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Melusine
2005-Jun-30, 09:46 AM
VIOLENT NATURE!

Ok, Frogesque's post here (http://badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=494312&sid=12b64750e0c687f0159fcb1 0fe70e03b#494312) got me going. This is what a Weather Nerd like myself does in the wee hours of the morn - look at 100's of photos of storms. 8-[

But if anybody hasn't looked at our (US) tax dollars at work, then I would heavily recommend checking out the part of "Good Government" at NOAA Photo Library (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/). I love old historic photos of storms (don't tornados look even more ominous in black & white?), but there are plenty of new ones, and lest foreigners feel left out, there are plenty of photos of other countries and locales.

Here are some I scavenged to give you an idea - they're so cool - especially in Hi-Res. There are over 20,000 photos, but this is the Historic NWS Catalogue page (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/nwind7.htm) and includes everything from tornados, hurricanes, foliage, clouds, aurora borealis, dust storms, launching of rockets and weather balloons, etc. Here are some samples of old photos:

My favorite hurricane (everyone should have a fave) 1938 New England Coast seawall (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00412.htm)

This one's for Maksutov - 1954 Old Lyme, Connecticut. (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00403.htm)

Largest natural disaster in loss of life in the US - 1900 Galveston Hurricane (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00586.htm)

Duststorm, Spearman, Texas 1935 (scary) (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea01422.htm)

Tornado, Vulcan Alberta, Canada 1927 (what a monster!) (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00208.htm)

The Great Waterspout, Vineyard Sound 1896 (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00303.htm)

Lightning striking the Eiffel Tower 1902 (cool) (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00602.htm)

Lightning striking the Empire State Building 1934 (even cooler) (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00610.htm)

More recent photo - thank somebody you weren't a royal palm tree! Hurricane Andrew (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00546.htm)

Beauty in the midst of war - from Wolkem im Luftmeer - German bi-plane in clouds (http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/historic/nws/wea00007.htm)

Well, that's enough...for now. :P

Joe The Dude
2005-Jun-30, 10:30 AM
It looks like I won't be sleeping any time soon!
:o

Seriously though, thanks for the cool pictures.
8)

The palm tree with the board through it reminds me of one I saw in Galveston a while back, after a big hurricane.

~The Dude

Melusine
2005-Jun-30, 10:37 AM
It looks like I won't be sleeping any time soon!
:o

Seriously though, thanks for the cool pictures.
8)

The palm tree with the board through it reminds me of one I saw in Galveston a while back, after a big hurricane.

~The Dude
What part of Texas, if I may ask, are you in? The tornado part? The hurricane part? The dust storm area? Blizzard area? Flood area? Baseball size hail locale? Or just the part where you get heatstroke from real feel temperatures of 117-120 degrees Fahrenheit? Maybe your worst enemy is just the rattlesnake or brown recluse spider, alligators or the scorpion. :lol:

Joe The Dude
2005-Jun-30, 11:55 AM
What part of Texas, if I may ask, are you in? The tornado part? The hurricane part? The dust storm area? Blizzard area? Flood area? Baseball size hail locale? Or just the part where you get heatstroke from real feel temperatures of 117-120 degrees Fahrenheit? Maybe your worst enemy is just the rattlesnake or brown recluse spider, alligators or the scorpion. :lol:

I'm in a "Tornado, Hurricane and Baseball Size Hail" zone.
:o

However, I'm on high ground that's surrounded by a flood plain, so when it floods, I'm like a man alone on a small isle...
#-o

Edited To Add:
http://www.roguide.net/castaway.gif

Melusine
2005-Jun-30, 12:08 PM
What part of Texas, if I may ask, are you in? The tornado part? The hurricane part? The dust storm area? Blizzard area? Flood area? Baseball size hail locale? Or just the part where you get heatstroke from real feel temperatures of 117-120 degrees Fahrenheit? Maybe your worst enemy is just the rattlesnake or brown recluse spider, alligators or the scorpion. :lol:

I'm in a "Tornado, Hurricane and Baseball Size Hail" zone.
:o

However, I'm on high ground that's surrounded by a flood plain, so when it floods, I'm like a man alone on a small isle...
#-o

Edited To Add:
http://www.roguide.net/castaway.gif
Well, that's confusing, because the serious tornados (not little twisters that tend to pop down on double-wides) are in northern Texas, and the serious hurricane damage would be on the coast and there's no elevation, unless you're in a building, and the baseball hail is more inland, and the flood plains are pretty much all east Texas, so that doesn't help me a bit...but it sounds like you can't go underground or aboveground, so you're screwed either way. :P

Joe The Dude
2005-Jun-30, 12:17 PM
Ah!

I forgot to mention that I have residences in Dallas and Galveston, but Houston is my primary residence.
:wink:

Edited to add
Do you have any advice for Colorado?

The wife and I are thinking about selling our Texas houses and moving there sometime next year.

(I need a new mouse as this one keeps jumping around and clicking stuff on it's own)

<3)~

Melusine
2005-Jun-30, 12:34 PM
Ah!

I forgot to mention that I have residences in Dallas and Galveston, but Houston is my primary residence.
:wink:

Edited to add
Do you have any advice for Colorado?

