U.S. gets unusually boring January weather; Thursday storm to ease Midwest drought

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 9:59 PM GMT on February 16, 2013

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After an unusually intense period of extreme weather during 2011 and 2012, the U.S. had its quietest month in nearly two years during January 2013, according to NOAA's U.S. Climate Extremes Index (CEI). The index tracks the percentage area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing top-10% and bottom-10% extremes in temperature, precipitation, and drought. The CEI during January 2013 was 14%, which was the lowest since the 12% value during February 2011. On average, about 20% of the contiguous U.S. experiences top-10% extreme weather as defined by the CEI. In 2012, just two months (October and February) had below-average CEI, so the weather of January 2013 was a welcome relief from our recent "new normal" of increased extreme weather. Of course, the month wasn't completely without notable weather--the tornado outbreak of January 29 - 30 generated 57 tornadoes, the second largest January tornado outbreak on record. January 2013 ranked as the 39th warmest January since 1895, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in their latest State of the Climate report. Utah and Nevada had a top-ten coldest January; no states had a top-ten warmest January. The January warmth was enough to make the 12-month period ending in January 2013 the warmest such period for the contiguous U.S., with every state being warmer than average. Sixteen states, across the central U.S. and Northeast, were record warm, and 27 additional states were top ten warm.


Figure 1. Historical temperature ranking for the U.S. for January 2013. Utah and Nevada had a top-ten coldest January, and no states had a top-ten warmest January. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

Drought conditions improve slightly; wetter weather on the way to Midwest drought region
January 2013 had slightly above-average precipitation over the contiguous U.S., but there were notable wet and dry extremes. Louisiana had its wettest January on record, and Michigan, Virginia, Tennessee, and Mississippi all had top-ten wettest January weather. Florida, California, and Connecticut all had top-ten driest January weather. Heavy rains in Alabama and Georgia helped give that region no areas of exceptional drought for the first time since January 10, 2012. However, the core of the drought area over the Midwest U.S. shrank only slightly, with the area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing moderate-to-exceptional drought going from 61% on January 1 to 56% on February 12. The U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook, issued February 7, calls for new areas of drought to develop over Florida, Texas, and California. However, some improvement in drought conditions is expected over about 40% of the drought region by April 30. The latest forecasts from the GFS and European (ECMWF) model show a modest shift in the jet stream pattern during the remainder of February, which may allow more moisture-bearing low pressure systems to pass through the main portion of the Midwest drought region. One storm for sure will arrive on Thursday, and many areas of the drought region should enjoy their their wettest day in months.


Figure 2. Drought conditions as of February 12, 2013, showed that 56% of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate or greater drought. Image credit: U.S. Drought Monitor.


Figure 3. Predicted precipitation for the 7-day period ending Saturday, February 23 at 7 pm EST. Almost the entire nation is expected to get precipitation, including the core of the drought region. Image credit: NOAA/HPC.

Forward on Climate rally on February 17th in Washington, D.C. 
On Sunday, February 17, at noon EST, what is expected to be the largest climate rally in history will take place in Washington D.C. The rally is a project of the Sierra Club, 350.org, and the Hip Hop Caucus. The organizers mustered 15,000 protesters last year in D.C. to protest the potential approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline (meant to bring oil from Canada's tar sands into the U.S.) Protesting the potential approval of the pipeline will be a major focus of Sunday's rally, as well. More broadly, the rally aims to put pressure on President Obama to make good on the promises he made during Tuesday's State of the Union Address:

"But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods – all are now more frequent and more intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late….But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will."

It's about time that the President began talking about the reality of our changing climate, and the need to pursue aggressive actions to combat human-caused climate change. January 2013 was a welcome relief from the intense stretch of extreme weather our nation has suffered over the past two years. But the extreme weather of 2011 - 2012 is going to be more typical of our "new normal" of weather during the coming decades. Earth's climate is warming, and the overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that human activity is the main cause. Extreme weather events are increasing in response to the warming climate. People can take cost-effective actions to limit the damage, and our lawmakers are going to come under increasing pressure from grass-roots efforts like the Forward on Climate rally to act to slow down climate change.

I'll have a new post on Tuesday.

Jeff Masters

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These are some of the earliest watches I've ever seen issued. The storm is still off the coast of the western USA.

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TORNADO WARNING
ARC027-139-182230-
/O.NEW.KSHV.TO.W.0010.130218T2203Z-130218T2230Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
403 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN UNION COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS...
CENTRAL COLUMBIA COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF MAGNOLIA...

