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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well looks like the severe stuff ends today,hopefully..
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FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
239 AM EST THU JAN 31 2013

...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN MARYLAND...

MONOCACY RIVER NEAR FREDERICK AFFECTING FREDERICK COUNTY

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

NEVER ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH A FLOODED ROADWAY...THIS IS HOW MOST
FLOOD DEATHS RESULT.

STAY TUNED TO DEVELOPMENTS BY LISTENING TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...YOUR
LOCAL RADIO OR TELEVISION STATIONS...OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION OUTLET.

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well i finally got enough rain to wet the streets....
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Good Morning Folks!..the coffee is perked for when you get here..have a great day everyone!
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Quoting Civicane49:
Meanwhile, out in the South Indian Basin, Cyclone Felleng appears to be weakening after becoming a powerful storm. It is moving parallel to Madagascar and is forecast to weaken further without hitting any land areas.



Good Morning TC Felleng


TC Felleng Microwave.




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Meanwhile, out in the South Indian Basin, Cyclone Felleng appears to be weakening after becoming a powerful storm. It is moving parallel to Madagascar and is forecast to weaken further without hitting any land areas.

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I'm surprised a high wind warning wasn't issued for parts of The Carolinas. Wilmington, NC, for example reporting winds sustained at 39 gusting to 48 mph.
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0111
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1248 AM CST THU JAN 31 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...NERN MD / DE / FAR ERN PA / NJ / FAR SERN
NY...INCLUDING LONG ISLAND / SWRN CT

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY

VALID 310648Z - 310745Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...20 PERCENT

SUMMARY...THE POTENTIAL FOR ISOLATED...DAMAGING WIND GUSTS MAY
INCREASE THROUGH 09Z. WHILE A WATCH IS NOT ANTICIPATED...CONVECTIVE
TRENDS WILL BE MONITORED FOR SHOWER INTENSIFICATION.

DISCUSSION...RECENT TRENDS IN RADAR DATA INDICATE A GRADUAL INCREASE
IN REFLECTIVITY VALUES ASSOCIATED WITH A BROKEN CONVECTIVE BAND FROM
JUST W OF TTN TO NEAR BWI. THIS IS IN GOOD AGREEMENT WITH LATEST
CONVECTION-ALLOWING MODEL GUIDANCE WHICH SUGGESTS A CONTINUED NWD
DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONVECTIVE BAND INTO FAR SERN NY THROUGH 09Z.
DESPITE THE SEASONALLY MOIST AIR MASS...MODEL-DERIVED SOUNDINGS
INDICATE THAT WEAKLY BUOYANT PARCELS ARE ORIGINATING FROM AROUND 850
MB...OWING TO POOR LOW-LEVEL LAPSE RATES. AS SUCH...CONVECTION WILL
LIKELY REMAIN SLIGHTLY ELEVATED ABOVE A SHALLOW NEAR-SURFACE STABLE
LAYER. STILL...ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH
ANY MORE ROBUST DOWNDRAFTS THAT CAN DEVELOP OWING TO THE INTENSE
LOW-LEVEL WIND FIELD IN PLACE.

..MEAD.. 01/31/2013


ATTN...WFO...OKX...ALY...PHI...

LAT...LON 39197619 40427535 41477454 41577363 41237346 40517364
38927463 38587517 38547543 38777591 38787607 39197619
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274. redux
the squall moving through central maryland just woke me up. WOW!
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
MOVING AT 100 MPH??? NEVER SEEN THAT FAST MOVEMENT

If those storms have 60mph winds, does that mean they are moving at 160mph?
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My hometown in Northern Va has been hit pretty hard for our standards at least. there has been 2 inches of rain so far and rainfall rates around midnight were about .64 inches per hour. Fortunately its slowing down some now. Pressure also dropped to 989 mb which I think is a little crazy. Also if you look at the weather map of this system it is bizarre, It looks like a 3 headed spider with fronts for legs.
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NYC AREA
1247 AM EST THU JAN 31 2013

