“Hurricane Matthew is a monster storm. Now it has a monster image to match. A sinister image of Hurricane Matthew, resembling a human skull, has lit up the Internet. The creepy satellite photo was posted Tuesday by Weather Channel senior meteorologist Stu Ostro as the hurricane made landfall in Haiti. The image shows the hurricane through an infrared camera lens. It’s been tweaked to show the storm in apocalyptic colors that accentuate the hurricane’s eye and make its teeth look like the comic book character Ghost Rider or the Grinch, some Twitter users suggested. It’s creepy, but in a nutshell, CNN meteorologist Judson Jones explains that “basically, scientists use color tables to identify the strongest part of the storm.” –Source
I only post this in the hopes of answering some of the up and coming emails in the next few days regarding the image you see on the left. No, it is not doctored or photoshopped in anyway. And no, the sky near the center and the outskirts of the storm are not blood red. The meteorologist software places the colors there to show severity so as to have a better way of warning people in the path of the storm. Living in a tornado prone region I know too well what those colors mean and I must say I would not want to be in that area when that kind of wind hits.
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Indonesian authorities raced on Monday to rescue victims of landslides and flash floods caused by torrential rain at the weekend that killed nearly 50 people and left many missing in the main island of Java.
Search and rescue teams used earth movers and bulldozers to clear debris in several locations in Central Java province after heavy rainfall damaged thousands of homes and forced residents to evacuate. Continue reading…
The National Weather Service says a tornado that damaged or destroyed about 20 homes near the northeast Kansas town of Chapman was an EF4 with estimated peak winds of 180 mph.
Weather service surveyors determined the tornado started at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday and stayed on the ground for 26 miles before ending around 8:40 p.m. Kansas officials said Thursday numerous power lines and a set of railroad tracks were damaged in the storm.
The twister passed just south of Chapman, a community of 1,400 that in 2008 lost more than 60 homes and had several school buildings and churches damaged by a similar-sized tornado that cut through the heart of the town.
The weather service says Wednesday’s tornado was a half-mile wide and completely destroyed a farmstead near Chapman.
Earlier Thursday the weather service had rated the tornado as an EF3. Source
The death toll from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in Sri Lanka has risen to 92, officials said.
Soldiers looking for victims recovered at least seven more bodies on Sunday from Aranayake – one of the worst-hit villages in the district of Kegalle.
Starting last weekend Sri Lanka has seen the heaviest rains in 25 years. Continue reading…
Cyclone Roanu battered the coast of southern Bangladesh on Saturday, forcing half a million people to flee their homes and leaving 23 people dead in floods and rain-triggered landslides.
Authorities in low-lying Bangladesh took more than 500,000 people into shelters as the cyclone made landfall just after midday local time (0600 GMT), packing winds as strong as 88km per hour. Continue reading…