- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Government OKs Arab-owned company to operate U.S. cargo port
- Defense lawyer: McDonnell’s wife had ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House unveils bill to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
Massive tornadoes that hit Oklahoma, Texas blamed on stubborn jet stream
Question of the Day
The same weather phenomenon that brought unusually cold temperatures to the East Coast this spring is being blamed for the massive and devastating tornadoes that tore through Oklahoma this week: A jet stream that refused to leave.
Weather forecasters tracked this year’s jet stream — the pattern of high-altitude winds — as moving farther south, and staying farther south, for a longer period than usual. That meant warm air was trapped in the Gulf of Mexico and couldn’t move north. And that set the stage for tornadoes, meteorologists said, in The New York Times.
“The jet stream was stuck in place,” said Jeffrey Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground, in The Times. “It kept funneling cold air down.”
This month, the jet stream started to move north.
“The pattern broke, and then wham,” he said.
A dozen tornadoes hit last week in North Texas, killing six and destroying a housing subdivision, The Times reported. And then this week, tornadoes struck Oklahoma, with 24 confirmed deaths, including nine children.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thomas the Tank Engine show is racist, British blogger accuses
- Scott Brown struggles for political traction in New Hampshire Senate race
- Satanists to use Hobby Lobby rule to skirt state abortion laws
- Rush Limbaugh: 'There is no journalism anymore'
- Toronto's Rob Ford takes rehabbed self to kids' playground for political props
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- PHILLIPS: Once-in-a-century stupidity
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- PRUDEN: When the hangman botches the job
- Kerry's credibility questioned as fighting in Gaza rages
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world