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#203861 - 05/21/13 10:40 AM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: eddie1261]
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Originally Posted By: eddie1261
One of my best friends is west and south of OKC, very near Tinker, and due east of Moore where the brunt of the damage was. It ended up about 4 miles from there when it roped out. The Doppler data said it hit 308mph, well into f5. Can you imagine an hour on the ground? And from startup to f5 that fast?

Mac, I don't remember from my time at Fort Silly in Lawton OK, but I did have some friends at Altus. How far were you from Altus AFB?

Lotta years ago, ain't it? I got out of the Army in 73.

Really bad thing happened to me in Wichita Falls. I got married. But as Pat Metheny said, "As falls Wichita, so falls Wichita Falls."



IIRC Altus AFB was about an hour and half drive away from Sheppard AFB.

But I used to get there in just under one hour in my old Sunbeam Tiger. And truth be told, I was kinda slow compared to some of the yanker-bankers in their 'vettes and stuff.

Of course, that was only around twenty minutes by air.

FYI -- The Missile Club is still there, just outside Sheppard, although in yet another rebuilt building, The Missile Club has resurrected itself from every Tornado so far. That little dive is historic among airmen by now. burp

I actually used to lug my Fender Rhodes with the amp on the bottom down to the Missile Club and run the standards from time to time back then. Of course, "standards" there were no exactly the same tunes that were standard back east.

Lay yer head, on my shoulllllllder...


--Mac


Edited by Mac (05/21/13 10:47 AM)
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#203869 - 05/21/13 11:04 AM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Mac]
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Here we are, bumpin' up against 10 am and it's still 0-dark thirty out! My ears keep poppin' trying to keep up with the barometer and atmospherics. Wild, huh?

(An aside: Irishmen think that Barometer is a system for rating Pubs because every time it rains (or shines) they all head for the nearest one).

At least the ear popping has temporarily cleared my hearing. Wow, I was wondering why the paint was pealing. It's me!

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#203871 - 05/21/13 11:16 AM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Mac]
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I was a mile away when this F5 tornado crossed in front of me in June 1953. Known as the Beecher tornado, 116 were killed and 844 injured.

At that time tornadoes were unheard of in Flint, Mi. Some folks recalled some high wind in 1937 that blew out some storefront glass. After 53, tornadoes were an annual fact of life in the area. I did a bit of storm chasing in the amateur radio ARES Sky Warn net, back in the day.

Beecher tornado http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/05/oklahoma_tornado_stirs_memorie.html

It is heart wrenching to see the present death and devastation.

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#203876 - 05/21/13 11:50 AM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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I think death tolls and injuries are being suppressed until this thing is over later in the week. The elementary school that was leveled was full of young folks and faculty. I'm sure that they followed emergency plans for tornadoes but no man-made structure can withstand a direct hit like the one that leveled that fairly new building.

Still dark (like dusk) but now pouring down rain and that electrical smell (Ozone) permeates the air.

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#203877 - 05/21/13 11:50 AM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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And that school got hit RIGHT in the face. No glancing blow. My friend said that the Home Depot in Moore has opened the doors to first responders to just take whatever they need. And set up a pet refuge in the parking lot so people can be reunited with their pets.
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#203880 - 05/21/13 12:12 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: eddie1261]
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Disasters bring out the best in people. Walmart is giving away bottled water and emergency supplies, batteries (piles to Brits) blankets, hot coffee and food. It's beautiful to see the "community spirit" in action.

I have been called twice by emergency management teams checking on we old folks. Very heartwarming.

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#203881 - 05/21/13 12:20 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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piles to brits?????
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#203885 - 05/21/13 01:15 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Translation: Piles is/are what those crazy Brits call batteries. Some very wise person said: "The United States, Canada, Australia, and Britain are four great and powerful nations divided by a common language!"

The schematic symbol for a battery resembles a stack or pile of electrically charged plates.

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#203886 - 05/21/13 01:26 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Curmudgeon]
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Originally Posted By: Curmudgeon
I was a mile away when this F5 tornado crossed in front of me in June 1953. Known as the Beecher tornado, 116 were killed and 844 injured.

