Into the Storm: A book review

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:42 PM GMT on February 25, 2011

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"Matt's compact Jeep became impossible to handle. Water rose on the road. We saw a family hiding in the nook of an overpass and decided that joining them was our best chance to escape danger. We parked the car and ran. Then the tornado ground straight in our direction. Thick tree branches snapped like bread sticks and made gunshot-style sounds that pierced the tornado's baritone howl. Mud flew everywhere. Air getting sucked into the tornado rushed through every seam in the overpass."

Meteorologist Reed Timmer, star of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers, and writer Andrew Tilin have teamed up to write a highly entertaining and solidly educational book that is filled with gripping stories like this, detailing Timmer's amazing career as a storm-chasing meteorologist. Into the Storm begins in 1998, when Timmer enrolled as an undergraduate in the University of Oklahoma's meteorology program. His early chase stories leave one marveling that he is still alive, as his strong obsession to experience and learn about severe storms was not accompanied by much knowledge or common sense. The excerpt above is an account of his chase of the infamous F5 Bridge Creek, Oklahoma tornado of May 3, 1999--the strongest tornado ever measured, with Doppler-estimated winds of 302 mph. Timmer lucked out, as the tornado made a sudden turn and spared him its full fury. He goes on to explain in detail how taking shelter under an overpass in a tornado is a bad idea (the overpass can magnify the winds, you've elevated yourself into a region where surface friction is not slowing down the winds as much, and you're exposed to flying debris.)

Timmer's narrative of his encounter with the Bridge Creek tornado sets the tone for the book--chase stories interwoven with meteorological education. The meteorology is described in a way that a high school-educated person can understand, and is generally accurate and well-done (one exception: he fails to go into enough detail on how hurricanes get their energy, merely saying they get it from warm ocean waters.) Mixed in with the chase stories and meteorology lessons are details of Timmer's personal life, his past, and feelings about his severe weather fascination. These add a very human touch to the book that will make it appealing to a wide audience. A center eight-page section of color photos enhances the presentation, though I would have liked to see more photos illustrating the University of Oklahoma, the Storm Prediction Center, and the locations of the two dramatic hurricane chases told in the book. His chase stories of Hurricane Katrina (where he weathered the storm at the jail house in Slidell after getting arrested as a suspected looter), and Hurricane Floyd (where he spent the storm in a mobile home near the eyewall), are eye-poppingly insane. He also talks a good deal about the dilemma faced by many meteorologists--how to reconcile our passion for storms with the great suffering and destruction they wreak. He opens the book thusly:

"It's an interesting proposition, seeking happiness from tornadoes. For those few of us who are unquestionably mesmerized by them, chasing tornadoes can be the most fantastic experience in the world. Tornado chasing taxes your intellect and puts you at one with incredible, spectacular forces of nature. Chasing is also a fix for any adrenaline junkie and, if you do it often enough, can become your career. But an obsession with stalking tornadoes can kill or maim you too, and even if chasing doesn't leave you with physical scars or a need for crutches, it's hard to escape unscathed. You'll witness death and destruction of property that sickens your stomach and saddens your heart. Your family will worry about you. Significant others will tire of playing second fiddle. Peers will disagree with the way you chase, and you'll lose friends to your obsession."

Timmer achieves some degree of relief from this dilemma by realizing that storm chasers do a public service by calling in reports that lead to more accurate tornado warnings, saving lives. He is also dedicated to collecting data for tornado research using video and instrumented chase vehicles. Still, the dilemma of attempting to gain happiness from tornadoes is one Timmer does not entirely have the answers to, giving this book a human element often lacking in books written by scientists. I recommend Into the Storm to both scientists and non-scientists; the stories are amazing, and the science is presented in a non-obtrusive way that does not slow down the book, but instead enhances it. Teaching meteorology using stories is a great way to educate people, and Timmer has done a great service to the field of meteorology by writing this book. Three and a half out of four stars. Into the Storm is $16.33 (hardback) from amazon.com. The amazon website and Timmer's tornadovideos.net website also have a spectacular 2-minute video clip highlighting some of the chases documented in the book.

