1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

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1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Pied typer » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:22 pm UTC

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Title text: It's a myth that you can never cross mountains safely, but be sure you understand how the climatic situation there will affect your parent thunderstorm.
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So what is Black Hat doing in that second picture? Is he secretly a tornado?
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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby JPatten » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:24 pm UTC

I think he is just reminding you, the reader, of how to keep your Tornado safe.

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Pied typer » Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:30 pm UTC

JPatten wrote:I think he is just reminding you, the reader, of how to keep your Tornado safe.

No, the second person is clearly the tornado.
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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby jozwa » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:08 pm UTC

Took me a few seconds.

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Locoluis » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:10 pm UTC

Don't let it happen to you what happened to Patricia last year!

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Bounty » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:59 pm UTC

But the fact that Black Hat is involved in this means it's not JUST a joke, which means Tornados must be able to benefit from a written list of rules. Which means Tornados are literate, unlike rainbows.

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:05 pm UTC

He might have added,

Don't mess around with cascaded switches triggered by thiotimoline


Tho' that is more likely to attract hurricanes than tornadoes.

Hmmm.. do tomatoes and potatoes like tornadoes while tomatos and potatos prefer tornados?
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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby thunk » Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:41 pm UTC

Remember to find sources of streamwise vorticity.
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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby JohnTheWysard » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:36 pm UTC

Great vortices have lesser ones
That feed on their velocity;
The lesser ones have lesser ones,
And so on to viscosity!

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby JonnyS » Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:11 am UTC

I seriously want a game based on this. Where either you are the tornado, and must seek out ideal situations to traverse the country, OR (Perhaps better yet) Sim Tornado: In which you must create an environment in which your precious pet Tornado may thrive.

Tell me you wouldn't play that.

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Flumble » Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:32 am UTC

JonnyS wrote:I seriously want a game based on this. Where either you are the tornado, and must seek out ideal situations to traverse the country

Hmm, would you steer the tornado or would you steer the winds (containing cool air, hot air and tornadoes)?
For some more game mechanics: what is the effect of (both clouded and sunny) plains, forest, water and urban on air humidity/tornado conditions?

And of course only a large enough tornado can take on houses made of hay, twigs and bricks. :wink:

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Morgan Wick » Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:49 am UTC

I needed the alt text to get it, I thought it was just a bunch of lines that didn't make any sense, like what Beret Guy would come up with.

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby da Doctah » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:32 am UTC

I tend to think Black Hat Guy was pretty pleased to get this spokescharacter gig after the cockup that was "So there's an asteroid coming; where a dinosaur should take cover to avoid extinction".

Ever since that fiasco, his popularity been less Smokey the Bear and more Dennis the Botulism Platypus.

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Mahnarch » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:01 pm UTC

JonnyS wrote:I seriously want a game based on this. Where either you are the tornado, and must seek out ideal situations to traverse the country, OR (Perhaps better yet) Sim Tornado: In which you must create an environment in which your precious pet Tornado may thrive.

Tell me you wouldn't play that.



Like a Tamagotchi, but with tornados.

A Tornagotchi!

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby orthogon » Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:33 pm UTC

Mahnarch wrote:Like a Tamagotchi, but with tornados.

A Tornagotchi!


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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Heimhenge » Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:34 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
Mahnarch wrote:Like a Tamagotchi, but with tornados.

A Tornagotchi!


Would the sequel be Sharknagotchi?


For lack of anything else on the tube, I sat through one of those Sharknado flix. No idea which sequel. Took me a week to regain my self-respect.

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby thunk » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:22 pm UTC

Here's a few more tips:

--Quite often, you might find that there are two or more rear-flank downdrafts in your parent storm. If you can get them to compete with each other and not close off your circulation, that's highly advantageous.
--Maintain low-level convergence. The angular momentum this brings in is your lifeblood.
--Stay near the mesocyclone. Sudden movements may disrupt your connection to the storm and diminish your access to vorticity.
--There are vortex rings in the rear-flank downdraft which you may be able to push into the updrafts to get an extra source of vorticity. Either the primary or secondary gust fronts may suffice.
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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby JohnTheWysard » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:38 pm UTC

One more expert-level tip:

Try using the Buddy System. If you partner with another tornado, one of you can mess up a neighborhood, and then the other can come through a half hour later and take out the emergency response crews.

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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Pfhorrest » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:08 pm UTC

Is this tornado season in flyover country?
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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby addams » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:13 am UTC

JPatten wrote:I think he is just reminding you, the reader, of how to keep your Tornado safe.

Me, too.
It took me until his advice on caring for one's Squall Line.

A Squall is a force to be reckoned with on its own.
Baby Tornados and Squall Lines don't play well.

I saw a series of squalls a few days ago.
They tend to walk in off the Pacific
at the same places over and over.

I was so grateful to be inside a car.
I saw an exposed human being.

I felt so helpless.
Poor human....
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Re: 1754: "Tornado Safety Tips"

Postby Copper Bezel » Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:19 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Is this tornado season in flyover country?

No, that's a summer thing. Google warns that they can happen anytime, but that the season is usually June-July.
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