Weather Tidbits & Current Events August 1-15th 2013

On August 7th Wisconsin experienced severe weather that caused damage that initially could not be confirmed as tornado or wind caused. Upon further review the next day it was determined that five tornadoes swept through central and northeastern Wisconsin. Touching down in New London, Hortonville, Mackville, Kaukauna, North Appleton, Holland, Northeast Mackville, East Maribel and South Pilson. Downing power lines, trees and taking off roofs. There were winds up to 86 mph with the storms that brought the tornadoes, as well as straight line winds and downpours on top of the wind damage. A state of emergency was declared while official tried to decide what to do about debris in the roads. Power was knocked out to the hospital, causing surgeries and procedures to have to be cancelled, although the hospital was then running on a back of generator. Due to extensive damage throughout the area power will be likely be out for several days for many people.

I have a friend that lives up there and the people didn’t really know they were having a tornado that night, they found out the next morning. Not sure if that tells us the tornadoes were not very strong (thankfully) or what.

Unfortunately in the aftermath of the storms one was killed and was injured when they were struck by a vehicle while cleaning up debris in the road. There is no word on the condition of the injured person.

As tragic as it is that someone did lose their life. It is a blessing that it was not worse.

The Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson has states that the damage from Tuesday and Wednesdays storms could amount to close to 20 million dollars.

Wisconsin has had 13 tornadoes so far this year, which is on the low side for their yearly tally, I doubt there are any complaints.

Pastor Bil Sutlief, left, talks with Governor Scott Walker as Sutlief shows him the extensive storm damaged received at Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in New London, Wis. More than 70,000 people were without electricity at the peak of the storms overnight Tuesday. About 28,000 We Energies customers and approximately 1,000 Wisconsin Public Service Corp. customers remained without service Thursday morning. Thunderstorms packing winds of more than 100 mph and two tornadoes caused at least one weather-related fatality, destroyed a church, barns and other buildings. (AP Photo/The Post-Crescent, Dan Powers) NO SALES

Sinkhole with an appetite.

In Clermont, Florida a sinkhole swallowed part of a 24 unit building at a resort 10 miles west of Disneyland and a part of another is starting to sink. Thirty percent of the building collapsed into the sinkhole Monday in the wee hours, no one was in it and no one was injured. About 20 people were staying the 24 units but were evacuated after authorities were called Sunday evening due to the building making popping noises and windows breaking. It also caused a gas leak which was promptly taken care of and the people went out shortly because the crack in the building progress to a big hole in the ground. People thought it was just kids running around until people started yelling “Get out of the building!”

The sinkhole is 40-50 feet in diameter, and authorities suspect it may be getting deeper but haven’t decided as of yet if it has ceased growing outward. Considering the other building is now leaning, I hope it is.

The sinkholes occur because Florida sits on limestone with a layer of clay on top of that. Limestone is a porous rock that dissolves in water, and quite frankly, here in the South (which is where I live), we have had a whole heck of a lot of rain this summer but that’s a different blog. So rock that dissolves in water and a wet Southern Summer does a sinkhole make. Let us hope that no more occur.

Sink Hole



Idaho experienced a microburst with estimated 60 mph. It caused problem for firefighters battling the Gold Pan Fire. The microburst occurred between 3:30-4, blowing down an excess of 20 trees around fire mean who were in their vehicles waiting for the storm to pass. The downed trees blocked road, knocked down 4 power poles causing 1,360 people to be without power. Power has since been restored.

It did however, bring much needed rain and not needed 500-600 lightning strikes.

What is a microburst you may ask…?

A microburst is a localized column of sinking air producing straight line winds, it causes damage similar to tornadoes but distinguishable from tornado damage by trained weather personal. There are two types of microbursts, wet and dry. The wet bringing a large amount of precipitation, and the dry, not. Microbursts have 3 stages, downburst, and outburst and cushion stage “During the cushion stage, winds about the curl continue to accelerate, posing a great threat to nearby aircraft.”

They can last from a couple of seconds to several minutes. The term was coined by Tetsuya Theodore Fujita (Yes THAT Fujita, as in the Fujita scale). Microbursts are capable of producing winds up to 168 miles per hour. It may not be a tornado, but you don’t want to experience a microburst either, they can be just as damaging and can be a danger to your life as well. Unfortunately, unlike a tornado, you can’t really tell people that a microburst is coming beforehand. Therefore making them a bit more of a danger.