* UNTIL 430 PM CST

* AT 401 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR MAGNOLIA...
MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
VILLAGE...MOUNT HOLLY AND LISBON...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE
STORM. A TORNADO MAY ALREADY BE ON THE GROUND...OR IS EXPECTED TO
DEVELOP SHORTLY. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS STORM...
MOVE INDOORS AND TO THE LOWEST LEVEL OF THE BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. IF DRIVING...DO NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASS.

&&

LAT...LON 3311 9330 3330 9335 3339 9302 3338 9278
3319 9273
TIME...MOT...LOC 2203Z 257DEG 48KT 3323 9321

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Jim Cantore‏@JimCantore

Magnolia storm now #tornado warned on. #ARwx
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Quoting tornadodude:
Northern cell is struggling, southern cell may take over


Southern cell just got a tornado warning.
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we now have winter storm Q

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Northern cell is struggling, southern cell may take over

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTH CENTRAL COLUMBIA COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...
SOUTHEASTERN HEMPSTEAD COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...
NORTHEASTERN LAFAYETTE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF STAMPS...
SOUTHERN NEVADA COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...

* UNTIL 415 PM CST

* AT 348 PM CST...TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD
WITH THIS STORM...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
BUCKNER...BODCAW...WILLISVILLE AND ROSSTON...
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Jim Cantore‏@JimCantore

#Tornado warned storm on top of Lewisville, AR
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Picture from twitter of this storm


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Jim Cantore‏@JimCantore

Saw REPORT of a funnel cloud w/AR cell. No way to confirm. Tag me if you see pic. Rotating storm although weaker heading towards Lewisville
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One last thing: Auroras in the offing right now at http://www.auroraskystation.com/live-camera/9/

And now falling asleep ...
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TORNADO WARNING
ARC057-073-091-182200-
/O.NEW.KSHV.TO.W.0008.130218T2115Z-130218T2200Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
315 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTH CENTRAL HEMPSTEAD COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...
CENTRAL LAFAYETTE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF LEWISVILLE...
CENTRAL MILLER COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS...

* UNTIL 400 PM CST

* AT 309 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 8 MILES WEST OF
FOUKE...OR 12 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WAKE VILLAGE...MOVING EAST AT 35
MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO GENOA
AND GARLAND...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE
STORM. A TORNADO MAY ALREADY BE ON THE GROUND...OR IS EXPECTED TO
DEVELOP SHORTLY. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS STORM...
MOVE INDOORS AND TO THE LOWEST LEVEL OF THE BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. IF DRIVING...DO NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASS.

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LAT...LON 3356 9364 3326 9351 3315 9403 3318 9405
3338 9404
TIME...MOT...LOC 2114Z 251DEG 33KT 3327 9398

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Jim Cantore‏@JimCantore

DANGEROUS storm with strong rotation #tornado warned should move just to the south of Garland, AR #ARwx







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Quoting kwgirl:
Dakster, I saw a fireball in 2006 and thought it was going to hit the house next to mine. Fortunately, it was higher (and probably much larger) than I thought. It kept going. I bet that Florida Bay would be a good spot to try and find meteroites. White sand bottom. Could go looking with the old fashioned bucket that was used to spot sponges. That is where I think the one that went over me landed. It was headed that way.


When I was a child in the sixties of the last century our family lived for several years at the mediterranean coast of Libya. One night I watched I big shooting star going down somewhere in the direction of the sea. Next day by chance I was walking at the rocky coast with my father and a geologist. And I tried to find the shooting star amid of billions of black stones at the coast. Everyone could have been the fallen star. So I randomly picked up one or the other and begged the geologist for his jugdement and wanted him to open the stone with a hammer. Maybe there were diamonds and gold in it! Happy times of childhood when every plain thing could hide a treasure in itself...

Besides I've created a small blog with some informations on this video I've posted before at #706 or better the film: "Chasing ice". Perhaps some of you have seen it in the US and would like to comment. But careful, I myself rarely visit my own blog, lol.

Good night from Germany, stay warm, Barb.

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810. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Disturbance Summary
TROPICAL DEPRESSION XX
3:00 AM JST February 19 2013
======================================

At 18:00 PM UTC, Tropical Depression (1002 hPa) located at 6.0N 128.0E has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots. The depression is reported as moving west at 10 knots.

(PAGASA "Crising")
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806 : I could not get your link to work, but is this it?
The CO2 surfeit: pickled ocean is eating away at oyster's, clam's, and sea butterflies


Yeah, thanks. Fixed. Shoulda checked. Slate's been having problems with their addresses in AnimalForecast today. Guess I used one of their bad addresses.
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Quoting PedleyCA:


We don't have Hurricanes and only a few tornado here. Earthquakes aren't weather and that was the criteria. I'd say it's pretty weather safe here. Can't freeze to death here unless you try.



