First tornado death of 2013 ends record 219-day streak without a tornado death

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:50 PM GMT on January 30, 2013

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A powerful tornado ripped through Adairsville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta, at 11:19 am EST this morning, killing at least one person in a mobile home park. The tornado caused major structural damage in the downtown district, and overturned approximately 100 cars on I-75 near Exit 306 (see eyewitness video here, with swear words.) Eight injuries, some serious, are also being reported from a tornado just southeast of Calhoun, GA around 11:30am EST. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the Southeast in their "Slight Risk" region for severe weather for Wednesday, a step down from the "Moderate Risk" potential issued on Tuesday for the Midwest. Three other tornadoes have hit Georgia today, and there were 79 reports of wind damage due to high winds as of 2 pm EST along the cold front that triggered today's severe weather, from Alabama to Pennsylvania. Tornado watches continue for a wide swath of the Southeast this afternoon, from Alabama to North Carolina.


Figure 1. Car overturned by the tornado near Adairsville, Georgia, on January 30, 2013. Image courtesy of WSB-TV on http://pic.twitter.com/2lAL0Lmc.



Figure 2. Radar reflectivity (top) and Doppler velocity (bottom) images of the tornado that hit Adairsville, Georgia at 11:19 am EST Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Adairsville is under the circle with a "+" in it.


Figure 3. A wild weather day in the Southeast: NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged four preliminary reports of tornadoes as of 2 pm Wednesday, along with 79 reports of damaging winds.


Video 1. View of the Adairsville, Georgia tornado of January 30, 2013. Note the blue power flashes as the tornado brings down power lines.

Record string of 219 days without a tornado death ends
Today's fatality ends the longest continuous stretch without a tornado death ever recorded in the U.S.--219 days. The last time the U.S. saw a tornado death was at Venus in Highlands County, Florida, from an EF-0 tornado associated with Tropical Storm Debby on June 24, 2012. The previous record was 197 straight days without a tornado death, which ended on February 28, 1987. Part of the reason for the long stretch without a tornado death during 2012 - 2013 was the relative lack of tornadoes. According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC), the total number of tornadoes during 2012 was just 936. This is the first time since 2002 that fewer than 1000 tornadoes have been recorded. The jet stream was positioned unusually far north in Canada during much of 2012, which brought drought to much of Tornado Alley. It's tough to get tornadoes when you're experiencing near-record drought conditions and very few thunderstorms. Saskatchewan, Canada saw as many tornadoes in July 2012 as all of the U.S., thanks to the more northward position of the jet stream.


Figure 4. June 24, 2012: A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Debbie crosses Lake Winterset in Winter Haven, Florida. Another tornado from Debbie on this day caused the last tornado death in the U.S., at Venus in Highlands County, Florida. Image credit: wunderphotographer whgator3.

Record moisture and rains
Today's severe weather outbreak was helped by 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, precipitable water was well over an inch well into Canada, and three upper air stations--Detroit, MI, Lincoln IL, and Caribou, Maine--set all-time records for January moisture, and four other stations had their 2nd highest January moisture on record. From the 00Z January 30 to 00Z January 31 upper air balloon soundings taken at the 73 radiosonde stations in the contiguous U.S., we observed these record or near-record 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
Caribou, Maine: New Record: 1.21" (Ties old record of 1.21" 1/14/2005)
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
Wilmington, OH: 2nd place, 1.44" First place: 1.51", 1/12/2005
Gray, ME: 2nd place, 1.36" First place: 1.38" 1/20/96

Green Bay (4th), Albany, NY (4th), Sterling, VA (4th), Shreveport (6th), Little Rock (3rd), Nashville, TN (10th), Chatham, MA (10th), and Maniwawi, Quebec (4th) 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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Quoting Doppler22:

It hasn't launched yet?

It went into a 25min hold at 4min. 8:48pm is launch time, so about 6mins till launch
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Quoting Skyepony:


10 mins..

On my live feed its stuck at 4:00.......... has it launched? I'm confused :p
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Jim Cantore said basically what I was thinking as well...that the Adairsville tornado was an EF3 or EF4.

This tornado is proof that a cell doesn't have to be discrete to produce a significant tornado. The cell that produced the wedge was completely embedded in the squall line.
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Quoting Doppler22:

It hasn't launched yet?


10 mins..
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Progress Energy in NC
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Quoting AussieStorm:
NASA's TDRS-K mission, 5 minutes till Launch.

