As Sop reported, weather was the big story here over the weekend. Governor Barbour described the damage in his home county of Yazoo as looking “like Katrina”. This photograph, found in the Clarion Ledger’s excellent coverage of the story, is an example of the Katrina-like damage the Governor could see from his helicopter view.
Without any doubt, a tornado is a windstorm; but, What is a Tornado? points out common misunderstanding about these deadly storms – and the photograph that follows, one Sop took after Katrina, points out Governor Barbour was right when he claimed the tornado damage was a Katrina-look-alike:
The most widely-accepted definition of a tornado can be found in, among other sources, the Glossary of Meteorology…corrected in the new Glossary (Glickman 2000).
Tornado — 1. A violently rotating column of air, in contact with the ground, either pendant from a cumuliform cloud or underneath a cumuliform cloud, and often (but not always) visible as a funnel cloud.
Since it is the wind associated with the rotating air column that does the damage, it is the moving air (wind) and not the cloud that constitutes the tornado…. (Doswell, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies; Norman, Oklahoma)
Two look-alike photographs of damage – one from each storm. Can you guess which storm caused the damage in the photograph below the jump?
There was little one could not find hanging from a tree on the Coast following Katrina – including a mobile home in the branches of one near Waveland! However, this Katrina-look-alike photograph was taken after the tornado this weekend.
In Claims Dumping: A Primer, posted at the “old place” before we became SLABBED, Sop asked:
How is it that the majority of the houses on this street stood while three houses in close proximity of one another were reduced to rubble? A tornado or mini tornado is the cause. There was a line of snapped trees that lined up perfectly with the woods across the field from the destroyed houses on this street and through to the woods on the other side.
Sop followed saying he, “personally know of at least one such resident who was only paid on their flood policy instead of their private wind policy. That’s right ladies and gents, the bill was on you, the taxpayers.”
A slab is a slab regardless of the cause of damage – tornado, a hurricane, or an insurer claiming flood water caused the loss.