The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15



Thursday, May 07, 2009

Tornado trends 2009

SKY WATCH FRIDAY time! Our hosts: Klaus | Sandy | Ivar | Wren | Louise | Fishing Guy

SKY WATCH FRIDAY (click the word to link and participate!)
Thanks to Dot and Tom, who were instrumental in the success of this blogging event. You should definitely come fly with us!It's not a secret that I love crepuscular rays... I have written whole blog posts about them, but the ones I saw this past Thursday were striking to me. Usually, it's the lit part that captures my attention, but this time, it was the clouds's shadow between the crepuscular rays that caught my attention, seeming to add some drama and depth to the sky and the setting sun.

Well, though we started out with a below average tornado year, it looks like things quickly picked up and launched us over average. Yesterday, tornado roared around northern Alabama, while Mike was in Huntsville. A 10.9 mile long EF2 tornado left a wake of destruction. Here is the report:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
518 PM CDT WED MAY 6 2009

...PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY INFORMATION FROM LIMESTONE AND MADISON COUNTIES...

* EVENT TYPE: TORNADO
* EVENT DATE: 05/06/2009

* ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 115.0 MPH
* PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-2

* PATH LENGTH: 10.9 MILES
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 75 YARDS

* SUMMARY: THE TORNADO TOUCHED ALONG SEGERS ROAD IN EASTERN LIMESTONE COUNTY SNAPPING AND UPROOTING NUMEROUS LARGE TREES. A TREE FELL ON A MOBILE HOME ON HARDIMAN ROAD AND SPLIT IT IN HALF. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST AND CROSSED INTO MADISON COUNTY. SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN SEVERAL SUBDIVISIONS ALONG COUNTY LINE ROAD... WINDOWS WERE BLOWN OUT OF SEVERAL HOUSES IN THE HUNTINGTON CHASE SUBDIVISION ALONG WITH SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE. A LARGE ATTACHED GARAGE WAS COMPLETELY FLATTENED ALONG BROWNS FERRY...AND ROOF DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED IN THE BRIDGEFILED SUBDIVISION. SEVERAL RESIDENTS OF BRIDGEFIELD NOTED THAT THEY RECEIVED THE TORNADO WARNING AND TOOK COVER BEFORE THE STORM HIT.

THESE FINDINGS ARE PRELIMINARY AND ARE SUBJECT TO ADJUSTMENT.
It seems that the southeast over the past week has been the staging area for disaster, with the tornadic action, torrential (flooding) rainfall, mosquito outbreaks... No worries, it looks like severe weather is returning to the plains tomorrow with a moderate risk for severe weather outlined in Oklahoma. Of course, it would be hard for this year to top last year's wild tornadic action, with a whopping 1690 tornadoes confirmed last year. Outrageous. Seems sad to me that out of 1690 tornadoes, I saw NONE OF THEM! I've got to change that!

Have a great day!
~Dewdrop

34 comments:

  1. Join the "Tornado-less" club, Jenn! We'll get our 'nader fest eventually. Someday. ;)

    Love your Skywatch Friday photo, as always. I may be doing the Skywatch Friday thing again starting next week, now that I have some new photos.

    ReplyDelete
  2. No tornado's, that makes two of us.

    SCM

    ReplyDelete
  3. I didn't know the names ascribed to the phenomenon you've described here. Thank you!

    I've loved clouds and the way the sun catches the light as they pass, since I was a child. When I was in first and second grades I learned the names of all the different kinds of clouds.

    I've been watching them since I could appreciate the skies. Nice to discover someone with that same kind of love.

    Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  4. PS GORGEOUS picture--I love it when the clouds make shadows in upon themselves. It is a truly unusual sight.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wonderful photo, my friend.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I too always learn something new here. I love these crepuscular rays, which we get quite a few of here.

    Have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  7. 80+ confirmed tornadoes so far this year in Alabama (and surveys add to that number still today). I have not seen one. I have seen a few storms that were producing tornadoes, I have seen a few storms that produced one before it got to my location and after they passed my location, but I have no photos to show for it. Of course, I was IMHO actually IN an EF0 but it wasn't confirmed. Grrrrrrr!

    ReplyDelete
  8. A lovely sky, Dewsrop. I never knew the name for the rays, and will likely forget as soon as I submit my comment! :-D

    I beg you, please don't say 'Tornado' around my mother... she's obsessed and is absolutely sure every one of them is headed for wherever she is hiding from them.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful photo of light across the sky, thanks for sharing with us all in Sky Watch Friday.

    ReplyDelete
  10. WELL DONE just been watching rays on our journey home from our Grandsons birthday party

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great photo and good skywatch Friday post.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Gorgeous sky - almost looks like it's through a prism!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great picture of sky and a really interesting SWF post again like every week!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beauty post as always!!!

    Have a great weekend.
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

    ReplyDelete
  15. beautiful capture and as always i enjoyed your informative post...
    have a fab friday.
    erin

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love the detailed information in your posts! This is truly a beautiful sky and the light playing around the cloud shapes is stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I would think it's a good thing not having seen a tornado. Then you have stayed out of harms way. Still I can well understand a fascination with them and seeing one at a distans must be quite a kick.
    Your photo is so interesting. I too love those rays but the shadow particularly on the right hand side is so sharp. I've never really noticed how the clouds cast shadows. Excellent capture.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I can also understand the fascination towards the tornado. I have seen breathtaking photos of them, seen them on TV - and felt really thankful they don't appear in my country!

    Beautiful photo you have!

    ReplyDelete
  19. An absolutely stunning photo!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Now I need to instigate a conversation when I can say crepuscular rays in context. Not only a glorious heavenly image but I always walk away a little sky wiser.

    ReplyDelete
  21. A really stunningly beautiful photo and you always have some good/interesting info to pass on! Much appreciated! Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Great shot of a beautiful sunset...enjoy all the info you give...

    ReplyDelete
  23. I love the sky shot and as always interesting post. We have had some tornadoes my way (NC) although none at my house which suits me.

    ReplyDelete
  24. The combination of the sun. mon and clouds present in a multitude of ways and yours is just awe inspiring.

    ReplyDelete
  25. You have a breath taking shot here Dew.
    Lovely. Glad there are no tornado's.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I will add a new key word to my vocabulary! Thanks for all your skywatching and storm spotting.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Interesting maps and I like your photo.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Love the way the light is streaming through the cloud. Nice shot.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Photo and information are both fascinating. Love the rays you captured in the shot. :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. this is a wonderful photograph! it is truly captivating!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I recently posted a great shot of a tornado running through a house fire. Sheer power.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thanks for all the visits and kind words and encouragement. I appreciate it!

    Ken, Mike and Mikey, is there an official club, having single-handedly killed a high risk, PDS situation, I should qualify as president. I hope you will come back to sky watch.

    Beth, glad you learned something. I definitely have an intense passion for the sky!

    Mike, amazing stats on Bama naders... crazy. I agree with you on that one... 3 directional winds, NWS screaming for me to get you the heck out of there... hm.

    Barb, crepuscular.

    Tarolino, yeah, I'm probably pretty non-traditional where that is concerned.

    Babooshka, My, my, aren't you casting a crepuscular ray-like glow...?

    Carver, I don't want one at my house, either.

    Colin, I couldn't find it... do you have a direct link?

    ReplyDelete

Dew comment, please...