Thursday, January 10, 2008

Natural Trifecta is Now Complete

After our tropical disturbance last month, we can add a tornado and an earthquake in the last 48 hours (neither of which did I perceive in any way).

The Tornado report from the National Weather Service:

... Preliminary storm report for Vancouver tornado...

A strong thunderstorm moved through Clark County in southwest
Washington earlier today. The tornado touched down shortly after
noon near Vancouver Lake then moved northeast into Hazel Dell WA.
Preliminary estimates place the strength of this tornado as an EF-1
on the Enhanced Fujita scale with estimated peak wind speeds of 90
to 110 mph. The tornado was approximately 1/4 mile wide with an
initial path length of two miles. It appears that the tornado
lifted up and touched down multiple times... with the last report of
touchdown near Hockinson WA around 1240 PM.

Damage reports from the initial path include the following:

- 200 trees down... .most of the trees were 12 to 24 inches in
diameter with approximately 6 trees in excess of 30 inches in
diameter. The largest tree toppled was 50 inches in diameter. Some
of the fallen trees resulted in damage to homes and vehicles.

- 12 homes were damaged... primarily roof damage.

- 4 power poles were snapped off.

- A semi trailer was tipped over.

As more information becomes available... the National Weather Service
will update this report.

About the Earthquake from the Guardian UK (as always, I get my local news from another country):

Strong Earthquake Reported Off Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A magnitude-6.4 earthquake was recorded 150 miles off the Oregon coast Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 5:37 p.m. A tsunami is not expected, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.


Pandabonium said...

And the hits keep coming - "Yeah I said come on over baby,
a-whole lotta shakin' goin' on"... "Come on baby let's do the twist"...

As for the video - "just another brick in the wall"...

Be safe out there...

Dean Wormer said...

Does Storm Large count as the third?

Perhaps it could be raining puppies. That would be a storm I'd get behind.

DewKid said...

Heeeeyy. That guy in the video said it was a tornado that led to the brick coming down, but I could clearly see that it was actually some guys with a sledgehammer.

I'll bet the earthquake was just some guys jumping up and down.

Dave said...

Global warming scientists are trying to understand the recent blizzards in Iran, and snow in Bhagdad.

The end is nigh.

Swinebread said...

The most amazing thing is that the Oregonian had a competent news report.

The Moody Minstrel said...

The earthquake off the Oregon coast was mentioned in Japanese news, too.

That sudden thunderstorm that turned into a tornado was sure spooky, especially because we had something similar happen right here, or almost, anyway. Just before New Year we were having a quiet, sunny day when there was suddenly a BOOM of thunder, and then a totally BLACK thunderstorm came from nowhere. As its apparent center passed almost directly overhead, we couldn't help noticing the rapidly-spinning, funnel-shaped formation stretching down from it.

Luckily, it apparently never touched the ground. All it did was start dumping mass amounts of hail on us for a short period, and then it moved on. It went back to being sunny and calm.


Don Snabulus said...


As long as we stay from "Great Balls of Fire" we should be okay. ;)


Ever been hit by a falling puppy? It smarts!


Faked. Just like the moon landing.


The highest point in Iran is over 18,000 feet and the average temp in Jan in Baghdad is 48 deg F (compared to 39.6 in Portland), so a little snow is not completely unusual in these places.


Once per year whether they need it or not.


Scary. I am glad the funnel stayed in the cloud!