Archive for the ‘Tornadoes’ Category
Monday, May 30th, 2011
American Libraries recently published an update of the public libraries damaged by tornadoes in April. Below is a quote from the article. Click on this URL to read the entire article: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/05042011/tornados-rip-apart-several-libraries-south.
Although the Tuscaloosa Public Library escaped the storm, six staff members lost their homes. The day after the tornado, area residents swamped the branches in search of internet access, electricity for their mobile devices, and an oasis of calm. “For most,TPL was the only means of communication to family and friends after the storm. Plus, we were a place of normalcy and comfort after the pain of the storms,” Public Relations Coordinator Vince Bellofatto told AL.
Thursday, May 26th, 2011
I found this site today, WebProNews, at http://www.webpronews.com/google-maps-joplin-tornado-2011-05, which contains Google maps showing the path of the monster tornado that shredded much of Joplin, MO earlier this week, as well as videos showing the development and movement of the storm from satellite, and from a helicopter just after the storm had dissipated. Especially, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see an unreal, but real, before-and-after of a residential neighborhood there.
Monday, May 23rd, 2011
We are all heartsick to hear about the catastrophic tornado damage that occurred in Joplin, MO last night, as well as in other areas of the Midwest. See the New York Times story about Joplin here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/24/us/24tornado.html?_r=1&hp. It gives better information than some other sources, particularly about St. John’s Regional Hospital in Joplin, which sustained a direct hit, and mentions near the end of the story that nurses who had been on the sixth floor when the tornado warning was announced, immediately began the appropriate response procedures. Sources say that the tornado was “rain wrapped,” which made it difficult or impossible to see.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Click on the link below to view an interesting video of April’s tornado outbreak from the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory:
Also, click on this map to see a visual representation of tornado activity in the US from 1950-2010:
Thursday, April 28th, 2011
SE/A is doing a great job responding to the impact of tornadoes in their region. Here’s a situation update they published recently in SE/A Currents: http://nnlm.gov/sea/newsletter/. Click on the map below to see the extent of the tornado activity.
Monday, April 25th, 2011
Tornadoes are wreaking havoc across the continental U. S. this month, even in states not usually considered to be at high risk, such as Virginia. The jury appears to be still out on why–global warming? Better detection technology and reporting? Probably some of both. Here’s an excellent site provided by NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS)–their Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/. On the site, severe weather warnings are available from the link above the map. If you don’t have a weather radio to give you alerts about approaching storms, you can keep an eye on the situation nationally or in your locality via this NWS site.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
As you can see from the NOAA map below (click to enlarge), peak tornado activity occurs at different months of the year. March, for example, begins peak tornado season for states in the Southeast, whereas peak tornado season in New England doesn’t begin until June. Nationwide, April and May are the months with the most tornadoes, so now is a good time for all of us to look over our tornado procedures and make sure that staff are trained on how to respond to both a tornado watch and a warning.