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 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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Quoting washingtonian115:
When I said you were going to cry I meant that I did use a word in there that had been censord.You were the only one that pointed out that I dropped the "F" bomb yesterday when people saw it but didn't pay no mind.Ha ha.

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
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
more like a lynch mob maybe anyway iam out see ya later
Did you see my apology.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
A hostile atmosphere today, that's for sure. Should save it for 'cane season, you can yell and call people incompetent all you want then.
more like a lynch mob maybe anyway iam out see ya later
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Quoting ncstorm:
From Allan's site..snow depth-06z GFS



further in long range for the deep south




It is showing snow for me.
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Quoting TomballTXPride:
Just because you are a moderator Keeper doesn't mean you can throw around comments like that. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Why do you think Keep is a moderator?
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Why am I going to cry, we are taxed for carbon already. The Govt is taxing the mining sector. They budgeted for $2bil a year, so far in the last 6 month they have only taxed them $126mil so they are going to be way short of there $2bil which they had already had budgeted to roads, schools, hospitals. I guess they'll just up the GST or increase the carbon tax we pay. Thank goodness there is an election later this year.
When I said you were going to cry I meant that I did use a word in there that had been censord.You were the only one that pointed out that I dropped the "F" bomb yesterday when people saw it but didn't pay no mind.Ha ha.
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274. txjac
One way to help the economy and the environment would be to stop buying Chinese manufactured goods.

Buy from the countries that have put regulations in place that limit emmissions
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Went lower on the temps for the weekend...West Palm Beach...

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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.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
They are going to start taxing us on Carbon..F'ers..Aussie is going to cry.

Why am I going to cry, we are taxed for carbon already. The Govt is taxing the mining sector. They budgeted for $2bil a year, so far in the last 6 month they have only taxed them $126mil so they are going to be way short of there $2bil which they had already had budgeted to roads, schools, hospitals. I guess they'll just up the GST or increase the carbon tax we pay. Thank goodness there is an election later this year.
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Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
did it show freezing temps along the coast recently at all?? I'm really hoping for a quick freeze to get my citrus to sweeten properly. There are already some flowers on my orange trees :/
well below I-4 this is the only mention of a freeze..........COLD AIR MAY RESULT IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES FOR MUCH OF THE AREA
AWAY FROM THE COAST SUNDAY NIGHT.
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A hostile atmosphere today, that's for sure. Should save it for 'cane season, you can yell and call people incompetent all you want then.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Seems like the snow is back for Wednesday per the 12Z NAM

I'm just not seeing it Geek.Temps will be in the 40's.
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so far no freeze in Miami area.............
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Seems like the snow is back for Wednesday per the 12Z NAM

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The NOGAPS is the worst model of all time:

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Calm down KOTG.I will give you my apology about thinking you were meaning to suggest someone kill themselves. I'm sorry.
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starting to Flood in georgia..................THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN GEORGIA...

OCMULGEE RIVER NEAR MACON AFFECTING BIBB...HOUSTON...JONES...
MONROE AND TWIGGS COUNTIES


.RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL HAS CAUSED SIGNIFICANT RUNOFF INTO STREAMS AND
RIVERS WHICH WILL CAUSE FLOODING IN SOME AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

ALL PERSONS WITH INTERESTS ALONG THE RIVER SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS...AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT
LIFE AND PROPERTY.

THE LATEST STAGE DATA WAS FURNISHED IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED
STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.
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Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
did it show freezing temps along the coast recently at all?? I'm really hoping for a quick freeze to get my citrus to sweeten properly. There are already some flowers on my orange trees :/
so far i havent seen any freeze mentioned below I-4..but we have a few days yet, we'll see....my Mango tree is full of flower buds was hoping for a bumper crop this year..last freeze years ago almost killed it.
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Dr. Greg Forbes Torcon Index

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Isolated severe thunderstorms in south-central and southeast LA, south MS, south AL, FL panhandle, southwest GA as a wave of low pressure pushes east along a stationary/warm front. Heavy rain in these areas and central AL, central
MS, central GA. Isolated severe thunderstorms and a low chance of a tornado overnight in south AL, east FL panhandle, central and south GA, south SC.

TOR:CON
AL south - 2 to 3
AL east-central night - 2 to 3
FL west panhandle - 3
FL east panhandle - 2 to 3
GA southwest - 2
GA south, central night - 2 to 3
LA south-central, southeast - 3
MS south - 2 to 3
SC south night - 2 to 3
other areas - 1 or less
Wednesday, Feb. 13

Details of the timing/position of a wave of low pressure differ between computer models, but the consensus suggests isolated severe thunderstorms and heavy rain in the eastern FL panhandle, north and central FL, southeast GA, east SC, southeast NC.

TOR:CON
FL east panhandle, north, central - 2 to 3
GA southeast - 3
NC southeast - 3
SC east - 4
other areas - 1 or less
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Quoting TomballTXPride:

Not quite. Please reference your statement that it's the greatest threat mankind has ever faced? Or is that just another blown-out-of-proportion statement made by you.

Sensationalism comes easy for some, especially on this blog...


If you don't think that AGW is the greatest threat that modern civilization has faced, then you're not fully aware of the dangers ahead and/or incapable of recognizing the rising probabilities, however infinitesimal, of sudden catastrophic events, such as a changing Gulf Stream or calving of land-bound glacier on Greenland or Antarctica.

