Rare January tornado hits Vancouver, Washington

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:33 PM GMT on January 11, 2008

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A rare tornado hit Vancouver, Washington (just north of Portland, Oregon) on Thursday at noon local time. The unusual twister demolished a rowing club, downed power lines, uprooted trees, and tossed shopping carts into cars along its four mile path. No injuries were reported, though. The state of Washington averages about two tornadoes per year. Yesterday's tornado was only the third January tornado observed in Washington since 1950, according to the National Climatic Data Center (2000 and 2006 were the other years). Tornadoes were also reported yesterday in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. About 100 houses were damaged and destroyed and 11 people were injured in Lowndes County, Mississippi from one of the tornadoes. A total of 34 tornadoes have been confirmed for the severe weather outbreak that began on January 7th, and total number of tornadoes could reach 60 or more by the time all the damage surveys are complete. More tornadoes are expected today from the Florida Panhandle northeastward to coastal North Carolina. Watch the Weather Underground's Severe Weather Page and Tornado Page to keep up with the storms.


Figure 1. Storm reports for Thursday, January 10, 2008. Image credit: NOAA's Storm Prediction Center.

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"That's the mother of all high numbers," said Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge-based economist.

Jeff Masters

Missouri tornandos (bikesnapper)
Our news commented that for Springfield there were 63 tornado warnings over 15 hours of which at least 10 passed over the city. It was a very long scary night that these storms kept coming and coming and coming
Missouri tornandos
Tornado Damage in Vancouver (weathercrazy82)
A rare EF-1 tornado does quite a bit of damage...
Tornado Damage in Vancouver
Bus on the Roof (DUNDEEYANK)
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Bus on the Roof

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311. cchsweatherman
7:28 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
Been doing pretty good JFV. Just got a nice thunderstorm here for the past hour with some ponding occurring here in Cooper City. First thunderstorm here in nearly three months. Did you get my message?
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307. cchsweatherman
7:25 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
Whats up JFV? Long time since I've heard from you. I sent you a message a couple days ago.
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306. cchsweatherman
7:22 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
I have been monitoring that also Thunder. I wonder if the NHC will issue a Special Tropical Disturbance Statement since they have designated the area an invest.
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304. Weather456
3:30 PM AST on January 13, 2008
Thundercloud01221991,

there is a circulation but its not close nor at the surface.
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303. Thundercloud01221991
7:21 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
I have been watching it look at the SW corner of the "new low" and you will see a marked increase in convection
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302. Weather456
3:13 PM AST on January 13, 2008
That does not mean thunder is wrong...but that mid-level circulation will have to extend to the surface first.
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301. Weather456
3:23 PM AST on January 13, 2008
that is not a new low...the system is decouple...that is acutally the mid level low.
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300. Thundercloud01221991
7:21 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
I was watching the loop over and over and was like what is going on why is it falling apart then the next frame told me a new low was forming
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299. cchsweatherman
7:19 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
I just saw that Thunder. Good observation. It gives it a much better chance for further development and survival, although those chances still remain rather low.
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298. Thundercloud01221991
7:01 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
if you look at this you will see what I mean

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297. cchsweatherman
7:14 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
Is it me or does it seem like the circulation has begun to fall apart? Maybe thunder is correct that a new low may be forming underneath the convection.
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296. cchsweatherman
6:59 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
I do not see that a new low is forming under the convection, thunder, although it is very close to the convection.
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295. Thundercloud01221991
7:06 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
a new low is forming under the convection right now
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294. cchsweatherman
7:02 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
Good afternoon all! I see the NHC has called our Central Atlantic low an invest today. It does look like it has some life and the circulation remains rather vigorous. It has a very slight chance for an upgrade, but it is a unique invest to watch.

We've just gotten a nice thunderstorm here in Cooper City, Fl. There was some ponding on the roads here and some nasty lightning. It was the first thunderstorm we've had in nearly three months. Looks like we've got more to come by the looks of the radar from Central Florida.
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292. Weather456
2:18 PM AST on January 13, 2008
Tropical Depression 01W Update 6

Issued 1800 UTC JAN 12 2008

Tropical depression 01W located near 13.5N-116.0W moving towards the west. Estimated surface winds are near 30 knots and minimum central pressure is near 999 hpa. Wind shear is 20 knots and SSTs are 28C.

A recent AMSU-A overpass showed a well-define low level close circulation (LLCC) with associated winds of 33 knots extending outwards 27 nmi. Synoptic reports indicate that the central pressure is near 999 hpa. Recent shortwave infrared imagery show a fairly organize depression producing vigorous squalls near the center which allow the pressure to deepen from update 5. However, the LLCC remains partially expose and the convection lop-sided due southeasterly vertical wind shear. Global models and the recent JTWC warning track still takes the depression west then southwestward due to the influence of the northeast monsoonal flow; while intensifying little as it enters cooler waters.



by W456

JTWC Stats:
1800 UTC - 01W NONAME.30kts-1000mb-133N-1171E

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291. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
6:27 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
convection is getting shear e any ways but the trick is how big the convection becomes and if can fill itself in before being blown away
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290. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
6:20 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
track mark 28.1n59.9w invest 90l
atlan basin stationary
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289. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
6:19 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
sounds like it only has a 24-48 hours to develop before its absorbed by a larger extratropical low.
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288. CaneAddict
6:16 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
Personally im thinking that we will have a couple more Invest's before the off-season starts to act like an off-season.
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287. Weather456
2:13 PM AST on January 13, 2008
286. Tazmanian 2:11 PM AST on January 13, 2008
dos it have a ch of being are 1st name storm???


everthing has a chance. I give it a low chance.
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286. Tazmanian
10:10 AM PST on January 13, 2008
dos it have a ch of being are 1st name storm???
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285. CaneAddict
6:06 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
Hello folks, I must say i do not like the look of what this coming hurricane season may have to bring...I mean come on we are still talking about inves's in January?

