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Record January warmth and moisture fueling April-like severe weather

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:42 PM GMT on January 30, 2013

An April-like severe weather outbreak accompanied by record warmth and atmospheric moisture continues today over the Southeast U.S., where a powerful cold front is creating severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, and tornadoes over the Southeast. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged four preliminary reports of tornadoes along with 264 reports of damaging winds on Tuesday, and another 71 reports of damaging winds between 7 am and 12 pm EST so far this Wednesday. A powerful tornado hit Adairsville, Georgia at 11:19 am EST this morning, and there are reports of major structural damage in the downtown district, with cars overturned (see eyewitness video here, with swear words.) The spring-like surge of warm air accompanying the severe weather outbreak has broken numerous daily high temperature records. The most notable heat record set Tuesday was the 91°F high in Corpus Christi, Texas, which tied their record for all-time warmest January temperature, set on January 30, 1971. The 62°F measured at Rockford, Illinois on Tuesday was just 1° shy of that city's all-time January temperature record. Tornado watches are posted for a wide swath of the Southeast today, from Alabama to Virginia, and numerous tornado warnings have been issued this morning. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the Southeast in their "Slight Risk" region for severe weather on Wednesday, a step down from the "Moderate Risk" potential issued on Tuesday for the Midwest.


Figure 1. A wild weather day in the Heartland: NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged four preliminary reports of tornadoes on Tuesday, along with 264 reports of damaging winds.


Figure 2. Satellite image of the U.S. taken at 9:45 am EST January 30, 2013. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.


Figure 3. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the Southeast in their "Slight Risk" region for severe weather on Wednesday.

Record moisture and rains
Accompanying the exceptional January warmth yesterday were record levels of January moisture, as a flow of unusually moist air rode northwards from the Gulf of Mexico, where water temperatures were about 0.5°F above average. Meteorologists use a term called "precipitable water" to discuss how much water vapor is in the atmosphere. Precipitable water is defined as how much rain would fall on the ground if one took a vertical slice of the atmosphere above a given location and condensed all the water vapor into rain. Precipitable water levels tend to be highest in the summer, since warm air holds more waver vapor, and can exceed two inches in the Midwest U.S. In winter, though, it is rare to see precipitable water values higher than one inch. However, Tuesday night, precipitable water was well over an inch well into Canada, and two upper air stations--Detroit, MI and Lincoln IL--set all-time records for January moisture. From the 00Z Wednesday January 30 upper air balloon soundings taken at the 73 radiosonde stations in the contiguous U.S., we observed these precipitable water values for January:

Detroit, MI: New Record: 1.21" Old record: 1.20" 1/11/75
Lincoln, IL: New record: 1.46" Old Record: 1.35" 1/12/60
Alpena, MI: 2nd place, 0.99". First place: 1.01", 1/5/97
Buffalo, NY: 2nd place, 1.21". First place: 1.34", 1/15/95

Green Bay (4th), Shreveport (6th), and Little Rock (3rd) all had top-ten January precipitable water values. Radiosonde data goes back to 1948.

The exceptional moisture led to record rains in many regions of the Midwest, with numerous locations setting daily precipitation records. Two airports recorded their wettest January day on record, including Madison, WI (1.84", previous record 1.80" on January 1, 1892) and Houghton Lake, MI (1.21", old record 1.08" on in 1938.) Top-five wettest January days in recorded history were also set at Muskegon, MI (2.48"), Marquette, MI (1.21"), and South Bend, IN (1.94".) Here where I live, in Southeast Michigan, being outside yesterday was like walking through a surreal white soup. Rains like nothing I've ever seen in January fitfully poured from the sky throughout the day, ponding up on the frozen ground. Eerie white fog swirled over the sodden snow drifts as thunder rumbled overhead in temperatures 25°F above average. What planet was this? The heavy rains of 1.60" that fell in 26 hours at the nearby Flint airport made this month our wettest January in recorded history, with 3.66" of precipitation.

Jeff Masters
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Reader Comments

February March, April, and the early part of May will be unseasonably cold as that usually follows a warm January...

Watch.
Thanks Doc, some really severe weather and tornado's around today and tonight.
at least the severity lessens as this gets to my area..
Thanks for the update Doc! Since yesterday I've gotten over 1.5" of just rain, with more on the way and some snow to come after that. I like to think of it as a bit of "drought insurance" going into Spring.
Quoting LargoFl:
Thanks Doc, some really severe weather and tornado's around today and tonight.

Largo thanks for posting that map. Small world we live in, huh?!!!
Quoting stormchaser43:

Largo thanks for posting that map. Small world we live in, huh?!!!
np..yeah it sure is..i miss the city but NOT the cold lol
Quoting stormchaser43:
February March, April, and the early part of May will be unseasonably cold as that usually follows a warm January...

Watch.




not all ways
Thanks for the update Dr. Masters..
You had quite an experience weather-wise yesterday..
Hope all is well..
Thanks again Dr. Masters
getting rough up in the northeast also.........SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
1040 AM EST WED JAN 30 2013

PAC051-059-WVC049-061-077-301615-
/O.CON.KPBZ.SV.W.0005.000000T0000Z-130130T1615Z/
GREENE PA-PRESTON WV-MONONGALIA WV-MARION WV-FAYETTE PA-
1040 AM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1115 AM EST
FOR FAYETTE...MARION...MONONGALIA...PRESTON AND GREENE COUNTIES...