The wife and I are thinking about selling our Texas houses and moving there sometime next year.

(I need a new mouse as this one keeps jumping around and clicking stuff on it's own)

<3)~
Oh, that's cheating! But, no, I only know the Denver area...Spacewriter, I believe, is from Boulder. Colorado is very nice, but too landlocked for me. Still, it's better than Houston, if you'd like to breathe or exercise outside, I suppose. Funny, I know somebody who lives in Houston and has residences in Dallas and Galveston...hmm. :-k

Well, this thread is for storm pictures..... :wink:

gethen
2005-Jun-30, 12:58 PM
Great pictures, Melusine. That one of Galveston after the hurricane reminds me of an article I read about that storm. It seems that a Catholic priest who was an amateur meterologist in Cuba was watching that storm and knew it was going to be bad if it hit the Texas coast, but was unable to make contact with anyone in Texas to warn them. So lots and lots of people walked down the shoreline at Galveston to watch the big waves and weird sky. The storm surge drowned many of them right there.

Argos
2005-Jun-30, 02:20 PM
Ok, hereīs a rare one for your collection: The first and only south Atlantic hurricane ever recorded:Catarina (http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/images/eol/2004/catarina.html).

Ainīt it cute? :D

Melusine
2005-Jun-30, 03:12 PM
Great pictures, Melusine. That one of Galveston after the hurricane reminds me of an article I read about that storm. It seems that a Catholic priest who was an amateur meterologist in Cuba was watching that storm and knew it was going to be bad if it hit the Texas coast, but was unable to make contact with anyone in Texas to warn them. So lots and lots of people walked down the shoreline at Galveston to watch the big waves and weird sky. The storm surge drowned many of them right there.
Yeah, you're right Gethen, Cuba knew about the hurricane since they have so much experience and Isaac Cline of the Weather Bureau in Galveston had a bit too much of that "It won't happen here, it's never happened here," kind of thinking.

They still sort of have some complacency today; I was in Galveston visiting from out of state the week of Hurricane Andrew plowed in New Orleans in August of 1992. (http://www.livescience.com/images/ig19_hurricanes_04_02.jpg) :-? We were on the beach and the weather was fine, but there were some ominous clouds out in the Gulf of Mexico. Some people were boarding up their homes and stores, but SOME was really a lot fewer than I would expect. I thought it was shortsighted--even meteorologists get hurricanes wrong, but it turned out OK for them...that time. Still, each generation should heed history. :-?

Argos, "your" hurricane is "cute"...a Cat 1...OK, you need some real weather down there! :D

ToSeek
2005-Jun-30, 05:03 PM
While we're sharing cool photos...

Clouds planes create (http://weblog.physorg.com/news2269.html)

Melusine
2005-Jun-30, 06:17 PM
While we're sharing cool photos...

Clouds planes create (http://weblog.physorg.com/news2269.html)
That is cool...a direct link to small photo: http://fluidmech.net/tutorials/sonic/f18-clouds.jpg

I couldn't get the web site to open that it's attached to. :(

Argos
2005-Jun-30, 06:30 PM
Argos, "your" hurricane is "cute"...a Cat 1...OK, you need some real weather down there! :D

Well that cutie has killed 11 people. The navy issued an alert (coordinated by the the American NHC) but it was largely ignored because the media refused to call it a hurricane, preferring the clumsy nomenclature "extratropical cyclone". Ok, it was born as an ETC but it got over unusually warm waters and became a hurricane. Maybe if the term "hurricane" had been used those lives could have been spared.

Weeks ago three fully organized tornadoes in a row hit the heart of the state of São Paulo, another unprecedented event. One of them reached F2 status. Fully developed tornadoes had never been recorded down here.

publiusr
2005-Jun-30, 07:52 PM
www.caribwx.com
www.tornadoproject.com

www.stormtrack.org Check out the chase forums.

Melusine
2005-Jul-08, 12:19 PM
Darn Dennis is ruining my vacation plans! (http://www.osei.noaa.gov/OSEIiod.html) No matter where it heads, it will be in my way, as indicated here. (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) :evil:

No word on the shuttle launch yet. They're waiting for wind prognistications before they move it.

Argos
2005-Jul-08, 12:46 PM
Darn Dennis is ruining my vacation plans! (http://www.osei.noaa.gov/OSEIiod.html) No matter where it heads, it will be in my way, as indicated here. (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) :evil:

No word on the shuttle launch yet. They're waiting for wind prognistications before they move it.

I donīt think itīll fly this week, the way things go...

Melusine
2005-Jul-08, 02:15 PM
Darn Dennis is ruining my vacation plans! (http://www.osei.noaa.gov/OSEIiod.html) No matter where it heads, it will be in my way, as indicated here. (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) :evil:

No word on the shuttle launch yet. They're waiting for wind prognistications before they move it.

I donīt think itīll fly this week, the way things go...
As of this morning they said it's still a go. The problem is getting there. I was watching footage last night of around Cuba. We shall see. All I know is if Hurricane season is like last year again...well, some things only got fixed recently. :roll:

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