Tornado kills two in Missouri; more tornadoes on tap for today

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:53 PM GMT on October 18, 2007

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The tropical Atlantic is quiet today, and none of the reliable models are predicting tropical cyclone formation over the next five days.

At approximately 12:15 am CDT this morning, a tornado near Paris, Missouri, killed two people when it ripped apart their mobile home and tossed them 400 feet away. At least four other tornadoes hit Missouri yesterday, and two tornadoes touched down in Texas, and one each in Louisiana and Mississippi. The driver of a Petal Water & Sewer service truck was hospitalized in Mississippi after strong winds picked up his truck and tossed it across I-59.

Another severe weather outbreak is expected today in the U.S., from the Mississippi Valley northward through the Tennessee Valley and the Great Lakes. Tornado Watches have already been posted, and today's severe weather has the potential to generate a few strong, long-track tornadoes. You can follow the outbreak today on our new interactive tornado map, which will post the tornado damage reports as they are received. The new feature also allows one to plot all the historical tornado activity back to 1950 for any region in the U.S. If you take a wunderphoto of a tornadic storm or tornado damage, and click on the "tornado" type of image flag when uploading it, our software will attempt to match your photo to the storm report for that tornado. These photos will then be available when you click on a storm report on the interactive tornado page. One of the storm reports for Missouri yesterday has several wunderphotos of the thunderstorm that spawned the tornado available, thanks to wunderphotographer Paleohebrew.

Jeff Masters

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Pensacola Tornado (Mslider31)
Looking west down Cervantes from Barcelona.
Pensacola Tornado

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616. Floodman
4:58 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Bone, I see a bright red "S" shaped feature moving NE towards P'cola...this is what you;re talking about, yes?
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614. NRAamy
2:57 PM PDT on October 18, 2007
607. TampaSpin 2:45 PM PDT on October 18, 2007

Amy doesn't look sexy, she looks like the weather girl on that there tv thing.....lol


that's 'cause I was havin' a bad hair day...kinda like Jerry's every day hair day...

;)
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613. TampaSpin
5:55 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Thank you just trying to learn the good stuff.
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612. Bonedog
5:53 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
not really Tampa. A mesocyclone just means the whole storm cell is spining. When we spot a hook with a pixle in it that usually is the signature of a tornado. But mseo's breed tornados so it bears watching
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611. TampaSpin
5:51 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
610. Bonedog 5:48 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
just updated again.. the other spin grew larger so it may be another Meso. so that line is spinning up.


so does that mean it is a spin that is parellel to land.
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610. Bonedog
5:47 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
just updated again.. the other spin grew larger so it may be another Meso. so that line is spinning up.
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609. Weather456
5:42 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Central Caribbean Disturbance

Our upper low has helped initiate a surface trough which is producing showers and thunderstorms over the Central Caribbean. A tropical wave further east in the Eastern Caribbean will help add to the instability as it moves west and interacts with the surface trough. Despite development , more showers for Jamaica, Caymans and Central America. Current streamlines dont really show moisture advection to Cuba and the Bahamas but this may change.

BBL



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608. Bonedog
5:44 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
velocity radar just updated another spin to the SW or W of the other vort. That line looks like it will need to be monitiored as it tracs NE. The other one is small so it might be a waterspout have to see if it satys or disapates in the next frames
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607. TampaSpin
5:43 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Amy doesn't look sexy, she looks like the weather girl on that there tv thing.....lol
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606. Floodman
4:43 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
602. NRAamy 4:43 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
589. Floodman 2:34 PM PDT on October 18, 2007

Amy, as far as I'm concerned, you keep the avatar, and I'll whip anybody that says otherwise ; )

hmmm...better get a Devo avatar if you're gonna "whip" anyone...

;)




LOL
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605. Bonedog
5:42 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
right now my guess is it is a mesocyclone. If a hook developes then I would be worried.
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604. Floodman
4:42 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Wow, I can see them (I was starting to wonder)...thanks, Bone!
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603. TampaSpin
5:41 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Yep that was what i was seeing also Bone
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602. NRAamy
2:42 PM PDT on October 18, 2007
589. Floodman 2:34 PM PDT on October 18, 2007

Amy, as far as I'm concerned, you keep the avatar, and I'll whip anybody that says otherwise ; )


hmmm...better get a Devo avatar if you're gonna "whip" anyone...

;)
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601. Weather456
5:42 PM AST on October 18, 2007
90W...A ball of symmetric convection






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600. Astrophysics
9:42 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Check out what's going on in the central Caribbean. There is a lot of convection with an upper level high pressure area on top of the convection meaning there is virtually no wind shear.


