AccuWeather.com staffers report tropical storm Chris, which formed in the northern Atlantic on Tuesday, is acting like a "zombie" storm. To Midwesterners, what does that mean?
Zombies appear to be everywhere these days—even the current U.S. tropical storm "Chris" is reported to be acting like a "zombie" storm, according to AccuWeather.com meteorologists. "The storm is still alive, but it should not be," AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist Rob Miller stated Wednesday morning. "The storm is not in a region that is prone to tropical development. Water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s." Ideal water temperatures for tropical development are 78 degrees and higher, because tropical systems are fueled by warm waters, he stated. In fact, the whole purpose of tropical storms and hurricanes in the atmosphere is to redistribute heat, indicates AccuWeather experts. Furthermore, Chris does not look like a well-…
Some meteorologists cite a very strong jet stream, caused by La Niña conditions, as key to why fierce tornadoes last year ravaged U.S. cities, such as Joplin, MO. Inadequate shelter areas pose new question. 2012 tornadoes expected to be high count again.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
AccuWeather.com reports 2011 went down in the record books as the fourth deadliest tornado year ever in the United States, with 550 fatalities. The year 1925 was the deadliest one in the United States, with 794 killed, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That year is infamous for the Tri-State tornado—the longest-tracking, deadliest tornado on record. The tornado's path went through portions of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, stretching more than 219 miles long. The twister killed 695 people along its path. There were 552 deaths in 1936, and 551 deaths in 1917, ranking as the second and third most deaths caused by tornadoes in a year. According to the Storm Prediction Center, the yearly average for tornado deaths …