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

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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
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3/2/12 Tornado (charles7013)
A tornado in Dodsen Brach TN.
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Rotating wall cloud and a possible funnel yesterday, north of Evansville, IN.
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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
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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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The CMC is an old run, but rain will be the story in the coming days.
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Quoting Patrap:
Necessity, being the mother of invention,

Old bus buried, turned into tornado shelter

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Every trailer park should have one! (And no, I'm not being racist or anything else...this could be a cheap alternative that saves lives!)
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Afternoon everybody.
Quoting HouGalv08:
I agree you can't live in a storm cellar for two days, but I read an account this morning on MSNBC where the mother of 4 was asleep on the couch while the children slept upstairs. Suddenly "the noise and lightning picked up" and the family members rushed to "get the children downstairs". When the house was blown apart, one of the children was found 350 feet away, luckily unharmed. One of the other children was injured. Now wait a moment here--You have 4 children sleeping upstairs, you're asleep downstairs and you don't know theres a dangerous weather system approaching or on top of you? What kind of irresponsibility is that? Lord knows I've stayed up many times monitoring the weather to keep the family safe. And I'm not the only one in my family, or me neighbors, that have done the same thing with dangerous weather in the area.
I agree with this. While the lead time on tornadoes is not anywhere near what there is for hurricanes, it is possible to take more precautions than that family took. At least bring all the children downstairs together overnight. Have a "family sleepover", with sleeping bags or what have you, in an area near your safe room.
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Quoting Jedkins01:


Some people see faces in clouds either because they have a more artistic dominant mind, or because the imagination wants a face to be in a tornado because there is a thought of them being evil.

As for me, my mind is too analytic to see shapes and images in clouds, I just see cloud formations. Ive had friends that swear they clearly see shapes in clouds that look exactly like something they know, I never see them though, no matter how hard people try to point them out.


Really though, I hope you guys don't really think tornadoes are living evil entities, right? I mean I get the fact that they are destructive but its just a natural weather force.


Please attempt to refrain from being rude.
Thank you.
That is all I have to say.
Have a nice day.
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from China Daily Link
BEIJING - Cloud seeding can be used in as much as one-third of China, the biggest market in this industry globally, said Zheng Guoguang, head of the China Meteorological Administration

Zheng added that the government will provide the service to the private sector in the near future.

Weather modification technology was introduced in China in 1958 by Russia.

The industry has entered a fast-growth period, according to Zheng.

"Weather modification technology is crucial to China", said Zheng.

"China's technology in this field is comparable to that of developed economies such as the United States and Russia, and our technology and expertise have been exported to countries such as Cuba and the United Arab Emirates," he said.

The next step is to establish an inter-administrative regional weather modification system to implement projects across larger areas" Zheng said.

He added that the country will start to provide weather modification services to the private sector in the near future.

In the US, a private weather modification company can help farms or hydropower stations by seeding clouds. In this respect, China still requires more time to develop the market, said Zheng.
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Quoting nofailsafe:


Absolutely,

Oh! Before I forget, here's a nice chart (with link) that the weather office here puts out that shows total accumulation of rainfall, and how the day-to-day temperature matches the average.



Climate Graphs

We're well ahead for the year so far, let's hope we get plenty more before this summer rolls around.


Nice chart! I have seen this a few times. We will need a good soaking before the summer comes around. The summer is not looking good as far as avg rain.



However, the winter map looked just like that and they were way off. They nailed the temperatures though
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Necessity, being the mother of invention,

Old bus buried, turned into tornado shelter

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Quoting DavidHOUTX:


I guess we will just have to wait and see how it pans out. I hope we get a lot of rain from it though!


Absolutely,

Oh! Before I forget, here's a nice chart (with link) that the weather office here puts out that shows total accumulation of rainfall, and how the day-to-day temperature matches the average.



Climate Graphs

We're well ahead for the year so far, let's hope we get plenty more before this summer rolls around.
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Quoting ncstorm:
Wow, those videos are amazing..I still say that West Liberty tornado was nothing but just evil..when that woman was praying you could still see a face in those clouds..yeah I aint dropping it, we were talking about another video friday night of the west liberty tornado with the images you can see in the clouds..I am hoping that one day someone will come up with affordable underground storm shelters for mobile homes..just terrible that most of the deaths were from mobile homes and people in cars..so tragic! Prayers go out to the victims of the tornados. My uncle car got wallop in Charlotte from the F1 tornado that hit there by a tree, total loss!

