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Friday, 06 June 2014


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Remarkable! So glad to read that you and and your wife are OK, Mike. The meteorological reporters were calling that phenomenon a "land hurricane". Sure enough, for several hours that morning Wind Map portrayed a perfect cyclonic doughnut with an eye nearly in the middle of the U.S..

That looks quite scary and I hope all is repaired and no one was injured in all of that. But really- I'll take my chances here in California with earthquakes!
No tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, baseball sized hail. Now sea level rise hmmm another story!

Holy cr*p !

Wow. That's some massive hail. I hope everyone was OK. Coincidentally, another TOP reader and frequent commenter also had to deal with Tuesday's wild weather. I was flying from Chicago to Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon. We punched through the storm system near North Platte, Nebraska. You can see an aerial view of one of the thunderstorms here: http://www.photos4u2c.net/2014/06/06/refilling-platte/

I grew up in Michigan, and am very happy now to be living in Oregon.

We lost a full sized propane barbecue to the wind years ago here in Alberta. In the same storm, my car (a nicely restored 1969 Chevy Impala) floated down the road and high-centred itself on the median after I'd pulled over under an overpass to avoid the torrential rain. My 17 foot long car managed to stop traffic in both directions that day. I've never seen hail like that, though. Mother Nature can be vicious. I'm glad Mr. Plew's family is okay. That's quite an experience!

Mike,remenber the French anthem until the Revolution (1792:

"Domine salvum fac regem

et exaudi nos in die

qua invocaverimus te

Domine salvum fac regem"

Somewhat more recently than the events of1360 reported by Mike:
"For 60 years the skeletal remains of more than 200 people, discovered in 1942 close to the glacial Roopkund Lake in the remote Himalayan Gahrwal region, have puzzled historians, scientists and archaeologists. …
Now, the first forensic investigation of one of the area's most enduring mysteries has concluded that hundreds of nomads … were killed by one of the most lethal hailstorms in history."

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