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So you think tornadoes can't strike major cities, huh?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Lord Vader, Mar 15, 2008.

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  1. Mark Holtz

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    A buddy of mine said that "the tornado never crosses the river".

    The next day, Fort Smith, Arkansas was hit.... in 1996.

    And nobody ever says, "It never snows in Sacramento."
     
  2. James Long

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    Tornados crossed the Red River near Wichita Falls Texas all the time ...
    The ones that didn't cross usually spawned "dirt devils" that could still spin a car or do serious damage to whatever was in it's path.

    I've had several smaller funnels pass within a half mile of me in my lifetime ... and that was after moving to Indiana! (Fortunately F0's - Gale tornado, 40-72 mph.)
     
  3. Lord Vader

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    I have a few good tornado stories. I'll post as I have time.

    First one, short and sweet. I live & work in Columbus, OH. We have our corp headquarters in Denver, tho. A few years back, I was calling a co-worker in Denver. After a while, the conversation went like this:

    CW: "Hey, wait a minute"
    Me: "What?"
    CW: "Everyone's gone."
    Me: "What do you mean, gone? Where did they go?"
    CW: "I don't know...this is weird"


    so, we kept going for another minute about the project we were working on, then

    CW: "Hey, they're back, hang on, let me ask"

    Turns out, there was a tornado warning, and everyone went into the stairwells. Unfortunately, nobody told my coworker that a tornado was sighted, and he was basically left behind. No one was hurt, but he was a bit upset.
     
  5. Richard King

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    Could it be that all those fans sitting in that sports facility in downtown Atlanta were in the middle of doing "the wave" when this tornado formed? Enquiring minds want to know.
     
  6. James Long

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    In a dome?
     
  7. Richard King

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    Fans used to do "the wave" all the time in the Metro Dome during Twins games. Never had a tornado hit the Metro Dome before though.
     
  8. Lord Vader

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    That's probably because the tornado was so disgusted by the Wave being done in Minneapolis that it just went the other way. :p
     
  9. scooper

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    Having grown up in tornado alley (middle of Kansas) - I can assure you that tornadoes in particular and Mother Nature in general really don't think too much of mankind's efforts to control / predict them :D . Yes I've seen the video on the Wichita/ Andover one (I grew up 50 mile from there), also various others. The Great Plains are great for tornado watching - it really is wide open sky out there, and you can see for miles (literally).
     
  10. ElmoreT

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    A really cool picture in today's AJC online.

    The descriptive on the page reads:

    Standing roughly a mile from downtown Atlanta, photographer Shane Durrance caught this image Friday night as the tornado struck (It's the bushy looking cloud mass just to the right of the tower with the illuminated top). He had been shooting lightning strikes from his sixth-floor balcony at the 1016 Lofts when he captured the image. Durrance, who grow up in Phenix City, Ala., has lived in Atlanta since 2000. He specializes in advertising, fashion, celebrity and wedding photography.
     
  11. James Long

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    Nice shot.
     
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    That's one of the coolest weather shots I've ever seen!
     
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    i wonder what the exposure time was on that pic... 20 secs maybe??
     
  16. ProfLonghair

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    OK, funny story #2:

    Many moons ago, I was about a year out of college, and my wife had just graduated. I worked in a building downtown, 8th floor, with a good view to the north. A big storm was coming in, and the view was spectacular.

    Story part 1)
    I was sitting in my managers office, watching the storm. We both looked down at this church building next to us (I think it's actually law offices now, but that's not important). Birds always perchde on the peak of the roof. One of them, for no real good reason, decided to take off. Just after gaining flight, a HUGE gust of wind came, and with the rain, blew him several block BACKWARDS, well out of sight. We couldn't stop laughing at him, and I bet the other birds on the roof couldn't either

    Story part 2)
    I got a call from my wife, who was at our apartment in Dublin (northwest Columbus, home of Wendy's). The tornado sirens were going off. Now, we are from Toledo originally, and while it's not exactly Tornado Alley, we are no strangers to the sirens, either. But, she was panicked, but it was just her, and we had two cats, and she couldn't hold both. So, she asked, what should I do? I said,

    "Put 'em in the dryer. Its heavy, and less likely to blow away."

    So, she did. Of course, she didn't turn it on, but still, our two cats had to ride out the storm in a dryer (unplugged, even) becuase she was too afraid they would blow away. As soon as she heard the All Clear, she let them out, so don't worry or alert the ASPCA or anything, they were fine.

    Story part 3)
    A few minutes after she called, I realized that my grill was left out on our porch. SO, I called her back, asking "Is it too late to ask you to bring the grill abck in so it doesn't get knocked over?"

    "YES!"

    "Did you actually put the cats in the dryer?"

    "Yes!"

    Oh. I didn't think you would actually do that. OK, enjoy the storm".
     
  17. Lord Vader

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    OK, I am NOT intending to make this political, and I don't want to beat the proverbial dead horse on global warming, but a teacher at school (one who tried to get the whole faculty to be required to watch Al Gore's movie) said to me last week that the Atlanta tornado is another direct result of Global Warming! I kid you not.

    He said it hit Atlanta because Global Warming has made the atmosphere unstable and caused this tornado. !rolling

    Too funny. I had to tell this idiot that by definition, tornadoes and storms can't form in a STABLE atmosphere, they need the atmosphere to be UNstable--that's the basic definition of any storm's creation: unstable atmosphere = likelihood of a storm. Furthermore, tornadoes need several other key ingredients to form. Just the presence of an unstable atmosphere alone won't do it.
     
  18. James Long

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    Change schools. :D
     
  19. Lord Vader

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    Funny you mention that, Jim, because I've been trying to do that for two years. However, I happen to be in a field--Social Studies--where it's almost impossible to find a position!

    BTW, it doesn't matter which public high school you go to around here, for some 90% of the teachers are big union leftists. OK, end of political references. I don't wish to digress this much.

    But as far as that teacher to whom I referred above--he's an idiot. :D
     
  20. aggiejy

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    I saw a special a couple years ago where they did a simulation of a twister hitting downtown Dallas. They showed how ill prepared a city like that is for a large tornado. Specifically, the buildings weren't designed for it. Neighboring city Fort Worth actually did have one 5-6 years ago... glass from building smashed to the ground. Some buildings had to be demolished. Interesting! I would much rather not be under tall glass building when one hits.
     
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