Tornadoes Kill Three in Southern U.S.; Significant Tornado Outbreak Today in VA, NC

By: Jeff Masters , 4:25 PM GMT on February 24, 2016

The deadliest severe weather outbreak thus far in 2016 hit the Deep South on Tuesday, when at least eighteen tornadoes tore across portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Hardest hit was Louisiana, where the town of Convent saw a tornado rip through an RV park, killing two and injuring 31, with seven of those people in critical condition. An additional fatality was reported in a mobile home near Purvis, Mississippi. Major damage occurred late Tuesday morning in Prairieville, southeast of Baton Rouge, where a Gold's Gym and several other buildings nearby were heavily damaged around the time a tornado was reported in the area. Just 18 miles northeast, in Livingston, several homes had their roofs completely torn off. For the second time this month, a tornado caused major damage in Escambia County, located in the far western portion of the Florida Panhandle near Pensacola. A rotating supercell thunderstorm that formed over the Gulf of Mexico moved ashore and spawned a tornado that crossed Interstate 10, flipping several cars and a tractor trailer on the Escambia Bay Bridge, leaving the highway closed from mile marker 17 to mile marker 43. Twenty-four units of The Moorings apartment complex in Pensacola were completely destroyed, and an additional six suffered minor damage, according to Be Ready Escambia, the official disaster readiness website of the county's emergency management agency.


Figure 1. Destroyed trailers and vehicles are all that remain of the Sugar Hill RV Park after a tornado hit Convent, Louisiana on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. The tornado killed two people in the trailer park. In total, 31 people were hospitalized from the trailer park, and seven were in critical condition, officials told the AP. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)


Figure 2. A large waterspout with two smaller satellite waterspouts moved across Louisiana's Lake Ponchartrain on Tuesday afternoon, February 23, 2016. Image credit: Casey Rogers/Facebook. This impressive WWLTV.com video shows the waterspouts in more detail. Thanks go to wunderground member Patrap for posting this link in the blog comments.


Figure 3. Severe weather reports for Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center.

Another dangerous severe weather day on Wednesday
The storm system responsible for Tuesday’s severe weather is moving northeast, and severe thunderstorms began firing up on Wednesday morning ahead of the cold front that was sweeping through Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina. Tornado warnings were issued late Wednesday morning in Tampa, Florida, and in southern North Carolina, but the main severe threat will occur late Wednesday afternoon in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, where a strong mid-level jet stream with winds in excess of 125 mph and plenty of wind shear will provide spinning motion to afternoon thunderstorms that will fire up in the unstable air ahead of the approaching cold front. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center is warning of the possibility of strong EF2 and EF3 tornadoes in this area, along with severe thunderstorms likely to cause straight-line wind damage.


Figure 4. The severe weather outlook for Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center calls for another major day of severe weather, with portions of eastern North Carolina and eastern Virginia under a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather.

You can follow today's outbreak on our special Live Blog.

Jeff Masters


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383. VibrantPlanet
11:50 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Eric Webb @webberweather @antmasiello I did too, although the top 5 strongest NINOs on record (since mid 19th century) all had +AOs thru DJF, NAO meh.

I think the reason why this DJF Nino will average out to a near neutral AO is because the Arctic has been so warm relative to equator.
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382. HaoleboySurfEC
10:46 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Correction it was 1990. Also i've just seen that Brock is currently battling Stage 4 cancer so I'm pretty much shocked at the news. The guy is larger than life and a legendary waterman of the north shore.

Quoting 381. HaoleboySurfEC:

The Bay Calls the Day

Was there in '89 when Brock Little took off on the steepest 50-60' face I've ever seen. He made it about 3/4 of the way down before he wiped out. I have the photo sequence. 35mm. I was sitting on the point.

5 years later we were in the same lifeguard training class. At the time I was probably running a 5:30 mile on sand. We had a run/swim called the 1000/1000. The only time I didnt see him from behind was the starting line. He is a gifted athlete as are all of the guys in the lineup today.

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check it out.


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381. HaoleboySurfEC
10:29 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
The Bay Calls the Day

Was there in '89 when Brock Little took off on the steepest 50-60' face I've ever seen. He made it about 3/4 of the way down before he wiped out. I have the photo sequence. 35mm. I was sitting on the point.

5 years later we were in the same lifeguard training class. At the time I was probably running a 5:30 mile on sand. We had a run/swim called the 1000/1000. The only time I didnt see him from behind was the starting line. He is a gifted athlete as are all of the guys in the lineup today.

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check it out.

