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 PedleyCA:


That would put it even closer to exit 306....
I'm guessing it is about a half of a mile from the exit give or take.
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Quoting nymore:
highway 140 goes east/west and 41 goes north/south. the truck is on 140.


That would put it even closer to exit 306....
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Had a solid rainbow right after the cold front comes through Nassau! Gotta love paradise.

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Quoting PedleyCA:


I remember someone saying (nymore I think) that the truck was in the middle of Highway 41. The plant that was destroyed is between there and
exit 306 on I-75. I got the map from the Daiki website.
highway 140 goes east/west and 41 goes north/south. the truck is on 140.
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I remember someone saying (nymore I think) that the truck was in the middle of Highway 41. The plant that was destroyed is between there and
exit 306 on I-75. I got the map from the Daiki website.
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The Adairsville tornado has an exact wind measurement now...160 mph.

EF3 ends at 165 mph.


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OK Guys... how many cars.... many... where? Near a tornado impact. Clearly only one life lost... although heart goes out to that family.
Got a few ham hocks cooking and the beans soaking. Some good eats for tomorrow! Have a good night all.
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480. skook


Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Snapped billboards reston the ground as emergency crews work to remove overturned vehicles -- including a tractor-trailer truck -- on I-75 North just north of exit 306 for Adairsville on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

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Quoting MrMixon:


Well honestly, the fella is lucky he (and his family standing next to him) are safe. Given that his place of employment was destroyed I'm guessing he's a safe candidate for temporary unemployment insurance. If he was lucky enough to pay for comprehensive insurance on his truck that will be taken care of too. He's surely had a worse week than me, but I bet he'll be telling this story for years to come...


sure thing... glad they are ok
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You can see at least 2 vehicles up to the left above the wreaked truck that are wheels up and that hillside is probably blocking more of the view.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


well that's a little unpleasant for you to say that..
I feel bad for them and in the situation they are in...


Well I've been through 3 major weather disasters in my adult life alone suffering substantial financial losses but no physical injuries and I always manage to find humor in the situation. Our family has had quite a few major medical and drug addiction issues, not quite as easy to find the humor but we keep on truckin' so to speak. I thank my parents for that strength.
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Quoting MrMixon:


Well honestly, the fella is lucky he (and his family standing next to him) are safe. Given that his place of employment was destroyed I'm guessing he's a safe candidate for temporary unemployment insurance. If he was lucky enough to pay for comprehensive insurance on his truck that will be taken care of too. He's surely had a worse week than me, but I bet he'll be telling this story for years to come...


I'll bet he could tell us where those 100 flipped cars are. My guess the parking lot where he works is the place to look for those vehicles. It appears that that must be close by.
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Quoting wxmod:




The viewers change location now and then. Here's an access point. I like WMS because it allows you to download images without bringing them to your computer, then you can put them on a blog using the web address.

http://earthdata.nasa.gov/labs/
Like your posts Wxmod... What goes into the atmosphere, must come down again. Wheather global warming of harmful effects on our environment, IT does affect our weather.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


well that's a little unpleasant for you to say that.. I
feel bad for them


Well honestly, the fella is lucky he (and his family standing next to him) are safe. Given that his place of employment was destroyed I'm guessing he's a safe candidate for temporary unemployment insurance. If he was lucky enough to pay for comprehensive insurance on his truck that will be taken care of too. He's surely had a worse week than me, but I bet he'll be telling this story for years to come...
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Quoting nymore:
Maybe your reading skills are not what they seem. The exit is on I-75, not all the cars. I find it amazing you can not find one photo of this scene. If there are 100 cars flipped anywhere on a freeway there are always going to be pictures. Look at what happened in Detroit today on the freeway, you can't help but see lots of pictures. I see no one died in this 100 car flipping event yesterday, What are the odds of that, and those folks who walked away all forgot to get photos, in this day and age, Come on really


Do we really have to make this into an argument? 100 cars were flipped either way in a pretty close range to one another.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


well that's a little unpleasant for you to say that.. I
feel bad for them


I certainly hope that isn't the case.
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Quoting PedleyCA:


This guy has to be thinking, "Well, I have no place to work and now I don't have a way to get there either."


well it's a little unpleasant for you to say that..
I feel bad for them and in the situation they are in...
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Quoting Neapolitan:
"APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75".

