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.

Katrina damage claims exceed $3 quadrillion
According to the Associated Press, $3,014,170,389,176,410 in claims have been filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following Hurricane Katrina. Of the 489,000 total claims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said 247 were for at least $1 billion, including one for $3 quadrillion.

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

Jeff Masters

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63. Bonedog
10:43 AM EST on January 11, 2008
tornado outbreaks, snows in baghdad, invests, avalanches, heavy snows, record warmth and its only January 11.

Man I dont not like this trend... going to be a wild ride this year.
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62. cchsweatherman
10:32 AM EST on January 11, 2008
Based upon both visible and infrared loops, it appears that the closed circulation no longer is exposed and convection has developed over it.
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60. cchsweatherman
10:22 AM EST on January 11, 2008
Here is the latest RAMSDIS visible image of the possible invest. Notice how it has an expansive moisture fetch and how convection has begun to wrap around the low-level circulation on the western side.
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59. lensull
3:25 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
BTW, that 3 QUADRILLION dollar claim was made by someone who lives in Baker, Louisiana which is NORTH of Baton Rouge and no where near New Orleans!!
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58. StormJunkie
3:20 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
Good to see ya SW, hope your having a good '08 so far

Thanks cchs, hope it will always be useful

As for the potential invest, have not really been watching it, but having been watching the models to see where this low would track up the east coast. Looks like it is going to track just offshore the NC coast preventing too much NC mountain snow on Sunday. Sure wish that track would move back W a little...Anywho, from what I saw on the models the Atlantic area was getting caught up in the front before it really had a chance to develop any, and with the current lack of convection, I would guess it would have a hard time making invest, much less STD. Just my guess though...

modified comment
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57. streamtracker
3:22 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
Very unusual year for tornadoes in Jan.

The three year Jan. average from '05 to '07 is 34.
(Source)

We already had 45 before the current round of between 34 to 60. That would put it at between 68 to 94 tornadoes less than halfway through the month.

Is it global warming? It would be wrong to make that attribution based on one month of unusual weather.

However, there has been an increase in F0 tornadoes over the last 30 years and some models do predict an increase in the future:

30 year analysis of tornado frequency and strength
Global Warming Will Bring Violent Storms And Tornadoes, NASA Predicts
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56. Weather456
3:19 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
Tropical Invest 90W Update 3

Issued 0900 UTC JAN 11 2008 by W456
Reissued 1500 UTC JAN 11 2008 by W456

Tropical disturbance 90W centered near 8.5N-126.5 moving towards the west northwest. Estimated surface winds are 20 knots and minimum central pressure is 1008 mb. Wind shear is 5-10 knots and SSTs are near 82F.

Position poorly based on past microwave imagery and low level infrared winds. Surface winds and pressure estimated using synoptic reports. This disturbance continues to produce strong-moderate showers and thunderstorms mainly to the northwest of the well-define LLCC. The latest update shows the center nearing the coast of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. Environmental conditions are favorable for the development of a tropical depression once the system moves westward across the Philippines Islands, and into the South China Sea. After which the cyclone should turn southwestward under the influence of the NE Monsoon flow a product of the very strong Siberian High.

by W456

JTWC Stats:
0600 UTC 90W INVEST.15kts-1010mb-82N-1269E

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55. LakeShadow
3:21 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
hey Storm. I hope you're doing well.
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54. LakeShadow
3:15 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
looks like Tallahasee is about to get whalloped
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53. Bonedog
10:13 AM EST on January 11, 2008
No problem Storm.
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52. cchsweatherman
10:14 AM EST on January 11, 2008
Well, look who has come back from the Hurricane Season grave. LOL. How have you been Storm Junkie? Still am using your site to assist my forecasting.

Good morning to you as well Storm. Now we have the full boat on this morning. What are your thoughts on this possible invest? Thanks.
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51. Weather456
3:16 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
morning storm and SJ
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49. Bonedog
10:13 AM EST on January 11, 2008
Im loading fine StormW

morning BTW :)
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48. LakeShadow
3:07 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
hey stormJunkie...hows it going?

