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Tornadoes Rake Mississippi Delta; More Storminess Ahead

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Mast ers 5:31 PM GMT on December 24, 2015

One of the longest-tracked tornadoes ever observed in December carved its way from northwest Mississippi into southwest Tennessee on Wednesday. The twister, likely to be rated at least an EF3 after damage surveys on Thursday, was part of an unusually far-flung year-end outbreak of severe storms that extended from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Although several tornadoes were reported as far afield western Illinois and central Indiana--and even Michigan experienced its first December tornado on record--the bulk of the 29 preliminary tornado reports received by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) came from northern Mississippi and adjacent areas. At least 10 deaths were reported by midday Friday, most of them tornado-related.

By far the most destructive storm of the day was the long-lived supercell that produced the long-track tornado noted above, as well as several others. Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist at SPC, speculates that this storm was in a small region where instability from warm, moist surface air and very high vertical wind shear came together for nearly ideal supercell conditions. “Elsewhere, there were numerous supercell structures and fast-moving line segments producing damage,” says Carbin. “However, based on my interpretation of the character of radar reflectivity during the event, many of the storm updrafts were ‘stretched out’ by the intense vertical shear across the region.”


Figure 1. Tornado east of the Shack Up Inn outside Clarksdale, Mississippi, on December 23, 2015. This is probably the same tornado that stayed on the ground for 150 miles and later killed one person in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Image credit: Guy Malvezzi.


Figure 2. Vehicles blown off the road in Holly Springs, Mississippi on December 23, 2015. A seven-year-old boy was killed in the town by the tornado. This photo also illustrates the danger of being parked beneath an overpass when a potentially tornadic thunderstorm is approaching. Image credit: Dan Smith and Karla Fisher.




Figure 3. Radar reflectivity (top) and Doppler velocity (bottom) of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Holly Springs, Mississippi tornado as seen at 5:28 pm EST December 23, 2015.


How far can a tornado go?
Continuous tornado paths longer than 100 miles are uncommon, and they can be a challenge to confirm, especially in rural areas. In many cases, a long-lived supercell will produce several tornadoes in quick succession (also known as a tornado “family”), with brief breaks in between each damage path. The infamous Tri-State Tornado of March 18, 1925, was long envisioned as a single twister producing a 219-mile-long path, but more likely it was a tornado family with one dominant member. A thorough analysis led by former SPC forecaster Robert Johns found 32 gaps along the Tri-State path, each at least 1 mile long. The researchers concluded that a 151-mile segment from Bollinger County, Missouri, to Pike County, Indiana, was most likely to be the longest continuous path from this tornado family.

The longest confirmed tornado track during winter (December-February) is the 122-mile-long path from a tornado that plowed through northern Arkansas during the Super Tuesday outbreak on February 5, 2008. Looking throughout the year, there have been at least 26 tornadoes of at least F3/EF3 strength since 1950 with path lengths of more than 120 miles, according to Harold Brooks (National Severe Storms Laboratory).


Figure 4. Preliminary damage track of the violent tornado that cut a long swath across northwest Mississippi into southwest Tennessee on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. An updated track will be produced after storm surveyors assess the damage. Image credit: NWS/Memphis.

2015 no longer the nation’s safest tornado year
As a result of Thursday’s activity, the year 2015 to date now has close to 20 tornado-related deaths. This puts 2015 out of the running for the least number of U.S. tornado fatalities for a given year in records going back to 1875. The year with the lowest death toll remains 1910, which saw just 12 tornado-related fatalities. The year 1986 is in second place, with 15, and in 2009 there were just 21 tornado-related deaths.


Figure 5. Thunderstorms (mostly non-severe) are lined up along the jet stream from southern Louisiana to the mid-Atlantic at 1630Z (11:30 am EST) on Thursday, December 24, 2015. Image credit: NOAA-NASA GOES Project.

More storms in the offing through the holiday weekend
Thunderstorms will pose less of a threat on Thursday and Friday than on Wednesday, although in some areas they’ll accentuate the presence of a record-warm, record-moist air mass. SPC has only a marginal risk of severe weather for Thursday from the lower Mississippi Delta to the Delmarva region, with a smaller marginal risk from northeast Texas to southwest Tennessee. Another marginal-risk area on Friday extends from northeast Texas to most of Kentucky and Tennessee. More intense activity may develop over the weekend, with SPC’s Day 3 outlook for Saturday already including a slight risk for a large part of Texas, and parts of east Texas and Louisiana outlooked for possible severe weather on Sunday. A strong cold front will be plowing across the Southern Plains by then, which could shift the odds toward wind-packing squall lines as opposed to supercells.

