Update: Indiana State Fair Tragedy – Inspections Are Not Required For Outdoor Stages In Indiana

No Indiana agency appears to be responsible for regulation of massive rigging. Written by John Russell, Tim Evans and Heather Gillers Zoom The rigging for the Indiana State Fair Grandstand stage lay crumpled Monday. / Danese Kenon / The Star If you're wondering which Indiana agency regulates the massive stage rigging at the State Fairgrounds, … Continue reading Update: Indiana State Fair Tragedy – Inspections Are Not Required For Outdoor Stages In Indiana

NIOSH Creates Web Page for Tornado Response Safety

Recommendations and resources are available for state and local response personnel, health care workers, shelter workers and other responders from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on a new web page. Information can be found on the page to help them stay safe during tornado response and cleanup. The new resource is … Continue reading NIOSH Creates Web Page for Tornado Response Safety

Wiped off the map: Shocking Before and After Images Reveal How Giant Tornado Ripped Apart Joplin’s City Landmarks

By John Stevens Last updated at 4:07 PM on 28th May 2011 Devastating 198mph tornado tore a path a mile wide and six miles long straight through Joplin, Missouri Deadliest single tornado in more than 60 years with at least 125 people killed 1,500 people still remain unaccounted for, according to fire officials 'This is … Continue reading Wiped off the map: Shocking Before and After Images Reveal How Giant Tornado Ripped Apart Joplin’s City Landmarks

Joplin, Missouri Tornado: Horrifying Audio & Video From Inside The Twister

Not many can say they've lived through a deadly tornado like the one that struck Joplin, Missouri on Sunday. Even fewer can come back from the heart of the storm with footage documenting the terror from within. Words can't describe the frightening experience this video captures, made all the more horrifying by a lack of … Continue reading Joplin, Missouri Tornado: Horrifying Audio & Video From Inside The Twister

State Responding to Severe Storms and Tornado That Struck Southwest Missouri – 116 Souls Lost in Joplin

Shelter established in Joplin; Resources are available to check on friends and loved ones JEFFERSON CITY – The State Emergency Management Agency continues to work with Missouri state and local agencies to deploy all available response resources to Joplin following the deadly tornado that ripped through the city Sunday evening, May 22. Search and rescue … Continue reading State Responding to Severe Storms and Tornado That Struck Southwest Missouri – 116 Souls Lost in Joplin

Updated: Death Toll Up To 343 from Extreme Weather in Alabama the South as Storms, Tornadoes Ravage Area

Tornado in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011 Tornado Outbreak Death Toll Hits 343, Second-Deadliest Day From Twister In U.S. History Update: The death toll from severe storms that roared across the South has now risen to 337 across five states with Alabama and Mississippi each reporting increases in the number of deaths in their … Continue reading Updated: Death Toll Up To 343 from Extreme Weather in Alabama the South as Storms, Tornadoes Ravage Area

Tornado Season 2011 Is Upon Us – Are You Ready??

As evidenced by the multiple tornadoes that struck the St. Louis area this past weekend, the 2011 tornado season is upon us! Rapidly moving violent storms can cause tornadoes with little, if any, warning. It is very important to always maintain a level of situational awareness when at home, work and on travel. Extreme weather … Continue reading Tornado Season 2011 Is Upon Us – Are You Ready??

Tsunami Warnings Now Faster, More Accurate Deep Sea Sensors, Sophisticated Modeling Software Enhance Prediction Efforts

As the deadly tsunami generated by Friday's massive earthquake off the coast of Japan headed toward the United States, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Center for Tsunami Research tracked its progress in real-time. Dozens of deep-ocean tsunami-monitoring sensors more than three miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean picked up … Continue reading Tsunami Warnings Now Faster, More Accurate Deep Sea Sensors, Sophisticated Modeling Software Enhance Prediction Efforts

Blizzard of 2011 – A Fearful, Frigid Night on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

Live Unedited Video from WGN News®   CHICAGO – Lindsey Wilson was on Lake Shore Drive, but she couldn't tell where. It was dark, and the snow swirling around the stranded bus made it impossible to see anything but the closest cars. There was talk among her fellow commuters of 25-foot waves washing up from … Continue reading Blizzard of 2011 – A Fearful, Frigid Night on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

The Safety of the Planet is Equally as Important as the Safety of Employees – NOAA Seeing Extremes & Effects

NOAA: 2010 ties for warmest year on record Just-concluded 2010 tied with 2005 for the warmest year ever recorded on the Earth's surface, the 34th straight year of global temperatures higher than the 20th Century average, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "In the contiguous United States, 2010 was the 14th consecutive year with … Continue reading The Safety of the Planet is Equally as Important as the Safety of Employees – NOAA Seeing Extremes & Effects

Is Chicago Ready for the Next Plainfield Tornado?

Courtesy of Tom Skilling & WGN TV News Next weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the deadly Plainfield tornado that killed 29 people and caused 165-million dollars worth of damage in Will County. We've learned a lot about tornadoes since then. But, as Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling reports, it's the partnership between the National Weather … Continue reading Is Chicago Ready for the Next Plainfield Tornado?

Storm chasers capture amazing video of multiple vortex tornado in Oklahoma

It is a little known but amazing phenomenon that sometimes accompanies tornadoes – multiple vortices coming from one larger twister. Storm chasers descended on the area of yesterday’s deadly tornado outbreak and two were able to capture amazing video of what looks like small tornadoes circling a larger twister. When witnessed from the ground, multiple … Continue reading Storm chasers capture amazing video of multiple vortex tornado in Oklahoma

Massive fireball reported across Midwestern skies overnight.

April 15, 2010 Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky, the National Weather Service said. The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m., said the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee. "The fireball was seen … Continue reading Massive fireball reported across Midwestern skies overnight.