Rare January tornado outbreak kills two, injures 100 in Alabama

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:46 PM GMT on January 23, 2012

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The calendar says it's the coldest month of winter, but today's weather is more typical of March, as a vigorous spring-like storm system has spawned a rare and deadly January tornado outbreak. Twenty tornadoes were reported in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee last night and this morning, killing at least two, injuring 100, and causing major damage. Two deaths were reported in Canter Point and one unconfirmed death in Oak Grove in Alabama, from a tornado that ripped through the area near 3:30 am EST. The deaths were the first of the 2012 tornado season. In Clanton, about 50 miles south of Birmingham, Alabama, a separate tornado hit near 8:12 am EST this morning, trapping people in overturned trailer homes, destroying the WKLF radio studio, and toppling a 302-foot high transmission tower.


Figure 1. Satellite image taken at 9:45 am EST Monday January 23, 2012, of the major spring-like storm that spawned tornadoes over the Southern U.S. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.


Figure 2. Radar reflectivity image of the tornado that hit Clanton, Alabama this morning, trapping people in overturned trailer homes, destroying the WKLF radio studio, and toppling a 302-foot high transmission tower.

Significant historical January tornado outbreaks
Historically, January has been the least active month for tornadoes in the U.S. According to the Tornado History Project, during the 61-year period 1950 - 2010, 1223 January tornadoes occurred--an average of twenty per year. There have been two Januarys with no reported tornadoes--2003 and 1986. Thus far in 2012, there have been 44 preliminary tornado reports, so we are already at double the historical January average, with a week still to go in the month. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has put Alabama and Georgia in their "Slight Risk" area for severe weather the remainder of today, so it is likely we will add a few more tornadoes to this month's tally before the outbreak is finished. January 2012 appears likely to become one of the top-five busiest months for January tornadoes in recorded history. Only four years since 1950 have had more than 50 January tornadoes:

January 1999 218
January 2008 88
January 1975 54
January 1997 50

The most recent significant January tornado outbreak occurred last year on January 1, 2011, when seven tornadoes, including two EF-3s, touched down in Mississippi, injuring two people.

The most prolific January tornado outbreak on record occurred January 21 - 22, 1999, when 126 tornadoes, including one violent F-4, hit Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, and Alabama, killing nine people. A separate outbreak four days earlier, on January 17, spawned 22 tornadoes.

On January 7 - 11, 2008, a series of 75 tornadoes hit the U.S. This second busiest-ever U.S. January tornado outbreak hit southwestern Missouri, northwestern Arkansas and the surrounding areas the hardest. A strong supercell in northern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin produced that region's first January tornadoes since 1967. Four people were killed, and the tornadoes did $88 million in damage. Fifteen strong EF-2 and EF-3 tornadoes were reported.

The deadliest January tornado since record keeping began in 1950 occurred on January 23, 1969, when an F-4 tornado hit a 5-county region south of Jackson Mississippi, killing 32 people.

Spring-like thunderstorms hit Chicago
Thunderstorms along the cold front from the storm that spawned today's deadly tornadoes rumbled through Chicago, Illinois last night, dropping over one-half inch of rain on ground covered by four inches of snow. Spring-like January thunderstorms in Chicago used to be a rare occurrence, but have become increasingly common in recent years. During the 50-year period 1947- 1996, Chicago's O'Hare Airport recorded ten days with thunder, on days when the high temperature reached at least 40°F. In the 16-year period 1997- 2012, there have been nine such days, so January spring-like thunderstorms have roughly tripled in frequency in Chicago in recent years. January 2008 set the record for most January thunderstorm days in Chicago, with three.

Big solar flare headed toward Earth
This morning at 03:39 UTC, big sunspot 1402 erupted, sending a coronal mass ejection (CME) headed towards Earth. This CME is expected to set off a solar storm on January 24 - 25. NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center is advising that high-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms; long-duration storms may cause transformer damage. Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; possible changes in satellite drag affect orbit predictions. HF radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes, and aurora may be seen as low as New York, Idaho, mid-Aleutians. According to NOAA, this is the strongest solar storm since May 2005.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting DavidHOUTX:


I hear that! I got a little over 5" at my house. That heavy band set up right over the southern side of the city (right along 610). I would love it if we had that happen again


Supposed to....somewhere.
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Not all religion is theistic.

