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Old 01-28-2014, 09:56 AM
 
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Does Wyoming get many tornados? Just wondering, I've noticed many homes without basements. The mountains/rocky ground may be a factor I realize, but what about inclement weather?
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:53 AM
 
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Tornado History Project: Wyoming

Surprised me that there were more than I'd ever thought. But I've also never been in a WY home (Fremont County mostly, some in Park and a smattering in others) without a basement unless it was a Trailer.

When I think "inclement weather" and Wyoming, it's always snow and wind related (thus, blowing snow). Not anything a basement will help with, just staying off the roads in those conditions.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Wyoming has it's fair share of tornadoes, though it's not Oklahoma. The further West you go, the less chance though.

Of course, what's the difference of a Tornado with 110 mph winds, and cross winds on I-80 of 110 mph?
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:47 PM
 
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Every state in the union, including Hawai'i and Alaska have experienced tornadoes. However, most of them are fairly benign and do not cause the catastrophic damage that we associate with mid-west tornadoes. (At least that is what I teach in my "Weather and Climate" community college class. Silly students...they will believe anything a professor says.)
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:26 PM
 
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Every state in the union, including Hawai'i and Alaska have experienced tornadoes. However, most of them are fairly benign and do not cause the catastrophic damage that we associate with mid-west tornadoes. (At least that is what I teach in my "Weather and Climate" community college class. Silly students...they will believe anything a professor says.)
Yes, we had a tornado come through Kailua on Oahu last year. Scared the heck out of everyone over there. Took some roofs off several houses, and a lot of tree branches knocked out windows.
They start out as water spouts in the ocean. They usually the rise back up before hitting ground. This one did not, came right on in through Kailua.
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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...what's the difference of a Tornado with 110 mph winds, and cross winds on I-80 of 110 mph?
Did you see the little story about the sign that was posted in Casper last week. It was one of those electronic signs, I guess. When first posted it read (something like): "Dangerous Crosswinds 350 mph". Someone got a picture of it before they corrected it to 35 mph. The story stated: "Wyoming, where tornados are merely a gentle breeze."

We get quite a few tornados on the plains in eastern Wyoming, although most aren't very powerful; however, there was an F2 that hit Wright in 2005 that killed 2 people. Naturally it went right through a mobile home park.

Wright tornado 2005 clean up - YouTube

I've seen a few in/near Gillette over the years but none that did much damage. I don't remember ever hearing of one in the western half of the state.

When I first moved to Gillette in '71 they were (supposedly) quite rare, but then they became more common. I think the difference was that the county population started growing rapidly about then, meaning there were more people to see and report them. It seems the majority around here are in southern Wyoming, but the most damage we usually hear about is a ranch building losing its roof.


Like Brian, I haven't seen many homes without basements in Wyoming either, except for modulars that aren't set on a permanent foundation, which is usually the case with modulars. And mountain cabins.

When we built The News-Record building in '76 the contractor came to me and asked about digging the foundation. The problem was that they'd been trying to put in the trench for it and were using a jackhammer to get through the rock, but he said one rock was so big that they'd need to blast it out. His question: "Can we just form the foundation on top of the rock rather than digging down 4 feet?" I couldn't think of a good reason not to and neither could he, so about 20 feet of foundation under The News-Record building is only a foot or two deep.

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Old 01-29-2014, 06:45 AM
 
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...When we built The News-Record building in '76 the contractor came to me and asked about digging the foundation. The problem was that they'd been trying to put in the trench for it and were using a jackhammer to get through the rock, but he said one rock was so big that they'd need to blast it out. His question: "Can we just form the foundation on top of the rock rather than digging down 4 feet?" I couldn't think of a good reason not to and neither could he, so about 20 feet of foundation under The News-Record building is only a foot or two deep.
Reminds me about where we should be building our houses. (Mt 7:24-27)
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:08 AM
 
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I remember the one from 2009 in Goshen Co. that was estimated to be on the ground for about 40 minutes total and no buildings were damaged. Another good thing about being sparsely populated.


Wyoming Tornado, June 5th 2009 - YouTube

Goshen Co. was also where I experienced my first "rain wrapped" tornado. Very cool. Went right overhead.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:26 AM
 
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...It seems the majority around here are in southern Wyoming, but the most damage we usually hear about is a ranch building losing its roof....
I just glanced at this post from last night and "southern Wyoming" jumped out at me. I meant to write "southern Campbell County".
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Secure Bunker
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I remember the one from 2009 in Goshen Co. that was estimated to be on the ground for about 40 minutes total and no buildings were damaged. Another good thing about being sparsely populated.


Wyoming Tornado, June 5th 2009 - YouTube

Goshen Co. was also where I experienced my first "rain wrapped" tornado. Very cool. Went right overhead.
That Goshen tornado is one of, if not thee, best documented tornadic events of all time. At the end of the video you can actually see up into the funnel cloud. Awesome stuff!
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