Quoting 374. 757surfer:

If anyone here is interested in watching the The Eddie Aikau surf contest at Waimea Bay in Hawaii, it is on
worldsurfleague.com It is being streamed live. Some of the biggest surf you will ever get to witness in real-time will be ridden today. To put this into scale for you weather gurus, the last time they ran this contest was during the last El Nino in 2009. So excited to finally see it live!!!!!
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379. Llamaluvr
6:00 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 351. StormTrackerScott:



CFS makes sense. Remember La-Nina doesn't mean we see hits across the Caribbean or even FL its usually neutral to very weak ENSO that are the worst for landfalling systems in the Caribbean/FL. Again at this point I suspect La-Nina is going to be a no show this year.
Hi Scott. It's obvious El Nino will be ramping up. You were predicting this El Nino before anybody. I think some of the "doubters" may just be jealous
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378. WunderAlertBot
5:58 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
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377. Tazmanian
5:57 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 366. washingtonian115:

StormTrackerScott
Its time to give it up man.I've never seen someone hold on to El nino this long.


Agreed
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376. bwi
5:41 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Incredible rain rates with that final storm last night in Maryland. Lots of flooding along the bike trails on my way to work.
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375. vis0
5:36 PM GMT on February 25, 2016

Quoting 366. washingtonian115:

StormTrackerScott
Its time to give it up man.I've never seen someone hold on to El nino this long.
on my zilly blog pg7...
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374. 757surfer
5:34 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
If anyone here is interested in watching the The Eddie Aikau surf contest at Waimea Bay in Hawaii, it is on
worldsurfleague.com It is being streamed live. Some of the biggest surf you will ever get to witness in real-time will be ridden today. To put this into scale for you weather gurus, the last time they ran this contest was during the last El Nino in 2009. So excited to finally see it live!!!!!
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373. vis0
5:31 PM GMT on February 25, 2016

Quoting 348. StormTrackerScott:



Summer sea surface anomalies across the Pacific could be similar to 2004. La-Nina typical means FL doesn't see much impacts from Hurricanes but neutral to very weak El-Nino like what the CFS is showing could be trouble for FL. Not buying La-Nina especially with WWB continuing it appears even in April now.
To natures its not just 'weather' a signal is
ON or OFF
but from whence it comes from as in ascending / descending
the rate its doing so
the angle its doing so
and the interaction with other Oscillations

 

...AND ONE HAS TO TAKE the same aforementioned 5.

Look at the El Nino "puffs" STS presented over the last 2 months of ~5 3 became energy for major events, another 1 also but in the ocean so some think it does not count other did not and ALL are important and shpould be studied not just what affects humans as any affect within this universe (oh specially Earth) affects all.
'
So as El Nino Descends be it slowly or rapidly it coming from such heights means don't let your guard down be it from ENSO, Gulfo or  ATLanto...ha didn;t think i knew spanisho.

 

Ones underlined are either not discovered yet or not really understood.

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back to listening who needs help and how , visit red cross, portlight and official NOAA recommendations. As sar2401 alerted us and sadly a week later (earlier in he year) it occurred if you're in the damage to disaster zones and you hear or think someone needs help call authorities immediately, CARRY a fully charged cell if you LIVE in those areas to make those calls, if you are near by and think you can help physically call red cross to see if they can use your help (best to volunteer BEFORE emergencies so you can take their courses) do not go there.  Structures can crumble on you, nails through shoes, wild animals loose, sewage, people injured means their could have concussions and think you are their to hurt them.
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372. JRRP
5:31 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 346. Gearsts:

Steady decay of 3.4 region. Interesting to see the last wwb we had didn't do much to the enso regions. And even more interesting is the cfs showing and active Atlantic for early mid hurricane season. Then by the end of sep it shuts down the season. This season could be heavy early with a sudden decrease in activity.


for the first time in a long while it is below 2.0
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371. Patrap
5:26 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 367. VibrantPlanet:


Thanks for this. Michael really makes clear the bigger stage that's unfolding the current weather patterns we've been seeing. Kind of appropriate too that he talks about el nino amidst everyone's current comments. ; ) Well, all this uncertainty also makes things interesting doesn't it?


Dr. Mann and I have been FB friends for 3 years now, and I enjoy His work and His insight as it is Science, without the baggage of BS.

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370. weathermanwannabe
5:16 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Now that the first few comments on climate change today have been made (in light of all the severe weather issues), I was saving this one from last week; completely fascinating how they determined the current sea level rise:
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/sea-levels -are-rising-their-fastest-rate-2000-years

Global sea levels appear exquisitely sensitive to changes in temperature and greenhouse gas levels, according to a set of new studies that examines up to 6 million years of climate change data. The four papers, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), illustrate the growing power of computers to simulate complex interactions between climate, polar ice, and the planets oceans. They also underscore the effects that rising greenhouse gases and global temperatures could have on future sea level.