Off-the-charts record warmth for Christmas
The well-advertised holiday warm wave continues to astound, with “instant” record highs set overnight in many locations from the Great Lakes to the Northeast. Readings at midday Friday were already into the 70s Fahrenheit from southeast New York to the Gulf Coast, with widespread 80s across Florida. Some of the daily record highs along and near the East Coast on Thursday will be 10°F or more beyond the warmest Christmas Eve in more than a century of recordkeeping. Breaking a longstanding daily record by more than 10°F is noteworthy in itself, and the intense zone of high pressure off the southeast U.S. coast is uncannily similar to the Bermuda highs common in midsummer! Given the intense interest in holiday weather and the many family gatherings under way, we can expect this bizarre weekend to spur countless dinner-table conversations about climate change and “global weirding.” A warm wave like this doesn’t “prove” climate change; it is one manifestation of the weather that results from natural variations such as El Niño playing out in a global atmosphere that is being warmed, moistened, and shifted by ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gases. Like the spectacular warm wave of March 2012, which brought 90°F readings to Michigan, the tropical Christmas Eve 2015 could serve as an excellent candidate for attribution research--the attempt to unravel how much long-term climate change raises the odds of a particular weather event.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!

Bob Henson and Jeff Masters
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Merry Christmas Eve Eve 2015 from Quincy Illinois. Goldball sized hail and tornado warnings.

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large scale discrete super cell activity appears west south west
developing in the strong rtn flow of gom axis split of northerly flow entering west texas panhandle south this area should form the squall line eventually as system develops over night

dallas is under the gun for the next 6 hrs or so
Jeff's lost visual. Might be cycling. Crazy night for Dallas.
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* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...  
DENTON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
TARRANT COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
 
* UNTIL 1030 PM CST  
 
* AT 727 PM CST...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING  
HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO  
BEGIN SHORTLY.  
 
* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...  
FORT WORTH...ARLINGTON...PLANO...GRAND PRAIRIE...CARROLLTON...  
FRISCO...DENTON...LEWISVILLE...FLOWER MOUND...MANSFIELD...EULESS...  
BEDFORD...GRAPEVINE...HALTOM CITY...KELLER...COPPELL...HURST...  
BURLESON...THE COLONY AND SOUTHLAKE.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE  
DANGERS OF FLOODING.  
 
TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD  
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.  
 
 
 
LAT...LON 3341 9684 3299 9685 3299 9727 3298 9703  
3255 9704 3255 9755 3299 9754 3299 9740  
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Still showing a TDS but there's not a lot north of Farmville looking at Google Maps. Another tornado warning coming up from the south but weak atm.
Whoever suggested I take tranquilizers better tell me where I can get hold of some now. SPC has my city in a 30% enhanced severe weather risk! OMG!!!
Evening everyone, been awhile since I posted. Me and the wife left Florida last Tuesday to visit family and spend Christmas in Arkansas. Needless to say the trip through Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi was nothing but rain. Got there Wednesday evening and the weather was much better until early this morning around 5:00am when we had severe storms blowing through. What a difference in the way the weather is out this way. We left for Mississippi this morning as my step-Daughter is getting married Sunday afternoon. Me and my wife and the rest of the wedding party checked in at the Hampton Inn here in Hernando Mississippi. As I was unloading the car and came back into the lobby I noticed that my wife was talking to a young man. Come to find out his house was destroyed by the Tornado's that came through here a few days ago, I read about it but didn't realize the severe weather had came through this area as well. Geez! But it looks like more severe weather is on the way and we are here until Wednesday. Keeping an eye on the weather! Interesting watching sat pics and radar as these systems drop out of the west and then up from the gulf. Nothing like Florida weather that's for sure. Interesting weather in this part of the country.
Damage out of Garland, TX. No idea how extensive it is.

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* TORNADO WARNING FOR...  
SOUTHEASTERN GRAYSON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
NORTHEASTERN COLLIN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
SOUTHERN FANNIN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
NORTHWESTERN HUNT COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
 
* UNTIL 815 PM CST  
 
* AT 734 PM CST...A CONFIRMED LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO  
WAS LOCATED 8 MILES NORTH OF FARMERSVILLE...OR 17 MILES EAST OF  
MCKINNEY...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.  
 
THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.  
 
HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO.  
 
SOURCE...RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO.  
 
IMPACT...YOU ARE IN A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. FLYING DEBRIS  
MAY BE DEADLY TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE  
HOMES WILL BE DESTROYED. CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO  
HOMES...BUSINESSES AND VEHICLES IS LIKELY AND COMPLETE  
DESTRUCTION IS POSSIBLE.  
 
* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...  
CELESTE AROUND 745 PM CST.  
LEONARD AROUND 750 PM CST.  
BAILEY AROUND 800 PM CST.  
ECTOR AND BONHAM STATE PARK AROUND 810 PM CST.  
BONHAM AND DODD CITY AROUND 815 PM CST.  
 
OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE  
WINDOM...BLUE RIDGE...TRENTON AND WESTMINSTER.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
TORNADOES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. DO NOT  
WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.  
 
 
 
LAT...LON 3360 9593 3326 9620 3331 9647 3367 9637  
TIME...MOT...LOC 0134Z 208DEG 31KT 3328 9636  
 
TORNADO...OBSERVED  
TORNADO DAMAGE THREAT...CONSIDERABLE  
HAIL...1.00IN  
 
 
 
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Retweeted DFW Scanner (@DFWscanner):
7:17pm - Reports of people trapped in damage and major gas leaks in Rowlett. Multiple injuries. Its bad.
Retweeted DFW Scanner (@DFWscanner):
7:19pm - Rowlett has contacted surrounding cities for "as much help as we can get."
Looking like EF3 damage in some of the photos that have been posted, including this one:

Quoting 507. pureet1948:

Whoever suggested I take tranquilizers better tell me where I can get hold of some now. SPC has my city in a 30% enhanced severe weather risk! OMG!!!