AT 1036 AM EST...SEVERE SHOWERS WERE DETECTED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM WALTERSBURG TO 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF VALLEY FALLS...AND
WERE MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

THESE SHOWERS HAVE PRODUCED DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH IN
MONONGAH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
STAR CITY... WINFIELD... MASONTOWN...
EVERETTVILLE... COLFAX... BOBTOWN...
NEMACOLIN... RIVESVILLE... FAIRMONT...
BENTONS FERRY... CASSVILLE... BARRACKVILLE...

HIGHWAYS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ROUTE 43 IN PENNSYLVANIA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 1 AND 7.
I-68 IN WEST VIRGINIA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 1 AND 32.
I-79 IN WEST VIRGINIA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 130 AND 160.
I-79 IN PENNSYLVANIA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 0 AND 15.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS LINE OF SHOWERS HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS. MOVE
INTO A STURDY BUILDING AND AVOID WINDOWS.
Thanks Doc
For West Palm Beach...Temps returning to normal / slightly below norms, beginning tomorrow...

Quoting stormchaser43:
February March, April, and the early part of May will be unseasonably cold as that usually follows a warm January...

Watch.


You might be on to something there Chaser ...
Last winter was so dry were I live , that in March they were bringing out water restrictions... It has practically not stopped raining since .LOL
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
943 AM CST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS EXTENDED THE

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN FORREST COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...PETAL...HATTIESBURG...
JONES COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...LAUREL...ELLISVILLE...
NORTHERN LAMAR COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF WEST HATTIESBURG...

* UNTIL 1045 AM CST

* AT 939 AM CST...RAIN CONTINUED TO FALL OVER AREAS FROM 6 MILES
EAST OF MOSELLE...OR 7 MILES SOUTH OF ELLISVILLE. THESE SHOWERS
CONTINUE TO TRAIN OVER THE SAME LOCATIONS WHERE STREET FLOODING HAS
BEEN REPORTED. ESTIMATED RADAR RAINFALL AMOUNTS ON THE ORDER OF TWO
TO THREE INCHES HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST THREE HOURS.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO MILL
CREEK...TUCKERS CROSSING AND SANDERSVILLE

MODERATE WILL CONTINUE OVER THE WARNED AREA FOR THE NEXT HOUR WITH
AN ADDITIONAL HALF INCH TO ONE INCH POSSIBLE.
Hey guys I hope spring bring extreme rain to us it's dry
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
1028 AM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...WINDY CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS THE STATE TODAY AND TONIGHT...
WITH DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF
NORTHEAST GEORGIA...

.A STRONG STORM SYSTEM WILL PUSH THROUGH GEORGIA TODAY AND
TONIGHT. STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP THIS MORNING AHEAD OF THE
FRONT...AND THEN INCREASE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS. SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS WILL ACCOMPANY THESE WINDS ON WEDNESDAY... BUT IT
SHOULD BE NOTED THAT VERY STRONG WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE OUTSIDE OF
ANY SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY AS WELL. RECENT RAINS AND THE
ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL ANTICIPATED FROM THIS SYSTEM WILL ALLOW
FOR TREES TO BE UPROOTED WITH GREATER EASE.

... Wind Advisory remains in effect from 6 PM this evening to 3 am
EST Thursday...
... Dense fog advisory is cancelled...

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has cancelled the
dense fog advisory.

* Locations... the Philadelphia Metro area and northern Delaware.

* Winds and timing... southerly winds will gust between 45 and 50
mph near and just ahead of a squall line sometime between 9 PM
and 2 am tonight .

* Impacts... scattered power outages are expected from pockets of
broken tree limbs associated with the strong winds.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Motorists should use extra caution... especially those in high
profile vehicles. Light-weight outdoor objects such as patio
furniture and garbage cans should be secured.
Quoting wunderkidcayman:
Hey guys I hope spring bring extreme rain to us it's dry


Hey WKC !

Any idea of how, the next hurricane season will turn out?

411
WFUS52 KFFC 301559
TORFFC
GAC015-057-115-129-227-301645-
/O.NEW.KFFC.TO.W.0003.130130T1559Z-130130T1645Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
1059 AM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EXTREME NORTHWESTERN CHEROKEE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA
WESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHERN BARTOW COUNTY IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA
EAST CENTRAL FLOYD COUNTY IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA
EASTERN GORDON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA

* UNTIL 1145 AM EST

* AT 1056 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 16 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF KINGSTON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH. LAW ENFORCEMENT
HAVE REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD AND TREES DOWN WITH THIS STORM.

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU WAIT
TO SEE OR HEAR IT COMING...IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A SAFE
PLACE.

IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6. YOU CAN ALSO TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG GAWX.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 PM EST WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON FOR NORTHERN GEORGIA.
What month is it? Straight winds in Pittsburgh, PA... lots of trees down. Strange that I live in S.E. PA and 60 degrees and I keep the woodstove going just in case the power goes out! Incredible.
3D imagry looks very much like a tornado in N GA

we'll have to see if one touches/touched down.
one of their dual pol products suggests there may be a tornado

maybe even part of a hail core as well.

strengthening south of rome.
funnel cloud reports
very heavy rain/ small hail


near 130mph shear now.
Thanks Dr. That cloud and rain shield out ahead of the main squall line in the SE/Gulf region is keeping the sun off the surface as the front advances eastward. Hopefully, that will help reduce the instability as the front races across the region.
Here is the latest update from the NWS in GSP:


Near term /through tonight/...
as of 1030 am...regional radars indicate that a strong squall line
with long history of damaging winds and tornadoes was stretching
from central Alabama to eastern Tennessee Valley. The latest
rap/NAM/hires-arw agree that this line will reach the extreme
western NC mountains by 18z (1pm est). Then it will cross the
western NC mountains and northeast Georgia through 21z (4pm
est)...upstate SC and NC foothills 21z-00z (4pm-7pm est)...NC
Piedmont including the metropolitan Charlotte area 00z-03z (7pm-10pm est).
Strong S winds will continue along and ahead of this line and will
continue the wind warning over the NC mountains and Wind Advisory
east of the mountains through the period. We will see strong
straight line thunderstorm wind damages and a few tornadoes across
much of the area during the passage of this squall line.

Thanks Dr. Masters! :-)

WunderGirl12
Quoting stormchaser43:
February March, April, and the early part of May will be unseasonably cold as that usually follows a warm January...

Watch.


I've cynically remarked that spring in winter is followed by winter in spring.


I see no reason to believe it this year though.

Near 70 in DC already at 11AM. Monthly and daily records are 79 and 77 and these aren't in jeopardy but it's plenty warm esp considering the ground is still cold from the arctic outbreak last week.
Worried about mild flash flooding, and very strong straight line winds with thunderstorms early tonight, then back to normal winter.
Thanks Doc,
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
For West Palm Beach...Temps returning to normal / slightly below norms, beginning tomorrow...




Geez that's a lame cool down for south Florida, all you have to do is head into Central Florida to find highs in the low 60's for tomorrow and mid 60's Friday accompanied by low to mid 40's.

Here in Tallahassee we will have highs in the 50's tomorrow and a couple nights below freezing.

It got up to 80 here yesterday, and mid 80's back home in Tampa Bay, astounding stuff.


I won't be here in Tallahassee for the freezing weather though, I'm headed home to see my family for super bowl weekend.
Morning all.. here in Dickson County (mid TN) we have lots of tree damage from last night. School is out due to downed power lines and one house lost its roof close to us.. will try to get some photo's if I can. Main squall line went over us from 2:45 to 3:05 this morning. Our neighborhood did fine with just some strong winds blowing debris around.. no fence damage or large branches down.. Prayers for all those effected by the tornadoes and severe winds and hail
* AT 1124 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONFIRMED
A TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR CALHOUN... OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED
MAJOR DAMAGE AND NUMEROUS CARS OVERTURNED IN ADAIRSVILLE. THE STORM
IS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH.

N GA

finally looks to be winding down though

Per Bartow GA scanner, homes damaged, people trapped in cars overturned near McDonald's in Adairsville, GA #GAwx

Bartow Co. EMA: Major damage reported in downtown Adairsville

I've got friends up there, so i'm interested in this.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
3D imagry looks very much like a tornado in N GA

we'll have to see if one touches/touched down.
one of their dual pol products suggests there may be a tornado

maybe even part of a hail core as well.

strengthening south of rome.
funnel cloud reports
very heavy rain/ small hail


near 130mph shear now.



I'd be shocked if that cell doesn't have a solid tornado on the ground. My experience tells me it contains a tornado. However you can never be completely sure, especially given its one of those low surface instability events since its winter.
Looking at Dr. Masters Figure 2 satellite image, I am happy with my location in the lower right corner - straight above the "A" in NASA in the photo credit. : )
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
* AT 1124 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONFIRMED
A TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR CALHOUN... OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED
MAJOR DAMAGE AND NUMEROUS CARS OVERTURNED IN ADAIRSVILLE. THE STORM
IS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH.

N GA

finally looks to be winding down though


Alright well since its confirmed now no need for speculation. The ground report sounds like what I would expect from how it looks on radar.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
* AT 1124 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONFIRMED
A TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR CALHOUN... OFFICIALS HAVE REPORTED
MAJOR DAMAGE AND NUMEROUS CARS OVERTURNED IN ADAIRSVILLE. THE STORM
IS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH.

N GA

finally looks to be winding down though

Per Bartow GA scanner, homes damaged, people trapped in cars overturned near McDonald's in Adairsville, GA #GAwx

Bartow Co. EMA: Major damage reported in downtown Adairsville

I've got friends up there, so i'm interested in this.


I took a peek at the radar during one of my classes and there was a solid rotation near Rome. Hopefully they're okay.
This is as text book a debris signature as you get on Dual-Pol Doppler radar #tornado #gawx 11:34amEST



Debris has been lofted as high at 10,000' per the dual-pol data
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
This is as text book a debris signature as you get on Dual-Pol Doppler radar #tornado #gawx 11:34amEST



Debris has been lofted as high at 10,000' per the dual-pol data

You on top of this.
This may be a legit video of the adairsville tornado.
Link
Good to know, per the Tennessee report below, that the main squall line is moving through pretty quickly; although the folks in NW GA, in the higher elevations, will be rocked by some pretty strong straight line winds as it blows through.

Back to lurk as reports come in; will let Yall know how we fare in the FL Big Bend later today or this evening.
There have been several papers published recently that link changes in the jet stream to Arctic warming.