CTZ005-006-009-NJZ004-006-103>108-NYZ068>073-075- 176>178-310645-
BRONX-EASTERN BERGEN-EASTERN ESSEX-EASTERN PASSAIC-EASTERN
UNION-HUDSON-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-NORTHERN
FAIRFIELD-NORTHERN NASSAU-NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-NORTHERN QUEENS-NORTHERN
WESTCHESTER-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN
QUEENS-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-WESTERN BERGEN-WESTERN ESSEX-WESTERN
UNION-
1247 AM EST THU JAN 31 2013

...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL IMPACT BERGEN...BRONX...ESSEX...
FAIRFIELD...HUDSON...KINGS (BROOKLYN)...NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)...
NORTHWESTERN NASSAU...PASSAIC...PUTNAM...QUEENS...ROCKLAND...UN ION...
WESTCHESTER AND WESTERN NEW HAVEN COUNTIES...

AT 1244 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A SMALL CLUSTER OF HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM PLAINFIELD TO HOBOKEN TO CROWN HEIGHTS...AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 100 MPH.

THESE STORMS WILL BE...
NEAR RIVERDALE BY 1250 AM.
NEAR PATERSON BY 1255 AM.
NEAR RIDGEWOOD BY 100 AM.
NEAR PEARL RIVER BY 105 AM.
NEAR UPPER NYACK BY 110 AM.
NEAR YORKTOWN HEIGHTS BY 115 AM.



MOVING AT 100 MPH??? NEVER SEEN THAT FAST MOVEMENT
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Teeth of the dog now, biting rain slashing us here on the Carolina coast.

This will knock down some trees, I expect.
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Quoting OracleDeAtlantis:
Really beginning to gust at the coast, ahead of that red line that is intensifying.

The trough appears to have negatively tilted as it approached the coast.

All my plants are outside. I hope they appreciate the back breaking effort.


HaHa..your poor plants..

WWAY NEWS
STORMTRACK 3 Update (12:30 AM, Thursday)- Line of intensifying winds embedded within thunderstorms approaching central Sampson and southern Duplin county through 1:30 AM. Severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick County through 1 AM. Additional warnings may be issued for coastal counties farther east by 1:30 AM. Most storms will be offshore by 3 AM, ending the severe weather threat for the WWAY viewing area. For a more detailed report on the damage recorded so far, join Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson right now on facebook.
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 27
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1155 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

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

THE LOWER EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING FROM 1155 PM
UNTIL 500 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 60 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 15 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF
SALISBURY MARYLAND TO 25 MILES SOUTHEAST OF JACKSONVILLE NORTH
CAROLINA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).

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...CONTINUE...WW 23...WW 24...WW 25...WW
26...

DISCUSSION...LOW-TOPPED...PRE-FRONTAL SQLN NOW EXTENDING FROM W OF
RICHMOND VA TO EAST OF FLORENCE SC EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ENEWD AND
OFF THE NC/VA/MD CST EARLY THU. SEASONABLY WARM/MOIST...VERY
STRONGLY-SHEARED LOW-LVL ENVIRONMENT...AND TIGHTENING OF SQLN
CIRCULATION ASSOCIATED WITH CONTINUED NEWD EJECTION OF TN VLY UPR
TROUGH...WILL BE COUNTERED BY CONTINUING PRESENCE OF RELATIVELY WARM
TEMPERATURES IN THE 700-500 MB LAYER. WHILE THIS WARM LAYER WILL
TEMPER UPDRAFT STRENGTH...INTENSITY OF LOW-LVL SHEAR AND PRESENCE
EXISTING BROKEN LINE SEGMENTS SUGGEST A CONDITIONAL RISK FOR A
TORNADO OR TWO...IN ADDITION TO DMGG WIND GUSTS...UNTIL THE
CONVECTIVE BAND CLEARS THE CST.

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
300. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 23060.


...CORFIDI
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A spectacular photo of tonight's launch of #TDRS-K aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket.
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Quoting ncstorm:
Just had to come back and post but reds are showing up again in the line of storms about to hit Lumberton and Florence..looks like convection is increasing

Really beginning to gust at the coast, ahead of that red line that is intensifying.

The trough appears to have negatively tilted as it approached the coast.

All my plants are outside. I hope they appreciate the back breaking effort.
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
1010 PM CST WED JAN 30 2013

...PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR SOUTHERN MUHLENBERG AND
NORTHERN TODD COUNTY KENTUCKY...