Just grab some Valrian at the local Walgreens, eat 6 an hour. No problem.
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX  
747 PM CST SAT DEC 26 2015  
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH HAS ISSUED A  
 
* TORNADO WARNING FOR...  
SOUTHEASTERN COLLIN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
CENTRAL ROCKWALL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
 
* UNTIL 815 PM CST  
 
* AT 746 PM CST...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A  
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR HEATH...OR NEAR ROCKWALL...MOVING NORTH AT  
35 MPH.  
 
HAZARD...TORNADO.  
 
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.  
 
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT  
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.  
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE  
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.  
 
* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR...  
DALLAS AND MOBILE CITY AROUND 755 PM CST.  
ROCKWALL...ROYSE CITY AND FATE AROUND 800 PM CST.  
 
OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE  
JOSEPHINE...NEVADA...MCLENDON-CHISHOLM AND LAVON.  
 
THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 30 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 69 AND 77.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST  
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS...IN A  
MOBILE HOME...OR IN A VEHICLE...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL  
SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.  
 
TORNADOES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. DO NOT  
WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.  
 
 
 
LAT...LON 3310 9630 3281 9635 3281 9643 3313 9649  
3313 9630  
TIME...MOT...LOC 0146Z 182DEG 31KT 3285 9639  
 
TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED  
HAIL...0.00IN  
 
 
 
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What on earth just happened on Jeff Piotrowski periscope feed? Went out several times. ..he came back in just saying uhhh.....uhhh, over for about ten seconds then off air
Quoting 518. weesej:

What on earth just happened on Jeff Piotrowski periscope feed? Went out several times. ..he came back in just saying uhhh.....uhhh, over for about ten seconds then off air


Too close.
Quoting 518. weesej:

What on earth just happened on Jeff Piotrowski periscope feed? Went out several times. ..he came back in just saying uhhh.....uhhh, over for about ten seconds then off air
That tornado jumped to the east very rapidly. I hope Jeff did not get hit.
Quoting 514. Qazulight:




Just grab some Valrian at the local Walgreens, eat 6 an hour. No problem.



On my way. Just hope the city of Houston still has electricity by this time tomorrow evening.
Quoting 520. hydrus:

That tornado jumped to the east very rapidly. I hope Jeff did not get hit.
or worst
Will Houston see the threat of tornadoes like Dallas is experiencing tonight?
Discrete = separate, distinct

Discreet = private, understated

Here endeth the lesson.
7:37pm - People need to avoid the cities of Rowlett, Garland, and Sunnyvale due to significant tornado damage. 7:33pm - Dozens of damaged structures and dozens of injuries in Rowlett, Sunnyvale, and Garland areas. This is a bad situation. 7:19pm - Major multiple car pileup on I30. Multiple people trapped. Public safety reports severe injuries. 7:17pm - Reports of people trapped in damage and major gas leaks in Rowlett. Multiple injuries. Its bad. 7:11pm - Vehicles overturned, piled up off I30 in Rowlett, public safety reports.
Looks pretty nasty over there in the DFW area..... Hope ppl are taking precautions.....
Quoting 523. pureet1948:

Will Houston see the threat of tornadoes like Dallas is experiencing tonight?
Why not look up the weather for the Houston area and compare it with Dallas.?..Storm Prediction Center has excellent severe weather forecasts.....Especially for the large cities.
I wonder what the damage will look like in the morning.I knew the news coming from the interstate was not going to be good.It was during rush hour and there seem to be a lot of cars in that photo posted a while back.
Jeff's periscope feed was crazy. He tried to help a dude then almost got stabbed. Holy hell.
Quoting 518. weesej:

What on earth just happened on Jeff Piotrowski periscope feed? Went out several times. ..he came back in just saying uhhh.....uhhh, over for about ten seconds then off air

Apparently some lunatic he was trying to assist pulled a knife on him.
Quoting 507. pureet1948:

Whoever suggested I take tranquilizers better tell me where I can get hold of some now. SPC has my city in a 30% enhanced severe weather risk! OMG!!!


Consult your Doctor first!
Quoting 532. Ameister12:


Apparently some lunatic he was trying to assist pulled a knife on him.


Came back on in time for me to see that....insane!!
Shit
From, DFW Scanner's Twitter:

8:15pm - Unfortunately there are reports of numerous fatalities in the impacted areas. Damage everywhere. Rescues ongoing.
Quoting 525. BahaHurican:

Discrete = separate, distinct

Discreet = private, understated

Here endeth the lesson.


I never knew that. Thank you.
Quoting 535. JTDailyUpdate:

Shit
From, DFW Scanner's Twitter:

8:15pm - Unfortunately there are reports of numerous fatalities in the impacted areas. Damage everywhere. Rescues ongoing.


Horrible
Belay the cussing.