Well drought is technically a weather related disaster, and California seems to get an awful lot of drought even though precip averages are already low. Therefore, you aren't as low on this list as you might think.
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Rock You Like A Hurricane
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Quoting aspectre:
The CO2 surfeit: pickled ocean is eating away at oyster's, clam's, and sea butterflies


I could not get your link to work, but is this it?
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In Louisiana now:

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
243 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
BIENVILLE PARISH IN NORTHWEST LOUISIANA...
SOUTHEASTERN DE SOTO PARISH IN NORTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF MANSFIELD...
RED RIVER PARISH IN NORTHWEST LOUISIANA...

* UNTIL 330 PM CST

* AT 239 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR
MANSFIELD...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
COUSHATTA...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE
STORM. A TORNADO MAY ALREADY BE ON THE GROUND...OR IS EXPECTED TO
DEVELOP SHORTLY. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS STORM...
MOVE INDOORS AND TO THE LOWEST LEVEL OF THE BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. IF DRIVING...DO NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASS.

&&
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Quoting ncstorm:


Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head

ncstorm
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Quoting Dakster:
Considering that they almost missed the larger one (2012DA) not so sure I feel all warm and cozy about how good our asteroid/meteor watching is...

I am not worried about getting hit by one, even though something small went down off the coast of Miami Beach last night.
Dakster, I saw a fireball in 2006 and thought it was going to hit the house next to mine. Fortunately, it was higher (and probably much larger) than I thought. It kept going. I bet that Florida Bay would be a good spot to try and find meteroites. White sand bottom. Could go looking with the old fashioned bucket that was used to spot sponges. That is where I think the one that went over me landed. It was headed that way.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
It's a tough question... Being that I did the Xenia tornado in Ohio, I'd say no to Ohio, and now I am in south Florida.... Not a good bet either


We don't have Hurricanes and only a few tornado here. Earthquakes aren't weather and that was the criteria. I'd say it's pretty weather safe here. Can't freeze to death here unless you try.
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Quoting PedleyCA:


Could you hum a few bars.....
repeat...
It's early morning, the sun comes out
Last night was shaking, and pretty loud
My cat is purring, and scratches my skin
So what is wrong with another sin
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Quoting Ameister12:
This storm heading for Norman, Arkansas needs a tornado warning!

Probably.

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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head ... Of all of the 50 states, which state is the safest place to live in?... Weather related only


Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head

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This storm heading for Norman, Arkansas needs a tornado warning!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'd have to go with Maine.
It's a tough question... Being that I did the Xenia tornado in Ohio, I'd say no to Ohio, and now I am in south Florida.... Not a good bet either
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head ... Of all of the 50 states, which state is the safest place to live in?... Weather related only


Idaho?
Vermont/NH?
Maine?
AZ/NV?

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The CO2 surfeit: pickled ocean is eating away at oyster's, clam's, and sea butterflies
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head ... Of all of the 50 states, which state is the safest place to live in?... Weather related only


Could you hum a few bars.....
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793. VR46L
Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head ... Of all of the 50 states, which state is the safest place to live in?... Weather related only


I would think the best weather wize would be South California but it does have alot of shakers which would be a major Minus but that is just as an outsider looking in
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head ... Of all of the 50 states, which state is the safest place to live in?... Weather related only

I'd have to go with Maine.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeather:
Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head ... Of all of the 50 states, which state is the safest place to live in?... Weather related only


answer.. none, as to which one gets closer then idk
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Sometimes I get these thoughts in my head ... Of all of the 50 states, which state is the safest place to live in?... Weather related only
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Quoting RitaEvac:


If they use their assualt weapons on the storm they might be able to shoot it down outta the sky


Have you ever been to Cut And Shoot? You barely have the distance to stop for gas before you drive all the way through it. :) They could all be armed to the teeth and they still would not have enough fire power there to stop an evening shower.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
"THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CUT AND SHOOT..."

Am I the only one who sees the irony in that? Lol.
LOL
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hmm, true. Those are new there

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I might be late on this one but SPC added a 5% tornado risk

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
"THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CUT AND SHOOT..."

Am I the only one who sees the irony in that? Lol.


If they use their assualt weapons on the storm they might be able to shoot it down outta the sky
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"THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CUT AND SHOOT..."

Am I the only one who sees the irony in that? Lol.

Anyways..

Lots of new severe thunderstorm warnings and a severe thunderstorm watch farther north:

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Storm has a Boundary Weak Echo Region* (doughnut hole). Sure have seen a lot of those this year already.

* A Boundary Weak Echo Region is a local minimum associated with a supercell on radar. It is a sign of an intense updraft and potentially a tornado.



