Tornadoes typically kill 60-80 people per annum and injure more than 1500 people. Most of the deaths come from flying debris. The most violent tornadoes (EF4 and EF5 on The Enhanced Fujita Scale) only make up 2% of all tornadoes but they account for 70% of all the deaths. A significant part of tornadoes is property damage. Mild tornadoes can take roofs off of houses but strong tornadoes can completely level buildings.
Blizzard can last for two hours. Blizzards cannot be as accurately predicted as earthquakes or tsunamis. Blizzards usually cover the roads with snow and the snow is so powerful that it can even overwhelm the cars. The winds which occur along with blizzards usually uproot trees. Houses with very thin and soft roofs are easily damaged because of blizzards.
Then beginning on May 9th 1934 a strong two day dust storm removed massive amounts of Great Plains top soil in one of the worst storms of the Dust Bowl. The dust clouds blew all the way to Chicago where dirt fell like snow. Two days later on May 11th the same storm reached cites in the east such as Buffalo, Boston, New York City and Washington D.C. That winter red snow fell on New England. On April 14th 1935 known as Black Sunday twenty of the worst Black Blizzards occurred throughout the Dust Bowl, causing extensive damage and turning the day to night. It was so bad that people could not see five feet in front of them at certain points.
A funnel cloud is a rotating cone shaped column of air which is extending downward from a base of a thunderstorm. Also funnel clouds obviously depend on tornadoes because it's the storms which cause them. Tornadoes are the most dangerous weathers ever. About 1200 tornadoes on average hit the United States. The United States is essentially the world's capital of tornadoes, because of the fluke geography.
Grasshoppers In the Dust Bowl Grasshoppers aren’t normally referred to as a source of destruction. They’re small insects that kids try to catch in their backyards. But did you know that the small and seemingly harmless insects caused more destruction in the Dust Bowl than the drought and “black-blizzard”? This paper will shed light on the overlooked cause, first by comparing the destruction caused by the grasshoppers and dust storms, seeing how the grasshoppers specifically affected the plains, and then looking at the aftermath from both of the causes of the event from the ‘30s. The damage caused by the dust storms seemed minute next to the damage caused by the grasshoppers.
The devastation of hurricane Irma was wide-spread and will take years to fully recover from. The total damage Hurricane Irma caused is calculated to be around $100 billion. The damage ranged from destruction of houses and building to 6.8 million people being without electricity (O’Hara, Kristy). The storm caused 38 casualties in the Caribbean and 34 in Florida. Irma flooded the entire area, leaving some places with hip-high water; buildings were lost, and caused destruction to anything that stood in the way.
It showed no mercy. No compassion. No kindness. The frigid temperatures, high winds and snowfall were major factors in the death toll being so high. Someone even wrote a song titled “The Murderous Blizzard”.
Intro The Dust bowl conveyed an enormous agrarian and monetary hit to the Great Plains and destroyed what was left of the United States Economy during the Great Depression. It continued for a decade, 1930 to 1939, and wrecked ranches and lives all over Texas, Oklahoma panhandles, Colorado, parts of New Mexico, Canada, and Kansas. Monstrous dust storms wrecked pretty much everything from harvests, overwhelming ranches, in such a way it crushed the income and careers of thousands of farmers. Cause In 1930, climate changes over the Pacific and Atlantic Seas altered. The Pacific became cooler than typical and the Atlantic ended up noticeably hotter.
Category 4 hurricanes start to cause catastrophic damage. They cause brutal flooding and this hurricane type begins to kill many people. Category 5 hurricanes are major storms that cause fatal damage and usually have a death toll of around one-hundred people. They have wind speeds of 157 mph and
The storm flooded whole streets in the suburban areas, shutdown subway lines, left millions of homes without power for weeks, closed major airports, and resulted in the evacuation of over 370,000 people in the city (Dolnick NYTimes). Experts believe that the storm also created mini-tornadoes causing even more untold damage that totaled to 15.8 million dollars in damages (Dolnick NYTimes). This storm, that stuck about one year before Sandy, was many New Yorkers’ first experience of a storm that violent. When Irene made contact with New York, it was downgraded to a tropical storm, not a hurricane. This storm is important because it resulted in many policy changes in New York’s legislation in terms of storm preparation and preparedness.
The author introduces the approaching storm: “There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension”. Describing the weather as unnaturally still, having tension, and being uneasy, indicates the people’s response to the anticipated storm. She continues describing the storm’s violence as well as the people’s violence stating how an attorney “shot and killed his wife, their two sons, and himself” and how a divorcée was “murdered and thrown from a moving car”. Meanwhile, “the San Gabriel fire was still out of control, and the wind in town was blowing eighty miles an hour”. The storm causes chaos in the environment as well as in the people.
Thirty years after FIRESCOPE was developed, California endured the worst wildfire in history. In 2003, the Cedar Fire burned in San Diego County for weeks, burned 273,246 acres, destroyed 2,820 structures, and killed 14 people, including one firefighter (Cal Fire, n.d.). The Cedar Fire started later in the day, inhibiting aircraft from making water and fire retardant drops. Temperatures remained high and humidity low during the evening. Santa Anna winds continued to blow fiercely throughout the night, though they typically die down during the evening.
Steinbeck’s works mirrored the time period Steinbeck lived in. Many say the series of American crisis that took place during Steinbeck’s lifetime became the backbone to many of his stories. Through years 1929 and 1939, America was in its most “deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in history.” (“The Great Depression”) Unemployment rates skyrocketed leaving 13-15 million Americans left feeling hopeless. Millions who were left unemployed tried to find work elsewhere but were unsuccessful because of the many businesses that were forced to shut down. Through 1930 and 1936, severe dust storms plagued 60 percent of America’s Midwest causing great damage to U.S. agriculture.
Sherpa fire in Santa Barbara grows to 4,000 acres overnight, putting about 140 homes at risk and closing down major freeways according to federal officials. The fire started on Wednesday afternoon on coastal hills north of Santa Barbara. It had moved through overgrown hillsides and canyons that have not been burned in over 60 years because of the hot and dry weather and notorious “sundowner” winds. Sundowners, similar to Santa Ana winds, fuel many of the fires in the Santa Barbara County. Highway 101 was temporarily shut down along the Gaviota Coast, for the second night in a row, on Thursday and was reopened around 5 a.m. on Friday.