Folks are here looking for info, not off color analyst.
Unfortunately 2015 could not end on a quite note when it came to tornados.
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FLASH FLOOD WARNING FORT WORTH TX - KFWD 820 PM CST SAT DEC 26 2015
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* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...  
SOUTHEASTERN WISE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
 
* UNTIL 1045 PM CST  
 
* AT 839 PM CST...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING  
HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE  
ALREADY FALLEN...AND AN ADDITIONAL 2 INCHES OF RAIN WILL BE  
POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED.  
 
* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...  
BRIAR...PECAN ACRES...NEW FAIRVIEW...AURORA...BOYD...RHOME AND  
NEWARK.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE  
DANGERS OF FLOODING.  
 
TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD  
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.  
 
 
 
LAT...LON 3341 9739 3299 9740 3299 9764 3300 9768  
 
 
 
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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FORT WORTH HAS ISSUED A  
 
* TORNADO WARNING FOR...  
CENTRAL FANNIN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS...  
 
* UNTIL 930 PM CST  
 
* AT 843 PM CST...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A  
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR BAILEY...OR 9 MILES SOUTH OF BONHAM...  
MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH.  
 
HAZARD...TORNADO.  
 
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.  
 
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT  
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.  
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE  
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.  
 
* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR...  
BONHAM STATE PARK AROUND 850 PM CST.  
BONHAM...ECTOR AND DODD CITY AROUND 855 PM CST.  
RAVENNA AROUND 900 PM CST.  
 
OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE  
TRENTON.  
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...  
 
TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST  
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS...IN A  
MOBILE HOME...OR IN A VEHICLE...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL  
SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.  
 
 
 
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3377 9627 3375 9623 3375 9619 3377 9617  
3381 9616 3380 9617 3381 9618 3382 9615  
3384 9615 3384 9605 3386 9603 3384 9602  
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467. Patrap

Many thanks for that , and I stand halfway corrected. The youngest , and there is only one, is 10 years old. Several have 1958 dates. One would think with all oil and gas money flowing into the "Oil Schools", schools of LA., and Tex. That have flowed since 1958. That not one paper has appeared since 2005. And all the Earth imaging since 1958. And 2005.

The last paper you list is dated 10 years ago. the first is 1958. That's 67 years ago. The price of Oil was set by the Texas Railroad Commission.

When, the Great East Texas Oil Field came in , oil fell to 25 cents for a 42 gallon barrel.



This is when H.L. Hunt took Dad Joiner into a Dallas hotel, he plied with him booze, and women.

This Oil Strike saved the Western World. One cannot run a P-51 on grape juice.
Then the Suadi's , ............................found more Oil, than we ever dreamed of. It comes out of the ground when they open a value .

That's the oil game.

And "our friends:"
We all kissed the ring of the Salman of Saudi Arabia. He's pumping as to the Russians. and us ,
More damage from the Rowlett area (EF4?):

George Friedman wrote the essential New Orleans piece September 5th,2005,

New Orleans, A geo-political prize.

It is the first thing I have folks read as to this locales deep river port, and refining hub.

There's a reason the US Gub'ment built the 14.5 Billion Dollar Levee protection upgrade post K, in Cash.


Just read dat and you'll have the perfect and correct primer.



Some Storm Reports out of FORT WORTH TX. There was some hail and tornado spotted as well.

0737 PM TSTM WND DMG NEVADA 33.03N 96.38W
12/26/2015 COLLIN TX AMATEUR RADIO

HWY 78 NEAR FM 1778 GAS STATION DESTROYED. WELDING SHOP
NEXT DOOR DAMAGED. 6-8 INCH TREE LIMBS ON ROAD.


0728 PM TSTM WND DMG COPEVILLE 33.08N 96.42W
12/26/2015 COLLIN TX TRAINED SPOTTER

PEOPLE TRAPPED UNDERNEATH COLLAPSED BUILDING NEAR FM546
AND HWY 78. SEVERAL BUILDINGS DAMAGED.

0700 PM TSTM WND DMG 2 SE ROWLETT 32.88N 96.55W
12/26/2015 DALLAS TX AMATEUR RADIO

NUMEROUS POWER LINES DOWN, TREES DOWN, BUILDING DAMAGE
AND ROOFS MISSING.


0618 PM TSTM WND GST 5 SE MIDLOTHIAN 32.43N 96.92W
12/26/2015 M105 MPH ELLIS TX AWOS

There is a picture of a house torn to pieces in a large tree.
Quoting 551. TropicalAnalystwx13:

More damage from the Rowlett area (EF4?):




more like upper high end EF4 with 190mph winds or low end EF5 with 205 too 210 mph
467. Patrap

Many thanks for that , and I stand halfway corrected. The youngest , and there is only one, is 10 years old. Several have 1958 dates. One would think with all oil and gas money flowing into the "Oil Schools", schools of LA., and Tex. That have flowed since 1958. That not one paper has appeared since 2005. And all the Earth imaging since 1958. And 2005.

The last paper you list is dated 10 years ago. the first is 1958. That's 67 years ago. The price of Oil was set by the Texas Railroad Commission.

