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2014-04-28 12:10:41 PM  
I once acquired the phone code from the meteorology department at my school. Anyone that called the weather line that day was assured there was a "100% chance of tornados... tomorrow."
 
2014-04-28 12:33:39 PM  
There's, what 17 deaths so far from yesterday's?  And they're saying the worst may be yet to come?  Yeah, this one's no joke.  Stay safe indeed.

/not in the path
 
2014-04-28 01:21:20 PM  
I grew up with hurricanes, tornados and water spounts in Florida. I'm used to preparing for bad storms and disasters. Yes, tornados are very bad and dangerous. It's good to be prepared  Just don't go mental about it.

Here in Huntsville, Alabama, they're in a panic already. Schools are closing early. Parents are leaving work early to get their kids. Grocery stores have probably already been emptied of bread and milk.

Here are some helpful hints for those of you who think having fresh bread and milk are the most important preparation.

Fill your cars' gas tanks up.
Fill your bathtubs with water as a drinking water source, or at least to flush waste away.
Flashlights and batteries. Candles too. And don't forget matches for candles.
Alternative cooking stove, like a propane gas stove.
Nonperishable food (not just milk & bread) for yourself and/or family for two weeks.
Two weeks worth of drinking water. Use your hot water heater as an alternate supply, if necessary.
First aid kits plus medications to cover two weeks. That included condoms for those sexually active and easlly bored.

Please add more suggestions freelly.


.
 
2014-04-28 01:50:50 PM  

AirForceVet: Please add more suggestions freelly.


Battery/crank/solar powered radio receiver.

Believe it or not, you likely won't be able to get internet service for a while.  The local cell network may also be down, or commandeered by the authorities.  Having a way to get news (and keep entertained) can make a big difference.

Another plus, if you've got family members who might be out and about is some sort of radios to communicate back and forth:  Good quality FRS/GMRS radios will let you keep in touch within a couple of miles*.   No license is required for FRS radios.  GMRS ones do require a license, but like CBs in the 1970's, practically nobody bothers.  CBs can be useful also, because they generally have more range than GMRS.

The gold standard here, of course, is amateur radio, but it requires you to actually take a test and get a license, and many people are put off by that.  They shouldn't be, though:  You no longer need to take a Morse code test for any license, and there is some next-level shiat going on, like high-speed broadband mesh networks.


*Don't believe the marketing crap about "up to 36 miles range".  Figure on about half a mile to a mile for FRS, and a couple miles for GMRS.  Sometimes you'll get more depending on the terrain, but don't count on it.
 
2014-04-28 01:56:54 PM  

AirForceVet: Here in Huntsville, Alabama, they're in a panic already. Schools are closing early. Parents are leaving work early to get their kids. Grocery stores have probably already been emptied of bread and milk.


Boy are they going to feel silly when the tornado only destroys a bunch of houses and leaves all those empty schools and offices untouched.
 
2014-04-28 02:00:22 PM  

dittybopper: Battery/crank/solar powered radio receiver.

Believe it or not, you likely won't be able to get internet service for a while.  The local cell network may also be down, or commandeered by the authorities.  Having a way to get news (and keep entertained) can make a big difference.

Another plus, if you've got family members who might be out and about is some sort of radios to communicate back and forth:  Good quality FRS/GMRS radios will let you keep in touch within a couple of miles*.   No license is required for FRS radios.  GMRS ones do require a license, but like CBs in the 1970's, practically nobody bothers.  CBs can be useful also, because they generally have more range than GMRS.

The gold standard here, of course, is amateur radio, but it requires you to actually take a test and get a license, and many people are put off by that.  They shouldn't be, though:  You no longer need to take a Morse code test for any license, and there is some next-level shiat going on, like high-speed broadband mesh networks.

*Don't believe the marketing crap about "up to 36 miles range".  Figure on about half a mile to a mile for FRS, and a couple miles for GMRS.  Sometimes you'll get more depending on the terrain, but don't count on it.


God, you are SUCH an USAFSS/ESC/AFIA geek!  :-)

/If you ain't Skivvy Nine, you ain't shiat!
 
2014-04-28 02:29:39 PM  
img.fark.netI took this last night out spotting for the second line coming through Texas.  We were out reporting events most of the day in NE Texas, SW Arkansas.  This was Alba, Tx last night around midnight.  Pretty decent wall cloud and a big hail core.
 
2014-04-28 02:34:22 PM  
So your best bet it to be some place that does not begin with a vowel?
 
2014-04-28 02:36:22 PM  

AirForceVet: Please add more suggestions freelly.


Bike helmets for warnings.
 
2014-04-28 02:38:56 PM  
i.imgur.com\\\

There is already a line of storms firing just in front of the occulsion from Omaha back down to MO. Some potential supercells in front of the main squall as well.
 
2014-04-28 02:40:31 PM  

Somacandra: [ Some potential supercells in front of the main squall as well.


And while I was typing the first Sev warning went out along I-80.
 
2014-04-28 02:40:42 PM  
Additionally.  Be safe.  No need to be farking during a tornado.

Wait.  I meant Farking.  Capitalized.
 
2014-04-28 02:45:20 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Additionally.  Be safe.  No need to be farking during a tornado.

Wait.  I meant Farking.  Capitalized.


Real men simultaneously do both during a tornado.
 
2014-04-28 02:48:03 PM  
Thanks, Omaha!
 
2014-04-28 02:53:44 PM  
omaha HUSSEIN nebraska, here... it's 62º and sunny right now.
 
2014-04-28 02:53:56 PM  

AirForceVet: God, you are SUCH an USAFSS/ESC/AFIA geek!  :-)

/If you ain't Skivvy Nine, you ain't shiat!


USAFSS?  Sorry, I was actually in the military, not the Air Force ;-)

On the serious side, though, it's truly a good thing to be able to get information in the aftermath of a large natural (or manmade) disaster.  Broadcast radio is really good for that kind of thing.  Stuff like where relief supplies will be, or if you are in an evacuation area, or weather alerts.

Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.
 
2014-04-28 02:55:09 PM  
Keep your heads down, and head to shelter if you need to.
 
2014-04-28 03:02:22 PM  
Yeah and my mom and her friend chose today to drive from Ohio to Memphis.

/doing my best to help them avoid weather
//still worried
 
2014-04-28 03:03:53 PM  

BKITU: Thanks, Omaha Peyton!


FTFY.

\doesn't look like this will go as far as my cousins' place in NC, but may be wrong....
\\10 days til I go down there for a wedding
 
2014-04-28 03:45:54 PM  

dittybopper: Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.


Spot on there. Plus, most have access to weather radio and many can be recharged either by built-in hand crank, or the cigarette lighter in your car. Personally, one of mine has AM/FM/weather/FRS/GMRS along with a built in flashlight and a hand crank to recharge it if no other power source is available.
 
2014-04-28 04:01:16 PM  

SurfaceTension: Yeah and my mom and her friend chose today to drive from Ohio to Memphis.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 04:01:19 PM  
i think i speak for everyone present when i state the following:
weknowmemes.com
 
2014-04-28 04:06:47 PM  

FriarReb98: \doesn't look like this will go as far as my cousins' place in NC, but may be wrong....


i.imgur.com

Check Mesoscale Discussion #454. Over the next day or so the threat will more closely approach the coast, according to the current convective outlooks.
 
2014-04-28 04:10:57 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.

Spot on there. Plus, most have access to weather radio and many can be recharged either by built-in hand crank, or the cigarette lighter in your car. Personally, one of mine has AM/FM/weather/FRS/GMRS along with a built in flashlight and a hand crank to recharge it if no other power source is available.


Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com
 
2014-04-28 04:12:13 PM  

dittybopper: Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.

Spot on there. Plus, most have access to weather radio and many can be recharged either by built-in hand crank, or the cigarette lighter in your car. Personally, one of mine has AM/FM/weather/FRS/GMRS along with a built in flashlight and a hand crank to recharge it if no other power source is available.

