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  1. Mike Bulgakov

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    June 28, 2007 |By Robynne Boyd

    Weather isn't always predictable. If it were, daily forecasts would be spot-on, hurricanes anticipated, and picnics safe from abrupt summer downpours. Instead, climate systems are complex, and tornadoes are no exception. So, whereas guessing the direction of a tornado's torque is possible, like any weather prediction the forecast will only be correct most of the time.

    It's true that tornadoes tend to revolve counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. However, according to research meteorologist Richard Rotunno of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., the opposite has also occurred. There has even been the occasional appearance of both counterclockwise and clockwise rotating tornadoes under the same thunderstorm. These deviations undercut the common misperception that the direction of a tornadoes' spin results from the Coriolis force.

    To set the record straight, Rotunno explains that the Coriolis force only has a significant influence on the spin direction of Earth's largest atmospheric and oceanographic circulation systems, such as the Gulf Stream, jet stream, trade winds and hurricanes. Earth's rotation around its axis causes this effect, making Northern Hemisphere winds deflect to the right and those in the Southern Hemisphere deflect to the left. It is also why an airplane flying from Anchorage to Miami must consider the Earth's counterclockwise rotation (as seen from the North Pole) to land at its destination, instead of splashing into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Coriolis force isn't, however, omnipotent, compelling all currents great and small to spin counterclockwise when north of the equator and clockwise to its south. Though many people have seen videos of toilets flushing in Australia and the U.S. that swirl in opposite directions, these experiments are based on luck and, perhaps not surprisingly, the toilets' varying designs. Pranksters have even gone so far as to blame the Coriolis effect for hair curling in a certain direction.

    Despite the large amount of misinformation, toilets—and even tornadoes—are too small to be affected by the Coriolis, whose force would only begin to directly influence a storm's swirling mass if it were approximately three times larger than the supercell storm systems that typically generate tornadoes.

    "Tornadoes are only indirectly influenced by the Coriolis force," says meteorologist Harold Brooks of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla. The majority of tornadoes happen in "tornado alley," in the Great Plains of the U.S., but they can happen anywhere in the world, including southern Brazil, northeastern Argentina and Bangladesh. These violently roiling columns of air originate from parent thunderstorms called supercells. In the U.S., supercells form when dry polar air from Canada meets moist tropical air from the Gulf of Mexico, causing the warm air to rapidly rise.

    The upwelling current of air within a thunderstorm is referred to as an updraft. "If sufficient vertical wind shear (the increase of wind speed with height) exists, this updraft will rotate," Brooks says. "Tornadoes usually rotate in the same direction as the thunderstorm they're associated with." Therefore, if the warm winds blowing north from the equator meet cool upper-level winds out of the west, the tornado will rotate counterclockwise. And if the warm equatorial winds blow to the south and clash with aloft winds, a tornado will rotate clockwise.

    This is because in both hemispheres, upper-level winds blow out of the west due to planetary rotation. These winds are Coriolis's subtle claim to a tornado's torque.

    Although understanding Coriolis's weak influence over the direction of a tornado's spin seems feasible, fully grasping how tornadoes function may not be. And predicting exactly when and where tornadoes will occur-and which way they will spin-seems even less so. Uncertainty may be the only certainty of weather.
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    On average, cows poop 16 times per day!
     
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    A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
     
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    Fact: Gene Simmons' men's magazine is called Tongue.;-)
     
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    Do cows pollute as much as cars?

    No wonder global warming has become such a problem. We are drinking too much milk and eating too much beef. To fill this need we are raising so many cows/cattle that the methane they produce has become a significant portion of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The Australian gov't/food industry has been encouraging more people to eat kangaroo meat instead of beef since kangaroos produce very little, if any, methane gas.

    Do cows pollute as much as cars?

    Guess we can't compete with the giraffe is that respect. However, just like giraffes, we have 7 bones in the neck. For that matter, mice also have 7 cervical bones (as do all mammals, I believe). OTOH, the size of some of those giraffe neck bones must be close to a foot in length.
     
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    It's well documented that elephants (passing gas) are destroying the ozone layer.:-|

    Cow dung in comparison is used to cook some indigenous meals or so I heard -- and it's a fact -- I just can't remember it on top of my head.
     
