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 WxGeekVA:
North Korea promises 'all-out action' amid talk of nuclear test

"It emphasized the necessity to continue on with launching artificial satellites ... and long-range rockets," the agency reported.

It also said that the party leadership promised to "stage a high-intensity, all-out action, and maximize its preparation ... so that just after an order is issued, we can destroy and sweep America and the South Korean puppet army, and achieve the historic achievement of reunified Korea."

>we can destroy and sweep America

>sweep America

>MFW

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I dont know if the nuclear test made by North Korea coincides with Tuesdays State of the Union address by Obama but is interesting that fact.
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Quoting AussieStorm:


That gif is weird as. Is that you. lol


Nope. Just found it on Google.
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Interesting Comparison between ECMWF and GFS


+1000
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Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters
United Nations security council diplomat says there has been a nuclear test in North Korea
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
North Korea promises 'all-out action' amid talk of nuclear test

"It emphasized the necessity to continue on with launching artificial satellites ... and long-range rockets," the agency reported.

It also said that the party leadership promised to "stage a high-intensity, all-out action, and maximize its preparation ... so that just after an order is issued, we can destroy and sweep America and the South Korean puppet army, and achieve the historic achievement of reunified Korea."

>we can destroy and sweep America

>sweep America

>MFW



That gif is weird as. Is that you. lol
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The Kopsi Stock Market in South Korea took a big dive after the news.

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Interesting Comparison between ECMWF and GFS
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North Korea promises 'all-out action' amid talk of nuclear test

"It emphasized the necessity to continue on with launching artificial satellites ... and long-range rockets," the agency reported.

It also said that the party leadership promised to "stage a high-intensity, all-out action, and maximize its preparation ... so that just after an order is issued, we can destroy and sweep America and the South Korean puppet army, and achieve the historic achievement of reunified Korea."

>we can destroy and sweep America

>sweep America

>MFW

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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
From BBC:

Seismic activity in North Korea amid nuclear test concerns
Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea, the US and South Korea say, in what could be a sign of a widely anticipated nuclear test.

The US Geological Survey said it had detected a tremor with a 4.9 magnitude.

South Korean media also reported a "man-made earthquake" in its northern neighbour.

North Korea said last month it was planning to carry out its third nuclear test - despite a promise from the UN Security Council of "consequences".

The USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of 1km. It put the epicentre close to North Korea's nuclear test site.

Yonhap news agency says South Korea has raised its military alert in response to the quake.

North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.


ABC, Reuters, Russian Times, plus others are noting the earthquake and its artificial nature.
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From BBC:

Seismic activity in North Korea amid nuclear test concerns
Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea, the US and South Korea say, in what could be a sign of a widely anticipated nuclear test.

The US Geological Survey said it had detected a tremor with a 4.9 magnitude.

South Korean media also reported a "man-made earthquake" in its northern neighbour.

North Korea said last month it was planning to carry out its third nuclear test - despite a promise from the UN Security Council of "consequences".

The USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of 1km. It put the epicentre close to North Korea's nuclear test site.

Yonhap news agency says South Korea has raised its military alert in response to the quake.

North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
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Holy crap, North Korea just set off a Nuke...
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Obvious North Korea nuke test. 1.0 KM deep.
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North Korea 4.9 quake



nuclear test..
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


Either that or it's one heck of a shallow earthquake.


Magnitude 4.9 earthquake detected in North Korea - USGS; @YonhapNews reporting magnitude 5.1 'artificial earthquake'
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Quoting AussieStorm:
I think North Korea just detonated another Nuclear Bomb. USGS just detected this.

M4.9 - 24km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
2013-02-12 02:57:51 UTC

Event Time

2013-02-12 02:57:51 UTC
2013-02-12 11:57:51 UTC 09:00 at epicenter
2013-02-12 13:57:51 UTC 11:00 system time
Location

41.299N 129.081E
depth = 1.0km (0.6mi)

Nearby Cities

24km (15mi) ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
34km (21mi) WNW of Hau-ri, North Korea
42km (26mi) NNW of Kilju, North Korea
51km (32mi) WSW of Hoemul-li, North Korea
378km (235mi) NE of Pyongyang, North Korea



Either that or it's one heck of a shallow earthquake.
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Quoting TheGreatHodag:
anything new on the possible nor'easter this week/weekend?


yes one waker that the other one... not looking forward for that.
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I think North Korea just detonated another Nuclear Bomb. USGS just detected this.

