes on.
 
2014-03-30 12:03:44 AM  
What's next for California?  Sharknadoes?

/Go Sharks!
 
2014-03-30 12:04:01 AM  

make me some tea: MaudlinMutantMollusk: make me some tea: Yeah, looks like it may have intensified a little from the radar track.

Naturally Wunderground's radar just went down for "maintenance"

/Thanks Weather Channel

I'm looking at WeatherSpark.com. Best site ever. I only wish it would differentiate snowfall from rain.


http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMap.aspx?location=USCA0211
 
2014-03-30 12:04:16 AM  
make me some tea:

Best of luck to him!


Thanks. I just did all his laundry, don't want the effort to go to waste or anything.
 
2014-03-30 12:05:56 AM  

quo vadimus: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Tornados aren't generally Newsflash worthy

This or I've got 30-50 greens coming in a month or two


I'm hoping it's not as crazy as it's been the last few years.
 
2014-03-30 12:06:20 AM  

make me some tea: I hope they don't live in the north part of town.


i have never been there so i am not exactly sure where the are.
 
2014-03-30 12:07:10 AM  
Just saw this posted on Twitter saying "It hit. #CA #Chico". Not sure if it's real though so for now take it with a grain of salt

pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-03-30 12:08:55 AM  

fanbladesaresharp: http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMap.aspx?location=USCA0211


Thanks, yeah wunderground.com also has a good one, but not the historical data that I crave.
 
2014-03-30 12:09:39 AM  

iwantamonkey: make me some tea:

Best of luck to him!


Thanks. I just did all his laundry, don't want the effort to go to waste or anything.


That would be horrible to have wasted your effort!
 
2014-03-30 12:10:39 AM  

make me some tea: Just saw this posted on Twitter saying "It hit. #CA #Chico". Not sure if it's real though so for now take it with a grain of salt

[pbs.twimg.com image 598x451]


It's not flat enough to be the Chico I remember, but that was a very long time ago.
 
2014-03-30 12:11:00 AM  

Shadow Blasko: tinfoil-hat maggie: Shadow Blasko: In regards to Earthquake v/s tornado smack talk... Is this where those of us in the midwest say something like:

"Pshh. It's only an EF2. I don't even put shoes on for anything less than an EF4!"

/Stay safe folks.

I, I think I'm in lurve with you right now : )

It's kind of an inside joke with some chasers I used to hang out with.

When you called it a night because it was too dark to chase, but you were still in danger from more approaching storms, you always sleep with your shoes on.

Nothing sucks worse than being woken up by the sounds of wind and breaking glass in a hotel room in the middle of bumblefark, Oklahoma, and not being able to get out of the room because you can't step over the broken glass.

/The older chasers ALWAYS slept with their shoes on.


I'm in the Tennessee Valley we get enough big ones., and yea having shoes on in a bad storm system is a thing everyone should do.
 
2014-03-30 12:12:03 AM  
they live just south of the airport. near pleasant valley high school. according to google maps
 
2014-03-30 12:12:37 AM  

TheOther: make me some tea: Just saw this posted on Twitter saying "It hit. #CA #Chico". Not sure if it's real though so for now take it with a grain of salt

[pbs.twimg.com image 598x451]

It's not flat enough to be the Chico I remember, but that was a very long time ago.


I've never been there, but I imagine looking west it may be plausible. Still Central Valley up there, if a bit narrower.
 
2014-03-30 12:13:42 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Shadow Blasko: tinfoil-hat maggie: Shadow Blasko: In regards to Earthquake v/s tornado smack talk... Is this where those of us in the midwest say something like:

"Pshh. It's only an EF2. I don't even put shoes on for anything less than an EF4!"

/Stay safe folks.

I, I think I'm in lurve with you right now : )

It's kind of an inside joke with some chasers I used to hang out with.

When you called it a night because it was too dark to chase, but you were still in danger from more approaching storms, you always sleep with your shoes on.

Nothing sucks worse than being woken up by the sounds of wind and breaking glass in a hotel room in the middle of bumblefark, Oklahoma, and not being able to get out of the room because you can't step over the broken glass.

/The older chasers ALWAYS slept with their shoes on.

I'm in the Tennessee Valley we get enough big ones., and yea having shoes on in a bad storm system is a thing everyone should do.


This week is the 40th anniversary of how I got into tornadoes.

Our farm was mostly leveled during the super outbreak of April 3rd 1974.

/I was only 14 mos old at the time.. But I grew up still picking debris out of the fields every spring.
 
2014-03-30 12:14:23 AM  

make me some tea: TheOther: make me some tea: Just saw this posted on Twitter saying "It hit. #CA #Chico". Not sure if it's real though so for now take it with a grain of salt

[pbs.twimg.com image 598x451]

It's not flat enough to be the Chico I remember, but that was a very long time ago.

