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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5.2 earthquake, 71km W of Tonopah, Nevada. Feb 12 16:10 at epicenter (6m ago, depth 7km).

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Thank you for the wonderful blog post. I really hope the death toll stays at 0 in Hattiesburg.

Sincerely,

AETHOMAS
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:




Sorry for the loss of your pet. I know the feeling.


So do I. My sister's pet mouse Pearl died in September... :'-(
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Got to bale out now as the midnight plus "1" is about and tomorrow is yet another day less!
Thanks for the company people far and wide( Thin too)
Morning Aussie. Oh,I'll no doubt see you about lunch time. PlazaRed.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Love my cats... I had the most wonderful cat a few years ago... He was a Maine Coon Cat... I miss him dearly... His name was "Pretty Boy" So sad... He got attacked by a wild animal here in south Florida.... He was my best friend...Sorry for crying.




Sorry for the loss of your pet. I know the feeling.
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Quoting nymore:
Off topic but the wack job in California has killed other cop.


They also have him cornered up in Seven Oaks Calif. I know the place, my brother in law used to have a trailer up there.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

16 years ago. How time flies.


16 years ago! Ohh My!
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Quoting WunderGirl12:


Poor you Aussie!!! :-P Well, that was the past. :-)

16 years ago. How time flies.
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Quoting nymore:
Off topic but the wack job in California has killed other cop.

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters
Deputy wounded in shootout with gunman thought to be fugitive ex-LAPD policeman dies: Los Angeles Times
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Good Day Sunshine
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Long story. But the short story is. Someone I met there didn't like me and they put a cigarette in my slightly turned up jeans leg. I didn't even notice it until I woke up the next morning when I got dressed at my cousins house. I saw the hole the size of maybe 2inches roundish with burn marks around the size.


Poor you Aussie!!! :-P Well, that was the past. :-)
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SXUS74 KAMA 122333
RERAMA

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
0525 PM CST TUE FEB 12 2013

...RECORDS FOR DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL AND PRECIPITATION SET AT
AMARILLO...

THERE WAS 4.7 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT AMARILLO TODAY. THIS BREAKS THE
OLD RECORD OF 2.4 INCHES WHICH WAS SET IN 2004.


THERE WAS A LIQUID EQUIVALENT OF 0.5 INCHES FROM THE SNOW THAT FELL
TODAY. THIS TIED THE LIQUID PRECIPITATION RECORD THAT WAS LAST SET
IN 1906.

$$

NF

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Quoting PensacolaDoug:



Men, women, dogs, cats, it's a curse.
Love my cats... I had the most wonderful cat a few years ago... He was a Maine Coon Cat... I miss him dearly... His name was "Pretty Boy" So sad... He got attacked by a wild animal here in south Florida.... He was my best friend...Sorry for crying.
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Off topic but the wack job in California has killed other cop.
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I thought I would just share this.

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Quoting StAugustineFL:


SPC Excerpt: ...ERN GULF COAST/SRN GA REGION...
THIS OUTLOOK REPRESENTS EWD EXTENSION OF DAY-1 SVR POTENTIAL INTO
ROUGHLY FIRST 9 HOURS OF PERIOD...UNTIL TWO RELATED FACTORS COMBINE
TO REDUCE THREAT...
1. VEERING OF PREFRONTAL BOUNDARY-LAYER FLOW RELATED TO SHIFT OF
STRONGEST CYCLONICALLY ASSOCIATED ISALLOBARIC FORCING OFF CAROLINAS
AND FARTHER AWAY FROM THIS AREA. RESULT SHOULD BE REDUCTION WITH
TIME OF BOTH SHEAR AND FRONTAL CONVERGENCE IN LOW LEVELS.
2. DEPARTURE OF MID-UPPER WAVE...RELATED WEAKENING OF MID-UPPER
LEVEL LARGE-SCALE ASCENT OVER SERN CONUS...AND MOVEMENT OF SFC FRONT
AHEAD OF THAT WEAKENING ASCENT.

