5:54 PM, July 11th, 2013

10 Things You Need to Know About ‘Sharknado’

  1. Sharknado premieres tonight at 9pm EST on SyFy.
  2. You can watch the trailer here.
  3. The premiere of Sharknado could potentially conflict with the birth of the royal baby, in which case, watch Sharknato.
  4. Sharks. Tornadoes.
  5. The TV film features Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, sharks, and tornadoes.
  6. Despite the multitude of predictions that Sharknado will most likely be spectacularly horrible, it might be the BEST horrible TV film of all time.
  7. The TV film cost about $1,000,000 (estimated) to make.
  8. In a phone interview with UPROXX, actress Tara Reid said, “You just had to use your imagination and pretend there were sharks everywhere.”
  9. Here, the director of the movie explains the joy he had while making the film.
  10. The countdown begins:

12:49 PM, April 4th, 2012




Tornadogenesis—the formation of tornadoes—remains a topic of active research as there is relatively little direct experimental data, owing to the difficulty of prediction as well as measurement. Initially, a variation of wind speed at different altitudes in the atmosphere causes shearing, which can lead to the formation of a horizontal column of rotating air—a vortex line similar to a roll cloud. Beneath a developing storm, the updraft of warm local air can pull this vortex line upwards, creating vertical rotation in the cloud, thereby birthing a supercell.  Supercells do not always spawn tornadoes, and the exact causes that result in tornadic or nontornadic supercells are not fully understood.  However, the formation of tornadoes within the supercell seems dependent on the downdraft of cool air within the storm as well as stretching of the vortex line, which increases its rate of rotation. For more information, check out this explanatory video and some of the talks by Paul Markowski. (Thanks to mindscrib, aggieastronaut and others for their submissions related to this topic! Photo credits: P. Markowski and D. Zaras)

My dashboard has a whole new flavor now that I got my astrophysicist friend to join Tumblr.

This doesn’t explain how they got to Oz, but it’s still pretty great. 

There are at least four solid band names in this post. 

Reblogged from NPR
4:53 PM, May 23rd, 2011

The amateur videos of the tornado that ripped through Joplin on Sunday have been terrifying, but sometimes it’s even more frightening when you can’t see whole picture.

(Source: youtube.com)

2:00 PM, April 28th, 2011

Obama’s Headed to Alabama

President Obama will travel to Alabama on Friday following the deadliest tornadoes there in almost 40 years, before then traveling to Florida later that day to watch the space shuttle launch.

(Source: hosted.ap.org)

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