Ban on using the word “tornado”

Written by chuck on March 17, 2009 – 10:47 am -

Written by James Spann.

ON THIS DATE IN 1952: A: The ban on using the word “tornado” was
actually issued in 1886 and ended in 1952. In the 1880s John P. Finley
of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, which then handled weather forecasting
for the USA, developed generalized forecasts on which days tornadoes
were most likely. But in 1886 the Army ended Finley’s program and
banned the word “tornado” from forecasts because “the harm done by a
(tornado) prediction would eventually be greater than that which
results form the tornado itself.” The thinking was that people would
be trampled in the panic if they heard a tornado was possible. The ban
stayed in place after the Weather Bureau, now the National Weather
Service, took over forecasting from the Army. A tornado that wrecked
52 large aircraft at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., on March 20, 1948,
spurred Air Force meteorologists to begin working on ways to forecast
twisters. The Weather Bureau also began looking for ways to improve
tornado forecasts and established the Severe Local Storm Warning
Center, which is now the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. The
ban on the word “tornado” fell on March 17, 1952 when the new center
issued its first “tornado watch.”

James Spann
abc33/40 Birmingham, Alabama


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Birmingham, AL SNOW!

Written by chuck on March 1, 2009 – 11:37 am -

It is very rare to have snow in Birmingham, Alabama. The last official snow was 3 thousand three hundred and nineteen days ago or January 28, 2000. Birmingham and central Alabama received between 1 and 4 + inches. Here are a few photos I took today on the eastern side of Birmingham. This is the East Lake and Roebuck area. There was 3 inches in my yard!.

ABC33/40 stayed on the air over 8 hours with live photos and radar updates. Yes, if you live up north, you will be laughing at us. We may not see another flake of snow for years, so this was a big event.

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Historic Ice Storm Hits Western Kentucky

Written by chuck on February 12, 2009 – 6:47 am -

Very interesting account of the ice storm in Paducah, Kentucky.

Interesting ice storm article and photos


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A very cool Lenticular cloud

Written by chuck on February 3, 2009 – 7:54 am -

Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Radar sun spike !

Written by chuck on January 17, 2009 – 9:38 am -

On Friday I was watching radar and saw this sun spike.
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Click here for details on radar sun spikes


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Barrow Sea Ice Webcam

Written by chuck on December 24, 2008 – 11:45 am -

This image has been recorded by a web cam overlooking the landfast ice (or coastal ocean during the ice-free period in summer) from atop the ASRC building in downtown Barrow, Alaska. The camera is looking approximately NNW.

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I feel it would be a great place to visit for about two days, then back to warmer weather.


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Mt. Rainier puts on a show!

Written by chuck on December 6, 2008 – 10:30 pm -

Those are called “lenticular clouds” They’re caused when the air flow is just right so when it flows over Mt. Rainier, the air gets pushed upward where it cools and condenses into clouds.

Very cool cloud photos


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1940 Armistice Day Blizzard

Written by chuck on November 11, 2008 – 10:44 am -

A perfect storm was brewing, with warm Gulf air racing into the vortex, where it mxed with extremely cold Canadian air. The Weather Bureau office in Chicago, however, was not staffed at night. So no one saw the rapidly exploding storm.

More on the Armistice Blizzard

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Bill Murray knows more about interesting weather history than anyone else I know!


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South Dakota Blizzard

Written by chuck on November 7, 2008 – 4:40 am -

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South Dakota Blizzard! Very interesting so early in the winter season!


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Lightning kills 52 cows

Written by chuck on October 25, 2008 – 10:13 am -

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