HOWEVER...BEFORE THOSE PROCESSES ARE COMPLETE...AND ESPECIALLY
BEFORE 21Z...SVR POTENTIAL WILL LINGER IN FORM OF DAMAGING GUSTS AND
CONDITIONAL TORNADO RISK. WHILE OPTIMAL/MARITIME-TROPICAL SFC AIR
WILL REMAIN OVER OPEN GULF...MID-60S F SFC DEW POINTS SHOULD OCCUR
INLAND FROM SERN AL EWD ACROSS SRN GA AND SWD TO NRN FL AND
CENTRAL-ERN PANHANDLE. THIS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO YIELD SFC-BASED
EFFECTIVE INFLOW PARCELS IN MODIFIED FCST SOUNDINGS. DEEP-LAYER
SHEAR WILL SUPPORT SVR POTENTIAL. INTENSE MIDLEVEL WINDS SHOULD
OFFSET VEERING SFC FLOW TO MAINTAIN 55-65 KT EFFECTIVE SHEAR
MAGNITUDES. MEANWHILE COMBINATION OF DIABATIC SFC HEATING -- MUTED
BY CLOUD COVER -- AND BOUNDARY-LAYER THETAE ADVECTION SHOULD
COUNTERBALANCE WEAK MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES ENOUGH FOR 500-800 J/KG
MLCAPE. GIVEN GEOMETRY OF LOW-MIDDLE LEVEL WINDS WITH RESPECT TO
BOUNDARY...DOMINANT MODE SHOULD BE QUASI-LINEAR...BUT A FEW
SUPERCELLS ARE POSSIBLE. COVERAGE WILL BE MODULATED SOMEWHAT BY
AFOREMENTIONED WEAKENING LIFT AND BY STABLE LAYER AROUND 700 MB
EVIDENT IN FCST SOUNDINGS.




Local NWS graphic/discussion.



...Locally heavy rainfall over southeast Georgia... ...Strong to Severe storms possible... A cold front will approach the area on Wednesday bringing widespread showers and thunderstorms. Some storms may become strong to severe with strong winds and isolated tornadoes possible. Rainfall amounts over southeast Georgia today through Wednesday will be 1-2 inches with locally higher amounts possible. High temperatures will be in the 70's on Wednesday along with breezy conditions.



Be careful, don't be surprised if you got robbed, I'm seeing a lot of convective inhibition to the west. Here in Tallahassee, I'm starting to wonder if this event will materialize to anywhere near what they are saying, so far the models have been wrong. Hopefully it's just a timing issue and we'll start seeing large scale lift in the warm sector.


However, there is still hope, there is still plenty of time, it just doesn't look good right now for those in north Florida who need rain. As I said though, it may just be a timing issue, we'll see.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Can't help you with the hole in the jeans...Well, Maybe

The jeans ended up in the bin.
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Quoting WunderGirl12:


hahaha. sounds like A LOT of fun for me! :-P How'd you get a hole in your jeans??

Long story. But the short story is. Someone I met there didn't like me and they put a cigarette in my slightly turned up jeans leg. I didn't even notice it until I woke up the next morning when I got dressed at my cousins house. I saw the hole the size of maybe 2inches roundish with burn marks around the size.
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Quoting PedleyCA:
PlazaRed was talking about 11 meters of snow and wanting a song. Here is a video with a train removing snow in Arthurs Pass in Christschurch New Zealand....

Snowplow

Brilliant, Just Brilliant!
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
naw i always have a good day even if its a bad day

"I need to laugh, and when the sun is out
I've got something I can laugh about"
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
I thought so Doug...You damn northerners



Men, women, dogs, cats, it's a curse.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Rough day KEEPER?
naw i always have a good day even if its a bad day
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Quoting PedleyCA:
I want you


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utVR3EgQkHs

Sorry about this but there are times when you have to come to face with reality!