I've never been there, but I imagine looking west it may be plausible. Still Central Valley up there, if a bit narrower.


The hills start just east of town, so yeah, maybe looking west

/used to go up there for races a lot
 
2014-03-30 12:16:24 AM  

Shadow Blasko: ElLoco: Shadow Blasko: "Pshh. It's only an EF2. I don't even put shoes on for anything less than an EF4!"

I was thinking that, actually... but was holding my tongue.

I've had to tell the kids when they were younger to quit screwing around and keep an eye on the weather radar when they kept going outside to take pictures of the dinky little ones and twos that sometimes pass by the house. The last one was about 100 yards away and got a bunch of shiat stuck in my cedar trees... trash and wood and such. Took a couple of days to clean that mess out of them.

I've sat on a hill about 200 yards away from an EF2... It was really neat to get to see a non-threatening (Wayyy out in the fields) tornado up close and with good light.

/Got caught in the hail core before we made it back to where we were parked though.. that part was not so cool. golfball size hail hurts.

//Thing I remember most about all of it was the smell of the ground after the tornado went through. So raw. It's hard to explain. All that ripped up vegetation and fresh earth.


Aye. I'm familiar with that smell. I've always described it as 'crisp and clean.' Very earthy. The smaller tornadoes are always better to watch as the larger ones are typically rain-wrapped around here. Due to the nature of how the supercells form in this area, daytime tornadoes almost always have absolutely perfect, clear weather behind them with clean blue skies. Near the lead edge of the cell, it's almost dark, it's cloudy and drab and the weather looks horrific... then, poof. A perfectly beautiful and sunny day. Kind of surreal, actually.

My house was leveled to the ground by an F5 where nothing but plumbing was sticking up and when it was rebuilt, we were a little more sensitive to sound structural design than is typical, so it can withstand a little bigger storm than most houses around here. There was a death and a severe injury. A direct hit of an F1 and maybe even a 2 now would probably cost me some windows and a roof, which is no biggie, considering.
 
2014-03-30 12:18:54 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /hope hubby stays safe up there iwantamonkey


Got an update. He heard unusually loud lightning and brief hail. Now, apparently, it's pouring but the noisy part of the storm has passed. He'll head home once the rain has passed and he's done puttering around. Come daybreak there might be some interesting scorch marks about.

In other news, stuffed pork chop for dinner.
 
2014-03-30 12:20:28 AM  

LoneWolf343: make me some tea: It'll break up when it gets near the foothills.

Tornadoes have been known to track up and down the sides of mountains.


Fascinating link about that. Despite what people say, tornadoes are not stopped by hills or mountains, and do go through city centers. And in some cases they go through both, like in Topeka in 1966.
 
2014-03-30 12:21:27 AM  

ElLoco: Aye. I'm familiar with that smell. I've always described it as 'crisp and clean.' Very earthy. The smaller tornadoes are always better to watch as the larger ones are typically rain-wrapped around here. Due to the nature of how the supercells form in this area, daytime tornadoes almost always have absolutely perfect, clear weather behind them with clean blue skies. Near the lead edge of the cell, it's almost dark, it's cloudy and drab and the weather looks horrific... then, poof. A perfectly beautiful and sunny day. Kind of surreal, actually.


I was living in NYC when Hurricane Sandy came through. We were fine, actually in a Goldilocks zone somehow, but I remember the air was incredibly clean while the storm blew through. We left two windows open a smidge, and the air blew through the apartment and it was really pleasant. Clean, cool, damp air. Drifted off to sleep around 2am, listening to the gale outside. I guess in NYC fresh air is something to be appreciated. Don't realize how much you miss it until you get fresh air I guess.
 
2014-03-30 12:21:46 AM  

zarker: make me some tea: SundaesChild: There was just one near Roseville like two days ago too.

It was IN Roseville. Damaged a bunch of houses. Nothing serious, but some people are gonna have to get new roofs. EF0

I'M In Roseville and this is the first I heard of it.
Had some nasty hail the other day though. Size of pencil erasers for about an hour.
Earthquake in SoCal last night
Looks like this is the end, friends.


Yep, I'm finding that the "Emergency Broadcast System" only plays on PBS, or one radio station here.  God forbid we have a real emergency.

All of you talking about tornadoes have to take into consideration that this area is not used to this and it only started being a problem a few years ago.  I lived my entire life in this area and I never experienced anything like this.  For one to touch down and actually cause damage is really unusual.
 
2014-03-30 12:23:14 AM  

Paris1127: LoneWolf343: make me some tea: It'll break up when it gets near the foothills.

