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Old 07-19-2008, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for Washington county until 9:30 pm and Aroostook county until 9:15 pm.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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It seems like we are going to have one any minute, too.
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Chaos Central
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Stay indoors please
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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The National Weather Service in Caribou Maine has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
East Central Washington County in southeast Maine...
this includes the city of Calais...

* until 715 PM EDT...

* at 649 PM EDT...National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Calais...
moving southeast at 22 mph.

* The tornado will be near...
Robbinston by 715 PM EDT...

In addition to the tornado...this storm is capable of producing
Golf Ball size hail and destructive straight line winds.

To report severe weather directly to the National Weather Service...
dial 1-877-633-6772 or contact your nearest law enforcement agency
and ask them to relay your report to the National Weather Service
forecast office in Caribou Maine.

* * *

You folks OK Down East? It got pretty black up here at camp and we had a heavy thunderstorm go each side of us, but we never got a drop of rain. The NWS does not issue tornado warnings lightly.

Lat...Lon 4513 6739 4515 6738 4514 6734 4520 6729
4517 6717 4509 6708 4504 6709 4492 6698
4492 6699
time...Mot...loc 2250z 303deg 19kt 4516 6722
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Maine
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It seems like we are going to have one any minute, too.
Are you ok over there? It's still rumbling and windy here but no rain or lightening.

MaineMathTchr? Peachie? Corgis? MeNMe? Dano and Tapestry left today and Molly's not home right now.
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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Remember when thunderstorms used to be thunderstorms? Y'know, rain, lightning, thunder... you stayed inside, you gave the flashlight a quick check, you didn't wrap yourself in tinfoil and climb the roof...

Now thunderstorms in Maine are treated like the Apocalypse. You can't get through a TV show or movie without the National Weather Service in Gray cutting it off, shrieking a klaxon at you, and telling you about thunderstorms in Fort Kent (even though you're in Kittery) that may, but in all likelihood won't, contain hail the size of Volvos.

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You know what I used to do before these incessant alerts? I used to hear a big rumbling boom and think, "Hmm, sounds like thunder." Then I'd look outside, and if I saw really dark clouds, I'd think, "Hmm, looks like a thunderstorm." Then I'd flip on the Weather Channel and check out the radar on Local on the 8's to see where it was and where it was going. You know what's really funny? Twice so far this summer, I've gone to see the radar and had the NWS alert cut it off. So they kept me from actually seeing where the storm was and where it was going to tell me about a storm I already knew about because I have eyes and ears.

I blame the Weather Channel. They have over-dramatized weather to such a degree that everyone feels they need their own Storm Stories-worthy weather. Then you've got the local TV dinks with their "Stormcenters". Honestly, when did we become such frightened children about the weather? I swear, Amazon tribesmen are less fearful about it than we are, and they're in grass huts.

Can this society get any more fretful, infantilized and generally pu**ified?

If any NWS in Gray folks are reading this, I plead with you, knock it off. There are frequently thunderstorms in the summer. It's normal. Stop making it virtually impossible to watch a television show in peace. I promise you, if I hear thunder and see storm clouds, I'm not going to run out and play a quick back nine.

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Old 07-19-2008, 09:25 PM
 
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schizuki,
I'd have to weigh in on the side of the NWS. My homestead had three trees about 75 feet tall uprooted tonight. Closed down the highway when they fell across the it. A metal flagpole I installed for my Mother after 9-11 at her request was snapped off at the base as well. I'll report Southern Aroostook had a mini tornado for sure.
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Big skies....woohoo
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Well, we got nothing...just a little heat lightening. I was hoping for some rain. This morning it's pretty foggy and damp. I hope everyone is okay in the rest of the state.
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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Well, we got nothing...just a little heat lightening. I was hoping for some rain. This morning it's pretty foggy and damp. I hope everyone is okay in the rest of the state.
Ditto on the evryone OK thing. Kelly sorry to hear about the damage. Hope you and yours are fine.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:15 AM
 
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I'm in Southern Aroostook. Looked AWFUL for about two hours. The storm was massive--stretched from Houlton to Danforth while it was here. Looked like a tornado could indeed have come down at any moment. Drove down to the million dollar view overlooking East Grand to watch it unfold. Dramatic.

Kelly, Where are you at? I'd love to hear more about your story. Did anyone else in your area see evidence of a tornado?
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