Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Freaky U.S. weather fries eggs, topples trees

It might only be Thursday, but it has already become a notable weather week. On Monday, a heat wave began to make its way across the United States, pushing temperatures up near the triple digits in 15 states.

 

 

Chris McBee from Norman, Oklahoma, decided to take advantage of the heat and used the dashboard of his car to fry his morning eggs. And this isn’t the first time he has used Mother Nature to cook his breakfast  Last year, he cooked eggs on the sidewalk outside of his home and then uploaded the video to iReport.

 

“I never tried on the dashboard, and this heat wave is one of the worst in years,” he said.

 

Fortunately for McBee, the egg fried perfectly, sunny side up.

 

Dave Tolchinsky, a professor at Northwestern University, snapped this photo of a tree on the campus after it was uprooted by 75 mph storm winds. On Tuesday, Illinois was rattled by a series of severe storms and CNN reported over 250,000 residents were left without power.

 

“I loved those trees, it was very sad to see them knocked over. Not just one tree—but several, like dominoes. The storm was over in less than an hour, and then it was sunny and hot for the rest of the day. Weird,” Tolchinsky said.

 

 

Tigran Zakaryan was driving on a highway in Kissimee, Florida when he and his wife encountered severe, driving rains and wind. While in the passenger seat, his wife captured a four second video clip of a brilliant lightening bolt as it snaked out of the sky in the distance.

 

Have you experienced severe weather in your area? Upload your photos and videos to iReport.

16 Comments
July 14, 2011
Click to view AerinGael's profile

The weather people are not telling the American people what they need to hear. The weather is not the way it is just because of some low or high pressure here or there. Why don't they talk about the bigger picture of climate change? They are cowardly not to address this, they are afraid of any controversy.

July 14, 2011
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These weather patterns are no different than they were a hundred years ago, and 200 years ago.....and a hundred years before that too.  Climate Schmimate.  Gotta love the "Global Warming Sheep"........

July 14, 2011
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American Physical Society National Policy

"07.1 CLIMATE CHANGE (Adopted by Council on November 18, 2007)

Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide as well as methane, nitrous oxide and other gases. They are emitted from fossil fuel combustion and a range of industrial and agricultural processes.The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring.If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth’s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.Because the complexity of the climate makes accurate prediction difficult, the APS urges an enhanced effort to understand the effects of human activity on the Earth’s climate, and to provide the technological options for meeting the climate challenge in the near and longer terms. The APS also urges governments, universities, national laboratories and its membership to support policies and actions that will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. ..."

 

aps(dot)org/policy/statements/07_1.cfm

July 14, 2011
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It is simple physics.  You dump more energy into a simple system you get a stronger reaction. The earths cooling system simply ramps up by way of that huge heat sink called the worlds oceans.  How long it lasts is determined by how quickly the oceans and upper level atmospheric cycle can dissipate the energy or how much less the energy input is reduced. Hiding your uneducated head in the sand won't make it go away bdubz76.

July 14, 2011
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"The weather is not the way it is just because of some low or high pressure here or there."

 

Actually, that's exactly why weather is the way it is. Learn the difference between "weather" and "climate", AerinGael.

July 14, 2011
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Clearly spelled out in the Bible's Revelations. Believe it or not is not the issue. The weather and the econemy is only going to get worse until time runs out within the next 7-9 years.

July 14, 2011
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Aerin- The job of a weather person is to predict the weather- not to explain to everyone the 'bigger picture', thats why we have those that do follow the 'bigger picture'. So no, they are not 'cowardly' because they're just doing their job.

July 14, 2011
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Weather is unpredictable and varies from month to month and year to year.  Climate change is well documented and is accepted by those who actually know something about it and don't rely on Rush Limbaugh for their information.  

July 14, 2011
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the world has been warming up since the ice age?  ever notice we haven't been in an ice age for a while?  Why is the weather being blamed on global warming.  The weather is getting crazy because of US politics and child murders!

July 14, 2011
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@rdg18  Just give some apocolyptic church all your money and wait for the rapture ok?