Pfft.

[i60.tinypic.com image 800x600]


all thats fine, but ill keep this, its cheaper:
kd0bik.com
 
2014-04-28 04:14:50 PM  

dittybopper: Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com


Yeah, well....I bet mine's much more portable ;)
 
2014-04-28 04:55:03 PM  
I prayed for the tornado not to hit Tupelo but god ignored me and it wrecked their mcdonalds and outback steakhouse. I tried to save it!
 
2014-04-28 05:12:05 PM  
Tupelo has taken a direct hit and apparently we have a tornado with a debris ball on radar near Philadelphia, MS. For those who don't remember Philadelphia took a direct hit from an EF5 back in the 2011 Super Outbreak.
 
2014-04-28 05:31:00 PM  
More large long track tornadoes being reported now.

There is a large tornado possibly 3/4 a mile wide with a debris ball radar signature is going near Estes/Boon, MS area.

Another possible large tornado near the Alabama state line.

Major damage being reported along Highway 25 in Mississippi.
 
2014-04-28 05:36:41 PM  
fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net

Large Wedge Tornado in Winston County, Mississippi.
 
2014-04-28 05:37:48 PM  

Professor Farksworth: [fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]

Large Wedge Tornado in Winston County, Mississippi.


Should say credit for that photo goes to @markandertoncfd on Twitter.
 
2014-04-28 05:46:47 PM  
i25.tinypic.com

still sunny here in omaha.
 
2014-04-28 05:51:58 PM  
Stay safe, folks, sounds like it's been and getting rough east of Okla.
 
2014-04-28 05:55:18 PM  
Weather Channel just reported a Residential area may have sustained the worst damage from the tornado that hit Tupelo.
 
2014-04-28 05:58:47 PM  
Violent tornado may pass just north of Athens, Alabama. Really strong radar and velocity signature on this thing.

I hope you guys don't mind my constant posting.
 
2014-04-28 06:01:55 PM  
What if I have to return a Redbox DVD on time? I'm leaving the house to do this. I'm not paying a late fee.
 
2014-04-28 06:03:05 PM  
Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 06:07:16 PM  
Major damage in Louisville, MS. (Credit James Bryant @nlrweatherman)

pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-04-28 06:08:33 PM  
Tornado on the ground heading toward Edwards, MS. Pretty strong velocity signature on this tornado.
 
2014-04-28 06:08:52 PM  
Tornadoes

crooksandliars.com
 
2014-04-28 06:10:36 PM  
If that cow lands in your yard it's yours.
 
2014-04-28 06:11:37 PM  
Athens couplet.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 06:11:50 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Violent tornado may pass just north of Athens, Alabama. Really strong radar and velocity signature on this thing.

I hope you guys don't mind my constant posting.


That tornado now has a TORNADO EMERGENCY on it. VERY violent tornado which will at least clip Athens, looks to make a direct hit on Madison Crossroads, MS.
 
2014-04-28 06:11:59 PM  
Our first round of storms for the night is due any minute now.
 
2014-04-28 06:14:18 PM  
I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.
 
2014-04-28 06:15:02 PM  
Why do people build their homes in the path of tornados???

J/k. Stay safe Farkers
 
2014-04-28 06:15:15 PM  
Illinois here, just got hit by the storm front, both dogs are cowering under the bed, limbs crashing to the ground from trees, rivers and seas boiling, dogs and cats sleeping together. You get the picture. Oddly, not alot of rain, just high winds. I've been looking at the radar on my kindle, and it looks like the worst of it has gone to the NE. Close your windows folks.
 
2014-04-28 06:16:17 PM  

dittybopper: Battery/crank/solar powered radio receiver.

Believe it or not, you likely won't be able to get internet service for a while. The local cell network may also be down, or commandeered by the authorities. Having a way to get news (and keep entertained) can make a big difference.


CSB:

We bought a crank radio for hurricanes.  One hit bad back in 2012, no power for 5 days.  On day one we cranked the radio up, and it completely sucked.  Could barely get a signal from local news stations.  That sucked!  a day and a half goes by, and in the middle of the night I wake up and realize I have a friggin' battery operated radio/alarm clock sitting 3 feet from me!

Man, I can be a moron sometimes.  Ha!
 
2014-04-28 06:16:58 PM  
There's a reason why the plains Indians were nomadic... stop rebuilding in the same are, dipshiats. You know God farking hates trailer trash.
 
2014-04-28 06:17:26 PM  

AirForceVet: I grew up with hurricanes, tornados and water spounts in Florida. I'm used to preparing for bad storms and disasters. Yes, tornados are very bad and dangerous. It's good to be prepared  Just don't go mental about it.

Here in Huntsville, Alabama, they're in a panic already. Schools are closing early. Parents are leaving work early to get their kids. Grocery stores have probably already been emptied of bread and milk.

Here are some helpful hints for those of you who think having fresh bread and milk are the most important preparation.

Fill your cars' gas tanks up.
Fill your bathtubs with water as a drinking water source, or at least to flush waste away.
Flashlights and batteries. Candles too. And don't forget matches for candles.
Alternative cooking stove, like a propane gas stove.
Nonperishable food (not just milk & bread) for yourself and/or family for two weeks.
Two weeks worth of drinking water. Use your hot water heater as an alternate supply, if necessary.
First aid kits plus medications to cover two weeks. That included condoms for those sexually active and easlly bored.

Please add more suggestions freelly.



Battery operated personal fans.  Especially if you live somewhere hot.
 
2014-04-28 06:18:13 PM  
dittybopper:USAFSS?  Sorry, I was actually in the military, not the Air Force ;-)

Oh, that's right. I recall you're an Army dittybopper, not the Air Force AFSC, formerly stationed at Augsburg.

I spend several assignments working with dittyboppers. My personal favorite was at RAF Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, England as an AN/FLR-9(V) technician.  Good times.

i1126.photobucket.com

/Threadjack over.
//I return you all to your regularly scheduled weather panic and mayhem.
 
2014-04-28 06:18:21 PM  
 
2014-04-28 06:20:25 PM  

thetrenchcoat: I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.


Actually the green sky isn't uncommon with stronger storms.  Pretty sure it's caused by the hail in the clouds, but I could wrong.

/Lifelong MO resident.
//took a direct hit from the Good Friday tornado a few years ago.
 
2014-04-28 06:20:45 PM  

AirForceVet: I grew up with hurricanes, tornados and water spounts in Florida. I'm used to preparing for bad storms and disasters. Yes, tornados are very bad and dangerous. It's good to be prepared  Just don't go mental about it.

Here in Huntsville, Alabama, they're in a panic already. Schools are closing early. Parents are leaving work early to get their kids. Grocery stores have probably already been emptied of bread and milk.

Here are some helpful hints for those of you who think having fresh bread and milk are the most important preparation.

Fill your cars' gas tanks up.
Fill your bathtubs with water as a drinking water source, or at least to flush waste away.
Flashlights and batteries. Candles too. And don't forget matches for candles.
Alternative cooking stove, like a propane gas stove.
Nonperishable food (not just milk & bread) for yourself and/or family for two weeks.
Two weeks worth of drinking water. Use your hot water heater as an alternate supply, if necessary.
First aid kits plus medications to cover two weeks. That included condoms for those sexually active and easlly bored.

Please add more suggestions freelly.


Also, load up on ice.  Put as much as possible in coolers, the bathtub, etc.  Yeah, its going to eventually melt... but you'd be surprised at how long even a cheap cooler can keep you with at least some ice for drinking, splashing on your face, etc.

And, if stores/bars are open- even if there's no electricity... they're often going to try to off load their ice for free or for like a buck.  Seriously, just ask.  In the end they know their stock of ice is going to be unsellable when them power comes back on.
 
