We had a storm

View from my window about 6:30 last night.  There were high winds and tornadoes throughout the Midwest; it was said to have been the second lowest barometric pressure ever recorded.

31 Comments

  1. Chris
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Looks like Seattle September thru June 🙂

    • Dominic
      Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      I love rain – it’s so… wet!

    • Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      Yes, isn’t it great?! We do get beautiful storms here. I live near Kerry Park so I can watch them rolling in over the Sound.

      • gillt
        Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

        I just flew back to Seattle last night out of Fort Wayne, IN. We had 70 mph gusts in the AM.

      • JBlilie
        Posted October 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

        I’m so jealous: How are Olympia Pizza, Cafe Ladro, and McCarthy and Schiering these days?

    • neil
      Posted October 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      This year, it was September thru September.

  2. Dominic
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    How low?

    • JBlilie
      Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      28.2 inches Hg (955 mbar) is what I heard on NPR this morning.

    • JBlilie
      Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      WA Post reports 28.23 inches / 956 mbar

      • Posted October 27, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

        What’s a millibar between friends? Something to put millidrinks on.

        • Dominic
          Posted October 28, 2010 at 3:37 am | Permalink

          Actually to be my usual pedantic self (feel free to pick me up when I am wrong myself!) the meterologists use hectopascals hPa which amounts to the same as millibars – & of course the Canadians use kilopascals!

          London 28th Oct 9.36am GMT [10.36 BST] 1013 hPa/mb; 29.8 InHg
          (according to my watch which may not be entirely accurate)

          • Marella
            Posted October 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

            Well since you ask, it’s ‘meteorology’.

  3. MJP
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Apparently there’s a huge extratropical cyclone moving across the country.
    It’s coming into NC now.

    • JBlilie
      Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

      Good cyclonic storm.

      • JBlilie
        Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

        WA Post reports 28.24 (956 mbar)

  4. E.A. Blair
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I live about a hundred miles north of where this picture was taken. We were partly cloudy, windy but with no rain and no complete overcast. Wednesday noon, it’s still windy but otherwise fair.

  5. Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    The Southeast is lucky the low pressure was centered as north as it was. I was watching ABC 33/40 (Birmingham, AL) severe weather coverage yesterday afternoon, and the meteorologist said if the front had been over Arkansas or Tennessee instead, there likely would have been a major tornado outbreak across the South, Mississippi-Alabama.

  6. Insightful Ape
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Allah is giving you a chance to repent and seek salvation. He will give you virgins too, but I have a hunch that this may not sweeten the deal for you.

    • Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      Yeah, what’re you supposed to do with a friggin’ virgin?

      • Insightful Ape
        Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        The holy koran doesn’t explain. It is supposed to be self evident.

      • KP
        Posted October 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

        Back inna hills where ah come from, a virgin’s no good. If she ain’t good enough for her family, she ain’t good enough for me.

  7. Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I had a phone call with some Chicago folks today — all appear have have survived the storm.

  8. Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    We had 4 tornado touchdowns in Ohio. Wind snapped the railroad crossing gate arm a block from my house.

  9. Hempenstein
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I heard on the news last night that the #1 lowest pressure was the storm that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald

    • Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      The gales of November came early.

  10. JBlilie
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Yep, whipped up the lawn furniture around our house too. No trees down luckily. I guess Thor had bad aim — again!

  11. steve oberski
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    If I didn’t know you lived in Chicago I’d say that was downtown Mordor. Only thing missing is an active volcano.

    • Posted October 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      Here in Middle Earth (Aotearoa/New Zealand), we’re all going, “It’s ours, ours, the Precioussss!” (The Government has convinced Warner Bros to go ahead with filming “The Hobbit” here. No sign of Homo floresiensis)

  12. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    The wind blew in Chicago, and this is news? Meanwhile, Indonesia had both a tsunami and a volcanic eruption.

  13. daveau
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    That’s on the south side. On the north side of Chicago, where I live, it was sunny and 80 degrees. Srsly.

    28.23 inches is damn low. Standard sea level pressure is 29.92. That’s the equivalent of a 1600 foot altitude change.

  14. cnocspeireag
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    The 1987 storm which caused huge damage in Southern England hit 953mbar. I lived in London at the time. The city was not used to high winds and I woke my wife at about 6am to drive around and look at the extensive devastation, saying she’d never forgive herself if she missed it. We men are sensitive that way.
    She was suffering from ‘flu at the time and I’m not sure she’s actually forgiven me.


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