Merriam-sez, theism:

"belief in the existence of a god or gods; specifically : belief in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of the human race and the world who transcends yet is immanent in the world"

Wikipedia, "Nontheistic religions":

"Nontheistic religions are traditions of thought within religions, some otherwise aligned with theism, others not, in which nontheism informs religious beliefs or practices.[1] Nontheism has been applied to the fields of Christian apologetics and general liberal theology, and plays significant roles in Buddhism and Hinduism."
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Depends on where the development initiates and moves, I got hit head on in the last event with 6 inches of rain. Experts say same setup is in place as that last one, but I don't expect another 6 inches over my house again, but I'll take it again!


I hear that! I got a little over 5" at my house. That heavy band set up right over the southern side of the city (right along 610). I would love it if we had that happen again
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Quoting DavidHOUTX:
ritaevac - how much rain are you expecting through Thursday


Depends on where the development initiates and moves, I got hit head on in the last event with 6 inches of rain. Experts say same setup is in place as that last one, but I don't expect another 6 inches over my house again, but I'll take it again!
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Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #20
CYCLONE TROPICAL INTENSE FUNSO (08-20112012)
22:00 PM RET January 23 2012
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At 18:00 PM UTC, Intense Tropical Cyclone Funso (950 hPa) located at 19.2S 39.4E has 10 minute sustained winds of 90 knots with gusts of 125 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving south at 4 knots

Dvorak Intensity: T5.5/5.5/D0.5/6 HRS

Hurricane Force Winds
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15 NM radius from the center

Storm Force Winds
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30 NM radius from the center

Gale Force Winds
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50 NM radius from the center

Near Gale Force Winds
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60 NM radius from the center, extending up to 80 NM in the northeastern semi-circle

Forecast and Intensity
=======================

12 HRS: 20.7S 39.2E - 95 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)
24 HRS: 21.9S 38.7E - 100 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)
48 HRS: 23.2S 38.3E - 110 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)
72 HRS: 24.4S 38.6E - 110 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)

Additional Information
======================

The system has clearly intensify during the next 6 hours, with an eye better defined, always very small, but cooler, within a colder central dense overcast. The system show always an inner core very small with less than 60 NM diameter (refer to SMIS 1504z) with a curved band more than an half-turn.

Within the next 48 hours, Funso keeps on undergoing the steering influence of the near-equatorial mid-level highs prolonged by a ridge in the east of the system and is expected to keeps on tracking southwards. Over this track, environmental conditions remains favorable for regular further intensification up to 84 hours over high heat content waters.

At the end of the forecast range, system should track southeastwards undergoing the steering influence of a building mid-level ridge located on the southeast of Madagascar. It is expected to track over less warm waters and to weaken undergoing a strengthening westerly wind shear.

Available numerical weather prediction models are now in good agreement to forecast all the tracks oversea in the middle of the channel. The probability for a landfall at short or medium range appears poor now.

Inhabitants of the central and southern channel (including Europa Island) should closely monitor the progress of this system.

The next tropical cyclone advisory from Seychelles Meteorological Service on TC FUNSO will be issued at 0:30 AM UTC..
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Quoting hydrus:
Maybe its the Earth sayin "hey.?" and slappin some of us around a little bit..Wuzup R.E.


Yesterdays sand/dust storm over West TX has eavesdropped on us in SE TX. Redish/Brown dust on the cars in the parking lot. Sky is hazy too, should wash off the cars tomm and Wed.
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ritaevac - how much rain are you expecting through Thursday
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The pkg is in your inbox ritaevac.
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Maybe, maybe not, just weather
Maybe its the Earth sayin "hey.?" and slappin some of us around a little bit..Wuzup R.E.
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Quoting percylives:
"The most dangerous thing on the planet. ...The idea that: Humans belong to an order of being that is separate from the rest of the living community." - Daniel Quinn in "The New Renaissance".