Does anyone have a list of those references? If so could you post them here or send them to me via the WU mail system.

Thanks!
damage photo.
Quoting georgevandenberghe:


I've cynically remarked that spring in winter is followed by winter in spring.


I see no reason to believe it this year though.

Near 70 in DC already at 11AM. Monthly and daily records are 79 and 77 and these aren't in jeopardy but it's plenty warm esp considering the ground is still cold from the arctic outbreak last week.
Worried about mild flash flooding, and very strong straight line winds with thunderstorms early tonight, then back to normal winter.


I usually post a warning for the DC folks when severe weather is coming- the front
is approaching my area now, about 100 miles north and west of DC. We have winds gusting to about 35 right now, predicted to top 50 during the storm. The doggy storm warning system is barking and shaking, so she must hear thunder. Look for the fun to begin about 2 pm and be safe.


Added: the severe storm warning tone just went off on TWC and sent the doggy warning system into orbit:)
Car vs Tornado in Adairsville.
Tornado wins.


ouch
and more damage:
Quoting goosegirl1:


I usually post a warning for the DC folks when severe weather is coming- the front
is approaching my area now, about 100 miles north and west of DC. We have winds gusting to about 35 right now, predicted to top 50 during the storm. The doggy storm warning system is barking and shaking, so she must hear thunder. Look for the fun to begin about 2 pm and be safe.
I've got the dog's system too and the cats are hiding. I'm in SE PA. Be safe!
Guess it wasnt rain wrapped after all:

WSB-TV %u200F@wsbtv
WATCH THIS: Ch2's Ross Cavitt recorded amazing video of tornado hitting Adairsville.
Link

also Structures also damaged near Calhoun, GA, per HAM radio.
THWESTERN GILMER...NORTHWESTERN FANNIN AND SOUTHEASTERN
MURRAY COUNTIES...

AT 1152 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE A POSSIBLE TORNADO. THIS POSSIBLE TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR
MOUNTAINTOWN...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WILL BE NEAR MCCAYSVILLE BY 1215 PM EST.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO JONES
MILL...COLWELL...HIGDON...COHUTTA WILDERNESS...BLUE RIDGE...
EPWORTH...MINERAL BLUFF AND MCCAYSVILLE-COPPERHILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

GO TO A SAFE PLACE NOW! TORNADOES IN HILLY OR MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN ARE
HARD TO SEE. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO.

IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6. YOU CAN ALSO TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG GAWX.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 PM EST WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON FOR NORTHERN GEORGIA.
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
1150 AM EST WED JAN 30 2013

MDC023-WVC093-301715-
/O.CON.KPBZ.SV.W.0007.000000T0000Z-130130T1715Z/
GARRETT MD-TUCKER WV-
1150 AM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1215 PM EST
FOR TUCKER AND GARRETT COUNTIES...

AT 1146 AM EST...SEVERE SHOWERS WERE DETECTED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 11 MILES NORTH OF GRANTSVILLE TO BLOOMINGTON TO ELK...
AND WERE MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

THESE SHOWERS HAVE PRODUCED DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH WITH
TREES DOWN IN PRESTON COUNTY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
GATZMER... KITZMILLER... NEW GERMANY...
BLACKWATER FALLS... GRANTSVILLE... BIG RUN STATE PARK...
THOMAS... GORMAN... BITTINGER...
ELK... MERRILL... PINEY GROVE...

THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAY WILL BE IMPACTED...
I-68 IN MARYLAND BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 16 AND 30.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS LINE OF SHOWERS HAS PRODUCED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. MOVE INTO A
STURDY BUILDING AND AVOID WINDOWS.

PLEASE REPORT SEVERE WEATHER BY CALLING...412-262-1988...POSTING TO
THE NWS PITTSBURGH FACEBOOK PAGE...OR USING TWITTER @NWSPITTSBURGH.
Thanks Doc
I see a missed a strong tornado. Reports of major damage...hopefully no fatalities.
* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY METROPOLITAN AREA...LONG ISLAND AND
COASTAL CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARDS...DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TONIGHT.

* WINDS...SOUTH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING...STRONG WINDS LATE THIS EVNEING INTO THE OVERNIGHT.

* IMPACTS...STRONG WINDS...IN COMBINATION WITH HEAVY RAIN... COULD
BRING DOWN WHOLE TREES...LARGE TREE LIMBS...POWER LINES AND
UNSECURED OUTDOOR OBJECTS. THIS COULD POSE A HAZARD TO ANYONE
OUT DRIVING OR WALKING TONIGHT...AND TO HOUSES AND OTHER
STRUCTURES NEAR LARGER TREES. DRIVING WILL ALSO BE
DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY IN HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES AND ON ELEVATED
ROADWAYS AND BRIDGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

&&
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
damage photo.


That looks like a Real Estate sign pole in the foreground.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
This may be a legit video of the adairsville tornado.
Link



Yeah it looks quite powerful, dang. Moving very fast too, not much time to take cover if you're not very weather aware.
Hopefully I can get some good rain from this storm..
TC FELLING!

Quoting weathermanwannabe:
Good to know, per the Tennessee report below, that the main squall line is moving through pretty quickly; although the folks in NW GA, in the higher elevations, will be rocked by some pretty strong straight line winds as it blows through.

Back to lurk as reports come in; will let Yall know how we fare in the FL Big Bend later today or this evening.



