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[SC] Butterflies in a Hurricane | win 10.000 planets + Showcase! | DL: CLOSED
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21 May 2012 00:15:10  
I feel there must be some misconceptions about what a hurricane is. So I need to set the record straight.=p

A hurricane (aka a typhoon) is a tropical cyclone. It's a storm system with sustained winds of at least 119 km/h (74 mph). Because of the sustained winds they tend to develop an eye, like in the picture below. The strongest hurricanes have had recorded sustained winds of 314 km/h (195 mph).

They gain their strength as warm water evaporates from the ocean, so they develop over the water.

The image below is of Katrina, one of the most damaging hurricanes to hit the USA:



Hurricanes have been known to spawn multiple tornadoes in their storm system as they make landfall.

But tornadoes generally form over land. Tornadoes are sometimes referred to as twisters or cyclones. Cyclone is actually used in a broader sense in meteorology though to refer to any closed low pressure system.

Tornadoes can look a lot of different ways, but are usually characterized by a funnel. They're also much much smaller than a hurricane. The eye of hurricanes themselves are on average around 30-65 km (19-40 miles) in diameter. The hurricane itself can have a radius anywhere from 222 km (138 mi) to 888 km (552 mi).

Tornadoes are much smaller, though no less damaging over what they actually hit. Tornadoes are usually about 76 meters (250 feet) across with wind speeds less than 177 km/h (110 mph). But they can get as big as 3.2 km (2 mi) across with wind speeds exceeding 483 km/h (300 mph).

Tornadoes usually look something like this:



Tornadoes are defined in the glossary of the American Meteorological Society as: "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"

So the storms we see in mine and Rowie's collaborative screenshot and in Sqweegel's screenshot are actually tornadoes, not hurricanes. I'm not saying we should lose because of that, but I just wanted to make it clear.

Hurricanes are usually characterized by heavy winds, rain and flooding, but I guess they're not the best thing to photograph from the ground (they're simply too big), unlike tornadoes.

I live in Kansas, in what they call Tornado Alley. I've seen my fair share of them. We have a siren in town that warns us if one is approaching town and I've heard it go off already about 6 times this year. We go for cover in the most interior room of our house on the lowest floor, preferably a basement or cellar. Thankfully I've never taken a direct hit, but I've been near enough to them to know they mean serious business.
Last edited by eyebo.wp, 21 May 2012 00:33:19
Coordinator
Location: US
21 May 2012 09:23:29  
Thanks eyebo for this explanation! :d Feeling a little dumb at the moment. :$ Or there are just not enough hurricanes and / or tornados in Europe to get me to know this (well, I guess it's better this way :d)

Maybe I should rename the track in "Butterflies in a Tornado"... no, just kidding. :p
Moped Racer
Location: DE
21 May 2012 11:35:14  
eyebo (741) says:
Tornadoes blah blah

dude you forgot the cows =)
Quad Bike Racer
Location: IT
21 May 2012 12:50:08  
Oops =p

You wouldn't believe how many times I've quoted that movie, and that scene. It's really funny to see it again.

And no worries kruemelyeti. I just didn't want you to go through life thinking a tornado was a hurricane. That's all. :p I'm just glad you haven't had to have any experience with such things.

I probably should have told Rowie before I posted the screenshot here.:$ But I was just blown away. I couldn't really think straight.
Coordinator
Location: US
21 May 2012 19:34:26  
Damn the tornado alley... I want to do it, french storms are so boriiiiing but well I've to find somebody who would travel months "only" for big storms and tornados ^^
You usually have some tornado where you live Eyebo ?

In your explantion you forgot that the funnels are created by supercells and with a creation of a "wall-cloud". F12 is actually the highest tornado point, it has never been so high, the most powerfull was F5 or F6, OK city in 1999, right ? ^^
Last edited by .Ornaiim, 21 May 2012 19:36:37
Quad Bike Racer
Location: FR
22 May 2012 00:22:40  
Ok guys, thanks to everyone for your effort! Here are the results:

Winner: eyebo (Showcase + 10.000 planets)


Second: Sqweegel (2.000 planets)

Third: This one was extremely hard to decide for me, all the other submissions are pretty nice and nearly on the same level, but there can only be one third place and this goes to metoxys. (1.000 planets)

Thanks to everyone for participating! ;)

One last question to eyebo: This screenshot competition was initially planned just for the wall in my track, but because your and rowie's work is so extremely beautiful, I want to ask, if I am allowed to use it as the screenshot on mx, too? I also made one myself, but it would be a shame to have such a nice wallpaper and do not use it. :p

edit: Everyone should've received his planets, 13.000 planets poorer now. :d
Last edited by XT kruemelyeti, 22 May 2012 00:39:48
Moped Racer
Location: DE
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