THE FOLLOWING IS THE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR THE TUESDAY
NIGHT/EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING JANUARY 29TH-30TH 2013 STORM DAMAGE
EVENTS IN SOUTHERN MUHLENBERG AND NORTHERN TODD COUNTY KENTUCKY.

EVENT NUMBER 1

* EVENT DATE - WEDNESDAY EARLY MORNING JANUARY 30TH 2013

* EVENT TIME - TBD (APPROXIMATELY 2:00 AM CST)

* EVENT TYPE - MICROBURST

* EVENT LOCATION - BEGAN 2 MILES NORTHWEST OF CLIFTY AND ENDED 1
MILE NORTHEAST OF PENROD. BEGINNING POINT LIKELY EXTENDS FURTHER
SOUTHWESTWARD AND WILL BE DETERMINED VIA ADDITIONAL SURVEYING.

* PEAK WIND - 110 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH - 1/3 MILE

* PATH LENGTH - 14+ MILES (TBD WITH ADDITIONAL SURVEYING)

* INJURIES - NONE

* FATALITIES - NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE - HUNDREDS TO THOUSANDS OF TREES...MANY
LARGE...UPROOTED. NUMEROUS BARNS LEVELED OR DAMAGED. SEVERAL HOMES
AND OTHER BUILDINGS WITH ROOFS...INCLUDING DECKING...PARTIALLY
REMOVED. MANY OTHERS WITH MINOR DAMAGE INCLUDING PARTIAL SHINGLE
REMOVAL AND SIDING DAMAGE.


EVENT NUMBER 2

* EVENT DATE - WEDNESDAY EARLY MORNING JANUARY 30TH 2013

* EVENT TIME - TBD (APPROXIMATELY 2:05 AM CST)

* EVENT TYPE - EF2 TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION - BEGAN 4.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF PENROD AND ENDED IN
PENDROD.

* PEAK WIND - 120 MPH

* AVERAGE PATH WIDTH - 275 YARDS

* PATH LENGTH - 4.5 MILES

* INJURIES - NONE

* FATALITIES - NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE - HUNDREDS OF TREES...MANY LARGE...UPROOTED OR
SNAPPED. ONE HOME WITH LARGE PORTIONS OF ROOF STRUCTURE...INCLUDING
RAFTERS...COMPLETELY REMOVED WITH SEVERAL OTHERS WITH SHINGLES
REMOVED AND SIDING DAMAGE. TWO MOBILE HOMES COMPLETELY DESTROYED.

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Quoting AussieStorm:
This photo shows the full effect of the flooding along the Albert River near Cedar Creek, just south of Brisbane earlier this week.



That's a lot of water.
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hope everyone got out of there see livestock there as well
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This photo shows the full effect of the flooding along the Albert River near Cedar Creek, just south of Brisbane earlier this week.

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seems to be an influx heading in towards sw from pacific se up and over baja
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Quoting HurrMichaelOrl:
The line of storms moving onto the FL Peninsula (south of Gainesville) is looking awfully unimpressive.



lol no kidding, as weak as it looks, you'll be lucky if you get 0.10 from it.


Welcome to the same old same old this winter. I'm really concerned about severe drought returning by mid to late spring. Normally fronts in January in February frequently bring widespread amounts of 0.50 to an inch with strong thunderstorms and occasionally severe. There has not been a single front to bring that all winter yet. They all seem to be about as lame as October fronts typically are rainfall wise, and often cold weather wise too. This is this first significant cool down since earlier in December.
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Quoting ncstorm:
Just had to come back and post but reds are showing up again in the line of storms about to hit Lumberton and Florence..looks like convection is increasing


They never really disappeared. Central North Carolina is a "dead zone", so to speak, because there are a lack of radars in the area. It looks like storms weaken in this region when they really don't.
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Just had to come back and post but reds are showing up again in the line of storms about to hit Lumberton and Florence..looks like convection is increasing

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The line of storms moving onto the FL Peninsula (south of Gainesville) is looking awfully unimpressive.
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Quoting Skyepony:
I think this maybe the same pick-up truck but from the other direction.

It probably is. Notice the electric poles and only 2 lanes, I-75 is minimum 3 lanes
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Good Night All - Stay Safe - Stay Warm - Stay near your Radio - Sleep Well
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Good Night Everyone and heed your warnings.



MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0109
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0942 PM CST WED JAN 30 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...PORTIONS OF SC/NC/SOUTHEAST VA

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 25...26...

VALID 310342Z - 310515Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 25...26...CONTINUES.

SUMMARY...TORNADO WATCHES 25/26 CONTINUE UNTIL 07Z/06Z...WITH
CONTINUED POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND A TORNADO ACROSS COASTAL
SC INTO THE PIEDMONT OF NC/SOUTHEAST VA. AN ADDITIONAL WATCH MAY BE
NEEDED FOR REMAINING PORTIONS OF COASTAL NC/SOUTHEAST VA WITHIN THE
HOUR.

DISCUSSION...SQUALL LINE CONTINUES TO STEADILY SPREAD
EAST-NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS SOUTH-CENTRAL VA/NC PIEDMONT/COASTAL SC AS
OF 0315Z. WHILE OVERALL CAPE IS LOW...THE BOUNDARY LAYER REMAINS
RELATIVELY MILD/MOIST AHEAD OF THE SQUALL LINE...WITH SURFACE
TEMPERATURES GENERALLY REMAINING NEAR 70F AS OF 03Z IN THE PRESENCE
OF LOWER 60S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS. EVEN WHILE LINE-EMBEDDED UPDRAFTS
ARE RELATIVELY SHALLOW WITH LITTLE/IF ANY CLOUD-GROUND LIGHTNING...A
MODEST INCREASE/SUSTENANCE OF MID-LEVEL REFLECTIVITIES HAVE BEEN
NOTED WITH THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE SQUALL LINE ACROSS NC
PIEDMONT/SOUTHERN VA...WITH SMALL BOWING SEGMENTS OTHERWISE
REMAINING COMMON WITHIN THE SQUALL LINE. EVEN WHILE NEAR-SURFACE
BUOYANCY APPEARS TO BE MINIMAL /A FEW HUNDRED J PER KG OR
LESS/...ROBUST NATURE OF THE FORCING/VERTICAL SHEAR WILL CONTINUE TO
PROMOTE A WELL-ORGANIZED SQUALL LINE AND DAMAGING WIND/SOME TORNADO
POTENTIAL. LATEST WSR-88D VWP DATA FROM RALEIGH NC/WAKEFIELD VA ARE
INDICATIVE OF EXTREMELY STRONG 75-90 KT SOUTH-SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS
WITHIN THE LOWEST 2-3 KM.

..GUYER.. 01/31/2013


ATTN...WFO...AKQ...MHX...RAH...ILM...RNK...CHS...C AE...

LAT...LON 37337864 37817613 36087645 34217834 31728128 34278009
36037928 37337864
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0109
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0942 PM CST WED JAN 30 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...PORTIONS OF SC/NC/SOUTHEAST VA

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 25...26...

VALID 310342Z - 310515Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 25...26...CONTINUES.

SUMMARY...TORNADO WATCHES 25/26 CONTINUE UNTIL 07Z/06Z...WITH
CONTINUED POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND A TORNADO ACROSS COASTAL
SC INTO THE PIEDMONT OF NC/SOUTHEAST VA. AN ADDITIONAL WATCH MAY BE
NEEDED FOR REMAINING PORTIONS OF COASTAL NC/SOUTHEAST VA WITHIN THE
HOUR.

DISCUSSION...SQUALL LINE CONTINUES TO STEADILY SPREAD
EAST-NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS SOUTH-CENTRAL VA/NC PIEDMONT/COASTAL SC AS
OF 0315Z. WHILE OVERALL CAPE IS LOW...THE BOUNDARY LAYER REMAINS
RELATIVELY MILD/MOIST AHEAD OF THE SQUALL LINE...WITH SURFACE
TEMPERATURES GENERALLY REMAINING NEAR 70F AS OF 03Z IN THE PRESENCE
OF LOWER 60S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS. EVEN WHILE LINE-EMBEDDED UPDRAFTS
ARE RELATIVELY SHALLOW WITH LITTLE/IF ANY CLOUD-GROUND LIGHTNING...A
MODEST INCREASE/SUSTENANCE OF MID-LEVEL REFLECTIVITIES HAVE BEEN
NOTED WITH THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE SQUALL LINE ACROSS NC
PIEDMONT/SOUTHERN VA...WITH SMALL BOWING SEGMENTS OTHERWISE
REMAINING COMMON WITHIN THE SQUALL LINE. EVEN WHILE NEAR-SURFACE
BUOYANCY APPEARS TO BE MINIMAL /A FEW HUNDRED J PER KG OR
LESS/...ROBUST NATURE OF THE FORCING/VERTICAL SHEAR WILL CONTINUE TO
PROMOTE A WELL-ORGANIZED SQUALL LINE AND DAMAGING WIND/SOME TORNADO
POTENTIAL. LATEST WSR-88D VWP DATA FROM RALEIGH NC/WAKEFIELD VA ARE
INDICATIVE OF EXTREMELY STRONG 75-90 KT SOUTH-SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS
WITHIN THE LOWEST 2-3 KM.