2014-04-28 06:21:24 PM  

downstairs: Battery operated personal fans.  Especially if you live somewhere hot.


Ooooo, good idea! I was without power for 36 hours back in Pinellas County, FL during the summer of 2004 (four hurricanes hit the state that year).

While I had everything I needed, without air conditioning or fans, it got miserable, even for a Floridian like me. Dead, humid air.
 
2014-04-28 06:22:46 PM  
Who gives a rats ass - I don't live in a mobile home and bring all the Tornado's on. Like I care.
 
2014-04-28 06:22:51 PM  

largedon: thetrenchcoat: I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.

Actually the green sky isn't uncommon with stronger storms.  Pretty sure it's caused by the hail in the clouds, but I could wrong.

/Lifelong MO resident.
//took a direct hit from the Good Friday tornado a few years ago.


Up here in Illinois, it just got really dark, you could see the storm coming, and the sky got that odd color it gets when the master of the universe is getting ready to drop a tornado on your house. Kind of yellow to me, not so much green. And i really don't know why it does that either.
 
2014-04-28 06:24:26 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Weather Channel just reported a Residential area may have sustained the worst damage from the tornado that hit Tupelo.



GODDAMMIT. :-(
 
2014-04-28 06:25:46 PM  
Tornado on the ground west of Athens
 
2014-04-28 06:26:12 PM  
74 degrees and sunny here in LA today. 6 mph breezes. The jasmine have bloomed. Partially explains the median home price in SoCal of $408,000 vs. $125,000 in Mississippi, I guess. Some shiat did get knocked off my shelf in an earthquake a few weeks ago, though.
 
2014-04-28 06:26:35 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: largedon: Actually the green sky isn't uncommon with stronger storms.  Pretty sure it's caused by the hail in the clouds, but I could wrong.

Up here in Illinois, it just got really dark, you could see the storm coming, and the sky got that odd color it gets when the master of the universe is getting ready to drop a tornado on your house. Kind of yellow to me, not so much green. And i really don't know why it does that either.


Perhaps of interest.
 
2014-04-28 06:26:49 PM  
Looks nasty on radar. I'm sitting at my aunts in Atlanta right now. I came a day early due to the weather. Normally I'd be in Huntsville which isn't gonna have to wait that long till the storms are there.
 
2014-04-28 06:26:58 PM  
We need Franky MacDonald to weigh in on this.
 
2014-04-28 06:27:12 PM  
Has Pat Robertson attributed this to gay marriage yet???
 
2014-04-28 06:27:15 PM  
"RoxtarRyan :Tornado on the ground west of Athens"


Enjoy.
 
2014-04-28 06:27:27 PM  
Weather Channel: "A car of a mobile home is the last place you want to be in a tornado."

....too easy.
 
2014-04-28 06:29:22 PM  
Tornado emergency in Hamilton per weather channel
 
2014-04-28 06:29:51 PM  

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: "RoxtarRyan :Tornado on the ground west of Athens"


Enjoy.


I'm up in CT. I would say thankfully, but we're not looking to even crack 70F until likely sometime next week.
 
2014-04-28 06:31:44 PM  

dittybopper: I_Am_Weasel: Additionally.  Be safe.  No need to be farking during a tornado.

Wait.  I meant Farking.  Capitalized.

Real men simultaneously do both during a tornado.


I have. Srsly.

Got the call-in on it too.

Wanna know what I learned from that situation? Get your bare asses back in the car before the hail starts!
 
2014-04-28 06:32:48 PM  
Jesus christmas I hate this shiat :(
 
2014-04-28 06:33:22 PM  
I like stormy weather and I'm well insured, but all this shiat started about ten miles east of me yesterday.

My ex was both a pathological liar and had a fear of God, so she was terrified of lightning.
 
2014-04-28 06:33:24 PM  
Tornado Emergency for Hamilton and Hackleburg, AL.

Hackleburg, AL was hit by an EF-5 tornado in the 2011 Super Outbreak.
 
2014-04-28 06:33:37 PM  

AirForceVet: downstairs: Battery operated personal fans.  Especially if you live somewhere hot.

Ooooo, good idea! I was without power for 36 hours back in Pinellas County, FL during the summer of 2004 (four hurricanes hit the state that year).

While I had everything I needed, without air conditioning or fans, it got miserable, even for a Floridian like me. Dead, humid air.


Oh, I learned the hard way too.  New Orleans, Hurricane Issac.  Dead, humid, stinky air 24/7.  Drives you mad!  Even if it doesn't completely cool you down... moving around air helps.
 
2014-04-28 06:33:55 PM  

downstairs: Put as much as possible in coolers, the bathtub, etc. Ye


Washing machine!

Easy to drain when the power comes back on too!
 
2014-04-28 06:34:46 PM  
Make them sumabich tornadoes fly Delta.

That'll teach'em.
 
2014-04-28 06:38:41 PM  
If you buy even a cheap little crackerbox inverter to hook up to the car, you can have the fan, TV, radio, light, and satellite you need!

Drains the battery pretty quickly the more of a load you run on it, but they've really worked for us! Just have to remember to run the engine every so often to top up the battery.

/Was always funny when they said to have a battery-powered radio, as I watched the Weather Channel radar on DTV!
//Central Florida. Yeah, hurricanes suck.
 
2014-04-28 06:38:44 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Video of the Tupelo, MS tornado.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnZswj6NXrw&feature=youtu.be


Yikes, that,s a huge wedge tornado and probably doing EF4 damage at least.

I'm watching on radar one that is gonna cross I-65 soon with a nasty debris ball for a bit, west, northwest of Hunstville.
 
2014-04-28 06:39:04 PM  
Here in MN we're all pissy because it's cold and rainy and not spring.
 
2014-04-28 06:39:18 PM  

ds_4815: Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.


That app has better resolution than the weather channel
 
2014-04-28 06:40:12 PM  

selena gomez has an anus: So, tornadoes are most frequently hitting and destroying and places with the most conservative climate change deniers.  I won't say its karma, but...


Now's not the time, asshole.
 
2014-04-28 06:42:28 PM  
Large tornado north of Bolton, MS heading in the direction of Pocahontas, MS.
 
2014-04-28 06:45:23 PM  

dstanley: Here in MN we're all pissy because it's cold and rainy and not spring


In Chicago we keep getting a tease of spring temps before it again turns to crap for the weekends. At least last time it stayed nice on Friday night for some patio drankin'

But I'll take this over multiple days of serious tornado threat.
 
2014-04-28 06:45:32 PM  

thetrenchcoat: I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.


That's a bad sign.
 
2014-04-28 06:47:21 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: thetrenchcoat: I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.

That's a bad sign.


it's light refracting off hail. Which IS a bad sign if you like your roof and car.
 
2014-04-28 06:49:18 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Large tornado north of Bolton, MS heading in the direction of Pocahontas, MS.


Looks like a large one headed towards Columbus, MS. Not sure if the same one. I've got the NWS radar up.
 
2014-04-28 06:50:04 PM  

thismomentinblackhistory: thetrenchcoat: I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.

That's a bad sign.


Indeed.
 
2014-04-28 06:50:30 PM  
Hackleburg and Phil Cambell could both be about to take another direct hit. I hope this one is not as strong as the last one.
 
2014-04-28 06:52:39 PM  
Hazel Green is in the path of what could be a Multi-Vortex tornado.
 
2014-04-28 06:52:51 PM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: Hunstville


are you boozin' again, Maggie?
 
2014-04-28 06:53:34 PM  
I'll be okay, subby. thanks. I just got back to my trailer and I locked down all my screen doors.
 
2014-04-28 06:54:18 PM  
On a plane right now waiting to take off from DSM to DFW. Pilot is rushing folks to get settled and wants to leave early. The only time AA pilots want to leave early is when they don't want to leave *much* later...

