Nation's Icebox basks in 77°F warmth

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:08 PM GMT on March 18, 2012

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Each year, when the list of coldest U.S. cities is compiled, International Falls, Minnesota regularly winds up at the top of the list, earning its title as "Icebox of the Nation". The city once hit -55°F (on January 6, 1909), and takes pride in the distinction of being the coldest city in the U.S., having trademarked the term "Icebox of the Nation" in 1948. The city recently defended the trademark against the town of Fraser, Colorado, which sought to usurp the title as the Nation's Icebox. But yesterday, International Falls set a truly phenomenal weather record for warmth. The city's temperature soared to 77°F, which was 42° above the average high temperature for the date. Not only was it the city's hottest March temperature on record by 4°, it was just 4° shy of yesterday's high in Miami, Florida. But what was truly amazing is that the 77°F high in International Falls beat the previous record for the date by 22°! I talked to Christopher C. Burt, wunderground's weather historian, and he couldn't recall seeing a station with a century-plus period of weather records break a daily record by such a wide margin (International Falls' records go back to 1895.) Yesterday's temperatures in International Falls were but one chapter in the on-going story of one of the most extreme meteorological events in U.S. history. Never before has such an extended period of extreme and record-breaking warm temperatures affected such a large portion of the U.S. in March, going back to the beginning of record keeping in the late 1800s. The record-breaking warmth will continue through Thursday, and I'll have much more to say in Monday's post.

Jeff Masters

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New here but been reading since January! You all do a great job with the variety of reports, radar, images...etc. That storm chasing site from Texas is very cool. Joemiller.bhines has some nice video right now.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Charley was a nasty little hurricane.If it stayed out in the water for a few more hours it would have probally made landfall as a cat and the storm surge would have been crazy if it would have been moving slower along with the storm being bigger.Thank goodness it was moving at a fast pace.He was also small in size so that helped.



As quickly as that hurricane was intensifying, it would have easily and likely been a 170 to 180 mph hurricane headed right into Tampa, which would be utterly catastrophic...
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For the geographically challenged...(like me!)
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Wait where was the 93 reading?
94, actually. In the town of Winner. See comment #401.

hot
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Quoting hydrus:
Newer run..



I'm sure there are going to be some pretty darn heavy rain amounts, but I also believe those numbers painted are overdone, I doubt there will be a swath of 5 to 8 inch rain amounts over such a large area like that.


If it does we are talking about a rare event, its one thing to get pockets of very high rain amounts, but those numbers they are showing are covering a very large area when you take things into consideration.

Also, I can think of other cases like the recent rain even in Texas that were over kill on the precip forecast.


Even still, I'm sure there will be very heavy rain in some places and probably serious flooding in some spots, but I doubt it will be as bad as that precip forecast suggests. If that much rain really does cover that large of a region people better be ready cause it will be ugly.
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Quoting hydrus:
Charley was a nasty little hurricane.If it stayed out in the water for a few more hours it would have probally made landfall as a cat5 and the storm surge would have been crazy if it would have been moving slower along with the storm being bigger.Thank goodness it was moving at a fast pace.He was also small in size so that helped.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Wait where was the 93 reading?


I saw 90 and it is still 82 there now.
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Quoting hydrus:
img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons /c/ca/Charley_Landfall.gif" style="max-

Nothing like going to bed with a CAT1 on the way...and waking up to a 4!
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Quoting Chicklit:

yeah, most likely
There are a couple more systems down the road that could be of concern. The first may be far enough to the north to spare areas that will be affected by the present low, but the one after that might be a different story.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Wait where was the 93 reading?
Post 401.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


or go a few thousand miles west and south to the australia region :)
Ehhh those are messed up
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Quoting notabene:
@ GeorgiaStormz--where do you get those 3D radar images?

@ TropicalAnalystwx13--a VIL reading of > 120 sounds frightening. I wonder if that's spurious, some sort of radar artifact, or if it's picking up a tornado's debris ball or something.


I got the trial version of GRLevel2:
Here
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Quoting hydrus:
This could be just the beginning.

yeah, most likely

Not seeing any severe weather warnings for Little Rock, Arkansas--oops, sorry, think I'm looking at Oklahoma!
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Quoting washingtonian115:
93 in S.D this time of year?.WTH?.
Wait where was the 93 reading?
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93 in S.D this time of year?.WTH?.
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Quoting weatherh98:
Only 74 days till hurricane season, I the meantime I guess I'll have to settle for tornados


or go a few thousand miles west and south to the australia region :)
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@ GeorgiaStormz--where do you get those 3D radar images?

@ TropicalAnalystwx13--a VIL reading of > 120 sounds frightening. I wonder if that's spurious, some sort of radar artifact, or if it's picking up a tornado's debris ball or something.
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Only 74 days till hurricane season, I the meantime I guess I'll have to settle for tornados
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Quoting nigel20:

Flooding will be a big problem it would seem
This could be just the beginning.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Ben Holcomb has a rope tornado.

Link

TexasStormChaser.com is seeing the same thing.
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Ben Holcomb has a rope tornado.

