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Windpocalypse? Chiclone? Oh, brotherPosted Tuesday, October 26, 2010, at 10:00 AM
Here we go again. So far this year, we've already seen the Snowicane, Snowpocalypse, and Tornadogeddon. You can add this new weather crisis to the list: Windpocalypse.
The storm, with its center in Minnesota, does have an extremely low central pressure that might set a record. If this was a tropical cyclone over the ocean, the central pressure might be the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane.
But not here. The storm did knock down some trees around Cape Girardeau, causing sporadic power outages, but overall the squall line was a bit of a disappointment. The Cape airport reported sustained winds of 20-30 mph for several hours with a peak gust of 51 mph. That's a solid effort from Mother Nature, but nothing spectacular. Meanwhile, the storm dropped a paltry half an inch of rain, hardly enough to make a dent in our drought.
As I write this, portions of Ohio are under a High Risk of severe storms for the next few hours. A large swath of the Ohio Valley is under a Tornado Watch. So, the Great Overhyped Windpocalypse of 2010 might turn out be a serious storm. Maybe.
I'm already seeing chatter about a storm early next week that could bring another major outbreak of hype. I'm calling dibs on the word "Missouricane."
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