This idea is blatantly false but we act as though it is absolutely true. Such inconsistencies cannot last and truth wins. At that point we will be forced to recognize that what we've done to nature we've done to ourselves.
LOL..I dig your post..:) Religion itself is based on the very fact that we as "humans" believe in something greater than ourselves or our species. That in almost every conceivable way, we are separate from the supreme, omnipotent, ubiquitous and all knowing entity we call God, The Source, Master of Creation etc..We even follow in the footprints of our ancient ancestors, who wrote the history of religion and morality and how it affected there lives and the governments that ruled over them. In return, we live the after effects of other peoples old decisions whether they are right at present or not. It is up to us as a race to shape our environment whenever possible and adjust to it whenever necessary, but do it a way that is beneficial to the Earth and the creatures we share it with. It does make sense to me, simply because of the energy levels that exist,and what we know to be true about the Universe now, that there is somebody out there that is doing better than we are...pfft
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SolarHam.com FB

From the SWPC:

As the strongest Solar Radiation Storm (S3) since May, 2005 continues, the associated Earthward-directed Coronal Mass Ejection is expected to arrive about 1400 UT (9am EST) Jan 24. SWPC has issued a Geomagnetic Storm Watch with G2 level storming likely and G3 level storming possible, with the storm continuing into Wednesday, Jan 25. All of this activity is related to a moderate (R2) Radio Blackout x-ray flare that erupted Sunday night (11pm EST).
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Quoting hydrus:
Somethings definitely going on. Its not just something I think. I can feel it....Have been for quite a while now...Possible snowstorm 264 hours out.?...BBBWWAAAHHH hhaaa haaa


Maybe, maybe not, just weather
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Quoting Patrap:


Novelty will continue to create more and more events that are way beyond the norm. As the Time Wave compresses, more events, created by thought, all we have in this material world is brought about by thought, and the eschaton awaits, just over the Horizon.

As we Spiral down to it, the singularity.


Bananas trees dont create Bridges, neither does the Honey bee. They have all they need in Balance with Nature. Were so removed from nature and inter dependent on connectivity that well, its all moot.

This will fade like a dream upon awakening, soon


Email me please, I need to know what your talking about, thank you
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35. MTWX
Quoting SPLbeater:


try the NWS or something, they may have somethin like dat idk

wunderground does too. Over mine through here. There are also apps you can download, that even include the tornado siren feature that definitely loud enough to wake you at night.
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On Twitter, Jim Cantore is saying that the Alabama tornado was likely an EF3, and the damage is "just terrible".

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Fordyce, Arkansas tornado was rated an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale.
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Offshore 6.2 quake causes panic, no tsunami in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) %u2014 A magnitude-6.2 earthquake has struck just off the shore of south-central Chile, the area devastated by a massive temblor two years ago. There are no immediate reports of damage and authorities say it will not cause a tsunami.

Monday's quake was centered 31 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Concepcion, and was relatively shallow at 12 miles (20 kilometers) under sea level. But Chile's navy announced that it wasn't the kind of quake to generate a deadly tsunami of the kind that ravaged nearby coastal cities when an magnitude-8.8 quake devastated Chile in 2010.

The U.S. Geological Service says the quake struck at 1:04 p.m. local time (1604 GMT). Chile's national emergency office says there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.






Estimated Fatality rate


Estimated Economic Losses


Selected Cities Exposed from GeoNames Database of Cities with 1,000 or more residents.


MMI City Population
VI Tome 47k
V Talcahuano 253k
V Penco 46k
V Bulnes 13k
V Coronel 93k
V Cauquenes 31k
V Concepcion 215k
IV Chillan 150k
IV Talca 197k
III Los Angeles 125k
III Curico 102k
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NWS Little Rock officially rated damages in Fordyce as EF2 damage. Still not done rating tornado as that tornado may have travelled through 6 counties without lifting up. On Twitter, most professionals are predicting high end EF3 rating for tornado in Alabama. Haven't seen EF4 damage yet so I agree with them.
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Climate Prediction Center's update issued today has Nino 3.4 more colder as is down to -1.1C. Last week's update had it at -0.9C.

