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May 31, 2004

Tornadoes Hit Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee; 92 Tornadoes On Saturday, 3 People Dead; Saturn Is Pic Of The Day; Moon Shows Earth Changes

Stormy Sunday: Storms, high winds sock Illinois; Several tornadoes reported; 1 person in Marengo killed
| Tornadoes batter Indiana, Kentucky | Severe storms sweep central U.S. | More | Illinois: Severe weather leaves thousands in the dark

Saturday’s tornadoes total 92, three people killed | USA Today article on Missouri, Nebraska tornado outbreak | Storms swoop across Kansas

Latest on tornadoes this Memorial Day Weekend via Google News

Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings dot a large part of the U.S. Get the latest watches and warnings from this National Weather Service map, and the latest cams and radars by clicking into your region in the WXnation satellite/radar map.

In the world of space news: Moon tells of unexpected Earth climate changes

Saturn looks nice in today’s Astronomy Pic of the Day

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May 30, 2004

Tornadoes Spin Across Midwest; Rain Pauses Indy Race; Fort Worth Cats Makeshift Panoramic; All-Day Storm Cell Marches Into Tulsa

Tornado warnings dot a large part of the Midwest and Central Plains.

From Indy: Rain Pauses Race After 29 Laps; Tornado Warnings Issued

Last weekend, my wife and I saw a Fort Worth Cats baseball game at LaGrave Field in downtown Fort Worth. I had my handy Samsung/Sprint camera phone with me and couldn’t resist the great view of Fort Worth’s skyline, so I snapped a few shots with the intent of stringing them together and presenting a rather grainy panoramic pic that looks best in black & white… (click on it to see the full image in a new window):

Fort Worth Cats' LaGrave Field; Click for full size

Posted at 12:46 a.m. : The storm that will not go away, which formed east of Oklahoma City Saturday afternoon, is now in Tulsa after moving across northern Metro Oklahoma City and then moving south of Stillwater. Tulsa County is under a tornado warning, and live coverage of the storm can, at this moment, be heard streaming online at KRMG-AM via Radio-Locator. A story is available from KTUL-TV. Get the latest warnings and watches in the National Weather Service map for Tulsa area. Cams and radars are in the Tulsa page

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May 29, 2004

Stormy Central U.S., Iowa; OKC, KC Tornadoes; The Day After Tomorrow

Much of the Central Plains is under a tornado watch, and warnings have been issued in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Oklahoma. Get the latest watches and warnings from this National Weather Service map.

Reported tornadoes and baseball to softball-size hail from a single but powerful storm are moving across the northern part of Metro Oklahoma City, including Piedmont and Edmond. Coverage from KTOK-AM live (link in right column) and story from ChannelOklahoma

Tornadoes were reportedly spotted north of Kansas City this evening. Story

Other areas getting hit tonight: Wichita and parts of Iowa

Posted at midnight: Iowa is again in the line of fire for storms. Get cams and radar images in the Des Moines page and other city pages

My wife and I just returned from seeing “The Day After Tomorrow” and we both liked it. I thought the special effects were very well done, and the characters were likeable and, at appropriate times, very humorous. I couldn’t think of a slow point in the movie. It, once again, reassures me that my move from Michigan to Texas was a wise one. (I’m not a fan of sub-zero degree weather at any point in my life). My wife liked the special effects as well. She did not like the scene featuring the wolves…

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May 28, 2004

Infant Planet Found; KY Storms; Local TV Overboard On Weather Alerts?; Storms May Reappear In NE

Astronomers think they’ve found infant planet

Kentucky storms update

Severe Weather Strikes Central Ohio

From MILive.com: Local TV stations go overboard on weather alerts

Nebraska: Storms May Strike Again This Weekend

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May 27, 2004

Report: Caribbean Flood Death Toll 2,000; AZ, NM Wildfires; Ohio Valley Storms, Flooding; N. Texas Storms; Tornado F-Ratings In MO Released; Damage In OK; Farmers Hit In MI; High-Tech System In Indy

Report: Caribbean flood death toll nears 2,000

Get the latest on the wildfires burning in Arizona and New Mexico

The Ohio Valley is seeing strong storms and flooding. Latest watches/warnings and Radar/city pages map

Heavy rain moved through Dallas-Fort Worth and north Texas tonight. KXAS-TV’s live streaming radar is online (new window, WMP, Broadband only). Many other radars and cams for this area are in the DFW page

Missouri: National Weather Service releases tornado F-ratings

Severe Weather Causes Damage In Western Oklahoma

Michigan: Weather hits farmers hard

High-tech system keeps Indy weather-informed

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May 26, 2004

Severe Storms In Missouri; Des Plaines River Crests Lower; Chicago Develops Warning System; KY Storms Possible; Great Lakes Rising; Day After Tomorrow: Fact Or Fiction

From the National Weather Service: Supercell thunderstorm produces baseball-size hail and 80 mph wind in Central Missouri

Parts of Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas are under tornado or severe thunderstorm watches and warnings this evening. Get radars and cams in your nearest city in the satellite/radar map

Des Plaines River Crests Lower Than Expected In Illinois

Chicago Develops Extreme-Weather Warning System

Kentucky: At-Risk For Severe Weather Today

Silver lining to storms: Great Lakes rising

The Day After Tomorrow comes out the day after tomorrow: Killer weather, or not?. Be sure to catch a week of Storm Stories on The Weather Channel, which is being promoted as a prerequisite for the film.

