Record January warmth and moisture fueling April-like severe weather

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:42 PM GMT on January 30, 2013

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An April-like severe weather outbreak accompanied by record warmth and atmospheric moisture continues today over the Southeast U.S., where a powerful cold front is creating severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, and tornadoes over the Southeast. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged four preliminary reports of tornadoes along with 264 reports of damaging winds on Tuesday, and another 71 reports of damaging winds between 7 am and 12 pm EST so far this Wednesday. A powerful tornado hit Adairsville, Georgia at 11:19 am EST this morning, and there are reports of major structural damage in the downtown district, with cars overturned (see eyewitness video here, with swear words.) The spring-like surge of warm air accompanying the severe weather outbreak has broken numerous daily high temperature records. The most notable heat record set Tuesday was the 91°F high in Corpus Christi, Texas, which tied their record for all-time warmest January temperature, set on January 30, 1971. The 62°F measured at Rockford, Illinois on Tuesday was just 1° shy of that city's all-time January temperature record. Tornado watches are posted for a wide swath of the Southeast today, from Alabama to Virginia, and numerous tornado warnings have been issued this morning. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the Southeast in their "Slight Risk" region for severe weather on Wednesday, a step down from the "Moderate Risk" potential issued on Tuesday for the Midwest.


Figure 1. A wild weather day in the Heartland: NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged four preliminary reports of tornadoes on Tuesday, along with 264 reports of damaging winds.


Figure 2. Satellite image of the U.S. taken at 9:45 am EST January 30, 2013. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.


Figure 3. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the Southeast in their "Slight Risk" region for severe weather on Wednesday.

Record moisture and rains
Accompanying the exceptional January warmth yesterday were record levels of January moisture, as a flow of unusually moist air rode northwards from the Gulf of Mexico, where water temperatures were about 0.5°F above average. Meteorologists use a term called "precipitable water" to discuss how much water vapor is in the atmosphere. Precipitable water is defined as how much rain would fall on the ground if one took a vertical slice of the atmosphere above a given location and condensed all the water vapor into rain. Precipitable water levels tend to be highest in the summer, since warm air holds more waver vapor, and can exceed two inches in the Midwest U.S. In winter, though, it is rare to see precipitable water values higher than one inch. However, Tuesday night, precipitable water was well over an inch well into Canada, and two upper air stations--Detroit, MI and Lincoln IL--set all-time records for January moisture. From the 00Z Wednesday January 30 upper air balloon soundings taken at the 73 radiosonde stations in the contiguous U.S., we observed these precipitable water values for January:

Detroit, MI: New Record: 1.21" Old record: 1.20" 1/11/75
Lincoln, IL: New record: 1.46" Old Record: 1.35" 1/12/60
Alpena, MI: 2nd place, 0.99". First place: 1.01", 1/5/97
Buffalo, NY: 2nd place, 1.21". First place: 1.34", 1/15/95

Green Bay (4th), Shreveport (6th), and Little Rock (3rd) all had top-ten January precipitable water values. Radiosonde data goes back to 1948.

The exceptional moisture led to record rains in many regions of the Midwest, with numerous locations setting daily precipitation records. Two airports recorded their wettest January day on record, including Madison, WI (1.84", previous record 1.80" on January 1, 1892) and Houghton Lake, MI (1.21", old record 1.08" on in 1938.) Top-five wettest January days in recorded history were also set at Muskegon, MI (2.48"), Marquette, MI (1.21"), and South Bend, IN (1.94".) Here where I live, in Southeast Michigan, being outside yesterday was like walking through a surreal white soup. Rains like nothing I've ever seen in January fitfully poured from the sky throughout the day, ponding up on the frozen ground. Eerie white fog swirled over the sodden snow drifts as thunder rumbled overhead in temperatures 25°F above average. What planet was this? The heavy rains of 1.60" that fell in 26 hours at the nearby Flint airport made this month our wettest January in recorded history, with 3.66" of precipitation.