Link

It hasn't launched yet?
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181. MZT
I suppose they're expecting this to gather steam overnight? The squall is through with Charlotte, just a burst of heavy rain that I could hear splatter on to the side of my house a few times. Not too bad. I think the local mets overestimated the wind hazards locally.
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I didn't expect to see a severe thunderstorm warning in south-central Ohio at this hour today. A line of showers and thunderstorms could produce gusts up to 60mph per NWS.
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@twcbreaking: Flights to Washington-Dulles and Washington-Reagan National being held due to t'storms at those airports.
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 25
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
820 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

CENTRAL AND EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
EASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA

EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING FROM 820 PM
UNTIL 200 AM EST.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 0.5 INCH IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 75 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 55 MILES NORTH OF SOUTH HILL
VIRGINIA TO 50 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF FLORENCE SOUTH CAROLINA.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...THIS TORNADO WATCH REPLACES SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 22. WATCH NUMBER 22 WILL NOT BE IN
EFFECT AFTER 820 PM EST. CONTINUE...WW 23...WW 24...

DISCUSSION...NNE/SSW PRE-FRONTAL SQLN THROUGH CNTRL NC EXPECTED TO
ACCELERATE ENE THROUGH EARLY THU AS TN VLY SHORTWAVE TROUGH EJECTS
NE TOWARD REGION. STRENGTHENING FRONTAL CIRCULATION DOWNSTREAM FROM
TROUGH MAY COMPENSATE FOR WEAK BUOYANCY TO MAINTAIN FORCED
CONVECTIVE BAND ACROSS THE NC/VA PIEDMONT AND INTO WRN PORTIONS OF
THE ADJACENT CSTL PLN. AREA VWP DATA SHOW VERY STRONG WIND PROFILES
ACROSS REGION...AND FURTHER STRENGTHENING MAY OCCUR /WITH 850 MB
FLOW UP TO 80 KTS/. THUS...POTENTIAL WILL EXIST FOR EMBEDDED LEWPS
POSING A RISK FOR SPORADIC DMGG WINDS AND ISOLD
TORNADOES...ESPECIALLY NEAR LEWP CRESTS AND/OR LINE BREAKS.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 0.5 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 65 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
350. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 22060.


...CORFIDI
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USGS reports a M3.7 quake near Amboy, Washington. Light shaking felt, no damages reported.

Anyone feel this??
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@TWCBreaking
Pilot report of a funnel cloud near Fort Belvoir, VA (just south of DC) at 7:56pm EST. #severe
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@brandonmkopp Brandon Kopp
The storm rolling through Silver Spring
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0105
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0656 PM CST WED JAN 30 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...FL PANHANDLE/EAST-SOUTHEAST GA TO SC/PIEDMONT NC
AND SOUTHEAST VA

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 21...23...

VALID 310056Z - 310230Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 21...23...CONTINUES.

SUMMARY...TORNADO WATCHES 21/23 CONTINUE...WITH A PERSISTENT RISK
FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES FROM PARTS OF NORTH
FL/EAST-SOUTHEAST GA INTO SC/NC. AN ADDITIONAL WATCH WILL LIKELY BE
NEEDED BY AROUND MID-EVENING FOR PORTIONS OF THE NC PIEDMONT INTO
SOUTHEAST VA.