This review will appear later this year in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, and is Copyright 2011 American Meteorological Society (AMS). Permission to use figures, tables, and brief excerpts from this work in scientific and educational works is hereby granted provided that the source is acknowledged. Any use of material in this work that is determined to be "fair use" under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act September 2010 Page 2 or that satisfies the conditions specified in Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act (17 USC ?108, as revised by P.L. 94-553) does not require the AMS's permission. Republication, systematic reproduction, posting in electronic form, such as on a web site or in a searchable database, or other uses of this material, except as exempted by the above statement, requires written permission or a license from the AMS. Additional details are provided in the AMS Copyright Policy, available on the AMS Web site located at (http://www.ametsoc.org/) or from the AMS at 617-227-2425 or copyright@ametsoc.org.

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Quoting notverylikely:


worked great with Andrew
even better with Floyd
it must be modeled after your electoral system


It was horrible. That woman who said "Where the hel* is the calvary on this one?" to get help was the knight in shining armor for everyone down in Dade County.

As for Floyd, Lord knows what would have happened if he made that beeline into West Palm Beach.
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Quoting twincomanche:


Read about how the Florida system works before running off at the mouth please. The local on the ground people are the first responders and then the county and so forth upward. It has a proven record of dealing with hurricanes and has nothing to do with high speed rail from nowhere to nowhere,


worked great with Andrew
even better with Floyd
it must be modeled after your electoral system
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Quoting Jedkins01:


he would say hey guys hurricane season 2011 is arriving this summer again, but don't worry, my republican friends at the capitol are trying to ensure we won't have the technology to keep Floridians safe anymore!

ain't it just great!?


It's lovely.

I just fear "the big one" hits us and he doesn't do squat.
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Quoting caneswatch:


I don't even wanna think about it.


he would say hey guys hurricane season 2011 is arriving this summer again, but don't worry, my republican friends at the capitol are trying to ensure we won't have the technology to keep Floridians safe anymore!

ain't it just great!?
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797. flsky
Quoting caneswatch:


I don't even wanna think about it.

All he'd have to do is ask the pres for a declaration. If he has any brains at all, he wouldn't hesitate.
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796. flsky
Quoting Patrap:
Phunny pundits.

Still.

Phascinating.


That Andrew thing went real well in 92.


pppfth,..

Louisiana endures with or without the snips.


Come March 8th,,it will just be Tuesday in Fla.

Here,well, we'll be entertaining a Million..easily

LOL






I live in CFL and I would LOVE to experience MG in NOLA! I wouldn't know where to start! Where to stay, what to see, where to go.... I've only been in NO to help w/disasters and I would love to be there for the fun. You are VERY lucky!!
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Florida Governor Rick Scott Rejects Federal High Speed Rail

Curious how he will handle a major Hurricane strike on Florda.


I don't even wanna think about it.
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.."Those who have never experience calamity wholesale,,are usually the ones most opinionated on it"...

Moving on,...


hey,,the Shrimps are done.

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Quoting Patrap:
Kinda hard to "Function" at a local level in 12 feet of water.

But the folks who did,well, just did.


Americans do that during calamity.

But please give us your insight from the scene as Im sure you were here.

In spirit form or Faux regalia.




You read from the expert himself. Florida handles Hurricanes better than LA....and here in Fla., the Govenor just steps back and lets the stricken areas handle it. I feel much better now.
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much quicker, more intuitive, and better looking.


Talkin about me again Nea?

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A little rain headed for Macon, Ga tonight.
My house is under the letter "a" in "Macon". :)
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Kinda hard to "Function" at a local level in 12 feet of water.

But the folks who did,well, just did.


Americans do that during calamity.

But please give us your insight from the scene as Im sure you were here.

In spirit form or Faux regalia.


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This is Feb 27, 2011:

This is Feb 27, 2010:
- Notice that the area east of 60W was a lot warmer in 2010, while 2011 contains a warmer(core) or West this is a sign of whats to come in some ways.
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Phunny pundits.