Link
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Since Dr Masters brought it up, I'm gonna repost these great photos.

Looks like it was another great night of auroras in Norway.


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Image taken by Bjørn Jørgensen.
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Bounced around a bit the forecasts have, but steady for the last few days


Look good to anybody who want snow in E CONUS?
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Quoting hydrus:
Somethings definitely going on. Its not just something I think. I can feel it....Have been for quite a while now...Possible snowstorm 264 hours out.?...BBBWWAAAHHH hhaaa haaa
What "snow storm" will be accuring???
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"The most dangerous thing on the planet. ...The idea that: Humans belong to an order of being that is separate from the rest of the living community." - Daniel Quinn in "The New Renaissance".

This idea is blatantly false but we act as though it is absolutely true. Such inconsistencies cannot last and truth wins. At that point we will be forced to recognize that what we've done to nature we've done to ourselves.
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Quoting pottery:
A nasty line, that one.
Hope that all goes well there.
Howdy Pott. I hope the mighty and omniscient Calabash Tree is still maintaining its affairs accordingly..Got whacked pretty good here 2 times in 48 hours. Where is winter?...................Next......
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Quoting Patrap:


Novelty will continue to create more and more events that are way beyond the norm. As the Time Wave compresses, more events, created by thought, all we have in this material world is brought about by thought, and the eschaton awaits, just over the Horizon.

As we Spiral down to it, the singularity.


Bananas trees dont create Bridges, neither does the Honey bee. They have all they need in Balance with Nature. Were so removed from nature and inter dependent on connectivity that well, its all moot.

This will fade like a dream upon awakening, soon
Somethings definitely going on. Its not just something I think. I can feel it....Have been for quite a while now...Possible snowstorm 264 hours out.?...BBBWWAAAHHH hhaaa haaa
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Something very interesting is going on in the Arctic Ocean.

Link

UK scientists have detected a huge dome of freshwater that is developing in the western Arctic Ocean.

The bulge is some 8,000 cubic km in size and has risen by about 15cm since 2002.

The team thinks it may be the result of strong winds whipping up a great clockwise current in the northern polar region called the Beaufort Gyre.

This would force the water together, raising sea surface height, the group tells the journal Nature Geoscience.

"In the western Arctic, the Beaufort Gyre is driven by a permanent anti-cyclonic wind circulation. It drives the water, forcing it to pile up in the centre of gyre, and this domes the sea surface," explained lead author Dr Katharine Giles from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) at University College London.

"In our data, we see the trend being biggest in the centre of the gyre and less around the edges," she told BBC News.

Dr Giles and colleagues made their discovery using radar satellites belonging to the European Space Agency (Esa).

These spacecraft can measure sea-surface height even when there is widespread ice cover because they are adept at picking out the cracks, or leads, that frequently appear in the frozen floes.

The data (1995-2010) indicates a significant swelling of water in the Beaufort Gyre, particularly since the early part of the 2000s. The rising trend has been running at 2cm per year.

A lot of research from buoys and other in-situ sampling had already indicated that water in this region of the Arctic had been freshening.

This freshwater is coming in large part from the rivers running off the Eurasian (Russian) side of the Arctic basin.

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Quoting hydrus:
Extremely cool video Pat..Alright, I live over a thousand feet in the sky, at about 36 degrees north. It is January 23, I just had a massive squall line move over my area. Its 65 degrees outside with a W-NW wind blowing 15 to 25 mph. I have flowers blooming and a Tulip Poplar poppin tulips. My only guess is Mother Nature is doing the modern equivalent of smokin a big fatty. Godspeed to the folks that were hit last night...IT LOOKS LIKE SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN LATE JANUARY...huge ppppffffttttt...


Novelty will continue to create more and more events that are way beyond the norm. As the Time Wave compresses, more events, created by thought, all we have in this material world is brought about by thought, and the eschaton awaits, just over the Horizon.