As you can see on the following visible loop that there is an upper level high parked on top of this convection.
Link

Here is an image of the current wind shear in the area:


This area probably won't develop since none of the models develop anything in that area plus there really isn't any rotation either but it will be interesting to watch since conditions are favorable for development.
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599. Bonedog
5:41 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
I dont see it on the De Funiak radar but when I switch over tot he Mobile radar it shows up. looks to come onshore right at the FL/AL border tracking NE
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598. TampaSpin
5:38 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Looks like the Kentucky and Indiana area is starting to fire.
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597. Bonedog
5:38 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Tampa there does apear to be something SW of Pcola heading NE
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596. Floodman
4:37 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
592. TampaSpin 4:36 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Bonedog is that a spinner of shore heading toward Pensacola


I'm not Bone, but if you're talking about the hook north of the larger area, yes, I beleive it is...
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595. Weather456
5:36 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Good Morning (Friday) to Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland Australia (Eastern Australia)



Webcam Image


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594. Bonedog
5:37 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
looking now Tampa.
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593. Bonedog
5:35 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
thank you pcola. I try to be as professional as I can and just report what I see.

Like I told Baja yesterday its amazing that I can spot the little pixles on the screen but in life I cant see worth a damn LOL.
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592. TampaSpin
5:34 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Bonedog is that a spinner of shore heading toward Pensacola
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591. weatherboyfsu
9:34 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Heck ya........big game.....
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590. Patrap
4:34 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Louisville Radar with multiple TVS..Link
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589. Floodman
4:33 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Amy, as far as I'm concerned, you keep the avatar, and I'll whip anybody that says otherwise ; )
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588. TampaSpin
5:33 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Big game tonite for the South Florida Bulls..
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587. pcola
4:30 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Congrats to Bonedog, thank you very much!
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586. Bonedog
5:31 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
no problem. Glad I can help. I will keep an eye on the Mobile Radar while I am here I will be leaving for home in a little bit though.
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585. NotAnotherHURRICANE
9:32 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Hello everyone, How is everyone doing today???
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584. cantoriesnumber1fan
9:31 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Test?
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583. weatherboyfsu
9:30 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Nice sat pic Weather456


Its starting to boom around here
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582. catastropheadjuster
9:26 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Thank You Bone I work here to help someone out time to time. I do appreciate you looking.
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581. Weather456
5:25 PM AST on October 18, 2007
No New info on tropical depression 01F...which is currently rather disorganize





Tropical Latest Image - GOES-East Visible Storm Relative


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580. SirVivor
9:27 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Love the brindle. Maybe next year I'll get a brindle female to breed Bo (Barkley BeoWoof) with. He's my baby. Sis got him for me when DH died in March...he's getting to be a good watch dog...and is GREAT at herding the cats....literally. When one gets out, Bo either pins it till I can come get it, or he herds it back inside.
579. TampaSpin
5:25 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
calm down NRA..lol
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578. Michfan
9:26 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Heading home. Time to get soaked while picking up the kids. BBL.
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577. catastropheadjuster
9:26 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
SirVivor yes it is. My female sugarbutt had 8 babies june 5 and I have a fawn male left. I am keeping little man he's my baby.
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576. pottery2
5:20 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Good to see you up and about, Patrap.
Keep Strong.
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575. Bonedog
5:23 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
cat adjuster I dont see anything of interest on the velocity screens. Looks like it will be rain event. I also dont notice much in the way of heavy winds but a few could blow through. You can do your laundry without worring. Just keep an ear out for sirens. With this frontal system things chance quickly.
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574. SirVivor
9:22 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Catadjuster, is tht a Boxer pup? What a cutie. I've got a fawn male.
573. Floodman
4:22 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
571. NRAamy 4:22 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
TxWxchaser...

Glamour shots? On a weather blog???

Oh yeah, those swirls are just too sexy for this blog....

And Jerry....maybe TxWx is more of a Jethro Tull fan...

;)



I have a great Ian Anderson avatar...
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572. Patrap
4:21 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Regional Radar shows the Big Pic



Link
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571. NRAamy
2:19 PM PDT on October 18, 2007
TxWxchaser...

Glamour shots? On a weather blog???

Oh yeah, those swirls are just too sexy for this blog....

And Jerry....maybe TxWx is more of a Jethro Tull fan...

;)

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570. Bonedog
5:20 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
catadjuster lemme look
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569. Floodman
4:21 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Yep, tampa...they spin in opposite directions!
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568. Floodman
4:20 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Patrap, great to see you in here...
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567. catastropheadjuster
9:13 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Hey you'll I looked at the nexrad and it looks like it might get bad in or around Mobile agian. does someone have the warning page or heard anything? I am working at a laudremat with just about all windows around me and no radio or tv but i have my laptop. You can tell I get a little worried. Sorry to bother you all. But please let me know.
Sheri
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566. Bonedog
5:19 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
aww gees guys and gals. Stop. Your making me blush really you are.
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