Tornadoes have been known to track up and down the sides of mountains.

Fascinating link about that. Despite what people say, tornadoes are not stopped by hills or mountains, and do go through city centers. And in some cases they go through both, like in Topeka in 1966.


Wow. That's interesting.
 
2014-03-30 12:24:46 AM  

zabadu: Yep, I'm finding that the "Emergency Broadcast System" only plays on PBS, or one radio station here.  God forbid we have a real emergency.


It's called the Emergency Alert System now.
 
2014-03-30 12:25:52 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: zabadu: Yep, I'm finding that the "Emergency Broadcast System" only plays on PBS, or one radio station here.  God forbid we have a real emergency.

It's called the Emergency Alert System now.


So I'm showing my age.  Get off my lawn.
 
2014-03-30 12:26:25 AM  

quo vadimus: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Tornados aren't generally Newsflash worthy

This or I've got 30-50 greens coming in a month or two


Unless you live in a town with a name that resembles a funny body part, not farkworthy.
 
2014-03-30 12:27:00 AM  

make me some tea: iwantamonkey: make me some tea:

Best of luck to him!


Thanks. I just did all his laundry, don't want the effort to go to waste or anything.

That would be horrible to have wasted your effort!


Lest we become too maudlin, I'm a 36 waist, and wear a size 11 1/2 shoe, if the worst happens. I'd hate to see all those clean clothes go to wasts.
 
2014-03-30 12:28:38 AM  

make me some tea: Just saw this posted on Twitter saying "It hit. #CA #Chico". Not sure if it's real though so for now take it with a grain of salt

[pbs.twimg.com image 598x451]


no, that's an old photo, found it in a post about tornado in manitoba in 2009.
 
2014-03-30 12:30:54 AM  

Shadow Blasko: But I grew up still picking debris out of the fields every spring.


I know how that is, when an EF 4 side swiped my deceased grandmothers house and took several houses off their foundations, debris keeps working it's way back up in the pastures.
 
2014-03-30 12:32:27 AM  

make me some tea: ElLoco: Aye. I'm familiar with that smell. I've always described it as 'crisp and clean.' Very earthy. The smaller tornadoes are always better to watch as the larger ones are typically rain-wrapped around here. Due to the nature of how the supercells form in this area, daytime tornadoes almost always have absolutely perfect, clear weather behind them with clean blue skies. Near the lead edge of the cell, it's almost dark, it's cloudy and drab and the weather looks horrific... then, poof. A perfectly beautiful and sunny day. Kind of surreal, actually.

I was living in NYC when Hurricane Sandy came through. We were fine, actually in a Goldilocks zone somehow, but I remember the air was incredibly clean while the storm blew through. We left two windows open a smidge, and the air blew through the apartment and it was really pleasant. Clean, cool, damp air. Drifted off to sleep around 2am, listening to the gale outside. I guess in NYC fresh air is something to be appreciated. Don't realize how much you miss it until you get fresh air I guess.


See, that's weird to me because hurricanes freak me out. You can't just get in the car and drive down the road a bit until it goes past. I've spent a lot of time on the east coast, on the outer banks specifically, and everyone acted like hurricanes were no big deal at all out on their little sand bar in the middle of the ocean miles from anywhere... then when they found out where I lived, the first thing that always came up was "omg!! Tornadoes! We couldn't live near that." We wouldn't even be discussing storms, but it was still the first thing to get brought up when they found that I was from the Texas Panhandle. I spent three months in Australia and it was almost exactly the same thing there, tornado this and tornado that, after they got finished telling me "Say something so we can hear your accent." ( I learned to just mostly shut up. They were obsessed with the accent back in the '80s.)
 
2014-03-30 12:34:04 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Shadow Blasko: But I grew up still picking debris out of the fields every spring.

I know how that is, when an EF 4 side swiped my deceased grandmothers house and took several houses off their foundations, debris keeps working it's way back up in the pastures.


The tornado destroyed the high-voltage transmission lines that ran just along the south side of the farm. 40 years later you can still walk out through the field and find fist-sized chunks of ceramic insulators if you look in the right places. Who knows how deep they were driven into the ground back then, but they are still working their way up to this day.
 
2014-03-30 12:35:32 AM  

Tarkus: make me some tea: Just saw this posted on Twitter saying "It hit. #CA #Chico". Not sure if it's real though so for now take it with a grain of salt

[pbs.twimg.com image 598x451]

no, that's an old photo, found it in a post about tornado in manitoba in 2009.


Okay thanks.
 
2014-03-30 12:42:07 AM  

LoneWolf343: make me some tea: It'll break up when it gets near the foothills.

Tornadoes have been known to track up and down the sides of mountains.