Still.

Phascinating.


That Andrew thing went real well in 92.


pppfth,..

Louisiana endures with or without the snips.


Come March 8th,,it will just be Tuesday in Fla.

Here,well, we'll be entertaining a Million..easily

LOL





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Quoting Levi32:


NOAA Hurricane Tracks Viewer

The map I showed wasn't of years with cold winters and a warm AMO. It was of 2nd-year La Nina hurricane seasons (so the prior winter is during the 1st year of the La Nina) with a warm AMO. 1st-year La Nina winters are almost always warm in the eastern US, with only two exceptions since 1950 (1989's December and 2011).

I haven't looked at this page for a few months; the redesign bsed on Google Maps is much quicker, more intuitive, and better looking.
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The Atlantic has already begininng it's warming trend; watch the gulf stream/ current(last year we began the warming trend in March) on behalf of the people who watched levi's video, the warming of the South has had an impact so far.
For the record we saw 86 degree weather in the capitol of Texas yesturday.(Del Rio, Texas reached 95)
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
Hey Levi, What website were u using to show what the storm tracks looked like for a cold amoa winter.(not the wunderground map)


NOAA Hurricane Tracks Viewer

The map I showed wasn't of years with cold winters and a warm AMO. It was of 2nd-year La Nina hurricane seasons (so the prior winter is during the 1st year of the La Nina) with a warm AMO. 1st-year La Nina winters are almost always warm in the eastern US, with only two exceptions since 1950 (1989's December and 2011).
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Well if there's a "Strike" then the Hurricane Union is screwed.

ACK!!!
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Florida Governor Rick Scott Rejects Federal High Speed Rail

Curious how he will handle a major Hurricane strike on Florda.
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Hey Levi, What website were u using to show what the storm tracks looked like for a cold amoa winter.(not the wunderground map)
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Why so much anger? Why the blanket ad hominems? I never said China did everything right; I simply stated that at least some of China's leaders are waking up and admitting to the fact that the current business-first/business-only paradigm is unsustainable--something this nation seems to be incapable of doing. America is almost singular in its insistence that profit and politics always matter more than people, and that's a very sad thing.

Some may think China is a quaint, backwards nation that's ignorant of its place in things, but that's a foolish and provincial view. China has its share of problems, to be sure, but it also has five times the people America does--meaning it has five times as many smart people capable of helping them into the future. And anyone who thinks China's leaders aren't looking to do those things they need to do to ensure the continuation of their people, their culture, and their nation is being stunningly myopic. Yes, China pollutes, and pollutes heavily--but that nation is taking the reins in climate change mitigation. Go ahead and think otherwise, if you wish; China's leaders will be quite happy to be the world's leader because we Americans stupidly mortgaged our nation's future so a small handful of the extremely rich can get even richer.



Alright fair enough. I wasn't being angry actually, I guess its hard to read emotions through a blog properly, lol.

Actually, the Chinese people probably in general are smarter than Americans haha, or at least their culture is a lot better off than ours has become. At the very least, they know to work harder, which might explain why I am 1 out of 3 white people in my calculus class, most of the others are Chinese, Japanese or Indian.

America is pretty much relying on other cultures to sustain it rather than its own, diversity keeps us afloat, which is part of why I love America.

I'm not really sure why it is, but it seems like people from my cultural back round are just slipping in everything. America in the future will not look like America today, it will have a more dominance of other races than what we are used to. But that is not a bad thing, America was intended to be the land of the free and equal, but it has been nothing but equal for all races till really the last 40 years or something around that. Some in this country are getting upset about the the mass of immigrants, I say keep it coming and encourage it. Diversity is what makes us strong when we work together, not that superior race junk. That is actually a sign of intellectual inferiority, not superiority.
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I wouldn't be surprized if that "Chinese" piece wasn't even released in China but was released to the outside world just to give the AGW movement here in America a little more ammo. You can be sure the Chinese love to see us trip over our own feet while they rape their own resources and pay their peon labor-force a meager living wage all in an attempt to become the worlds most powerful nation economically and militarily. Call me a cynic.
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We had a twister here in Indiana.
Tornado in Madison County

A severe squall line early in the morning on February 28 produced a small, brief tornado in extreme southern Madison County just west of the town of Ingalls.


