A trend of well-below the 10-year average number of estimated tornadoes, observed since 2012, continues so far, according to the US Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and local storm reports from the National Weather Service (NWS).
770 tornadoes were reported up to July 17, 2016, while the data collected in the period between 2005 and 2015 indicates the average number of recorded tornadoes to the same date is 1 069.
WPSD, Nov. 17, 2013: One of the plant’s four enrichment production buildings, the adjacent cooling towers and nearby electrical switchyard sustained most of the damage. Several of the transite panels that cover the building were torn off or broken. Electrical power poles, wiring and other electrical circuits were also damaged. The shrouds or collars that surround the fans on this set of cooling towers were destroyed.
Damaged cooling tower (SOURCE: USEC)
NBC Lexington, KY, Nov. 18, 2013: Officials were continuing to monitor the facility Monday, but said there had been no hazardous material releases, according to the statement.
NRC Report, Nov. 17, 2013: [A]n alert was declared at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant due to an apparent tornado strike/severe weather event. […] “This event is reportable under 10 CFR 76.120(a)(4) where an emergency condition has been declared an Alert. […]”
The tornado that killed 18 people, including 4 storm chasers, west of Oklahoma City Friday was wider than any tornado ever observed or surveyed according to the National Weather Service and leading tornado researcher, Howard Bluestein. The massive El Reno, Okla. twister reached an unthinkable maximum width of 2.6 miles.
“This is the biggest ever,” Bluestein said.
The El Reno tornado of May 31, 2013 is officially the widest known tornado in the U.S. Rated EF-5. ow.ly/i/2hfDG#okwx#txwx
The previous widest tornado record was the F4-rated (on the 0-5 scale) Wilber – Hallam, Nebraska twister that touched down on May 22, 2004. It had a maximum width of 2.5 miles.
The El Reno tornado, originally rated an EF-3 (on the 0-5 Enhanced Fujita scale), was also upgraded to an EF-5, the most intense class of twisters. The upgrade arose not due to the funnel’s width, but because of astonishing wind speed information sensed from several mobile doppler radar units that were in the field, staffed by research meteorologists.
Bluestein, a University of Oklahoma professor, said two of his graduate students clocked wind speeds as high as 296 mph on their mobile doppler unit while observing the storm from the east.
Shawnee, Oklahoma (CNN) — A powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City on Monday, ripping roofs off buildings, leveling homes and leaving a massive band of destruction in its wake.
In the desperate seconds and minutes after the storm passed, the human toll was not yet clear.
Survivors emerged from shelters to see an apocalyptic vision — the remnants of cars twisted and piled on each other to make what had been a parking lot look like a junk yard. Bright orange flames roaring from a structure that was blazing even as rain continued to fall.
Links on what will happen if reactor No.4 SFP collapses are down below.
From the article:
“Tepco completed installing a temporary cover at the No. 1 reactor building to prevent the diffusion of radioactive substances by the end of October. The cover is designed to withstand winds of 25 meters per second (56 miles per hour), Matsumoto said.”
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501)’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant faces its second typhoon season since the March 11 disaster last year, raising the risk of further radiation leaks if storms thrash exposed pools of uranium fuel rods or tanks holding contaminated water.
Typhoon Guchol hit Japan this week and moved up the main island of Honshu, prompting warnings of floods and landslides from the Japan Meteorological Agency. The Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant wasn’t damaged by the storm, which passed north of the crippled nuclear station, Tokyo Electric spokesman Taichi Okazaki said by telephone on June 21.
Typhoons rake through Japan’s islands most summers. The difference this year is Guchol arrived just a month after one of the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded in the nation hit Tsukuba, about 170 kilometers (106 miles) southwest of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi facility. The tornado, one of four to make landfall on May 6, ripped through an area 17 kilometers long and 500 meters wide, the weather agency said in a May 16 report.
The twisters killed a teenage boy, injured 50, wrecked nearly 300 houses and raised concern among scientists about tornado risk at the Fukushima plant, where explosions last year blew roofs off pools holding spent uranium fuel rods.
