Saturday, March 3, 2012

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

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As of 8:30am CDT Saturday, The Weather Channel is reporting that 32 people died in yesterday's tornadoes. When tornadoes are on the ground moving literally mile a minute, you want to get updates posted quickly so people can base timely, accurate decisions on it. 

I subscribe to a number of Twitter feeds pertaining to climate science, both in the pro-GW and pro-skepticism camps. Given the well-publicized nature of the major tornado outbreak yesterday, I noted that most all of the meteorology and climate Twitter feeds were either silent or focusing on the hazardous weather. That was good, because I didn't want to have to be distracted or slowed by superfluous tweets. 

So, as I was rushing to review the Twitter stream for a blog update at 2:34pm yesterday, I was shocked to see a certain Tweet. I did a screen capture and went on. One of these was not like the others. 

Dozens and dozens and dozens of tweets with lifesaving information and here is Grist and the Climate Desk attacking the Kochs and Fracking. Are these organizations so blinded that they don't realize when their message is completely inappropriate?! 

I've been holding several stories involving the TSA and other issues this week because I didn't want to take the focus off of the critical weather situation..nearly 50 killed in tornadoes in the U.S. in two outbreaks this week.  Now that the tornado outbreak is about over, I want to let Climate Desk know that you have been "Unfollowed" (I never followed Grist) over this. 

Climategate 1 and 2, Fakegate, Hide the Decline; someone should let the pro-global warming people know they are often their own worst enemies. 


  1. We got lucky in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Jefferson County, Kentucky, makes up the city of Louisville and Louisville Metro. All of the adjoining counties make-up what is known as "Greater Louisville" -- We did end up with a Tornado Warning here and I spotted a small funnel cloud -- heard reports just prior that a funnel cloud was spotted near the airport (SDF) and moving NE, so I'm thinking what I spotted may have been the same given the speed and direction it was traveling at.

    Clark County, Indiana, is due north of us (neighboring county), which is where Henryville, Indiana, is located. I know people in Henryville and have heard most are safe, but there are a couple people I have not heard from. Unfortunately their landlines are not working and reaching Henryville by cell phone is hit or miss - I presume cell towers are down and the ones up are overloaded. I've considered driving up there, but decided against as I don't want to disrupt emergency management. Also heard a number of automobiles on I-65 were hit as the tornado crossed the interstate.

    Thankfully schools in Henryville dismissed early given the destruction of the schools there. Here in Jefferson County, it was a Public School holiday, but private schools dismissed early and many major businesses sent employees home.

    Just south of Louisville there were also tornado touchdowns, again in neighboring counties. Scary to think the supercell that hit Clark County, IN, if it would have made a right turn from the rotation (as some supercells are known to do with mature rotation and hook), it could have have resulted in a direct hit to a larger population center, including downtown Louisville.

    We got lucky, but unfortunately, there are towns north of here that are devastated. My thoughts and prayers go out to those in communities that took direct hits. While still winter, I have a feeling this could be a long spring / tornado season.


  2. Thanks for the report, Steve.

  3. Yes, I think it was one of David Roberts posts advocating primitivism that made me question the hard-core environmental movement. This was about the same time Al Gore's film came out.


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