Tuesday, November 19


F1 Hornsby

No, not the race, the tornado.

(Well, technically the Bureau of Meteorology estimates it as an EF1, but hasn't yet issued a final assessment.)

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The American midwest ("Tornado Alley") gets the vast majority of the world's tornadoes, but it ain't 100%.

Here in the Pacific North West they're virtually unknown. But when I was in high school, one time a bowling alley in Vancouver was destroyed by a sudden high wind. It's long been conjectured that it was a tornado.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Tuesday, November 19 2013 01:29 PM (+rSRq)

2 Apparently this is the fourth confirmed tornado in New South Wales this year, but the only one in a populated area.  (Western New South Wales is huge and incredibly empty; everyone lives on the coast.)

The Bureau of Meteorology seems to be spending a lot of time today saying "Yes, it was a tornado.  Yes, they do happen in Australia."

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, November 19 2013 01:48 PM (PiXy!)

3 Tornadoes have been seen on every continent except Antarctica, which probably means that nobody ever goes outside in Antarctica because it's so cold, so they never see 'em.

Glad you're all right, Boss! 

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wednesday, November 20 2013 12:50 PM (Izt1u)

4 Apparently there was a tornado in the suburbs of Asquith and North Turramurra - right next to Hornsby - in April last year.  I remember the storm but didn't know that there was a tornado involved.  When it was investigated afterwards they found a narrow trail of destruction extending for several miles, and the Doppler radar confirmed a tornado.

That was actually a bigger storm, but it didn't get as much attention as this week's event because most of the tornado's path was through open forest, rather than making a direct landing on a busy commercial district in the middle of the day.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, November 20 2013 04:11 PM (PiXy!)

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