‘Tis the Season

Tornado Alley 2022

The shift in Tornado Alley (wcpo.com)

Research by the NOAA shows that more tornadoes have been turning up in the southeast in the last 15 years. A map shows that frequencies of tornadoes have been declining in Tornado Alley while there have been higher frequencies of tornadoes in the southeast.
“Is there a link to climate change? That’s what is being debated right now,” Runyen said. “And if climate change has to do with it, what degree is it playing a role? There is more distribution of tornadoes in the deep south and those are the factors that are being debated right now.”
According to atmospheric scientists from Purdue University, not only are the frequencies in the southeast increasing, but the studies have shown that they are more destructive. The research also explained that the dry air predominantly in the west triggers moist air and severe storms in the east causing Tornado Alley to shift.
The NWS is now warning those living in the southeast to prepare accordingly.

“If you’re moving to that area, you’d ought to think about tornado shelters,” Runyen said. “If you’re building a new home, build on that has been reinforced with a safe room in the home. Those are some things people can think about.”

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24 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season”

  1. twisters not the only ones taking their toll on new pathways, here’s truckin’ on down the road with john oliver

    John Oliver explains how truck drivers get paid, how they often don’t, and how companies exploit them to increase profits.

  2. love my *storm room* these days but not too sure about it if the New Madrid fault line ever kicks up again.

     

    **billie bob’s most favorite hang-out at thunderous weather times. her 2nd fav is on my lap.

     

  3. Tornadoes weren’t uncommon in the corridor from roughly NO/Jackson/Tuscaloosa/Birmingham when I was in the South. We referred to that as Tornado Alley back then. It certainly wasn’t like in the plains and lower Midwest but in the Spring particularly the storms were always a concern when we had strong fronts with thunderstorms. I remember two very big, destructive tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa and Center Point in the mid 70s that in retrospect hit too close to where I was at the time, and another huge one hit Tuscaloosa in 2011 when my niece was in college and it tracked up 15th street, one long block from her apartment and hit the mall literally across the street.  Did $2.8 B damage. Plus, that region gets something the Kansans and Iowans know nothing of – hurricanes. In 1986 I watched the 70 mph remnants of a massive hurricane blow two huge oak trees down in Tuscaloosa that had seen southern troops prepare to fight the Yankees during the civil war.

  4. Getting my current news from the Twitter made me chuckle some this morning.  It seems that former Congress critter Nunes quit a cushy job he was not suited for for another job he is not suited for, running a media attempt.  The media attempt is the lastest failure of SFB.  Will he stay with the failing media attempt or will he ask the idiot for another job? Gotta keep watching tweets for the answer.

  5. I mentioned this last night. WaPo

    Singer John Legend debuted his song, “Free,” at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night in a performance honoring Ukraine — capping off an evening in which Russia’s invasion of the country was a recurring theme.

    Legend sang the ballad, which he released earlier in the day and whose lyrics include the line “lay down soldiers, lay down those weapons, let peace rush in,” with Ukrainian singer Mika Newton; an on-screen caption noted that Newton’s sister is serving in the Ukrainian army. Ukrainian musician Siuzanna Iglidan, who according to the Grammys is from Odessa, played the bandura, a Ukrainian folk instrument. Poet Lyuba Yakimchuk, who recently fled Ukraine, joined them and read a poem asking for protection for her country and her family.

    All four were dressed in blue or yellow — the national colors of Ukraine. Ukrainian flags and images of the war’s destruction were projected behind them on a giant screen.

    Their performance came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a surprise appearance via a video message, introduced by “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. Zelensky urged the audience to use music to support his country in its fight against Russia’s armed forces.
    (Continues)

    And here’s a link to the performance. 

  6. Ukraine’s Zelensky makes surprise appearance at the Grammys | The Hill

    “What’s more opposite to music?” Zelensky asked on Sunday in the video reportedly filmed in recent days from a bunker in Kyiv. “The silence of ruined cities and killed people,” he said. 
    “Our loved ones don’t know if we will be together again. The war doesn’t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence,” he continued. “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals — even to those who can’t hear them. But the music will break through anyway.”
    The video appeared ahead of John Legend’s performance of his song, “Free.” Legend’s performance included images from the conflict and featured a poet from Donbas, Ukraine, Lyuba Yakimchuk, who recited words including, “Protect my motherland.”
    “On our land, we are fighting Russia, which brings horrible silence with its bombs,” Zelensky said before Legend took to the stage. “Fill the silence with your music! Fill it today — to tell our story. Tell the truth about this war on your social networks, on TV. Support us in any way you can. Any — but not silence. And then peace will come.”

  7. wapo:

    The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to discuss the situation in Ukraine on Tuesday — but will not meet Monday on Russia’s request to rebut allegations that its troops committed atrocities near Kyiv.
    Ukrainian officials and many Western governments alleged over the weekend that Russia committed war crimes in Bucha — a suburb northwest of Kyiv where mass graves full of what appeared to be dead civilians were found following the retreat of Russian forces — Moscow has sought to blame the atrocities on Ukraine and asked for an earlier meeting of the U.N. body.
    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the Security Council rejected Russia’s request for a meeting Monday.
    U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said he was “deeply shocked by the images of civilians killed in Bucha” and called for “an independent investigation” and “effective accountability.”
    Russian officials have said the photos coming out of Bucha are fake, alleging they were orchestrated by Kyiv as part of a Western-supported campaign of disinformation aimed at discrediting Moscow. Russia’s Investigative Committee said Monday that it would launch a probe into Ukrainian allegations under a provision in the country’s Criminal Code banning “public dissemination of deliberately false information” about the armed forces.
    Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said Sunday that Moscow requested a meeting of the Security Council on Monday to discuss the “heinous provocation of Ukrainian radicals in Bucha.”
    It’s not the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that the countries have tried to use the United Nations as a forum to air their grievances against each other.
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  8. Sure would be funny if the whole faux snooze russian team would be sent to Ukraine to do on the spot reporting.  They could wave their little Russia flags to show support for the troops, just like they do in the studio.

  9. If only average Russians knew that their country will remain a pariah state as long as Putin remains in power… there’s no coming back to the world community after executing unarmed civilians

  10. Some Ukrainian spokesperson, whose name i wish i remembered, was asked by a BBC presenter how the death of his spouse in the conflict impacts his resolve to continue resisting, to which he replied, and i’m paraphrasing:
     
    ”In the first weeks of the war we fought for concepts like freedom and sovereignty, now we are fighting for justice for our family and friends who have been murdered, maimed, and made homeless”
     
    Klitschko, Zelenskyy, Kuleba, Kyslystsa… every Ukrainian i’ve seen interviewed from the war-zone: all very impressive, slava Ukraine💪🇺🇦

  11. And so it begins…Lithuania becomes first EU country to cut off Russian gas. Time for Germany and France to bite the bullet, stop funding war crimes. It’s your gas or your lives.

  12. Lithuania President Gitanas Nauseda on cutting off all Russian energy: “We wanted to show our allies if you want to you are able. This is possible.” (MSNBC)

  13. “We failed.” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has admitted to mistakes in his government’s approach towards Russia, adding that his support for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was “clearly a mistake.”

  14. The Senate Judiciary Committee has deadlocked in an 11-11 vote on whether to approve Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

  15. I’m sorry. I tried but I can’t. Wha? you ask?  I tried watching Tfucker. Guy needs deep therapy and medication. 

  16. If I hadda guess, and I can guess with the best (and worst) of ‘em, I’d say that HRH Liz will remind them about the royal pecking order and that they are a couple rungs below her. 

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