Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Video From Inside a Tornado....

On Monday, May 27th 2013, two storm chasers, Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey encountered a supercell thunderstorm producing a tornado.  It was no mistake, it's something they try to do.  Brandon and Seam anticipate the development of theses storms and try to encounter the tornado produced by these dangerous thunderstorm cells.  They attempt to make these encounter in a TIV, or Tornado Intercept Vehicle.  It is a "tank-like" vehicle used to chase by the most serious chasers.  The video encounter is from Smith county, Kansas in north central Kansas.

                                        The picture below is that of Sean Casey and his TIV!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Hurricane Preparedness Week

This, my friends, is hurricane preparedness week. I know...I know...we don't live near an ocean, we live in the nation's heartland. While we have seen remnants of hurricanes, like Hurricane Ike in September of 2008, we will never receive a direct hit like many ocean side towns and cities. BUT, June 1st is the beginning of a six month hurricane season and if you have vacation plans on the Gulf or Atlantic coasts it never hurts to learn a little about hurricanes and what they offer as they approach land and then make landfall....Below you will find several videos from the National Hurricane Center.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

10 Minutes of the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

  Fast Unit 70 is a tornado chase team that was used by KOCO-TV in covering the historic EF-5 Moore, Oklahoma tornado.  Justin Cox and Chance Coldiron are the chasers that give us a first hand account of of this deadly twister.  This is 10 minutes of mobile tornado coverage. The tornado was on the ground for some 51 minutes across 17 miles.  Please keep the people of  Moore, Oklahoma in your prayers.

Clever UC Bearcats!

Love the hijinks of the UC Bearcat baseball team.  I think this is what college athletics is all about...compete hard and then have a great time with teammates.  KUDOS Bearcats!  Nicely played!

Will Hurricane Season Be Active?

The six month hurricane season begins June 1st and NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is predicting an active hurricane season.  the center sites three factors.

-A strong African monsoon season
-Warmer than average temperatures in the Atlantic ocean and Caribbean sea
-Lack of an El Nino effect

Click here for the NOAA Hurricane Outlook

Moore, Oklahoma Crisis Map

Google has posted a "Crisis Map" showing the path of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Click Here to link to the Google "Crisis Map".