“Uranium spent fuel pools of No. 3 and No. 4 reactors are currently naked,” Kazuhiko Kudo, a research professor of nuclear engineering at Kyushu University, said on June 5. “A tornado with winds of 100 meters per second like the one that hit Tsukuba could suck up the pool water,” exposing the fuel rods. He raised the concern during a meeting assessing safety measures at the crippled plant in May, he said.
As dismantling and decommissioning the reactors will take decades, Tepco should review the plant’s safety measures against not only aftershocks and tsunamis but also tornadoes and huge typhoons, even if the possibility of extreme phenomena are very low, said Kudo, one of 12 members of the advisory panel to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, or NISA.
There has been a natural disaster that has caused at least a billion dollars of damage inside the United States every single month so far this year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there have been 10 major disasters in the United States this year. On average, usually there are only about 3 major disasters a year. At this point, disasters are happening inside the United States so frequently that there seems to be no gap between them. We just seem to go from one major disaster to the next. Last year, FEMA declared an all-time record of 81 disasters inside the United States. This year, we are on pace for well over 100. We just got done dealing with Hurricane Irene, and now we are dealing with historic wildfires in Texas and unprecedented flooding up in the northeast part of the country. This has been the worst year for natural disasters in U.S. history, and we still have nearly four months left to go. Hopefully after everything that has happened this year it has become abundantly clear to all of us why we need to prepare for emergencies. The world is becoming an increasingly unstable place, and you never know what is going to happen next.
Expect severe weather up to and including tornadoes in the following areas due to HAARP Ring activity over each named town:
Des Moines Iowa
North Indiana along the Michigan Border as far west as Chicago as far east as Lorain Ohio / Cleveland Ohio.
Also watch Grand Rapids , Grayling, Mio, Michigan— although the state of Michigan may just be the accellerator moving the storms along their track…. we shall see about michigan getting severe.. i don’t quite know yet on this… since it seems the whole state is covered by two of the rings…
The rest of the named areas can also be seen by pausing this video and making note of the area, and then compare 2 days later to see what was hit.
5/25/2011 — expect another very busy weather day = entire midwest under severe threat
Just a heads up .. in case you somehow missed it all yesterday .. today will be a bit more of the same.. severe across the board most likely.
My forecast from earlier today covers several areas, and names the specific towns that may have a threat watch associated with them due to the HAARP Ring activity.
Hundreds of people died yesterday. These storms are as severe as they can get.. F5 tornadoes, softball sized “spiked mace” type hail, torrential rain, flash flooding, and heavy lighting activity.
Beware today if you live in the midwest, if you hear a tornado siren, PLEASE do not dismiss it !! Take warning and move to the proper interior location.
much love to one another, and stay safe in you are in the area from Texas north to North Dakota, west to Colorado, and east to New York State.. bascially 2/3 of the country.
5/25/2011 — St. Louis, Memphis, Little Rock Paducah, Chicago, Shreveport = 24 – 48 severe
Several “HAARP Rings” VLF UHF appeared over St. Louis, Missouri – Memphis, Tennessee – Little Rock, Arkansas – Chicago Illinois / North Indiana – Shreveport and Baton Rouge Louisiana.
All areas may expect to get severe weather up to and including tornadoes in the next 24-48 hours based upon the “appearing” of the “HAARP Rings” with the epicenter of each ring being the aforementioned cities.
More information will be updated as more rings appear throughout the night tonight and into tomorrow.
5/24/2011 — Dozens of tornadoes develop = Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia
5/24/2011 — Tornadoes in Oklahoma City, Kansas, forming near North Carolina, and Virginia
5/24/2011 — Severe storms heading to St. Louis, Des Moines, Topeka, KC, and OKC
Each area from two days ago HAARP ring outbreak and Scalar Square activity.. is going to get hit today with severe weather up to and including tornadoes.