Shen thats great...I needed to hear that song to satisfy my brain after Bone put it in there... Now maybe I can move on. :o)
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47. Bonedog
10:10 AM EST on January 11, 2008
Glad to hear SJ:)


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45. NEwxguy
3:11 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
It was really strange Bone,watching all the warnings popping up in mississippi,and then seeing this lone warning appear in washington.
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44. Bonedog
10:11 AM EST on January 11, 2008
wonder if this is a precursor to the rest of the year
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43. StormJunkie
3:11 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
All is well Bone, been busy working on a few projects, as well as taking my normal winter hiatus ☺
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42. NEwxguy
3:09 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
SJ good to see you again,and yeh, the winter is anything but boring this year.
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41. Bonedog
10:10 AM EST on January 11, 2008
hey StormJunkie. Long time no see

hope everything is well.
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40. Bonedog
10:07 AM EST on January 11, 2008
gotcha Grey. That was 4ish my time. I wasnt around.

When i came in this morning and checked the SPC I noticed it.

Sorry NE I wasnt trackign it with you yesterday. Captn Hook (as Baja calls me) was doing kitchen remodel duty
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39. Weather456
2:59 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
subsidence is ocurring in almost 90% of the circulation of the invest area
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38. LakeShadow
3:05 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
when there are elections looming, its difficult to find real news stories. There is nothing in the AP, Reuters or on NPR. What gives? Tonadoes are exciting to read about...total ratings grabber.
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37. StormJunkie
3:00 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
Morning all, hope everyone is having a great new year!

Good to see ya Bone, NEwx, Lake, 456, ShenV, cchs and all :~)

Certainly some interesting weather to say the least. To sum it up, snow in Baghdad and South America during the summer, several Jan tornadoes, and a tropical season that does not want to end....
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36. ShenValleyFlyFish
9:21 AM EST on January 11, 2008
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35. Greyelf
9:03 AM CST on January 11, 2008
It was between 3:00-3:30 p.m. CST.
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34. NEwxguy
2:59 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
I was watching the interactive tornado page watching all the warnings in the south and saw that popup in the northwest and thought it was a mistake.As we know now,it was one of those strange weather anomalies.
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33. cchsweatherman
9:29 AM EST on January 11, 2008
Based upon the latest RMASDIS image, it appears as if convection has been attempting to build and cover the closed surface circulation. It may now be attempting to gain subtropical/tropical characteristics.
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32. LakeShadow
2:58 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
not much Natl. news on the tornado outbreak.
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31. Bonedog
9:57 AM EST on January 11, 2008
Grey what time was that. I was logged off since 1pm yesterday. Only got back on this morning at 6am.

If I was here I would have noticed the post or even the echo
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30. Greyelf
8:50 AM CST on January 11, 2008
From yesterday's blog:
"297. Bonedog 6:48 AM CST on January 11, 2008
what the .....
There were tornados in Washington State yesterday? I didnt notice returns in that area or even watchs"



Funny how even during slow periods of this blog that posts get ignored. NEwxguy remarked on this very thing as it was happening after which I looked up about it, came back and even posted a link of a picture. I wondered why it seemed that no one else found it even remotely interesting.
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29. Bonedog
9:45 AM EST on January 11, 2008
000
FXUS61 KPHI 110844
AFDPHI

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
345 AM EST FRI JAN 11 2008

SYNOPTICALLY SPEAKING THIS IS GETTING CLOSER TO JUST ABOUT A
TEXTBOOK COLD SEASON SEVERE WEATHER EVENT AS WE HAVE A NEG TILT
DIFFLUENT TROF ALOFT AND THE ENTRANCE REGION OF THE H2.5 JET OVER
OUR CWA THIS AFTERNOON. THE 925MB JET IS FORECASTED TO INTENSIFY TO
55KTS WITH 70KTS FCSTD AT 850MB.