Anyway i am going to go update my site with information on what is now Invest 90L! Ill report back when im finished.
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284. Tazmanian
9:54 AM PST on January 13, 2008
hi all

the SDD site has too noted and we now have a Invest to track

Link

90L

Link
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283. Weather456
1:37 PM AST on January 13, 2008
tHE nhc has name this an invest

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281. Thundercloud01221991
5:36 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
I can not believe it we have an invest in January
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280. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
5:31 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
Japan Meteorological Agency

No Tropical Cyclone Bulletins/Warnings

WWJP25 Weather Chart (1200 UTC 13Jan)
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TROPICAL DEPRESSION
13.3N 117.1E - 30 knots 1006 hPa

moving west-northwest at 10 knots

PAGASA

Weather Synopsis
==================
At 2PM PST, a low pressure area was estimated based on satellite and surface data 220 kms west of Mindoro (13.0N 118.5E). Tail-end of a cold front affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Tropical Cyclone Warning #2
=============================
At 12:00 PM UTC, Tropical Depression One has 1 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts up to 40 knots. The depression located 235 NM west-southwest of Manila, Philippines and is reported moving west-northwest at 8 knots.

Significant wave height associated with 01W is 13 feet.
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279. Weather456
12:55 PM AST on January 13, 2008
a correction to the trmm image...it should say SACZ not SPCZ.
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277. Weather456
12:23 PM AST on January 13, 2008
Basic Features of the South American Monsoon System (SAMS) by W456

The Chaco Low and Low level Jet - a climatological heat low over Central South America. Air flows into the Chaco low from the SE and NE Trades via the a low level jet (LLC) east of the Andes.

The moist onshore flow converges and rising bringing the monsoon rains.

SACZ is the South Atlantic Convergence Zone between the flow around the St. Helena High in the South Atlantic Ocean and the flow around the Chaco Low. The SCAZ is best seen in satellite imagery and rainfall accumulation measurements (See third image).


The air rising in the Chaco low is evacuated via a large upper high called the Bolivian High. Its cousins are the Tibetan High of Asia and the Monsoon Ridge of North America.





TRMM
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276. Tazmanian
8:43 AM PST on January 13, 2008
we will see huh lightning10
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275. lightning10
4:44 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
I think the GFS is bluffing on that cold snap for the West.

If it comes true will not not be as cold or as far south.
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273. Tazmanian
8:22 AM PST on January 13, 2008
cool

January 13th, 2008 at 1:02 am
00z GFS has pretty unbelievable pattern for days 8-12–with significant snowfall for most of CA (including San Francisco, etc.!). Won’t happen, but is indicative of a high likelihood of very cold weather before the end of the month in CA with the possibility of some storm activity
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272. Tazmanian
8:28 AM PST on January 13, 2008
like huh???? am i looking at this right this is showing snow for San Francisco, CA

Link
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271. Weather456
12:03 PM AST on January 13, 2008
269. sydneyaust1 11:57 AM AST on January 13, 2008
456 - Thanks for the update on MJO - this is of great interest to Weather Watchers in North Queensland - I will definitely pass this one with acknowledgement - also what is the 'Pineapple Express' - this actually sounds like an Australian term but I am not familiar with it.

There was some talk of a Low currently croosing Cape York emerging into the Coral Sea possibly intensifying also a developing low off the Coast in the Coral Sea - we will see.

Again, thanks for the excellent post.

Cheers.


Thanks the pinapple express is an North American term used to describe a peristent flow of moisture extending from Hawaii to any location on the west coast of the N America. This feature is enchance by the MJO.

Wikipedia Page

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270. Weather456
11:48 AM AST on January 13, 2008
What is driving this westward propogation of negative SST anomalies?



Answer: Above normal easterlies...a typical La Nina feature

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269. sydneyaust1
3:45 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
456 - Thanks for the update on MJO - this is of great interest to Weather Watchers in North Queensland - I will definitely pass this one with acknowledgement - also what is the 'Pineapple Express' - this actually sounds like an Australian term but I am not familiar with it.

There was some talk of a Low currently croosing Cape York emerging into the Coral Sea possibly intensifying also a developing low off the Coast in the Coral Sea - we will see.

Again, thanks for the excellent post.

Cheers.
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268. pianomahnn
3:35 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
Even though it's the Weather Channel, it's still the media. They hype up anything that may create some irrational fear in people. It's the ratings, baby!
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267. Sfloridacat5
3:33 PM GMT on January 13, 2008
I have a question.
Why does the media (weather channel, etc) always hype up N.E.(Boston, etc) snowstorms? They act like its not supposed to snow in the Northeast during the winter.

Now if there was a snow storm expected in Atlanta or New Orleans, that would be big news.
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266. Weather456
11:21 AM AST on January 13, 2008
mornin storm
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265. stormdude77
11:17 AM AST on January 13, 2008
Good morning everyone!
263. Weather456
10:56 AM AST on January 13, 2008
Convection developing with the invest area in the subtropical atl.

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