I dunno. Seems pretty clear to me. Would they not have written it another way: "APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED IN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF I-75 EXIT 306"?

Either way: 100 cars is a lot of twisted metal, no?
Maybe your reading skills are not what they seem. The exit is on I-75, not all the cars. I find it amazing you can not find one photo of this scene. If there are 100 cars flipped anywhere on a freeway there are always going to be pictures. Look at what happened in Detroit today on the freeway, you can't help but see lots of pictures. I see no one died in this 100 car flipping event yesterday, What are the odds of that, and those folks who walked away all forgot to get photos, in this day and age, Come on really
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Quoting Trixie1984:

Maybe this will help..
http://m.cbsnews.com/storysynopsis.rbml?&page Type =national&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2F8 301- 201_162-57368379%2F911-call-from-i-75-crash-descri bes-horror%2F&feed_id=1&videoid=37&cat id=57368379& nb_splitPage=0


This is from Florida, and it is Jan. 30th 2012..... Still no Joy....
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Quoting MrMixon:


Well, it is a question of proper wording, isn't it? After Skyepony posted yesterday's NWS bulletin indicating: LAKE TERRACE STREET FLOODED WITH CARS UP TO THE WINDOWS OF SOME CARS, I'm wondering if the "100 cars on the highway" thing was just an innocent typo.

I suppose the wording suggests 100 cars ON the highway got flipped... but that brings us back to the question "Where are the photos?" If 100 cars on the highway got flipped, and only 14 people got injured, that leaves roughly 80-something people to mill around the scene and, as people do, take some cellphone pictures. But so far I've not seen a single photo of a flipped car on I-75.

I don't mean to obsess about this... I'm just wondering if some sort of miracle occurred where somehow 100 drivers managed to survive their cars being flipped and then were so dazed by their good fortune that they forgot to take a picture of what must've been a remarkable scene.


Maybe it was 10 cars and they had an extra "0" by accident
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errm... 100 empty cars flipped over in a parking lot (or scattered parking spaces) near a freeway exit is quite a bit different than 100 occupied cars flipped on a freeway. And unoccupied cars almost*never get on a freeway or a freeway exit (unless somebody ran outta gas or something).

* Apparently that truck was picked up from a parking lot by the tornado then dumped onto the highway.
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This guy has to be thinking, "Well, I have no place to work and now I don't have a way to get there either."
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Quoting Neapolitan:
"APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75".

I dunno. Seems pretty clear to me. Would they not have written it another way: "APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED IN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF I-75 EXIT 306"?

Either way: 100 cars is a lot of twisted metal, no?


Well, it is a question of proper wording, isn't it? After Skyepony posted yesterday's NWS bulletin indicating: LAKE TERRACE STREET FLOODED WITH CARS UP TO THE WINDOWS OF SOME CARS, I'm wondering if the "100 cars on the highway" thing was just an innocent typo.

I suppose the wording suggests 100 cars ON the highway got flipped... but that brings us back to the question "Where are the photos?" If 100 cars on the highway got flipped, and only 14 people got injured, that leaves roughly 80-something people to mill around the scene and, as people do, take some cellphone pictures. But so far I've not seen a single photo of a flipped car on I-75.

I don't mean to obsess about this... I'm just wondering if some sort of miracle occurred where somehow 100 drivers managed to survive their cars being flipped and then were so dazed by their good fortune that they forgot to take a picture of what must've been a remarkable scene.
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Quoting aspectre:
398 trHUrrIXC5MMX: ...since it was moving at 100 mph and the storms had 60 mph winds, then it would be 160 mph the impact of winds?

Reported storm winds are measured near ground-level. 40mph difference between the 100mph at cloud-level and 60mph at treetop-level due to wind being slowed by ground*induced lower-level turbulance.