TA, where do you see the echo? What graphics are you using???
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0167
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0208 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...SE TX/SW LA

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY

VALID 182008Z - 182115Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...20 PERCENT

SUMMARY...TSTMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON
ACROSS SE TX WHILE MOVING NEWD INTO SW LA. STORMS MAY BE STRONG
ENOUGH TO PRODUCE SOME ISOLATED SVR HAIL/WINDS BUT THE THREAT SHOULD
BE TRANSIENT...LEADING TO A LOW PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE.
ADDITIONALLY...A BRIEF TORNADO OR TWO CANNOT BE RULED OUT BE THE
THREAT APPEARS VERY LOW AT THIS TIME.

DISCUSSION...TSTMS HAVE GRADUALLY STRENGTHENED WITHIN THE WAA REGIME
ACROSS SE TX. CLOUD COVER AND WARM PROFILES HAVE LIMITED INSTABILITY
THUS FAR BUT MID-LEVEL COOLING ASSOCIATED WITH THE APPROACHING
MID-LEVEL TROUGH IS LIKELY CONTRIBUTING TO AT LEAST SOME
DESTABILIZATION. RECENT MESOANALYSIS DEPICTS SBCAPE AROUND 500 J/KG
AND MLCAPE AROUND 250 J/KG. THIS LACK OF INSTABILITY WILL LIKELY
KEEP STORMS SHALLOW AND THE OVERALL SEVERE THREAT LOW.
HOWEVER...DESPITE THIS MODEST INSTABILITY...THE STRONGLY SHEARED
ENVIRONMENT WILL FAVOR ROTATING UPDRAFTS WITH THE POTENTIAL TO
PRODUCE ISOLATED SVR HAIL/WINDS...PARTICULARLY WITH ANY CELL
MERGERS. RECENT RADAR IMAGERY REFLECTS THIS POSSIBILITY WITH
ROTATING STORMS NOTED IN MONTGOMERY AND SAN JACINTO COUNTIES IN SE
TX. ADDITIONALLY...GIVEN THE STRONG SHEAR...A BRIEF/TRANSIENT
TORNADO CANNOT BE RULED OUT BUT THE PROBABILITY IS LOW.

..MOSIER/HART.. 02/18/2013


ATTN...WFO...LCH...SHV...HGX...

LAT...LON 29259490 28939552 29419645 30279651 31289526 31669469
32359394 32309322 31779292 30949307 29929360 29259490
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Cell behind it just got a warning.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
205 PM CST MON FEB 18 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LEAGUE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN SAN JACINTO COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS...
NORTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS...
EXTREME NORTHWESTERN LIBERTY COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

* UNTIL 230 PM CST

* AT 200 PM CST...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED
NEAR CUT AND SHOOT...OR 8 MILES EAST OF CONROE...AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
CLEVELAND...CUT AND SHOOT AND NORTH CLEVELAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

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Quoting Luisport:
AccuWeather.com‏@breakingweather

Snow will fall on the summits of Hawaii this week. Check out the state radar here:
Link


yep..

BIG ISLAND SUMMITS-INCLUDING THE CITY OF...MAUNA LOA AND MAUNA KEA ABOVE 8000 FEET
841 AM HST MON FEB 18 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR LIGHT SNOW AND FREEZING FOG...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM HST TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS...BIG ISLAND SUMMITS ABOVE 12000 FEET.
* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW...BLOWING SNOW AND FREEZING FOG.
* ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 2 INCHES WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS IN DRIFTS.
* TIMING...THROUGH 6 AM HST TUESDAY.
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW AND ICE ON
THE ROADS.
* WINDS...NORTHEAST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
* TEMPERATURES...MID TO UPPER 20S.
* VISIBILITIES...1 MILE OR LESS AT TIMES DUE TO SNOW AND FREEZING FOG
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AccuWeather.com‏@breakingweather

Snow will fall on the summits of Hawaii this week. Check out the state radar here:
Link
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Storm has a Boundary Weak Echo Region* (doughnut hole). Sure have seen a lot of those this year already.

* A Boundary Weak Echo Region is a local minimum associated with a supercell on radar. It is a sign of an intense updraft and potentially a tornado.


Well, if it has a tornado, we'll probably find out soon. It's about to cross 59.
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Storm has a Boundary Weak Echo Region* (doughnut hole). Sure have seen a lot of those this year already.

* A Boundary Weak Echo Region is a local minimum associated with a supercell on radar. It is a sign of an intense updraft and potentially a tornado.

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Quoting wxchaser97:
A pair of tornado warned storms in SE TX, near Livingston.


I like your handle's picture Chaser
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