First EF-4 tornado of 2013 injures 82 near Hattiesburg, MS

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:10 AM GMT on February 12, 2013

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The strong tornado that swept through Hattiesburg and Oak Grove in Lamar County, Mississippi, on Sunday has been rated an EF-4 with 170 mph winds, making it the first violent EF-4 tornado of 2013. The tornado hit Hattiesburg at 5:12 pm CST February 10, injuring 82 people and causing widespread damage over a 20-mile-long path. Miraculously, there were no deaths.The only other violent EF-4 tornado ever to hit Lamar County occurred on April 24, 1908, according to NWS Jackson.


Figure 1. Oak Grove High School football field near Hattiesburg, MS after Sunday's tornado. Damage was rated EF-4 near the high school, and there was clear evidence of the tornado being multi-vortex over a portion of its path. Image credit: NWS Jackson Facebook page.

The 2013 tornado season is off to an unusually busy start--a pattern we also saw last year. The January 29 - 30, 2013 tornado outbreak now has 56 confirmed tornadoes, including the only EF-3 tornado of the year, which hit Adairsville, GA, on January 30, killing one person. The outbreak is now ranked as the second largest January tornado outbreak since records began in 1950 (the largest: 128 tornadoes on January 21 - 22, 1999 .) NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged twelve preliminary reports of tornadoes on Sunday, from Mississippi and Alabama. This brings the tally of preliminary tornado reports for the year to 100. On average, we've had just 72 preliminary tornado reports by February 10 during the previous seven years, 2005 - 2011.


Video 1. Hotel worker Rynal Grant caught this impressive video of the February 10, 2013 Hattiesburg, Mississippi tornado.

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Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
This photo provided by Jordan Holliman shows a tornado moving through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Jordan Holliman)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
A business at 5133 Lincoln Road Extension in Hattiesburg, Miss., is damaged after an apparent tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado

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Quoting ncstorm:


I have asked people here where I can find the snow map for the Euro..I think you have to pay for it or wait till someone who does pay for it post it on the internet
Bummer, thanks for the response though.
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Beautiful today, Ex-Nemo energy reaching the W/N shores...





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The Weather Channel‏@weatherchannel

Our @DrGregForbes has increased the TOR:CON to a 4 for parts of the Deep South today. Details: Link
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
Well, you know the definition of PMS? A woman acting for five days of the month the way men act for thirty.



I do not know if I should laugh or cry. ... The truth can be a terrible load to carry and yet bring you freedom as well. .... I just do not know what I want any more. sigh
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Quoting nymore:
Because while I don't agree with what Tomball does, I for one just overlook it and don't get involved. KOTG then posts IT WON'T BE LONG NOW, basically meaning he knows somehow this person will soon be banned. How would he know this? This has happened many times in the past also

I found it rather odd that someone who has used swear words in their posts would have a problem with what anyone posts.
If you don't like what someone posts simply put them on ignore and move along. I personally have no one on ignore but then my skin is not that thin and I have the ability to just look, laugh and move along.


i never claimed to have a problem with any of the posts in the first place

but there seem to be a problem with me and a whole lot of others

anyway lunch is over be back at 3

don't need to be a rocket scientist to know when someone is going to get banned

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Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:


Post Megastorm Syndrome?


LOL exactly!
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Quoting ncstorm:


um..its mostly men arguing..if that tells you anything..


Wasnt trying to be gender specefic

Can go eiter way!
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Quoting WDEmobmet:




Post Megastorm Syndrome?
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Quoting ncstorm:


um..its mostly men arguing..if that tells you anything..
Well, you know the definition of PMS? A woman acting for five days of the month the way men act for thirty.

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Quoting WDEmobmet:




um..its mostly men arguing..if that tells you anything..
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Frank Strait Fan Club
‎#Snow will go to MD and N VA by tomorrow. Could be some bad storms tomorrow in FL, perhaps north to Carolina coastal plain. #giddyup
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


You almost always bring some reasoning behind your statements. I do not recall you behaving this way with anyone other than Nea before. ... Why now?
Because while I don't agree with what Tomball does, I for one just overlook it and don't get involved. KOTG then posts IT WON'T BE LONG NOW, basically meaning he knows somehow this person will soon be banned. How would he know this? This has happened many times in the past also

I found it rather odd that someone who has used swear words in their posts would have a problem with what anyone posts.
If you don't like what someone posts simply put them on ignore and move along. I personally have no one on ignore but then my skin is not that thin and I have the ability to just look, laugh and move along.
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Quoting EricSpittle:

So, not to interrupt anyone's arguing or anything, but does anyone know where you can get graphics like these for ECMWF? I prefer pretty pictures over lines and numbers :)


I have asked people here where I can find the snow map for the Euro..I think you have to pay for it or wait till someone who does pay for it post it on the internet
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Quoting nymore:
Did you run to mommy and daddy and snitch on someone again. Good for you did you feel all powerful while doing it

Maybe you can class up the blog today and add some swear words in your posts like earlier this month.

actually i just came back in for lunch

iam at work i only get time to check every once in a while and from now till 1 pm than finish up the afternoon shift and back at 3 for a break

i don't run to anyone bud
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Quoting nymore:
Did you run to mommy and daddy and snitch on someone again. Good for you did you feel all powerful while doing it

Maybe you can class up the blog today and add some swear words in your posts like earlier this month.



You almost always bring some reasoning behind your statements. I do not recall you behaving this way with anyone other than Nea before. ... Why now?
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Quoting ncstorm:
12z GFS backed off on the snow for most of NC this weekend but still got a couple of flurries for my area..


So, not to interrupt anyone's arguing or anything, but does anyone know where you can get graphics like these for ECMWF? I prefer pretty pictures over lines and numbers :)
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


ys it cam o utj lonje timmme agooo.
someone had an extra cup of coffee this morning.... imho
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12z GFS backed off on the snow for most of NC this weekend but still got a couple of flurries for my area..

