The March 2 - 3 tornado outbreak: one EF-4, 39 deaths

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:40 PM GMT on March 05, 2012

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A blanket of snow 2 - 4 inches deep fell yesterday on the regions of Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky pounded by deadly tornadoes on Friday, adding to the misery of survivors. The violent tornado rampage killed 39 and injured hundreds more, wreaking property damage that will likely exceed $1 billion. Hardest hit were Kentucky and Southern Indiana, which suffered 21 and 12 dead, respectively. Three were killed in Ohio, and one each in Alabama and Georgia. The scale of the outbreak was enormous, with a preliminary total of 139 tornadoes touching down in eleven states, from southern Ohio to Northern Florida. The National Weather Service issued 297 tornado warnings and 388 severe thunderstorm warnings. At one point, 31 separate tornado warnings were in effect during the outbreak, and an area larger than Nebraska--81,000 square miles--received tornado warnings. Tornado watches were posted for 300,000 square miles--an area larger than Texas.


Video 1. Spectacular video of the EF-4 tornado that devastated Henrysville and Marysville, Indiana on March 2, 2012. You can see small satellite vorticies rotating on the side of the main vortex.


Video 2. Another video of the EF-4 tornado that devastated Henrysville and Marysville, Indiana on March 2, 2012, taken from a gas station.

The deadliest and most violent tornado: an EF-4
The deadliest and most violent tornado of the March 2, 2012 outbreak was an EF-4 with winds up to 175 mph that demolished much of Henryville, Chelsea, Marysville, and New Pekin, Indiana. Ten minutes after that tornado demolished much of Henryville, a weaker EF-1 tornado hit the town. The twin tornadoes killed twelve people. The Henryville tornado was the only violent EF-4 tornado of the outbreak.



Figure 1. Radar reflectivity image (top) and Doppler velocity image (bottom) of the two tornadoes that hit Henryville, Indiana on March 2, 2012. The first (rightmost) hook echo on the reflectivity image belonged to the only violent tornado of the outbreak, an EF-4 with winds of 166 - 200 mph. Ten minutes after that tornado demolished much of Henryville, a second tornado hit the town. These tornadoes also caused severe damage to the towns of Chelsea, Marysville, and New Pekin, and killed twelve people.

At least eleven other tornadoes in the outbreak have been classified as EF-3s with winds of 136 - 165 mph. Capitalclimate.com reports that the EF-3 tornadoes that crossed three Eastern Kentucky counties were the first tornadoes that strong ever observed, since tornado records began in 1950. The deadliest of the EF-3 tornadoes hit West Liberty, Kentucky, killing eight. Here's a summary of the deadly tornadoes of the outbreak taken from Wikipedia:

EF-4, 12 deaths, Henrysville, Indiana
EF-3, 8 deaths, West Liberty, Kentucky\
EF-2, 5 deaths, East Bernstadt, Kentucky
EF-3, 4 deaths, Crittenden, Kentucky
EF-3, 2 deaths, Holton, Indiana
EF-3, 3 deaths, Peach Grove, Ohio
EF-3, 2 deaths, Blaine, Kentucky
EF-3, 2 deaths, Salyersville, Kentucky
EF-2, 1 death, Jackson's Gap, Alabama


Figure 2. Damage in West Liberty, Kentucky after the March 2, 2012 EF-3 tornado. Image taken from from a Kentucky National Guard Blackhawk helicopter, while landing in West Liberty, KY (Morgan County).


Figure 3. Radar image of the West Liberty, Kentucky EF-3 tornado of March 2, 2012, showing a classic hook echo. The tornado carved a 60-mile-long path through Eastern Kentucky, causing extreme damage in West Liberty. The tornado killed six in West Liberty and two near Frenchburg. At least 75 people were injured. It was the first EF-3 tornado in Eastern Kentucky since 1988.


Video 3. A woman prays for deliverance of West Liberty as the ominous wall cloud of the developing tornado approaches the town.