/glad we got a miss last night in TUL
 
2014-04-28 06:54:25 PM  
Any livestreams out there to newscasts?
 
2014-04-28 06:55:55 PM  

just_intonation: On a plane right now waiting to take off from DSM to DFW. Pilot is rushing folks to get settled and wants to leave early. The only time AA pilots want to leave early is when they don't want to leave *much* later...

/glad we got a miss last night in TUL


Reminds me a lot of AA Flight 1420...
 
2014-04-28 06:57:04 PM  

AirForceVet: I grew up with hurricanes, tornados and water spounts in Florida. I'm used to preparing for bad storms and disasters. Yes, tornados are very bad and dangerous. It's good to be prepared  Just don't go mental about it.

Here in Huntsville, Alabama, they're in a panic already. Schools are closing early. Parents are leaving work early to get their kids. Grocery stores have probably already been emptied of bread and milk.

Here are some helpful hints for those of you who think having fresh bread and milk are the most important preparation.

Fill your cars' gas tanks up.
Fill your bathtubs with water as a drinking water source, or at least to flush waste away.
Flashlights and batteries. Candles too. And don't forget matches for candles.
Alternative cooking stove, like a propane gas stove.
Nonperishable food (not just milk & bread) for yourself and/or family for two weeks.
Two weeks worth of drinking water. Use your hot water heater as an alternate supply, if necessary.
First aid kits plus medications to cover two weeks. That included condoms for those sexually active and easlly bored.

Please add more suggestions freelly.


.


Good advice but I would be careful when filling a bathtub with water if you have small children around .
 
2014-04-28 06:57:41 PM  
CONFIRMED by Alabama State Trooper there is a tornado on the ground heading for Hackleburg.
 
2014-04-28 06:59:29 PM  

phillydrifter: tinfoil-hat maggie: Hunstville

are you boozin' again, Maggie?


More tired I drove into Atlanta today but I do have some Killian's, Guinness extra stout and Fat Tire amber ale, but I've only had two beers but I might of had some before ; )
 
2014-04-28 07:02:32 PM  

RottenEggs: Good advice but I would be careful when filling a bathtub with water if you have small children around .


Also if it's your best place to take cover.
 
2014-04-28 07:03:00 PM  

fjnorton: ds_4815: Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.

That app has better resolution than the weather channel


RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.
 
2014-04-28 07:04:53 PM  

Professor Farksworth: CONFIRMED by Alabama State Trooper there is a tornado on the ground heading for Hackleburg.


http://www.foxalabamalive.com/   -- they got a livestream.
 
2014-04-28 07:05:28 PM  

ds_4815: fjnorton: ds_4815: Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.

That app has better resolution than the weather channel

RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.


I just bought that. THANK YOU!
 
2014-04-28 07:06:43 PM  
Columbus AFB about to get slammed. Visible debris ball, radar wind estimates at 120 mph.
 
2014-04-28 07:07:31 PM  

Dinobot: Professor Farksworth: CONFIRMED by Alabama State Trooper there is a tornado on the ground heading for Hackleburg.

http://www.foxalabamalive.com/   -- they got a livestream.



Thank you.
 
2014-04-28 07:10:05 PM  
think it's too cold around omaha

the rain was nice though
 
2014-04-28 07:11:03 PM  

Dinobot: Professor Farksworth: CONFIRMED by Alabama State Trooper there is a tornado on the ground heading for Hackleburg.

http://www.foxalabamalive.com/   -- they got a livestream.


Cool thanks.
 
2014-04-28 07:11:43 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: 74 degrees and sunny here in LA today. 6 mph breezes. The jasmine have bloomed. Partially explains the median home price in SoCal of $408,000 vs. $125,000 in Mississippi, I guess. Some shiat did get knocked off my shelf in an earthquake a few weeks ago, though.


Not living around douchebags.. priceless.
 
2014-04-28 07:11:45 PM  
ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.
 
2014-04-28 07:11:49 PM  
lofted debris :-(
 
2014-04-28 07:14:27 PM  
Ah,yes. Summer has arrived in The ATL. Just great.......
 
2014-04-28 07:14:34 PM  

Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.


At first I was like WTF? Then I looked at the radar. Looks like a cell wanted to jump the gun for tomorrow.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's already a violent tornado (yet)
 
2014-04-28 07:15:04 PM  
 
2014-04-28 07:15:16 PM  

Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.

I just bought that. THANK YOU!


No prob! Be sure to fool around with all the buttons, lots of cool features.

Another confirmed large tornado just north of Jackson MS.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 07:16:24 PM  

hershy799: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

At first I was like WTF? Then I looked at the radar. Looks like a cell wanted to jump the gun for tomorrow.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's already a violent tornado (yet)


Normally when it has a debris ball it is violent just because its throwing debris high enough in the air for the radar to pick it up.

Also the storm just to the west of Atlanta looks like its developing a hook as well.
 
2014-04-28 07:17:47 PM  

ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.

I just bought that. THANK YOU!

No prob! Be sure to fool around with all the buttons, lots of cool features.

Another confirmed large tornado just north of Jackson MS.

[i.imgur.com image 434x500]


One thing I don't like about my Galaxy S3 (unless I just haven't learned how to do it or there's a function in the app) is that you can't screen shot.
 
2014-04-28 07:17:52 PM  
"Professor Farksworth :ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
 
2014-04-28 07:18:07 PM  

Professor Farksworth: hershy799: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

At first I was like WTF? Then I looked at the radar. Looks like a cell wanted to jump the gun for tomorrow.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's already a violent tornado (yet)

Normally when it has a debris ball it is violent just because its throwing debris high enough in the air for the radar to pick it up.

Also the storm just to the west of Atlanta looks like its developing a hook as well.


Debris ball spotted on radar
 
2014-04-28 07:19:09 PM  
Lofted debris on the radar near Corinth, GA.
 
2014-04-28 07:19:26 PM  

Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.


For perspective:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 07:20:08 PM  
Three fatalities being reported in Limestone County Alabama.

Those cells in Georgia are looking NASTY.
 
2014-04-28 07:20:24 PM  

Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.


cwmemory.com
 
2014-04-28 07:20:55 PM  

Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.

I just bought that. THANK YOU!

No prob! Be sure to fool around with all the buttons, lots of cool features.

Another confirmed large tornado just north of Jackson MS.

[i.imgur.com image 434x500]

One thing I don't like about my Galaxy S3 (unless I just haven't learned how to do it or there's a function in the app) is that you can't screen shot.


http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-on-Galaxy-S3
 
2014-04-28 07:21:11 PM  

fjnorton: Professor Farksworth: hershy799: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

At first I was like WTF? Then I looked at the radar. Looks like a cell wanted to jump the gun for tomorrow.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's already a violent tornado (yet)

Normally when it has a debris ball it is violent just because its throwing debris high enough in the air for the radar to pick it up.

Also the storm just to the west of Atlanta looks like its developing a hook as well.

Debris ball spotted on radar


Point taken. I was out of the house for a bit so I didn't get a chance to look at correlation coefficients (from dual pol) for the debris signature. Thanks to dual-pol, I'm not just going on a possible debris signature on reflectivity. But the point is, OMFG tornadoes!
 
2014-04-28 07:21:24 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Three fatalities being reported in Limestone County Alabama.

Those cells in Georgia are looking NASTY.


in a mobile home community...

goddammitsomuch
 
2014-04-28 07:21:28 PM  
any links to georgia or mississippi livestreams? i only go the fox station from alabama that i posted earlier.
 
2014-04-28 07:22:45 PM  

Dinobot: any links to georgia or mississippi livestreams? i only go the fox station from alabama that i posted earlier.


http://www.wsbtv.com/s/news/live/

WSB in Atlanta
 
2014-04-28 07:23:02 PM  
My sister lives in Flippin, AK, on the northern border of the State.

She advises, storms passed close but no damage.