Areas to be hit today are:
Saint Louis, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Des Moines, Iowa
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
This list WILL expand to cover more of the cities forecasted by the HAARP ring forecasters over the past few days.
for the past 24 hours I hit the road and last night was NOT able to upload.
So if you are curious about the HAARP ring activity that led up to TODAY’s severe outbreak.. search youtube for “haarp ring” over the past 24 hours.
Several of the other haarp ring forecasters have been on top of this..
and SOO many more.. these are just off the top of my head!
5/23/2011 — Joplin Missouri Forecast = CORRECT also including clarification on “issues raised”
The first video even confused some of my regular viewers.. HOPE THIS HELPS!!
JOPLIN WAS ADDED TO THE LIST btw.. but thats NOT what the point of the previous video is that I have since removed..
I showed the whole area and showed the targets to be hit.. it JUST SO HAPPENS that in the middle of all 3 large rings sits joplin.. and if you follow the track the storm took.. it went RIGHT THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE RINGS! This proves, in my opinion, that the ring directly north and directly south of joplin sent the storm right over Joplin itself.
Look at the rings, and the areas that were hit, it is very obvious.
the description below the video was updated accordingly SEVERAL times over the past 2 days now.
This does NOT invalidate the forecast for the area, etc.. it gave “trolls” a way to find a hole in the forecast.. saying I cheated by updating the description box. Which i suppose technically, is true in a way.. will have to address this somehow on my blog.. maybe a spreadsheet that I can update so there are no cross posts on the original video… will look into this.
LOL at saying im “cheating” by updating the description box now.. I guess thats better than being called a government agent, a paid schill, a begger, a satanist, a nazi, or a disinformation agent.
Now we can add , forecast cheater/updater, to the list apparently!!! ahahah :^)
showing the description update was NOT my real focus, and so i have deleted === everyone else 2 days ago who saw and reported Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas KNOWS this.. however, the average viewer does not…. thus this video, and this description are necessary to clairy any “confusion” being generated by naysayers.
again, JOPLIN was NOT named in the video.. JOPLIN was named along the way in the description box. thats how I do the forecasts. everyone knows this.
(Reuters) – At least 89 people have died in Joplin, Missouri, and the toll is expected to climb as one of the deadliest tornadoes in state history roared through the small Midwestern city on Sunday, local officials said on Monday.
Rescue crews from throughout the region worked through the night in the town of about 50,000 people in search of the dead and injured and to aid those left homeless.
Officials said they expected to find more bodies with first light on Monday as they dig through the rubble.
The tornado blew the roof off one hospital with about 180 patients and some 2,000 other buildings were destroyed.
“It is a significant tragedy,” said Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. “We’re working on all cylinders. We’ve got to get an active and complete search … to make sure if there is anyone still alive in the rubble that we get them out.”
In the towns of Saint Louis Missouri, Springfield Illinois, Omaha Nebraska, Lacrosse Wisconsin, and Dixon to Chicago Illinois, and Milwaukee… expect severe weather up to and including tornadoes in the next 24-48 hours from now .. 300am CST 4/30/2011 .
Based upon the “HAARP VLF UHF” radar rings showing up around each effected area.
Wednesday’s storms took out all of TVA’s electric power transmission lines in Mississippi and North Alabama, and forced Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant unto diesel backup power and into emergency and automatic cold shutdown.
Bill McCollum, the chief operating officer of Tennessee Valley Authority, said it may be weeks before power can be restored to all of the 300,000 customers whose power is supplied by the federal utility.
“With the level of damage we have, it will be — we hope it will be days until we get most of the customers back on, but it will be weeks before we’ve fully repaired all of the damage,” he said.
McCollum said the reactors, now being cooled by backup diesel power, are safe.
Alabama and other southern states are reeling from a series of tornadoes that killed more than 200 people. But there’s no nuclear disaster to go with the natural disaster — a promising sign amid concerns that the U.S. could someday face a nuclear crisis like the one that has followed the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The savage storms in that passed through parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia on Wednesday knocked out power to the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant, about 30 miles west of Huntsville, Ala.