FORECASTED 0-3KM HELICITY VALUES ARE THRU THE ROOF BETWEEN 200-500
M2/S2, WHILE SOME OF THIS IS ALONG/NORTH OF THE WARM FRONT, IT
STILL REMAINS PRETTY HIGH IN THE WARM SECTOR. VALUES LIKE THAT COULD
PRODUCE ISOLATED TORNADOES, ESPECIALLY IF WE GET A BREAK IN THE LINE
THAT WOULD ENHANCE LOCALIZED INFLOW
. SITU SIMILAR TO THESE IN THE
PAST HAVE PRODUCED SVR STORMS WHEN SFC BASED LIFTED INDICES DROP AOB
ZERO, THE SPC WEB SITE HAS A GOOD MESOANALYSIS PAGE THAT IS UPDATED
HOURLY THAT CAN BE FOLLOWED.
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28. NEwxguy
2:18 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
Yep,more like late spring weather,but looks like we get back to more traditional January weather next week.
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27. Bonedog
9:28 AM EST on January 11, 2008
I felt it appropriate with all the weather stories this AM
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26. LakeShadow
2:37 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
morning...lol, bone...got that darn song in my head again...
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25. Bonedog
9:40 AM EST on January 11, 2008
had some nice storms roll through late last night then again this morning. Mostly like summertime storms.

Thsi afternoon is when things get interesting. The local WFO discussion from this morning is talking about classic cold weather severe storms and possible isolated tornados. Welcome to NJ in january :/
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24. lawntonlookers
2:12 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
Thunder storms and rain in Harrisburg, PA this morning. No severe weather like they had in the south or NW.
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23. Bonedog
9:25 AM EST on January 11, 2008
REM - It's The End Of The World As We Know It
It's The End Of The World As We Know It
(And I Feel Fine)

That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane -

Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn -

world serves its own needs, don't misserve your own needs. Feed it up a knock,

speed, grunt no, strength no. Ladder structure clatter with fear of height,

down height. Wire in a fire, represent the seven games in a government for

hire and a combat site. Left her, wasn't coming in a hurry with the furies

breathing down your neck. Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered

crop. Look at that low plane! Fine then. Uh oh, overflow, population,

common group, but it'll do. Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves it's

own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the

reverent in the right - right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright

light, feeling pretty psyched.



It's the end of the world as we know it.

It's the end of the world as we know it.

It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.



Six o'clock - TV hour. Don't get caught in foreign tower. Slash and burn,

return, listen to yourself churn. Lock him in uniform and book burning,

blood letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate. Light a candle,

light a motive. Step down, step down. Watch a heel crush, crush. Uh oh,

this means no fear - cavalier. Renegade and steer clear! A tournament,

a tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives

and I decline.


It's the end of the world as we know it.

It's the end of the world as we know it.

It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.



The other night I tripped a nice continental drift divide. Mountains sit in a line.

Leonard Bernstein. Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs.

Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom! You symbiotic, patriotic,

slam, but neck, right? Right.



It's the end of the world as we know it.

It's the end of the world as we know it.

It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine...fine...


(It's time I had some time alone)







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21. biff4ugo
8:58 AM EST on January 11, 2008
I think when you ask for that much money you need to hold your pinky to your lips like Dr. EVIL and laugh moniacally...
as in ONE QUADRILLION, muh ha haaaah!

Looks like weather in north Florida is trending back toward freezing!
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20. Bonedog
9:20 AM EST on January 11, 2008
yea P your right, a watered down version...


time for me to go check MODIS for anything breaking apart in Antartica :/

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17. Bonedog
9:09 AM EST on January 11, 2008
what the weather reads the SPC??

LOL its following the line almost exactly!!!

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16. weatherguy03
9:09 AM EST on January 11, 2008
I hope Global Warming is not over, I am enjoying the last 4 winters here in the South, I was thinking we have another 20 years to go in this warming cycle before we start to cool off again.
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14. Bonedog
9:09 AM EST on January 11, 2008
wierd.... can you spot the cold front??

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13. Weather456
1:46 PM GMT on January 11, 2008
the cold is all over...even here in the c/bbean....so much for global warming lol
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