\\ Sighs in relief.
 
2014-04-28 07:23:32 PM  

ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

For perspective:

[i.imgur.com image 561x600]


If that thing is a long track like most of the ones today have been, Atlanta may take anything from a brush to a hit on the chin.

Since the storms are moving slower than the ones in MS, I'm not sure really how to phrase things for the Atlanta area except "Better safe than sorry." Both storms are still powerful and could still drop violent tornadoes.
 
2014-04-28 07:23:32 PM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-04-28 07:23:39 PM  

Mr_Juche: Dinobot: any links to georgia or mississippi livestreams? i only go the fox station from alabama that i posted earlier.

http://www.wsbtv.com/s/news/live/

WSB in Atlanta


Thanks.
 
2014-04-28 07:24:23 PM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-04-28 07:24:55 PM  

Mark Ratner: What if I have to return a Redbox DVD on time? I'm leaving the house to do this. I'm not paying a late fee.


You can return it to a different redbox closer to your home.

/All mine tend to wind up in the 7/11, even though they don't come from there.
 
2014-04-28 07:25:00 PM  
three years ago yesterday, i about got sucked up in an ef0. FARK TAHT shiat RIGHT TO HELL!
of course, the line will be here in knoxville after dark.....of course it will be.
/no sleep tonight, tank full, emergency bug-out bag loaded and wx radio charged.
//long nite ahead
 
2014-04-28 07:25:22 PM  
Decent rotation just south of the Jackson metro area.
 
2014-04-28 07:27:49 PM  
"About 300 using James Clemens High School auditorium as storm shelter. Report says people have bought dogs, cats and one monkey."

SAVE THE MONKEY
 
2014-04-28 07:30:11 PM  

ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.

I just bought that. THANK YOU!

No prob! Be sure to fool around with all the buttons, lots of cool features.

Another confirmed large tornado just north of Jackson MS.

[i.imgur.com image 434x500]

One thing I don't like about my Galaxy S3 (unless I just haven't learned how to do it or there's a function in the app) is that you can't screen shot.

http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-on-Galaxy-S3


Thank you again! Enjoy a free month of Total Fark! :D
 
2014-04-28 07:31:24 PM  
Confirmed twister between Huntsville and Chattanooga, now just over the AL-TN state line.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 07:33:20 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Thank you again! Enjoy a free month of Total Fark! :D


i.imgur.com

Holy crap! Thanks!
 
2014-04-28 07:34:35 PM  
pbs.twimg.com

This is the tornado near Canton, MS.
 
2014-04-28 07:36:16 PM  
anyone got more livestreams? only got the foxalabamalive.com and wsbtv.com
 
2014-04-28 07:39:37 PM  

dittybopper: Pfft.


Nice radios, but they're right next to a window.  What happens if the tornado comes through it?

You probably have a spare somewhere.
 
2014-04-28 07:39:44 PM  
Damage reported in Richland, MS just south of Jackson.
 
2014-04-28 07:40:02 PM  
Newscaster on Weather.com just got a little too excited seeing a hook on the radar in Newnan.  Almost excited to see the hook and possible tornado.

/never good to see your home town on Weather.com
//other home in Rome gets it tonight
///now home in Kentucky narrowly avoids it tonight
////hopefully
//Slashamania
 
2014-04-28 07:40:26 PM  

AirForceVet: downstairs: Battery operated personal fans.  Especially if you live somewhere hot.

Ooooo, good idea! I was without power for 36 hours back in Pinellas County, FL during the summer of 2004 (four hurricanes hit the state that year).

While I had everything I needed, without air conditioning or fans, it got miserable, even for a Floridian like me. Dead, humid air.


I lived in Tampa during those hurricanes i was without power for 8 days as something happened with our apartment complex where only half the buildings got power back within a day or two. After the 4th day i said fark this heat and used some hotel miles and got a room for the remainder of the power being out.

I had good supplies too. Ice, a little propane grill with the 1lb cylinders, a tub full of water, canned food, beer, bottled water, etc. The miserable heat and humidity was what made me leave in the end.
 
2014-04-28 07:41:25 PM  
Somehow Jackson is dodging a lot of bullets. Another large tornado reported north of Jackson.
 
2014-04-28 07:43:28 PM  
Carthage, MS in the direct path of a tornado.
 
2014-04-28 07:44:47 PM  
Cripes. Another rotating cell following almost immediately behind the previous one, just north of Huntsville.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 07:45:43 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Carthage, MS in the direct path of a tornado.


Put 5 gal buckets of water in the basement.
We don't want to lose you.
 
2014-04-28 07:47:57 PM  
Parts of Jackson, MS look like they could be in trouble. I used to have to go out there for weeks at a time for work. I hope my old co-workers are staying safe.
 
2014-04-28 07:48:48 PM  

Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.


Thanks for the heads up.
 
2014-04-28 07:49:35 PM  
30 miles SW of Atlanta. Dark and gloomy and still. My husband is in the driveway feverishly trying to finish the engine rebuild he started on my son's truck three days ago before all hell breaks loose.
 
2014-04-28 07:49:52 PM  
I got nailed by a bunch of bees in the face while driving past the CDC today only to get home to tornadoes. Thanks, Atlanta.
 
2014-04-28 07:49:52 PM  
Brandon, MS (including the kdgx radar and the NWS in Brandon) in the direct path of a tornado. Entering the Cone of Silence.
 
2014-04-28 07:50:52 PM  

vudukungfu: Professor Farksworth: Carthage, MS in the direct path of a tornado.

Put 5 gal buckets of water in the basement.
We don't want to lose you.


I'm safe and sound in Kentucky. (For now)
 
2014-04-28 07:51:01 PM  
Atlanta-bound cell has weakened, warning expired, still showing some rotation and could re-strengthen at any time. 40 miles from downtown, FYI.
 
2014-04-28 07:51:54 PM  
CONFIRMED tornado on the ground near Columbus, MS. Moving NE at high rate of speed. Near highway 89 at Alabama state line.
 
2014-04-28 07:52:57 PM  
This is nuts.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 07:53:49 PM  

ds_4815: Cripes. Another rotating cell following almost immediately behind the previous one, just north of Huntsville.

[i.imgur.com image 505x500]


Hope they stay north.  Got inlaws in Joppa (it's between Arab & Baileytown).
 
2014-04-28 07:53:55 PM  
anyone got some streams from mississippi?
 
2014-04-28 07:54:43 PM  
scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net

Tornado near Columbus.
 
2014-04-28 07:54:52 PM  
Lets hope we don't repeat this.

ih3.redbubble.net
 
2014-04-28 07:58:33 PM  
Major damage reported in Richland.

Confirmed tornado southwest of Crystal Springs, MS.
 
2014-04-28 07:59:13 PM  
It seems the tornado missed the radar in Brandon, which is a very good thing.
 
2014-04-28 08:00:30 PM  
Stay safe have more people here now, later.
 
2014-04-28 08:04:44 PM  
finally found the streaming out of jackson, ms
http://www.wjtv.com/category/255362/streaming
 
2014-04-28 08:05:22 PM  

GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]


No kidding. That could have been so much worse. A little earlier that day and it would have hit the crowd leaving the Georgia Dome.
 
2014-04-28 08:11:10 PM  

Livingroom: i think i speak for everyone present when i state the following:
[weknowmemes.com image 604x465]

That post is full of B.S.

 
2014-04-28 08:12:13 PM  
Tornadoes expected?

Well who invited them?!?
 
2014-04-28 08:13:54 PM  
Strong rotation now near Millport AL.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 08:14:03 PM  

GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]


What is it?
 
2014-04-28 08:17:29 PM  

AcademGreen: GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]

What is it?


The aftermath of a tornado that hit downtown Atlanta a few years back, I believe.

Destroyed the corner of the lofts one of my friends used to live in.
 