I'm not too impressed with the severe risk here in Florida, surface instability is quite weak thanks to overcast conditions and inflow riding over cold shelf waters in the gulf.

Also dynamical forcing is not nearly as much near the gulf coast as even 100 miles north.


We'll see if it changes though.

Quoting Jedkins01:



Yeah it looks quite powerful, dang. Moving very fast too, not much time to take cover if you're not very weather aware.


yeah.
i think maybe ef-2
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


yeah.
i think maybe ef-2


A large EF2 if it is one. It's hard to say until a survey crew heads out though.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


yeah.
i think maybe ef-2
Maybe even an EF-3. Monster. Time will tell. Hope that there were no fatalities with this.
Anybody with any information on the outlook for the U.S. after the 8-14 day time frame? Specifially Feb 14th through 18th. Thanks in advance. Anything would be helpful.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather -gang/post/squall-line-poses-heavy-rain-and-strong -wind-risk-tonight-for-washington-dc-area/2013/01/ 30/9b383ce2-6af0-11e2-af53-7b2b2a7510a8_blog.html. Sorry y'all.For D.C region.
I-75 shutdown both directions. It sounds like it went through the south side of town. I know there is a mobile home park and an Rv park right there. I have been through there many times. You can get more info live on the police scanner from radio reference, it sounds like they are a little over whelmed right now.
Link is broken (#65)
Bartow County, Georgia, reporting 1 storm-related death.

and i'm now under another tornado warning.
Strengthening rotation.

On Twitter, #gawx is giving reports of 100+ cars flipped on I-75 near Adairsville, GA, and a manufacturing plant destroyed. Some of the linked videos show a very serious looking tornado sweeping through town.

Jeff Masters
Capital Gang

Link to Wash115's Post
Temp is climbing in SE PA... 63 degrees.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Bartow County, Georgia, reporting 1 storm-related death.

and i'm now under another tornado warning.
Strengthening rotation.
Yeah, the storm does look strong.

Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Bartow County, Georgia, reporting 1 storm-related death.

and i'm now under another tornado warning.
Strengthening rotation.
That cell near you is looking worse every update. Not Good!
Quoting JeffMasters:

On Twitter, #gawx is giving reports of 100+ cars flipped on I-75 near Adairsville, GA, and a manufacturing plant destroyed. Some of the linked videos show a very serious looking tornado sweeping through town.

Jeff Masters


the manufacturing plant was on live tv here.
http://www.wsbtv.com/s/news/live/
Quoting Bluestorm5:
Yeah, the storm does look strong.


Wicked rotation.
Look like Dallas, GA took a hit from this storm. Hopefully they're okay.
69 Dr. Jeff Masters: On Twitter, #gawx is giving reports of 100 cars flipped on I-75 near Adairsville

Can't have cars on an interstate unless there are people inside. And it takes mucho POWER to flip a car.
If #gawx is correct, there's gonna be a lot of casualties reported soon.
Quoting PedleyCA:
Capital Gang

Link to Wash115's Post
Thank you.The server weather season is getting of to an early start.I'll be in lurk mode.
Quoting washingtonian115:
Thank you.The server weather season is getting of to an early start.I'll be in lurk mode.

Wash? Where's our snow?
Quoting aspectre:
69 Dr. Jeff Masters: On Twitter, #gawx is giving reports of 100+ cars flipped on I-75 near Adairsville

Can't have cars on an interstate unless there are people inside. And it takes mucho POWER to flip a car.
If #gawx is correct, there's gonna be a LOT of casualties reported soon.
Yes, very unfortunate... this tornado was huge and moving very fast in the video that I saw. I would be very suprised if this was not an EF-3. Just waiting my turn here for the front to arrive.
Don't know if you guys have seen this from WSB TV..............http://bcove.me/xilbtxvg
CNN Weather Center ‏@CNNweather
Working to confirm: Gordon County EMA: "major structural damage, people trapped in Farmville area of Gordon County" via @NWSAtlanta Chat
We have at least 8 homes damaged on Boone Ford Road area in Calhoun,Ga on the Northe East side of town. Farmville is just north and east of boone ford. It looks like the Tornado was near EF3 level as it did major structure damage in Adairsville and Calhoun.
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 130 PM EST FOR
NORTHEASTERN FULTON...EXTREME NORTH CENTRAL COBB AND CHEROKEE
COUNTIES...

AT 118 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR BRIDGEMILL...MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH.


i know people in bridgemill and canton.
hope they are ok
There's a rotation that is not tornado warned going straight toward West Atlanta.

Lots of activity polluting the pristine pacific today.

The cell moving out of Carroll Co. Ga and into Douglas Co. is showing stronger rotation now. This will be moving into western and northern suburbs of Atl.

New more discrete cells are rapidly developing in Al and Ga.
@EricHolthaus: UPDATE: At 1pm, Philadelphia has set a new record high temp: 68F is the warmest it's been on any Jan 30th since 1872.


http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/01/deadly_tornado_in _northwest_ge.html

Car overturned by tornado near Adairsville GA via WSB Chanel 2

[edit]...looks like a truck to me
The last 24 hours of Beijing air, summarized:

BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-30-2013 00:00 to 01-30-2013 23:59; PM2.5 24hr avg; 277.9; 328; Hazardous
man those winds are strong here now..all due north..
Storms raking Southeast blamed for 2 deaths
Associated Press - 5 mins ago


ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A massive storm system raking the Southeast hammered a Georgia town on Wednesday, overturning cars on an interstate and killing at least one person there, authorities said.

