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Old 7th May 2015, 11:53
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Well, my, my, my.

As the dawn breaks we here in Oklahoma City are picking up the pieces. There were nearly 24 (National Weather Service stopped counting at two dozen) tornadoes in Central Oklahoma last night. Not only that but some areas received nearly 10 inches of rain (have no idea what that is in MM, too damn early in the morning for that).

Oklahoma City received its first Emergency Flash Flood Warning in its history last night, along with the record breaking 24 +/- tornadoes, remember the NWS stopped counting at two dozen, must have ran out of fingers and toes.

Now, the good news, my eldest son stopped in Paris, Texas for the night and is driving in this morning. Youngest son and family are safe and sound and dry in their home, and least important, we and all of our animals are safe and sound and dry.

Now, if one is thinking that there are dead bodies lying around everywhere on the highways, byways, ditches and gutters all over the place, you can be forgiven, as despite looking all night long not a single dead body has been found. However, hope springs eternal when one is a local TV reporter looking for a scoop. This also remind me of the very humorous actions of all the local TV stations taking turns filming the one hotel that was damaged and of course the ‘Mobile Home Park’ that is always attacked by any tornado that comes within 100 miles of Oklahoma.

Oh, not to worry, there is plenty more damage, problem is, it is still dark and they can’t find it. But once the sun is up, then we’ll have some neat stuff.

Which reminds me, I need to thank John Hill for keeping things in prospective by starting a thread about that Germany almost had a tornado last night just after I posted that we had our first (of it turned out to be ten) tornado warnings last night. Was also very happy to see that Chuk's and his Model Train Set survived the almost tornado. Thanks John!

Oh, more good news. After you folks get finished voting in the UK, drop on by to Norman, Oklahoma. Why you ask? Well you should, that is where (drum roll please) the ‘MILE OF NEW CARS!’ is located. Last night along with intermittent tornadoes, they had basketball sized hail and now those vehicles are for sale real cheap, with just some minor holes in the bodies. Hell of deal.

Okay, sun is coming up, local TV reporters are getting excited, I’ll check back in later.

Oh, one more thing. They just reported that nationwide that there were 50 reported tornadoes last night, and we got 24 (+/-) of them. Is this a Great State or what?
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Old 7th May 2015, 12:18
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Glad that you and yours okay. On the local NY news they were covering those tornadoes pretty extensively.

I'll be driving over to Norman later to pick up one of those "deal" cars.
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Old 7th May 2015, 12:22
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Glad all is well with you and yours.

I prefer my used cars to have water damage, I like a challenge.
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Old 7th May 2015, 17:30
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Okay, time for levity is over. First body was found, poor woman drowned in her storm shelter. The rain water poured into her outside storm shelter so fast she could not escape.
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Old 7th May 2015, 18:14
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Local coverage from afar

One habit I have when insomnia strikes is to check the webcast of a couple AM (MW) broadcasts around the country. Last night, by coincidence, I tuned in KOKC in Ok. City about 9:30 Central Time. (News - Talk 1520 :: KOKC)

They were apparently carrying the audio feed of a local TV station - two weathercasters describing weather and damage news from around the area, and referring to radar coverage of the storms. As C-P has described, not good news!
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Old 7th May 2015, 18:34
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remember the NWS stopped counting at two dozen, must have ran out of fingers and toes.
One suspects that there are only four guys in the room and they have to drop their pants to get to that number.

One also wonders if you need to start subtracting from 24 if there are ladies in the room.


Hat, coat, storm shelter door.

Glad the gang is safe Con.
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Old 11th May 2015, 21:24
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Black Man Found Hanged From Tree in Greensboro, Georgia - NBC News

While I'd go to Vegas and lay a sawbuck down for suicide, I might also drop a sawbuck on our new attorney general, Lynch (ironic name, not her fault) dropping a civil rights investigation into this.

Let the rants begin.
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Old 11th May 2015, 22:00
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On average, more than 5 US black males commit suicide every day.
The mere fact of one is uncommentable, except to express one's sympathies, without further context.
Given recent events, my first question would be why this one has received any national attention in the media.
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Old 11th May 2015, 23:40
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Given recent events, my first question would be why this one has received any national attention in the media.
Maybe the police didn't offer him cream cookies when they questioned him. That might be enough to condemn the police these days in the current climate.
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Old 12th May 2015, 00:40
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Oreo cookies are a very touchy subject over there.

try goggling it!
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Old 12th May 2015, 00:50
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Originally Posted by Lonewolf_50 View Post
Black Man Found Hanged From Tree in Greensboro, Georgia - NBC News

While I'd go to Vegas and lay a sawbuck down for suicide, I might also drop a sawbuck on our new attorney general, Lynch (ironic name, not her fault) dropping a civil rights investigation into this.

