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2020-08-12 9:49:22 PM  
15 million for bus service n the Dakotas
 
2020-08-12 10:05:24 PM  
I was a bit saddened that it didn't send a 2x4 through my POS car but oh well whatcha gonna do
 
2020-08-12 10:05:58 PM  
 
2020-08-12 11:04:38 PM  
Whomever is managing the disaster board for 2020 must look like quagmire after he discovers internet porn...
 
2020-08-12 11:06:43 PM  
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2020-08-12 11:06:48 PM  
Happens a lot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of​_​derecho_events

Also, there was a Fark thread about this on the day it happened.
 
2020-08-12 11:08:25 PM  
Why was this greenlit as news? Is everybody at Fark drunk?

/Does the Pope shiat in the woods?
 
2020-08-12 11:09:15 PM  
My poor tomatoes. Hundreds, upon hundreds of pounds that I grow each and every year so I don't have to eat the grocery store cardboard edition, be it fresh or canned. All titled to about 45 degree angle. Eggplants seem to have suffered no damage but worth is an eggplant without a tomato to go with it.
 
2020-08-12 11:09:47 PM  

gameshowhost: I was a bit saddened that it didn't send a 2x4 through my POS car but oh well whatcha gonna do


Not too late, get it in there!

/of course I'd never advocate insurance fraud
 
2020-08-12 11:10:06 PM  
I did mention that farmers from Iowa to mid-Illinois were talking about how much of their crop was annihilated that day, and yet all the news coverage was about how strong winds would hit Chicago soon.

I didn't see any intelligent farkers taking bets on "minutes, hours, or days," before some reporter wandered out far enough from the city to notice.

Because it's always 'days.'
 
2020-08-12 11:11:49 PM  

wxboy: Happens a lot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_​derecho_events

Also, there was a Fark thread about this on the day it happened.


In 30 years, we've only had 2 before that were close to this. And this flattened more forest and more field along the path than I've seen before. Quite a bit wider, too.
 
2020-08-12 11:12:43 PM  
It hit just south of where I live.  People in Cedar Rapids have neighbors' completely uprooted trees in their yards, and the city will be out of power for a week.  So no Crunchberries for America.
 
2020-08-12 11:21:02 PM  
Not all that bad on this side of Chicago. I expected my table umbrella to be blown into one of my neighbors yard and taking out my fiber connection, but nothing.
 
2020-08-12 11:22:48 PM  
The mosquitoes will feast next week.
 
2020-08-12 11:23:29 PM  
The only good news is that drought and flood conditions were almost non-existent in the grainbelt this year so overall crop yield should be pretty good despite the list acerage.
 
2020-08-12 11:23:38 PM  

aungen: wxboy: Happens a lot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_​derecho_events

Also, there was a Fark thread about this on the day it happened.

In 30 years, we've only had 2 before that were close to this. And this flattened more forest and more field along the path than I've seen before. Quite a bit wider, too.


it was a big f*cker

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2020-08-12 11:23:50 PM  

robodog: The only good news is that drought and flood conditions were almost non-existent in the grainbelt this year so overall crop yield should be pretty good despite the list acerage.


Lost acreage*
 
2020-08-12 11:24:57 PM  

zeroflight222: gameshowhost: I was a bit saddened that it didn't send a 2x4 through my POS car but oh well whatcha gonna do

Not too late, get it in there!

/of course I'd never advocate insurance fraud


so i stuck one in there and rolled the windows back up

claims adjuster didn't believe me oh well
 
2020-08-12 11:24:58 PM  

gnosis301: It hit just south of where I live.  People in Cedar Rapids have neighbors' completely uprooted trees in their yards, and the city will be out of power for a week.  So no Crunchberries for America.


We lost a large portion of the trees in some forests down an hour or so south of you.  Lots of crop damage.

Like some arsehole with a crop circle board ran around and knocked down a line all the way through Iowa and Illinois you can see from space.

(Ok, now I'm exaggerating)
 
2020-08-12 11:25:58 PM  
BTW "derecho" is Muslim and we should all cry now.
 
2020-08-12 11:31:03 PM  
Officials said full recovery from the storm will take several weeks.