Most trailer parks (at least in this area) have a community shelter inside the park, large enough to house its residents. I believe if you are the owner of a trailer park in tornado prone areas, you should be required to provide shelter for your tenants. To eleviate the cost you could just add a few bucks a month to your lot rent. Most residents shouldn't complain too much to pay a few extra bucks for that kind of safety!
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Be careful around Pearson Airport then.
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Quoting Patrap:
Yup, you've been in that saucer way to Long now Keep.

We not quite that Gullible,..

; )

lol just here having lunch taken the saucer out for a little spin
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Quoting ncstorm:


Completely? okay...hey I know what I see and yes it can be explained to cloud formations according to "science" but I dont see it that way but hey to each his own. I am not knocking anyone's perception on how they view events. The tornados were evil because they took lives. Lets agree to leave it that.


Yes you are right, to each his own. Your mind allows you to paint an evil face on a destructive tornado and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Mine doesn't.
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Quoting nofailsafe:


Houston WFO's latest forecast discussion states some degree of uncertainty, I suspect we'll get rain here though.


Houston HGX
Link

THE CURRENT EXTENDED FORECAST TRENDS
MUCH CLOSER TO THE ECMWF/CANADIAN SOLUTION WHICH WOULD HOLD THE
SURFACE COLD FRONT TO THE WEST OF THE AREA...THUS THE LARGE
CHANGES TO TEMPERATURES FOR THE WEEKEND. THIS SOLUTION ALSO FAVORS
MUCH HIGHER POPS FOR THE REGION WITH A POTENTIAL TO SEE FAIRLY
HIGH RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH THE WEEKEND. AGAIN...MUCH UNCERTAINTY
REMAINS IN THE FORECAST THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND BUT IT DOES APPEAR
THAT RAIN CHANCES WILL LINGER ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH AT LEAST
LATE SATURDAY.



I guess we will just have to wait and see how it pans out. I hope we get a lot of rain from it though!
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Yup, you've been in that saucer way to Long now Keep.

We not quite that Gullible,..

; )

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Some1 mentioned this yesterday
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face in the clouds

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Quoting DavidHOUTX:


I will take that any day. However, aren't the models way off on agreement with this?


Houston WFO's latest forecast discussion states some degree of uncertainty, I suspect we'll get rain here though.


Houston HGX
Link

THE CURRENT EXTENDED FORECAST TRENDS
MUCH CLOSER TO THE ECMWF/CANADIAN SOLUTION WHICH WOULD HOLD THE
SURFACE COLD FRONT TO THE WEST OF THE AREA...THUS THE LARGE
CHANGES TO TEMPERATURES FOR THE WEEKEND. THIS SOLUTION ALSO FAVORS
MUCH HIGHER POPS FOR THE REGION WITH A POTENTIAL TO SEE FAIRLY
HIGH RAINFALL TOTALS THROUGH THE WEEKEND. AGAIN...MUCH UNCERTAINTY
REMAINS IN THE FORECAST THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND BUT IT DOES APPEAR
THAT RAIN CHANCES WILL LINGER ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH AT LEAST
LATE SATURDAY.

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Quoting SteveDa1:


Actually, Jedkins is completely right.


Completely? okay...hey I know what I see and yes it can be explained to cloud formations according to "science" but I dont see it that way but hey to each his own. I am not knocking anyone's perception on how they view events. The tornados were evil because they took lives. Lets agree to leave it that.
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Man has always trended toward's the idea that, if you can measure it, maybe, just maybe he can control it.

The Universe, being a complex complexification Engine in a sense, is constantly inventing "Novelty" in a way that our limited mind cant comprehend.

Expect it to get weirder as we flow along..into a ever increasing "Novel" existence.
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It appears that in my region we have steep low-level lapse rates once again. Shower development(isolated) could be anticipated if they continue to steepen?
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Here's yet another video of the West Liberty EF-3. Near the end, this one has a view of the tornado's base taken from maybe 200 or so yards away. Nasty. A couple of things you'll notice: 1) again, the absence of a condensation funnel reaching to the ground (what you see is all dirt and debris); 2) that signature approaching roar; 3) a mixture of reactions--a little awe and wonder, along with some nearly hysterical fear and shouting. (The volume is muted until about 0:49.)

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Quoting ncstorm:


Maybe one day you will SEE. There are events that even science cant explain.


Actually, Jedkins is completely right.

Don't really wanna start a debate, though. I just respect and defend science.
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MAJOR SOLAR FLARE ALERT:

A major solar flare reaching X1.1 peaked at 04:09 UTC early Monday morning.

The flare was centered around Sunspot 1429 and produced a bright CME.