As we Spiral down to it, the singularity.


Bananas trees dont create Bridges, neither does the Honey bee. They have all they need in Balance with Nature. Were so removed from nature and inter dependent on connectivity that well, its all moot.

This will fade like a dream upon awakening, soon
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I'll say Birmingham area tornado look VERY similar to Sanford damage on April 16... likely high end EF3 in my opinion. Again, not official rate until NWS Birmingham is done.
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Quoting Patrap:
Strong M8.7 Event: A strong solar flare reaching M8.7 was generated by Sunspot 1402 in the northern hemisphere [Movie]. The flare peaked at 03:59 UTC Monday morning and started off an a long duration M1.0 event (LDE) before eventually rising again to its maximum.



An R2 Radio Blackout resulted. A 19 minute long, 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) was detected as well. This event did produce a Full-Halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), and is partially Earth directed. Just like the previous event on Jan 19, most of the plasma cloud appears to be directed north. The speed of the expanding cloud however, is more substantial (2000 km/s). Stay tuned to SolarHam.com for all the latest information.

Video presentation is below.

Extremely cool video Pat..Alright, I live over a thousand feet in the sky, at about 36 degrees north. It is January 23, I just had a massive squall line move over my area. Its 65 degrees outside with a W-NW wind blowing 15 to 25 mph. I have flowers blooming and a Tulip Poplar poppin tulips. My only guess is Mother Nature is doing the modern equivalent of smokin a big fatty. Godspeed to the folks that were hit last night...IT LOOKS LIKE SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN LATE JANUARY...huge ppppffffttttt...
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2 dead in Alabama as storms pound South, Midwest

Two people were killed in the Birmingham, Ala., area as storms pounded the South and Midwest, prompting tornado warnings in a handful of states early Monday. At least one of the areas affected by the storms, which were part of a system that stretched from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf of Mexico, was also hit by a line of killer storms that slammed the Southeast last April.


Residents walk around through the debris of their neighborhood after a severe storm ripped through the Trussville, Ala., area in the early hours of Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said the storm produced a possible tornado that moved across northern Jefferson County around 3:30 a.m., causing damage in Oak Grove, Graysville, Fultondale, Center Point, Clay and Trussville. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Alabama storms cause death, destruction gallery (6 photos)

Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said a 16-year-old boy was killed in Clay and an 82-year-old man died in the community of Oak Grove.
The storm produced a possible tornado that moved across northern Jefferson County around 3:30 a.m., causing damage in Oak Grove, Graysville, Fultondale, Center Point, Clay and Trussville, Christian said. He said several homes were destroyed and numerous injuries were reported.
"Some roads are impassable, there are a number of county roads where you have either debris down, trees down, damage from homes," said Yasamie Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Jefferson County experienced "significant damage," she said.
Oak Grove was also hit during last April's tornadoes, but none of homes hit in April were hit again this time, said Allen Kniphfer of Jefferson County's Emergency Management Agency.
As day broke, rescue crews used chainsaws to clear fallen trees off roads in Clay, northeast of Birmingham. Searchers went door-to-door calling out to residents, many of whom were trapped by trees that crisscrossed their driveways.
Stevie Sanders woke up around 3:30 a.m. and realized bad weather was on the way. She, her parents and sister hid in the laundry room of their brick home as the wind howled and trees started cracking outside.
"You could feel the walls shaking and you could hear a loud crash. After that it got quiet, and the tree had fallen through my sister's roof," said Sanders, 26.
The family was OK, and her father, Greg Sanders, spent the next hours raking his roof and pulling away pieces of broken lumber.
"It could have been so much worse," he said. "It's like they say, we were just blessed."
In Clanton, about 50 miles south of Birmingham, rescuers were responding to reports of a trailer turned over with people trapped, City Clerk Debbie Orange said.
Also south of Birmingham, Maplesville town clerk Sheila Haigler said high winds damaged many buildings and knocked down several trees. One tree fell on a storm shelter, but no one was injured, Haigler said. One person was trapped in a heavily damaged home, but was rescued safely. Haigler said police had not been able to search some areas because trees and power lines were blocking roads.
In Arkansas, there were possible tornadoes in Arkansas, Dallas, Lonoke, Prairie and Cleveland counties Sunday night. The storms also brought hail and strong winds as they moved through parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi.
Tornado warnings were issued for parts of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.
The storm also caused officials to reschedule a planned Monday meeting in Montgomery to receive a study on Alabama's response to a system of storms that raked the state last April. That storm killed more than 240 people in the state. Among the hardest hit areas then was Tuscaloosa, where 50 were killed.

