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Here we go again
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:49:10 pm »
Once more we are surrounded  by cyclonic weather. Trevor giving us a touch up on this side and Veronica scaring the daylights out of people over in the West. We are a thousand k away but still getting the wind and rain off Trevor. Must be horrible for those near the eye.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/severe-tropical-cyclone-trevor-expected-to-hit-northern-territory-as-a-category-4/news-story/60a7d938879040f5cc88818746c816c9

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Re: Here we go again
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2019, 07:46:14 am »
 :( Seems we are very lucky up in Shropshire. The worst we get is the odd tree down.
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Re: Here we go again
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2019, 09:47:16 am »
Yes, but you do get covered in snow occasionally, and I don't think that would be too pleasant.
The rain here has continued today, but it's expected to ease for us as the cyclone tracks away to the Northern Territory border.
Our son and daughter-in-law and their new baby have spent the last couple of days with us from Townsville. Ironically, they came north from fine weather in flood-ravaged Townsville, only to find continuous rain up here.
Ah, the vagaries of the tropical Wet.

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Re: Here we go again
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2019, 11:11:44 am »
These are bad storms. Are these the same systems as those that hit eastern Africa and devastated at least three countries?  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47638696

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Re: Here we go again
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2019, 12:19:08 pm »
They are separate systems but similar in formation and intensity. At least we get a bit more notice with cyclones than you get with your tornadoes, Bertha.  Gives us some preparation time, but the waiting can be stressful.

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Re: Here we go again
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2019, 10:51:19 am »
They are separate systems but similar in formation and intensity. At least we get a bit more notice with cyclones than you get with your tornadoes, Bertha.  Gives us some preparation time, but the waiting can be stressful.

Yes, your cyclones are similar to the hurricanes that hit the US.  In the last week or so, the upper midwest and plains states, especially Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin and surrounding areas, have been flooded.  The snow and ice this past winter was really deep, so now it's melting and flooding everywhere.  I don't know the depth, but it has flooded not only towns but many, many farms across that region.  The people along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are under a watch downstream, all the way to New Orleans, since all that water will eventually drain off and flood along those rivers, too. 

We actually do have various means now to predict the areas that need to take precautions and be "weather aware" due to having the National Weather Service right here in Norman, Oklahoma.  http://www.ou.edu/nwc  They keep developing ways and means, mostly technological, of predicting and tracking severe weather.  They can tell many days in advance when, where and potentially how a storm system might cause tornadoes, high winds, etc. Our weather people report the information to keep everyone updated.  There can be some stress and jitters beforehand and during a storm, but knowing where it will be going helps with those.

A side note--with changes occurring in the world's climate, the location of Tornado Alley has moved a little.  Oklahoma will still be vulnerable but father east has started to have more numerous tornadoes, and many of those residents aren't used to their occurring. 
Bertha