Incredibly fast-moving storms
The speed with which some of the storms moved was truly exceptional, thanks to jet stream winds of up to 115 mph that pushed the thunderstorms forward at amazing speeds. A number of the tornadoes ripped through Kentucky with forward speeds of 70 mph, and two tornado warnings in Central Kentucky were issued for parent thunderstorms that moved at 85 mph. NWS damage surveys have not yet determined if one of the tornadoes from the outbreak has beaten the record for the fastest moving tornado, the 73 mph forward speed of the great 1925 Tri-State Tornado, the deadliest U.S. tornado of all-time.


Video 4. A family gets in their car in an attempt to flee the Borden, Indiana tornado of March 2, 2012. Unless you know what you're doing, fleeing a tornado in a car can be extremely dangerous, especially when the tornadoes are moving at speeds of 50 - 70 mph, as many were doing during the March 2, 2012 outbreak. Most tornado fatalities occur in mobile homes and cars.

Largest 5-day and 2nd largest 2-day tornado outbreak for so early in the year?
The March 2 tornado outbreak spawned 128 tornadoes, according to preliminary reports as of 8 am EST March 7 from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. An additional 11 tornadoes (preliminary) touched down on March 3, in Florida and Georgia; 3 additional tornadoes touched down on March 1 (Wikipedia does a great job tallying the stats for this tornado outbreak.) These preliminary reports are typically over-counted by 15%, but a few delayed reports will likely come in, bringing the total number of tornadoes from the March 2 - 3 outbreak to 115 - 125, propelling it into second place for the largest two-day tornado outbreak so early in the year. The top five two-day tornado outbreaks for so early in the year, since record keeping began in 1950:

January 21 - 22, 1999: 129 tornadoes, 4 deaths
March 2 - 3, 2012: 139 tornadoes (preliminary), 39 deaths
February 5 - 6, 2008: 87 tornadoes, 57 deaths
February 28 - March 1, 1997: 60 tornadoes, 10 deaths
January 7 - 8, 2008: 56 tornadoes, 4 deaths

Though the 36 tornadoes that occurred during the February 28 - 29 Leap Day outbreak were part of a separate storm system, the five-day tornado total from February 28 - March 3, 2012 is likely to eclipse the late January 18 - 22, 1999 five-day tornado outbreak (131 tornadoes) as the most prolific five-day period of tornado activity on record for so early in the year.


Figure 4. A key ingredient for tornado formation is the presence of warm, moist air near the surface, which helps make the atmosphere unstable. On the day of the March 2, 2012 outbreak, record warm air surged northwards into the tornado formation region, setting or tying daily high temperature records at 28 airports in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia.

Ingredients for the tornado outbreak
This year's unusually mild winter has led to ocean temperatures across the Gulf of Mexico that are approximately 1°C above average--among the top ten warmest values on record for this time of year, going back to the 1800s. (Averaged over the month of February, the highest sea surface temperatures on record in the Gulf between 20 - 30°N, 85 - 95°W occurred in 2002, when the waters were 1.34°C above average). Friday's tornado outbreak was fueled, in part, by high instability created by unusually warm, moist air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico due to the high water temperatures there. This exceptionally warm air set record high temperatures at 28 airports in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia the afternoon of the tornado outbreak (March 2.) Cold, dry air from Canada moved over the outbreak region at high altitudes. This created a highly unstable atmosphere--warm, low-density air rising in thunderstorm updrafts was able to accelerate rapidly upwards to the top of the lower atmosphere, since the surrounding air was cooler and denser at high altitudes. These vigorous updrafts needed some twisting motion to get them spinning and create tornadoes. Very strong twisting forces were present Friday over the tornado outbreak area, thanks to upper-level jet stream winds that blew in excess of 115 mph. These winds changed speed and direction sharply with height,imparting a shearing motion on the atmosphere (wind shear), causing the air to spin. High instability and a high wind shear are the two key ingredients for tornado formation.