Jeff Masters

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137. code1
7:27 AM GMT on February 09, 2013
Siri is not all that great u know. Ahh well, we do have other trusted friends
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136. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
9:41 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
WOCN11 CWTO 302051
Special weather statement updated by Environment Canada at 3:51 PM
EST Wednesday 30 January 2013.
------------------------------------------------- --------------------
Special weather statement for:
City of Toronto
Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent
Sarnia - Lambton
Elgin
London - Middlesex
Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk
Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand
Oxford - Brant
Niagara
City of Hamilton
Halton - Peel
York - Durham
Huron - Perth
Waterloo - Wellington
Dufferin - Innisfil
Grey - Bruce
Barrie - Orillia - Midland
Belleville - Quinte - Northumberland
Kingston - Prince Edward
Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes
Stirling - Tweed - South Frontenac
Bancroft - Bon Echo Park
Brockville - Leeds and Grenville
City of Ottawa
Gatineau
Prescott and Russell
Cornwall - Morrisburg
Smiths Falls - Lanark - Sharbot Lake
Parry Sound - Muskoka
Haliburton
Renfrew - Pembroke - Barry's Bay
Algonquin
Burk's Falls - Bayfield Inlet.

Temperatures on a roller coaster with rapidly changing weather
Conditions to end the month of January.

------------------------------------------------- --------------------
==discussion==
A strong Colorado low will track northeast to reach Lake Huron by
this evening. Very mild air associated with this system has given
remarkable temperatures in the double digits to Southern Ontario with
new maximum temperature records in many areas today.

As the deepening Colorado low moves across Georgian Bay into Quebec
tonight, it will drag a sharp Arctic cold front east across the
entire district, bringing this second January thaw to a quick end.
Temperatures will plunge fairly quickly to below freezing accompanied
by strong and gusty westerly winds. Wind gusts of 50 to 70 km/h are
expected in many areas. A wind warning is in effect for areas near
the east end of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario where 100 km/h gusts are
expected. Wind warnings may be necessary in other areas if the winds
become any stronger than currently forecast.

Since the showers are expected to end before temperatures drop below
freezing tonight, a flash freeze is not currently expected as brisk
winds will help most well drained surfaces to dry out before the
temperature drops below zero. However surfaces in poorly drained
areas that remain wet will freeze and become icy tonight, making
travel conditions locally hazardous tonight as a result.

As much colder air continues to get ushered in by strong west to
northwest winds Thursday, winter will return with a vengeance
especially in the snow belt regions to the southeast of Lake Huron
and Georgian Bay. Flurries and snow squalls are expected to quickly
develop in these regions with significant amounts of snow possible.
Travelling conditions in these regions will quickly become hazardous
due to quickly accumulating snow and very low visibility in blowing
snow and bursts of heavy snow. Snow squall watches have been issued
over the regions to the south of Georgian Bay and to the east of Lake
Huron.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment
Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

End
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135. chrisale
8:27 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Is there another word for "smash"?

Toronto International Airport, (which indicates records going to 1936) obliterated its previous high temperature record for this day of 9.1C set in 2006 when it hit 13C!
Link

"Normal" is -2C

However, it did not set an extreme maximum for the month which is still 16.7C set on January 25th, 1950.
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134. FatPenguin
8:05 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting stormchaser43:
February March, April, and the early part of May will be unseasonably cold as that usually follows a warm January...

Watch.


2012 begs to differ.
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133. trHUrrIXC5MMX
7:52 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
TODAY'S SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST....
____________________________________

Red shades indicates tornado-risk area
Tstorms expected to move into the NE by midnight or later

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132. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:50 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
131. Skyepony (Mod)
7:48 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Nashville's is really long.. They had a bad night.

0245 AM TORNADO 4 SSW WHITE BLUFF 36.05N 87.24W
01/30/2013 DICKSON TN NWS STORM SURVEY

NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM CONFIRMED THAT AN EF0 TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ALONG WHITE BLUFF RD IN SOUTHEAST DICKSON
COUNTY AROUND 245 AM WHERE MINOR TREE AND STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE OCCURRED. THIS TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST TO
KINGSTON SPRINGS IN SOUTHERN CHEATHAM COUNTY WHERE
DOZENS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG CRAGGIE HOPE RD.
Member Since: August 10, 2005 Posts: 179 Comments: 38321
130. Skyepony (Mod)
7:44 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting MrMixon:



The street is flooded with cars? Up to the windows of some cars? That sounds terrible... good thing the street isn't also flooded with water or they'd have a huge mess on their hands...

(Being pedantic in the face of natural disaster might seem uncouth, but I'm pretty sure nobody was injured in Talladega, so I forgive myself.)

Speaking of flooding, training of storms along that front is producing some impressive totals in Alabama and Georgia.



That explains the dozens of flooding reports from AL..

I made light of one lastnight, the wfo kept using AS WELL in about every report. The stress of this event has shown in the storm reports.
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129. ChillinInTheKeys
7:42 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting Skyepony:
NWS Jackson, KY report trees down everywhere. Some counties are reporting things like almost all county roads blocked.