DISCUSSION...SQUALL LINE CONTINUES TO STEADILY MOVE
EAST-NORTHEASTWARD EARLY THIS EVENING...WITH SOME SIGNS OF GRADUAL
ACCELERATION...AS IT EXTENDS FROM UPSTATE NC/SC SOUTH-SOUTHWESTWARD
INTO EAST-CENTRAL/SOUTH-CENTRAL GA AND THE EASTERN FL PANHANDLE AS
OF 0030Z. AHEAD OF THE SQUALL LINE...NEAR 60/LOWER 60S F SURFACE
DEWPOINTS ARE COMMON AS TEMPERATURES REMAIN MILD /NEAR 70 F AT 00Z/
IN THE WARM SECTOR...COINCIDENT WITH 2-3 MB/2-HR PRESSURE FALLS. AS
HEIGHT FALLS STEADILY OCCUR ESPECIALLY OVER THE CAROLINAS/VA IN
CONCERT WITH THE ADVANCING UPPER TROUGH...A VERY STRONG DEEP LAYER
WIND FIELD WILL BE FURTHER ACCENTUATED BY STRENGTHENING LOW-LEVEL
WINDS /LOWEST 1-3 KM/ TO/ABOVE 70 KT ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE
CAROLINAS/VA...A TREND ALREADY NOTED PER REGIONAL WSR-88D VWPS AND
00Z OBSERVED SOUNDINGS. EVEN WITH RELATIVELY MINIMAL INSTABILITY
/SUCH AS 00Z GSO RAOB/ AND ONLY LIMITED LIGHTNING...ROBUST NATURE OF
THE FORCING/VERTICAL SHEAR WILL PROMOTE WELL-ORGANIZED/SUSTAINED
LINEAR STRUCTURES INCLUDING SMALL BOWS/EMBEDDED MESO-VORTICES.
THINKING IS THAT THE SEVERE THREAT WILL PERSIST OVER THE NEXT FEW
HOURS ACROSS SOUTH-CENTRAL/SOUTHEAST GA...WHILE OTHERWISE
POTENTIALLY INCREASING ACROSS THE PIEDMONT OF SC/NC /AND EVENTUALLY
SOUTHEAST VA/ THIS EVENING VIA WHAT MAY BE A SHARPENING/CONTINUALLY
ACCELERATING LINEAR SQUALL LINE/CONVECTIVE BAND.
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Just placed under a tornado watch.
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NASA's TDRS-K mission, 8:48pm Launch.

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NWS Jackson MS ‏@NWSJacksonMS
Storm survey found EF1 tornado, max winds of 100mph & max width of 150 yards. Began 2.5miles SW of Skene, ended on Hwy 8 near Cleveland airport.
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Quoting icmoore:


It really does look like it is intensifying now ... but here in Madeira Beach when I've seen this happening lately the closer they get to shore they lose their punch altogether..maybe because of dry air or something?


It's very unlikely that dry air would be the problem. Typically moisture pools ahead of fronts in the eastern gulf and the west coast of Florida so I doubt it's dry air.

Typically what you described happening is a result of a couple of things. For whatever reason, front after front has had a repetitive pattern of having the dynamics and lift eject northeast shortly before areas of rain reach Central Florida. Yeah its weird I know, but it has happened every time since the Fall.

Also, the other reason is cooler shelf waters help to create a stable layer near the coastal waters to from which when ingested by convective updrafts often can cause quick weakening.

Cool shelf waters isn't an issue if you have fronts with greater upper support and lift. For example, most severe weather events during the winter feature powerful fronts with greater lift and dynamics so the squall line isn't effected much by the cooler shelf waters.

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Quoting redux:
well, tv just cut out on md vs fl state, so im gonna go outside and watch.


Don't forget to click your heels to get back home Dorothy. lol
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@TWCBreaking

As of 8pm EST: 23 #tornado reports, 571 severe t'storm wind reports, 21 large hail reports from this outbreak.
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167. redux
well, tv just cut out on md vs fl state, so im gonna go outside and watch.
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This is going to be a long night for us in North Carolina...

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164. MZT
Charlotte. Beginning to rain a little now, am noticing that it feels cooler. Thre has been no thunder or lightning in this yet. Fine by me.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Not going so well in the North Carolina mountains right now.




140 knots is still unusually intense.



What the heck, that is serious flooding.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Not going so well in the North Carolina mountains right now.




140 knots is still unusually intense.
then when the cold air comes it freezes over and turns into an ice rink
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158. redux
i live in baltimore city. don't hear anything yet, looks like the first batch will skip just to the north of me.
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SPC AC 310034

DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0634 PM CST WED JAN 30 2013

VALID 310100Z - 311200Z

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PARTS OF THE ERN U.S....

...ERN U.S...

MID LEVEL JET IS EXPECTED TO REFORM ACROSS THE SRN APPALACHIANS THIS
EVENING THEN EJECT INTO THE DELMARVA BY 31/12Z. THIS FEATURE SHOULD
UNDOUBTEDLY ASSIST THE EWD PROGRESSION OF FRONTAL CONVECTION AS IT
SPREADS ACROSS THE PIEDMONT TOWARD THE COASTAL MIDDLE ATLANTIC LATE
TONIGHT. EARLY THIS EVENING A FAIRLY WELL DEFINED...AND STRONGLY
FORCED...LINE OF CONVECTION HAS EVOLVED FROM WRN NC...SWWD ACROSS
WRN SC INTO THE ERN FL PANHANDLE. SRN PORTION OF THIS LINE IS
MOVING EAST AT ROUGHLY 30-35KT AND SHOULD ADVANCE OFF THE GA COAST
BY 05Z. FARTHER NORTH...PRE-FRONTAL CONVECTION HAS YET TO ORGANIZE
AS SHARPLY AS SRN SEGMENTS BUT SEVERAL SHORTER BOW-TYPE LINE
SEGMENTS HAVE EVOLVED FROM CNTRL MD INTO NRN VA. AS STRONGER
FORCING SPREADS ACROSS THIS REGION THERE SHOULD BE A GRADUAL
INCREASE IN ORGANIZED BANDS OF CONVECTION ALONG A CORRIDOR FROM
SCNTRL VA TOWARD THE DELMARVA.

