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.

Portlight receives $125,000 grant for New Jersey relief efforts
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Figure 2. Vince Sciacca was in a horrific car accident a few years ago, which put him in a coma for nine months and left him with a severe brain injury. Shortly before Superstorm Sandy struck, and after much struggle, he had finally straightened out his equipment needs. The storm came along and destroyed everything. Portlight's project manager, Steve Major, delivered this power chair to Vince on February 2, and will be working with him to replace other equipment, as well.

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Jeff Masters

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 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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Quoting PedleyCA:


That would make me want to stop drinking. Well, if I hadn't already done so. Warm beer just isn't right. In less you were brought up that way.
Pedley, When the barkeep in Scotland ask you if you want another one...
Tell her no, no, no ,no, no, no ,no no..
Don't leave her now for her love belongs to me
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nevermind

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Lol, SPC is not having a good time today. Three MDs for the same area, one with a 95% watch probability, then 80%, now a new one at just 40%. Just goes to show even the best forecasters out there struggle sometimes. Radar definitely doesn't look too threatening on the Gulf Coast right now.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Spent a few weeks in Edinburg Scotland last year... Went into the local pub on Princess Street... Asked for the local brew... This guy handed me this quart can of "WARM" beer called EXPORT... I learned to like it... Or die


Warm beer? That just sounds wrong, even to a minior. *yuck* My dad likes his beer ICE cold.
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Evening Everyone! Hi Aussie! :-) I'm running from a front line, and having a blast. :-D I'll be on till about 8ish, maybe longer. Well, lets hope to it!

WunderGirl12
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Looks like a no-go for today's severe weather event.


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0159
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0517 PM CST TUE FEB 12 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...SRN MS - SRN AL - FL PANHANDLE - FAR SWRN GA

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE

VALID 122317Z - 130015Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...40 PERCENT

SUMMARY...ROBUST TSTM DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTENANCE OVER THE NEXT
SEVERAL HOURS IS UNCERTAIN AND A POTENTIAL SEVERE RISK IS SEEMINGLY
BECOME MORE LIMITED IN SPATIAL EXTENT. CONVECTIVE TRENDS WILL
CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS REGARDING THE
NEED FOR A POSSIBLE TORNADO WATCH.

DISCUSSION...SURFACE OBSERVATIONS SHOW A STATIONARY FRONT
APPROXIMATELY 40 MI INLAND FROM THE MS/AL/FL PANHANDLE COASTS. THE
LAST SEVERAL HOURS HAVE SHOWN LITTLE IN THE WAY OF INTENSE UPDRAFTS
SOUTH OF THE BOUNDARY AND MUCH OF THE RECENT TSTM ACTIVITY OVER SRN
AL HAS MOVED N AND BECOME ELEVATED IN CHARACTER. AS SUCH...THE
WEAKLY BUOYANT SURFACE-BASED AIRMASS HAS BEEN CONFINED TO NEAR THE
COAST LIMITING THE RESIDENCE TIME FOR STORMS TO MATURE AND INTENSIFY
FURTHER.

MODEL GUIDANCE --PARTICULARLY CONVECTION-ALLOWING MODELS-- ARE
SUBDUED IN SHOWING VIGOROUS STORMS DEVELOPING ACROSS THIS REGION
DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON-EVENING HOURS...WHICH SEEMS TO AGREE WITH
OBSERVATIONS TO THIS POINT. NONETHELESS...AN UPTICK IN STORM
STRENGTH AND POTENTIAL SEVERITY IS STILL POSSIBLE AS A SRN PLAINS
SPEED MAXIMUM ENCROACHES ON THE AREA LATER TONIGHT. THUS A LOW RISK
FOR A FEW SEVERE STORMS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE EVENING
HOURS...INCLUDING A CONDITIONAL PROBABILITY FOR AN ISOLD TORNADO.

..SMITH/KERR.. 02/12/2013
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Spent a few weeks in Edinburg Scotland last year... Went into the local pub on Princess Street... Asked for the local brew... This guy handed me this quart can of "WARM" beer called EXPORT... I learned to like it... Or die


That would make me want to stop drinking. Well, if I hadn't already done so. Warm beer just isn't right. In less you were brought up that way.
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I was at work today.... I checked in every once in a while...What a knock down drag out day on the blog today.... Too funny
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Tropical Cyclone Gino.
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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.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

You went to the wrong pub. My cousin took me to one and the beer was ice cold, just the way it should be.
Dammit Jim..My uncle Peter took me there...He lives in BroomHouse...
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Spent a few weeks in Edinburg Scotland last year... Went into the local pub on Princess Street... Asked for the local brew... This guy handed me this quart can of "WARM" beer called EXPORT... I learned to like it... Or die

You went to the wrong pub. My cousin took me to one and the beer was ice cold, just the way it should be.
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Here is new invest 98W southsouthwest of Yap.