Wow, that's one long report!
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128. Tropicsweatherpr
7:40 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
TORNADO WARNING
GAC145-199-231-263-285-293-302015-
/O.NEW.KFFC.TO.W.0006.130130T1930Z-130130T2015Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
230 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
HARRIS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
MERIWETHER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
PIKE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHWESTERN TALBOT COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
SOUTHEASTERN TROUP COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHWESTERN UPSON COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA

* UNTIL 315 PM EST

* AT 228 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR HAMILTON...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO PINE
MOUNTAIN-CALLAWAY GARDENS...SHILOH...WARM SPRINGS...MANCHESTER...
GREENVILLE...WOODBURY...MOLENA...GAY...CONCORD...Z EBULON AND
WILLIAMSON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR...IT MEANS
THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE STORM. A TORNADO MAY
ALREADY BE ON THE GROUND...OR IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SHORTLY. IF YOU
ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS STORM...MOVE INDOORS AND TO A
BASEMENT OR INTERIOR ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. IF DRIVING...DO NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASS.

IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6. YOU CAN ALSO TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG GAWX.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EST WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHERN GEORGIA.

&&

LAT...LON 3321 8459 3319 8449 3317 8426 3261 8484
3261 8509 3268 8511
TIME...MOT...LOC 1930Z 216DEG 48KT 3275 8484

$$
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127. Skyepony (Mod)
7:40 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
NWS Jackson, KY report trees down everywhere. Some counties are reporting things like almost all county roads blocked.
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126. MrMixon
7:34 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting Skyepony:
1100 AM FLASH FLOOD SYLACAUGA 33.18N 86.26W
01/30/2013 TALLADEGA AL EMERGENCY MNGR

LAKE TERRACE STREET FLOODED WITH CARS UP TO THE WINDOWS
OF SOME CARS.



The street is flooded with cars? Up to the windows of some cars? That sounds terrible... good thing the street isn't also flooded with water or they'd have a huge mess on their hands...

(Being pedantic in the face of natural disaster might seem uncouth, but I'm pretty sure nobody was injured in Talladega, so I forgive myself.)

Speaking of flooding, training of storms along that front is producing some impressive totals in Alabama and Georgia.

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125. Skyepony (Mod)
7:34 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
NWS Huntsville reporting several structure damages from this morning.

0415 AM TSTM WND DMG 1 ESE ROGERSVILLE 34.82N 87.29W
01/30/2013 LAUDERDALE AL BROADCAST MEDIA

CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH STEEPLE BLOWN OFF. TIME
ESTIMATED BY RADAR.


0521 AM TSTM WND DMG MT HOPE 34.46N 87.48W
01/30/2013 LAWRENCE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

SHED ROLLED OVER WITH POLES PULLED FROM GROUND. TIME
ESTIMATED BY RADAR.


0605 AM TSTM WND DMG 5 ENE ADDISON 34.23N 87.11W
01/30/2013 CULLMAN AL EMERGENCY MNGR

MOBILE HOME AND BARN IN ROAD ON CR 1043 CULLMAN/WINSTON
COUNTY LINE. TIME ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR.
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124. lostinohio
7:31 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
It will take weeks to clean up Adairsville area. I worked less than 1/2 mile from the impact area. It is a mess down there. Vehicles crushed,everywhere all over the highway. There were many plants in the area. It was a Miracle that so far there has only been 1 fatality. I-75 is still closed in both directions, and state roads along I-75 are also blocked with trees.
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123. Skyepony (Mod)
7:28 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Trees & powerlines down across much of WNC.

1000 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG HENDERSONVILLE 35.32N 82.46W
01/30/2013 HENDERSON NC COUNTY OFFICIAL

SEVERAL TRESS DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY SINCE 6 AM THIS
MORNING.

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122. JNCali
7:24 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


there would have been more CAPE which means stronger staller storms that have heights of 40k+ feet, large hail, and violent tornadoes.
Thanks GS, I'm hoping for a mild Spring and Summer this year!
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121. Skyepony (Mod)
7:23 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
1100 AM FLASH FLOOD SYLACAUGA 33.18N 86.26W
01/30/2013 TALLADEGA AL EMERGENCY MNGR

LAKE TERRACE STREET FLOODED WITH CARS UP TO THE WINDOWS
OF SOME CARS.
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120. Luisport
7:16 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Ryan Maue‏@RyanMaue

Mansion owners in Roswell (rappers & actors) should move their luxury cars inside -- I'd suspect some hail & wind debris is imminent.
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119. LargoFl
7:13 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Thousands were reported without power in Tennessee
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118. Skyepony (Mod)
7:13 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
National Weather Service confirms 1 fatality in a mobile home due to Adairsville, GA tornado. Long streak w/o tornado deaths has ended.