Okay, several weeks.  I'll still be figuring out how to deal with my two elementary school aged kids for their education even later than that, and what we should possibly attempt to do for their birthdays and general socialization.  And wonder just about every day if I made some choice that was incorrect and has put my family's well being at risk.  So if you can achieve full recovery for a plot of land from something in several weeks, congrats to you.  But we all don't see a disaster you are going to be recovered from in several weeks as being something comparable to the Hellstack of multiple disasters that keep flowing from the deep fountain of disasters we call 2020.  And my parents are dead. ---Batman
 
2020-08-12 11:31:55 PM  

gameshowhost: BTW "derecho" is Muslim and we should all cry now.


Haboob.
 
2020-08-12 11:38:30 PM  
Red hat problems require red hat solutions. Please consider this a safe space for your racially insensitive and factually inaccurate diatribes regarding how this is Obama's fault. Go on, we're laughi-erm listening, yeah thats it, listening...
 
2020-08-12 11:40:11 PM  

wxboy: Happens a lot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_​derecho_events

Also, there was a Fark thread about this on the day it happened.


They're becoming more frequent and more powerful.

/chances are they'll eventually get back to normal frequency, or decrease somewhat
//but they're gonna be, on average, nice and potent compared to the most recent one
///turns out that heating the planet like crazy in a very short period of time is a bad idea. jeepers.
 
2020-08-12 11:42:26 PM  

hershy799: Why was this greenlit as news? Is everybody at Fark drunk?

/Does the Pope shiat in the woods?


I never heard about it. So I'm glad it was listed as news.
 
2020-08-12 11:46:36 PM  

wxboy: Happens a lot.


People just explode. 

Natural causes.
 
2020-08-12 11:47:03 PM  
It hit us in MO pretty hard too.  We lost electricity for a few hours.
 
2020-08-12 11:49:11 PM  

gunther_bumpass: wxboy: Happens a lot.

People just explode. 

Natural causes.


There is very little "natural" about wafer thin mints.
 
2020-08-12 11:49:39 PM  
Attention Trumpers...God is sending a message.
 
2020-08-12 11:50:35 PM  
This storm flattened about 10 million acres of corn in Iowa.
 
2020-08-12 11:53:03 PM  
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Somebody gave Frank Gehry the keys to the weather machine.

I was out working in the garden and missed the warnings. But I'd noticed all the birds were gone and there wasn't any traffic on the usually busy road north of me. When I came inside to fix dinner I looked at the phone and I'd got an EXTREME ALERT tornado warning so I checked the radar and it was showing
 
2020-08-12 11:58:08 PM  

freakingmoron: [Fark user image 416x416]
Somebody gave Frank Gehry the keys to the weather machine.

I was out working in the garden and missed the warnings. But I'd noticed all the birds were gone and there wasn't any traffic on the usually busy road north of me. When I came inside to fix dinner I looked at the phone and I'd got an EXTREME ALERT tornado warning so I checked the radar and it was showing


If not for Trump's trade war those grain silos would have been full and probably structurally sound enough to survive with minimal damage.
 
2020-08-12 11:59:15 PM  

wxboy: Happens a lot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_​derecho_events

Also, there was a Fark thread about this on the day it happened.


Yes, needs follow-up tag.
That thread was the first time (I think) that I've actually heard of derechos. And I lived in the Midwest for years.
 
2020-08-12 11:59:54 PM  
Damn. Now we cant even fly over it. Cmon Elon. We need your Boring Company
 
2020-08-13 12:02:04 AM  

fragMasterFlash: freakingmoron: [Fark user image 416x416]
Somebody gave Frank Gehry the keys to the weather machine.

I was out working in the garden and missed the warnings. But I'd noticed all the birds were gone and there wasn't any traffic on the usually busy road north of me. When I came inside to fix dinner I looked at the phone and I'd got an EXTREME ALERT tornado warning so I checked the radar and it was showing

If not for Trump's trade war those grain silos would have been full and probably structurally sound enough to survive with minimal damage.


I was thinking the same thing, minus the bit about the trade war....  harvest hasn't happened yet.

Until it does, silos like that are just tin shells, with virtually no structural support.  A stiff breeze can put a dent in them...
 
