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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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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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


Wed/Thu
Oh okay.Maybe the models know something that I don't.Because i don't see how it's going to happen.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Goergiastormz that is for the storm on Sunday right?.


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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
Does anyone kno ejem Sandy's TRC came out about?


ys it cam o utj lonje timmme agooo.
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Nice picture.
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Major Flooding expected along the Lower Mississippi river..
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The 12z run is (barely) more amplified and (barely) less progressive.
So far.
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Goergiastormz that is for the storm on Sunday right?.
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Quoting TomballTXPride:
Calm down, people. Way too much tension this morning on here. Why don't we all have a drink. Speaking of, where's PBW. She'll serve us up something strong and we'll all be holding hands and smiling.


and you have been the main cause of it
if i did not know better i would say you like to be the centre of attention and have everyone listen and do what ya say

sounds like a bully type to me but thats just me
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Quoting WxGeekVA:



lol that is the funniest thing I have seen all day
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am i see this correctly..over 6 inches in Georgia....
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Quoting LargoFl:
STUART, FLA. — A teenage surfer was posing for pictures in the waters off central Florida when a shark bit him.

Cole Taschman needed 12 stitches in his right hand after being bitten Sunday in the waters off Stuart.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/02/12/4390083/teen-s urfer-bitten-by-shark-in.html#storylink=cpy

He's lucky it happened there. Perth Western Australia has been named the deadliest place in the world for shark attacks. Sharks there don't just bit a hand. they bit ya in half or they make you disappear.

Quoting washingtonian115:
If you saw a while back I aplogized.

No I'm like still overley confuse post 308.I'm not sure what went on.Ypu were joking and I was joking back.

I'm over it ok. Yes we were both joking. It's gone now, in the past. lets just move on.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
It's always funny to see adults arguing with each other, just saying. Thought they're supposed to be mature...


I know right?
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This run also moves out faster, maybe bringing NYC a little snow:
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
last run:


this run:



more DC snw?
Yes I'm still winning.Winner! lol.
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HPC Extended Discussion-VERY INTERESTING DISCUSSION

EXTENDED FORECAST DISCUSSION
NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD
1012 AM EST TUE FEB 12 2013

VALID 12Z FRI FEB 15 2013 - 12Z TUE FEB 19 2013


THE PATTERN IS AN ACTIVE ONE FOR THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES THIS
PERIOD, WITH ENERGY TRAVERSING THE NATION COAST TO COAST. THIS IS
PEAK CLIMATOLOGY FOR WINTER STORMS OVER THE EASTERN STATES, SO ANY
PHASING OF THE SPLIT FLOW COULD RESULT IN A HIGHLY IMPACTFUL
CYCLONE FOR THAT REGION. THERE ARE TWO SYSTEMS FATED ON PHASING
THAT MAY PROVE TO HAVE SUCH IMPACT. THE FIRST WILL BE COMPLEX
CYCLOGENESIS JUST OFF THE EAST COAST DAY 4. THE 00Z/12 GEM GLOBAL
PHASES ENERGY MORE QUICKLY AND AGGRESSIVELY THAN THE OTHER MODELS,
WITH THE 00Z/12 GEFS MEAN IMPRESSIVELY DEVELOPED AS WELL. THE
00Z/12 ECENS MEAN INDICATES MODEST PHASING JUST OFFSHORE, SLIGHTLY
MORE DEVELOPED THAN EITHER THE 00Z/12 DETERMINISTIC ECMWF OR THE
00Z/12 DETERMINISTIC GFS. CHOSE THE MIDDLE GROUND OF THE SKILLFUL
ECENS MEAN FOR THE HANDLING OF THIS SYSTEM--THE BAGGINESS IN ITS
SURFACE PRESSURES OFFSHORE ALLOWING WIGGLE ROOM FOR FURTHER
TRENDING. THE SECOND SYSTEM OF INTEREST IS EXPECTED TO COALESCE
OVER THE GREAT PLAINS LATE DAY 6 INTO DAY 7. THIS SYSTEM MAY BE OF
SUFFICIENT AMPLITUDE TO VIGOROUSLY TAP THE GULF OF MEXICO, WITH
IMPORT FOR BOTH CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL AS WELL AS MOISTURE TRANSPORT
INTO THE PRIMARY SURFACE LOW FARTHER NORTH. THE LION'S SHARE OF
ENERGY FEEDING THIS SYSTEM WILL BE DROPPING INTO THE FAR WEST MID
PERIOD IN THE MANNER OF MOST OF THE SHORTWAVES AT THE MEDIUM RANGE
OVER THAT REGION. THESE "INSIDE SLIDERS" PRECLUDE SIGNIFICANT
IMPORT OF PACIFIC MOISTURE BY THE NATURE OF THEIR TRAJECTORIES. AS
WITH THE EAST COAST SYSTEM EARLIER IN THE FORECAST, THE ECENS MEAN
APPEARS TO REPRESENT A MIDDLE ROAD AND IS THE MOST COHERENT OF THE
RECENT GUIDANCE WITH REGARD TO THE TEMPORAL PROGRESSION OF THE
FLOW.