Figure 5. The other key ingredient for tornado formation is the presence of very strong winds aloft that change speed and direction sharply with height. This change of wind imparts a shearing motion on the atmosphere (wind shear), causing the air to spin. Here, we see the upper-level wind speeds at the peak of the March 2, 2012 tornado outbreak. The jet stream can be seen as the U-shaped belt of strong winds. Jet stream winds in excess of 100 mph (deep blue colors) were present over the tornado outbreak area in this analysis of data from the NOAA North American Model (NAM) from 7 pm EST March 2, 2012. Image credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

Another bad year for tornadoes in the U.S.--what's going on?
Last year's tornado season was incredibly severe, and we are off to one of the worst early-season starts to tornado season on record now in 2012. However, it is too soon to ring the alarm bells on climate change being responsible for this. The tornado data base going back to 1950 doesn't show an increasing trend in strong tornadoes in recent decades. While climate change could potentially lead to an increase in tornadoes, by increasing instability, it could also decrease them, by decreasing wind shear. I'd need to see a lot more bad tornado years before blaming climate change for the severe tornado seasons of the past two years. One thing that climate change may be doing, though, is shifting the season earlier in the year. The 5-day total of tornadoes from February 28 - March 3 will probably break the record of 131 set in 1999 for the largest tornado outbreak so early in the year. Warmer winters, and an earlier arrival of spring due to a warming climate, will allow tornado season to start earlier--and end earlier. This year's early start to tornado season is consistent with what we would expect from a warming climate. I have a more extensive article on this subject that has just been published by Weatherwise magazine, and a 2008 post, Are tornadoes getting stronger and more frequent? Dr. Jonathan Martin of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is doing interesting research on the type of situation we saw with some of the recent severe tornado outbreaks, when two branches of the jet stream, the polar jet and the subtropical jet, merge to form a "superjet." In a December 2011 interview with sciencedaily.com, he said: "There is reason to believe that in a warmer climate, this kind of overlapping of the jet streams that can lead to high-impact weather may be more frequent."

I don't see any storm systems coming over the next 10 days that could cause a major tornado outbreak, though March weather is too volatile to forecast reliably that far in advance. There is a storm system expected to develop on Thursday in the Plains we will have to watch, but so far, indications are that it will not be capable of generating a major tornado outbreak.

Portlight disaster relief charity responds to the tornado disaster
The Portlight disaster relief charity reports that volunteers from colleges and churches made a strong showing in tornado-devastated Harrisburg, Illinois on Sunday. Team Rubicon and Portlight will push east to Indiana, where volunteer work is still restricted because of gas leaks and continuing SAR (search and rescue) operations.

I'll edit this post with new stats on the tornado outbreak as they become available, and have an entirely new post on Wednesday.

Jeff Masters

Tornado (JimAtTn)
This picture of a small tornado was taken on Friday March 02, 2012 in southern Lincoln County, Tennessee about 7 miles south of Fayetteville. Photographer: Angela Currey-Echols
Tornado
3/2/12 Tornado (charles7013)
A tornado in Dodsen Brach TN.
3/2/12 Tornado
High Risk (LightningFastMedia)
Rotating wall cloud and a possible funnel yesterday, north of Evansville, IN.
High Risk
tornado damage 3/2/12 (clerese3)
3/2/12 tornado damage to a business I pass on my way to and from work. This was a beautiful brick building.
tornado damage 3/2/12
Tornado Damage - TN (GeorgiaPeach)
I uploaded this photo once already and it was rejected for having the wrong date. I explained before, but I will explain again. The tornado came through March 2nd but I had just gotten out of the hospital, so I didn't get out to take pictures of the damage until today. This is five miles from my house in Hamilton County, TN.
Tornado Damage - TN

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820. hydrus
3:25 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting nigel20:

Sorry to hear, that's so sad.
That area cant seem to catch a break. It has bad terrible there for over ten years.
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819. RitaEvac
3:15 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
New blog
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818. Jedkins01
3:15 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting SPLbeater:
I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.....

I hate schoolwork. :D



What level of schooling are you in?
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817. ShenValleyFlyFish
3:14 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting dogsgomoo:


Is there an "whole continent" version of that temperature anomaly map? I'm curious to see how far north into Canada that deep red area goes and how far east the blue goes.
Everybody knows that the weather ends at the 49th parallel.
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816. RitaEvac
3:09 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Magnolia Club house is right near the ArkLaTex
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815. SPLbeater
3:09 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
well iz brefkast time see yal
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814. dogsgomoo
3:07 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting muddertracker:
Is it Austrailia that has the deadly Funnell Web Spider? Am I confused?


