Freak Tornado hits Washington, makes ’14 a good year

Posted: August 25, 2014 by tchannon in History, weather

August 25, 1814

The clouds began to swirl and the winds kicked up. A tornado formed in the center of the city and headed straight for the British on Capitol Hill. The twister ripped buildings from their foundations and trees up by the roots. British cannons were tossed around by the winds. Several British troops were killed by falling structures and flying debris.

 

The rain continued for two hours, dousing the flames. The British decided it was time to leave.

The lady answered, “No, Sir, this is a special interposition of Providence to drive our enemies from our city.”

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-tornado-that-saved-washington-33901211

What a strange tale yet today there is a legacy of a rebuilt Washington  in white.

How rare are twisters in Washington?  Not that I would write double.

Post by Tim

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘The lady answered, “No, Sir, this is a special interposition of Providence to drive our enemies from our city.” ‘

    They don’t talk like that any more 😉

    ‘British diplomats in Washington are apologizing for Twitter posts that made light of the 200th anniversary of their troops torching the White House in the War of 1812.’

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/25/brits-apologize-for-twitter-posts-implying-party-to-mark-1814-burning-white/

  2. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction Blog and commented:
    Very handy to know. Thanks Tim.

  3. oldbrew says: August 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    ‘The lady answered, “No, Sir, this is a special interposition of Providence to drive our enemies from our city.” ‘

    They don’t talk like that any more 😉

    That was hope! Language changes. The same thing now is closer to the Brittish viewpoint at that time, “AW Shit”! 😉

  4. Will Janoschka says: August 26, 2014 at 12:32 am

    oldbrew says: August 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    ‘The lady answered, “No, Sir, this is a special interposition of Providence to drive our enemies from our city.” ‘

    They don’t talk like that any more 😉

    That was hope! Language changes. The same thing now is closer to the Brittish viewpoint at that time, “AW Shit”! 😉

    Can anyone back translate the current invective “AW shit”, to what those Redcoats were expressing to each other?

  5. tchannon says:

    Yes sir. We call it “climate change”.

  6. tchannon says:
    August 26, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Yes sir. We call it “climate change”.

    Tim, Climate change can never be an invective, only a fantasy. I’ve been among similar to the Redcoats. We call it AW shit!

  7. Bob Greene says:

    Hmm, the Brits celebrating kicking our butts and getting their just desserts? Think I’ll write a poem about that if I can find a good drinking song to accompany it.

  8. tchannon says:August 26, 2014 at 1:54 am

    ‘Yes sir. We call it “climate change”.”

    Tim, do you have any input to the change in linguistics, independent of your nonsense climate?

  9. tchannon says:

    Yes sir. We did Orwell and recently Douglas Adams.

    Government gook-speak has become a fine art, really what this is about is reframing. Simple instances are renaming of unavoidable entities to change or include hot words.

    DE department of environment — alter to DECC department of environment and climate change

    Hot also means emotional, violent, climatic forcing
    Violent events are associated, more language trickery, place side by side..

    A quick link, not entirely what I mean
    http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=31454

  10. tchannon says:

    Redcoat.
    Damn fool colour for the military but it was deliberate. The colour of violent, blood, anger.
    And stupid if surprise is needed.

  11. tchannon says:

    Here is framing
    “(Reuters) – A Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight in Texas on Friday, triggering its automatic termination system, the company said in a statement.”
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/23/us-usa-texas-spacex-idUKKBN0GN03I20140823

  12. tchannon says: August 26, 2014 at 4:20 am

    “Yes sir. We did Orwell and recently Douglas Adams.

    Government gook-speak has become a fine art, really what this is about is reframing. Simple instances are renaming of unavoidable entities to change or include hot words.

    DE department of environment — alter to DECC department of environment and climate change

    Hot also means emotional, violent, climatic forcing
    Violent events are associated, more language trickery, place side by side..

    A quick link, not entirely what I mean

    http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=31454

    Ok Tim, The words and their current meaning have nothing to do with the current physical or “is”.
    Only many illusions, somtimes “mine”. This “is” will always be different,next time you poke at it!
    Which must be then!

    My concept of “AW shit” seems to be persistant both forward and backward!

  13. Brett Keane says:

    Yet another war wrongly claimed by the Yanks as won by them. We all know who invaded whom, don’t we? Strange how the Russians seem to have a similar failing. But, lessons for all… Brett

  14. Sera says:

    @ Brett Keane says:

    With all due respect (lol), are you asking for a rematch?

  15. Brett Keane says:

    @Sera: why would a winner need a rematch? I repeat, lessons for all. Like, harassing friends doesn’t pay off. Brett

  16. Sera says:

    @Brett:

    I’m scottish- are you canadian?

  17. Brett Keane says:

    @Sera: Kiwi, so we’re both mainly Scottish, like Canadians. Prone to terse humour. Ah, history. Responds well to the scientific method too, not that I’d claim to be a historian. And bi-centenaries are usually marked, just not in the USA for such as this. Understandably. Brett

  18. dellwilson says:

    Take a look at the last half century of tornado tracks here…

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/31/stunning-map-of-noaa-data-showing-56-year-of-tornado-tracks-shed-light-on-the-folly-of-linking-global-warming-to-severe-weather/

    or here…

    http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com/2012/05/tornado-tracks.html

    You can see that tornados are rare in western Virginia and West Virginia, but occur more frequently to the east around Chesapeake Bay and the D.C. area.