METEOROLOGY - BOBAN PETROVIĆ (1981)
At Southwest Airlines, our Meteorology Team is small, but mighty. Our four-person Team helps to support the weather-related strategic decision process here at Southwest; however, we also are involved with many other industry efforts and projects. One example is our strong partnership with both Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC) and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Association (NOAA).
Use steam and air pressure to crush a can in a fraction of a second.
A comilation of Australian and Tornado Alley anvil crawlers and lightning bolts. Some incredible behaviour
One of two lightning that hit very close by in 2001 from the same storm. This one hit across the road.
Lightning hits a tree in a fireball Windsor, NSW Australia. This was the second close bolt I go with shot gun style thunder. This was a very active storm.
The original Space Bear Weather Report. Almost two years old now, and still pretty applicable to Seattle.
Love this shot.
Cool to see how they form and move.
Gives you a great perspective of where NOT to buy a house :)
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Presented are the chilly depths, icy extremes and snowy heights of Canadian weather, too extreme for thermometers.
Ice Storm, Niagara Stops Falling, The Coldest Day, Newfoundland and Ontario’s Roof Collapse Catastrophe.
Noblis Senior Engineer Kenneth Carey, hopes the national security aspect of the climate debate will make it relatable to the general public. He says the panel took climate change science and put it into real life challenges.
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Progress made at sunny Cancun’s UN Climate Summit. How much exactly? Depends on who you ask.
One big step - delegates from 193 nations agreed on a non-binding “green fund” to help developing countries curb carbon emissions … but didn’t include one detail-- where that money will come from.
The Climate Institute’s CEO tells Australia’s ABC – progress is progress.
Connor: “In Mexico, the UN got its mojo back … Now it’s still short of what we need, but we’ve got that there, and we’ve got the systems of transparency and accountability, the ability to ratchet those up.”
Host: “What’s the point if they’re not legally binding?”
Connor: “Well, we’re working through what the legal form was. Cancun was never actually going to solve that. That’s probably for South Africa next year."
Host: “Is that a little ambitious though?”
Connor: “Well, um, we’ll need to see. This is a process now.”
Though you’d have trouble finding coverage on US cable networks, America’s role in combating climate change was a big issue in Cancun.
On Al Jazeera, a climatologist doubts any more progress in the near future, pointing his finger at the US, and a couple of the world’s emerging powers.
“It could pave the way, but now, look at what’s happening in the United States. Our House of Representatives has shifted parties and there’s probably going to be a lot of push back against some of the environmental regulations that we’re proposed by the Obama administration, so whatever concrete that’s going to happen is several years away...
And as long as China and India do not commit to dramatic reductions in their emissions, anything that comes out of any United Nations meeting is meaningless.”
But an environment correspondent for the BBC compares the consensus in Cancun to the previous Copenhagen summit that we’re still trying to forget.
“If Copenhagen was the Great Dane that whimpered, Cancun has been the chihuahua that roared. And what a surprise it was … Cancun produced almost global consensus on words that spell out a need to step up, urgently, action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.”
And on euronews, a Member of European Parliament notes the Kyoto Protocol is set to expire in 2012, and that world powers need to make a greater commitment to reduce emissions in any further agreements – he says enough talk- time is running out.
Bahrke: “So, there’s been no progress?”
Leinen: “Like a snail. Very tenacious, but it is very disappointing what’s happened here. Groups of countries blocking each other. We can’t get closer to worldwide protection this way, and we can’t afford to lose more time. Time is short. Decisions must be taken here.”
So, how would you rate the progress in Cancun? A great leap forward, or just another baby step?
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Springtime is here--and so is the weather. There have been reports of up to 116 tornadoes ripping across eight states over the past few days--and meteorologists say it’s not over yet.
DAVID KERLEY: “That high tide is pushing all this water inland in to tributaries, this is one of them. This is Chesapeake Bay--it looks a little bit more like an ocean today. What’s left of tropical storm Ida is contributing to an unusually early in the season nor’easter.” (Video Source: ABC)
A nor’easter is a storm that always travels to the northeast from the south--with winds also coming from the northeast. But storms have moved in every which direction over the course of the past week--including an EF-3 tornado in Oklahoma.