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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



shhhhh.....

it's good to see this comment from you, thanks for putting in a worthy effort :)
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Quoting Chucktown:


Because now, whenever there is an extreme weather event, there must be a link to climate change. Why can't it just happen, no circumstantial reasoning. Its weather, deal with it. I don't think thats too illogical. Who cares why it happens, it happened...and its gonna happen again !!


What is illogical is stating that since something has happened before and is happening again should be used as any indication that nothing has changed. The Sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, but is this any indication that there has been no change?
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thats it for me also..Doc we need a new blog please.....
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356. JLPR2
I see the blog hasn't changed one bit since my last comment. Though the community activity panel thingy is new. XD

Just saw on Facebook that 2012 Hurricane season went from 19/10/1 to 19/10/2.

Not bad 2012, I can almost hear it tell 2013, "beat that!"
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it amazes me that there are people who never heard the metaphor of putting a bag over your head as a way to ignore reality.

guy 1: go ahead and bury your head in the sand if you want
guy 2: ARE YOU THREATENING ME??
guy 1: no, jesus, it's a metaphor. take a pill
guy 2: NOW YOU WANT ME TO OVERDOSE TO DEATH??

Quoting kwgirl:
Good morning all. Wash, I just went back and looked at KOTG comment and nowhere was there a mention of the type of bag. You are reading more into it than what was written.
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Nam at 84 hours............
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...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A HYDROLOGIC ADVISORY
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KINCHAFOONEE CREEK NEAR PRESTON (SR 41) AFFECTING TERRELL AND WEBSTER
COUNTIES

KINCHAFOONEE CREEK NEAR PRESTON will continue to rise the next several days, but
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NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. IF YOU SEE FLOOD WATERS...REMEMBER TO TURN
AROUND AND DO NOT DROWN.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



shhhhh.....you bait people into defending AGW and attack them, then blame them for baiting you and attacking.

You know they believe in global warming, they know you don't believe in it. Why do you have to go out of your way to bring it up, or make sly remarks?
Why don't you just talk about weather instead, rather than throwing the falsity of AGW into every conversation?
If Nea is at one end of the spectrum, then surely you are at the other.
Or at least that's how you come across to someone like me (who doesnt even take a side in this debate)


She was telling the truth and I see she got banned for it.
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351. VR46L
see its to be a stormy day in the northern Gulf

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Quoting washingtonian115:
Temps will be in the 30's for the weekend..so I can see snow happening..not for tomorrow however.Just don't..it will be to above freezing.

Then what do you mean KOTG?.Becuase we people have told me to put a plastic bag on my head that means to kill myself.
Good morning all. Wash, I just went back and looked at KOTG comment and nowhere was there a mention of the type of bag. You are reading more into it than what was written.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I find it amazing that anytime there is an extreme weather event there are those that will seek historical data to show that such events have happened before and therefore nothing has changed. How illogical can one be in their own thought processes? ... Think about it.


Because now, whenever there is an extreme weather event, there must be a link to climate change. Why can't it just happen, no circumstantial reasoning. Its weather, deal with it. I don't think thats too illogical. Who cares why it happens, it happened...and its gonna happen again !!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


I will never understand it. lol


I don't ever but I understand these.


Once again, Goodnight
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Atlantic Canada might be in for a fierce blizzard early next week, according to the 12z GFS.

00 UTC FEB 18 -- 971mb!

18 UTC FEB 18 -- 941mb!
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Snow Map Currently running-12z GFS

42 hours
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


bomb test

check CNN for more info

CNN the news network that has a news anchor that thinks an asteroid is caused by global warming. LOL. I don't know which US based news service to believe anymore.

Goodnight
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



shhhhh.....you bait people into defending AGW and attack them, then blame them for baiting you and attacking.

You know they believe in global warming, they know you don't believe in it. Why do you have to go out of your way to bring it up, or make sly remarks?
Why don't you just talk about weather instead, rather than throwing the falsity of AGW into every conversation?
If Nea is at one end of the spectrum, then surely you are at the other.
Or at least that's how you come across to someone like me (who doesnt even take a side in this debate)

I guess I'm like you. I'm getting splinters in my butt from fence sitting. Anyways, 3am amd way past my bed time. Have a great Ash Wednesday. Don't forget to buy fish for your dinner. Goodnight all.

P.S Hey Washi.. Peace mate
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Quoting wxmod:
magnitude 5.1 23km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea 2013-02-12 02:57:51 41.301°N 129.066°E 1.0 km deep


bomb test

check CNN for more info
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Oh okay.Maybe the models know something that I don't.Because i don't see how it's going to happen.


Lows near 32....could be 1-3 inches if you're lucky
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338. wxmod
magnitude 5.1 23km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea 2013-02-12 02:57:51 41.301°N 129.066°E 1.0 km deep
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Quoting TomballTXPride:

Go ahead and tase me then if I'm bothering you. Go ahead. auburn, whitewabit, skyepony, RSTLNK gotta be around too, right. Give me another 11 hour ban.

Go ahead.



shhhhh.....you bait people into defending AGW and attack them, then blame them for baiting you and attacking.

You know they believe in global warming, they know you don't believe in it. Why do you have to go out of your way to bring it up, or make sly remarks?
Why don't you just talk about weather instead, rather than throwing the falsity of AGW into every conversation?
If Nea is at one end of the spectrum, then surely you are at the other.
Or at least that's how you come across to someone like me (who doesnt even take a side in this debate)
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Now that the blog has gone to hell I'm out.Audios.
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Go ahead.naw iam gonna let ya take yourself out and you are doing a great job of it won't be long now
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