The only thing more dangerous than a tornado is a tornado that occurs at night. People have some weird need to want to see the tornado before they seek shelter or take any other action. Seeing a tornado at night is usually almost impossible, but last night it wasn't. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi were able to confirm the presence of a damaging tornado last night based completely on radar data, proving the effectiveness of its new dual-polarization technology.
Shelby Latino, a weekend meteorologist for WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi, made this incredible radar-themed cake. The cake shows a tornado-producing supercell thunderstorm on weather radar complete with a 3D volumetric display of the storm, which is pretty much the best dessert you could ever make for a weather geek.
The United States saw 752 severe weather warnings issued across 25 states between last Saturday and yesterday evening. On the map above, blue boxes indicate a severe thunderstorm warning, red indicates a tornado warning, green indicates a flash flood warning, and teal indicates a special marine warning.
If you're willing to stay up into the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday April 15th, you will be able to see a total lunar eclipse if you live in North or South America and the sky is clear. The eclipse will begin around 1:00 AM and totality is set to occur between 3:07 AM and 4:25 AM Eastern Time, according to a report by CBS.
Disasters like tornadoes or hurricanes bring out both the best and the worst in people. After any disaster, we hear stories of heroism where people risk and even sacrifice their own lives to save those of many others. But we also see incredible displays of stupidity blasted to the masses via the internet. People who bash disaster victims as well as those who threaten meteorologists for interrupting their precious television shows are among the most selfish, uncaring kind of fools there are.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: The Canary Wharf financial district is seen through smog from the soon to be opened Orbit Tower and the Olympic Park on April 2, 2014 in London, England. Dust from the Sahara combined with pollution from mainland Europe has contributed to one of the worst smogs of the year this week with record levels being recorded in parts of England on Tuesday. The BBC weather centre predicts a potential 8 or 9 out of 10 level of air pollution likely to be found in East Anglia and the East Midlands later today. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
This map shows the average date that each National Weather Service forecast office issues its first tornado warning every year, based on data from 1986-2013. It's pretty illustrative of how tornado climatology tends to work in the United States. The Deep South sees its first round of severe weather during the winter, and it radiates outwards as the atmosphere begins to warm up through the country.
Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the historic "Super Outbreak" of tornadoes that tore a path of destruction from Alabama to Michigan. The outbreak was the the most violent ever recorded — producing 7 F5s, 11 F4s, and 35 F3s, and killing over 300 people — and to this day remains the ultimate analog by which all tornado outbreaks are measured.