When, the Great East Texas Oil Field came in , oil fell to 25 cents for a 42 gallon barrel.



This is when H.L. Hunt took Dad Joiner entered into a Dallas hotel, he plied with him booze, and women.

This Oil Strike saved the Western World. One cannot run a P-51 on grape juice.
Then the Suadi's , ............................found more Oil, than we ever dreamed of. It comes out of the ground when they open a value .

That's the oil game.

And "our friends:"
We all kissed the ring of the Salman of Saudi Arabia. He's pumping as much as he can to kill the Russians. and us , The price is wild.



Very bad and frightening, sadly. Stay safe over there!
Quoting 507. pureet1948:

Whoever suggested I take tranquilizers better tell me where I can get hold of some now. SPC has my city in a 30% enhanced severe weather risk! OMG!!!


Whenever there's a chance for severe problems, plan for the worst, but hope for the best. If it helps you to worry incessantly, that's ok, if you make plans for worst case scenario because of it. Worrying, but doing nothing about the worries, makes for problems and MORE problems. So worry as you will (as you obviously do) but use it to prepare 'just in case'...and then hope or pray (depending on your outlook) that you don't have big problems. Mother nature is much out of our control, and thus scary. So just prepare and be ready for whatever the threat might be. Being prepared doesn't always make a difference...but usually does. So just be ready for all eventualities, be alert and stay as safe as you can. Ready to unleash the preparations if necessary. So just be as ready as you can for what could go wrong. You CAN do it, you worry about it, so it can be prepared for much more than those who don't worry at all :)

All the best to those out there dealing with severe weather, and all over here dealing with flooding (even North Wales, who are used to it, have gotten the levels that are even thought of as bad here! Folkes in Glan Conwy especially and over in North Manchester area, Lancashire and Yorkshire [Hebden Bridge is an absolutely lovely place]).

And happy holidays to everyone else, especially those who post so much information for all these things, cheers all
Quoting 558. washingtonian115:




not a sight you wanna see at night :/
Concurrent tornado warning, ice storm warning, blizzard warning, river and stream flood warning(s). Not to mention flash floods. Must be Oklahoma...
From the looks of things, north Texas has it worse.
Quoting 551. TropicalAnalystwx13:

More damage from the Rowlett area (EF4?):


Hard to tell what kind of building(s) that is/was due to darkness. Too early to tell what happened. Hopefully people there had a shelter to dive into.
Got an Image of the Rowlett tornado, however having trouble posting it to the blog, here is the link if someone else can get it

Link
Quoting 531. Michfan:

Jeff's periscope feed was crazy. He tried to help a dude then almost got stabbed. Holy hell.


I was watching that periscope when it happened. Glad he is OK. I still cannot believe it. That dudes face will be in my head all night. He hurt his arms fighting the guy off. Made me think of all you on here - stay safe storm chasers!
Tomorrow looks like a potentially dangerous day, especially for Houston and locales north of there. The 0z FWD sounding measured 3000j/kg CAPE coupled with strong shear, which clearly led to the long-track and violent tornado east of Dallas. While instability will be less extreme tomorrow, strong wind shear and plenty of moisture should favor line segments or supercells. A significant tornado or two can't be ruled out.

Quoting 564. Gearsts:




For us Soo Cal types.........we will def take some of DAT forecast!

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Basehunters managed to intercept another violent tornado.
The death toll is already up to 8, and from the news coming out of several areas, it sounds like that number may climb significantly.

There have been more tornadic deaths in the December 23-26 period than the entirety of 2015 through December 22.
From the NWS San Franciso discussion: THE MEDIUM RANGE MODELS INDICATE THAT THE WESTERLIES MAY BREAK
UNDER THE HIGH AMPLITUDE RIDGE BY LATE NEXT WEEKEND OR EARLY THE FOLLOWING WEEK AND BRING PRECIPITATION TO THE STATE. HOWEVER...MOST OF THAT PRECIP MAY MISS US TO THE SOUTH AND
PRIMARILY BENEFIT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

The El Nino opening?
Quoting 575. TropicalAnalystwx13:

The death toll is already up to 8, and from the news coming out of several areas, it sounds like that number may climb significantly.

There have been more tornadic deaths in the December 23-26 period than the entirety of 2015 through December 22.


Any new damage reports ?
Slayer..skelotons of society...check it, metal knew
Insane video of the Garland/Rowlett tornado. You can clearly hear the roar, especially towards the end, as well as the tornado's violent motion.

Warning: Strong language
CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
1245 AM CST SUN DEC 27 2015

...THE DALLAS FORT WORTH CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR DECEMBER 26 2015...

PRECIPITATION (IN)

SINCE JAN 1 60.28"
Here's the video from Basehunters:
sorry, lame....the perfect config created bad things...I do not believe in God, but I wish the best to those that have seen in the eyes of what may come.  Sorry, really.  Anyone there do what you can.
Quoting 579. Ameister12:

Insane video of the Garland/Rowlett tornado. You can clearly hear the roar, especially towards the end, as well as the tornado's violent motion.

Warning: Strong language


2:10 - He had to hide.