Stay Tuned to SolarHam.com for the latest information.


Updated 3/5/2012 @ 15:30 UTC
Major X Class Solar Flare

A long duration and major X1.1 solar flare peaked at 04:09 UTC Monday morning around Sunspot 1429. A strong R3 Level Radio Blackout resulted. A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is now seen in the latest STEREO Behind and Lasco images. The expanding plasma cloud is mostly heading towards the north and east, however a small portion looks to be Earth directed. This is the 10th largest solar flare of the current Sunspot Cycle and it also happens to be the 10th X-Class flare as well. Stay Tuned to SolarHam.com for the latest updates.

SUMMARY: 10cm Radio Burst (TenFlare)
Begin Time: 2012 Mar 05 0334 UTC
Maximum Time: 2012 Mar 05 0434 UTC
End Time: 2012 Mar 05 0601 UTC
Duration: 147 minutes


Peak Flux: 12000 sfu
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why do I feel like I am a third grader in NO on a playground and there this certain bully always wanting to start a fight..LOL, hilarious!
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Quoting Jedkins01:


Some people see faces in clouds either because they have a more artistic dominant mind, or because the imagination wants a face to be in a tornado because there is a thought of them being evil.

As for me, my mind is too analytic to see shapes and images in clouds, I just see cloud formations. Ive had friends that swear they clearly see shapes in clouds that look exactly like something they know, I never see them though, no matter how hard people try to point them out.


Really though, I hope you guys don't really think tornadoes are living evil entities, right? I mean I get the fact that they are destructive but its just a natural weather force.


Maybe one day you will SEE. There are events that even science cant explain.
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Magnitude 4.0 - SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA
2012 March 05 13:33:20 UTC


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Quoting StormTracker2K:


TX is going to get deluged later this week. Could be a pretty serious flood event on the way for you guys despite the drought your in.



I will take that any day. However, aren't the models way off on agreement with this?
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Quoting StormGoddess:

Yes ncstorm last year the same thing happened to me as well. While watching this video of the Tuscaloosa tornado I was very surprised at what I saw. There are images in the tornado that make it appear to be a face or faces. At around 4:40 is the one that got my attention.



Some people see faces in clouds either because they have a more artistic dominant mind, or because the imagination wants a face to be in a tornado because there is a thought of them being evil.

As for me, my mind is too analytic to see shapes and images in clouds, I just see cloud formations. Ive had friends that swear they clearly see shapes in clouds that look exactly like something they know, I never see them though, no matter how hard people try to point them out.


Really though, I hope you guys don't really think tornadoes are living evil entities, right? I mean I get the fact that they are destructive but its just a natural weather force.
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Quoting StormGoddess:

Yes ncstorm last year the same thing happened to me as well. While watching this video of the Tuscaloosa tornado I was very surprised at what I saw. There are images in the tornado that make it appear to be a face or faces. At around 4:40 is the one that got my attention.



yep, saw it at 4:40..eerie!!
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Quoting HouGalv08:
I agree you can't live in a storm cellar for two days, but I read an account this morning on MSNBC where the mother of 4 was asleep on the couch while the children slept upstairs. Suddenly "the noise and lightning picked up" and the family members rushed to "get the children downstairs". When the house was blown apart, one of the children was found 350 feet away, luckily unharmed. One of the other children was injured. Now wait a moment here--You have 4 children sleeping upstairs, you're asleep downstairs and you don't know theres a dangerous weather system approaching or on top of you? What kind of irresponsibility is that? Lord knows I've stayed up many times monitoring the weather to keep the family safe. And I'm not the only one in my family, or me neighbors, that have done the same thing with dangerous weather in the area.
Yes, I agree. I would have been spending the nights in the basement at any severe weather warning. Maybe they are like the keys dwellers who have lived through many hurricanes and think it won't possibly happen to them (death) or that they know they are protected by geography (see #5 above). The one time I visited San Franscisco, I could think of nothing but what I would do if an earthquake hit, even praying as I traveled on the BART that one would not strike while I was down there. I bet I was the only person on the BART thinking that. Human Nature is much more fickle than Mother Nature.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Storms coming for TX Thursday


TX is going to get deluged later this week. Could be a pretty serious flood event on the way for you guys despite the drought your in.

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Quoting ncstorm:
Wow, those videos are amazing..I still say that West Liberty tornado was nothing but just evil..when that woman was praying you could still see a face in those clouds..yeah I aint dropping it, we were talking about another video friday night of the west liberty tornado with the images you can see in the clouds..I am hoping that one day someone will come up with affordable underground storm shelters for mobile homes..just terrible that most of the deaths were from mobile homes and people in cars..so tragic! Prayers go out to the victims of the tornados. My uncle car got wallop in Charlotte from the F1 tornado that hit there by a tree, total loss!