2020-08-13 12:02:49 AM  

fragMasterFlash: freakingmoron: [Fark user image 416x416]
Somebody gave Frank Gehry the keys to the weather machine.

I was out working in the garden and missed the warnings. But I'd noticed all the birds were gone and there wasn't any traffic on the usually busy road north of me. When I came inside to fix dinner I looked at the phone and I'd got an EXTREME ALERT tornado warning so I checked the radar and it was showing

If not for Trump's trade war those grain silos would have been full and probably structurally sound enough to survive with minimal damage.


What are you high on? You should probably lay off it for the night.
Most of the grain silo's and bins in the area were being emptied in preparation for an estimated record harvest. Farmers and grain operators have been buying grain bags and any other storage options like crazy this summer in hopes of finding capacity for this fall. If anything, storage has been unusually full because of the ongoing trade/export boondoggle.
 
2020-08-13 12:03:47 AM  

goodncold: Attention Trumpers...God is sending a message.


Unfortunately for the rest of us, they'll interpret that message as "Look what happens when you let teh gays marry each other."
 
2020-08-13 12:05:58 AM  
To all the Iowa farkers, I hope you made it out unscathed. To that one bastard from Iowa who always attacks me for living in Louisiana, I hope you lost everything and none of your relatives want to help.
 
2020-08-13 12:09:30 AM  

Oreminer: fragMasterFlash: freakingmoron: [Fark user image 416x416]
Somebody gave Frank Gehry the keys to the weather machine.

I was out working in the garden and missed the warnings. But I'd noticed all the birds were gone and there wasn't any traffic on the usually busy road north of me. When I came inside to fix dinner I looked at the phone and I'd got an EXTREME ALERT tornado warning so I checked the radar and it was showing

If not for Trump's trade war those grain silos would have been full and probably structurally sound enough to survive with minimal damage.

What are you high on? You should probably lay off it for the night.
Most of the grain silo's and bins in the area were being emptied in preparation for an estimated record harvest. Farmers and grain operators have been buying grain bags and any other storage options like crazy this summer in hopes of finding capacity for this fall. If anything, storage has been unusually full because of the ongoing trade/export boondoggle.


I stand corrected. Thank you for taking the time to educate me on this subject.
 
2020-08-13 12:12:21 AM  

al-Mundane: To all the Iowa farkers, I hope you made it out unscathed. To that one bastard from Iowa who always attacks me for living in Louisiana, I hope you lost everything and none of your relatives want to help.


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2020-08-13 12:12:28 AM  

Mikey1969: hershy799: Why was this greenlit as news? Is everybody at Fark drunk?

/Does the Pope shiat in the woods?

I never heard about it. So I'm glad it was listed as news.


Most people in the worst got places still don't have power. There are people in the town's where it hit who still don't know how wide spread the damage was..
 
2020-08-13 12:13:55 AM  
(Crap! Continuing...)

The weather radar showed that I was in the direct path of of possible tornado formation. So, living up to my username I went back outside to look for one. Too many damn trees so I jumped in the car and headed west 2 miles to the flat farmlands. No tornado but I did watch a wall of rain and wind approach. I had the car window down and the air was still near me but 100 feet away the crops were violently thrashing about under a deluge. I've never seen anything like that. I sat there for a bit while the car shook then headed home. On the way back there was an oak next to the road and it was swaying so dramatically I stopped until the wind eased a bit.

When I got home I looked around my yard. I had to right a few plants in the garden and stake them up. On the way back inside I noticed that a big branch of an tree had broken off but instead of falling to the ground it got wedged in the crux of another huge branch. It's up there too high and it's too big for me to mess with (unless I want to really match my username). Until I get someone to take care of that I'm living with the elm of Damocles.
 
2020-08-13 12:15:47 AM  
GrogSmash:

I was thinking the same thing, minus the bit about the trade war....  harvest hasn't happened yet.

Until it does, silos like that are just tin shells, with virtually no structural support.  A stiff breeze can put a dent in them...


That is why they used to make them out of concrete.
 
2020-08-13 12:21:33 AM  

astelmaszek: My poor tomatoes. Hundreds, upon hundreds of pounds that I grow each and every year so I don't have to eat the grocery store cardboard edition, be it fresh or canned. All titled to about 45 degree angle. Eggplants seem to have suffered no damage but worth is an eggplant without a tomato to go with it.