Bartow County Fire Chief Craig Millsap said the body was found in the storm damage but did not have further details on how the person died. The same system also was blamed for a death in Tennessee. Most dangerous were powerful wind gusts that in several places were powerful enough to overturn tractor-trailers.

There were reports that people were trapped in homes and businesses, and television footage showed large sections of a sprawling manufacturing plant had been destroyed.

Footage also showed a funnel cloud roaring through the downtown area of Adairsville, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, flipping cars and demolishing a home. Interstate 75 was closed in both directions after the storm flipped cars onto their roofs and tossed them onto the grassy shoulder.

At least two tornadoes were confirmed and several more suspected, and conditions remained ripe for more. Since Tuesday, the system had caused damage across a swath from Missouri to Georgia.

In recent days, people in the South and Midwest had enjoyed unseasonably balmy temperatures in the 60s and 70s. A system pulling warm weather from the Gulf of Mexico was colliding with a cold front moving in from the west, creating volatility.

Police said high winds toppled a tree onto a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man had taken shelter, killing him.

Across the region, downed power lines, trees and tree limbs were making it difficult to reach people who needed help.

Another person was reported injured by lightning in Arkansas during the storm's eastward trek. Two people suffered minor injuries when a mobile home was blown off its foundation in Kentucky.

In Tennessee, officials confirmed that a tornado with peak wind speeds of 115 mph touched down in Mount Juliet. No serious injuries were reported there, though the path of damage was about 150 yards wide, including homes, a warehouse and an automotive business.

Hail ranging up to nearly golf-ball size was also reported in some areas.



Thousands were reported without power in Tennessee, where tornado warnings and flash flood warnings were issued for several counties and a tractor-trailer was blown over by high winds.

The nation has had its longest break between tornado fatalities since detailed tornado records began being kept in 1950, according to the Storm Prediction Center and National Climatic Data Center. The last one was June 24, when a person was killed in a home in Highlands County, Fla. That was 220 days ago as of Tuesday.

The last day with multiple fatalities was June 4, when three people were killed in a mobile home in Scott County, Mo.
Link
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
GAC045-077-121-149-301915-
/O.NEW.KFFC.SV.W.0008.130130T1834Z-130130T1915Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
134 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN FULTON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA
SOUTHERN CARROLL COUNTY IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA
NORTHWESTERN COWETA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHERN HEARD COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA

* UNTIL 215 PM EST

* AT 132 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS UP TO 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR FRANKLIN...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60
MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
WHITESBURG...CHATTAHOOCHEE HILL COUNTRY...PALMETTO AND EAST POINT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DOPPLER RADAR HAS INDICATED ROTATION WITHIN THIS STORM. ALTHOUGH
CURRENT DATA DOES NOT INDICATE THE EXISTENCE OF A TORNADO...A TORNADO
MAY STILL DEVELOP. IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED...ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO
A PLACE OF SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR
SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6. YOU CAN ALSO TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG GAWX.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EST WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHERN GEORGIA.
Radical pollution = radical weather.
There is a cost for cheap Chinese trinkets.

TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
National Weather Service confirms 1 fatality in a mobile home due to Adairsville, GA tornado. Long streak w/o tornado deaths has ended.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
114 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

MDZ003-VAZ026>031-038-WVZ050>053-055-301900-
WASHINGTON MD-SHENANDOAH VA-WARREN VA-GREENE VA-CLARKE VA-PAGE VA-
MORGAN WV-JEFFERSON WV-HARDY WV-HAMPSHIRE WV-BERKELEY WV-
ROCKINGHAM VA-FREDERICK VA-
114 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF WESTERN MARYLAND...THE
EASTERN PANHANDLE OF WEST VIRGINIA AND THE NORTHERN SHENANDOAH
VALLEY OF VIRGINIA...

AT 113 PM EST...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 4 MILES NORTH OF PECKTONVILLE TO CROSS JUNCTION TO
TUNIS...MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE HAYFIELD...BIG POOL...WILDE ACRES...
GAINESBORO...LACEY SPRING...TIMBERVILLE...BROADWAY...STAR TANNERY...
HARMONY AND GERRARDSTOWN.

HEAVY RAIN WITH THESE STORMS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO BELOW ONE
MILE AND MAY CAUSE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS.

WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS. WINDS
THIS STRONG CAN BRING DOWN LARGE TREE BRANCHES. TAKE SHELTER UNTIL
THE STORMS HAVE PASSED.

&&
ok so it gets to my area later tonight............
hope georgia stormz is ok up there..........
weak rotation heading to atl:


One storm produced a tornado in Adairsville, Ga., where the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center is reporting "major structural damage," cars overturned and people trapped. One person has been reported killed.

The storm struck late Wednesday morning in the town northwest of Atlanta. The Associated Press reported the storm demolished a home and left at least 10 cars overturned.

Officers noted that at least one apartment building in the town was "pretty much destroyed," numerous vehicles had been overturned and a mobile home park had suffered extensive damage.
There you go, Georgia Stormz. You got your severe weather. Happy?
Quoting stormchaser43:
There you go, Georgia Stormz. You got your severe weather. Happy?


actually i didnt get my severe weather.
all i got was rain.
and others got hurt.
that makes me not happy
Anybody know how much stronger this event would have been if the GOM moisture was warmer like in late Spring/Summer? is it that simple?
HIGH WIND WARNING.
FLOOD WATCH.
TORNADO WATCH.