We've got a bit of flooding as well. Hoping for a dry spell but alas:


Went from our biggest snow of the winter Friday (6") to a tornado warning last night! The wonders of weather!
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**China's leaders will be quite happy to be the world's leader because we Americans stupidly mortgaged our nation's future**

I am at work with very limited sites I can access- can someone research the source of funding for the tax incentive checks President Bush's government had issued a couple of years back?
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Quoting Jedkins01:



Ahh the beloved chinese government has everything right...

You know I don't think the saying "the grass always looks greener on the other side" doesn't even apply in this case. Because from this side of the fence, the grass in china still looks really brown.

So the Chinese minister of the environment says we must do something about Climate Change. Big freakin deal.

Not to mention you can practically choke to death on all the fumes and emissions from beloved China's mass of outdated car technology and other terribly unregulated and inefficient release of fumes and emissions that are terrible for the environment.

What is with some you people and your opposition to America? Yeah the government is making foolish decisions right now, but this country still does things better than those absurdly hypocritical nations like China. What a weird sad state of affairs, people who live off the luxury of America but have an obsession with nations that pretty much do everything they criticize about us, accept they do it even worse.

I'm not knocking Chinese people at all, in fact I would love to visit the country, and enjoy the culture and people. However if you some how think the communist hate government that control the poor Chinese way of life somehow has it all figured out, you need serious help.

Why so much anger? Why the blanket ad hominems? I never said China did everything right; I simply stated that at least some of China's leaders are waking up and admitting to the fact that the current business-first/business-only paradigm is unsustainable--something this nation seems to be incapable of doing. America is almost singular in its insistence that profit and politics always matter more than people, and that's a very sad thing.

Some may think China is a quaint, backwards nation that's ignorant of its place in things, but that's a foolish and provincial view. China has its share of problems, to be sure, but it also has five times the people America does--meaning it has five times as many smart people capable of helping them into the future. And anyone who thinks China's leaders aren't looking to do those things they need to do to ensure the continuation of their people, their culture, and their nation is being stunningly myopic. Yes, China pollutes, and pollutes heavily--but that nation is taking the reins in climate change mitigation. Go ahead and think otherwise, if you wish; China's leaders will be quite happy to be the world's leader because we Americans stupidly mortgaged our nation's future so a small handful of the extremely rich can get even richer.
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772. beell
Click image for storm reports




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WFUS54 KBMX 282329
TORBMX
ALC017-010000-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0011.110228T2329Z-110301T0000Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
529 PM CST MON FEB 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL CHAMBERS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 600 PM CST

* AT 529 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR WHITE PLAINS...OR NEAR STROUD...AND MOVING EAST AT
45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
STROUD...WELCH...DENSON...POST OAK FORKS...FREDONIA...VEASEY CREEK
PARK...AMITY PARK...LAKEVIEW...STROUD CREEK AND ROCKY POINT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.

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Quoting Levi32:


Your wording suggests that the upper atmosphere has a high specific heat, allowing it to "remain cold" after ridging has taken over. This is not the case. Once there is a ridge there, the atmosphere is all warmed up at all levels, typical of a deep-layer ridge.
Ah, true. That does make sense. Thanks for the correction, bro. I'm always open to it.
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Quoting KoritheMan:

Given how anomalously cold this winter was for the southern tier of the country, it's actually a distinct possibility. Normally we would expect La Nina to place a substantial mean 500 mb ridge across the southeast United States and adjacent western Atlantic during the winter, which would consequentially funnel a continuous influx of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, effectively keeping temperatures above normal.

I'm not entirely sure that this phenomenon applies to the middle and upper troposphere, but I'd hazard a guess that it's at least possible.