*Pats shoulder* I feel your pain, man.
 
2020-08-13 12:22:32 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Oreminer: fragMasterFlash: freakingmoron: [Fark user image 416x416]
Somebody gave Frank Gehry the keys to the weather machine.

I was out working in the garden and missed the warnings. But I'd noticed all the birds were gone and there wasn't any traffic on the usually busy road north of me. When I came inside to fix dinner I looked at the phone and I'd got an EXTREME ALERT tornado warning so I checked the radar and it was showing

If not for Trump's trade war those grain silos would have been full and probably structurally sound enough to survive with minimal damage.

What are you high on? You should probably lay off it for the night.
Most of the grain silo's and bins in the area were being emptied in preparation for an estimated record harvest. Farmers and grain operators have been buying grain bags and any other storage options like crazy this summer in hopes of finding capacity for this fall. If anything, storage has been unusually full because of the ongoing trade/export boondoggle.

I stand corrected. Thank you for taking the time to educate me on this subject.


Your welcome.

This was a bad time all-around for this storm to rage through. Commodity prices have been tanked due to the mentioned trade idiocy, a large carry-over stock of grain from bumper crops the last couple years, a decrease in mileage driven due to the corona virus (hurting ethanol demand), and Brazil is reporting a record crop with a price that undercuts US producers. Much of the corn in the area is within the dough stage and any stalk damage can greatly effect the yield/quality.

So this storm means that producers are looking at increased cost to repair the storage facilities they have, have fewer bushels to market (lowering the amount of income they can take in), and commodity prices that are below production costs. No matter the party in charge, this would hurt a huge number of people in a large swath of the US. Strangely, I haven't lost enough of my humanity to wish harm on those who are suffering losses outside of their direct control.
 
2020-08-13 12:28:07 AM  
We didnt get it to bad in Omaha, but the monster kept growing the farther east it went. We did have winds like I've never seen before, and I'm an old farker. The table on out deck has one of those crazy heavy concrete umbrella stands under it with the pipe up through he table top. It slid the damn thing about 5' across the deck. Not looking forward to moving the damn thing back. Good luck to all of those having to clean up after this thing.
 
2020-08-13 12:28:28 AM  

freakingmoron: (Crap! Continuing...)

The weather radar showed that I was in the direct path of of possible tornado formation. So, living up to my username I went back outside to look for one. Too many damn trees so I jumped in the car and headed west 2 miles to the flat farmlands. No tornado but I did watch a wall of rain and wind approach. I had the car window down and the air was still near me but 100 feet away the crops were violently thrashing about under a deluge. I've never seen anything like that. I sat there for a bit while the car shook then headed home. On the way back there was an oak next to the road and it was swaying so dramatically I stopped until the wind eased a bit.

When I got home I looked around my yard. I had to right a few plants in the garden and stake them up. On the way back inside I noticed that a big branch of an tree had broken off but instead of falling to the ground it got wedged in the crux of another huge branch. It's up there too high and it's too big for me to mess with (unless I want to really match my username). Until I get someone to take care of that I'm living with the elm of Damocles.


I live in the Sierra Navadas and we have these GIANT Sugar Pine trees all over the place. Sometimes we get 70+ mph winds that make them twist and dance. Since the Camp fire happened; the next wind we get like that is going to be full of 250 ft. long tree trunks. It's going to be ugly.
 
2020-08-13 12:35:59 AM  

fragMasterFlash: I stand corrected. Thank you for taking the time to educate me on this subject.


And apologies for the 'high' crack.
 
2020-08-13 12:42:49 AM  

astelmaszek: My poor tomatoes. Hundreds, upon hundreds of pounds that I grow each and every year so I don't have to eat the grocery store cardboard edition, be it fresh or canned. All titled to about 45 degree angle. Eggplants seem to have suffered no damage but worth is an eggplant without a tomato to go with it.


"There's only two things that money can't buy and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes" - Guy Clark
 
2020-08-13 12:51:32 AM  
2 day old news doesn't really qualify as 'just' happening.
 
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