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP EAST ACROSS THE CAROLINAS AND
NORTHEAST GEORGIA THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVY RAIN SHOWERS
AND STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ALONG AND AHEAD OF
THE PASSING COLD FRONT. TEMPERATURES WILL FALL RAPIDLY BEHIND THE
COLD FRONT TONIGHT...WITH LIGHT ACCUMULATING SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE
OVER THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS NEAR THE TENNESSEE BORDER...AND AT THE
HIGHER ELEVATIONS AFTER MIDNIGHT. THIS WILL LEAD TO SOME SLIPPERY
ROADWAYS LATE TONIGHT.
Quoting JNCali:
Anybody know how much stronger this event would have been if the GOM moisture was warmer like in late Spring/Summer? is it that simple?
Quoting JNCali:
Anybody know how much stronger this event would have been if the GOM moisture was warmer like in late Spring/Summer? is it that simple?
..well its not too different than a strong tropical storm..matter off fact i was just thinking that when i went outside before..winds are about the same
Quoting JNCali:
Anybody know how much stronger this event would have been if the GOM moisture was warmer like in late Spring/Summer? is it that simple?


there would have been more CAPE which means stronger staller storms that have heights of 40k+ feet, large hail, and violent tornadoes.
windy in texas.............
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
TWC Breaking ‏@TWCBreaking
National Weather Service confirms 1 fatality in a mobile home due to Adairsville, GA tornado. Long streak w/o tornado deaths has ended.


It breaks an all time record back to 1950 of longest streak without a single tornado fatality, 220 days.

Thousands were reported without power in Tennessee
Ryan Maue‏@RyanMaue

Mansion owners in Roswell (rappers & actors) should move their luxury cars inside -- I'd suspect some hail & wind debris is imminent.
1100 AM FLASH FLOOD SYLACAUGA 33.18N 86.26W
01/30/2013 TALLADEGA AL EMERGENCY MNGR

LAKE TERRACE STREET FLOODED WITH CARS UP TO THE WINDOWS
OF SOME CARS.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


there would have been more CAPE which means stronger staller storms that have heights of 40k+ feet, large hail, and violent tornadoes.
Thanks GS, I'm hoping for a mild Spring and Summer this year!
Trees & powerlines down across much of WNC.

1000 AM NON-TSTM WND DMG HENDERSONVILLE 35.32N 82.46W
01/30/2013 HENDERSON NC COUNTY OFFICIAL

SEVERAL TRESS DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY SINCE 6 AM THIS
MORNING.

It will take weeks to clean up Adairsville area. I worked less than 1/2 mile from the impact area. It is a mess down there. Vehicles crushed,everywhere all over the highway. There were many plants in the area. It was a Miracle that so far there has only been 1 fatality. I-75 is still closed in both directions, and state roads along I-75 are also blocked with trees.
NWS Huntsville reporting several structure damages from this morning.

0415 AM TSTM WND DMG 1 ESE ROGERSVILLE 34.82N 87.29W
01/30/2013 LAUDERDALE AL BROADCAST MEDIA

CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH STEEPLE BLOWN OFF. TIME
ESTIMATED BY RADAR.


0521 AM TSTM WND DMG MT HOPE 34.46N 87.48W
01/30/2013 LAWRENCE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

SHED ROLLED OVER WITH POLES PULLED FROM GROUND. TIME
ESTIMATED BY RADAR.


0605 AM TSTM WND DMG 5 ENE ADDISON 34.23N 87.11W
01/30/2013 CULLMAN AL EMERGENCY MNGR

MOBILE HOME AND BARN IN ROAD ON CR 1043 CULLMAN/WINSTON
COUNTY LINE. TIME ESTIMATED BASED ON RADAR.
Quoting Skyepony:
1100 AM FLASH FLOOD SYLACAUGA 33.18N 86.26W
01/30/2013 TALLADEGA AL EMERGENCY MNGR

LAKE TERRACE STREET FLOODED WITH CARS UP TO THE WINDOWS
OF SOME CARS.



The street is flooded with cars? Up to the windows of some cars? That sounds terrible... good thing the street isn't also flooded with water or they'd have a huge mess on their hands...

(Being pedantic in the face of natural disaster might seem uncouth, but I'm pretty sure nobody was injured in Talladega, so I forgive myself.)

Speaking of flooding, training of storms along that front is producing some impressive totals in Alabama and Georgia.

NWS Jackson, KY report trees down everywhere. Some counties are reporting things like almost all county roads blocked.
TORNADO WARNING
GAC145-199-231-263-285-293-302015-
/O.NEW.KFFC.TO.W.0006.130130T1930Z-130130T2015Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
230 PM EST WED JAN 30 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
HARRIS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
MERIWETHER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
PIKE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHWESTERN TALBOT COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
SOUTHEASTERN TROUP COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHWESTERN UPSON COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA

* UNTIL 315 PM EST

* AT 228 PM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR HAMILTON...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO PINE
MOUNTAIN-CALLAWAY GARDENS...SHILOH...WARM SPRINGS...MANCHESTER...
GREENVILLE...WOODBURY...MOLENA...GAY...CONCORD...Z EBULON AND
WILLIAMSON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR...IT 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 A
BASEMENT OR INTERIOR ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. IF DRIVING...DO NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASS.