Jay Reeves, Associated Press
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Damage in Fordyce, Arkansas. Based from what I saw in Sanford, NC on April 16 and little teaching from NWS Raleigh about rating tornadoes... I'll say this is high end EF3 to EF4 damage. But we don't know the rating until NWS Little Rock is done.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


Link
Thanks TA13, just finished signing up for the text alerts.. I'm away from radios and outside often but usually in cell coverage out here.. no sirens (kind of surprising) in the county as far as I know...
Thanks again!
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Quoting JNCali:
Hey all.. now that I live in tornado country.. I wanted to get automated severe weather alerts sent to my cell phone as a text message.. I see that TWC has that capability but cannot find it on Wunderground.. Anyone point me in the right direction on this?
Much thanks!


Link

EDIT: Link
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Quoting JNCali:
Hey all.. now that I live in tornado country.. I wanted to get automated severe weather alerts sent to my cell phone as a text message.. I see that TWC has that capability but cannot find it on Wunderground.. Anyone point me in the right direction on this?
Much thanks!


try the NWS or something, they may have somethin like dat idk
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Yesterday 0.o

Today so far



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Hey all.. now that I live in tornado country.. I wanted to get automated severe weather alerts sent to my cell phone as a text message.. I see that TWC has that capability but cannot find it on Wunderground.. Anyone point me in the right direction on this?
Much thanks!
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12. CAAM
Quoting Patrap:
Last night showed once again, the importance of having a NOAA Weather Alert Radio, the life you save, may be your own.

And yes, there are Apps for that.
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Thanks Doc.

Just out of curiosity, Dr. Masters, do you believe this is an indication of things to come?
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Quoting pottery:


Obtuse Remark: - one that hurts my brain and sends me running for after-lunch coffee.

p.s., you need any of my rain??


We good. But thanx.
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Last night showed once again, the importance of having a NOAA Weather Alert Radio, the life you save, may be your own.
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Another well-above normal work week is in store for almost all of the United States. The following maps from HAMweather show low temperature anomalies forecast for the next five days across the continental U.S.:

Warm

Warm

Warm

Warm

Warm

The winter that never barely was. But don't fret, lovers of snow and cold; while December and January have no doubt let you down, we've still got February to deal with... ;-)
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Quoting Patrap:
Novelty: a complexification of information over a period of time


Obtuse Remark: - one that hurts my brain and sends me running for after-lunch coffee.

p.s., you need any of my rain??
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Strong M8.7 Event: A strong solar flare reaching M8.7 was generated by Sunspot 1402 in the northern hemisphere [Movie]. The flare peaked at 03:59 UTC Monday morning and started off an a long duration M1.0 event (LDE) before eventually rising again to its maximum.



An R2 Radio Blackout resulted. A 19 minute long, 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare) was detected as well. This event did produce a Full-Halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), and is partially Earth directed. Just like the previous event on Jan 19, most of the plasma cloud appears to be directed north. The speed of the expanding cloud however, is more substantial (2000 km/s). Stay tuned to SolarHam.com for all the latest information.

Video presentation is below.

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Thank you, Dr. Masters.

Today's fatalities are the first tornado-related ones in January since that 2008 outbreak. To echo what others have said (and will say): I certainly hope this isn't a harbinger...
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A nasty line, that one.
Hope that all goes well there.
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Novelty: a complexification of information over a period of time
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Thanks for the post Jeff.
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