It breaks an all time record back to 1950 of longest streak without a single tornado fatality, 220 days.

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117. LargoFl
7:10 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
windy in texas.............
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116. trHUrrIXC5MMX
7:09 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
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115. GeorgiaStormz
7:08 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting JNCali:
Anybody know how much stronger this event would have been if the GOM moisture was warmer like in late Spring/Summer? is it that simple?


there would have been more CAPE which means stronger staller storms that have heights of 40k+ feet, large hail, and violent tornadoes.
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114. LargoFl
7:08 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting JNCali:
Anybody know how much stronger this event would have been if the GOM moisture was warmer like in late Spring/Summer? is it that simple?
Quoting JNCali:
Anybody know how much stronger this event would have been if the GOM moisture was warmer like in late Spring/Summer? is it that simple?
..well its not too different than a strong tropical storm..matter off fact i was just thinking that when i went outside before..winds are about the same
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113. LargoFl
7:06 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
HIGH WIND WARNING.
FLOOD WATCH.
TORNADO WATCH.

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP EAST ACROSS THE CAROLINAS AND
NORTHEAST GEORGIA THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVY RAIN SHOWERS
AND STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ALONG AND AHEAD OF
THE PASSING COLD FRONT. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL RAPIDLY BEHIND THE
COLD FRONT TONIGHT...WITH LIGHT ACCUMULATING SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE
OVER THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS NEAR THE TENNESSEE BORDER...AND AT THE
HIGHER ELEVATIONS AFTER MIDNIGHT. THIS WILL LEAD TO SOME SLIPPERY
ROADWAYS LATE TONIGHT.
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112. JNCali
7:06 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Anybody know how much stronger this event would have been if the GOM moisture was warmer like in late Spring/Summer? is it that simple?
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107. LargoFl
7:04 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
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106. GeorgiaStormz
7:04 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Quoting stormchaser43:
There you go, Georgia Stormz. You got your severe weather. Happy?


actually i didnt get my severe weather.
all i got was rain.
and others got hurt.
that makes me not happy
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104. LargoFl
7:01 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
One storm produced a tornado in Adairsville, Ga., where the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center is reporting "major structural damage," cars overturned and people trapped. One person has been reported killed.

The storm struck late Wednesday morning in the town northwest of Atlanta. The Associated Press reported the storm demolished a home and left at least 10 cars overturned.

Officers noted that at least one apartment building in the town was "pretty much destroyed," numerous vehicles had been overturned and a mobile home park had suffered extensive damage.
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103. GeorgiaStormz
7:01 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
weak rotation heading to atl:


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102. LargoFl
6:57 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
hope georgia stormz is ok up there..........
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101. LargoFl
6:55 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
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100. LargoFl
6:54 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
ok so it gets to my area later tonight............
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99. LargoFl
6:52 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
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98. LargoFl
6:50 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
114 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

MDZ003-VAZ026>031-038-WVZ050>053-055-301900-
WASHINGTON MD-SHENANDOAH VA-WARREN VA-GREENE VA-CLARKE VA-PAGE VA-
MORGAN WV-JEFFERSON WV-HARDY WV-HAMPSHIRE WV-BERKELEY WV-
ROCKINGHAM VA-FREDERICK VA-
114 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF WESTERN MARYLAND...THE
EASTERN PANHANDLE OF WEST VIRGINIA AND THE NORTHERN SHENANDOAH
VALLEY OF VIRGINIA...

AT 113 PM EST...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 4 MILES NORTH OF PECKTONVILLE TO CROSS JUNCTION TO
TUNIS...MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE HAYFIELD...BIG POOL...WILDE ACRES...
GAINESBORO...LACEY SPRING...TIMBERVILLE...BROADWAY...STAR TANNERY...
HARMONY AND GERRARDSTOWN.

HEAVY RAIN WITH THESE STORMS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO BELOW ONE
MILE AND MAY CAUSE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS.

WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS. WINDS
THIS STRONG CAN BRING DOWN LARGE TREE BRANCHES. TAKE SHELTER UNTIL
THE STORMS HAVE PASSED.

&&
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97. GeorgiaStormz
6:50 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
National Weather Service confirms 1 fatality in a mobile home due to Adairsville, GA tornado. Long streak w/o tornado deaths has ended.
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96. wxmod
6:50 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Radical pollution = radical weather.
There is a cost for cheap Chinese trinkets.

