Moore Oklahoma tornado!!!!

My partner has been gone and so i could not get a post done but now i can!!!!!

Did you hear about the Moore tornado? It was a EF4 or a EF5 tornado (someone said this then I looked at that: TOO CONFUSING!) Which means it was, 207-260 miles an hour or, 200 and above.  It had a 17 mile path, the number of homes that were destroyed were 13 thousand. Which meant a ton of people having to rebuild there lives.  About 240 people were injured and, about 20 deaths, 9 of those were children. That is so sad i can,t believe that there is something so cruel. The tornado was 1.3 miles long, a wedge!  God bless those people.

what the tornado looked like.

what the tornado looked like.

the storm the tornado came out of.

the storm the tornado came out of.

rescue crew

rescue crew 🙂

destruction

destruction 😦

destruction

destruction 😦

Pikachu

Pikachu  found a website called http://www.stormchasingmedia.com where you can watch live storm chasers on the road.

DIY Weather Forecasting: Looking at Clouds

Did you know that different types of clouds can show you what weather is coming and how soon?

Knowing these signs can be very useful if you do not have a phone or TV on you.

For example: Cloud cover on a winter night means you can expect warmer weather, because clouds prevent heat radiation that would lower the temperature on a clear night.

Clouds moving in different directions on different layers mean bad weather is probably coming soon.

Cumulonimbus Cloud

Cumulonimbus Cloud

Cumulonimbus clouds that appear early in the day mean that ugly weather may be coming soon.

Cirrus Clouds

Cirrus Clouds

Cirrus clouds in the sky at very high levels usually mean bad weather in the next 36 hours.

Altocumulous Clouds

Altocumulous Clouds

Altocumulus clouds, which are like mackerel scales, also “mean” bad weather within the next 36 hours.   Mackerel skies and mares tails formations sometimes appear in the same sky. When that happens, rain is sure to follow the next day. I think that looks like a wave and I’ve never seen a mackerel.

Towering Cumulous Cloud

Towering Cumulous Cloud

A towering cumulous clouds means possible showers during the day.

Nimbostratus clouds

Nimbostratus clouds

Nimbostratus clouds mean rain is probably on the way.

For my  final presentation, my mascot is:

Pikachu

Pikachu

Cumulus Clouds

First of all, I’m sorry that we have not done a post in so long. I’ve been very busy and have also been sick for the past several days. Today we will be looking at Cumulous clouds which are one of the types of clouds you see below.  Cumulus clouds may seem boring but once you know about them they are not so boring.

There are 10 different types of clouds:

  1. Cirrus
  2. Cirrostatus
  3. Cirrocumulus
  4. Altocumulus
  5. Altostratus
  6. Nimbostratus
  7. Cumulus
  8. Stratus
  9. Stratocumulus
  10. Cumulonimbus

Cumulous are the regular fluffy clouds, sometimes big and sometime small. Actually there are 4 types of Cumulous clouds. They are:

  1. Cumulous Fractus: They are very small clouds that don’t have much structure.
  2. Cumulous Humilis: They are smaller than the usual Cumulus clouds that are commonly seen.
  3. Cumulous Mediocris: They are about as tall as they are wide.
  4. Cumulous Congestus: They are very big and almost look like mesocyclones with no wall cloud.
Cumulus Fractus clouds form in the early morning

Cumulus Fractus clouds form in the early morning

Another view of a Cumulus Fractus cloud...this time by itself

Another view of a Cumulus Fractus cloud…this time by itself

Cumulus Humilis clouds look like floating peices cotton.

Cumulus Humilis clouds look like floating peices cotton.

Another cumulus humilis cloud formation

Another cumulus humilis cloud formation

Cumulus meiocris cloud formation are the most common of all clouds

Cumulus meiocris cloud formation are the most common of all clouds

Another view of cumulus mediocris clouds

Another view of cumulus mediocris clouds

Cumulus congestus clouds are the largest cumulus clouds.

Cumulus congestus clouds are the largest cumulus clouds.

Another cumulus congestus picture.