Because we didn't see any of that, however, the 500-200 mb level is probably still quite cold, supportive of severe weather.


Well, that very cold pattern in the southeast is long gone, a classic La Nina pattern has take shape now, we have been in the 80's in central Florida for about 2 weeks straight now. We have had April temperatures consistently for a while now. I expect more of the same.
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severe weather in Georgia, will be just a few showers when the system reaches Central Florida, man I hate La Nina!

Oh well, this isn't exactly our most favored time of year for active weather...
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Quoting KoritheMan:

Given how anomalously cold this winter was for the southern tier of the country, it's actually a distinct possibility. Normally we would expect La Nina to place a substantial mean 500 mb ridge across the southeast United States and adjacent western Atlantic during the winter, which would consequentially funnel a continuous influx of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, effectively keeping temperatures above normal.

I'm not entirely sure that this phenomenon applies to the middle and upper troposphere, but I'd hazard a guess that it's at least possible.

Because we didn't see any of that, however, the 500-200 mb level is probably still quite cold, supportive of severe weather.


Your wording suggests that the upper atmosphere has a high specific heat, allowing it to "remain cold" after ridging has taken over. This is not the case. Once there is a ridge there, the atmosphere is all warmed up at all levels, typical of a deep-layer ridge.

The severe cold in the south this winter is actually good news for the severe weather season, as it means the Gulf of Mexico will have to take a while to warm up and provide the flow of abnormally warm, moist air that is prominent in La Nina springs. We saw this recently with the last storm that would have been much worse had the northern GOM not been colder than normal.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
At least some government officials are starting to "get it":

"'The conflict between humankind and nature has never been as serious as it is today. The depletion, deterioration and exhaustion of resources and the worsening ecological environment have become bottlenecks and grave impediments to the nation's economic and social development. We must not any longer sacrifice the environment for the sake of rapid growth and reckless rollouts, as that would result in unsustainable growth featuring industrial overcapacity and intensive resource consumption.' Many laws and policies [to combat environmental abuse] are ultimately circumvented or ignored, in large part due to a system that encourages...economic growth over environmental sustainability."

-Zhou Shengxian, Chinese Minister of the Environment. Feb. 28, 2011.

Article...

A good sign, even if it's far too little and far too late.



Ahh the beloved chinese government has everything right...

You know I don't think the saying "the grass always looks greener on the other side" doesn't even apply in this case. Because from this side of the fence, the grass in china still looks really brown.

So the Chinese minister of the environment says we must do something about Climate Change. Big freakin deal.

Not to mention you can practically choke to death on all the fumes and emissions from beloved China's mass of outdated car technology and other terribly unregulated and inefficient release of fumes and emissions that are terrible for the environment.

What is with some you people and your opposition to America? Yeah the government is making foolish decisions right now, but this country still does things better than those absurdly hypocritical nations like China. What a weird sad state of affairs, people who live off the luxury of America but have an obsession with nations that pretty much do everything they criticize about us, accept they do it even worse.

I'm not knocking Chinese people at all, in fact I would love to visit the country, and enjoy the culture and people. However if you some how think the communist hate government that control the poor Chinese way of life somehow has it all figured out, you need serious help.
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Quoting KoritheMan:

Given how anomalously cold this winter was for the southern tier of the country, it's actually a distinct possibility. Normally we would expect La Nina to place a substantial mean 500 mb ridge across the southeast United States and adjacent western Atlantic during the winter, which would consequentially funnel a continuous influx of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, effectively keeping temperatures above normal.

I'm not entirely sure that this phenomenon applies to the middle and upper troposphere, but I'd hazard a guess that it's at least possible.

Because we didn't see any of that, however, the 500-200 mb level is probably still quite cold, supportive of severe weather.
This winter has been pretty zonal for us here in South Florida. Although, I wouldn't call it the typical La Nina winter for us.
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Quoting 7080734:
http://www.weatheradvance.com/quicksearch/severe- weather-season-outlook-2011

Ahahahahaha... This must be a joke. 25-50 EF5s possible this year? I highly doubt that's possible.
Given how anomalously cold this winter was for the southern tier of the country, it's actually a distinct possibility. Normally we would expect La Nina to place a substantial mean 500 mb ridge across the southeast United States and adjacent western Atlantic during the winter, which would consequentially funnel a continuous influx of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, effectively keeping temperatures above normal.