Yes.

I think Australia has the most poisonous spiders of any country?
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813. RitaEvac
3:06 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:


Where is this? Sounds like a place presslord might live. Close to The Carolinas?

Folks like a good story might want to check out my blog.


ArkLATex

where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas touch, duh...
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812. ShenValleyFlyFish
3:05 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting KoritheMan:
Based on the models and synoptic data over the lower 48, it appears that there is a slight (15%) chance for severe weather across the Arklatex region on Thursday . . .


Where is this? Sounds like a place presslord might live. Close to The Carolinas?

Folks like a good story might want to check out my blog.
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811. muddertracker
3:03 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Is it Austrailia that has the deadly Funnell Web Spider? Am I confused?
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809. muddertracker
3:01 PM GMT on March 07, 2012

"extended stay in hell" is what it felt like! But hey, I still live in Austin..:)
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808. SPLbeater
3:00 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting KeyWestSun:

I just graduated college less than a year ago. And believe me, I hated it too. My parents kept hammering away at me in high school "Ainslie Marie! Ainslie Marie, finish your studies before you see friends" haha.

I know you want to be a meterorologist. So your best chances to achieve that goal would be to hang in there and persevere. So to yourself: "You can do it!!!"


ya i know i need to, and there isnt a chance of me dropping out and going away from schoolwork....i just hate doing it lol
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807. yqt1001
3:00 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Forecast for Saturday: high of 12C.

Late April/early October weather...
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806. RitaEvac
3:00 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
If you have an Iphone, check out the EarthNowApp, has pretty good stuff especially for environmental folks.

Global temps for 2 days, ozone, etc... roll the earth like google earth
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805. dogsgomoo
2:52 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting nigel20:

About two third of the US would above average!


Is there an "whole continent" version of that temperature anomaly map? I'm curious to see how far north into Canada that deep red area goes and how far east the blue goes.
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804. ILwthrfan
2:51 PM GMT on March 07, 2012

Quoting Patrap:
pdated 3/7/2012 @ 13:30 UTC

Ongoing Radiation Storm

The high energy proton levels continue to rise following the strong solar flare from very early this morning. A moderate S2 Level Radiation Storm is in progress and continues to rise. Strong S3 Level Radiation Storm levels are imminent. The increase in proton levels are a direct result of the major solar flare activity from early Wednesday morning around Sunspot 1429.



I wonder if we will get a big earthquake ;)
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802. DavidHOUTX
2:47 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
FXUS64 KHGX 071131
AFDHGX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
531 AM CST WED MAR 7 2012

DISCUSSION...
STRONG RETURN FLOW ONGOING ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS THIS MORNING
WITH WINDS GUSTING ABOVE 3O MPH ACROSS OUR NORTHERN COUNTIES.
THIS STRONG SOUTHERLY FLOW IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY AND
WE WILL SEE ANOTHER BREEZY AND WARM SPRING AFTERNOON ACROSS SOUTHEAST
TEXAS. HAVE KEPT SLIGHT CHANCE POPS IN PLACE AS WE WILL LIKELY
BEGIN TO SEE SOME LIGHT STREAMER SHOWERS DEVELOP AS MOISTURE
CONTINUES TO INCREASE ACROSS THE REGION.

