Tornadoes rip Midwest, killing 9; heavy snow hits Upper Midwest

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:05 PM GMT on February 29, 2012

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Strong tornadoes plowed through the Midwest U.S. last night and this morning, killing at least nine people. Six people died in Harrisburg, Illinois when a tornado hit near 5:37 am CST this morning, damaging or destroying 200 buildings. Another person was killed in southwest Missouri near Buffalo when a possible tornado ripped through a mobile home park. Thirteen others were injured in the mobile home park. Two others died in the Cassville and Puxico areas. A tornado also moved through downtown Branson, Missouri early this morning, causing heavy damage to the city's famous theaters, and injuring at least twelve people. A tornado plowed through the small town of Harveyville, Kansas (population 275), twenty miles southwest of Topeka, at 9:03 pm last night. The tornado destroyed 40 - 60% of the structures and injured ten, one critically. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged fifteen preliminary tornado reports yesterday and today.

The same storm system also brought the heaviest snows of the winter to portions of the Upper Midwest, which has received scant snowfall this winter. Blizzard warnings are posted in South Dakota this morning, where snowfall amounts of 6 - 10 inches are common. According to NOAA's latest storm summary, five states have experienced snowfall amounts of ten inches or more--Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, and Nebraska. The highest snow amount as of 8 am CST was recorded at Tripoli, Wisconsin, where fourteen inches had fallen.


Figure 1. Radar image of the squall line that passed through Harrisburg, Illinois this morning, spawning a tornado that killed three people. The position of Harisburg is marked by a circle with a "+" symbol.


Figure 2. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged thirteen preliminary tornado reports yesterday.

More tornadoes likely today
The powerful late-winter storm system that spawned the deadly tornadoes will move eastwards, bringing snows of 5 - 10 inches to northern Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and northern New England. The storm's cold front is triggering severe thunderstorms over much of Kentucky this morning, and these thunderstorms are expected to grow in severity and spawn more tornadoes this afternoon, once the heat of the day destabilizes the atmosphere. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has posted tornado watches for portions of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio this morning, and has placed much of Tennessee and portions of surrounding states in their "Moderate Risk" area for severe weather today. Consult our Severe Weather Page and Interactive Tornado Page to follow today's severe weather.


Figure 3. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Tennessee and portions of surrounding states in their "Moderate Risk" area for severe weather, one level below the highest level of alert, "High Risk."

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Some weather at Virginia Tech in an hour?
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0_0 I'm seeing some rotation in almost all of these storm that are in the extreme western corner of VA. I think we are about to get 3 new warnings.
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It's gotten so quiet on here.



TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
1129 PM EST WED FEB 29 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL TAZEWELL COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

* UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST.

* AT 1126 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR GLEN
BURKE...OR 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF RICHLANDS...MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
GLEN BURKE...
BANDY...
CLIFFIELD...
TAZEWELL...
GRATTON...
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Lol round 2? We now have 2 tornado warning in the new cells that are firing. What really worry's me is the fact that cells are starting to fire around Atlanta and none of the energy in the area has been used up. I dont want to wake up to a tornado.
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NEW Tornado Warning coming for just north of Red Ash West Virginia!
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link so you can open it up larger http://synoptic.envsci.rutgers.edu/site/radimg/an im_nrc.gif



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Same LIVE 3D STORM5 DOPPLER image but as a link in hopes it can be opened up larger because check out that column http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wtvf/NC5wx/radar/i mages/3d/radar_3d_sm.jpg
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1115 PM EST Wed Feb 29 2012

...A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 1145 PM EST for
Claiborne...Campbell...Union and Scott counties...

At 1112 PM EST...National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to
indicate a tornado. This tornado was located near White Oak...or 9
miles northeast of La Follette...moving east at 45 mph.

Locations in the warning include...
Clairfield.
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Almost on the Ground if now south west of Jellico, Tenn
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1102 PM EST WED FEB 29 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CAMPBELL COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
CLAIBORNE COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
SCOTT COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
UNION COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1145 PM EST

* AT 1058 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 12 MILES
NORTHWEST OF LA FOLLETTE. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING
EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
JELLICO...WHITE OAK...FINCASTLE AND CLAIRFIELD.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
The graghs you make look pretty, but they always lack something- is this last one's timeline over a year to date, season, month,...who knows. Don't make assumptions that your readers can't. Make the data clear and easy to read.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


How come it is not up to you to prove I am not divine?