I'm not entirely sure that this phenomenon applies to the middle and upper troposphere, but I'd hazard a guess that it's at least possible.

Because we didn't see any of that, however, the 500-200 mb level is probably still quite cold, supportive of severe weather.
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Quoting KoritheMan:

Actually, I believe Dr. Gray/Klotzbach stated in their thesis for the 2010 season that the Caribbean witnessed a near record number of storms. As far as actual long track storms ala Allen, Dean, Charley, etc. go, however, you're correct in that we didn't see a lot of that last year.
Alot of storms formed in the carribean,but as you just stated they wern't the Charly's or the,Dean's,and Alen's.However that conversation that was on the last page was awesome.I hope to have more of those in th future.Now it takes me back to what this blog is really about.
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02/28/2011 1235 PM

5 miles S of Tullahoma, Franklin County.

Tornado, reported by Emergency Mngr.


*** 1 fatal *** one fatality reported by Ema and relayed
by media. Additional details unknown at this time.

And now there's a Tornado Warning just to the south of Atlanta.
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Hurricane center to experiment with 7-day forecasts

By Ken Kaye(also a wunderblogger) Sun Sentinel




4:54 p.m. EST, February 28, 2011






Yes, it's still February. True, hurricane season doesnt start for another three full months.

But that's not stopping of bunch of forecasters, emergency managers and federal officials from gathering for a mini hurricane conference in Miami this week.

Actually, it's called the Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference, and it's being held at the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel. Its main mission: Recommend improvements that could make tropical forecasts more accurate.

During said conference, I chatted with Bill Read, director of the National Hurricane Center. He said there will be no major changes in the way the hurricane center does business this year.
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However, some things are going on behind the scenes. For instance, forecasters will experiment with six- and seven-day advance forecasts, he said.

The long-range forecasts wont be made public because , we're not there operationally yet, he said. Put another way: they wouldnt be accurate enough to be useful. Currently, the hurricane center provides forecasts out to five days.

Read also said the hurricane center is tweaking its storm surge graphics to provide people with better information, should they face an evacuation decision.

Even though the season starts in June, Read said he hopes people will start thinking about making preparations now. He noted the United States was extremely lucky last year, when 12 hurricanes emerged and not a single one hit. He doubts that kind of luck will last forever.

We're going to have other storms hit, he said.


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The 2010 Hurricane Season was very active, just most of the storms never made landfall.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Unlike last year where most storms avoided the carribean(besides those that formed in it)I think we'll see some long carribean trackers.However this is all speculation.
Actually, I believe Dr. Gray/Klotzbach stated in their thesis for the 2010 season that the Caribbean witnessed a near record number of storms. As far as actual long track storms ala Allen, Dean, Charley, etc. go, however, you're correct in that we didn't see a lot of that last year.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
At least some government officials are starting to "get it":

"'The conflict between humankind and nature has never been as serious as it is today. The depletion, deterioration and exhaustion of resources and the worsening ecological environment have become bottlenecks and grave impediments to the nation's economic and social development. We must not any longer sacrifice the environment for the sake of rapid growth and reckless rollouts, as that would result in unsustainable growth featuring industrial overcapacity and intensive resource consumption.' Many laws and policies [to combat environmental abuse] are ultimately circumvented or ignored, in large part due to a system that encourages...economic growth over environmental sustainability."

-Zhou Shengxian, Chinese Minister of the Environment. Feb. 28, 2011.

Article...

A good sign, even if it's far too little and far too late.
At least some are still sensible.
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Huuuuge smoke plume east of Pineland TX, in East TX on visible satellite
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Maybe Sen. Inhofe will send him a E-mail and demand a Climate-Gate investigation in China ?
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