THE MUCH ANTICIPATED UPPER LEVEL TROUGH THAT WILL BRING US OUR
PRECIPITATION OVER THE WEEKEND IS CURRENTLY CENTERED OVER SOUTHERN
NEVADA AND WILL MOVE SOUTHEASTWARD INTO AZ/NM OVER THE NEXT 24
HOURS. MODELS ARE IN SLIGHTLY BETTER AGREEMENT WITH THE TRACK OF
THIS SYSTEM BUT OVERALL UNCERTAINTY REMAINS SOMEWHAT HIGH. THE GFS
CONTINUES TO BE SLIGHTLY FASTER IN MOVING THE SYSTEM OUT OF THE
SOUTHERN PLAINS WHILE THE ECMWF AND CANADIAN HOLD IT BACK TO THE
WEST. AS WITH THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS HAVE TRENDED THE FORECAST
TOWARDS THE SLOWER SOLUTION. OUR FIRST ROUND OF PRECIPITATION
WILL COME ON THURSDAY AS A COLD FRONT PUSHES A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS
THROUGH THE REGION. THIS FRONT WILL STALL OUT SOMEWHERE NEAR THE
UPPER TEXAS COAST AND SERVE AS A FOCUS FOR ADDITIONAL
PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE WEEKEND AS A COASTAL LOW BEGINS TO
DEVELOP. WHILE IT APPEARS LIKELY THAT WE WILL SEE PERIODS OF HEAVY
RAINFALL ACROSS THE REGION THIS WEEKEND THE EXACT DETAILS OF
TIMING AND LOCATION REMAIN DIFFICULT TO WORK OUT...THUS WE WILL
NOT ADD A MENTION OF HEAVY RAINFALL IN THE ZONES AT THIS TIME. AS
WE GET NEARER TO THE EVENT AND GUIDANCE HOPEFULLY COMES INTO
BETTER AGREEMENT WE WILL LIKELY NEED TO ADD IN HEAVY RAINFALL
WORDING AND PERHAPS CONSIDER A FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHEAST TEXAS THIS WEEKEND. RAINFALL AMOUNTS ACROSS THE REGION
SHOULD AVERAGE BETWEEN TWO AND FOUR INCHES...WITH ISOLATED HIGHER
AMOUNTS.

RAIN CHANCES WILL TAPER OFF ON SUNDAY AS THE UPPER TROUGH LIFTS
OUT TO THE NORTHEAST. TEMPERATURES LOOK TO REBOUND QUICKLY ON
MONDAY WITH DRY SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW IN THE LOWER LEVELS. DRIER
WEATHER WITH HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 7OS EXPECTED FOR THE FIRST
HALF OF NEXT WEEK. 38
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801. dogsgomoo
2:47 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
Australian spider population ballooning due to southeastern floods

Floodtime prey about to blunder into the spiders' net.


Oh my gods! My skin's crawling from those photos. Pardon me while I get my flame thrower...

(Really fascinating none the less. I recall reading that spider and snake bites increase dramatically when there are floods.)
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800. nigel20
2:47 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting KeyWestSun:
Anyone see this yet? This is unreal. I have never seen an area with 7 color layers above average! Time to fog the engines on the Arctic Cats and Polaris snowmobiles and put the skis away in the Upper Peninsula and Northern WI. It's spring time!!




About two third of the US would be above average!
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799. SPLbeater
2:45 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.....

I hate schoolwork. :D
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798. nigel20
2:43 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:

This could be very bad, if what the model suggest were to pan out
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797. nigel20
2:40 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting Skyepony:
Tropical storm Irina has killed at least 65 people in Madagascar, mostly on the southeastern end of the island, according to reports Tuesday. Tens of thousands in Madagascar are also homeless after the storm - the second lethal one this year - and three people are missing, according to authorities. Infrastructure also was heavily damaged on the world's fourth largest island, located in the Indian Ocean off Africa's southeastern coast. The storm also lashed the eastern coast of South Africa over the weekend causing damage to property and pounded Mozambique, where several people died. Last month, another storm, Cyclone Giovanna, killed at least 36 people and left hundreds of thousands without proper shelter in Madagascar, which suffers from political instability and extreme poverty.

Sorry to hear, that's so sad.
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796. Patrap
2:40 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
pdated 3/7/2012 @ 13:30 UTC

Ongoing Radiation Storm

The high energy proton levels continue to rise following the strong solar flare from very early this morning. A moderate S2 Level Radiation Storm is in progress and continues to rise. Strong S3 Level Radiation Storm levels are imminent. The increase in proton levels are a direct result of the major solar flare activity from early Wednesday morning around Sunspot 1429.

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795. nigel20
2:37 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Good morning guys
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793. SPLbeater
2:33 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Good morning.
Tropical Cyclone 16S has formed... It's forecast to stay over open waters while making Cat 1/ Cat 2 intensity.

well isnt that good news! somthing other then irina...


morning all :D
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792. RitaEvac
2:32 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
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791. Patrap
2:31 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Added 3/7/2012 @ 13:30 UTC

Incoming

The new WSA-Enlil Solar Wind Prediction is calling for an almost direct CME impact during the middle of tomorrow (March 8). The solar wind is expected to increase to over 800 km/s and Strong Geomagnetic Storming will be possible. This plasma cloud is the result of the X5.4 and X1.3 Solar Flare event very early this morning. Click HERE to watch the latest model run.