I think I mighta had to hide too..
Quoting 581. Ameister12:

Here's the video from Basehunters:

Chasing a tornado, on a freeway, at night, when the only way you can see a tornado is when it's disclosed by lighting and power flashes. Now the traffic ahead of you comes to a halt. Where's the tornado, exactly, and which way is it headed, exactly? What's your escape route? What do you do if the tornado is actually headed right down the freeway at you?

At least five of the deaths near Garland apparently happened to people in vehicles. I imagine most of them didn't know better. We are going to have more storm chasers killed if this kind of thing keeps up.
As Jeff Piotrowski found out tonight, there are more risks out there than just weather. I was glad to hear he's OK, but "going into search rescue mode", as he tweeted before the attack, places you in danger from everything as minor as stepping on a nail up to being attacked, injured, or killed by a mentally deranged person. First responders have training in how to evaluate risk. They have tools and backup to help deal with those risks. They have worker's comp insurance to pay for their care if they are injured. Storm chasers do not. Climbing out of an unmarked vehicle at night when you're not in uniform and there's a disaster in progress is just not a good idea. Your two hands and a pair of leather gloves are not going to aid materially with any rescue efforts, but it might get you killed.
Just low clouds and fog this morning in SE Alabama. That's a welcome change from our torrential rains of the past four days. This is a plot of rainfall from 12/21 until 12/26. The vast majority of the rain fell here 12/22 through 12/24. Barbour County takes the rainfall prize, with 14.12". I was in the "lesser" rainfall area to the east, so I only got 11.64" total, of which a little over eight inches fell Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, another storm is headed in on Monday, and there's not a lot of headroom for new rainfall in area rivers and creeks. The Chattahoochee River is still two feet above flood stage, and all the creeks are running at bankfull. The setup for severe weather looks to be somewhat similar to Thursday, although this may have a squall line this time compared to discrete cells blowing up quickly. At least this system will come through during daylight. That may increase the instability a little, but at least we'll have a chance of seeing tornadoes before they are picked up on radar.

understand this was the warmest christmas since the yr i was born in 55. seems once the cold moves in it wlll be here to the spring thaw
Quoting 585. sar2401:

Climbing out of an unmarked vehicle at night when you're not in uniform and there's a disaster in progress is just not a good idea. Your two hands and a pair of leather gloves are not going to aid materially with any rescue efforts, but it might get you killed.
Weill, I just suppose there are times ones very human sense of compassion can overwhelm ones sense of self-preservation. It may not be smart or wise or fit anyone's definition of "a good idea". But I, for one, am thankful such mindless altruism exists. And I disagree with the statement that ones "two hands and a pair of leather gloves ar not going to aid materially"; I myself have personally assisted in several first-responder scenarios, and while I'm no hero, I know that my my untrained, unprotected, senseless urge to help has more than once kept someone alive until the cavalry arrived...
Quoting 588. Neapolitan:

Weill, I just suppose there are times ones very human sense of compassion can overwhelm ones sense of self-preservation. It may not be smart or wise or fit anyone's definition of "a good idea". But I, for one, am thankful such mindless altruism exists. And I disagree with the statement that ones "two hands and a pair of leather gloves ar not going to aid materially"; I myself have personally assisted in several first-responder scenarios, and while I'm no hero, I know that my my untrained, unprotected, senseless urge to help has more than once kept someone alive until the cavalry arrived...


Amen...same here
Overnight, the wind gusted to 63 mph in Amarillo, Tx.
Quoting 588. Neapolitan:

Weill, I just suppose there are times ones very human sense of compassion can overwhelm ones sense of self-preservation. It may not be smart or wise or fit anyone's definition of "a good idea". But I, for one, am thankful such mindless altruism exists. And I disagree with the statement that ones "two hands and a pair of leather gloves ar not going to aid materially"; I myself have personally assisted in several first-responder scenarios, and while I'm no hero, I know that my my untrained, unprotected, senseless urge to help has more than once kept someone alive until the cavalry arrived...
Great post..I have saved a number of lives, a few out at sea..It was instinctive...All but one was grateful.
Quoting 447. Kenfa03:

That sounds really bad. Is there any hope left for Florida?
No hope left for us in Florida, I think everyone needs to evacuate immediately.
Good morning over there from sunny Germany. Very bad news from abroad with those awful tornadoes. And other folks got different problems with very severe flooding. Not a peaceful Christmas for many, weatherwise:




Good morning and afternoon, all. Warm and wet in west central Louisiana. The entrance to my property is now foot deep muck I pray I'll get through anytime I have to leave and get back home. And more rain coming.

As to the extra hands before first responders? I think it really depends on the situation, there are places where it can be quite a while before first responders will be there. I was witness to one bad accident where the car went off the road and into a bayou. Another man, retired firefighter, a truck driver, and I were the ones to take charge and get him out of the car, which was beginning to sink, and apply first aide. He was belligerent until we saved his dog first. We hadn't known there was a dog involved. I became belligerent with the first responders when they got there about 45 minutes later (and complimented us on what we'd done) when they were going to leave the dog running loose there rather than make a call to have someone come get the dog. Yes, one of us was a retired first responder and I was fully trained to an ambulance at age 14 (too many years ago to admit to), but there are places where your first responders can be volunteer and they aren't always able to be there quickly. So whether to step in and volunteer has many aspects to it and I don't think it can be answered with a simple do it or never do it.