Any state, any month, any hour. Tornadoes don't care about the topography either. The parent thunderstorm and inner mesocyclone exists on a far larger scale than an average mountain and doesn't care about the land or water structure.
 
2014-03-30 12:43:39 AM  

HawgWild: Where I come from, when you hear the sirens, you go outside and challenge the tornado to a knife fight.


Right before it brains ya with a 2x4 right? And who (or what) is holding your beer?

/friends that live just south of the airport report just lots of wind, thunder, lightning and rain but no tornado.
 
2014-03-30 12:45:10 AM  

proton: Unless you live in a town with a name that resembles a funny body part, not farkworthy.


img3.wikia.nocookie.net

Mulva?
 
2014-03-30 12:48:41 AM  

Somacandra: proton: Unless you live in a town with a name that resembles a funny body part, not farkworthy.

Mulva?


So when the next tornado threatens to blow on Big Bone Lick park on Beaver Rd in Sugar Tit, Kentucky I can get a greenlight and at least 2 repeats out of it?
 
2014-03-30 12:51:10 AM  
I'll make sure to post all the tornado warnings we get this year.
 
2014-03-30 12:55:27 AM  

make me some tea: MaudlinMutantMollusk: make me some tea: Yeah, looks like it may have intensified a little from the radar track.

Naturally Wunderground's radar just went down for "maintenance"

/Thanks Weather Channel

I'm looking at WeatherSpark.com. Best site ever. I only wish it would differentiate snowfall from rain.


Look for weather sites that support the dual polarization "Hydrometeor classification" product.  That gives a good differentiation between varying levels & types of precipitation.   Wunderground doesn't have that.  I personally use simuawips.com when I need to dive into those radar products.
 
2014-03-30 01:19:38 AM  
As if people in Chico needed another reason to start drinking...
 
2014-03-30 01:24:24 AM  
Oh yeah? Well here in SoCal, we had a small aftershock today that made my apartment wobble noticeably WITH NO WARNING. So tornado schmornado.
 
2014-03-30 01:25:27 AM  
In seriousness, though, stay safe fellow Californians.
 
2014-03-30 01:27:12 AM  
Went to Chico State for undergrad so I'm getting a kick.
 
2014-03-30 02:33:14 AM  
Really? Subby didn't go with something like "Hold on to yer Buttes"?
 
2014-03-30 02:42:46 AM  

make me some tea: MaudlinMutantMollusk: The plane at Chico airport is in danger!

hahah

Yeah, looks like it may have intensified a little from the radar track.

[img.fark.net image 644x500]


you can't tell shiat from that, or pretty much any other commercial radar
 
2014-03-30 03:09:46 AM  
Here's a fascinating read about a tornadic event in the Sacramento Valley from 25 years ago (be warned... it's a very DRY read). I was a forecaster at Beale AFB for almost 5 years, and just about every spring out there we would see a couple of thunderstorms in the Sacramento Valley that would produce a tornado or two. The frequency and strength of the tornadoes is far less than what is seen in the Midwest and Deep South, however it is also far greater than what is seen pretty much anywhere else on the West Coast.

/I miss California
 
2014-03-30 03:38:32 AM  

make me some tea: Paris1127: LoneWolf343: make me some tea: It'll break up when it gets near the foothills.

Tornadoes have been known to track up and down the sides of mountains.

Fascinating link about that. Despite what people say, tornadoes are not stopped by hills or mountains, and do go through city centers. And in some cases they go through both, like in Topeka in 1966.

Wow. That's interesting.


Tornadoes are also not deterred by weddings, governor's mansions, and  presidential motorcades. They have also  twisted skyscrapers, and crashed planes.
 
2014-03-30 04:18:58 AM  

make me some tea: Just saw this posted on Twitter saying "It hit. #CA #Chico". Not sure if it's real though so for now take it with a grain of salt


Same pic used here May 2013
 
2014-03-30 06:06:04 AM  
i527.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-30 08:48:38 AM  

Smokey the Bare: Here's a fascinating read about a tornadic event in the Sacramento Valley from 25 years ago (be warned... it's a very DRY read). I was a forecaster at Beale AFB for almost 5 years, and just about every spring out there we would see a couple of thunderstorms in the Sacramento Valley that would produce a tornado or two. The frequency and strength of the tornadoes is far less than what is seen in the Midwest and Deep South, however it is also far greater than what is seen pretty much anywhere else on the West Coast.

/I miss California


Hah, I remember that event. Thanks for the read. I was telling my family out there that the tornadoes in Roseville last week were different than the ones they usually get out there in that they seemed to be mesocyclone-induced rather than the typical cold-core funnels they usually get and how extremely rare that is.
 
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