CISCO
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last run:


this run:



more DC snw?
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STUART, FLA. — A teenage surfer was posing for pictures in the waters off central Florida when a shark bit him.

Cole Taschman needed 12 stitches in his right hand after being bitten Sunday in the waters off Stuart.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2013/02/12/4390083/teen-s urfer-bitten-by-shark-in.html#storylink=cpy
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Quoting Chucktown:
Big events have been happening for a long time, several well before this phenomena we call climate change.


The only other violent EF-4 tornado ever to hit Lamar County occurred on April 24, 1908, according to NWS Jackson.

For Long Island and Connecticut, the Blizzard of 1888 remains unparalleled, whereas for Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, the Blizzard of 1978 remains the top event.

How many more happened before this day and age of technology?

This may keep you and others busy for a few days, but don't print it out, don't want to waste paper.

Link

I've read through this a few times in the last 2 years since I found it. Get back to me when you're done and we'll compare extreme events in the last 130 years vs. the sporatic ones we have documented back to 0 A.D. Hello, extreme/severe weather has always been happening. Its just recently that it has become so sensationized and scrutinized because of the age we live in.


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.
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I have to get home to see the details of the report in like 3 hours or so. Lots of good stuff going on here in New York City
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Quoting AGWcreationists:
C'mon, folks, I think KOTG meant something like this:

If you saw a while back I aplogized.

No I'm like still overley confuse post 308.I'm not sure what went on.Ypu were joking and I was joking back.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Pointing what out Aussie?.



Don't worry, I'm over it. Onwards and upwards we go.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
That sounds like a threat to kill one's self?.
C'mon, folks, I think KOTG meant something like this:

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306. MahFL
Quoting TomballTXPride:





With Global Warming, you can forget about your snow. Precipitation does not crystallize into snowflakes above 32 degrees.





You don't know what GW is.
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My name is Bennett and I aint in it!
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
It's always funny to see adults arguing with each other, just saying. Thought they're supposed to be mature...
What I'm looking for are explainations.
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Steven Bognar‏@BogsWBZ

WOW: New report from National Hurricane Center finds wind gusts from Hurricane #Sandy felt as far west as #Wisconsin #wbz
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It's always funny to see adults arguing with each other, just saying. Thought they're supposed to be mature...
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Love it! Why is this so accurate? Perfectly how I feel about the models during the season.
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folks please stop
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Quoting AussieStorm:

And yet your still pointing it out.
Pointing what out Aussie?.
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And remember, this is heavily influenced by a populated eastern hemisphere and an unpopulated western hemisphere (with the exception of native Americans here in the US until the mid 16th century)

Here is the link again, a good bookmark and a good read even though its over 1100 pages.

Link
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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...

WEATHER HAZARDS EXPECTED...
FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ACROSS CENTRAL AND PARTS OF NORTH GEORGIA
TODAY AND TONIGHT. THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE LATE THIS EVENING
AND OVERNIGHT.

DISCUSSION...
A STATIONARY FRONT WILL REMAIN ACROSS NORTH FLORIDA THROUGH
TONIGHT. GULF MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO OVERRUN THE FRONT AND INTO
NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA. THIS WILL BRING WIDESPREAD RAIN TO THE
REGION. SOME OF THE RAIN COULD BE HEAVY...ESPECIALLY ACROSS
CENTRAL AND PARTS OF NORTH GEORGIA. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE
FLOODING POTENTIAL...SEE THE LATEST FLOOD WATCH STATEMENT.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Hey it's the short range severe weather king.
Nothing like checking the NAM the day before a tornado outbreak..
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Quoting WxGeekVA:

The NAM nailed the Nor'easter. Not much else though.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
I can't see that geek.Explain it to me.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
What? i know it was a joke and I was joking back :).

