Awhile back Steve Goddard was looking at unusual extreme events that occurred – back in the days when CO2 was at benign levels and the weather was supposedly always “normal”. Here’s another one. Anton Yevseyev of the Pravda.Ru news wrote about rare twisters hitting Russia. Though the main part of his report is about twisters that hit in 1984, he mentions one that hit way back in 1904 as well.
The most destructive twister occurred in Central Russia in 1904 The twister appeared near Moscow, destroyed two villages and then ravaged the city itself. Over 100 people were killed and over 200 were wounded.”
Imagine the media if something like this happened today. More on the 1904 twister can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1904_Moscow_tornado. Yevseyev reminds us that twisters are not only confined to the American Midwest and South:
This natural disaster is most common for the south of the United States. However, twisters and tornadoes can appear anywhere in the world. The most important condition for them to appear is the presence of the so-called active convection zone in the atmosphere. Most frequently, twisters appear during warm seasons, in the afternoon from 3 to 6 o’clock amid thunder clouds of cold fronts and ahead of them. If a cold front arrives to a warm location, a twister is very likely to appear.
80 years later, in 1984, more twisters hit Russia, but killing fewer people – at least according to the Soviets. Yevseyev writes:
Twenty-seven years ago, on June 9, 1984, three fierce twisters struck several regions in the center of Russia. Such natural disasters have never occurred in Russia before. The unusual natural disaster, which ravaged Russia in 1984, killed 69 people. Fifty-seven of them died in Ivanovo. As many as 804 people were injured. However, one should not trust the Soviet statistics if it goes about catastrophes. The Soviet authorities preferred not to say anything about them at all.
Can’t only not trust the Soviets. The same brand of information politics is also practiced in much of the western media and at GISS. They also prefer not to say certain things.