The weekend set of tornados over Kentucky and several other states have been an education for me.
Andrea Mitchell on her noon time show yesterday had an interesting guest. A professor from Penn State. An expert weatherman. An expert on tornados.
His interview an education.
He said the tornados that ripped through Mayfield, Kentucky had speeds up to 300 mph. Wild! A category 5 hurricane is 150 miles an hour. Both do serious damage.
The professor also said a 300 mph hour tornado shoots debris skyward to 35,000 feet. That’s where commercial airlines fly!
Hurricane speeds are labeled by “categories. Tornados, different. Appear to be labeled with “EF-B.” I think. Still trying to get my hands around tornados.
The National Weather Service categorized Mayfield as an EF-B, 136-165 mph.
As far as I can determine, no one sure yet as to the actual speed of the tornados at whatever point.
I saw a category 5 hurricane in 1992 three weeks after Andrew hit Homestead. The town leveled. Flat. An infrequent occasional wall left standing. I have seen the damage wrought by Irma, a category 4. Some buildings/walls left standing. Not much, however.
Mayfield is not totally flattened. Not a pancake, though close. Walls and roofs partially remaining on some buildings.
I am not sure whether Mayfield 300 or 150 mph. Merely sharing with you the little information and knowledge I have acquired.
It seems to me that once 150 mph is reached, whether 150 or 300 mph makes no difference. The damage is the same.
Winter time up north. Means turtles there being cold stunned.
Cape Cod an example.
Cold stunned turtles cannot survive.
Twenty cold stunned turtles were flown from Boston to Marathon’s Turtle Hospital. With a stopover at the New England Aquarium in Boston to prepare them for the trip.
The turtles are Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. The most critically endangered species of turtles in the world.
They were flown from Boston to Marathon courtesy of Turtles Fly Too.
Treatment over the next several months will consist of broad spectrum antibiotics, fluids, vitamins and a healthy diet. The turtles will reside in 75 degree F. tanks of water.
Custom House in the news.
The contract for the construction of the Custom House was awarded this day in 1888. The structure was completed at a cost of $107,955.96. The building was first occupied in the later part of 1891.
Mark Meadows does not appear very bright. Either he’s stupid, or his attorney, or both.
The more Meadows talks, the more he buries himself.
Paul Krugman in a today’s New York Times article re the failure to yet raise the debt ceiling wrote in How Saboteurs Took Over The GOP: “One of America’s two major political parties (Republican) isn’t just refusing to help the nation deal with its problems; it’s actually working to make the country ungovernable.”
Today one of the saddest in American history. The Sandy Hook massacre occurred this day in 2012. Twenty first graders and six teachers were shot to death.
Tuesday comes around swiftly each week. Tuesday evening my blog talk radio show Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou.
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