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Synopsis and Discussion of the 10 April 1979 Tornado Outbreak

tornadotitans:

We have been tweeting about this all morning, but seriously lots of required reading/watching for our weather friends. Today is the 35th anniversary of the Terrible Tuesday Red River Tornado Outbreak which ravaged the Texoma region on April 10, 1979. The most notable tornado of the outbreak occurred in Wichita Falls, TX, killing 45 and injuring 850+ (rating: F4).

There were lots of lessons learned which shouldn’t need relearning, including what a powerful tornado will do to the human body and vehicles — both of which are things which scarred me for life as a child and are lessons which have stuck with me today.

Watch, read, listen!

spaceexp:

Waxing Gibbous, 66% of the Early Evening Moon is Illuminated taken on April 08, 2014 with a Canon SX50HS IMG_1092
Source: Ted_Roger_Karson

spaceexp:

Waxing Gibbous, 66% of the Early Evening Moon is Illuminated taken on April 08, 2014 with a Canon SX50HS IMG_1092

Source: Ted_Roger_Karson

jtotheizzoe:

spacetravelco:

Geographical and astronomical illustrations from the mid-1800s

by John Philipps Emslie

(several via the Wellcome Collection)

Imagination makes a hell of a scientific tool.

It's Tornado Season! Ask An Atmospheric Scientist All Your Questions

Hey, looky! io9 is doing a Q&A with atmospheric scientist Harold Brooks. Head over to get answers to your questions!

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tornadotitans:

A violent #ef4 #tornado tearing through the countryside near Chickasha, #Oklahoma on May 24, 2011. This high risk tornado outbreak was a localized event which almost was much worse — but storms continually interfered with each other and major and violent tornadoes narrowly missed more populated areas of the OKC metro. A lucky break on this day at least. #weather #nature #sky #twister #clouds #storm #thunderstorm #stormchasing #igsky #violent #disaster

tornadotitans:

A violent #ef4 #tornado tearing through the countryside near Chickasha, #Oklahoma on May 24, 2011. This high risk tornado outbreak was a localized event which almost was much worse — but storms continually interfered with each other and major and violent tornadoes narrowly missed more populated areas of the OKC metro. A lucky break on this day at least. #weather #nature #sky #twister #clouds #storm #thunderstorm #stormchasing #igsky #violent #disaster

sci-universe:

This is how a close-up of lightning beneath a cumulonimbus cloud looks like from space. An astronaut on International Space Station (ISS) captured this image while orbiting over Bolivia in 2011.
There’s also a more recent image of lightning’s white flash amidst the yellow city lights of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia from 2013:

Hopefully, we are going to see more and more of these amazing images since there is a new instrument on ISS, called the Firestation,  which is specifically designed to study lightning.

sci-universe:

This is how a close-up of lightning beneath a cumulonimbus cloud looks like from space. An astronaut on International Space Station (ISS) captured this image while orbiting over Bolivia in 2011.

There’s also a more recent image of lightning’s white flash amidst the yellow city lights of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia from 2013:

Hopefully, we are going to see more and more of these amazing images since there is a new instrument on ISS, called the Firestation,  which is specifically designed to study lightning.

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Near Miss in Madagascar - 

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, the outlook appeared grim for cities in northwestern Madagascar. Tropical cyclone Hellen spun offshore, gaining strength with surprising rapidity and with a track destined to bring it ashore. The day started with the storm being the equivalent of a Category 2 storm with winds of 170 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour or 90 knots). Twelve hours later, winds reached 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour or 130 knots), making it a strong Category 4 storm.

Near Miss in Madagascar

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, the outlook appeared grim for cities in northwestern Madagascar. Tropical cyclone Hellen spun offshore, gaining strength with surprising rapidity and with a track destined to bring it ashore. The day started with the storm being the equivalent of a Category 2 storm with winds of 170 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour or 90 knots). Twelve hours later, winds reached 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour or 130 knots), making it a strong Category 4 storm.