M4.9 - 24km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
2013-02-12 02:57:51 UTC

Event Time

2013-02-12 02:57:51 UTC
2013-02-12 11:57:51 UTC 09:00 at epicenter
2013-02-12 13:57:51 UTC 11:00 system time
Location

41.299N 129.081E
depth = 1.0km (0.6mi)

Nearby Cities

24km (15mi) ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
34km (21mi) WNW of Hau-ri, North Korea
42km (26mi) NNW of Kilju, North Korea
51km (32mi) WSW of Hoemul-li, North Korea
378km (235mi) NE of Pyongyang, North Korea

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Quoting AussieStorm:

Well, Last year started with a bang but it ended with I think a record low tornado count (please correct me if I'm wrong) And we had 19 storms or slightly above average. Maybe it's opposite. A low Tornado count means an above average Tropical Cyclone count.


no, because 2005 had a high tornado count...... so did 2008 (the highest tornado count on record). Which caused a quite active hurricane season (16 named storms.)

2006 was an active tornado year but an inactive hurricane season (9 named storms)
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Does an active severe weather season means a precursor of an active hurricane season or it doesn't matter at all?


now that's a very intersting idea.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Well, Last year started with a bang but it ended with I think a record low tornado count (please correct me if I'm wrong) And we had 19 storms or slightly above average. Maybe it's opposite. A low Tornado count means an above average Tropical Cyclone count.


2005 Severe weather report, that year was active and we all knows what happened that hurricane season!!!! so not exist any correlation in that, i guess
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WOW!!!!



Brad Panovich @wxbrad
#Blizzard2013 Time-Lapse animated gif

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ASCAT pass of Cyclone Gino:

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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Does an active severe weather season means a precursor of an active hurricane season or it doesn't matter at all?

It makes no difference.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Does an active severe weather season means a precursor of an active hurricane season or it doesn't matter at all?

Well, Last year started with a bang but it ended with I think a record low tornado count (please correct me if I'm wrong) And we had 19 storms or slightly above average. Maybe it's opposite. A low Tornado count means an above average Tropical Cyclone count.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Does an active severe weather season means a precursor of an active hurricane season or it doesn't matter at all?


It's pretty non-sequitur.
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anything new on the possible nor'easter this week/weekend?
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


the chat I meant..sorry. I am a little nuts because I was screaming watching a soccer game. Sorry about my errors.

Sorry I am watching Weather Brains.
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Does an active severe weather season means a precursor of an active hurricane season or it doesn't matter at all?
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Southern Brazil storm could acquire tropical features.. if not already.

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Quoting AussieStorm:

I hope your right, it didn't look good.

Thanks for the new Blog Dr Masters.
Was Yesterdays EF4 the earliest EF4 on record?


No.

There was an EF4 in Arkansas during the February 5, 2008 tornado outbreak, and 2 F4 tornadoes during the January 1999 tornado outbreak.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Which blog? This blog? We are here already. lol


the chat I meant..sorry. I am a little nuts because I was screaming watching a soccer game. Sorry about my errors.
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Out in the South Indian Basin, there is a cyclone named Gino, and it should strengthen gradually during the next few days before weakening. It is not anticipated to affect any land masses.

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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
anyone else wants to join the blog?

Which blog? This blog? We are here already. lol
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Nah.... I'd rather just sit here and watch u guys.... lol
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anyone else wants to join the chat?
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


never seen one that long. Not even Katrina got to 50.
I don't expect that

Isaac's was 78 pages, as some have already stated, and there is much more info to cover on Sandy. It will be a great read for me next week when I am on mid-winter break.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


never seen one that long. Not even Katrina got to 50.
I don't expect that

Well you better expect it.

Isaac's was 78 pages and there's a lot more observations and meteorological aspects to cover for Sandy.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


never seen one that long. Not even Katrina got to 50.
I don't expect that


The TCR on Hurricane Isaac has 78 pages.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Hello


Good Morning Sir.
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Quoting wxchaser97:

Try over 150 pages.


never seen one that long. Not even Katrina got to 50.
I don't expect that
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


over 40 pages I bet..(imo)

Try over 150 pages.
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Quoting WunderGirl12:


Hi Aussie! :-)

Hello
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
later aussie we also get Major Hurricane Sandy TCR tomorrow wunder how many pages that will be



over 40 pages I bet..(imo)
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later aussie we also get Major Hurricane Sandy TCR tomorrow wunder how many pages that will be

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I just saw this...

Lighting strikes Vatican City's Basilica


I might be late for posting it..
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Good night everybody!

Tomorrow is when we're going to learn about what happened in Millry (If anything happened at all). The area is being surved tomorrow.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Everybody survived Hattiesburg tornado.


Did I mention any towns... ? But as Gov. Cuomo said " God was kind to us in these extremely dangerous conditions"
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