* Drag caused by hills, buildings, trees, etc


crazy thing.. never seen anything so fast moving
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398 trHUrrIXC5MMX: ...since it was moving at 100 mph and the storms had 60 mph winds, then it would be 160 mph the impact of winds?

Reported storm winds are measured near ground-level. 40mph difference between the 100mph at cloud-level and 60mph at say treetop-level is due to slowing by ground*induced lower-level turbulance.

* Drag caused by hills, buildings, trees, etc
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Quoting MrMixon:


Yes, 100 cars overturned NEAR EXIT 306 on I-75 is much different than 100 cars overturned ON I-75, which was the impression many of us got from the earlier reports... and I'm sure most of us were envisioning a nightmare scenario of a rush-hour traffic jam being raked over by the tornado. It seems this was not the case, thankfully (unless additional details, photos, or injury reports say otherwise).

It still says on I-75 though.
*** 1 FATAL, 14 INJ ***
MAN KILLED IN MOBILE HOME NEAR ADAIRSVILLE. EMERGENCY MANAGER CONFIRMS THAT APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75. (FFC)
100 flipped over cars is a pretty big deal no matter what road/freeway it happened on. To me, how they worded it says 100 cars were flipped on I-75 near exit 306.

On a freeway/car note, another massive accident occured today, this time in the Indianapolis area. Somewhere around 50 cars are involved and weather was a factor.
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389 Bluestorm5: Ok, we get it. China is full of pollution. Don't have to post same stuff every single time you come onto the blog.

"Okay, we get it. The world is full of clouds..."
Burning fuel particles do more damage to climate than previously thought.
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Quoting nymore:
Adairsville is at exit 306 on I-75. Exit 306 is on I-75 is what this is saying, it says nothing about the cars actually being on I-75.
"APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75".

I dunno. Seems pretty clear to me. Would they not have written it another way: "APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED IN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF I-75 EXIT 306"?

Either way: 100 cars is a lot of twisted metal, no?
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Quoting MrMixon:


Another interesting tidbit about the thoroughly smashed, powerline-wrapped, and well-photographed truck. This photo from TWC shows a closeup of the owner, who is wearing a Daiki uniform. Reports yesterday indicated that one manufacturing plant in Adairsville, owned by Daiki as it turns out, was destroyed in the tornado. So presumably this truck was thrown from the parking lot of that destroyed factory:



"Well, maybe we can salvage this drivers side runnin' board".
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This shows all the severe weather reports in the US for the entire month of January, with the vast majority coming in the past two days:

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Quoting nymore:
Adairsville is at exit 306 on I-75. Exit 306 is on I-75 is what this is saying, it says nothing about the cars actually being on I-75. If you have 100 overturned cars on a freeway, there is no way you have it opened back up again in under 2 hours it would look like a war zone.

Maybe this will help..
http://m.cbsnews.com/storysynopsis.rbml?&pageType =national&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2F8301- 201_162-57368379%2F911-call-from-i-75-crash-descri bes-horror%2F&feed_id=1&videoid=37&catid=57368379& nb_splitPage=0
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Quoting PedleyCA:
Source: Aljazeera, who have put together an impressive collection of photos from the storm.



Leave it to Aljazeera to post the proper caption for that photo. But as was noted by MrMixon where is someone with a cellphone camera when you need them.


Another interesting tidbit about the thoroughly smashed, powerline-wrapped, and well-photographed truck. This photo from TWC shows a closeup of the owner, who is wearing a Daiki uniform. Reports yesterday indicated that one manufacturing plant in Adairsville, owned by Daiki as it turns out, was destroyed in the tornado. So presumably this truck was thrown from the parking lot of that destroyed factory:


(Click image for full resolution, where you can clearly read his uniform)
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


We'll see if it holds. The CPC can and will flip, just as the NHC flips during hurricane season.