Because I'm not the one claiming anything.
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night all. :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

GOODNIGHT
NIGHTGOOD
BLAH

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difinitely a FUNNEL CLOUD south of Winfield Tennessesse
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I never agreed to any rules (and neither did you), except that the onus was on you to validate your claims of divinity.


How come it is not up to you to prove I am not divine?
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


thats new


lol. i wonder what i would do if i looked and saw that on the SPC site...LOL.

and to anybody who has no humor at all, ITS FAKE
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


You can't change the rules now... ugh.


I never agreed to any rules (and neither did you), except that the onus was on you to validate your claims of divinity.
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
946 PM CST WED FEB 29 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WEST CENTRAL FENTRESS COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
CENTRAL OVERTON COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1000 PM CST

* AT 943 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LIVINGSTON...AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF CENTRAL
OVERTON AND WEST CENTRAL FENTRESS COUNTIES.
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Was this second line even supposed to happen? Might have to re-issue a watch.
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0115 UNK BURNSVILLE YANCEY NC 3592 8230 NUMEROUS TREES DOWN IN BURNSVILLE AND PARTS OF THE TOWN WITHOUT POWER. FIRST REPORT FROM SPOTTER THEN CONFIRMED WITH COUNTY. (GSP)

0125 UNK 1 SE WAYNESVILLE HAYWOOD NC 3547 8298 A TREE ON A HOUSE ON PIGEON STREET AND POWERLINES DOWN ACROSS MUCH OF HAYWOOD COUNTY. (GSP)

0125 UNK COVE CREEK HAYWOOD NC 3561 8301 TREES DOWN TO THE WEST OF INTERSTATE 40 BLOCKING THE ROAD AND ONE LARGE TREE DOWN ACROSS ONE LANE OF EAST BOUND INTERSTATE 40.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Nope. I desire repeatability.


You can't change the rules now... ugh.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
SPC Day4 OUTLOOK VALID 0400 UTC

THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF SEVERE STORMS OVER CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA, AND NORTHERN GEORGIA TODAY...

SYNOPSIS:

BIG STORMS WILL BUILD TODAY OVER AND AROUND SPLBEATER'S HOUSE, PROVIDING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND SMALL HAIL. DO NOT ARGUE WITH ME BECAUSE I AM AN OFFICIAL AND YOU ARENT. AN OCCASIAL SEVERE STORM MAY MAKE WAY INTO EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA BEFORE THE SUN FINALLY SETS ON SATURDAY. A SEVERE STORM OF SOME SORT WILL MOVE TOWARDS TROPICALANALYSTWX13'S HOUSE, THEN DISSIPATE RAPIDLY RIGHT BEFORE IT GETS THERE.

&&

FORECASTER STARR


nvm...
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


So if it does happen I can? 50/50 shot for you to think im psychic :p


Nope. I desire repeatability.
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tracking another possible Tornado near Winfield Tennessesse
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Quoting Chucktown:


Stop with the sensationalizing of today's outbreak. Yes it was a horrible day and we'll probably see it again, but there are several instances of severe weather in February - just go back to 2008 and 2009 - both years were very active.

We live too much in the "OMG, look what happened today" frame of mind. Weather has been happening for a long time, it's today's age of instant media the reason why it's so magnified. We never had access to instant pictures and witness accounts 40 and 50 years ago. Everytime there is "bad" weather, the blog acts like its the worst they have ever seen and the worst is still on the way. Once in a while, you have to take a step back and put it into perspective.

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You are right that tornadoes aren't unusual for February. They are actually really common in the deep South this time of year. You should have posted a link to the Super Tuesday outbreak on February 5th and 6th, 2008 that had 87 confirmed tornadoes. I think that helps put everything into perspective for tornadoes in that same region. I see you were trying to put up links for severe weather that occurred on the same dates. However, this outbreak was weeks earlier, which just shows it's not that uncommon.
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
931 PM CST WED FEB 29 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WESTERN FENTRESS COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
CENTRAL OVERTON COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 945 PM CST

* AT 929 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LIVINGSTON...AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF CENTRAL
OVERTON AND WESTERN FENTRESS COUNTIES.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Well the onus is on you to demonstrate that.


So if it does happen I can? 50/50 shot for you to think im psychic :p
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


Or I can predict the future and you have much to learn?


Well the onus is on you to demonstrate that.
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Quoting Chucktown:


Stop with the sensationalizing of today's outbreak. Yes it was a horrible day and we'll probably see it again, but there are several instances of severe weather in February - just go back to 2008 and 2009 - both years were very active.

