By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgians may think of spring as the beginning of tornado season, but University of Georgia experts say tornadoes can occur almost year-round. “Statistically, the odds of a tornado hitting a particular point are like 1 in 5,000 or so,” she said. Tornadoes typically occur when “the humidity is high, the winds change with height and there’s sunshine,” she said. They most often form in front of a “push of energy” like a cold front.Too cold for twisters Tornado warnings may seem to last forever, but Knox says an average tornado lasts about 15 minutes. If you live in a state like Colorado, you may be able to see a tornado coming from 20 miles away, Knox said. Georgians, unfortunately, don’t have that luxury. Tornadoes are part of what Knox calls “a whole suite of things that can happen in a thunderstorm.” “Most meteorologists get hooked on weather at an early age,” she said. “I was hooked in the third grade when a tornado hit two blocks from our house in Michigan. It took the middle of a church and left the two ends standing.” “A weather radio is one of the best purchases you can make for your family’s safety during any weather emergency,” she said. Slim odds It can be too cold for a tornado, Knox said. Remembering such dates is part of Knox’s job as assistant to Georgia state climatologist David Stooksbury. It’s also part of her nature. “Tornadoes can happen any time of year, any time of day,” said Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist and a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s true, spring to early summer seems to be the time of year we think about tornadoes. But Georgia has had them all year.” “Sometimes tornadoes are wrapped in rain so you don’t see them,” she said. “And we have lots of hills in the Southeast, so you can’t see tornadoes coming. That’s why most tornado photographs are taken in the plains of Oklahoma or Kansas.” You can’t see them coming “They won’t happen if the temperature’s 32 degrees or lower,” Knox said. “That said, there are also isolated tornadoes that happen outside these atmospheric conditions. Many form in the right front quadrant of a hurricane like before (Hurricane) Ivan in Georgia on Sept. 15-16, 2004.” Many tornado survivors liken the sound of a tornado to that of a moving freight train or a swarm of angry bees. But don’t rely on sound or sight during a tornado warning, Knox said. Instead, rely on weather reports from the National Weather Service. Don’t trust the movies Despite this experience, Knox isn’t scared of tornadoes, because she understands how they form. She also knows the math. Knox also warns people to remember that tornado movies are often more fictional than factual. The average tornado follows a well-defined path of about 10 miles and usually touches ground for just one mile. “Sometimes a tornado will skip along the ground, and sometimes it never hits the ground,” she said. “When that happens, it’s just a funnel cloud.” “The movie ‘Twister’ significantly increased the number of students majoring in meteorology,” she said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t very true to life. It usually takes 10 tracking trips to see one tornado. We meteorologists have to suspend our scientific beliefs when we watch tornado movies.”
The 2011 Champion Chase hero brought the house down on his first start of the campaign when winning the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park for a fourth time, beating leading Gold Cup contender Road To Riches, but has not been seen since disappointing in the Clonmel Oil Chase in November. De Bromhead said: “We haven’t decided whether Europe will go or not yet. It will be a late one (decision). We’ll see how he is and what the ground is like and so on.” Henry de Bromhead is no nearer to deciding whether to let Sizing Europe return to Cheltenham for another tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Press Association The County Waterford-based trainer looks set to send a small but select team of horses across the water next week. Sizing John, not sighted since winning the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas, is one such horse as he gears up for a tilt at the Supreme. “Sizing John is in good form and he’ll go for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle,” said De Bromhead. “Smashing will run in the Arkle, Grand Jesture goes for the three-mile handicap (Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase) and Bishops Road will run in the novice handicap (CHAPS Restaurant Barbados Novices’ Handicap Chase). That’s the team for the first day. “Special Tiara will go for the Champion Chase on the second day and Supasundae will run in the Champion Bumper. “That’s about as far as we’ve got at the moment.” Supasundae is a particularly intriguing contender, having won a Listed bumper at Ascot for Andrew Balding before being snapped up by De Bromhead’s main patrons, Alan and Ann Potts. “He seems a nice horse, so we’re looking forward to him,” said the trainer.
(SPORTSMAX) – Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd agrees in principle with former players stepping in to provide mentorship for the new generation but has called for a careful screening process to get the best outcome from the experience.The 75-year-old Lloyd has been respected for generations not just for his cricketing ability but steady and inspiring leadership, which saw the West Indies lift back-to-back ICC World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979.With the team currently a long way from those heady days of success, several former players have pointed to the issue of mentorship as a missing element in the current team’s success and have been quick to offer their assistance to rectify the problem. Not so fast, says Lloyd.“We have to find out how strong they are in certain departments. You can’t just say this guy is going to be this when he isn’t suited for that role. You have to find out what strengths he or she has,” Lloyd told the Mason and Guest Radio programme.“I’m talking about players that have done extremely well, have been through the mill and can pass the knowledge on,” he added.“Not every great player can be a teacher but there are certain aspects and things that they are strong at, and that is what we have to search for, so that when we have a player coming through and they get to Test level they are not learning on the job they have already qualified.”