It's almost if it's late-March though, it drives me nuts. There's been 0 days of temperatures at or below freezing this month for my area.
True; it's been a very roller-coaster-like ride the past several weeks--though for January in general, the CPC was more likely to flip warmer as time went on. For the month to-date: 4,972 record highs or high minimums against 2,025 record lows or low maximums.
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453. wxmod


Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:
wxmod, where do you get your MODIS satellite images? I've tryed the NASA site but can only find images that are several days old and not nearly as clear as those that you post.
BTW, I don't mind you posting these as they're relevant to weather whether they're a big conspiracy(ship stack plumes, airplane contrails)or not, they do effect us.


The viewers change location now and then. Here's an access point. I like WMS because it allows you to download images without bringing them to your computer, then you can put them on a blog using the web address.

http://earthdata.nasa.gov/labs/
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In other news, thirty (yes, 30 in January) tornadoes have been confirmed from the January 29-30 tornado outbreak. This includes 12 EF0s, 10 EF1s, 7 EF2s, and an EF3, which may, or may not, be upgraded to an EF4.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Unless things change in an unexpected way--and unexpected can certainly be, er, expected in today's climate--the CPC doesn't think the first half of February will be particularly chilly for much of the eastern two-thirds of the US:

CPC

CPC


We'll see if it holds. The CPC can and will flip, just as the NHC flips during hurricane season.

It's almost if it's late-March though, it drives me nuts. There's been 0 days of temperatures at or below freezing this month for my area.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Case closed...


Is it? I guess I'm still unclear as to what happened. Did 100 cars on the highway get flipped? If so, how is the injury count so low and where are the photos showing cars strewn across the highway? If 100 cars NEAR the highway got flipped, then I'm guessing the majority of the cars were unoccupied, which would explain the low injury tally and the lack of any dramatic photos of I-75.

Ultimately, I don't suppose it's a big deal, but when I hear a report of "100 cars flipped on I-75" I expect a rather depressing fatality count to follow and that doesn't seem to be the case...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

From the Storm Prediction Center reports page:

*** 1 FATAL, 14 INJ ***
MAN KILLED IN MOBILE HOME NEAR ADAIRSVILLE. EMERGENCY MANAGER CONFIRMS THAT APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75. (FFC)
Adairsville is at exit 306 on I-75. Exit 306 is on I-75 is what this is saying, it says nothing about the cars actually being on I-75. If you have 100 overturned cars on a freeway, there is no way you have it opened back up again in under 2 hours it would look like a war zone.
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Source: Aljazeera, who have put together an impressive collection of photos from the storm.



Leave it to Aljazeera to post the proper caption for that photo. But as was noted by MrMixon where is someone with a cellphone camera when you need them.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

From the Storm Prediction Center reports page:

*** 1 FATAL, 14 INJ ***
MAN KILLED IN MOBILE HOME NEAR ADAIRSVILLE. EMERGENCY MANAGER CONFIRMS THAT APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75. (FFC)
Case closed...
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

From the Storm Prediction Center reports page:

*** 1 FATAL, 14 INJ ***
MAN KILLED IN MOBILE HOME NEAR ADAIRSVILLE. EMERGENCY MANAGER CONFIRMS THAT APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75. (FFC)


Yes, 100 cars overturned NEAR EXIT 306 on I-75 is much different than 100 cars overturned ON I-75, which was the impression many of us got from the earlier reports... and I'm sure most of us were envisioning a nightmare scenario of a rush-hour traffic jam being raked over by the tornado. It seems this was not the case, thankfully (unless additional details, photos, or injury reports say otherwise).
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Quoting MrMixon:
Ah, now here's an impressive image I hadn't seen before...



I wonder if this holding tank was being actively used by Adairsville? That looks like an expensive repair (if it's even repairable)...

On magnification the tank body looks OK which I supose it should be, being built strong enough to hold a lot of water pressure.
The roof seems to be of a lightweight material built in a conical form so as to self support its own weight.
Allthough a pain to fix, its probably not too big a job for the holding tank experts, after all they build these things!
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Quoting nymore:
There may have been 100 cars flipped by the tornado but that is a lot different than 100 cars flipped on I-75. I have seen no evidence of 100 cars flipped on I-75 as has been claimed.