Let the rants begin.
RIP, terribly sad. But I fail to see the relevance of the deceased's skin colour.

Con, very glad to hear you and yours are safe. Must have been a frightening few hours for you all worrying about each other.

On a semi related note, I must confess until very recently I was a complete skeptic of climate change. However seeing the increase in severity and frequency of intense weather events, my mind has been changed.
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Old 12th May 2015, 01:22
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You are not seeing an increase in extreme weather, you are seeing a massive increase in the reporting of what in fact is no significant change in the amount of extreme weather, e.g. hurricanes
No hurricane has been big enough to have the name retired since 2009 (Sandy in 2012 was expensive, but maxed out at Cat 3). Last year had the lowest number of hurricanes since 1930.
Ten years ago, the US Networks mentioned "extreme weather"once every 3 weeks, now it's once every 2 days. They are just talking it up more, and it seems to be working.

Speaking of emotionalism and global warming?use of ?Extreme weather? as an emotional motivator is up nearly 1000 percent | Watts Up With That?

My regards to Con also. I saw a new car mile in Kansas that had been hit by hail the day before - amazing.
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Old 12th May 2015, 01:29
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Hi Fox

In recent weeks I heard the average number of CAT 3+ hurricanes per year (over the last 10 years) has increased in the Gulf of Mexico. Being only an occasional visitor to that lovely part of the world, I am unable to independently verify.
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Old 12th May 2015, 01:40
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Have a play here.
Hurricanes
Searching by year is good.

In short there was one big one, IKE,in 2008, which went up the middle of the gulf of mexico. The previous one was in 1950.
It is technically accurate to say there's been an increase in the last 10 years, but that's like sitting on a country porch and going "Wow, sure is busy" when a lone, lost tourist goes past mid-afternoon
Katrina, of course, started off as Atlantic then doubled back across Florida. The number of hurricanes that have crossed Florida to the gulf side has maybe gone up a little. I spent 2008 watching the season very closely as I sailed the Atlantic that year. It was a weird one, but so was the weather across the whole Atlantic. The Trade winds were practically non-existent.
Earl in 2010 I remember well. It basically went right over my new house in Canada - I got the roof finished 24 hours before it hit (Cat 1 by then) - no damage!!!

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Old 12th May 2015, 12:06
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Ah, climate change. Again.

If you want to see the main cause of climate change then I would suggest a bit of research on the Sun. Therein lies the answer.
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Old 12th May 2015, 12:14
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But not just sunspots, sir. Solar flares, solar eruptions, the solar wind* etc. A lot goes on in and on the Sun. Much of it not totally understood. But what is indeed understood is: what goes on in and on the Sun has a direct correlation to weather patterns on the Earth. And other things as well.

*the solar wind is currently at extremely high levels of activity.
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Old 12th May 2015, 12:22
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Oh, agreed. The sunspot cycle is a better indicator of climate rather than weather.
The sunspot strength certainly appears to be correlated to temperature decrease. Critically, periods of low sunspot activity seem to be preceded by 2 solar cycles which are longer than average. The last cycle, Cycle 23, was longer than average, and the current Cycle 24 also appear to be shaping up that way, which is why I'm keeping an eye on the daily Sunspot Number.

See here
LiveLeak.com - CERN CLOUD Experiment Shows Mini Ice Age 2015

Note the comments below, which give 2016/7 as the more likely date for a first noticeable temperature drop.
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Old 12th May 2015, 12:42
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Interesting link there. Hadn't seen that before. The daily sunspot number will now be part of my daily review, so to speak! Thanks.

Here's one for you, in case you haven't been here before: http://www.spaceweather.com/
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Old 12th May 2015, 13:33
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RIP, terribly sad. But I fail to see the relevance of the deceased's skin colour.
If you'd have spelled that "color" you might get the context. Our media is spring loaded over certain images, memes, and symbols. A black man hanged (or in this case, hanging) from a tree is an auto assumption of a KKK lynching in the minds of some folks, and they spread that as fast as the internet will take it.

That attitude is collateral damage from our Civil Rights conflicts over the years, I suppose.

EDITED:
Looks like the local cops do not suspect foul play.

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