2014-04-28 08:20:45 PM  
SPC has upgraded to HIGH risk for MS and AL, which I believe is extremely rare for nighttime events.
 
2014-04-28 08:22:44 PM  

ds_4815: SPC has upgraded to HIGH risk for MS and AL, which I believe is extremely rare for nighttime events.


It is. Long track violent tornadoes are dangerous enough during the day, but at night?

Not even the most ballsy storm chasers chase at night if that's any indication.

/Chaser for 3 years now.
 
2014-04-28 08:23:28 PM  

Clever Neologism: AcademGreen: GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]

What is it?

The aftermath of a tornado that hit downtown Atlanta a few years back, I believe.

Destroyed the corner of the lofts one of my friends used to live in.


The Westin downtown Atlanta. Those pictures freak me out because I believe each of those windows is floor to ceiling.  Being 80 stories up in the air when your wall explodes out into space sounds scary as hell.  Took years to fix.

csb
I was in east Atlanta at the time and the tornado that did the damage in that pic plunked down again just south of my house.  My place was fine aside from being littered with roofing.  1/4 mile south of me saw real damage with uprooted trees etc...
 
2014-04-28 08:24:47 PM  

Clever Neologism: AcademGreen: GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]

What is it?

The aftermath of a tornado that hit downtown Atlanta a few years back, I believe.

Destroyed the corner of the lofts one of my friends used to live in.


I lived in those lofts in 2003 in that building.  I was in a bar in Kirkwood when the tornado went down and drove at 10pm to Midtown to see my girlfriend.  I took DeKalb Ave and was shocked when I got down to Boulevard and I could see the silouhette of that collapsed part of the building.
 
2014-04-28 08:26:26 PM  

Clever Neologism: AcademGreen: GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]

What is it?

The aftermath of a tornado that hit downtown Atlanta a few years back, I believe.

Destroyed the corner of the lofts one of my friends used to live in.


2008.  And sorry to mention, but those lofts? Cursed.
 
2014-04-28 08:29:56 PM  
My daughter, who is in grad school at Univ. of MS in Oxford, is extremely worried about her sweetie.  Her sweetie had to a go to Rome, Ga for a family emergency and had left there earlier today to come back home to Oxford (she's a professor at Ole Miss). When I spoke to my daughter earlier she told me that a tornado had hit Tupelo and that she was so worried about her sweetie being on the road. I spoke with her sweetie when I got off of the phone with my daughter and she said the sky didn't look right and that she was going to pulll into the next gas station and wait out the storms.

My daughter just texted me, said her sweetie and several other people are hunkered down at a gas station in Hamilton al. 2 miles from them a tornado touched down.

Even when her sweetie can leave there she'll have a hard time getting home: my daughter has heard that trees are blocking both directions of Hwy 78 in Tupelo, and that's way she has to drive to get home ........
 
2014-04-28 08:31:41 PM  

thetrenchcoat: I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.


Green sky + temperature drop = time to shiat pants.
 
2014-04-28 08:38:45 PM  

ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

For perspective:

[i.imgur.com image 561x600]


Fun, my office is in that black hole by Peachtree City.
 
2014-04-28 08:39:30 PM  

trekkiecougar: My daughter, who is in grad school at Univ. of MS in Oxford, is extremely worried about her sweetie.  Her sweetie had to a go to Rome, Ga for a family emergency and


I lived in Rome for 10 years and loved it, but one thing I won't miss is the storms that roll through. They just roll from MS, to AL, right through Rome.

/sorry about your families (extended?) loss
 
2014-04-28 08:40:00 PM  

FlashHarry: thetrenchcoat: I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.

Green sky + temperature drop = time to shiat pants.


that's when this dumb hick quits staring up at the sky and looks for somewhere to hunker down

/green skies at night woah-oh-oh
 
2014-04-28 08:42:23 PM  

FriarReb98: Clever Neologism: AcademGreen: GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]

What is it?

The aftermath of a tornado that hit downtown Atlanta a few years back, I believe.

Destroyed the corner of the lofts one of my friends used to live in.

2008.  And sorry to mention, but those lofts? Cursed.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFRcpoK15EE
 
2014-04-28 08:49:39 PM  

TommyDeuce: ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

For perspective:

[i.imgur.com image 561x600]

Fun, my office is in that black hole by Peachtree City.


That would be the radar location. Doesn't effectively pick up anything for a couple of miles' radius.
 
2014-04-28 08:49:51 PM  
Two people killed by a twister at Billy Bob's Trailer Park near here.

I suspect they were struck by flying clichés.
 
2014-04-28 08:53:33 PM  
Eldridge, Alabama, you're the next contestant on "Tornado Monday"
 
2014-04-28 08:55:04 PM  
BIrmingham, Alabama, you are on deck for possible violent rotating columns of air.
 
2014-04-28 08:59:03 PM  
TD in Walker cty.
 
2014-04-28 08:59:20 PM  

ds_4815: TommyDeuce: ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

For perspective:

[i.imgur.com image 561x600]

Fun, my office is in that black hole by Peachtree City.

That would be the radar location. Doesn't effectively pick up anything for a couple of miles' radius.


Oh, I know - I drive by the tower if I have to take the back way up to WalMart or Home Depot to pick stuff up on the way home.

Work sucked so bad today, that a singularity is a real possibility in that area.
 
2014-04-28 09:02:13 PM  

ds_4815: fjnorton: ds_4815: Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.

That app has better resolution than the weather channel

RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.


This
 
2014-04-28 09:08:22 PM  

Dinobot: TD in Walker cty.


which walker cty?
 
2014-04-28 09:09:03 PM  

Olo Manolo: Dinobot: TD in Walker cty.

which walker cty?


walker county, al
 
2014-04-28 09:11:09 PM  
Goddammit, went from Omaha to Peachtree for ATM training, and ended up diving headfirst into Tornadofest 2: Cyclone Boogaloo here. A Dolce in the middle of a forest is not where you want to be during this shiat.
 
2014-04-28 09:11:14 PM  
thanks
 
2014-04-28 09:28:53 PM  
Very prominent tornado near Fayetteville.

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 09:30:42 PM  
 
2014-04-28 09:31:01 PM  
Warning for extreme northwest corner of GA as well (Trenton)
 
2014-04-28 09:35:32 PM  
HUGE debris ball for the Fayetteville tornado.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 09:43:42 PM  

ds_4815: HUGE debris ball for the Fayetteville tornado.

[i.imgur.com image 500x420]


...ohmy, and by all appearances it's headed right towards Lynchburg.

Which actually IS kind of a big deal for Tennessee area Farkers, as it's heading right towards one of the major makers of Tennessee whisky...

/not so worried re the lack of Jack Daniel's, but I do occasionally like some Gentleman Jack
//that said...STAY SAFE, Southeastern Farkers
///can say truthfully that today is literally the first time I've seen in a tornado warning "Don't even bother trying to ride this out above ground, GET IN A BASEMENT OR STORM CELLAR OR YOU WILL DIE OF WHIRLYDOOM" statements.  This should give an idea how bad this is :P
////srsly, stay safe and if the sky turns green and spinny get the fark underground
 
2014-04-28 09:48:52 PM  
North/western ends of Chattanooga could get hit in the next 15 minutes.
 
2014-04-28 09:56:21 PM  
Whee
 
2014-04-28 10:02:06 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Brandon, MS (including the kdgx radar and the NWS in Brandon) in the direct path of a tornado. Entering the Cone of Silence.


thiswastv.files.wordpress.com
WHAT!?!?
 
2014-04-28 10:06:14 PM  

FriarReb98: Clever Neologism: AcademGreen: GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]

What is it?

The aftermath of a tornado that hit downtown Atlanta a few years back, I believe.

Destroyed the corner of the lofts one of my friends used to live in.