"%u201CIs a Dream a Lie If It Don%u2019t Come True, Or Is It Something Worse!"
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Hey WUGirl. Yeah I did. well, sorta. I woke up the next morning 90% deaf and a hole burnt in my jeans.
Can't help you with the hole in the jeans...Well, Maybe
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Happens to me maybe one every week... But Hey... I ride my bike 10 miles and i feel better... Sometimes

What happens to you. Getting a hole burnt in your jeans or 90% deafness?
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Hey WUGirl. Yeah I did. well, sorta. I woke up the next morning 90% deaf and a hole burnt in my jeans.


hahaha. sounds like A LOT of fun for me! :-P How'd you get a hole in your jeans??
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Tell Her NO
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um.... What happened to the info on the side of the ATCF?

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Quoting AussieStorm:

Hey WUGirl. Yeah I did. well, sorta. I woke up the next morning 90% deaf and a hole burnt in my jeans.
Happens to me maybe one every week... But Hey... I ride my bike 10 miles and I feel better... Sometimes
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Jim Cantore %u200F@JimCantore

Snowfall chances increasing more on the southeast coast than the northeast coast this weekend:


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Quoting WunderGirl12:


Hey Aussie, did you have fun at the night club??

Hey WUGirl. Yeah I did. well, sorta. I woke up the next morning 90% deaf and a hole burnt in my jeans.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Darnit


lol. :-P thanks for stopping. :-D
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I had the same issue earlier today but it seems to be working now.


Yeah, the site is back up, not sure what happened. In all the years I have visited the Navy TC site that was the 1st time I've had that problem.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
Rough day KEEPER?
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Quoting WunderGirl12:


Hahaha...can we stop with the curse words??
Darnit
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This was issued a couple hours ago by the Taunton, MA NWS office. It just offers a confirmation of some reporting sites that experiences blizzard conditions this past Friday and Saturday.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
455 PM EST MON FEB 11 2013

...BLIZZARD OF 2013...

BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE REACHED AT MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN
NEW ENGLAND DURING THE STORM ON FEBRUARY 8 AND 9. THUS IT IS SAFE TO
CALL THIS THE BLIZZARD OF 2013 FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. CERTAINLY
PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF THIS EVENT WAS THAT IT WAS MOST DEFINITELY A
BLIZZARD.

THE STRICT DEFINITION OF A BLIZZARD IS THAT FALLING AND/OR BLOWING
SNOW REDUCES VISIBILITY TO BELOW 1/4 MILE ALONG WITH WINDS THAT
FREQUENTLY GUST TO 35 MPH OR MORE...AND THAT THESE BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS ARE THE PREDOMINANT REPORTED CONDITION FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE
HOURS.

WHEN REVIEWING WHETHER A PARTICULAR OBSERVATION LOCATION HAD
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...WE COUNTED VISIBILITIES EQUAL TO 1/4 MILE
SINCE THAT IS QUITE LOW FOR AN AUTOMATED VISIBILITY SENSOR TO BE
ABLE TO DETECT. WE ALSO MADE SOME SUBJECTIVE DECISIONS. FOR
EXAMPLE...IN MANCHESTER NH...BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE MET FOR A
CONSECUTIVE 2 HOURS 40 MINUTES...AND WE CONSIDERED THIS CLOSE ENOUGH
TO THE 3 HOUR REQUIREMENT. AT BOSTON LOGAN INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT...WITHIN A 6-HOUR PERIOD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WERE OBSERVED
FOR 4 OF THOSE HOURS. THUS WE DECIDED TO COUNT THIS EVEN THOUGH
THERE WERE ONLY 2 CONSECUTIVE HOURS.

THE FOLLOWING OBSERVATION SITES CLEARLY HAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.
DURATIONS LISTED ARE APPROXIMATE...

