Posts Tagged ‘weather’

More Oklahoma City Tornado Footage

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Current death toll in Oklahoma City Tornado is 51, though I’ve seen estimates of 91 deaths.

More footage:

Fast forward footage of the tornado:

Helicopter footage of the torando and path of destruction, including where it crossed I-35:

Where it tore through a school:

Path of destruction through a race track:

More destruction:

For one happy note amidst the grim news, here’s a woman finding her dog alive in the wreckage:

Oklahoma Tornado Raw Footage: Holy Crap!

Monday, May 20th, 2013

So far 37 people have been killed in the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma City today.

Unconfirmed reports had the tornado a mile wide.

Raw footage:

Not sure if this is the same one:

Destruction footage, shot off a TV:

Pictures of Sandy Flooding off Twitter

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I was looking at pictures of the flooding off Twitter, thinking “somebody should put these on a web page somewhere.” Now, if I only knew someone who had a blog…

Underground parking garage flooding, from Jon Passantino (@passantino):

Ground Zero flooding, from Kim Fischer (ABC4Kim):

14th Street, from @megetz:

Coney island, via

George Weld off Instagram, of a transformer exploding:

Hoboken path train station flooding, screen cap via Adrienne Green (@accu_adrienne):

The New York Post evidently published this one:

However, I’m calling Shenanigans on this one:

Dallas Tornado Footage

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

In which we learn, yet again, that mother nature really hate 18-wheelers.

I guess those annoying sirens are the new “TORNADOES WILL KILL YOU UNLESS YOU TAKE SHELTER RIGHT FUCKING NOW!!!!” warning.

Filmed off a TV, but impressive close-ups:

From Lancaster


2011: Texas’ Dryest Year Ever

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Official confirmation, just in case you needed it:

Federal scientists confirmed Friday that Texas had its driest year on record in 2011.

The statewide average rainfall for the year totaled just 14.88 inches, according to the National Climatic Data Center, beating the previous low of 14.99 inches set in 1917.

And keep in mind that it was even worse than it seems, as several inches in that final tally only turned in the last few weeks of the year where, as welcome as it was, it did jack-all for farmers.

Actual, Real, Honest to Goodness RAIN

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

For the first time since it rained about five minutes one night three or four months ago. And before that it might have been another three or four months.

A good thing, too, since it’s been so dry here the cacti have been dying of thirst:

I took that picture along the Rattan Creek greenbelt earlier this week…

Central Texas Fire Updates (with video)

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Here’s the Statesman update.

Some YouTube videos I grabbed:

Removed the KVUE video embed because it’s farking up my page loads.

Keep safe…

10 PM Update: 25 homes lost in Steiner Ranch.

10:55 PM Update: Parts of Dripping Springs being told to evacuate.

More video, this time from the Southeast corner of the Griffith League Scout Ranch property near Lost Pines:

Also got an email back from Michael Moorcock, who says he’s OK, and that they haven’t been asked to evacuate yet.

Steiner Ranch Evacuated Due to Fire Hazard

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

So I’m hearing. Drought + high winds = fire hazard.

And Steiner Ranch is only about 15 miles from here. On the other hand, the land around here is flat rather than the hill country arroyos that make fires easier to start and harder to fight. And I have managed to keep the overwhelming majority of my lawn alive.

Be safe, everyone. And if you haven’t done it before, now might be a good time to figure out what you need for a “bugout bag” and make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher in your house…

More news here.

Just In Case You Thought I Was Exaggerating About the Weather

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

I wasn’t.

How Hot Is It, Johnny?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Here in Texas, we’re pretty much used to it hitting 100º for several days running in the summer. What we’re not so used to is it hitting 105º every day for weeks on end. Lately it’s been about 95º when I went out to walk my dog at 10:30 at night.

This is, to say the least, unpleasant.

We’re also breaking power-consumption records.

This is the hottest summer I can remember, and the drought is even worse. Not only is it worse than any I can remember, it’s the worst since they started keeping rainfall records. In 1895.

If you need visual confirmation, this graphic should do the trick:

100% of the state is under drought conditions, and 75% are suffering from D4 exceptional drought. Maybe they need to add a D5 level: “It’s dead, Jim.” Yes, it’s worse statistically than the Dust Bowl. (Thank modern agriculture, irrigation and lack of wind for not picking up the topsoil and dropping it on other states.) It also threatens record agricultural losses.

I fully expect it to be cooler in Reno for the Worldcon than it will be in Austin.

One consolation: So far, it doesn’t look like we’ll break the all-time record for the hottest day in Austin history, which was 112º on September 5th, 2000. That was not fun. (I was out riding my bike the day before, when it only hit a temperate 109º…)