At that time tornadoes were unheard of in Flint, Mi. Some folks recalled some high wind in 1937 that blew out some storefront glass. After 53, tornadoes were an annual fact of life in the area. I did a bit of storm chasing in the amateur radio ARES Sky Warn net, back in the day.

Beecher tornado http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/05/oklahoma_tornado_stirs_memorie.html

It is heart wrenching to see the present death and devastation.

Don S.


Other Don, I sent your link to Val and just received this reply:

"So glad to hear you are safe!!!! Yes I remember the Flint tornado well! We were living in Fenton (a suburb of Flint) at the time and my son was only 4 month old.
I was so worried after that tornado that I fixed a "box" in the basement to put him in should there be another tornado warning. Never had to use it. Thank goodness. Take care!"


I have come to know Val well enough to know that she will never be caught short the second time.


Edited by Don Gaynor (05/21/13 06:05 PM)
Edit Reason: Misspelled "be". That's always given me trouble.

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#203888 - 05/21/13 01:50 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Hi Don,

Thank the Lord that you are safe. I had communicated with Val concerning the fact that she presently lives in Otter Lake, Mi. I spent a lot of time there when I was a kid at the home of my elder brother.

Prior to the funnel, the sky in Flint was errie (sp) Somewhere between a green and purple. I was visiting a girlfriend at the time. When that freight train sound came overhead, my thoughts changed from the young lady to an instant and fervent prayer meeting.

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#203889 - 05/21/13 01:57 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Still making the news here in the UK, Don.

In fact it's taking up most of the news!

The film footage is absolutely incredible. It showed a family emerging from their shelter to find that the neighborhood has been flattened for as far as you could see. I really hope you manage to keep out of the way of these things.

Oh, by the way, Don, we call them batteries as well these days. Really don't want the piles again.

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#203897 - 05/21/13 02:18 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Voltaire was the experimenter who first took cells made from two dissimilar metals and stacked them to form a series battery.

Stacked in series, the voltage obtained was the multiplier of the number of piles.

He called this a "pile" - which is actually quite descriptive, as it was nothing more than a pile of dissimilar metals.

We honor Voltaire with the modern short term for Electromotive Force, the Volt.


--Mac


Edited by Mac (05/21/13 02:20 PM)
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#203900 - 05/21/13 02:29 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Curmudgeon]
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Other Don, I was trying to spell Erie too. My spellchecker allowed it. Apparently, it's a big lake up in the Nort' woods somewhere.

I wanted to use it in describing the din (not the din of inequity) hanging menacingly over us. It is still dusk-like dark here. Erie! Very Erie! Superior Erie!

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#203912 - 05/21/13 03:51 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: ROG]
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Originally Posted By: ROG
Still making the news here in the UK, Don.

In fact it's taking up most of the news!

The film footage is absolutely incredible. It showed a family emerging from their shelter to find that the neighborhood has been flattened for as far as you could see. I really hope you manage to keep out of the way of these things.

Oh, by the way, Don, we call them batteries as well these days. Really don't want the piles again.

ROG.


At present, it's raining in sheets and the thunder is one continuous roar. The lightning flashes are like several police cruisers parked just outside my window with their strobes flashing. They are preparing us for another long and noisy night.

Re: Piles v: Batteries, dang you bloody conformists! That was how I could ascertain the country of origin of the commenter/commentress. Well, back to the drawing board draughtsman's/draughtsperson's board.

Late news: OKC is getting pummeled again. That's three times in two days. The Native Americans say that when tornado season comes late (it normally in April) it's especially violent and fierce.

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#203914 - 05/21/13 04:07 PM [Off-Topic] Re: We are under Tornado Warning! [Re: Don Gaynor]
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Many of these homes were thrown up during the oil boom of the 40s without basements our even foundations. Literally built setting on the ground. People with basements or storm shelters are being asked to invite their neighbors in. It's very heartwarming to see peoples' response.

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