Yes, There Was a Forecast of Tornadoes

I've had people ask me if there was any notice of the horrible tornado that killed 99 in China.
Courtesy of my friend Paul Raymond, I learned there was an advance forecast of a tornado. Hopefully, that helped mitigate the terrible death toll.

And, by the way, here is how the Chinese write the word tornado:

Additional info. Jeff Lockwood says the full name of a tornado =  龙卷风 = "dragon+curl+wind."


  1. I've studied some Chinese. There's actually a third character that comes after that that means "wind", 龙卷风. The three characters literally translate as "dragon-curl-wind", pronounced in Mandarin (roughly) "lung-jewan-fung". I would imagine, though, in non-Mandarin dialects, such as would be spoken in this particular province, the last syllable (character) would be redundant which would explain its omission.


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