Tuesday, January 8, 2008

It's Already Happening....

Well my friends, it begins. I really thought we might have a couple or three months yet, but we don't. The terror from the skies has already come upon many in the United States in the first of week of January, 2008.

The Midwest and Ohio River Valley have found themselves experiencing severe weather, the likes of which are normally reserved for early and mid-spring. Unseasonably record-breaking temperatures in the sixties and seventies in the upper-Midwest brought about the right atmospheric conditions for large hail, damagaing winds and tornadoes.

As of now, 32 or 33 tornadoes were reported, most of them occurring in Missouri and Wisconsin. Such widespread tornadic activity is certainly considered an official "outbreak." Additionally, large hail the size of golf-balls also accompanied the squall lines moving through these states.

The worst tornadoes were in Missouri and it sounds as if the most intense were F-2s or maybe weak F-3s (winds from 115mph to 160mph). Two deaths were reported in a trailer home park near Monett, MO. A cellular phone picture of this tornado is below.

It will be interesting to see if such an early severe weather outbreak is an indication of a really active tornado season. For those of us that live in tornado-prone areas (hypothetically, take the small town of Hesston, KS for example) let us hope not.

That's it, for now.

I've been needing to clean out my basement for a while. It's really dirty down there!!


Greg said...

You need to come to grips with the fact that you will be hit by a tornado. You live in Tornado alley. Deep down you know it's true. It's only a matter of time. The end is near.

John Buerger said...

Thank you Pastor Greg, for those encouraging words.

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stephen e. buerger said...

pastor greg is right. it's not a question of "if?" but of "when?".

it's a good thing all buergers come standard with built-in doplar 9000xls and barometers. we can sniff a storm like a blood hound tracking a frightened and cowering perpetrator.

John Buerger said...


I think you're right about the in-bred Doppler radar. Thank you for confirming what I have long believed in my bones.

Ray & Janell said...

i have lived here in t-alley for 45 years and i have never even SEEN a tornado let alone been hit by one. however, pastor greg is correct, it's probably just a matter of time. :-) peace to you my friend.

John Buerger said...

I lived in Oklahoma for 18 years and I only saw a tornado once. I was never hit by one, either. But one has gone over my parents' house without doing damage.

Normally, I think tornadoes are fascinating. They're just fascinating until they're headed for your current location.

Then, their fascination begins to wear off.