Wednesday, 21 April 2004
quote [ At About 1:01 PM on March 18, trees began to snap north-northwest of Ellington, Missouri, and for the next three and a half hours more people would die, more schools would be destroyed, more students and farm owners would be killed, and more deaths would occur in a single city than from any other tornado in U.S. history. ]
Its Tornado Season again here in Iowa, and here is an informative post on how wicked and real these suckers are.
On Sunday, August 10, 1924, four miles east of Thurman, Colorado, the Garrett, Yoder, and Kuhns families gathered at Henry Kuhns' ranch after a Mennonite service. Twenty-seven people had just finished a harvest celebration dinner. Just after 1:00 pm, one of the men spotted a tornado to the north, in the direction of an adjoining ranch.[sci&tech] [by Oddjob@9:09pmGMT] [+6 Good]
Very much in the Mennonite tradition of assisting people after disasters, Henry Kuhns and eight other men left to see whether help was needed. When they saw that no buildings had been hit, they returned to the ranch to witness the most tragic moment of their lives. What may have been the next member of that tornado family was bearing down from the west, directly at the ranch house. Eighteen women and children inside were apparently unaware of the approach of an intense, 100-yard-wide funnel.
The men drove southward as fast as possible but, as they came to within 200 yards of the front gate, the house "trembled as if a giant unseen fist was shaking it." After a few seconds "the structure was ripped apart and its occupants hurled into the air." Ten of the 18 people died; nine of the 10 were children.
Well I live in Iowa and yes, its now that time of year as I see from the Tornado warning we recieved last night and large hail. Here is a little information Ive slapped together for you all who might not be so close to these horrific, powerfull, and truly chaotic beasts.
A nicely done website with lots of information and pics
A nice professionAL FAQ about tornados
The intensity scale with pictures diaplaying each
Some sweet free pictures
...and some kick ass high res photos.
Yesterday's tornados, hail, high winds, and their damage reports
Some stories of Oddities from tornados, the midwest is riddled with these strange tales.
said @ 9:37pm GMT on 21st Apr
If I saw one of those beast's outside my window I'd shit myself.
said @ 10:10pm GMT on 21st Apr
OMG how I'd poop my pants!
said @ 9:51pm GMT on 21st Apr
I am a huge storm dork. One of the kids who follows them anywhere well that is in my vacinity. Living in South Dakota you'd think I've seen my fair share but I can't get enough. I've been through only 5 tornados my entire life. Three tornados in one day last year. Good times, unless of course you lose all your shit. Nothing bad has happened to me thus far, a slight delay on my way to Omaha to see the Faint once and thats about it.
said @ 9:54pm GMT on 21st Apr
It's funny when a native midwesterner (such as myself) and a Californian talk natural disasters. I once told someone from L.A. I would never want to live there, the earthquakes are just ridiculous. He replied that the earthquakes are nothing and that he's never lost anything in one. He was, however, terrified of tornadoes and would never move to the midwest.
said @ 10:11pm GMT on 21st Apr
Last year one left a trail of destruction 30 miles long near where I once lived. Luckily, it was so sparsely populated an area there was no property damage.
said @ 10:23pm GMT on 21st Apr
I was 9 the first time we lost a house to a tornado, I was too young to be scared really, I just recall being in the corner of the celler and suddenly as the house got blown away all the air went out and my dog almost got sucked out.
The second tornado I was in I was in a drain pipe and watched my first car get torn apart....it was a 67 mustang fully cherry......that time I cried.
tornados still dont scare me, I follow them whenever I can, a good photo is worth a few hundred to a thousand dollers (got the grand for my pic of a tornado lifting a train engine), well worth the risk of a few scratches to my pickup.
said @ 4:04am GMT on 22nd Apr
When I was about five months pregnant with my first child, a decent-sized tornado touched down a quarter-mile from the apartment I was in at the time; I was running down the stairs and across the driveway to the apartment complex's shelter when an enormous tree was uprooted and fell about ten feet from where I was when the tornado sirens first went off.
I live in earthquake country now; I'm scared stiff of earthquakes but at least there are things you can do that'll help your chances of survival. Tornados are whimsical motherfuckers.
said @ 2:34am GMT on 23rd Apr
You aint lyin there sista.
said @ 1:52pm GMT on 23rd Apr
I live in Alaska. We don't get twisters, we get hungry 9'tall bears.
Still cool, though.
said @ 12:32am GMT on 27th Apr
YUMMMMM bear steaks!
Yiyuk rules! *S*