Breakfast's on the sideboard: beignets smothered in powdered sugar, banana or corn fritters, broiled boudin patties, bacon and cheddar eggs Sardou, scrambled eggs with crawfish Étouffée to pour over it, big fluffy biscuits with sausage gravy, Broccoli and cheddar oatmeal, cheesy grits with shrimp, cheese Danishes, fresh fruit and orange, apple or pineapple juice. Tea and Creole coffee. Enjoy!
Quoting 584. sar2401:

...At least five of the deaths near Garland apparently happened to people in vehicles. I imagine most of them didn't know better.


You don't reach adulthood in a storm/tornado prone area without being exposed to information about the dangers of such storms, especially at night.

We are going to have more storm chasers killed if this kind of thing keeps up.

Darwin at work. As long as their actions do not deliberately or inadvertently harm others, people are free to do what they want even if it is categorically stupid. They just have to deal with the consequences of their actions.
Quoting 596. Xyrus2000:



You don't reach adulthood in a storm/tornado prone area without being exposed to information about the dangers of such storms, especially at night.

We are going to have more storm chasers killed if this kind of thing keeps up.

Darwin at work. As long as their actions do not deliberately or inadvertently harm others, people are free to do what they want even if it is categorically stupid. They just have to deal with the consequences of their actions.


Even so, most people get into a sense of complacency. Three years ago the tornado sirens went off for Nashville and the first thing I did was get into my mother's car and drive on the interstate. No tornado, fortunately, but we escaped a massive hail storm. It's not like hurricanes (storms that can afflict everyone at once), you can drive for years in severe storms and never see anything. Not saying it's a good idea, I wouldn't go driving somewhere during a tornadic storm (especially at night), but sometimes...


URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 571
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
850 AM CST SUN DEC 27 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
EXTREME SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS
NORTHWEST LOUISIANA
EAST TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 850 AM UNTIL
400 PM CST.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE


SUMMARY...THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND
INTENSITY TODAY WHILE SPREADING NORTH ACROSS THE WATCH AREA.
CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF A FEW
TORNADOES...DAMAGING WINDS AND MARGINALLY SEVERE HAIL.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES WEST OF HOUSTON TEXAS
TO 20 MILES NORTH OF TEXARKANA ARKANSAS. FOR A COMPLETE
DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
(WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

&&

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND
GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500.
MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 22040.
599. beell
So far, so good, Astro. The closed, mid-level low has resulted in a wind profile over the warm sector that is decidedly meridional (south to north) through a deep layer (based on VAD profilers). Low level winds are backed to the southeast and quite strong-so a brief spin-up is not out of the question.

ADDED: That could change this afternoon as the speed max whips around the base of the low...

Watch & wait!


Houston VAD
The damage pictures out of the Garland area are consistent with at least a low-end EF4. Several homes have been completely leveled, and several apartment buildings have had their entire second floor sheared off and first floor destroyed.

As bad as this tornado was, 10 miles west and we would have found out what happens when you put a violent tornado in a huge metropolitan (Dallas).
A. Tons of people who live in the Southern Plains are not natives.

B. Travelers haven't a clue about watches and warnings because they do not live in severe prone areas.

C. Being "in a vehicle" can mean being unaware as well as meaning aware and using deliberate avoidance, i.e. driving away.

D. Driving away can work well if you are in a tornado's path and have no other alternative IF you have the space and sense of place to do it. Stormchasers and natives do. Non-natives and travelers don't. (Ref A and B)

E. Even so, Nature rules.

F. Careful with judgmental thinking about people's actions during a weather event. This is the worst sin a wu weather voyeur can commit.
hi barefoot- just caught a quick mention of a quarter, to a half inch of ice in your area. Is that what you're expecting?

Unbelievable.
UK floods: Extra 500 soldiers sent to stricken areas
BBC News, 35 minutes ago
An extra 500 troops have been brought in to deal with "unprecedented" flooding in Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Some 400 soldiers are already helping people in areas affected by downpours at Christmas and the PM vowed to help people in "their hour of need".
Emergency teams are evacuating homes in York, where police say 3,500 properties were at risk near the River Foss.
There are scores of flood warnings in England, Wales and Scotland - more than 20 severe, meaning danger to life. ...


Live: North of England flooding
(with more pics)
607. beell
Decent area of convergence at the intersection of the cold front/warm from/ pre-frontal trough setting up over the ARKLATX at this hour.


Current RAP Surface theta-e
Quoting 607. beell:

Decent area of convergence at the intersection of the cold front/warm from/ pre-frontal trough setting up over the ARKLATX at this hour.