..GUYER.. 01/31/2013


ATTN...WFO...AKQ...MHX...RAH...ILM...RNK...CHS...C AE...

LAT...LON 37337864 37817613 36087645 34217834 31728128 34278009
36037928 37337864
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Quoting Skyepony:
I think this maybe the same pick-up truck but from the other direction.


That is the same one, but like nymore said there are no official reports of the 100 car pile-up that accuweather and TWC and other news stations were reporting. News Sensationalism, I guess.

That pick-up, which is now almost infamous for this tornado, is clearly on a main road in town, not the interstate as some of the headlines are trying to imply.
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248. Skyepony (Mod)
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If the NWS gets done tomorrow, I shall do a blog post on the severe weather in my area. Going to be quite long, didn't know that we would get this many tornadoes.
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246. Skyepony (Mod)
I think this maybe the same pick-up truck but from the other direction.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
SCC017-027-061-075-085-310400-
/O.NEW.KCAE.SV.W.0010.130131T0255Z-130131T0400Z/

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
955 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN LEE COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTHEASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
SUMTER COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
CLARENDON COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
EASTERN ORANGEBURG COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 1100 PM EST
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Quoting wxchaser97:
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... Record high temperature set at Detroit...

A high temperature of 62 degrees was set at Detroit this morning.
This breaks the old record of 53 set in 1969.

Right now the temperature is 41F at my house and dropping. This has been one weird weather system for sure.
Yeah, there have been many hundreds of daily record high and high minimum temperature records set or tied over the past several days (and not just here in the US, but across Europe, as well). For instance:

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE
0528 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...ALL-TIME JANUARY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT JACKSONVILLE
TODAY...

A DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 85 DEGREES WAS SET AT
JACKSONVILLE TODAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 83 SET IN 1991.

THIS ALSO BROKE THE ALL-TIME JANUARY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 84
DEGREES SET AT JACKSONVILLE ON JANUARY 31, 1982.
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A line of severe thunderstorm warnings stretches continuously from just north of Gladys, Virginia, all the way down to just north of Winokur, Georgia.
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... Record high temperature set at Detroit...

A high temperature of 62 degrees was set at Detroit this morning.
This breaks the old record of 53 set in 1969.

Right now the temperature is 41F at my house and dropping. This has been one weird weather system for sure.
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NCC007-123-125-153-167-310345-
/O.NEW.KRAH.SV.W.0005.130131T0246Z-130131T0345Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC
946 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A

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ANSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA
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Quoting AussieStorm:

I found these 2 stories on the cars flipped by Tornado.


Storm Flips 100 Cars in Georgia, I-75 Closed near Adairsville




1:50 p.m. EST Wednesday: More details have been released by the NWS about the Adairsville, Ga., tornado. A man was killed in a mobile home near Adairsville. An emergency manager confirms that approximately 100 cars were overturned by the twister near exit 306 on Interstate 75.
The vehicle everyone has seen isn't even on I-75 it is on hwy 140. I have seen no pictures even though every news org from ATL would have to travel right through it or very close to it if it was north and easily witnessed from the bridge that crosses the interstate. I have been on 140 and 41 off of I-75 at least 50 times in Adairsville that is how I knew earlier today that it struck very close to the mobile home park right on the corner of 41 and Poplar Springs it used to be our cut a cross road to get from 140 to 41 to go south to work.
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