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 Post subject: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Tue May 24, '11, 9:29 am 
There have been another round of tornado tragedies in the US this week. Some other places are still trying to recover from the effects of tornados suffered a few weeks ago.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/201 ... htm?csp=hf

Sending our good thoughts and prayers to all those affected by these terrible tornadoes and other weather problems. :yes:

Was anyone here on the boards affected by these storms in any way? Hope everyone is safe wherever you happen to be.


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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Tue May 24, '11, 9:46 am 
I did hear about this on the radio. I do feel sorry for all the people affected by these disasters. The world hasn’t been a very safe place this year for a lot of countries thanks to these natural disasters. :(


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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Tue May 24, '11, 10:41 am 
They just keep coming, all over the world, this year. I hope the weather calms down somewhat so there's less chance of another large tornado strike or a bad hurricane season.


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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Wed May 25, '11, 7:12 pm 
More bad weather and tornadoes in the USA today:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110525/ap_ ... re_weather

This is just hearbreaking. :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Sun May 29, '11, 8:48 pm 
Found this info about melon sized hail that fell during one of the recent tornadoes. This was in Oklahoma, I think.

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow ... 306444734/

Wow, look at the size of that hail!!!!

It's gigantic.

I've never seen hail that big before. About the biggest I've ever seen it is probably quarter sized hail.

Anyone else seen any hail that huge?

I guess that just goes to prove how very powerful the tornado was!


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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Mon May 30, '11, 5:39 am 
I've never even heard of hail that size. I think the largest I've ever read about or seen before now was about the size of a fist. This melon sized stuff must have done some serious damage to cars or people caught out in that storm.


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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Mon May 30, '11, 1:49 pm 
In some supercell storms (which these storms were) its actually not uncommon for hail to get to the size of a baseball or larger. That is large hail, but hail roughly that sized isn't too great a rarity.


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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Thu Jun 2, '11, 3:29 pm 
We had several tornadoes here in western Mass. Governor declared state of emergency, relief services are in, National Guard called in and everything. The worst of it was near Springfield, which is south of where I am, though there may have been a tornado touchdown just barely on the other side of the Connecticut River. Public schools are closed today in Springfield due to the mess with downed trees and power lines with live wires. 4 confirmed fatalities so far.

Here's some links to the local news outlets with the tornado coverage being the top stories.
http://www.cbs3springfield.com/ <-- they have a video of the tornado from Springfield crossing the Connecticut River on their home page.
http://www.wwlp.com/ <-- I was streaming live coverage from them yesterday evening. They probably have the videos too, just more buried. They also have a picture slideshow of damage linked on the home page.

Lastly, here's some pictures of some awesome Mammatus clouds taken from my back porch as the sun was setting.


Last edited by Wolf Bird on Thu Jun 2, '11, 3:29 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Thu Jun 2, '11, 10:08 pm 
I don't think I've ever seen clouds like that before. They're an impressive sight. I'm glad the tornadoes missed your area. It sounds like they did about as much property damage as some of the earlier ones. Hopefully there will be no further fatalities from this storm.


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 Post subject: Re: Tornado Tragedies
PostPosted: Fri Jun 3, '11, 11:43 pm 
Sorry to hear about all the tornado damage, etc., there. Glad you are okay, CW!

Those are very impressive looking clouds. Good pics.


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