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95. LargoFl
6:49 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
GAC045-077-121-149-301915-
/O.NEW.KFFC.SV.W.0008.130130T1834Z-130130T1915Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
134 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN FULTON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA
SOUTHERN CARROLL COUNTY IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA
NORTHWESTERN COWETA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHERN HEARD COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA

* UNTIL 215 PM EST

* AT 132 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS UP TO 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR FRANKLIN...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60
MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
WHITESBURG...CHATTAHOOCHEE HILL COUNTRY...PALMETTO AND EAST POINT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DOPPLER RADAR HAS INDICATED ROTATION WITHIN THIS STORM. ALTHOUGH
CURRENT DATA DOES NOT INDICATE THE EXISTENCE OF A TORNADO...A TORNADO
MAY STILL DEVELOP. IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED...ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO
A PLACE OF SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR
SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6. YOU CAN ALSO TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG GAWX.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EST WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHERN GEORGIA.
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94. LargoFl
6:47 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
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93. JTDailyUpdate
6:44 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Storms raking Southeast blamed for 2 deaths
Associated Press - 5 mins ago


ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A massive storm system raking the Southeast hammered a Georgia town on Wednesday, overturning cars on an interstate and killing at least one person there, authorities said.

Bartow County Fire Chief Craig Millsap said the body was found in the storm damage but did not have further details on how the person died. The same system also was blamed for a death in Tennessee. Most dangerous were powerful wind gusts that in several places were powerful enough to overturn tractor-trailers.

There were reports that people were trapped in homes and businesses, and television footage showed large sections of a sprawling manufacturing plant had been destroyed.

Footage also showed a funnel cloud roaring through the downtown area of Adairsville, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, flipping cars and demolishing a home. Interstate 75 was closed in both directions after the storm flipped cars onto their roofs and tossed them onto the grassy shoulder.

At least two tornadoes were confirmed and several more suspected, and conditions remained ripe for more. Since Tuesday, the system had caused damage across a swath from Missouri to Georgia.

In recent days, people in the South and Midwest had enjoyed unseasonably balmy temperatures in the 60s and 70s. A system pulling warm weather from the Gulf of Mexico was colliding with a cold front moving in from the west, creating volatility.

Police said high winds toppled a tree onto a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man had taken shelter, killing him.

Across the region, downed power lines, trees and tree limbs were making it difficult to reach people who needed help.

Another person was reported injured by lightning in Arkansas during the storm's eastward trek. Two people suffered minor injuries when a mobile home was blown off its foundation in Kentucky.

In Tennessee, officials confirmed that a tornado with peak wind speeds of 115 mph touched down in Mount Juliet. No serious injuries were reported there, though the path of damage was about 150 yards wide, including homes, a warehouse and an automotive business.

Hail ranging up to nearly golf-ball size was also reported in some areas.



Thousands were reported without power in Tennessee, where tornado warnings and flash flood warnings were issued for several counties and a tractor-trailer was blown over by high winds.

The nation has had its longest break between tornado fatalities since detailed tornado records began being kept in 1950, according to the Storm Prediction Center and National Climatic Data Center. The last one was June 24, when a person was killed in a home in Highlands County, Fla. That was 220 days ago as of Tuesday.

The last day with multiple fatalities was June 4, when three people were killed in a mobile home in Scott County, Mo.
Link
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92. LargoFl
6:44 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
man those winds are strong here now..all due north..
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91. wxmod
6:39 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
The last 24 hours of Beijing air, summarized:

BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-30-2013 00:00 to 01-30-2013 23:59; PM2.5 24hr avg; 277.9; 328; Hazardous
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90. CaicosRetiredSailor
6:37 PM GMT on January 30, 2013


http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/01/deadly_tornado_in _northwest_ge.html

Car overturned by tornado near Adairsville GA via WSB Chanel 2

[edit]...looks like a truck to me
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89. JTDailyUpdate
6:36 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
@EricHolthaus: UPDATE: At 1pm, Philadelphia has set a new record high temp: 68F is the warmest it's been on any Jan 30th since 1872.
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88. Chapelhill
6:30 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
The cell moving out of Carroll Co. Ga and into Douglas Co. is showing stronger rotation now. This will be moving into western and northern suburbs of Atl.

New more discrete cells are rapidly developing in Al and Ga.
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87. wxmod
6:28 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Lots of activity polluting the pristine pacific today.

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