Wireless Emergency Alerts
(WEA) are a new service from U.S. weather service and FEMA. Starting in June, they will send a text message with a strange tone to your mobile device if you are in range of a Tornado Warning, Tsunami Warning or other major event (in the U.S. only). Major events include "Presidential Alerts." You do not need to sign up. Washington Post Capital Weather Gang
has a few more details.
One year ago today, a tornado devastated
Joplin, Missouri. Photographer Robert X. Fogarty's "Dear World" project commemorates the survivors of that day with two galleries
of portraits. Each survivor has a short message written on his or her skin: "I survived Joplin's EF-5
." "Together these work miracles
A wave of powerful storm cells
swept the southeastern United States this week, spawning hundreds of tornadoes
that wreaked havoc from Texas to Virginia. While damage was widespread throughout the region, the most terrible toll was seen in Alabama, which has accounted for two-thirds of the more than 300 reported deaths
-- the deadliest since the Great Depression -- and where many small towns
were simply wiped from the map. Especially hard-hit was the university town of Tuscaloosa, the state's fifth-largest, where a monstrous F5 tornado (seen in this terrifying firsthand video
) tore a vicious track
through entire neighborhoods and business districts -- narrowly missing the region's primary hospital -- and continuing a path that rained debris as far as Birmingham, over sixty miles away. The disaster prompted a visit from President Obama today
, who declared "I've never seen devastation like this"
after surveying the area with Governor Robert Bentley, Senator Richard Shelby, and Mayor Walter Maddox
. More: photos from In Focus
and The Big Picture
, aerial footage of the aftermath
, "before and after" sliders
, the path of the Tuscaloosa twister on Google Maps
, People Locator
, local aid information
, MetaTalk check-in thread
Australia is copping another pounding from natural disasters.
After the floods across Brisbane (previously
) in South-east Queensland, North Queensland
is in the firing line for a Category 5
cyclone called Yasi
The official warning: THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING RECENT GENERATIONS. [more inside]
The (U.S.) National Weather Service has released its report on a strong tornado that occured in Iowa the evening of May 25th.
On the evening of May 25th, 2008 a tornado
rated at EF5
(estimated wind speed was around 205 MPH!!) obliterated half of the town of Parkersburg, Iowa
people have died, and 70 were injured. Here is a PDF
containing incredible pictures of the damage (taken by employees of the NWS during their survey). [more inside]
Disaster at Sea!!
A collection of dozens & dozens of photographs of misfortune striking those GIGANTIC shipping vessels, the kind that bring goods from China to Wal Mart. Every kind of affliction imaginable, from shipboard fire
to heavy weather
to grounding amidst crushing waves
to capsizing from ill balanced loads
to random explosive cargo
to terrorist attack
to so much more. Descriptions of the vessels and what brought them down are included in the first link.
Current NIDS Data.
I like this page because I can see if my house is going to be fried by a lightning strike or flattened by a tornado without having to put up will all of weather.com or intellicast's popup ad B.S. It's very convenient and timely.