The studys results come in part from measurements of past sea levels gathered at 24 sites around the world. When there were no good written records from tide gauges, scientists relied chiefly on the shells of single-celled creatures called foraminifera or forams, which dwell in the muck of saltwater marshes. The marshes location at the border between land and sea along with their relatively flat topography make them a handy yardstick of sea level changes. In the new study, geologists extracted sediment cores from marshes and then painstakingly recorded the number and types of different foram species in different layers. The numbers indicated the mix of saltwater and freshwater, which correlates with sea level, Horton says.
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369. 757surfer
5:14 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 361. islander101010:

its.giant.=eddie.will.go?

I hope it does!! I'm so stoked to finally see it. The buoy readings are huge for the Bay.
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368. Barefootontherocks
5:13 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Looks like New England caught it. Many high wind reports. Maybe winds up into Canada that don't show here.



Not specific to New England area, and I'm sure there are more Feb-early March severe storm outbreaks, here's some severe storm history that popped into my mind because of specific incidents*.
2009 (*EF4 in Lone Grove. OK)


Link to wiki on Feb 10-11, 2009 outbreak

2012 (*In SPC severe weather workshop, we saw March 2nd unfold)
Feb 24 onward; click forward on reports page day-by-day. Of special note

LInk to wiki on the March 2, 2012 severe outbreak
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367. VibrantPlanet
5:12 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 365. Patrap:

Published on Feb 25, 2016

Dr. Michael Mann, Earth System Science Center-Penn State University/Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change (2nd edition) joins Thom. Scientists Are Officially Freaked Out By Climate Change! It's a been a weird winter in many parts of America - but nothing compared to the wild winter the Arctic is having. Is this a sign that we've passed or are about to pass another global warming tipping point?

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks for this. Michael really makes clear the bigger stage that's unfolding the current weather patterns we've been seeing. Kind of appropriate too that he talks about el nino amidst everyone's current comments. ; ) Well, all this uncertainty also makes things interesting doesn't it?
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366. washingtonian115
5:11 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
StormTrackerScott
Its time to give it up man.I've never seen someone hold on to El nino this long.
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365. Patrap
4:44 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Published on Feb 25, 2016

Dr. Michael Mann, Earth System Science Center-Penn State University/Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change (2nd edition) joins Thom. Scientists Are Officially Freaked Out By Climate Change! It's a been a weird winter in many parts of America - but nothing compared to the wild winter the Arctic is having. Is this a sign that we've passed or are about to pass another global warming tipping point?

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!





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364. Gearsts
4:32 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
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363. VibrantPlanet
4:31 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 346. Gearsts:

Steady decay of 3.4 region. Interesting to see the last wwb we had didn't do much to the enso regions. And even more interesting is the cfs showing and active Atlantic for early mid hurricane season. Then by the end of sep it shuts down the season. This season could be heavy early with a sudden decrease in activity.


Over the last month or so the strong trades in and north/south of region 1.2 and 3 really accelerated the demise of the warm pool, via upwelling of cold water, and they caused surface cooling. If it wasn't for the last big WWB and associated Kelvin Wave that cooling would have been noticeably more dramatic. The trades have calmed down so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the warm pool and the developing WWB will play out.
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362. Patrap
4:24 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
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361. islander101010
4:17 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
its.giant.=eddie.will.go?
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360. Gearsts
3:53 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Try not to quote long post please.
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359. StormTrackerScott
3:38 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 353. TimSoCal:



CFSv2 is on drugs. The WPac warm pool has been exhausted. There's literally nowhere that enough anomalously warm water to sustain a Nino event can come from at this point.




True that is the case now but the graph I showed on the last page shows the cool pool falling apart as another OKW forms in March or April. Next 2 months will be very telling IMO as the CFS makes sense we didn't see these kind of anomalous wind anomalies across the ENSO regions of the Pacific going into and thru Spring as the CFS suggest. Basically what has happened now is the MJO has now aligned itself with the standing El-Nino Wave which hasn't happened since early to mid January. That 3 to 4 week break of the El-Nino circulation caused a Cold pool to form so now that everything is lined up again we should see the Cold upwelling process breakdown over the coming weeks.
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358. tiggerhurricanes2001
3:36 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 343. rmbjoe1954:



Hi Scott-
It may be early but what I am seeing shows we may be in for a 'moderate' Atlantic hurricane season this year. But I know all it takes is one hit to make it a bad year.
Quoting 353. TimSoCal:



CFSv2 is on drugs. The WPac warm pool has been exhausted. There's literally nowhere that enough anomalously warm water to sustain a Nino event can come from at this point.