ALTHOUGH INSTABILITY IS NOT PARTICULARLY SUBSTANTIAL ACROSS THE
MIDDLE ATLANTIC THIS EVENING...PER 00Z SOUNDINGS...INTENSE WIND
FIELDS AND STRONG FORCING SUGGEST DAMAGING WINDS COULD BE NOTED WITH
ORGANIZED FRONTAL CONVECTION AS PROGRESSES TOWARD THE ATLANTIC
COAST. IF MORE DISCRETE UPDRAFTS ARE ABLE TO EVOLVE WITHIN THE WARM
SECTOR A HEIGHTENED THREAT FOR ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL BE NOTED.


..DARROW.. 01/31/2013

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the high winds here are gonna cause problems with power. also , the rivers and streams are all ready high, gonna be some flash flooding when the storm hits
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SPC updated..went up

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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
736 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
ASHE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...
NORTHWESTERN ALLEGHANY COUNTY IN NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...
WATAUGA COUNTY IN NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA...
SOUTHWESTERN GRAYSON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...


* UNTIL 215 AM EST THURSDAY

* AT 728 PM EST...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED RAIN WILL CONTINUE ACROSS
THE WARNED AREA THROUGH LATE EVENING. FOUR TO SIX INCHES OF RAIN
OR MORE HAS ALREADY FALLEN...AND ANOTHER HALF INCH TO AN INCH IS
STILL LIKELY. VERY SERIOUS FLASH FLOODING IS ALREADY OCCURRING!

* EXCESSIVE RAINFALL OVER THE WARNING AREA WILL CAUSE CONTINUED
SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING...AND POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT MUD
SLIDES NEAR STEEP TERRAIN. A MUD SLIDE CAN CONSIST OF
ROCK...MUD... VEGETATION AND OTHER LOOSE MATERIALS.

THIS IS A FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY FOR WATAUGA COUNTY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
BOONE...DEEP GAP...TODD...LAUREL SPRINGS...JEFFERSON...GLENDALE
SPRINGS...INDEPENDENCE...SUGAR GROVE...BEECH MOUNTAIN...MOUTH OF
WILSON...ASHLAND...LANSING...SANDS...LOVILL...RUTH ERWOOD...
SILVERSTONE...MEAT CAMP...REESE...STRATFORD...TWIN OAKS...
SCOTTVILLE...OTHELLO...WAGONER...AHO...WEST JEFFERSON...IDLEWILD...
BALDWIN...TROUT...FLEETWOOD AND PINEY CREEK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

PERSONS IN THE VICINITY OF THE WATAUGA RIVER SHOULD EVACUATE
IMMEDIATELY.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO SEE THE
FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED...MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND
QUICKLY. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS
RISING.

THE HEAVY RAIN WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF LANDSLIDES. IF YOU ARE NEAR
STEEP SLOPES OR A MOUNTAINSIDE STREAM OR RIVER...SEEK REFUGE ON
HIGHER GROUND AWAY FROM THE STREAM IMMEDIATELY. POTENTIAL FLASH
FLOOD AND LANDSLIDE HAZARDS INCLUDE WASHED-OUT ROADS OR BRIDGES...
FALLING ROCKS...MUD...TREES...AND OTHER LARGE DEBRIS. REMAIN ALERT!

WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO...PLEASE SEND YOUR REPORTS OF FLOODING...
INCLUDING MUDSLIDES OR ROAD CLOSURES...TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE AT 1...8 6 6...2 1 5...4 3 2 4. REPORTS
AND PICTURES CAN ALSO BE SHARED ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
BLACKSBURG FACEBOOK PAGE AND ON TWITTER.

