The Evening Post: Tornado Videos From Clarksdale And Holly Springs


Geek Alabama Evening Post

Today parts of the southeast had a tornado outbreak right before Christmas.  Below are two videos showing the power of the tornadoes in northern Mississippi today.  These have to at least be an EF3.

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What Does Rome, Birmingham, Anniston, And Tuscaloosa Have In Common, They Have The Most Dangerous Natural Disasters


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This is one of those top ten lists people living around here should not be surprised about!  Living in the southeast means you have to deal with a wide variety of weather conditions.  Yes, we have sunny and calm days.  But, we also have to deal with a lot of severe weather.  From tornadoes, strong winds, snow, icestorms, hurricanes, droughts, severe hot and cold, and more!  Alabama has some of the most diverse weather on planet Earth!  And people living here have to be ready for any type of weather!  So, this top ten list listing the top ten cities with the most dangerous natural disasters comes as no surprise!

The website 24/7 Wall St reviewed housing data resource RealtyTrac’s 2015 Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report, which considered the potential for serious damage from wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding. 24/7 Wall St. replicated the methodology and aggregated RealtyTrac county-level data on a metropolitan level. For each type of natural disaster, the likelihood of risk is assigned either as very low, low, moderate, high, or very high.

Number one on the list was Fayetteville, North Carolina.  But after number one, a string of metros in Alabama and Georgia made the top 10 list!

Number two was Rome, Georgia!

> Natural disaster index: 160
> No. of natural disaster types at risk for: 2
> Hurricane risk: High risk
> Pct. area at risk of wildfires: 20.4%

Rome’s population is at relatively high risk of hurricanes, but the biggest natural disaster threats in the state are wildfires and tornadoes. More than one-fifth of the region is at the highest level of risk of wildfires. Like much of Georgia, the region has been hit by several severe tornado events. In 2012, one tornado that touched down in downtown Rome, left a three mile trail of destruction. While the tornado was only a category EF1, it still damaged dozens of homes.

Number three is Birmingham, Alabama.

> Natural disaster index: 135
> No. of natural disaster types at risk for: 2
> Hurricane risk: Very high risk
> Pct. area at risk of wildfires: 8.4%

Birmingham, located in the central part of Alabama, is tied with nearby Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville for the third worst risk of severe weather among U.S. metropolitan areas. Residents and homes in the area are at high risk of both wildfires and hurricanes, although neither type of natural disaster is at the highest threat level. Tornadoes represent the biggest risk to Birmingham area residents, with the metro area ranking fifth worst in the country for damage from tornadoes between 2001 and 2013. The region has been hit by several major tornado outbreaks. One was the 1977 Smithfield tornado, a category F5 tornado that touched down in a Jefferson County suburb and killed 22 people.

Number four is Anniston – Oxford Alabama.

> Natural disaster index: 135
> No. of natural disaster types at risk for: 1
> Hurricane risk: High risk
> Pct. area at risk of wildfires: 14.1%

The Anniston, Alabama metropolitan area is at moderate risk of flooding, and high risk of wildfires. Like many of the cities with the most dangerous weather, the biggest risks to the area are hurricanes and tornadoes. On Palm Sunday, 1994, a massive outbreak of tornadoes swept across parts of the southeastern US, killing 42 people and injuring more than 300, including one person in the metropolitan area.

Number eight is Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

8. Tuscaloosa, AL
>Natural disaster index: 130
>No. of natural disaster types at risk for: 2
>Hurricane risk: Very high risk
>Pct. area at risk of wildfires: 1.2%

Like much of the Gulf Coast, Tuscaloosa is at very high risk of hurricane damage as well as moderate risk of flooding. The city is also `at risk of being hit by serious tornadoes, which together make it one of the cities at the highest risk of serious natural disasters. According to the NOAA, only two metropolitan areas, Huntsville and Decatur, which are both in Alabama, have seen greater destruction from tornadoes than Tuscaloosa. In April 2011, 64 separate tornadoes hit the state. The worst of these, an EF-4 class, was the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado. The 1.5 miles wide tornado killed 65 people and injured approximately 1,500.

 

So, the lesson here, have a way to get weather alerts, always!  You must always be weather aware while living in Alabama, Georgia, and the southeast!  Read the entire top ten list at: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2015/09/16/cities-with-the-most-dangerous-natural-disasters/

Why It Is Time For The National Weather Service To Name Winter Storms


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For a few years now, The Weather Channel has been naming Winter storms.  They began the practice because of social media, and it would have been easier to share information about the storms online.  Now, TWC started to do this, but the National Weather Service, who are the ones who issues the watches and warnings reported on The Weather Channel, did not pick up on this idea.  Now, other countries are about to start naming Winter storms.  Beginning this Fall, the United Kingdom’s Met Office and the Irish Meteorological Service will begin to name Winter storms.  The reason, they believe naming significant storms will increase public awareness of severe weather and thus improve appropriate responses to warnings.

And they have a point!  These days, there is an explosive growth in the web, apps, and social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.  And on social media, everyone uses hashtags.  It is a lot easier to use a name of a Winter storm with a hashtag than to just say there is major snowfall in a town.  Germany and the Netherlands also names Winter storms, and the United States should do the same thing!  At first, I thought naming Winter storms was a stupid idea.  I mean, naming a storm that only leaves a little snow or ice behind is no big deal.  Now, naming a hurricane that leaves massive damage was another thing.  And storms like that needs a name!  TWC saw the value of naming Winter storms, because they saw how important social media is in communicating emergency information.  At first I thought it was a marketing ploy, but now I see this as lifesaving information.

By naming Winter storms, people can look on social media, and search via the name hashtag, and see if their school is closed, or report a power outage, or see traffic conditions, or see if a business is open, or see important information from the town they live in.  These days, every major town has a presence on Facebook and Twitter. You need to see and might have to share real time information that could prove to be a lifesaving thing!  The National Weather Service needs to recognize the importance of serving people in the way they find easiest to consume information.  And these days, it’s social media and hashtags.  Everyone uses hashtags to send important information, or to share an important photo on Instagram, or share an important video on YouTube.  See the importance of social media and hashtags?

If a hurricane threatens the United States, The Weather Channel, and every news outlet will use the hashtag of the storm name on their graphics and on their social media.  Heck, some National Weather Service offices will also use the hashtags on their social media accounts.  They need to be doing the same thing for Winter storms.  Social media will never go away, and people needs to find the important information in the quickest way possible, which involves hashtags, and using the Winter storm name as the hashtag.  It’s time for the National Weather Service to adopt the naming of Winter storms.  If they don’t like the names The Weather Channel comes up with, create your own list, and TWC will follow it!  Winter storms can create major havoc especially in major urban centers, and the people deserves to know if they need to stay home, so they are not stuck somewhere.  Get with it NWS!

Watch Spectacular Weather / Storm Videography In The Chase


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If you are a weather geek like me, then you need to drop everything and watch this stunning video about weather in the Great Plains now!  The YouTube channel Mike Olbinski put out a video in 4K called The Chase.  Mike spent 14 days storm chasing in the Great Plains in the states (New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota) and he shot over 45,000 frames of footage for this film.

The video includes gorgeous shots of supercells, storms, clouds, lightning, sunsets, and even a tornado.  Wow, what some spectacular videography, enjoy!

Check Out This Video Of A Tornado And A Rainbow Together


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Sometimes Mother Nature can give us some weird tricks!  The YouTube channel and stormchasers Basehunters Chasing captured video of a tornado behind a rainbow.  This was captured in Eastern Colorado and it was very beautiful!  The team also captured other tornadoes including twin tornadoes and tornadoes at night, enjoy!