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I want you
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Quoting AussieStorm:

I've never been anywhere where there wasn't beer. And if there was, I wouldn't stay there.
Spent a few weeks in Edinburg Scotland last year... Went into the local pub on Princess Street... Asked for the local brew... This guy handed me this quart can of "WARM" beer called EXPORT... I learned to like it... Or die
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
I would never go anywhere with beer... One time in Band Camp.... Oh, nevermind

I've never been anywhere where there wasn't beer. And if there was, I wouldn't stay there.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Its hard to tell if Ryan is being serious or sarcastic here since Ryan is usually a very sarcastic and cynical guy.

We can just give Ryan the benefit of the doubt in this case. :)
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Quoting AussieStorm:

LOL. I bloody well hope so.
I would never go anywhere with beer... One time in Band Camp.... Oh, nevermind
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Quoting goosegirl1:


How about this one from last year? Link

I would drive one, if I had $52K somewhere :)


That is one of the only ones with decent range.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Is there beer there Aussie?

LOL. I bloody well hope so.
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So much for that 80% likely watch

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Quoting AussieStorm:
My next holiday location.


Lizard Island

Lizard Island is the Northern most beach resort in Australia.
Is there beer there Aussie?
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My next holiday location.


Lizard Island

Lizard Island is the Northern most beach resort in Australia.
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Quoting goosegirl1:


How about this one from last year? Link

I would drive one, if I had $52K somewhere :)
What does that have to do with the performance of the vehicle. Until the car can do what Americans cars can do now the vast and I mean vast majority of Americans will not buy them. Tesla wants to sell 20,000 this year according to the story by comparison Ford sells more F150 pick-ups in 12 days
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I want you
I want you so bad
I want you
I want you so bad
It's driving me mad
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Quoting Levi32:
418. Based on his previous comments on the subject, I would guess Maue is being sarcastic.
I was thinking the same. Though Bastardi took him seriously.
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Quoting LostTomorrows:


That's nice. Figured as much, but thought I'd share anyway.

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
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Quoting Minnemike:
well now how cool is that!
it Is fixed for we classicWu'ers ^_^
was still acting up this morning, had been irking me for a week, even had to go to the new-fangled modern version just to witness the major events of late..
i am most pleased!


You are correct. Mine is back to normal. Don't know who to thank for that. Maybe they saw your comment this morning and asked who changed that and made them put it back the way it was. Life is good again, ... lol
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Quoting nymore:
The problem is not the car, the problem is the battery. Battery technology has basically not changed in 100 years, until there is better storage technology it will be a failure. Solar and wind have the same problem. Hopefully things will change in the storage area.


How about this one from last year? Link

I would drive one, if I had $52K somewhere :)
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Quoting AussieStorm:

And your point is at pointing that out? Maybe not everyone knows Sandy's TCR was out. Not everyone sits in front of there pc/laptop/tablet/cellphone 24/7 on this blob reading every single comment that everyone posts. Some of us do have lives outside of this blog. Unlike "some" on here. Maybe you need to stop being the blog police Mr Taz, Cause your not doing a very good job.
Plus, I didn't even know Sandy TCR was out until someone mentioned it on this blog around 12 pm EST (when Sandy's TCR was actually released around 8 am EST). I was glad someone mentioned about it or I would've not heard about it until right now.
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Quoting Tazmanian:




your late


That's nice. Figured as much, but thought I'd share anyway.
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Quoting Tazmanian:




your late

And your point is at pointing that out? Maybe not everyone knows Sandy's TCR was out. Not everyone sits in front of there pc/laptop/tablet/cellphone 24/7 on this blob reading every single comment that everyone posts. Some of us do have lives outside of this blog. Unlike "some" on here. Maybe you need to stop being the blog police Mr Taz, Cause your not doing a very good job.
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Quoting Tazmanian:




your late
lol be nice taz
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Quoting JustPlantIt:
'Henceforward shall be FREE.... Emancipation Procamation'. Great stamp!!!

AND weather should be free also.