2008.  And sorry to mention, but those lofts? Cursed.


With that history, I'd say it's either built on a Native American burial ground or the site of General Sherman's outhouse.
 
2014-04-28 10:25:26 PM  
As a lifelong resident of Ga, I will describe how the average Georgian prepares for a tornado.
...
yes, that's right, no prep.  We may freak out about snow, but tornadoes are like the lion and we are the wildebeest.  As soon as we know it is heading our way, dive in the bathtub or something, otherwise we are glad it did not get us.

Only once have I been convinced it was heading right for me and boxed up the critters in crates in the bathroom with me.   Sure if I ever build a house I will have a reinforced basement room as a safe room for twisters.   But that would require money.
 
2014-04-28 10:31:14 PM  
getting several sightings of funnels and high winds in the Chattanooga area. (about 5 minutes from Ringgold, GA that was hit pretty bad 3 years 1 day ago)
 
2014-04-28 10:32:48 PM  
img.fark.net

this sucks!
 
2014-04-28 10:33:42 PM  

rev. dave: As a lifelong resident of Ga, I will describe how the average Georgian prepares for a tornado.
...
yes, that's right, no prep.  We may freak out about snow, but tornadoes are like the lion and we are the wildebeest.  As soon as we know it is heading our way, dive in the bathtub or something, otherwise we are glad it did not get us.

Only once have I been convinced it was heading right for me and boxed up the critters in crates in the bathroom with me.   Sure if I ever build a house I will have a reinforced basement room as a safe room for twisters.   But that would require money.


As someone who moved to Georgia from Minnesota, it absolutely amazes me that, for as many tornadoes as this place gets, there are so few buildings with basements. Is it just that y'all don't want add to the cost of construction? I really don't get it.
 
2014-04-28 10:35:52 PM  

Mr_Juche: rev. dave: As a lifelong resident of Ga, I will describe how the average Georgian prepares for a tornado.
...
yes, that's right, no prep.  We may freak out about snow, but tornadoes are like the lion and we are the wildebeest.  As soon as we know it is heading our way, dive in the bathtub or something, otherwise we are glad it did not get us.

Only once have I been convinced it was heading right for me and boxed up the critters in crates in the bathroom with me.   Sure if I ever build a house I will have a reinforced basement room as a safe room for twisters.   But that would require money.

As someone who moved to Georgia from Minnesota, it absolutely amazes me that, for as many tornadoes as this place gets, there are so few buildings with basements. Is it just that y'all don't want add to the cost of construction? I really don't get it.


Oh, wow. I'm not sure I could add any more commas to that sentence. Moron......
 
2014-04-28 10:39:11 PM  

Mr_Juche: Oh, wow. I'm not sure I could add any more commas to that sentence. Moron......


There is only one superfluous comma (that, for).
 
2014-04-28 10:40:05 PM  

mr lawson: [img.fark.net image 419x286]

this sucks!


I'm currently in the red portion...
 
2014-04-28 10:41:23 PM  

FlashHarry: thetrenchcoat: I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.

Green sky + temperature drop = time to shiat pants.


I about did. I did literally drop the groceries I was carrying.
 
2014-04-28 10:41:50 PM  

Olo Manolo: I'm currently in the red portion...


lol...which one?
/still better conditions than three years ago
 
2014-04-28 10:46:15 PM  

mr lawson: Olo Manolo: I'm currently in the red portion...

lol...which one?
/still better conditions than three years ago


Chat-ta-NOO-ga

nothing but lightning/occasional heavy rain here, (and the funnel sightings/tornado warnings, but... meh....)
 
2014-04-28 10:49:25 PM  
scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net

"ALL HOMES GONE"

That was the tornado that had the huge debris ball in TN.
 
2014-04-28 11:09:18 PM  
It's that time of year again!
 
2014-04-28 11:13:52 PM  
oh joy...tornado warning now....sigh
 
2014-04-28 11:26:51 PM  
Graysville, AL (just northwest of Birmingham) just took a direct hit from a large tornado with a very well defined debris ball and its about to hit Cardiff head on.
 
2014-04-28 11:38:42 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Graysville, AL (just northwest of Birmingham) just took a direct hit from a large tornado with a very well defined debris ball and its about to hit Cardiff head on.


Velocities on that:

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 11:42:15 PM  
Same places from the 2011 outbreak. Smh.
 
2014-04-28 11:44:35 PM  
Are you gonna chase the storms tomorrow ds? Looks like from Windsor to Sarnia maybe some hail.
 
2014-04-28 11:45:09 PM  
Yet another one outside Tuscaloosa at the moment, heading northeast to Birmingham.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 11:48:48 PM  

ontariolightning: Are you gonna chase the storms tomorrow ds? Looks like from Windsor to Sarnia maybe some hail.


Unlikely for overly-severe weather (short of very isolated pockets of hail), so probably not, but I'll certainly be keeping a weather eye. Still, you're right... SPC has the slight risk extending up here.

www.spc.noaa.gov
 
2014-04-28 11:49:22 PM  
Birmingham is about to be relocated.
 
2014-04-28 11:54:59 PM  

ontariolightning: Birmingham is about to be relocated.


The mountain protects us.

Seriously, they always go around downtown B'ham, but last big set of tornadoes to hit Tuscaloosa we had insulation raining down, but the tornadoes missed Birmingham propper
 
2014-04-28 11:56:48 PM  
 
2014-04-28 11:56:50 PM  

AlHarris31: ontariolightning: Birmingham is about to be relocated.

The mountain protects us.

Seriously, they always go around downtown B'ham, but last big set of tornadoes to hit Tuscaloosa we had insulation raining down, but the tornadoes missed Birmingham propper


not if it comes from the NE right?
 
2014-04-28 11:57:09 PM  
Kimberly AL fire department destroyed by direct tornado hit
 
2014-04-28 11:58:43 PM  

ontariolightning: AlHarris31: ontariolightning: Birmingham is about to be relocated.

The mountain protects us.

Seriously, they always go around downtown B'ham, but last big set of tornadoes to hit Tuscaloosa we had insulation raining down, but the tornadoes missed Birmingham propper

not if it comes from the NE right?


Nobody expects the spanish inquisition tornadoes form the NE
 
2014-04-29 12:03:20 AM  

AlHarris31: The mountain protects us.


That'll work until it doesn't work.  Here's what happened in the Eastern Kentucky mountains in 2012.

upload.wikimedia.org

Here's the Google terrain map of the town.

https://maps.google.com/?ll=37.92118,-83.256884&spn=0.038729,0.07716 2& t=p&z=14
 
2014-04-29 12:07:02 AM  

12349876: AlHarris31: The mountain protects us.

That'll work until it doesn't work.  Here's what happened in the Eastern Kentucky mountains in 2012.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 634x600]

Here's the Google terrain map of the town.

https://maps.google.com/?ll=37.92118,-83.256884&spn=0.038729,0.07716 2& t=p&z=14


Which is why I have my bug out bag ready, plenty of emergency supplies stocked up, and am ready to run down to my crawl space.

My weather radio has been blowing up, and as I watch a tornado is on track right towards the suburbs and Birmingham.

But yeah, historically we have been OK... but I am prepared.

/Also I have been drinking, so if I get ragdolled by a tornado I have a better chance of survival.
 
2014-04-29 12:10:02 AM  

AlHarris31: But yeah, historically we have been OK.


I agree the mountains are a hinderance, but they're far from a silver bullet.
 
2014-04-29 12:10:22 AM  
We are here with you bro. If something goes wrong for you, what do you want the world to know?
 
2014-04-29 12:10:29 AM  
p.twimg.com
 
2014-04-29 12:15:22 AM  
The Birmingham cell has sisters
 
2014-04-29 12:17:18 AM  
Huge debris ball southwest Alabama.  They said the storm has gotten even stronger.
 
2014-04-29 12:19:29 AM  
The Brewers are beating the Cardinals, I am mostly content.

