Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Ottawa, Illinois saw at least one death.

Tornadoes (click here) driven by warm spring-like conditions have killed at least three people and caused extensive damage across the US Midwestern states.

That is a very powerful tornado.

March 1, 2017
By Kelly P. Kissel

Tornadoes touched down (click here) in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas, killing at least three people as the spring-like storm system rumbled eastward on Wednesday.

Compact but strong storms known as supercells raked parts of the central U.S. on Tuesday and Wednesday, causing damage from Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Meanwhile, wind-whipped wildfires destroyed homes in Texas....

There could be additional casualties with at least two other people in serious and critical condition. Amazingly, the residents of a nursing home with significant damage in Ottawa.

March 1, 2017
By Kevin Barlow

Hail the size of baseballs fell in Ottawa, Illinois

...A second line of severe thunderstorms (click hereswept quickly through Bloomington-Normal about 11 p.m. with heavy rain, winds of up to 50 mph and hail. Police were investigating initial reports of blown-over semitrailer trucks near Goodfield and north of the Twin Cities, but no other serious damage was reported from that wave....

The high school is being used as a place for the homeless to find shelter after the storm.

The weekend in Massachusetts proved to have a record setting storm. The earliest such a storm occurred in that state was March 1st. This time an EF 1 took down a barn, closed a church indefinitely and did significant damage throughout the area.

This is the way things are now. There is no tornado season when A SINGLE MONSTER of a tornado could be expected to touch down somewhere in tornado ally. Today, the tornadoes come in "outbreaks" and the single tornado is a rarity. 

February 27, 2017

The National Weather Service (click here) confirmed a tornado touched down in Massachusetts during Saturday's storm...

There is also no rhyme or reason to the "tornado season." It is not a dependable measure of the voracity of the storms. The storms are occurring frequently and now with this Ottawa tornado it is proof of a far stronger and dangerous troposphere.

February 27, 2017
By Sarah Scinto and Jon O'Connell

A resident wheelbarrows a load of tree branches from the Kielb Property Sunday

Pittston Twp. (Pennsylvania) — Guy Fasciana (click here) was cleaning his saltwater fish tank Saturday when the sky grew eerily dark.
His wife, Patti, was in the kitchen of their home off Chapel Road.
They had just been joking about severe weather alerts that lit up their cellphones. They doubted a tornado would ever pass so close to their home.
Then, the patio furniture slid from one side to the other as Patti Fasciana watched from her kitchen door. Something didn’t feel right.
They took refuge in their basement while a sudden, thumping wind howled above. Their stay below lasted only few minutes.
When it ended, Guy Fasciana emerged to survey the damage. He found utter destruction.
A tornado swept through Plains Township, Pittston Township and Moosic Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service said....

An overview from "The Weather Channel."

February 27, 2017
By Linda Lam
At least four tornadoes, (click here) one a February first on record in Massachusetts, tore through parts of the Northeast on February 25, 2017, also spawning damaging straight-line winds as far north as the Canadian border....