WORCESTER MA.... 8 HOURS
NORWOOD MA...... 7.5 HOURS
NORTH SMITHFIELD RI...5.5 HOURS
BEDFORD MA...... 4.5 HOURS
FALMOUTH MA..... 4.5 HOURS
NEW BEDFORD MA...4.5 HOURS
NEWPORT RI.......3.5 HOURS
HARTFORD CT......3.0 HOURS...AT BRAINARD FIELD

THE FOLLOWING OBSERVATION LOCATIONS WERE DETERMINED TO HAVE ALSO HAD
A BLIZZARD...

WESTFIELD MA.....2.75 HOURS...ROUNDED UP TO 3
MANCHESTER NH....2.75 HOURS...ROUNDED UP TO 3
MARSHFIELD MA....2.5 HOURS BEFORE POWER WENT OUT BUT LIKELY CONTD
BOSTON MA........2.0 HOURS CONTINUOUS...BUT 4 OF 6 HOURS BLIZZARD
TAUNTON MA.......2.0 HOURS CONTINUOUS...AT LEAST 3.5 HOURS TOTAL
BEFORE DATA OUTAGE

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE FOLLOWING SITES HAD NEAR-BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS...

PROVIDENCE RI
WESTERLY RI
CHICOPEE MA

THE FOLLOWING SITES MAY HAVE HAD BLIZZARD CONDITIONS BUT DATA WERE
LOST AT THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM...

BEVERLY MA
PLYMOUTH MA

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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I had the same issue earlier today but it seems to be working now.


Yeah, it's working fine for me right now. Must've been having some issues, or updating the website.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
I thought so Doug...You damn northerners


Hahaha...can we stop with the curse words??
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PlazaRed was talking about 11 meters of snow and wanting a song. Here is a video with a train removing snow in Arthurs Pass in Christschurch New Zealand....

Snowplow

edit: best I could do...
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:



Yeah... I have that effect on people.
I thought so Doug...You damn northerners
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Jim?
My cousins live in Craiglockhart. Been there twice in 91 and 97. In 97 I was 21, the trip was my 21st birthday present. My cousin took me to a nice little pub with all my other cousins, they came from all over Scotland and England. As it was my Auntie and Uncles 50th wedding anniversary. The oldies partied at home and the youngins went out to the pub then onto a local night club.

Looks like another strong low developing in the NW Pacific.



Hey Aussie, did you have fun at the night club??
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Quoting AussieStorm:
My next holiday location.


Lizard Island

Lizard Island is the Northern most beach resort in Australia.


A little different from where I want to go next summer...

Cartwright, Labrador:


A 2,250 km drive to the Labrador Coast is what I have planned.
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Here is new invest 98W southsouthwest of Yap.


peculiar
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Quoting AussieStorm:
What's going on with the Navy TC page

I get

403 Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /TC.html on this server.

I've had this link for years.

I had the same issue earlier today but it seems to be working now.

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Quoting AussieStorm:

Don't worry about him. He's the would-be blog police. When actually he's just a pain in the retina.

GFS is predicting a new Tropical cyclone



Also another in the SW Pacific Islands

peculiar...
as for the tcr, what was actually changed?
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
I want you
I want you so bad
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad



Yeah... I have that effect on people.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Dammit Jim..My uncle Peter took me there...He lives in BroomHouse...

Jim?
My cousins live in Craiglockhart. Been there twice in 91 and 97. In 97 I was 21, the trip was my 21st birthday present. My cousin took me to a nice little pub with all my other cousins, they came from all over Scotland and England. As it was my Auntie and Uncles 50th wedding anniversary. The oldies partied at home and the youngins went out to the pub then onto a local night club.

Looks like another strong low developing in the NW Pacific.

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Quoting AussieStorm:
What's going on with the Navy TC page

I get

403 Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /TC.html on this server.

I've had this link for years.

Whoa, that is weird. I just tried my bookmarked link, which was working before, and I get the same message.

EDIT: working for me now.
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