We live too much in the "OMG, look what happened today" frame of mind. Weather has been happening for a long time, it's today's age of instant media the reason why it's so magnified. We never had access to instant pictures and witness accounts 40 and 50 years ago. Everytime there is "bad" weather, the blog acts like its the worst they have ever seen and the worst is still on the way. Once in a while, you have to take a step back and put it into perspective.

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Very well said. You make a good point with instant pictures and witness accounts.

The information we are receiving about severe weather events has increased significantly; our memories haven't.

In the past, you would remember a significant weather event for a long time because it was heard or witnessed every once in a while. However now we are flooded with information about extreme weather events from all over the world at any given week. The number of times we hear of a story is much, much greater than actual witnessing of an event. Therefore, after only a few short years you don't remember half of what has been shared with you through the media.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


It might Friday. Likely, yes, but not certain. You still have much to learn, my young Padawan.


Or I can predict the future and you have much to learn?
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


HAS TOO, or it will friday :p


It might Friday. Likely, yes, but not certain. You still have much to learn, my young Padawan.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


So then March hasn't come like a lion. :P


HAS TOO, or it will friday :p
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:



of coarse


So then March hasn't come like a lion. :P
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Yeah but we're all bound by technicalities. :P



of coarse
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Quoting yqt1001:
We have accumulated a lot of snow here. Last time we got this much snow we were entering a Modoki El Nino (2004).

A sign of the future perhaps?


This doesn't look like a Modiki to me:



Conversely, 2004 had already seen central Pacific warming, albeit spotty, during this time:

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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
it all ready has today was the first of the march roar except its a leap day so it shows in febuary


Yeah but we're all bound by technicalities. :P
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
March looks to be coming in like a lion.
it all ready has today was the first of the march roar except its a leap day so it shows in febuary
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We have accumulated a lot of snow here. Last time we got this much snow we were entering a Modoki El Nino (2004).

A sign of the future perhaps?
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This graphic shows why the 2012 severe season looks to be very acrive as those warm waters of the GOM will be a detonate.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


OMG, by 2020 is gonna be 5000 by the end of February.
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Quoting Chucktown:


Stop with the sensationalizing of today's outbreak. Yes it was a horrible day and we'll probably see it again, but there are several instances of severe weather in February - just go back to 2008 and 2009 - both years were very active.

We live too much in the "OMG, look what happened today" frame of mind. Weather has been happening for a long time, it's today's age of instant media the reason why it's so magnified. We never had access to instant pictures and witness accounts 40 and 50 years ago. Everytime there is "bad" weather, the blog acts like its the worst they have ever seen and the worst is still on the way. Once in a while, you have to take a step back and put it into perspective.

Link

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You, my friend, have just won the internet.
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we thank you for your support koritheman.

Presslord will have info some time in the morning from the Field personal en route.
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Quoting Patrap:
Portlight Disaster Relief
Harrisburg, IL, Response



We are sending people into the Harrisburg, IL, area at this time in response to the storm event there.. They will be assessing needs there and surrounding areas.

We expect we will find much to do and ask for your continued support.

We will likely need volunteers and will certainly need financial assistance.

As usual, we will be focusing our efforts on the unserved, under served and forgotten.



I'm donating to this one, Pat!
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:


This just isn't right for February...


Stop with the sensationalizing of today's outbreak. Yes it was a horrible day and we'll probably see it again, but there are several instances of severe weather in February - just go back to 2008 and 2009 - both years were very active.

We live too much in the "OMG, look what happened today" frame of mind. Weather has been happening for a long time, it's today's age of instant media the reason why it's so magnified. We never had access to instant pictures and witness accounts 40 and 50 years ago. Everytime there is "bad" weather, the blog acts like its the worst they have ever seen and the worst is still on the way. Once in a while, you have to take a step back and put it into perspective.

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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
KoritheMan, I'm sorry. I hope you find another opportunity soon.


He said he'd let me know if any such opportunities arise. Ordinarily I wouldn't believe that, but Mickey is good friends with my dad, who used to be an assistant manager at that store.
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Quoting wxmod:


Re post 492: Looks like even SPLbeater may get his ass kicked in round 2. Might make him wish he went bungi jumping for an adrenalin rush. Too bad we won't hear from him under the pile of rubble.


By vilifying him, you are the one who is worse. Just saying, try not to be xenophobic.
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509. wxmod
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

Looks like even SPLbeater may get his ass kicked in round 2. Might make him wish he went bungi jumping for an adrenalin rush. Too bad we won't hear from him under the pile of rubble.
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