And yet your still pointing it out.
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Hi guys I'm in NYC right now. Just saw the NHC TCR for Sandy. we all knew she was a major.
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folks this is getting serious.............THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
WESTERN WILCOX COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHERN WAYNE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
CHOCTAW COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...
NORTHERN CLARKE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 315 PM CST

* AT 925 AM CST...RADAR PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES INDICATE 1 TO 3
INCHES OF ADDITIONAL RAINFALL HAS FALLEN SINCE 6 AM CST OVER
PORTIONS OF THE WARNED AREA. ADDITIONAL SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
MOVING IN FROM THE WEST COULD PRODUCE ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES
BEFORE EARLY AFTERNOON WITH ADDITIONAL RAINFALL LATER THIS
AFTERNOON AS A SURFACE LOW DEVELOPS AND APPROACHES FROM THE SOUTH.

THIS IS A SERIOUS SITUATION. CHOCTAW COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
ADVISES THAT NUMEROUS ROADS REMAIN CLOSED AND SEVERAL BRIDGES
COULD BE BREACHED IF WATER LEVELS CONTINUE TO RISE.

AREAL FLOOD WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT ALSO FOR THIS AREA TO ADDRESS
STEADILY RISING RIVER AND CREEK LEVELS AS WELL AS THE GENERAL
INUNDATION OF LOW LYING AREAS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BOYKIN... WAYNESBORO... TOXEY...
SILAS... PENNINGTON... NEEDHAM...
LISMAN... GILBERTOWN... BUTLER...
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Quoting TomballTXPride:

The only one I see confused is you. Chuck is just as welcome to make comments as you. How one interprets a comment is another matter.
dazed and confused give it a break tomball you are one of the first and foremost to run with every comment just to rile up the blog been that way since ya started posting here
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Quoting AussieStorm:

I guess you took it the wrong way. Maybe some people here need to take the day off from blogging and get some fresh air. If it's possible anymore with all the C02 in the air. lol
What? i know it was a joke and I was joking back :).
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AccuWeather.com ‏@breakingweather

This winter has been called the "snowiest winter in 100 years" for Moscow-- 85"+-- yet Feb so far is 17ºF about normal.
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
922 AM CST TUE FEB 12 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
COPIAH COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...HAZLEHURST...CRYSTAL SPRINGS...
NORTHERN SIMPSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...PINOLA...MENDENHALL...

* UNTIL 1115 AM CST

* AT 922 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR DETECTED
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN 6 MILES SOUTH OF
DENTVILLE...OR 10 MILES WEST OF HAZLEHURST...MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.
ESTIMATED RADAR RAINFALL AMOUNTS...ON THE ORDER OF ONE TO THREE
INCHES...HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST HOUR.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
MARTINSVILLE...GALLMAN...HOPEWELL...UNION...HARRIS VILLE AND
MARTINVILLE

VERY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE OVER THE WARNED AREA FOR THE NEXT
HOUR WITH AN ADDITIONAL ONE INCH POSSIBLE.
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Quoting Chucktown:
Big events have been happening for a long time, several well before this phenomena we call climate change.


The only other violent EF-4 tornado ever to hit Lamar County occurred on April 24, 1908, according to NWS Jackson.

For Long Island and Connecticut, the Blizzard of 1888 remains unparalleled, whereas for Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, the Blizzard of 1978 remains the top event.

How many more happened before this day and age of technology?

This may keep you and others busy for a few days, but don't print it out, don't want to waste paper.

Link

I've read through this a few times in the last 2 years since I found it. Get back to me when you're done and we'll compare extreme events in the last 130 years vs. the sporatic ones we have documented back to 0 A.D. Hello, extreme/severe weather has always been happening. Its just recently that it has become so sensationized and scrutinized because of the age we live in.


Yes, they have, and climate scientists agree. I'm afraid I'm missing the point.

What they are saying is that general extreme weather events will increase in frequency and intensity due to the very simple fact that a warming atmosphere holds more energy.

For no one in particular: You might wanna read The Rough Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson. I'm about a quarter of the way through and I must say, it is a wealth of information.
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