I agree, the CFSV2 is evidently on drugs. The warm pool in the Pacific is obviously exhausted, and a new forming el nino is unlikely. If anything, with this decaying el nino, a la nina is more likely. We should be back to neutral conditions by June, and la nina should be in full effect by ASO. However, Nino 1 and 2 should go up briefly as there are some intensifying anomalies in the far eastern Pacific, and an intensifying cool pool in the central and western Pacific, causing Nino regions 3,3.4, and 4 to cool.
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357. rmbjoe1954
3:35 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 349. StormTrackerScott:



BTW buddy near Fort Pierce said we is already over 15" for the year. That's similar to what one expects during the wet season. 10.91" for the year here in Longwood.


My back yard has been under water each time it rained this winter. The water table is as high as you would expect to see in the summer. That in itself is an anomaly. In Fort Pierce the HighPoint subdivision has had to pump out water continuously this winter as the Savannas State Reserve is totally flooded. This is a bad omen for the Spring/Summer if the rains continue. The smart people purchased Flood insurance policies because it takes 30 days to become effective.
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356. StormTrackerScott
3:33 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 355. weathermanwannabe:

El Nino notwithstanding, in the South Pacific (Summer there) continues to produce storms and invests:

Full Disk




That is what keeps firing off these WWB that's coming down the pike.
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355. weathermanwannabe
3:32 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
El Nino notwithstanding, the South Pacific (Summer there) continues to produce storms and invests:

Full Disk

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354. LargoFl
3:23 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 350. StormTrackerScott:



Euro and Canadian show another severe weather outbreak mid next week.
guess we stay alert again next week.
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353. TimSoCal
3:16 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 336. StormTrackerScott:


CFSv2 is on drugs. The WPac warm pool has been exhausted. There's literally nowhere that enough anomalously warm water to sustain a Nino event can come from at this point.



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352. Xyrus2000
3:14 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 287. redux:



it absolutely poured.

water started coming through one of my windows, at the top of the frame.

pretty good gusts. finally slowing down, 90 minutes later.


I got an incredible amount of rain here by BWI according to my PWS. Seems several storm cores passed over my area. Some pretty good wind as well, along with the obligatory thunder and lightning. Heard a plink or two of hail, but it was probably just the wind blowing pieces of tree at my house.

At least they weren't dropping tornadoes by the time they made it here. :P

Some pretty decent severe thunderstorms for...February? o_O
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351. StormTrackerScott
3:09 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 346. Gearsts:

Steady decay of 3.4 region. Interesting to see the last wwb we had didn't do much to the enso regions. And even more interesting is the cfs showing and active Atlantic for early mid hurricane season. Then by the end of sep it shuts down the season. This season could be heavy early with a sudden decrease in activity.



CFS makes sense. Remember La-Nina doesn't mean we see hits across the Caribbean or even FL its usually neutral to very weak ENSO that are the worst for landfalling systems in the Caribbean/FL. Again at this point I suspect La-Nina is going to be a no show this year.
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350. StormTrackerScott
3:06 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 340. LargoFl:




Euro and Canadian show another severe weather outbreak mid next week.
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349. StormTrackerScott
3:05 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 343. rmbjoe1954:



Hi Scott-
It may be early but what I am seeing shows we may be in for a 'moderate' Atlantic hurricane season this year. But I know all it takes is one hit to make it a bad year.


BTW buddy near Fort Pierce said we is already over 15" for the year. That's similar to what one expects during the wet season. 10.91" for the year here in Longwood.
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348. StormTrackerScott
3:04 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 343. rmbjoe1954:



Hi Scott-
It may be early but what I am seeing shows we may be in for a 'moderate' Atlantic hurricane season this year. But I know all it takes is one hit to make it a bad year.


Summer sea surface anomalies across the Pacific could be similar to 2004. La-Nina typical means FL doesn't see much impacts from Hurricanes but neutral to very weak El-Nino like what the CFS is showing could be trouble for FL. Not buying La-Nina especially with WWB continuing it appears even in April now.
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347. Astrometeor
2:56 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Good morning everyone. I see someone commented on Lancaster, PA. That's where I am! Storms came through around dinner time, felled a tree on campus. Some winds, but me being the southern kid didn't find them that impressive, line weakened a bit right before it hit me, strengthened to the south where the rotation began before moving to the NE. I did hear later on about damage from the eastern area of the county. State police are allowing State College NWS to borrow a helicopter for survey purposes.