Yep..I haven't had to pay a dime for a good storm or a sunny day ever that I can think of..I have paid 50cent for air to go in my car tire a time or two..
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Quoting LostTomorrows:
Has Sandy's TCR been posted here? If not, here it is - the final tropical cyclone report of the '12 season, with some of the most notable changes made:

Link

Sandy was re-upgraded to a major and also reached a secondary peak at category 2 strength in the far reaches of the Gulf stream.
It's quite the detailed read.




your late
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Quoting Minnemike:
is anyone else here also a stickler for classic.wunderground, like I am?
if so, are you also having problems with the display of the WU Nexrad stations??
lately, the region shown at each station is significantly larger(signal return not expanded though), and it does not match up with the 'warnings/watches' county coloring(the correct area typically shown superimposed on the now expanded area). likewise, those shadings do not match the zoom level if changed. also experiencing animating issues related.
am i alone in this? i am firmly entrenched in classicWU, dangitall!!! don't want to budge unless this is ubiquitous with using a now defunct platform...

I am also a stickler of WU Classic. I tried what you did. This is what I got.



Maybe you need to clear your cache.
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Quoting auburn:


He is too all us old timers...LOL
'Henceforward shall be FREE.... Emancipation Procamation'. Great stamp!!!

AND weather should be free also.
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Has Sandy's TCR been posted here? If not, here it is - the final tropical cyclone report of the '12 season, with some of the most notable changes made:

Link

Sandy was re-upgraded to a major and also reached a secondary peak at category 2 strength in the far reaches of the Gulf stream.
It's quite the detailed read.
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494. auburn (Mod)
Just think if all this South East Rain were snow..man what a mess.. 1 inch of rain = 10 inches of snow or something like that...Alabama would never recover...LOL
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Quoting EricSpittle:
Bummer, thanks for the response though.

Here ya go. This is the GFS page
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
auburn...If Bo J would not have gotten hurt he would have been the greatest...Ever


He is too all us old timers...LOL
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
if it's not posted yet..

NESIS PLACES NEMO INTO CATEGORY 3 WITH A 4.35.


Weird. I don't get it. Where's all the 30"+ across northern Long Island, CT, and into parts of Massachusetts? When I was looking at the NWS reports, I counted more than a dozen counties with locations reporting over 30" of snow. Based on all that, I would've expected Nemo to get a NESIS rating of 5-6. But on that map, all you see is a couple dots of red in Maine, hence the rather low rating.
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Get round this one from:-
Nymore ' 478 and the future might just have a possible altenative. Heres a line fom the link:-

"Federal billions cannot overcome the fact that electric vehicles and plug-in electric hybrids meet few, if any, of real consumers’ needs. Compared with gas-powered cars, they deliver inferior performance at much higher cost. As an American Physical Society symposium on battery research concluded last June: “Despite their many potential advantages, all-electric vehicles will not replace the standard American family car in the foreseeable future.”

I as a mere person, cannot argue with the text of the clip, I inserted. The fact is that if there is any real desire to diminish the contaminants then, IT has to be acceptable to the masses of consumers!
IE. If "I" cant get what "I" want out of it, then "I" am not going to back it with my hard derived bucks! Simple

Basically, as a mere person, watching whats going on, I have to ask myself! Do I like this movie? Would I rate it for an Oscar?

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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Blairsville? Blue Ridge?


Gilmer county, East of 515. Closer to Ellijay than Blue Ridge.
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Quoting nymore:
The problem is not the car, the problem is the battery. Battery technology has basically not changed in 100 years, until there is better storage technology it will be a failure. Solar and wind have the same problem. Hopefully things will change in the storage area.


I think the problem is both the car and the battery but for different reasons. The battery is the problem with cost and performance but the main problem is nobody wants them. They have a PR issue...
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Quoting Minnemike:
is anyone else here also a stickler for classic.wunderground, like I am?
if so, are you also having problems with the display of the WU Nexrad stations??
lately, the region shown at each station is significantly larger(signal return not expanded though), and it does not match up with the 'warnings/watches' county coloring(the correct area typically shown superimposed on the now expanded area). likewise, those shadings do not match the zoom level if changed. also experiencing animating issues related.
am i alone in this? i am firmly entrenched in classicWU, dangitall!!! don't want to budge unless this is ubiquitous with using a now defunct platform...


Yes, it was defaulting to the 248 NMI image, but it seems to be fixed now.

I'm also on classic and won't change. I use my favorites too much.
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Bad day for the Tide...

Link
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Quoting nymore:
The problem is not the car, the problem is the battery. Battery technology has basically not changed in 100 years, until there is better storage technology it will be a failure. Solar and wind have the same problem. Hopefully things will change in the storage area.
Or fuel cells improve
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Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:


Looks like we're next, Just NE of Ellijay, Georgia.
Blairsville? Blue Ridge?
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