Latest news showing large tornado breaking to the NE, away from Hoover but more towards me in B'ham. Its about to hit some populated areas in Bessemer... this will be bad.  These are also areas where most people do not have basements.

Sky is more light than dark right now, heavy rain.

Tornado Emergency just called... 11:54 supposed to hit Birmingham.
 
2014-04-29 12:20:32 AM  
Not hearing about many deaths and injuries from the other tornadoes.
 
2014-04-29 12:20:34 AM  
Hueytown to Birmingham not looking good.
 
2014-04-29 12:21:14 AM  
I will probably lose power in 15 min or so. They are evacuating most CBS42 personnel on top of Red Mountain...

Cameras are out on the mountain.

About to take shelter in 10 min or so
 
2014-04-29 12:22:45 AM  

AlHarris31: I will probably lose power in 15 min or so. They are evacuating most CBS42 personnel on top of Red Mountain...

Cameras are out on the mountain.

About to take shelter in 10 min or so


best of luck to you. Post in here when you can so we know you didn't bite it.
 
2014-04-29 12:22:55 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-29 12:25:41 AM  

ds_4815: [i.imgur.com image 406x600]


jesus its gonna cycle right over the city
 
2014-04-29 12:27:43 AM  
Al Roker sounds a little drunk on TWC on the phone.
 
2014-04-29 12:28:00 AM  
Possibly 3 tornadoes here? Circled the possible debris balls, radar seems to confirm at least one pair.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-29 12:31:20 AM  

wxboy: Al Roker sounds a little drunk on TWC on the phone.


He just said he's staying in a glass hotel with a atrium to cover the tornado. Man has balls of steel.
 
2014-04-29 12:47:38 AM  
Tornado seems to have dissipated before it hit Birmingham

The warning expired, but we still have a strong storm.

When the tornado went over Shades Mountain it seems to have weakened, but once it gets past Birmingham, CBS42 guy says it might generate another tornado on this track.
 
2014-04-29 12:48:28 AM  
Good news Birmingha, Vulcan has murdered the tornado!
 
2014-04-29 12:49:07 AM  
*Birmingham, damnit
 
2014-04-29 01:02:24 AM  
Looks like Forbes got a message:

lacomercia.com
 
2014-04-29 01:03:25 AM  

AlHarris31: Tornado seems to have dissipated before it hit Birmingham

The warning expired, but we still have a strong storm.

When the tornado went over Shades Mountain it seems to have weakened, but once it gets past Birmingham, CBS42 guy says it might generate another tornado on this track.


good luck tomorrow when we do this all over again
 
2014-04-29 01:08:37 AM  

ontariolightning: AlHarris31: Tornado seems to have dissipated before it hit Birmingham

The warning expired, but we still have a strong storm.

When the tornado went over Shades Mountain it seems to have weakened, but once it gets past Birmingham, CBS42 guy says it might generate another tornado on this track.

good luck tomorrow when we do this all over again


Thanks, good luck to you too. Hopefully this next system isn't as severe.
 
2014-04-29 01:09:41 AM  
what the heck is a "debris ball" ??


/in prairies Canada. currently +5 and raining lightly.
 
2014-04-29 01:20:29 AM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: what the heck is a "debris ball" ??


/in prairies Canada. currently +5 and raining lightly.


A debris ball is basically the radar signature from a large cloud of debris that was sucked up by a tornado.

3 years ago, when the big tornado hit Tuscaloosa, AL, there was a huge debris ball.  It traveled over to Birmingham and it actually was raining debris. People were finding pictures, in my neighborhood pink and yellow insulation was falling like snow. There was also pieces of siding and lumber raining down. One piece of that silvery paper-metal stuff that they blow insulation into landed on a powerline near my house and was touching two lines. It was throwing sparks and burnt up.
 
2014-04-29 01:20:29 AM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: what the heck is a "debris ball" ??


/in prairies Canada. currently +5 and raining lightly.


The radar detecting non-precipitation objects in the clouds.
 
2014-04-29 01:23:24 AM  
#Tornadocalypse avoided....this time
 
2014-04-29 01:25:30 AM  

AlHarris31: 3 years ago, when the big tornado hit Tuscaloosa, AL, there was a huge debris ball.


lol...we found stuff from that one all the way up here in knoxville.
 
2014-04-29 01:42:04 AM  
Tornado whizzed by my house. Local TV picked it up on a sky camera.
 
2014-04-29 05:35:32 AM  
I was out in Mayflower/Vilonia AR today unloading donation trailers, etc. Relatively large segments of both towns were just levelled.

CSB: When a tornado hit Atkins a few years back, the home of one of my relative's neighbors got wiped out. I was assisting with some debris pick up. There was a pond between the two properties, and a bookshelf had landed half in. I went to flip the shelf out, and stopped cold. Underneath was one of the arms of the neighbor's 6-7 year old daughter.

I'd been told the family had been found dead, I just wish I'd been forewarned that they hadn't been *completely* found.
 
2014-04-29 07:17:40 AM  

Livingroom: dittybopper: Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.

Spot on there. Plus, most have access to weather radio and many can be recharged either by built-in hand crank, or the cigarette lighter in your car. Personally, one of mine has AM/FM/weather/FRS/GMRS along with a built in flashlight and a hand crank to recharge it if no other power source is available.

Pfft.

[i60.tinypic.com image 800x600]

all thats fine, but ill keep this, its cheaper:
[kd0bik.com image 320x480]


What happens when the local infrastructure goes down?  Then you're shiat outta luck.  No Echolink for you.

In the meantime, I've hooked the 2 meter rig and the Heathkit HF rig up to batteries and I'm still communicatin'.
 
2014-04-29 07:28:19 AM  

Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com

Yeah, well....I bet mine's much more portable ;)


Not more portable than this:

www.powerwerx.com

And it's "opened up" to transmit everywhere it receives (except for the FM broadcast and the weather band).  So in an emergency I could use it not only on the 2 ham bands it covers (2 Meters and 440 MHz), but also FRS/GMRS frequencies, Marine band, and on VHF and UHF business and public safety frequencies like police, fire, and EMS, so long as they aren't digital.
 
2014-04-29 08:46:10 PM  

dittybopper: Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com

Yeah, well....I bet mine's much more portable ;)

Not more portable than this:

[www.powerwerx.com image 580x619]

And it's "opened up" to transmit everywhere it receives (except for the FM broadcast and the weather band).  So in an emergency I could use it not only on the 2 ham bands it covers (2 Meters and 440 MHz), but also FRS/GMRS frequencies, Marine band, and on VHF and UHF business and public safety frequencies like police, fire, and EMS, so long as they aren't digital.


Gotta agree with "this"--the Wouxuns are surprisingly good for cheap, cheerful and Chinese kit (it's basically a Kenwood clone).  At least the Skywarn repeater or the local autopatch will be up if the phone is down (which is distressingly common if the power goes out in my area).

Haven't played with the Baofengs yet (which are even moar cheap, cheerful and Chinese) but apparently amateur radio hackers have had some interesting experiments with these lately...

And if one is not teh scared of teh SMT components (and I am not) there is also fun to be had with the HF SDR community :D  (I have an older SoftRock 6.3 with a Mobo 4.3.4, probably my next investment in that vein will be in a UHFSDR so I can play with satellites) Nice way to know the inner workings of a radio and with a cheap/cheerful PC and kit (or even a sufficiently advanced kit, like Softrock 6.3ng + Mobo 4.3.4 + Widget or a Genesis SDR rig) one can have some nice fun with homebrew even without a computer :D

/yes, I like to build my own
//it's more fun that way, to me
///I does not have the fear of teh tiny components. I am actually proud that I can solder to 0.5mm pitch, thank yoo :3
///and really surface mount soldering is not horrible, it's like Manhattan building but tiny really
 
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