Thursday, January 04, 2007


"F2 Tornado", at "Embry-Riddle"!

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is one of the (if not "the") top schools in the U.S. in regards to Degree Programs relating to the Aeronautical and Aerospace Industry. From teaching pilots "how to fly", engineers "how to fix", and grooming some of the "next generation scientists", Embry-Riddle has very high standards. Embry-Riddle has residential campuses in Prescott, Arizona, and Daytona Beach, Florida. On Christmas Day, 2006, the Daytona Beach campus was about to, as we in the aviation industry say as a severe storm approaches, "get whacked"! My buddy Clive Pearce was in Florida visiting relatives during this occurrence, and he tipped me off to it. Here is Clive's e-mail.

From: "clive pearce"

To: "otterflogger"

Subject: Food for the Blog.....

Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 18:19:31

Hi Steve,

This I know, that you don't have any reports of the tornado damage at Embry Riddle Aeronautical School in Florida last week on your BLOG. I was at my mother-in-law's house in Palm Coast, Florida, for Christmas Day. I noted a really strange weather inversion, and didn't think too much about it, not being that familiar with the area and their weather patterns. I found out later in the day that several tornadoes formed during a line of violent storms not 25 miles from where I was staying that destroyed homes, cut power to thousands of families, and injured several residents. The National Weather Service later confirmed that an F-2 tornado with winds of 120 mph dropped down on Daytona Beach Christmas Day (Monday), and if you go to this following web site you can see some of the damage that occurred at Embry Riddle Flying school and airport.


Quite the weathjer patterns we have been experiencing. I checked the strength of an F2 tornado on the Fujita Scale, and here is what it states:

F2; Significant tornado; Winds 113-157 mph; Considerable damage. Roofs torn off frame houses; mobile homes demolished; boxcars pushed over; large trees snapped or uprooted; light object missiles generated.

So you can see, it was an "ill wind". Here is the website that Clive alerted me to showing the damage at Embry-Riddle.


As you can witness, major damage. Anyways, I am sure the "U.S. Flag-Waving Spirit" quickly set in, and as I type, I am sure they are well on their way to rebuilding. "Thanks for the tip, Clive"! Following are a Link to the University and her Programs, and a Link where an individual, company, or corporation can help out at Embry-Riddle if they so choose. Till next time, "Adios"!

LINK - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

HELP - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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