"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Everyone ok in STORM 2012?
Living up north and working at Boyne Mountain - clear skies and 70...and yes skiing still! Hope everyone is staying safe to the south.
Ill be up at boyne tmrw for the wkend.. Got a great deal at one of the Bluegreen condos.. Should be a good drunk time.. Never been up there for Carnival wkend, hoping it is all everyone talks it up to be.
Forecast is calling for 70's and sun - first time I can remember anything close to that for carnival. You won't be disappointed...the worst part will undoubtedly be trying to ski back down after drinking heavily for many hours...
looking forward to it, driving up tomorrow. Should get there around 10-1030..
Checking in to our condo about 3-430.. Can't wait
Go to Brazil. It is ok, but overhyped like Bud Bash.
What golf courses should I play at Boyne? I'm finally going to make the trip this year.
I am also on the South side, it looks like it snowed here due to so much hail. Ugly aftenoon weatherwise.
88 and sunny here...watching the NCAA's from my poolside lanai, drinking some Stella.
Got a mix and match 6pack from Trader Joe's.
My tire exploded. Im soaked
because it definitely sounds like you need one.
The front is coming your way however.
85 with a light breeze and sunshine here in the Texas panhandle. Hope you all up there in the land of cold stay safe.
Is there anything close to Bay City? That's where most of my family lives.
Ha! I guess I could have done that myself, but thanks!
There was pretty big hail on north campus. Apparently a tornado touched down somewhere here in Ann Arbor in addition to the one in Dexter.
My daughter is a freshman living in Bursley and they were ordered to the basement a while ago and still there. Although now there is a flood warning.
I think the tornado actually touched down last near Asheville, North Carolina
Sincerely, the Syracuse game refs
Crazy storm though....consistent hail for an hour, some pieces as big as a quarter, interspersed with intense downpours, with lots of heavy lighting/thunder action—but with absolutely no wind. The tops of trees that are several stories tall aren't moving at all. Very strange.
The good thing is that it was the puppy's first thunderstorm, and he's been pretty calm about it all.
It's breezy with a pretty good rainfall here. Nothing too violent yet, but it has a pretty damn spectacular and frightening lightning show.
PSA from your MGoDTEGuy....call 1-800-477-4747 if the lights go out.
Best part about this was that I was watching it thinking they're at least looking through a window and then he turns around, and lo and behold they're staring it down from the yard. Bold.
Looks like their only shelter was the restrooms... that could have been bad.
Holy shit!! That's amazing how that is going on over there, and we haven't had a drop on west side of the state, especially when you consider that most of the systems move west to east.
That's quite a tornado-watching party. Sure hope no flying debris hit the area.
I can't get to my house on Brookwood in my car. If you have a basement in the area, I'm crossing my fingers for you.
The heavy stuff has been missing us today, but a nasty one just went through the very same town in Kentucky that had the deaths and the houses lifted off their foundations two weeks ago. It's amazing how the local geography seems to funnel the storms to the same spots over and over again.
Is this for real? I live in Northville and there's been nothing here whole tonight. I assume no meetings at the Union tonight.
Does anyone live in Dundee on here that can provide some insight about what it's like to live in Michigan's tornado alley? My family and I have a running joke to stay away from Dundee whenever there's a tornado warning, because that Cabela's seems to take a beating every time. Must be rough. I haven't seen any updates about them yet, but I'm sure they're coming.
My dad lives just on the outside of east Dundee. He said he watched a Tornado today a mile or so south of his house...
Dundee. It is wrestling related
Where is TTU Wolverine?
I hear he's a meteorologist
It's because we grow tornados here, then export them.
There are several meteorologists that lurk here. If I had to guess, TTUWolverine is currently chasing (or as much as one can storm chase in Michigan).
Just ugh. I was napping, woke up to about a bajillion text messages. Epic fail on my part.
Would you say that it was a whirlwind of texts...? *snicker*
I really do not want to sound course, since clearly some houses were destroyed or nearly destroyed, but I don't see much damage to houses half a block away. About half a dozen homes were affected. Severe weather can be highly localized but I wouldn't call this bad. Bad is an entire town being leveled. This was just a small storm and an unlucky half dozen home owners. (But since no deaths are being reported, you could say it was a lucky half dozen home owners)
A lot more than 6 houses were damaged. Are you familiar with how tornados work? They will often skip around, levelling some buildings while leaving others very close by undamaged.
No this was no F5 tornado like the one that levelled Tuscaloosa last year, but it probably has done more damage to homes and buildilngs in the Ann Arbor area than any storm in the last 40 years, so it's a pretty big deal. We don't get stroms like this up here. Or at least, we didn't used to.
Michigan right at the north end of Tornado alley. We don't get them like the heart of the midwest, but our neck of the woods gets it share of tornado generating storms every year. This is nothing out of the ordinary. This one just happened to land in a pretty populated area. A lot of them hit the middle of a cornfield and people hardly know it was there.
He said this storm was "extremely unusual" for Michigan especially for this time of year. So no offense, but unless you happen to also be a meterologist, I'm going to take his word over yours.
Regardless of how "rare" the storm was, the damage it did to the Ann Arbor area was pretty rare. As I said before, I can't recall a single storm in the last 40 years that damaged as many homes around Ann Arbor as this one. I'm hearing wildly varying reports of how many homes were destoryed. Every one agrees it was double digits, with one report going as high as 35. The Dexter paper says over 100 homes suffered damage.
I'm getting a PhD in atmospheric science, so yeah. It was rare for this time of year. It wasn't very rare of this area in general.
There is a large difference between number of homes destroyed vs number of homes that suffered damage. I don't want to sound snarky, but bet me know when you have spent time in any area or town that was hit with an EF4 or EF5. You'll understand how bad a tornado can be.
Because it didn't level the town doesnt lessen the tragedies of the people it did strike.
I'm not trying to say it wasn't a tragedy for those involved. I just want to put the tornado size in a scientific context. it was not that large of a tornado.
No one claimed it was the worst storm in the history of the world. Or that it needed national relief like Hurricane Katrina. Just that it was uncommonly bad for this area. Tail end of the Alley or not. If you have a list of pictures of a half dozen worse storms in southeastern Michigan, go for it, but the more you beat a dead horse, the more you are coming off as "coarse".
According to the tornado history project, this was only the 4th F3 level tornado to hit Washtenaw county since 1950.
So, we get a tornado like this in Ann Arbor about once every 20 years. You don't consider that rare???
It's absolutely gorgeous over here in Kentwood. I just got done walking around East GR and Reeds lake, which is what I like to do when the weather is nice. That is crazy. Everything must have stayed south of us.
Walked outside and saw lightning, heading back to the apt and school. Just hear a few rumbles sitting in my office, but nothing major.