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Not the canary in the coalmine, but a golden-winged-warbler flying away from storms.

Dec 19, 2014 - 12:51 PM - by Jason Harris
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A recent storm in eastern Tennessee led to 84 tornadoes and killed 35 people, but the golden-winged warblers left in time to fly to safety. Researchers discovered the birds' supernatural capabilities by accident — they were testing whether the warblers could carry geolocators on their backs.
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Before the storm hit, the birds left Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains, migrating an astonishing 400 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. They escaped more... [Read More]
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I am looking for photos of full cumuloform pre-tornadic or currently producing

Dec 19, 2014 - 12:33 AM - by calvinkaskey
I am curious if a visual of the cumulus form of later or currently producing tornadic thunderstorms can foretell tornadic activity through shape and texture of the cloud as a whole. For example it seemed like this tornadic supercell was rotating at the top, and exploding linearly from top to bottom with some exceptionally bulging "impulses"... [Read More]
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On the Continuum of Walls and Shelves

Dec 19, 2014 - 12:29 PM - by Jeremy Perez
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In 2010 after my first Great Plains chase, I spent a lot of time going through my photos and working to improve my understanding of storm structure. For one of those exercises, I attempted to diagram the Bowdle supercell. There was a lot of excellent feedback and discussion on all the structure in that beautiful, terrible, amazing storm.

Each new supercell I chase... [Read More]
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Why Not Balloons?

Dec 18, 2014 - 4:06 PM - by SMOK
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I read an article today about better understanding tornadoes by penetrating them with scientific instruments attached to $30-50k drones. The article is entitled "Drones might help explain how tornadoes form" and can be found here.

I'm really curious as to why rarely anyone considers the weather balloon as a viable way to deliver instruments near to or into a tornado.... [Read More]
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2014-12-14 REPORTS: OK/KS

Dec 16, 2014 - 5:41 PM - by Sean Ramsey
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I left for western Oklahoma around 11am and had intended to set up in Anadarko, but decided to play it safe and target Weatherford after seeing some higher helicity values closer to I-40 with earlier initiation. After the first wave of morning rains moved through the instability picked up and storms began to fire. The bad news is they were traveling so fast to the northeast there was no way to keep up with them. But, further to the south storms started to form near Frederick and quickly... [Read More]
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