Latest Super Outbreak Stories

2013-09-13 10:15:39

One tornado can be damaging enough; severe weather systems that spawn hundreds of deadly tornadoes in super-outbreaks pose special challenges to the scientific and emergency management communities. Now, scientists have identified certain conditions in the Pacific Ocean that may lead to super-outbreaks over the U.S.' tornado alley. Researchers are trying to determine if Trans-Niño years, which mark the onset or ebbing of El Niño and La Niña, are the main culprits behind the deadly...

2011-05-24 05:40:00

A top weather expert said Monday that the US is experiencing the deadliest year for tornadoes in nearly six decades, the AFP news agency reports. The reasons for the spiking death tolls are more likely due to the rise in the number of mobile homes and the chance paths taken by a series of tornadoes that have targeted populated areas. "This year is an extraordinary outlier," Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Severe...

2011-05-09 08:10:00

On Wednesday, April 27th, Science@NASA writer Dauna Coulter found herself near ground zero as a super-outbreak of tornadoes ripped through North Alabama. This is the story about the science of the event she wrote and submitted from within the disaster zone. April 27, 2011: Tornado sirens wailed all day long. They'd sound off and then wind down for a little while, only to start up again a few minutes later as forecasters spotted yet another hook echo on their radars and adrenaline-revved storm...

2011-05-01 00:09:06

Based on a recent SNL Financial report, the average number of U.S. tornadoes through April 27 was 448 from 2005 to 2010. In 2011, the organization has registered 877 tornadoes. This increase has kept the region's insurers busy throughout the month, with this latest event representing the biggest and likely most expensive challenge yet- Property and Casualty Insurance. (PRWEB) April 29, 2011 SNL Financial's Property and Casualty Insurance experts have been tracking the financial impact...

2009-02-10 11:45:00

New Season Kicks Off Tornado Week; TWC Asks Viewers to Submit Stories to be Featured in a Upcoming Storm Stories Episode ATLANTA, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Storm Stories, the series that chronicles the true stories of survivors and rescuers battling amazing weather events, returns to The Weather Channel Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. ET. The first episode, which kicks off Tornado Week, will feature the tornado that struck Windsor, CO, in 2008. To mark the debut of the new season, The Weather Channel is...

2005-11-07 10:07:39

By John Gress EVANSVILLE, Indiana (Reuters) - Rescue workers tore at the shredded remains of an Indiana mobile home park on Monday, looking for possible survivors of a tornado that killed at least 22 people in the state but fearing they might find more dead. Search efforts were centered on the Eastbrook mobile home park in Evansville where Sunday's middle-of-the-night tornado dealt the deadliest damage, killing victims ranging from children aged two, five and six to a 78-year-old...

2005-11-06 11:20:42

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A powerful tornado tore through southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky early on Sunday killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100, many of whom were sleeping when the twister hit, officials said. At least six people were confirmed dead in Warrick County and at least 12 were killed in Vanderburgh County, according to county officials. Hospitals reported taking in at least 160. "We've had severe damage," said Newburgh...

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