Link
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joe miller.bhines has it better
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

It's hard to tell exactly what that is, it is wrapped in rain.
It was pretty clear for a second. Then it went back in the rain shaft.
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Frederick
NEXRAD Radar

Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation

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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
CONE TORNADO

It's hard to tell exactly what that is, it is wrapped in rain.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Ben Holcomb has it now.
Was a cone tornado.
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604
WFUS54 KOUN 190027
TOROUN
OKC009-055-190100-
/O.NEW.KOUN.TO.W.0003.120319T0027Z-120319T0100Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
727 PM CDT SUN MAR 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN BECKHAM COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
EXTREME NORTH CENTRAL GREER COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 724 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR WILLOW...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
CARTER AND WILLOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE
HOME OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

THIS TORNADO IS LIKELY OBSCURED BY RAIN AND MAY NOT BE VISIBLE. DO
NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW. ABANDON
MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. IF POSSIBLE...MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR
STORM SHELTER. OTHERWISE MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM OR HALLWAY ON
THE LOWEST FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.



LAT...LON 3523 9950 3519 9936 3502 9950 3508 9963
TIME...MOT...LOC 0024Z 223DEG 21KT 3507 9956
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Ben Holcomb has it now.
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Tornado Watch 80 remains valid until 10 PM CDT this evening for the following areas

In Oklahoma this watch includes 9 counties

In northwest Oklahoma
Ellis Harper

In southwest Oklahoma
Greer Harmon Jackson
Kiowa Tillman

In western Oklahoma
Beckham Roger Mills

In Texas this watch includes 5 counties

In northern Texas
Baylor Foard Hardeman
Knox Wilbarger

This includes the cities of... Altus... Arnett... Buffalo...Cheyenne... Chillicothe... Crowell... Elk City... Frederick...Hobart... Hollis... Knox City... Mangum... Munday... Quanah... Sayre...
Seymour and Vernon.




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This is TWICE that 96P made an attempt to develop, got the JTWC to isue a development alert twice...but got cancelled due to land.

Australia, if it wasnt for you, we would have our next cyclone lol
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TexasStormChasers.com is saying they see a possible large tornado on the ground.
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He said we have a possible wedges (=P) on the ground.
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k back guys what i miss
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

That tornado was on the ground, plainly visible a minute ago. Rain-wrapped now.
Yah radar shows that the rotation has moved into the hail core of the storm. Probably going to dies soon then reform.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Ok on the audio he is saying there is a large tornado. Cant see it but he says it there.


i saw a large wall cloud and precip shaft, couldnt tell it there was a tornado or not.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Nvm there are chasers. Also funnel. Link

That tornado was on the ground, plainly visible a minute ago. Rain-wrapped now.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Nvm there are chasers. Also funnel. Link
Ok on the audio he is saying there is a large tornado. Cant see it but he says it there.
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--Winner, SD, reached 94 degrees today, the hottest temperature ever recorded in the state of South Dakota during astronomical winter (if the record holds). Link

--Pelliston, Michigan, reached 81 degrees today, besting the previous record for the day by 23 degrees. Link

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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
This storm is great looking. Would kill for a chaser to be on it.
Nvm there are chasers. Also funnel. Link
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This storm is great looking. Would kill for a chaser to be on it.
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Hey everyone,
They are trying to knock down a wild fire in NE Colorado right now with little luck. Winds are gusting to 40-60 out on the plains, with some pretty thick dust getting blown through denver right now, yuck! You could see the fire clearly on radar ~1hr ago. Vis satellite isn't much help with all the clouds. Hope the winds die down soon, the evacuation area is pretty big and already 2 homes were destroyed.

Link
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It looks like the warning came in a minute BEFORE you guys starting to squawk about how a warning needed to be issued. Seems it was.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Why...is this storm not tornado warned?



VIL on this storm is a ridiculous 121.5 kg/m2


There are many spotters right under this storm. Once a tornado is produced, the chasers will alert the NWS immediately. For those using GRlevel products, there is a placefile to show locations and names of chasers/spotters.
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
654 PM CDT SUN MAR 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
GREER COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

* AT 650 PM CDT...RADAR AND STORM SPOTTERS OBSERVED A TORNADO 10
MILES WEST OF MANGUM. THE TORNADO WAS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WILLOW AND BRINKMAN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE
HOME OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

&&

LAT...LON 3512 9951 3500 9934 3485 9967 3495 9974
TIME...MOT...LOC 2350Z 227DEG 23KT 3491 9968

$$

WR



I saw a wall cloud on a spotter cam, cant see anything now
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Why...is this storm not tornado warned?



VIL on this storm is a ridiculous 121.5 kg/m2

See NWS, you waited too long. Now there is a tornado already on the ground.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
654 PM CDT SUN MAR 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
GREER COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

* AT 650 PM CDT...RADAR AND STORM SPOTTERS OBSERVED A TORNADO 10
MILES WEST OF MANGUM. THE TORNADO WAS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WILLOW AND BRINKMAN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE
HOME OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

&&

LAT...LON 3512 9951 3500 9934 3485 9967 3495 9974
TIME...MOT...LOC 2350Z 227DEG 23KT 3491 9968

$$
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Storm in Greer County needs a tornado warning.
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Why...is this storm not tornado warned?



VIL on this storm is a ridiculous 121.5 kg/m2
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top storm hooking, rotation strenghtening, strongest of the day looks to be coming.
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