July 14, 2011
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HAARP... Look it up and I spelled it right.  I was born and raised in California and right now the temps are in the 70s in the middle of July.  Unheard of! Profits say In the 7th month of 5s the weather will be crazy with social unrest.  Look at your calender this month has 5 Fridays and 5 Saturdays which hasn't happened in 800 years.

July 15, 2011
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Funny...after the ice age, the earth warmed up, right?  How'd that happen...with no hummers and coal fired electrical plants around?  Cow farts?  Keep swallowing all the pills Al Gore keeps feeding you.

July 15, 2011
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bdkrma...I suggest you google 'end of the last ice age' and eggicate yourelf...couse you be soundin stoopid.

July 15, 2011
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The ostrich has a unique way of escaping from the heat on those really hot days--just stick your head in the sand.

July 15, 2011
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That was pato as hell!

August 2, 2011
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Hello,

 

     My name is Whitley Davis and I am a current resident of Southeastern Kentucky. My whole family and many other families here in Kentucky have been in coal mining for generations. Many families throughout Southeastern Kentucky have relied on the coal industry here for generations to feed and support their families. All of our communities and economics here have relied on the coal industry to maintain our towns and way of life. Now that way of life and our economy has almost been destroyed by our own government.

 

     The  Federal Government developed and funds a program called M.S.H.A. which stands for Mine Health and Safety Administration. Since the start of this government program this organization has single handedly been responsible for destroying the coal industry in Southeastern Kentucky and destroying our economic well-being. Hundreds of jobs have been lost and communities reduced to nothing all because of  MSHA and their tyranny and abuse of power.

 

     My family has owned and operated independent coal mines here for two generations. We have kept hundreds of families in counties such as Bell county and Harlan county employed for all of these years. Now in 2011 hundreds of jobs in both counties have been lost due to the relentless abuse of  our own government program called MSHA. How could our own government destroy hundreds of jobs and do so much damage to our economy? How could our own government take food off of American family tables and greatly jeopardize the roof over thousands of children’s  heads? Yet our own President, Barrack Obama, preaches to us on a daily basis on how we need to create more jobs and rebuild our economy! Yet at the same time that he is giving his speech, the very same government is destroying the economy through programs like MSHA! I don’t understand the theoretic behind all of this. I don’t understand why we need MSHA at all. Kentucky already has a state  inspection board. That’s all we need. That is how it was before MSHA and every thing was fine. Just a prime example of our government have to have their fingers in everything! Government, in my opinion, has become way to large and spends way too much money on programs like MSHA. They do nothing but destroy our way of life and drive up the national debt which in turn is destroying our entire country economically.

 

     Bell county and Harlan county pay the highest coal severance taxes in Kentucky and yet our communities still struggle to have descent roads, businesses ect… come into our cities and towns. Hundreds of families have moved out of these counties because of  MSHA  and the abuse of power that it has enforced on these small independent coal companies.  Men and women  in their thirties, forties, and fifties have all had to move to locations outside of Southeastern Kentucky with their families and start a whole new career. They have had to start over again and learn a whole new way to make a living when at one point in time they were making a good living doing what they knew in the coal industry. And all because of MSHA.

 

     Now in this day and age towns here are dying, all kinds of businesses are failing, and hundreds are broke and unemployed. MSHA has destroyed  the coal industry here which in turn is having a very large, negative adverse effect on our entire economy and small businesses. Everyone and every business in these communities are struggling to make ends meet. They do not know when, where, or how  their next paycheck will be received or if they will have one at all. These are very hard times and our own government is only making it worse by allowing agencies like MSHA to operate. MSHA needs to be abolished and our economy and way of life here needs to be restored. This will only happen if there is no more MSHA! If our government really wants to cut, cap, and balance and help our economy then MSHA and other programs like it need to be abolished. How can you reduce the national debt and have national economic recovery if government organizations like MSHA are single handedly destroying it?

 

 

Yours truly,

 

A very concerned American 

 

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