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May 25, 2004

Carribean Storms Kill At Least 270; Funnel Clouds Reported In Kansas City Area; Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri See Severe Weather Outbreak; Cities Burst Into Top 20 Most Visited; Iowa Airport Evacuated; Weather Coverage Annoying, Needed

At least 270 dead in Caribbean storms

Severe Storms Sweep Through Kansas City/Tornadoes Hit Northeastern Missouri. Some interesting comments on the night of storms surfaced in the KC area from FreeRepublic.com (just discovered that page in my statisitics). As usual, cams and radars are in the KC page. Also getting hit again today, Omaha, Des Moines, and St. Louis is also seeing a line of severe storms move through as I type this…

The storms in Nebraska and Iowa have made Omaha and Des Moines the 10th and 19th most visited cities at this site since May 1. Much higher than usual in visits for May: Chicago at the top spot; Detroit at No. 3; Indianapolis at No. 4 and Cleveland No. 11. See the Top 20 visited pages, updated daily, in the left column of the home page.

In Iowa: Airport Evacuated Because Of Bad Weather

Weather coverage annoying but needed

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Tornadoes Reported In Kansas City Area; Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri See Severe Weather Outbreak; Cities Burst Into Top 20 Most Visited

Severe Storms Sweep Through Kansas City/Tornadoes Hit Northeastern Missouri. Some interesting comments on the night of storms in the KC area from FreeRepublic.com. As usual, cams and radars are in the KC page. Also getting hit again today, Omaha, Des Moines, and St. Louis is also seeing a line of severe storms move through as I type this…

The storms in Nebraska and Iowa have made Omaha and Des Moines the 10th and 19th most visited cities at this site since May 1. Much higher than usual in visits for May: Chicago at the top spot; Detroit at No. 3; Indianapolis at No. 4 and Cleveland No. 11. See the Top 20 visited pages, updated daily, in the left column of the home page.

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May 24, 2004

Storms Firing Up In Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri; Stormy Weekend Leaves Many Under Water

A threat of tornadoes exists this afternoon and evening in Omaha, Kansas City and Des Moines. Check out the Intellicast radar summary for the area. Strong storms are also possible in the northeast. Get the very latest watches and warnings. For radars and weather cams, click on your nearest city in the WXnation live radar map

Detroit Flooding: Storm damage is surging | Tornadoes reported as Michigan floods, blackouts continue | More stories | Lansing Flooding

Nebraska Flooding/Tornado Damage: Storms Kill 1

Quad Cities, IL Flooding: National Weather Service warns area rivers soon will overfill banks

Chicago-Area Flooding: Suburbs bracing for ‘worst ever’ flood

Iowa Flooding/Damage: Overnight storms cause flooding, damage

Wisconsin Flooding: Flooding Plagues Southeastern Wisconsin

Ohio Flooding: Findlay Floods

Western New York State: Latest Round of Wild Weather

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May 23, 2004

Deadly Tornado Outbreak Nebraska, Iowa; More Michigan Flooding;

Deadly tornado outbreak in Nebraska and Iowa: A total of 81 tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down Saturday:

And: More storms soak Michigan

Posted here at 12:10 a.m.: Dozens of tornadoes have hit Nebraska and Iowa, and there are widespread reports of damage due to strong storms with straightline winds up to 106 mph, according to NWS and reported on WHO-AM 1040. Also getting hit, parts of Kansas and Missouri. Storms are also near Raleigh, NC. Get the latest warnings and watches here, and the latest radar images and webcam images in your nearest city page by clicking on the home page’s live radar map. Also, listen to live radio coverage (AM News/Talk is your best bet) at Radio-Locator.com (look for lightning bolt symbols)

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May 22, 2004

Flint, MI Tornado Reported; Tornado Tears Up Iowa Town; Storm Cuts Power In PA; Ohio Floods; Michigan Flooding Leaves Headaches, Power Outages; Strange Rainbow

A tornado was spotted in Flint, MI this afternoon as a line of severe weather moved from central into eastern Michigan. Here are the current watches and warnings and storm radar summary. The Flint webcam from WJRT-TV appears to be down right now, but other cams and radar images for southeastern Michigan are in the Detroit page. Also under tornado watches and warnings: Nebraska.