….. “The Browns Ferry units are among 23 U.S. reactors that are similar in design to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan where backup generators were swept away in the tsunami that followed the massive earthquake on March 11,” Reuters reported.
The three boiling water reactors at TVA’s Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama shut down automatically with cooling systems powered by “a combination of offsite transmission and on-site diesel generators.” However, the shutdown was notified as an ‘unusual event’ to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission “when the normal and alternate power supplies for essential equipment were unavailable for more than 15 minutes.” TVA stressed that “safety systems performed well.”
The plant shut down on 27 April at 4.36 pm and units 2 and 3 achieved cold shutdown at 2.43 am and 5.45 am on 28 April respectively. TVA said that unit 1 was was being cooled and the priority now was to get that reactor into cold shutdown as well.
Watertown, Martinsburg New York, within 24-48 hours from now.. tornados and severe weather will hit the center of the ring area.
Harper Kansas .. no pun intended on HAARP play on words… in Kansas at I-35 east of Caldwell .. at the state line exactly = tornado or VERY severe weather after this current storm blows through.. in 24-48 hours from now.
One of the more surprising victims of this weekend’s dramatic tornado flurry that ravaged numerous states causing the deaths of 45 people, were two nuclear reactors operated by Dominion Resources in Surry County, Virginia on April 16. Luckily, it appears that the shutdowns have been contained.
From Reuters: “Dominion Virginia Power said the two nuclear reactors at its Surry Power Station shut down automatically when a tornado touched down and cut off an electrical feed to the station. The U.S. south was hit by violent storms over the weekend. No radiation was released during the storm and shutdown, the NRC and the company said. The situation was described as an “unusual event,” the lowest of the four NRC emergency classification levels.”
The Guardian adds: “The US nuclear safety regulator said on Mondayit was monitoring the Surry nuclear power plant in Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power said the two reactors shut down automatically when a tornado cut off power to the plant. A backup diesel generator kicked in to cool the fuel. The regulator said no radiation was released and staff were working to restore electricity to the plant.” Perhaps this is a modest but much needed validation that not every natural disaster will result in some form of nuclear incident. Then again, we will follow news of when precisely the Surry plant will officially regain full electricity. Continue reading »
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More than 240 tornadoes have been reported since Thursday, including a “family” of 92 tornadoes that killed at least 22 people and left 84,000 without power in North Carolina on Saturday. Tornado activity has been heavier this year than last, according to the National Weather Service.
HARTFORD, Conn.—National Weather Service officials have confirmed that tornadoes touched down in four Connecticut towns during severe storms on Wednesday that knocked over scores of trees and wires across the state.
Meteorologists surveyed the damage Thursday and determined that tornadoes touched down in Litchfield, Thomaston, Bristol and the Terryville section of Plymouth. No injuries were reported. Continue reading »
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Why: The Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM) will announce that more than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition rejecting claims of human-caused global warming. The purpose of OISM’s Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climate damage is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis.
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WASHINGTON (AFP) — US authorities rushed aid to disaster areas Monday after a series of tornadoes tore across the United States, killing at least 22 people, shattering homes and businesses, and leaving tens of thousands without power.
US President George W. Bush called it a “sad day” for devastated communities in the states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Georgia and promised emergency federal aid.
A total of 14 people were reported dead in Missouri, two in the southeastern state of Georgia, and six in Oklahoma, which earlier had reported seven fatalities. There were also scores of injured.
“We are still conducting some search and rescue today,” Susie Stonner, a spokeswoman for Missouri’s department of emergency management, told AFP, adding that some of the injured were “in hospital in critical condition.”
Numerous tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma late Saturday as the storms ripped across the state at 35-45 miles per hour (55-70 kmh), killing seven in the area near the town of Picher, the Oklahoma department of emergency management said. Some 150 people were injured there.
Fierce winds ripped roofs off houses, and other homes were thrashed to kindling as the storms downed power lines, utility poles and trees.
“In some cases, only a home’s concrete slab remains,” Oklahoma authorities said in a statement.