Yes ncstorm last year the same thing happened to me as well. While watching this video of the Tuscaloosa tornado I was very surprised at what I saw. There are images in the tornado that make it appear to be a face or faces. At around 4:40 is the one that got my attention.

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People may want to start having weather apps on their cell phones, could save your life in the long run. Seems the trend is heading that way

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This is going to be a slow mover.
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Storms coming for TX Thursday
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SOME OLD TORNADO VIDEOS...









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Quoting ncstorm:


Yes, he was very lucky that the tree fell onto the car instead of on the house.
Geez, I can't imagine a tree falling onto my house at 2:30 in the morning! Glad he was okay, although he got to find another car now, but tree falling on car is still better than tree falling onto the house and injuring/killing him.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Wow, your uncle got very lucky he wasn't hurt. Btw, I think Charlotte tornado was a borderline EF2/3 at 135 mph. But that doesn't really matters as long as no one was killed and your uncle is okay.


Yes, he was very lucky that the tree fell onto the car instead of on the house.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:


Now we wait to see what later this week and this weekend brings. Could be another outbreak looming later this or this weekend but not on the level of what we saw last week.
These are coming in..Counties Cumberland Classification Tornado
EF Rating 2 Max Wind Speed 125
Path Length 5.1 Path Width 250 yards



.EF-2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY...


EF-2 TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS AROUND 125 MPH TOUCHED DOWN
ALONG CASTRO-PUGH RD JUST NORTH OF PLATEAU ROAD. INTERMITTENT
DAMAGE CONTINUED TO THE EAST NORTHEAST FOR APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE
BEFORE THE DAMAGE BECAME CONTINUOUS ALONG CLEAR CREEK RD. HUNDREDS OF
TREES WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED AND A HOME SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE IN
THIS AREA.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED EAST NORTHEAST AND REACHED EF-2 INTENSITY IN
THE RINNIE COMMUNITY ALONG HIGHWAY 127. A BRICK HOME SLID OFF ITS
FOUNDATION AND WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND ANOTHER HOME LOST IT`S
ENTIRE ROOF. A DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME ALONG HOLLOW ROAD WAS
COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH DEBRIS TOSSED HUNDREDS OF YARDS. AT
LEAST A THOUSAND TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED AROUND THIS
LOCATION.

THE LAST EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE WAS ALONG TODD ROAD TO THE EAST OF
HIGHWAY 127.


SUMMARY
DATE...2/29/2012
RADAR ESTIMATED BEGIN TIME...4:30 PM
RADAR ESTIMATED END TIME...4:35 PM
MAXIMUM EF- SCALE RATING...EF2
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...125 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...250 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...APPROXIMATELY 5.1 MILES
INJURIES...5
FATALITIES...2..Notice in that picture the brick and concrete block house was demolished.
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Quoting ncstorm:
Wow, those videos are amazing..I still say that West Liberty tornado was nothing but just evil..when that woman was praying you could still see a face in those clouds..yeah I aint dropping it, we were talking about another video friday night of the west liberty tornado with the images you can see in the clouds..I am hoping that one day someone will come up with affordable underground storm shelters for mobile homes..just terrible that most of the deaths were from mobile homes and people in cars..so tragic! Prayers go out to the victims of the tornados. My uncle car got wallop in Charlotte from the F1 tornado that hit there by a tree, total loss!
Wow, your uncle got very lucky he wasn't hurt. Btw, I think Charlotte tornado was a borderline EF2/3 at 135 mph. But that doesn't really matters as long as no one was killed and your uncle is okay.

EDIT: For West Liberty tornado, remember the radar was showing EF4/5 like echo? I went back to April 16 outbreak in NC and found this:

Link

This was an EF3 tornado after striking Sanford.
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Wow, those videos are amazing..I still say that West Liberty tornado was nothing but just evil..when that woman was praying you could still see a face in those clouds..yeah I aint dropping it, we were talking about another video friday night of the west liberty tornado with the images you can see in the clouds..I am hoping that one day someone will come up with affordable underground storm shelters for mobile homes..just terrible that most of the deaths were from mobile homes and people in cars..so tragic! Prayers go out to the victims of the tornados. My uncle car got wallop in Charlotte from the F1 tornado that hit there by a tree, total loss!
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