Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wanna Go Inside A Tornado?

If you want to go inside a tornado, you can do so safely from the comfort of your own couch tonight at 6 pm on the National Geographic Channel.

Veteran Storm Chaser Tim Samaras and his team of chasers put their lives at risk to learn more about super cell thunderstorms that can and often spawn tornadoes which put so many lives in danger each year.

These tornados can unleash winds up to 300 mph and massive hail the size of softballs. Samaras’ risky two-part mission is to first deploy scientific devices inside and outside a storm in hopes of gathering a 3-D snapshot of information that could improve tornado warnings, and then measure the impact of hail strikes to help passenger jet manufacturer Boeing improve aircraft safety.

Braving unpredictable tornados, flooded gravel roads, downed power lines, lightning strikes and flying debris, Samaras’ team takes its chances on the next big superstorm looming overhead to get the data they need.

Check it out tonight on National Geographic -- show times may vary from time zone to time zone so check your local listing.

Speaking of tornadoes, it was a violent day on Wednesday across the midwest, with a lot of damage to both life and property in Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois.

Unfortunately the counts are still coming in, but at least 3 people were killed from the severe weather outbreak in Missouri alone.

To wrap up our climate discussion on Tennessee...I want to leave you with a few links to some great climate information about the state.

Click here for climate info on western Tennessee, including a new climate top 10 list for anchor locations in the territory covered by the Memphis National Weather Service.

Click here for climate info on middle Tennessee. The folks at the Nashville office of the National Weather Service have been busy over the years putting together some great data on the region, including the following...

  • Tornado climatology of middle Tennessee spanning over 150 years
  • Lots of snow data including white Christmas' and 6" or greater snowfalls
  • One day rainfalls of 4 inches or greater at Nashville

    Click here for climate info on eastern Tennessee. Here you will find some great climate information including flash flood climatology which is very important to know and understand when you live in a mountainous region.
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