The tiny town of Bradgate, Iowa, was all but destroyed by a tornado late Friday. Story here

Thousands in western Pa. without power after storm

Central Ohio: Residents under water after severe weather

Ann Arbor, MI: Storm batters area Roads flood, trees fall in heavy rain, high winds; Mid-Michigan flooding and from Metro Detroit: Flooding, power outs hit the Metro area

And, after the storm, one might see a strange rainbow! (Posted at SpaceWeather.com)

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May 21, 2004

Another Round Of Storms In Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland; Storms Hit Cleveland, Strong Storms, Flooding In Michigan; Asteroid Now 2nd Rock From Sun; Sunrise Pics From Webcam

Chicago is seeing another round of severe weather, which has led to flood warnings and tornado watches. Story: Tornado Watch Issued For Several Counties. Other cities getting a second round of severe weather tonight: Detroit and Cleveland. Storms are also moving into D.C.

From late this afternoon: States under thunderstorm watches: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and tornado watch is in effect in Iowa. Intellicast storm summary radar for Ohio Valley and Iowa. Weather radar and webcam images are in your nearest city in this U.S. radar map

From Cleveland, hit by severe storms this afternoon: Severe Weather Slamming Northeast Ohio and more WEWS-TV coverage

Much of southeastern Michigan was under flood and severe thunderstorm warnings. Stories: Storms move through | Floods Drown Local Communities. As of 6 p.m. EDT, this WDIV-TV cam was focused on downed power lines and traffic. Get radars and webcams in the Detroit page.

Astronomers announced Thursday the second known asteroid whose orbit is completely inside that of Earth. It supplants Venus as the second rock from the Sun. Details

Here are a couple of great sunrise pictures captured by the WXnation Webcam in north Fort Worth, Texas this morning. Click on them for large-sized versions (in new window):

WXnation Fort Worth Webcam

WXnation Fort Worth Webcam

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May 20, 2004

Severe Weather Possible In Chicago, Detroit; Dallas/Fort Worth Meteorologist Part Of Family; ND’s Night Of Tornadoes; SE Ohio Floods; Popular Meteorologist Dies

Severe weather is possible in from Iowa into the lower Great Lakes, including Chicago and Detroit. Check out the Intellicast storm radar summary, and get the latest watches and warnings, and radar/cam images in your nearest city

Mmm. I just spoke with KXAS-TV Meteorologist Rebecca Miller at work this morning, and she didn’t mention this article in The Courier. I agree with the article: I know a good number of people who feel like she is a part of their family. The Weather Channel’s loss in the 80’s is our station’s gain…

North Dakota’s night of tornadoes

Southeast Ohio recovering from floods and sad news from nearby Kentucky: Popular Meteorologist Brian Collins Passes Away

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May 19, 2004

Storms In North Central U.S.; KC-Area Flooding; Stormy Midwest Aftermath; Weather Kills Grass ; Cingular Wireless Offers Hurricane Emergency Tips; Solar Prominences Pics; Webcam Brings Lives Of Young Chicks

Severe storms, including tornadoes, are possible in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minneapolis, Iowa and Nebraska this afternoon and evening. Get images and more in the home page’s radar/city pages map

Kansas City-area flooding stories via Google News

Stories from a stormy Midwest Tuesday… From Ohio: Wicked weather rips area; Pennsylvania: Tornado touches down in area; Illinois: Storm knocks out power in Peoria and Blinding rain, strong winds pound area ; and Michigan: Tornado sirens come too late and Michigan cleans up after big storms

Wet weather helps kill grass in Chesapeake Bay

Cingular Wireless offers hurricane emergency tips

Solar prominences are prominent today in the SpaceWeather.com site

And in webcam news: Webcam Brings Lives Of Young Chicks To You

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May 18, 2004

Stormy Midwest, Ohio Valley Today; Nebraska Tornado Stories; Severe Weather In Ohio; Almanac Forecasts Thing Of The Past?; Custom Weather Launches XML-Query-Based Toolkit; Infuzer, AccuWeather To Deliver Data For Calendar Users; Comet NEAT Pic

Severe weather warnings are scattered across the Midwest and Ohio Valley, and even extending to upstate New York, this afternoon. Get the latest radar and webcam images, plus weather watches and warnings by clicking on your nearest city in the WXnation home page radar map. Also check out this very active Intellicast radar summary for the region

Get more on Nebraska tornadoes yesterday here

From Ohio: Severe Weather Causes Damage In The Tri-state

The Columbian’s Pat Timm asks: Have almanac forecasts come to pass?

Some press releases: CustomWeather Launches New XML Query-Based Toolkit for Instant Weather Integration | Infuzer and AccuWeather Partner to Deliver Global Weather Data to Electronic Calendar Users

Great Comet NEAT image featured as Astronomy Picture of the Day

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