IF YOU SEE WIND DAMAGE...HAIL OR FLOODING...WAIT UNTIL THE STORM HAS
PASSED...AND THEN CALL THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOLL FREE AT 1 8
6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6. YOU CAN ALSO TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG GAWX.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EST WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHERN GEORGIA.

&&

LAT...LON 3321 8459 3319 8449 3317 8426 3261 8484
3261 8509 3268 8511
TIME...MOT...LOC 1930Z 216DEG 48KT 3275 8484

$$
Quoting Skyepony:
NWS Jackson, KY report trees down everywhere. Some counties are reporting things like almost all county roads blocked.


Wow, that's one long report!
Quoting MrMixon:



The street is flooded with cars? Up to the windows of some cars? That sounds terrible... good thing the street isn't also flooded with water or they'd have a huge mess on their hands...

(Being pedantic in the face of natural disaster might seem uncouth, but I'm pretty sure nobody was injured in Talladega, so I forgive myself.)

Speaking of flooding, training of storms along that front is producing some impressive totals in Alabama and Georgia.



That explains the dozens of flooding reports from AL..

I made light of one lastnight, the wfo kept using AS WELL in about every report. The stress of this event has shown in the storm reports.
Nashville's is really long.. They had a bad night.

0245 AM TORNADO 4 SSW WHITE BLUFF 36.05N 87.24W
01/30/2013 DICKSON TN NWS STORM SURVEY

NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM CONFIRMED THAT AN EF0 TORNADO
TOUCHED DOWN ALONG WHITE BLUFF RD IN SOUTHEAST DICKSON
COUNTY AROUND 245 AM WHERE MINOR TREE AND STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE OCCURRED. THIS TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST TO
KINGSTON SPRINGS IN SOUTHERN CHEATHAM COUNTY WHERE
DOZENS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG CRAGGIE HOPE RD.
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
TODAY'S SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST....
____________________________________

Red shades indicates tornado-risk area
Tstorms expected to move into the NE by midnight or later

Quoting stormchaser43:
February March, April, and the early part of May will be unseasonably cold as that usually follows a warm January...

Watch.


2012 begs to differ.
Is there another word for "smash"?

Toronto International Airport, (which indicates records going to 1936) obliterated its previous high temperature record for this day of 9.1C set in 2006 when it hit 13C!
Link

"Normal" is -2C

However, it did not set an extreme maximum for the month which is still 16.7C set on January 25th, 1950.
WOCN11 CWTO 302051
Special weather statement updated by Environment Canada at 3:51 PM
EST Wednesday 30 January 2013.
------------------------------------------------- --------------------
Special weather statement for:
City of Toronto
Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent
Sarnia - Lambton
Elgin
London - Middlesex
Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk
Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand
Oxford - Brant
Niagara
City of Hamilton
Halton - Peel
York - Durham
Huron - Perth
Waterloo - Wellington
Dufferin - Innisfil
Grey - Bruce
Barrie - Orillia - Midland
Belleville - Quinte - Northumberland
Kingston - Prince Edward
Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes
Stirling - Tweed - South Frontenac
Bancroft - Bon Echo Park
Brockville - Leeds and Grenville
City of Ottawa
Gatineau
Prescott and Russell
Cornwall - Morrisburg
Smiths Falls - Lanark - Sharbot Lake
Parry Sound - Muskoka
Haliburton
Renfrew - Pembroke - Barry's Bay
Algonquin
Burk's Falls - Bayfield Inlet.

Temperatures on a roller coaster with rapidly changing weather
Conditions to end the month of January.

------------------------------------------------- --------------------
==discussion==
A strong Colorado low will track northeast to reach Lake Huron by
this evening. Very mild air associated with this system has given
remarkable temperatures in the double digits to Southern Ontario with
new maximum temperature records in many areas today.

As the deepening Colorado low moves across Georgian Bay into Quebec
tonight, it will drag a sharp Arctic cold front east across the
entire district, bringing this second January thaw to a quick end.
Temperatures will plunge fairly quickly to below freezing accompanied
by strong and gusty westerly winds. Wind gusts of 50 to 70 km/h are
expected in many areas. A wind warning is in effect for areas near
the east end of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario where 100 km/h gusts are
expected. Wind warnings may be necessary in other areas if the winds
become any stronger than currently forecast.

Since the showers are expected to end before temperatures drop below
freezing tonight, a flash freeze is not currently expected as brisk
winds will help most well drained surfaces to dry out before the
temperature drops below zero. However surfaces in poorly drained
areas that remain wet will freeze and become icy tonight, making
travel conditions locally hazardous tonight as a result.

As much colder air continues to get ushered in by strong west to
northwest winds Thursday, winter will return with a vengeance
especially in the snow belt regions to the southeast of Lake Huron
and Georgian Bay. Flurries and snow squalls are expected to quickly
develop in these regions with significant amounts of snow possible.
Travelling conditions in these regions will quickly become hazardous
due to quickly accumulating snow and very low visibility in blowing
snow and bursts of heavy snow. Snow squall watches have been issued
over the regions to the south of Georgian Bay and to the east of Lake
Huron.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment
Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

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