Four years ago the Pentagon recognized the rising dangers, especially for changing weather patterns.
Link

Since then, study after study has shown that events are happening faster and more severe than predicted, especially the thawing of permafrost and release of additional CO2 and methane.

Rainfall, or lack thereof, will be the catalyst and greatest concern. As noted in a post by Dr. Masters a few weeks ago, long-lasting droughts have been the demise of many a civilization. There is little doubt that weather patterns are likely to shift and this will lead to a rise in geopolitical tensions.

So yes, climate change is more than a "just deal with" problem. Thinking otherwise is a ticket to joining the ranks of past ignoble civilizations.
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Quoting LargoFl:
LOL yeah i know, would be great to see...say..check out the gfs at 120 hours i just posted..its only one model but it Does show snow for you
Yes local mets are already hinting at colder temperatures for next week.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Lol.It all depends on the temperatures.My money is on the wekend.It would be pretty to see flakes falling on a otherwise busy Sunday.ha ha.
LOL yeah i know, would be great to see...say..check out the gfs at 120 hours i just posted..its only one model but it Does show snow for you
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Quoting LargoFl:
yes, its backing off a freeze for my area, yes north of tampa it will be in the 30's and possible freeze, but here along the immediate coast by me, no freeze..at least so far anyway
did it show freezing temps along the coast recently at all?? I'm really hoping for a quick freeze to get my citrus to sweeten properly. There are already some flowers on my orange trees :/
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might see a little action today






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Quoting TomballTXPride:
Just because you are a moderator Keeper doesn't mean you can throw around comments like that. You should be ashamed of yourself.
first off i have no idea what you are taking about second i would never suggest anyone to harm themselves third i was meaning put the bag over the head as to give a reason as to why ya cannot see things that are occuring

i like chuck and all the bloggers on here but the dening thats something is going on is wrong and only causing confusion whats going on nobody knows but to deny it only makes it worse not better
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whole state of alabama snow?...GFS at 120 hours....
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Quoting LargoFl:
GFS at 114 hours....Look..lol...........
Lol.It all depends on the temperatures.My money is on the wekend.It would be pretty to see flakes falling on a otherwise busy Sunday.ha ha.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I had not noticed that until now. Other chasers were complaining the other day about Sibley using sirens and flashing lights, and they did arrive at almost the exact same time, so I think you're right.


On sibley's video it seems like he used his sirens to warn cars before he ran every red light.
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GFS at 114 hours....Look..lol...........
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Quoting TomballTXPride:

How did Drew fare through the tornado. Hope he and his family are okay...

A majority of his neighborhood and city was destroyed. That's the last I heard.
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Quoting TomballTXPride:
Just because you are a moderator Keeper doesn't mean you can throw around comments like that. You should be ashamed of yourself.


Oh, give it a rest.
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gulf coast snow?...108 hours GFS..............
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Quoting LargoFl:
..just found your DC..NWS advance forecast............THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE
BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER TODAY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

LOW PRESSURE WILL LIKELY BRING WINTRY PRECIPITATION TO THE MID-
ATLANTIC WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THERE REMAINS SOME
UNCERTAINTY WITH THE TRACK AND INTENSITY OF THIS LOW WHICH WILL
AFFECT EXACT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS SO PLEASE MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE NECESSARY OVER THE WATERS WEDNESDAY
NIGHT.

A COASTAL LOW MAY CAUSE ACCUMULATING SNOW OVER PORTIONS OF THE
MID-ATLANTIC THIS WEEKEND.
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.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
That sounds like a threat to kill one's self?.
great at twisting things around huh it won't work for ya trust me
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Quoting washingtonian115:
The high on Wenesday will be 44 and a low of 34..I don't see how snow is happening..
..just found your DC..NWS advance forecast............THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR THE MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE
BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER TODAY.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

LOW PRESSURE WILL LIKELY BRING WINTRY PRECIPITATION TO THE MID-
ATLANTIC WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THERE REMAINS SOME
UNCERTAINTY WITH THE TRACK AND INTENSITY OF THIS LOW WHICH WILL
AFFECT EXACT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS SO PLEASE MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE NECESSARY OVER THE WATERS WEDNESDAY
NIGHT.

A COASTAL LOW MAY CAUSE ACCUMULATING SNOW OVER PORTIONS OF THE
MID-ATLANTIC THIS WEEKEND.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
maybe you should start wearing a bag over your head that way ya won't see what it is that you are not seeing

how big of an event do you need chuck
That sounds like a threat to kill one's self?.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
The high on Wenesday will be 44 and a low of 34..I don't see how snow is happening..
yeah i said that earlier, temps maybe..sat night sunday morning are only marginal for any snow,but then again..NWS IS calling for wintry precip..well good luck, we still have a few days for the forecast to change once again..fridays ought to be the forecast to watch and see
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Stop complaining.


I think i caught that supercell withdrawal from you...it's contagious over the internet.

But hey, i'm used to getting some severe weather in Feb (squall line, hail, winds, or supercells), and you're not.

Or maybe it's just CAPE withdrawal symptoms.
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236. VR46L
Quoting DavidHOUTX:


and look who was right :D


LOL !



Quoting TomballTXPride:

Sup Liz?


Long time No see,

Missed ya ! Hope you had a great time!
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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN MONROE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
WILCOX COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHERN GREENE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
WAYNE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
CHOCTAW COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...
CLARKE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...
NORTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL NOON CST
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