The March 3rd Tornado that swept its way through a Georgia neighbourhood carved a distinguishing path through a wooded area – leaving hundreds of downed trees.
In the middle of the down trees stands a two-story
home that made it through the Tornado seemingly untouched. It’s something you
have to see!
Ellerslie, GA resident Matt Gillespie captured drone
footage of the devastation left behind by the Tornado1 – see in
1: This Tornado took the lives of twenty three people –
including four people – and caused significant damage in Lee County Alabama
before it tore into GA. When the Tornado was in AL it was casuing EF-4 damage –
When the Tornado reached Ellerslie and Waverly Hall,
GA it was causing EF-2 damage. So it’s safe to suggest that it weakened
Gillespie said in a Facebook post that his parents’ home also suffered damage by the Tornado. However, no injuries were reported.
A study conducted – back in 2018 – found that over the past fourty years, Tornado frequency has increased over a “large swath” of the midwest and southeast and decreased in elements of the central and southern Great Plains – region traditionally associated with Tornado Alley.
The study, conducted by Northern Illinois University’s meteorology professor Victor Gensini and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory’s Harold Brooks found significant decreasing trends in frequencies of both Tornado reports and Tornado environments over elements of Texas, Oklahoma and northeast Colorado.
Tornado Alley suffice to say is the top zone for Tornadoes in the United States, however other including the “so-called” Dixie Alley which includes much of the lower Mississippi Valley region are catching up. The researchers identified substantial increasing trends of Tornado reports and Tornado environments in portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.
“Regions in the southeast and midwest are closing the gap when it comes to the number of Tornado reports. It’s not that Texas and Oklahoma do not get Tornadoes, they’re sstill the number one location in terms of Tornado frequency. But the trend in many locations is down over the past 40 years”
Victor Gensini, Northern Illinois University’s meteorology professor
stated that the study also looked at the frequency of Tornadoes in fine-scale
using two individual approaches. The researchers tracked the number of Tornado
reports from 1979 to 2017, whilst investigation regional trends in the daily
frequency of Tornado-environment formation over the same period – 1979 to 2017 –
using an index known as the Significant Tornado Parameter (STP).
used in order to predict severe weather, the index captures the coexistence of
atmospheric elements favourable for producing Tornadoes. Both the number of actual
Tornado reports and the historical STP analysis showed the eastward uptick in
trend is significant for understanding the potential for future Tornado
exposure, damage and casualties. Severe thunderstorms accompanied by Tornadoes,
hail and damaging winds cause an average of five point four billion dollars
each year across the U.S, events with with ten billion or more in damages are
no longer uncommon. Suffice to say we say that with the AL, GA Tornado outbreak
this past Sunday.
research has identified the southeast as particularly vulnerable to Tornadoes.
Simply because of factors such as longer and larger Tornado paths, expanding
population, density, mobile home density and higher night time Tornado
probabilities, most Tornado deaths occur in southeast – mid-south region. There’s
a theme developing here, you can attach this particular theory to the AL, GA
researchers cannot say for certain whether the eastward shift in Tornado
reports and environments might be caused by natural or human-induced climate
change. We have the opinion that it will be more natural. We found this study
fascinating, even a year after it was published. You can read it in full here.
This post was inspired by Dennis Mersereau (Forbes Contributor)
The comments really got to us during the outbreak Sunday. It’s suffice to say catostropheres like Tornadoes bring out a variety of human behaviour. We tend to see this on show at every turn – news station meteorologist on to rescuers and the everyday joe public looking for ways to help after a catastrophic event – like Sunday’s Tornado Outbreak in AL and GA.
However, a passing scroll through social media during a news station’s severe weather coverage illustrates what it looks like when individuals choose a different route. Individuals tend to send news station meteorologists angry (livid, furious) messages – and it even sometimes get to the threats stage – whenever the news station has to stop regular programming (much-loved television show, sports event) to cover severe weather.
Its suffice to say news stations almost (almost) always stop regular programming in favour of covering severe weather events – inc. Tornado warnings. Because we’re writing in the UK, this type of scenario is standard in the U.S. and is rarely disturbed just because the final round of a PGA tour event is on. It’s mind boggling to see the barrage of hate that news station meteorologists get every time a TV show or sporting event is interrupted in favour of live coverage of severe weather events.
This above scenario played out in front of our eyes on Sunday when a violent Tornado outbreak happened in Alabama, Georgia and surrounding areas. The most significant Tornado was an EF-4 (preliminary) which took the lives of twenty three people in Lee County, Alabama. Whilst news station meteorologists warned people – to seek shelter – who were in the soon-to-be affected area – they had to go through cruel, bitter and spiteful tweets from viewers to put a PGA golf tournament back on air – see in tweets below.
FYI: no matter how much pressure the news station meteorologists receive from d**khead viewers to put a PGA golf event back on when a Tornado is destroying homes and changing lives, it’s extremely unlikely that a news station will ever chose to run normal – irrelevant TV – programming whilst a significant Tornado is occurring. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!
As Mersereau said in his post, “no matter how much selfish and angry hate mail people send”.
Our personal point of view can be found
“ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN! You’ll just have to wait and see Tiger Wood’s meet his next mistress on the course later…”
News stations report
severe weather events – Tornado warnings – simply because it’s a hugely
(massively, enormously…) important service which essence saves lives. A severe
weather/Tornado warning ticker scrolling across the screen isn’t enough to save
lives. The viewers in the path of what could be a significant Tornado need to
see the radar, hear the towns and street names mentioned in order to drive home
and face the particular scenario.
“I’m getting angry whilst writing this post just thinking of people moaning about such a thing. We’re going to close this post on this last paragraph!”
Jamie Simms, website lead
incredible technology at our disposal today, we have the ability to track
Tornadoes in real-time – see debris being lofted in the air. It would be irresponsible,
thoughtless and stupid not to use the incredible technology we have at
presently in order to warn people in the path of a severe storm – Tornado.
Thanks to Dennis Mersereau for inspiring this post. We highly suggest you go and read his version on the same subject here.