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    I am sure Mick is using pails of lotion! Man, when I shook his hands in one of his concerts, it was so smooth I'm pretty sure he almost never (might be a fun fact...or not) hit the gym except grab a long neck OR lick the salt of a rimmed glass.
     
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    "Getting out of dodge" is an expression which is in common use, and which I had never reflected upon, its origins always seemingly mysterious to me.

    Well, I was watching "OK Corral", the great Western with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas the other day, and in a scene, Burt Lancaster (who plays Wyatt Earp) advises Kirk Douglas' character (Doc Holliday) to "stay out of Dodge City", and later I believe he simply tells him to "stay out of Dodge".

    This got me thinking about whether that's the origin of the expression. In the movie, Dodge City is a dangerous place where Doc Holliday should never go. "Getting out of Dodge" simply means, adequately, to get out of trouble or danger, or to leave a place which has become dangerous' for the preservation of one's self interests or physical integrity.
     
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    CBS News: The EPA and Flatulent Cows

    Sarcasm? If not, can you provide any credible sources that "well document" this? Some elephant species are endangered. I can't imagine that there are enough elephants on the planet to threaten the ozone layer. I have heard, however, that ozone depletion (Antarctica) could be responsible for rising temps in Africa. This, along with ivory harvesting, has resulted in diminished numbers of African elephants.
     
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    Elephants not only destroy the ozone layer, but also destroy the Earth's crust with their heavy hooves. A true danger to humanity's survival. That's why all my shorts are woven with the finest ivory threads.

    How we have made it this far after millenia of wild animals (like Buffaloes and such) roaming wild and indulging in their dangerous and flatulent instincts escape me. Thank God for the Industrial Revolution. The more flatulent (and otherwise annoying) animal species we can extinguish per day the better.

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    They also sit on toilets and talk to co-elephants while taking a dump. Sometimes they accidentally start off the motion sensor with a swish of their tail, or even with their cheeks if they are mildly obese.
     
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    Those must be some mighty cheeks! :shock:

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    Can u imagine if the facilities are unisex...then it would be a coed coelephant chat room; hope the wifi connection is strong!
     
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    Based on expectations alone, I think the connection won't be the only strong thing inside those facilities. :)
     
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    I shall now be rooting for Rafa as I am extraordinarily humble like him.
     
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    AO 2015 Andy vs Grigor

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    ^ Is he wearing two pairs of socks, i can see two swooshes, either that or i am now seeing double !
     
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    Baby Fed, yes?

    Grigor is afterall called baby Fed, hence...

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    Taped ankles plus double socks is de rigueur.;)
     
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    Contrary to myth, Bourbon can be produced anywhere in the United States, not just in Kentucky. However, roughly 95% of Bourbon is produced in Kentucky, and it is the only state allowed to put its name on the label. So, you'll see plenty of"Kentucky Bourbon", but never a California Bourbon.
     
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    When breaking-in a new pair of running shoes, donning two pairs of socks is recommended; at least that is how I like it.;)
     
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    Are you hinting at The Imitation Game?

    Now, your sig says you are rooting for the gurgling Scot (since the Mallorcan went ¡Vamos! ? You must be tried for flip-flopping rather than treason if I were to infer what Major General Tom might think.:smile:

    ...well, I am for the Scotsman, but I do really hope Stan can be the Man once more (that would be his max number of slams though; 2!)! Birdman might be the only obstacle!:neutral:
     
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    Seems Murray is deeply inspired by P(o)utin.
     
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    The Chimpanzee is known to have better memory than any other creature in the animal kingdom. They are quick learners.
     
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    Kermit The Frog has more than 3,400 brothers and sisters (he told Lady Gaga), his youngest brother to date is named Zschlomo.:wink:
     
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    I used to love those dark chocolate coated coffee beans.

    Wonder when someone will think of gifting me a bag.

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    the most famous red haired in history played tennis...
     
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    Dmitry Tursunov and Maria Kirilenko have not announced their retirements from the tours.
     
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    Pardon my obsessiveness but these do look irresistible

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    Fun fact is Valentino Rossi won at Qatar 2 weeks ago first rd in MotoGP 2015 and he hadn't won a race at the start of a season since 2010! Go Vale! Make it 10 Championships this yr! :) #1
     
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