There's No Such Thing As a "Mini" Tornado *Gripe!*

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There's No Such Thing As a "Mini" Tornado *Gripe!*

Postby Wundo » Sat May 02, 2009 11:10 pm

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I think maybe this has been discussed before but I'm not at all hesitant to mention, once again, that a 'mini' tornado is an inapt and misleading description!!
A 'mini' tornado is something you make in a lab. The correct description is 'weak' tornado, if indeed it was a tornado at all. More likely a water spout which occurs by a different mechanism. Using 'mini tornado' is a media game designed to not scare the public and perhaps keep premiums from insurance companies down a bit. I dunno.

That said my dictionary has a tornado described as 'an extremely intense tropical cyclone..' WTF? More like sub tropical but again, an apt description is missing.. TC's are synoptic scale and tornado's are mesoscale, they occur on a much different scale!! No wonder the average joe blow can't tell u the difference between a a tornado and hurricane, TC, typhoon, dust devil etc..

Do I like an unstable atmosphere because as an individual I am inherently unstable?

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Re: Gripe!

Postby hotandstormy2006 » Sun May 03, 2009 7:33 pm

I get rather annoyed as well

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