WSA-Enlil Solar Wind Prediction

Description: Latest CME-based model run
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786. kwgirl
2:19 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
Australian spider population ballooning due to southeastern floods

Floodtime prey about to blunder into the spiders' net.
Good morning all. What a picture. It could pass for a horror movie LOL! Isn't nature a marvel. Thank God it doesn't happen here in the Keys. I would have to move, being arachniphobic.
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785. StormTracker2K
2:18 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Very bad move on the Colts owner part. Peyton made Indy what it is today and imo Andrew Luck is just going to be an average QB.
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784. StormTracker2K
2:16 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Miami has always had a very good team the only thing that has held them back is not having an efficient QB.
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783. StormTracker2K
2:15 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting RitaEvac:


Texans couldn't afford him


Miami's got the money. Hell this guy would be great playing in a wheel-chair. Texans have a good QB though.
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782. RitaEvac
2:11 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:
Peyton Manning released by the Colts and appears to be heading for Miami! Great news for the Dolphins as we haven't had a good QB since Marino.


Texans couldn't afford him
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781. StormTracker2K
2:09 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Peyton Manning released by the Colts and appears to be heading for Miami! Great news for the Dolphins as we haven't had a good QB since Marino.
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780. presslord
2:06 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting aspectre:
Australian spider population ballooning due to southeastern floods

Floodtime prey about to blunder into the spiders' net.


OK...that's just gross...
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779. aspectre
2:05 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Australian spider population ballooning due to southeastern floods

Floodtime prey about to blunder into the spiders' net.
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778. bluheelrtx
1:59 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Oops. Not sure how that got doubled.
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777. bluheelrtx
1:59 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting hydrus:
In the form of beer, but be careful, or you may end up having a "Coronal Mass Ejection" which is a waste of good Mexican brew.JMO
Chirp
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776. GeorgiaStormz
1:54 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
SUP YALL!!

Nice warm cold clash on the GFS in 7 to 8 days. 10C temperature line appearing up to KY at one point.
Bring on the 80s!!!!!!! :)
(actually i miss my snow)
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775. ILwthrfan
1:30 PM GMT on March 07, 2012

Quoting KoritheMan:
Well, here it is. My first real attempt at a severe weather blog. Hope you enjoy, and criticism (friendly or otherwise) is welcome!
Nice blog.  Well done.
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774. presslord
1:05 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Seems appropriate, in light of today's solar activityLink
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772. StormTracker2K
12:56 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I am a little optimistic over the chances of Severe Weather across Eastern Texas tomorrow. Soundings across SPC's Slight risk area show that there will be a moderately-strong CAP and little instability for storms to fire on. Additionally, the WRF doesn't really show anything besides rain across East Texas tomorrow. It does however show some heavier thunderstorms across Eastern Oklahoma.



Either way, tomorrow will not be a significant event.


Looks more like a flood threat. Huge return flow on that model really pumping deep tropical moisture in eastern TX up to TN.
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771. TropicalAnalystwx13
12:55 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting StormTracker2K:


Most of the Oaks here in C FL are full of leaves already which is something you don't see until the very end of March. Also of note my St. Augustine grass is fully green which normally doesn't happen until the end of March or early April. We've even hit 90 already this year (not once but several times) which is extremely early as well.

More fuel to the fire, so to speak.

I've talked to several good meteorologists that believe March and May will be big Severe Weather months. Obviously, that hypothesis has already come true a week into March...

128 Filtered tornado reports on Friday.

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770. StormTracker2K
12:50 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Winter came and went (2011 Halloween nor'easter - October 28 to November 1) before it started (December 22, 2011).


Most of the Oaks here in C FL are full of leaves already which is something you don't see until the very end of March. Also of note my St. Augustine grass is fully green which normally doesn't happen until the end of March or early April. We've even hit 90 already this year (not once but several times) which is extremely early as well.
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