“An EF-3 can contain wind gusts of up to 165 mph. [County Commissioner Gilbert] Wilson said the tornado started four or five miles west of Tushka and traveled east, destroying homes and the school in the town about 120 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.” (Info: News OK)
As for the tiny town of Tushka, Oklahoma itself--an NBC video surveys the damage on a destroyed high school.
REPORTER: “Survivors are struggling to piece together what’s happened and what comes next. Some of the most severe damage was at the high school.”
MAN: “From a school stand-point, a total loss. I don’t see a possibility of having school in these buildings again.”
HIGH-SCHOOLER: “We don’t even know where we’re going to hold our graduation.”
REPORTER: “Just one of so many questions this community and others in the strike zone must answer.”
..and KWTV reports even more problems for the Sooner State--looters.
JACQUELINE SIT: “There’s a lot of people misplaced from their home this morning, just like this puppy, who actually just literally walked up to me right now, seems like he’s misplaced from his home, too, but unfortunate incident that’s going on out here in Tushka, Oklahoma this morning. Officials tell us that there’s a lot of officers patrolling the area to keep the looters out of certain neighborhoods as well and they’re waiting for the sun to come up to get a better evaluation of how expensive this damage is.”
CBS spoke with professional storm chaser Reed Timmer, who says the storms that have hit the southern United States were some of the largest he’s chased in his entire career.
REED TIMMER: “The number of storms was substantial. I think we were chasing at least six or eight different tornadic supercells and the environment was so perfect for such a large area, the conditions were setting the stage for a historic outbreak.”
But it wasn’t just Oklahoma that was hit hard--this video is from Mississippi. Other southern states like Arkansas and Alabama were also slammed. (Video Source: WDBD)
The New York Times reports on the damage in Arkansas-- which includes trees up to eight feet wide ripped from their roots and utility poles snapped like toothpicks.
“In Arkansas, most of the fatalities were caused by trees and heavy branches falling on mobile homes, ...Among the victims was a 6-year-old boy … who was sleeping on a couch in his family’s house when an enormous tree crashed through the ceiling and crushed him, the authorities said.”
So far, media reports the death toll across the southern states from the tornadoes is seventeen.
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Over three hundred people are dead after a series of tornadoes ravaged the Southeast, reportedly the highest death toll from twisters in nearly 40 years.
200 of those deaths were in Alabama – the state hit the hardest by the storms. While residents and emergency workers are investigating just how bad the damage is – some in the media are looking for an answer to a different question. (Video: CNN)
What caused the unusually deadly tornadoes?
“Is this something we have done? What has happened to the climate cause it seems so much of what we cover is relentless weather related tragedy.” (Video: NBC)
“Everybody’s asking if climate change played a role here.” (Video: ABC)
So – what’s the answer? A climate scientist writing for the Huffington Post believes climate change is to blame.
“The science community knows that we're affecting the climate; in turn, that will affect the weather; and that, in turn, will affect humans: with death, injury, and destruction.”
Others like Fox are reporting no connection, “A top official at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration … rejected claims by environmental activists that the outbreak of tornadoes ravaging the American South is related to climate change brought on by global warming.”
A meteorologist and founder of Weather Nation points the blame in another direction – La Niña.
“The natural and cyclical phenomenon, which begins with cooler than normal waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific, has energized the jet stream. For late April, overhead winds are now blowing faster and further south than usual.”
But the general answer from most news agencies seems to be the same answer a climatologist told the Toronto Star –
“The simple answer is we don’t really know…”
TIME magazine’s environmental reporter says the most important question is not whether global warming is the culprit, but whether vulnerable people are prepared for the storms.
“Tornadoes, hurricanes and floods will happen, and perhaps climate change will make them worse. But we know without a doubt that weather events can create great damage and loss of life if they strike heavily populated, unprepared areas…”
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Manny Villar successfully built the C-5 road extension.