Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mighty Winds are coming

Mighty winds and rains are coming and falling upon the earth. Repent and return to the Savior. G-d Almighty, Jesus the Son, the Beginning of creation, the Maker of all things true.




    National Christmas Tree Snapped In Saturday's Wind


  4. Gallery: 15-state tornado outbreak deadliest since 2008
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The devastation is stunning -- homes and lives shattered as the deadliest swarm of twisters in three years battered up to 15 states.

    Ultimately, this could turn out to be among the top 10 three-day outbreaks for number of tornadoes, though experts can't be sure until all the reports are sorted, said Greg Carbin of the federal Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

    While tornadoes occur regularly, their power always shocks.

    This time it was storms battering their way from Oklahoma to North Carolina, claiming at least 44 lives, almost half of those in North Carolina. It was the deadliest since Feb. 5, 2008, when 57 died in the "Super Tuesday" election day tornadoes in the Southeast. And that was the highest tornado death toll since 76 died in 1985.

    "A major storm system like this is going to happen every few years, usually in April or May," said Carbin.

    Indeed, the biggest tornado outbreak on record occurred April 3-4, 1974 when 147 confirmed twisters touched down in 13 states, claiming 310 lives in the United States and 8 in Canada.

    For about the past 30 years, the United States has averaged 135 tornadoes in April, the highest number being 266 in 1974, according to Jake Crouch of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

    In these latest storms, the National Weather Service is investigating 267 preliminary tornado reports -- including 97 in North Carolina on Saturday. But many of those will turn out to be duplicates, Carbin said in a telephone interview

    From there, the storms developed "pretty much as expected" over Oklahoma, Carbin said. Overnight, the storms merged into a fast-moving front crossing Arkansas and into the Mississippi River Valley, drawing fuel from daytime heating, striking on into Mississippi and Alabama and then into the Appalachians by Saturday morning. Then the storms again strengthened with daytime heat for the third day of tornadoes, hitting North Carolina hardest.

    Overall, from Thursday through Saturday, there were reports of funnel clouds in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

    Unlike tornado outbreaks of the past, the National Weather Service reports that nearly 90 percent of the past weekend's reported storms occurred in areas where tornado warnings were in effect. In central North Carolina, 97 percent of the tornadoes were in areas where warnings had been issued, with an average lead time of almost 26 minutes.

    By contrast, before 1950 the use of the term tornado in forecasts was discouraged because of a fear that predicting them would cause panic. The first successful tornado forecast was made by Air Force meteorologists at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma in 1948.

  5. WMBF) - Saturday's storms wreaked havoc across the Carolinas, continuing an unsettled national pattern that has resulted in a record breaking month. April has been an extremely active month for severe weather, including the largest single day tornado outbreak in North Carolina's history.

    As of April 19th, 272 tornadoes have occurred this month, exceeding the previous April record of 267 set in 1974. The 1974 outbreak is well known for having the most tornadoes in a single day with 148 occurring on April 3rd, including the infamous Xenia, Ohio tornado that killed 34 people. The average number of tornadoes for the month is 163.

  6. 15-state tornado outbreak deadliest since 2008

  7. This could be the worst tornado in Alabama's history," Nagelberg said, adding that by 9 p.m. local time 0200 gmt the twister passed within a few miles of Rome in northwestern Georgia and appeared to be weakening

    Storms Kill 54 Around South, Including 40 in Alabama

  8. It was the deadliest outbreak of tornadoes in nearly 40 years. It leveled entire neighborhoods and left victims buried beneath mounds of rubble.

  9. 2011 Tornado Outbreak Death Toll Hits 318, Deadliest Since 1932

  10. Record 178 tornadoes from South storms
    least 178 tornadoes were part of the severe weather that raked 14 states April 27-28, making it the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

  11. Shock, grief and relief grip Joplin
    historical tornado: