Archive for the ‘Tornadoes’ Category

Tornado alley is moving

As someone who thought we already live in tornado alley, it’s not exactly what you hear that actually tornado alley is moving closer to you. This according to the article entitled “Tornado Activity Rising Farther East, Including Missouri and Illinois, but Scientist aren’t Sure Why” by Seth Borenstein at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Watching the movie Twister the other day, certainly didn’t help either.



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Sun tornado

Okay, those are two words I would never have thought to put together. It seems that back in early September there was a tornado on the sun that was 5 million degrees Fahrenheit and that spun nearly 10,000 mph.

You can check out the whole story over at GrindTV in the article entitled “Tornado that is 5 million degrees rages on sun for 40 hours” by . All I can say is Wow!



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One if by land, two if by sea

Unlike the original meaning of that phrase regarding the british, it seems like today the same can be said about how the next disaster that is approaching across the United States. Maybe one if by water or two if by fire. You could also add three for the wind?

Depending on where you live, it could be one or more. For those out west there is this article, “Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Thousands in Northern Los Angeles County” by Jennifer Preston over at The Lede, a New York Times blog.

While here in the midwest we have the overflowing Mighty Mississippi River.  For the latest on what it’s doing, check out “Rising Rivers Flooding Parts of St. Louis Area” over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Just tonight in fact, a levy broke over in Alton, Illinois.

Finally, in the south and again in the midwest, we have the heartbreaking story entitled “Chasing the Storm but Hoping not to Catch it” by Michael Schwirtz also in the New York Times. What’s even more disconcerting is that hurricane season is also just beginning.

Take care and be safe!


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Earthquakes, tsunamis and homework oh my!

Every time I turn around, there’s another assignment due in one of my classes. While I wrote this draft back at the beginning of the month and evey though mother nature is not currently at it again, I thought I would complete my train of thoughts here.

The first article here is one that kind of started this whole process. It’s entitled “A Deadly Quake in a Seismic Hot Zone” by Henry Fountain at the New York Times. It also has some very cool maps.

Speaking of maps, here’s another article (actually about a map from the NOAA). It’s entitled “Crazy Tsunami Maps from NOAA-And You Thought the Recent Chili EarthQuake was Bad…” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.  

And speaking of Tsunami’s, although this hasn’t happened, it’s a scary thought. Check out “When Will a Mediterranean Tsunami Hit Italy?” by Richard Fisher at the New Scientist.

Now back to the earthquake in Chile. Here’s another article from the New York Times by Alexei Barrionuevo. This one’s entitiled “The Sea, Lifeblood of Chilean Towns, Turns Deadly“.

And finally, here’s one last map on regions around the world in which  the subject  is earthquakes. It’s entitled “Disaster Awaits Cities in Earthquake Zones” by Johan Spanner and yes again it’s from the New York Times.


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Floods and a little more

Here’s a picture that is also very haunting for those who remember the floods of 1993. It’s along with this article “Midwest Floods Swamp Homes” at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

I would also be remiss is I forgot our other favorite weather topic this year, tornadoes. This article is just typical of the weather we’re having. It’s entitled “Tornadoes, Flooding Damage Plains” at USA Today.

Okay, I had one article devoted to floods, so here’s one solely on tornadoe. This article tells you just how bad the tornadoes have been this season. It’s entitled “New Data: 2008 Tornado Season Off the Charts” by Don Shapley at the Daily Green. What a year and it’s only June.

Now, before I forget. Here’s the link to that article yesterday, “Seedfolks” by Eileen at Ecospace.


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