Fire Officials report MAJOR weather event for Lancaster PA
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346. Gearsts
2:50 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 330. JRRP:


Steady decay of 3.4 region. Interesting to see the last wwb we had didn't do much to the enso regions. And even more interesting is the cfs showing and active Atlantic for early mid hurricane season. Then by the end of sep it shuts down the season. This season could be heavy early with a sudden decrease in activity.
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345. ariot
2:49 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 180. ariot:

A tornado in VA, DC, MD, PA, DE or NJ in February (winter, supposedly) would make history according to this chart.



But I would rather do a search of NWS archives to verify.

I also doubt we'll get one up in the MD/PA/DE border area where I'm at, although the rain will screw rush hour from Richmond to Philly.


Sadly, the confirmed VA tornado was a February first on record. The record is confirmed by media (USA Today). I've not had time to go digging looking for proof there are no others on record during the month. I also don't know if states further north will confirm a February first on record touchdown. We'll see.

As an on and off resident of the Mid-Atlantic during the past 25 or so years (due to work/military) I can say last night was the strangest thing I've seen here in any month.

Surreal.

And, we ain't seen nothin' yet. Imagine, when I'm really old, like in 30 years, what the weather will be like due to AGW amplification.
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344. win1gamegiantsplease
2:38 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Steep pressure gradient still overhead, very breezy this morning but not like yesterday. Practically clear skies, kinda reminds me of a tornado watch...
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343. rmbjoe1954
2:35 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 336. StormTrackerScott:

Yes, SST's will drop across the enso regions before leveling off due to WWB continuing. As a result the CFS now has a new Oceanic Kelvin Wave developing over the next several weeks thus weakening the "Cool" upwelling process as this occurs this strengthens the possibility for El-Nino to once again restrengthen later this Summer. Just look @ the graphs below as these are very telling.





WWB then a lull to end March only to have another one move in starting in April.



Hi Scott-
It may be early but what I am seeing shows we may be in for a 'moderate' Atlantic hurricane season this year. But I know all it takes is one hit to make it a bad year.
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342. LargoFl
1:47 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
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341. weathermanwannabe
1:46 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Here is the US Drought Monitor issued this morning; California still running a big deficit regardless of the rain they have received earlier in the Winter from El Nino.............Going through a dry spell again.

Current U.S. Drought Monitor

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340. LargoFl
1:45 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
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339. LargoFl
1:42 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Hopefully not Bad like the one yesterday...next week............
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338. LargoFl
1:40 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
GFS and CMC are showing another storm for the first week of march for the east coast.
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337. LargoFl
1:39 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
CNN was reporting 7 people killed over the period of this storm, a very dangerous storm it was.
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336. StormTrackerScott
1:21 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Yes, SST's will drop across the enso regions before leveling off due to WWB continuing. As a result the CFS now has a new Oceanic Kelvin Wave developing over the next several weeks thus weakening the "Cool" upwelling process as this occurs this strengthens the possibility for El-Nino to once again restrengthen later this Summer. Just look @ the graphs below as these are very telling.





WWB then a lull to end March only to have another one move in starting in April.
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335. NativeSun
1:10 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 330. JRRP:


Dropping fast, won't belong before La Nina.
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334. MAweatherboy1
1:00 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Incredible event over the Northeast, especially southern New England, last night. Hard to even find a place to begin. To have a line of storms like that move through in the overnight hours with temperatures over 60F at this time of year is pretty much unheard of from what I can tell. Highest measured gust for the region looks like 83mph atop Blue Hill, south of Boston. Even the Caribou, ME NWS office issued a severe t-storm warning, the first time they've ever done that in February.
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333. georgevandenberghe
12:54 PM GMT on February 25, 2016
Quoting 327. Jedkins01:



This to me is unheard of for February, I wonder if this is a record for so early in the year? What the heck...

Also, while the 400 storm reports is partly inflated by shear population, and that trees and power lines are notorious for coming down easy up in the Mid Atlantic and the Northeast. But even when accounting for that, it's still absolutely nuts. Those high wind reports of 75 in the northeast confirm just how strong the winds were. For all practical purposes, the mid Atlantic/Northeast had a tornado outbreak and a derecho yesterday.... in FEBRUARY.


Kudos to 21'st century NWP. It was forecast three days out although forecasts slightly underdid it because the wedging broke down a few hours earlier than forecast
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