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Severe weather
« on: May 20, 2014, 12:23:26 PM »
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Saw this photo and had to share.


I suppose for the crew, the locomotive cab would be the safest place in a storm, yes? 
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 12:54:59 PM »
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I'm pretty sure it was part of this storm:



And given the wind speed and forcing vectors in a funnel that size . . . I'd say the safest place is as far away as possible at Run 8 - you could get thrown off the tracks by that thing.

But what do I know - I'm an oceanographer.  :facepalm:
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 01:02:06 PM »
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Whoa. That looks like something you would see on Jupiter.

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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2014, 01:12:46 PM »
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Funny, in storm training they didn't discuss what to do if you were in a locomotive during an approaching tornado. I'll have to pose that scenario during the next refresher session. :trollface:
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2014, 01:12:59 PM »
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That's where magnetic uncouplers on the main come in handy,  :ashat:  :trollface:
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2014, 01:50:37 PM »
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Saw this photo and had to share.


I suppose for the crew, the locomotive cab would be the safest place in a storm, yes?

rejected by railpictures.net sky is too cloudy, locomotive slightly out of focus, headlights washed out. 1/10, would not bang.  :trollface: ( can't resist sometimes)

Although, I think it's an awesome shot
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2014, 01:56:31 PM »
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That collar cloud structure is not uncommon for a low-precip mesocyclone, but it's rare to get it all in one shot like that.  It's a pretty high base too.  I imagine when it gusted out it did some microburst damage.

I should also caveat that if it did produce a funnel, it's not evident in either picture.  In the train pic I see a rain shaft and perhaps microburst activity, but I'm not convinced that "stuff" behind the train is a funnel cloud or tornado.  What I think you're seeing is the collar cloud.  Very obvious, tight, low-level rotation though.  Must have looked impressive on Doppler.

But what do I know...  I'm just a meteorologist.   :D
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2014, 02:45:05 PM »
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Instead of, "Go home, train, you're drunk," I'm thinking, "Get the hell outta there!"   :D

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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014, 02:48:50 PM »
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I caught this video via Slate a couple of days ago.
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Looks very similar to the one in the photo, but that doesn't surprise me.
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 05:46:10 PM »
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Ehh .. not all that impressive .. I've seen worse ..

But what do I know .. I'm just an ex Navy Meteorologist / Oceanographer who had a rock collection once, and now does computer security  :facepalm: :scared:

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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2014, 06:09:23 PM »
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All you weatherologists might enjoy this one I took about a week ago. 


If you look really close, you can see the red crossing lights where the tree line breaks on the right, so, yeah.  Still somewhat train related. :)
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2014, 06:35:03 PM »
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All of the above look terrifying to this California boy.

But what do I know, I just work in accounting.
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2014, 07:39:17 PM »
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All you weatherologists might enjoy this one I took about a week ago. 


If you look really close, you can see the red crossing lights where the tree line breaks on the right, so, yeah.  Still somewhat train related. :)

awesome shot .. time exposure?

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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2014, 08:03:58 PM »
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Shot a timelapse of 20 seconds per frames and then composited each frame that had a strike into a single image.
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Re: Severe weather
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2014, 09:10:08 PM »
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Shot a timelapse of 20 seconds per frames and then composited each frame that had a strike into a single image.

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