Natural Disasters, June 16

1916 Tornado Outbreak Mississippi Valley, 112 people killed.
1911 A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Wisconsin damaging a barn.Tornado Outbreak Mississippi Valley, 112 people killed.
1911 A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Wisconsin damaging a barn.
2013 A multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
A cloudburst is an extreme amount of precipitation in a short period of time. They are often associated with hail and thunder, and can cause flooding. Technically a cloudburst is defined as rainfall rates equal to or greater than 100 mm of rain per hour, (3.9 inches per hour), but remember, these are of short duration and might not last an hour. People used to think of clouds being like water balloons which would burst and release all the water, but clouds don’t do that. The cloudburst results from orographic lifting when warm air with an abundance of moisture is forced upwards and cooled rapidly resulting in large amounts of rain.

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