“We’re Not Even Sure of the Physics of It..”. Nebraska, You’re Not in Kansas Anymore

June 17, 2014

Twin massive tornadoes maul Nebraska.

That looks normal.

This is as good a time as any to review my interviews with atmospheric scientists on climate change and extreme weather events – below.

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7 Responses to ““We’re Not Even Sure of the Physics of It..”. Nebraska, You’re Not in Kansas Anymore”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Great editing job on the compilation—-love to start the day with a “gloom and doomer” with great visuals.

    Re: the “twin tornadoes”. Do you think people will begin to pay attention when they come marching along in rows of five or six or more? And through downtown Chicago rather than in Next to Nowhere, Nebraska?


  2. I used to love extreme weather, but this is not something l’d like to experience.

    It’s clear we will get more of this as more energy gets trapped by greenhouse gases. This is a clear warning to us all to turn down the aircon, get out of our cars and reduce our impact generally.

    I’d like to hope that we can turn this all around so that we can begin to dream again about living with nature. My personal dream has been to sail the world, but the increasing threat of extreme weather has kinda put me off.

    • ubrew12 Says:

      “My… dream… to sail the world” The technology to warn you of extreme weather has also improved by leaps and bounds in recent decades, so by all means, if possible, do it. Reason being? It’s not really going to be ‘do-able’ in the future. Once the Polar Ice Sheets ‘let go’, these places are going to be strange and different and hardscrabble: no place to put in to port. Imagine putting into a port in the Third World carrying an American Flag: when everybody knows who has done this to them…

      I’ve begun encouraging people to put together a ‘bucket list’. This particular bucket is not the places you need to see before you die.

      Its the places you need to see before THEY die.

  3. anotheralionel Says:

    My personal dream has been to sail the world, but the increasing threat of extreme weather has kinda put me off.

    You are right to be circumspect considering average wave heights are on the increase as is the incidence of rogue waves. There is the added problem of debris in the water which may be responsible for a number of recent yachting incidents (e.g. Cheeki Rafiki, although I have no heard anything official on that one but the keel loss was curious – could have been a whale).

    I have served on large ocean going vessels including aircraft carriers and experienced Force 11-12 through the Pentland Firth and The Minch, and I grew to like it a bit rough watching the massive bodies of water coming over the bow and down the for’ard lift. Then there was the hurricane induced swells in the North Atlantic with 30 and 50 feet splits opening in the hull with a motor launch being crushed as a deck was pushed up into the one above by the force of the water smashing in. That carrier was not lightly built either.


  4. I believe the Joplin tornado (2011-05-22, Joplin, Missouri) was the was the widest of any up to that point at nearly a mile, but more recently we had the Moore tornado (2013-05-20, Moore, Oklahoma) which was estimated at two miles. That definitely was a record. Those are individual tornadoes. Prior to 1995, no tornado outbreak is recorded as having included 200 tornadoes. The largest had 148 back in 1974. But in May 1995 an outbreak included 278, in May 2003 an outbreak had 401, in May 2004 an outbreak included 389, in April 2011 an outbreak included 358, and in May 2011 an outbreak included 242, although no doubt part of the extremity of more recent outbreak records is simply due to better data.


  5. Apparently twin tornadoes of near equal strength are rare, but not unheard of:

    Thee ominous funnels of two huge tornadoes whirled simultaneously toward the Nebraska town of Pilger on Monday night — a convergence of deadly weather that scientists said they see only once every 10 to 20 years….

    In any case, it’s rare to document a twin tornado as strong as the one seen Monday.

    How a Storm Gave Birth to Twin Tornadoes in Pilger, Nebraska, Alan Boyle, NBC News, 2014-06-17


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