One of the most powerful storms ever is hitting populated land right now, and none of the major media networks have live coverage. Let’s assemble the best of social media from the storm, and keep it live right here.
A significant storm is on the cusp of developing over the Gulf Coast this afternoon. Over the next day, the storm will rocket towards the Great Lakes and grow into a major wind, rain, and snow producer that promises to snarl holiday travel.
After a long period without any severe weather, the atmosphere appears primed for a potentially dangerous severe weather outbreak tomorrow across areas from Kansas to Minnesota. Some areas could see tornadoes, baseball-size hail, and winds in excess of 75 MPH.
Watching videos of people struggling in strong winds is always perversely entertaining. I think it's because the watcher can't sense the wind, but can see the improbable actions and motions of the windblown. It's about as close to videos of someone getting his ass kicked by a ghost that we can get.
Today, President Obama was in Iowa, talking about his energy policies, including wind power. He reminded the crowd that Republican candidate Mitt Romney said of wind power "You can't drive a car with a windmill on it," and then Obama used that to get in a little zinger, saying "I don't know if he's actually tried…
In pilot-speak "Crabbing" refers to angling the nose of a plane in order to compensate for a crosswind, as can be seen in this video of an extraordinarily high wind landing in Calgary this weekend. We'll just call it opposite lock for planes.
This is insane. A freakishly powerful gust of wind blew a 1-ton metal shack off the ground and onto a man. You can see the shack rolling, hitting power cables, knocking the man over and presumably smashing a car too. I don't know how you can still be alive after dealing with that metal shack on top of you but…
The Renualt Wind is a new compact targa set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It's principle innovation lies in the car's flip-and-store roof, which disappears in 12 seconds and doesn't hog all the trunk space.
In case you hadn't noticed, none of us here at Jalopnik is a physicist. That's clearly evident by one of our early inventions, inspired by a Popeye cartoon; that is, a sailboat powered by an on-board electric fan. It didn't work, and we narrowly escaped electrocution. We recalled our ill-conceived efforts as one…