From the Storm Prediction Center reports page:

*** 1 FATAL, 14 INJ ***
MAN KILLED IN MOBILE HOME NEAR ADAIRSVILLE. EMERGENCY MANAGER CONFIRMS THAT APPROXIMATELY 100 CARS OVERTURNED NEAR EXIT 306 ON INTERSTATE 75. (FFC)
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
For those wondering last night, the report of over 100 cars flipped by the Adairsville tornado was actually confirmed this morning.

As I said a few hours ago, the tornado has been given a rating of a "high-end EF3".
There may have been 100 cars flipped by the tornado but that is a lot different than 100 cars flipped on I-75. I have seen no evidence of 100 cars flipped on I-75 as has been claimed.
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Ah, now here's an impressive image I hadn't seen before...



I wonder if this holding tank was being actively used by Adairsville? That looks like an expensive repair (if it's even repairable)...
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Quoting MrMixon:


I have been looking everywhere for an image of this - 100 flipped cars and nobody has a camera phone to snap even a blurry image to post on TwitFace?
Check out TWC for pics.
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Unless things change in an unexpected way--and unexpected can certainly be, er, expected in today's climate--the CPC doesn't think the first half of February will be particularly chilly for much of the eastern two-thirds of the US:

CPC

CPC
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
For those wondering last night, the report of over 100 cars flipped by the Adairsville tornado was actually confirmed this morning.

As I said a few hours ago, the tornado has been given a rating of a "high-end EF3".


I have been looking everywhere for an image of this - 100 flipped cars and nobody has a camera phone to snap even a blurry image to post on TwitFace?

I mean, I know I've seen almost 100 different angles on this truck:







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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
For those wondering last night, the report of over 100 cars flipped by the Adairsville tornado was actually confirmed this morning.

As I said a few hours ago, the tornado has been given a rating of a "high-end EF3".
I said that yesterday on this blog.
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We were expecting 100km/h (60 mph) gusts today.

Here is the official highest gust of the day nearest me:

31/08:26 AM (94 km/h)

Also several new maximum high records have been established on January 30 in Quebec:
Maniwaki 8,4 degrees (old record 4,0 in 1988)
Dorval 7,8 degrees (old record 5,2 in 1988)
Lennoxville 12,5 degrees (old record 7,2 in 1938)
Quebec 4,7 degrees (old record 4,0 in 1979)
Bagotville 2,7 degrees (old record 2,2 in 1974 and 2008)
Mont-Joli 8,6 degrees (old record 3,3 in 1974)

Source

And Ontario...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 new record high temperatures
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Location new record [c] old record [c] (year)
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Windsor 14.5 11.6 (2006)
Sarnia 12.4 11.0 (2006)
London 10.5 8.9 (2006)
Hamilton 10.5 8.9 (1975)
Vineland 13.5 9.8 (2006)
Welland 12.8 10.2 (2006)
Kitchener 9.9 7.3 (2006)
Elora 8.8 6.6 (2006)
Wiarton 9.5 6.7 (2008)


Wednesday, January 30, 2013 new record high temperatures
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Location new record [c] old record [c] (year)
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Windsor 15.6 9.5 (1988)
Sarnia 14.7 9.8 (1988)
London 14.2 9.1 (1988)
Hamilton 13.4 11.3 (2003)
Vineland 16.8 11.1 (1969)
Welland 15.0 12.8 (1914)
Kitchener 13.5 8.5 (1988)
Elora 12.8 7.4 (1988)
Toronto Pearson 14.0 9.1 (2006)
Buttonville aprt 13.5 9.9 (1988)
Wiarton 10.1 9.6 (1988)
Trenton 13.9 8.2 (1988)
Peterborough 12.6 8.5 (1988)
Kingston 10.6 6.0 (1988)
Ottawa Airport 11.7 5.6 (1974)
Petawawa 7.1 6.1 (1974)
Muskoka 9.3 6.0 (2006)

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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

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