Another cumulus congestus picture.

Flying cat cloud

Flying cat cloud

Leah says, “You are a cumulus cat…you can fly..duh.”

Floating cat says “Oh yeah, I forgot…wheee!”

Leah says, “EPIC COMEBACK!”.

Noctilucent Clouds

Noctilucent clouds are rare.  Noctilucent means “Light Shining ” in Latin.  They are made out of ice crystals and are the ragged edge of polar mesospheric clouds.  They also are known as night clouds because they only appear after the sun goes down.  They are highest clouds in the atmosphere, usually 47 to 53 miles above the earth.  Noctilucent clouds only appear in the summer and may be seen only be people between 50 and 70 degrees above and below the equator.  In the US that would be very northern Alaska.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone from Leah

Diagram of viewing of Noctilucent Clouds

Diagram of viewing of Noctilucent CloudsNoctilucent02

Noctilucent Cloud

Noctilucent Cloud

Noctilucent Cloud

Noctilucent Cloud

Noctilucent Cloud

Noctilucent Cloud

Would have done a post on Nemo...but it was so last week

Would have done a post on Nemo…but it was so last week

 

Water spouts

A water spout is an intense vortex that occurs pretty much over any body of water, but is extremely rare.  It is a non-super cell tornado that occurs over water.  They usually don’t suck up water unless they are associated with a mesocyclones.  The water you see in most water spouts is condensation.  While many water spouts form in the tropics, they can occur at higher latitudes such as Europe and the Great Lakes.  Although rare, water spouts have been connected to “lake effect” snow.   Water spouts have a five part life cycle:  First the formation of a dark spot on the water surface, followed by a spiral pattern on the water surface, followed by the formation of a spray ring, then a development as a visible condensation funnel, followed lastly by their ultimate decay.

Water Spout near Forida

Water Spout near Forida

Non-Tornadic Spout near the Haigue, Neatherlands

Non-Tornadic Spout near the Haigue, Neatherlands

Spout near Monroe County, Florida

Spout near Monroe County, Florida

Lagoon Drive, Honolulu

Lagoon Drive, Honolulu

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Why Weather?

The main thing is the sun.  While the earth rotates it is colder when dark and warmer when light.  Hot air moves towards cold air so when the sun beats down it creates heat and hotter air and higher pressure.  But the opposite occurs at night.  Now when it’s dark it will be somewhat colder and lower the pressure somewhat.  So the movement of air from hotter areas to colder areas creates wind.  The wind and the hot sun pull moisture from the oceans, lake, river, and ground  and creates clouds.  When the when the warm cloudy air hits the colder air you often get rain, sleet, snow or hail.  Sometime you get hurricanes or tornadoes. Also the earth rotates right to left or from the east to the west. This rotation tends to pull the wind from the west towards the east and along with the higher temperatures toward the equator the wind usually wants to got from the southwest to the northeast.

In another blog I will write more about fronts…the place where most of the weather action occurs.

Cat watching the rain

Cat watching the rain

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Cat in the snow

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Cat after hail storm

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Lucky cat being found after tornado

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hurricane?

Pyrocumulus Clouds

Pyrocumulus clouds are formed by fires, volcanos. or nuclear explosions.  Intense heat sucks moisture from the vegetation, lakes and streams into the air.  Clouds then form easily as the moisture condenses and is held by the ash.  Clouds are usually gray or brown because of the debris in the cloud.  Nuclear explosions will make a mushroom shaped cloud.

Fire generated cloud

Fire generated cloud

Another fire generated pyrocumulous cloud

Another fire generated pyrocumulous cloud

Nuclear explosion generated cloud

Nuclear explosion generated cloud

Classic mushroom cloud from nuclear bomb

Classic mushroom cloud from nuclear bomb

Redoubt volcano eruption April 19, 1990 - Cook Inlet

Redoubt volcano eruption April 19, 1990 – Cook Inlet

Volcano eruption punches a hole in the cloud cover ...taken from space station

Volcano eruption punches a hole in the cloud cover …taken from space station