The News Review:
- Mild season in Tornado Alley frustrates scientists
- A Late Hurricane Season?
- Tornado confirmed in northwest New Jersey
- S.A. unlike Kansas’ Tornado Alley
- Tornado produces scare — but no damage
- Mexico shuts Cancun beach alleges sand was stolen
Mild season in Tornado Alley frustrates scientists
The Associated Press
WELTE(AP)–17 hours agoDES MINES Iowa — This has been an unusually mild year in Tornado Alley which is good news of course for the people who live here but a little frustrating to scientists who planned to chase twisters as part of a $10 million research project. “You’re out there to do the experiment and you’re geared up every day and ready. And when there isn’t anything happening that is frustrating” said Don Burgess a scientist at the University of klahoma. But he was quick to add that he is pleased the relative quiet has meant fewer injuries and less damage. Nationwide there were 826 tornadoes this year through June 30 compared with an average of 934 for the same period during the previous three years according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman kla.
A Late Hurricane Season?
New York Times
But that’s no reason to relax the Miami Herald says in a frontpage story this morning. Some of the worst hurricane years the Herald says have started slowly. In 2004 hurricanes Charlie Frances Ivan and Jeanne walloped [.
Tornado confirmed in northwest New Jersey
31 2009 Tornado confirmed in northwest New Jersey WANTAGE TWNSHIP N. – The National Weather Service has determined that a tornado touched down in the northwest tip of New Jersey on Wednesday. No injuries were reported in the rural Sussex County community of Wantage but the winds ripped roofs off several barns took down a silo and uprooted trees. The tornado’s winds reached 120 m.
S.A. unlike Kansas’ Tornado Alley
San Antonio Express
However the claims made by the Kansas contingent — and your graphic (“The twister truth”) — about a tornado comparison between San Antonio and Manhattan are misleading. The overriding question is the vulnerability of the NBAF to severe tornadoes namely F3 F4 or F5 on the Fujita scale. Data compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA a division of DHS) and the National ceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NAA) clearly show that Manhattan lies smack in the middle of Tornado Alley an area stretching from North Texas through klahoma Kansas Nebraska Missouri and Arkansas. As you would expect of a place called Tornado Alley outbreaks of severe tornadoes occur annually there with a southwest-to-northeast weather pattern. In fact an F4 tornado (winds in excess of 200 mph) hit Manhattan on June 11 2008 — a few hundred yards from the proposed NBAF site — doing $40 million in damage to the Kansas State University campus and Manhattan proper.
Tornado produces scare — but no damage
But a bit of sun had peeked through the day’s clouds allowing temperatures to rise and winds did vary in speed and direction with height — a situation that caught the eye of forecasters at the Storm Prediction Center. They issued a late-day advisory cautioning that thunderstorms under development across sections of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin might become capable of producing a few weak funnels. When Doppler radar scans of air movement within an eastbound cluster of thunderstorms over Boone County showed strong rotation a tornado warning was issued around 4:20 p. for eastern Boone into McHenry Counties. Trained ground-based storm observers then spotted a funnel cloud above Capron. It soon extended to the surface where it produced 72 m.
Mexico shuts Cancun beach alleges sand was stolen
The Associated Press
Environmental enforcement officers backed by Mexican navy personnel closed off hundreds of feet (dozens of meters) of powder-white coastline in front of a hotel accused of illegally accumulating sand on its beach. Mexico spent $19 million to replace Cancun beaches washed away by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. But much of the sand pumped from the sea floor has since washed away leading some property owners to build breakwaters in a bid to retain sand. The practice often merely shifts sand loss to beaches below the breakwaters. “Today we made the decision to close this stretch of ill-gotten illegally accumulated sand” said Patricio Patron Mexico’s attorney general for environmental protection. “This hotel was telling its tourists: ‘Come here I have sand.
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