&&
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Not going so well in the North Carolina mountains right now.



Quoting TomTaylor:
Well the jet is strongest in winter so I'm not sure why you emphasized the fact that its January.

140 knots is still unusually intense.
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning just issued for DC.
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149. txjac
Quoting MontanaZephyr:


"Driving on snot" ... I have heard the expression used in gumbo country (east Montana, central Texas)... there is so much clay in the soil that when it gets wet it is slick as snot. In easstern Montana, NOTHING moves on it, 4 wheel drive, chains... no help. And it feels very much like 'driving on snot'.


My dad had a saying for something slippery ..."slicker than snot on a doornob" ...
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NASA TDRS-K launch

NASA's TDRS-K mission represents the dawn of the next generation of spacecraft in NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) System, which provides a critical communications link to Earth for the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and many satellites. Launching from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the TDRS-K spacecraft will be lofted into geosynchronous Earth orbit aboard a two-stage United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Return to this page on launch day for live updates throughout the countdown.

Stream here
40mins til launch.
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147. MZT
Charlotte - I can sense the wind picking up a bit more, kind of a dull roar like during Sandy. Squall line about 20 miles away.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
It is kind of disconcerting to see the jet stream so intense so far this year.

I mean, come on, a 140 knot mid-level jet streak? In January at that!

Well the jet is strongest in winter so I'm not sure why you emphasized the fact that its January.
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Quoting ncstorm:


looks to be on the web at 219 days and Dr.Masters made an error..or maybe Stephanie is wrong and she tweeted out the wrong info..

Wouldn't say it matters, either one is a record by a long way.
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0104
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0609 PM CST WED JAN 30 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST NC AND SOUTHWEST VA

CONCERNING...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 22...

VALID 310009Z - 310115Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 22
CONTINUES.

SUMMARY...STRONG WIND POTENTIAL WILL CONTINUE THE NEXT 1-3 HOURS
ACROSS WW 22. AREAS DOWNSTREAM OF THE WATCH ACROSS SE VA/NE NC WILL
BE MONITORED FOR SEVERE POTENTIAL AND POSSIBLE WW ISSUANCE LATER
THIS EVENING.

DISCUSSION...AT LEAST A MARGINAL SEVERE THREAT WILL CONTINUE THE
NEXT 1-3 HOURS ACROSS THE WATCH AREA. STRONG DEEP LAYER /0-6KM 70+
KT/ WILL CONTRIBUTE TO STRONG/LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND POTENTIAL. RADAR
TRENDS OVER THE LAST HOUR OR TWO HAVE SHOWN INCREASING CORES ACROSS
NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE WATCH AREA. THESE CELLS WERE LIKELY BEING
ENHANCED ALONG AN EWD SURGING OUTFLOW BOUNDARY MOVING INTO A
WARM/MOIST AIR MASS. FURTHER SOUTH...CONVECTION HAS STRUGGLED TO
ORGANIZE. HOWEVER...AS THE CENTRAL CONUS UPPER TROUGH BECOMES MORE
NEGATIVELY TILTED...STRONGER FORCING FOR ASCENT AND HEIGHT FALLS
WILL SURGE E/NEWD. ADDITIONALLY...A SUBTLE VORT MAX EMBEDDED IN
LARGER SCALE FLOW WAS EVIDENT IN EVENING WATER VAPOR AND CURRENTLY
MOVING ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS OF NC...AND THIS FEATURE MAY ALLOW FOR
AN INCREASE IN CONVECTION ACROSS THE SOUTHERN WW AREA THE NEXT FEW
HOURS.

OTHERWISE...DOWNSTREAM CONDITIONS ACROSS SE VA/NE NC WILL BE
MONITORED FOR POTENTIAL WW ISSUANCE LATER THIS EVENING...AS THE
AFOREMENTIONED FORCING/HEIGHT FALLS OVERSPREAD WARM SECTOR.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
wait till the west winds kick in and the squalls that follow


West wind just started kicking in. Do you mean snow squalls? I already had my t-storms roll though. It certainly looks like some heavy snow headed my way.
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Just saw footage out of Adairsville; I can't believe how flattened so many of the cars are! They must have been picked up and dropped from a considerable height.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Dr Masters says 220 days.


looks to be on the web at 219 days and Dr.Masters made an error..or maybe Stephanie is wrong and she tweeted out the wrong info..
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137. VR46L
Quite a line Near DC and Baltimore

and there is a Signature evident

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