If SDS sets in...

I ran across these yesterday, though I'm sure they've been available for a long time.

2004 Severe Local Storms Conference --> http://ams.confex.com/ams/11aram22sls/tech...xpanded_230.htm

Many of the presentations are available to view online (they're denoted by the blue and green circle). You just need to download the necessary web media player, but it'll tell you about that if you don't already have it installed. At any rate, there's lots to learn if you (like myself) weren't able to go to the actual SLS conference. Presentations include those from many that should be familiar to those who chase or follow severe weather operations and/or research, including Bluestein, Wurman, Scharfenberg, Stumpf, Marshall, Lon Curtis, Edwards, Brooks, Askelson, Davies-Jones, Burgess, Wicker, Bookbinder (what ever happened to him? He used to post here more often), Dial, Guyer, Banacos, Markowski, etc.

You can go to http://ams.confex.com/ams/htsearch.cgi and search other conferences for recorded presentations as well. Just something to do if you feel like getting up to speed on some of the latest severe weather and tornado research and studies.
Since the Fujita scale was recently under debate, you can view Tim Marshall's presentation on the Enhanced Fujita scale given at SLS at http://ams.confex.com/ams/11aram22sls/tech...paper_81090.htm .

It is interesting that the EF scale is proposed to go from EF0 to EF5, but with EF5 indicating winds >200mph. This would imply an infinite upper-bound, much like Cat 5 hurricanes. Work has shown that homes can be competely destroyed with winds near 160-180mph, much less than the F-scale indicated 260+ mph winds necessary.