AP: Massive tornados sweep through Japan — Filmed hovering along coastline — Warnings issued (VIDEOS)

Published: November 15th, 2012 at 4:37 am ET


Title: Dramatic tornados sweep through Japan
Source: AP
Date: 15 Nov 2012
h/t Aonymous tip
Emphasis Added

Two massive tornados have swept through the western region of Japan. […]

Tornadoes are relatively rare in Japan and the agency has issued further warnings of strong winds, lightning and tornados. […]

Strong winds are expected to persist and the flow from western Japan is expected to continue pushing cool air into the northern regions, causing unstable weather.

Title: Rare tornado caught on tape in Japan
Source: NBC
Date: Nov. 14, 2012

A Japanese television crew captured a rare tornado hovering over a city along the country’s coast on Wednesday. […]

Japan’s meteorological agency has issued warnings of similar tornados across the country following freak hail storms and weather patterns, especially on the coast bordering the sea of Japan.

Watch CBS video here

Published: November 15th, 2012 at 4:37 am ET


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14 comments to AP: Massive tornados sweep through Japan — Filmed hovering along coastline — Warnings issued (VIDEOS)

  • arclight arclight

    ioising radiation and effects on weather patterns? thinking of the massive tornadoes in 2011 ands lenticular cloud formations.. and micro particles effecting rainfall..

    and their are other totnadoes for tepguv to worry about..

    Nature magazine Slams Japans nuclear industry -Editorial

    “Similarly troubling is the rush with which the government reopened two of the country’s shuttered nuclear reactors in July without fully evaluating the seismology of the ground beneath”
    “Japan was supposed to emerge from the Fukushima crisis with a new respect for reactor safety and better awareness of the need to convince people of that safety. It hasn’t made a very good start.”


    so, large Tsunamis, massive earthquakes, Tornadoes and err mother Nature magazine taking a pop at the nuclear industry.. now theres loads of firsts..

    wonder what richard wakefords statistical analysis and algorythms would make of that then??

    • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

      HAARP!….I meant HELP! 😉
      But it could be the result of HAARP and radiactive pollution in the atomosphere. Both are ionizing.

      "This ionization effect is strengthened by the radiation from the fission products" (See the paragraph: Project Starfish (1962))

      Baring in mind that the above quote was written back in 1996.

    • Dude, after 311 we had the oddest weather in Hawaii….lots of lighting, we NEVER get lightning here. No flies for a year. The clouds just looked different, angry.

      very clearcut.

  • Maggie123

    Tornadoes were routine in my childhood – wide open prairie, heat + humidity. We could "feel" afternoon conditions likely to lead to thunderstorms with tornado potential and usually we were right.

    Later I lived at a much farther north latitude (Canada) in semi-prairie landscape with lots of heavily forested hills. Temp and humidity never quite as extreme. We had massive thunder/lightening/hail "gully washer" downpours in season but in 40 yrs I saw only 1 funnel cloud – much like the funnel in the news vid.

    Also similar – the one I watched lost integrity as a funnel when it touched down in forested hills. This fits climate info I was told re my Canadian region – conditions not quite right, too cool, a bit too dry + wrong terrain for tornadoes to put in a good showing.

    I hope despite climate changes, Japan learns it can 'rest easy' on this one – that all conditions needed are not present for devastation by tornado!

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Ah. Now we have proof that tornadoes are attracted to nuclear disasters as well as trailer parks.

  • Sickputer

    They call that water spout that briefly became a land tornado "massive"?

    In Texas we would call it a dirt devil. *;-)

    Now when one gets about 2500 feet wide and rolls across three states…that's massive!

    Still…it is unusual for Japan. It could suck all the water out of Unit 4. Then they could call in the fire brigade with buckets…just like old times for the nucleocrats.

    • amberlight amberlight

      "In Texas we would call it a dirt devil."

      Yeah, but what we call a "rainstorm" here would be called a "slight drizzle" over there! 😉

  • patb2009

    well if one of those whacks a nuke station, it's a real disaster. Tears of Grid power, switch yards, Emergency generators, secondary buildings, etc….

    Can easily rip the secondary containment off too.

    • Sickputer

      A tornado can do all those things and the tent panels constructed at Unit 1 (aka Pee Wees Big Top) would shred like a Kleenex.

      Units 1 and 2 actually give me more concern than Units 3 and 4 because I think a lot more fuel burned into the atmosphere from Units 3 and 4 from March 2011 to February 2012. Tepco videos showed many days of nuclear fires. Many censored hours we never saw could have been even greater evidence.

      Also an observation that we rarely see any workers poking around Units 1 and 2. Robiots have died inside and haven't been retrieved. So Units 1 and 2 must be pretty damn radioactive.

      • richard richard

        Ah, the amusement park is taking shape. We have AGreenRoad's suggested House of Horrors at number three, now Pee Wees Big Top at number one.

        I still want a water slide somewhere, for those hot summer days.