Current RAP Surface theta-e

Mesoanalysis shows SBCAPE of 2000-2500j/kg already, much higher than I saw from forecast modeling. Seems to be a trend with this system. 0z FWD sounding had 3042j/kg of CAPE.
Praying that the weather today will not be as destructive as it has been this past week. Too many deaths..
the front hasn't gotten to Houston yet, we are under tornado watches until 4. But it is super windy, the gusts have been picking up in magnitude over the last several hours.
It's been raining here for quite a while. A flood advisory till 1245
Quoting 609. AllyBama:

Praying that the weather today will not be as destructive as it has been this past week. Too many deaths..


The Storm God must be really angry at something. Nothing else could cause all these deaths and severe thunderstorms.
613. beell
Quoting 608. TropicalAnalystwx13:


Mesoanalysis shows SBCAPE of 2000-2500j/kg already, much higher than I saw from forecast modeling. Seems to be a trend with this system. 0z FWD sounding had 3042j/kg of CAPE.


Still seem to have the meridional issue-hopefully that will keep anything brief. Southern portion of the front making pretty good progress. College Station & Victoria already post-frontal.

It does feel pretty CAPE-Y on my front porch (east of Houston).


Current RAP SBCAPE
Here's a mind-bender for y'all.

What if we named Cape Girardeau MO to Convective Available Potential Energy Girardeau? Would you still refer to it as CAPE Girardeau or call it Convective Available Potential Energy Girardeau?

I'd call it Convective Available Potential Energy Girardeau.
615. beell
i think you've been huffing too much coal dust up there.
:)
seems like the front has stalled at college station.
619. MahFL
Quoting 604. barbamz:


Unbelievable.


It's not unbelievable, we see it all the time with strong tornadoes.
Quoting 602. Barefootontherocks:

A. Tons of people who live in the Southern Plains are not natives.


They don't need to be. If you hear the local mets warning about severe weather potential, hear the EBS go off, hear the sirens, etc. you don't need to be a genius to figure out you should probably pay attention, ESPECIALLY at night where one can be easily blindsided by such weather.

B. Travelers haven't a clue about watches and warnings because they do not live in severe prone areas.


Again, when a dangerous situation is occurring or about to occur there are plenty of warnings. If you're driving along and listening to the radio and suddenly here the EBS come on and say a dangerous tornado is in the area, it doesn't mean keep driving along like nothing serious is happening. It means get off the road and find the nearest sturdy building to take cover in.

C. Being "in a vehicle" can mean being unaware as well as meaning aware and using deliberate avoidance, i.e. driving away.


Which is NOT recommended, especially when you can't see anything such as if it's rain wrapped or it's night. You could be driving straight into. You could hit a massive hailstorm. You could get hit by debris, or smash into a tree in the road you didn't see until it was too late, or get swept off the road by a sudden flash flood. You could hit a traffic jam and be a sitting duck out in the open.

Even IF you know where a tornado is there is no guarantee that it won't change course, or form another funnel right over you.

D. Driving away can work well if you are in a tornado's path and have no other alternative IF you have the space and sense of place to do it. Stormchasers and natives do. Non-natives and travelers don't. (Ref A and B)


Professional storm chasers who have access to live radar and know the prevailing meteorological conditions can make fairly accurate guess about what a storm will do, but even they can be caught off guard and pay the ultimate price.

"Natives" are simply lucky that tornadoes are small scale phenomena so their chances of being hit are relatively small. The chance of suffering a catastrophic incident is much higher driving around in a tornadic storm than simply staying put, simply because the chance of you wrecking from weather related conditions. A six inch hailstone smashing through your windshield is far more likely to cause you injury than having one smash into the roof of your house.

Even so, Nature rules.


That goes without saying.

F. Careful with judgmental thinking about people's actions during a weather event. This is the worst sin a wu weather voyeur can commit.


I was being objective, not judgemental. Watch the videos. In spite of sirens blaring. In spite of the EBS going off. In spite of the hail, torrential rain, lightning, wind, power flashes, etc. the roads had plenty of cars just driving along like nothing was happening. In fact, it happens so often that it is a repeated topic at the yearly AMS.
621. beell
Quoting 620. Xyrus2000:



In spite of sirens blaring. In spite of the EBS going off. In spite of the hail, torrential rain, lightning, wind, power flashes, etc. the roads had plenty of cars just driving along like nothing was happening. In fact, it happens so often that it is a repeated topic at the yearly AMS.


First and foremost, make sure the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your smartphone (if you have one) is set to "ON". It probably is by default. Most of us are aware of these geographically-targeted text alerts compliments of FEMA, your wireless provider, and the nearest cell tower. Sometimes aggravating, sometimes life-saving.

The most aggravating fault with this system is navigating your way through an endless combination of settings and menus that can be phone make, model, and carrier specific to ensure it is "ON".

Figure it out (TODAY) if you are not getting these messages or you don't remember how you turned it off!

Tranquility Base.............Tranquility Base..........This is Houston..............WE HAVE A POTENTIAL PROBLEM!

Good Morning Class!
Quoting 621. beell:



First and foremost, make sure the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your smartphone (if you have one) is set to "ON". It probably is by default. Most of us are aware of these geographically-targeted text alerts compliments of FEMA, your wireless provider, and the nearest cell tower. Sometimes aggravating, sometimes life-saving.

The most aggravating fault with this system is navigating your way through an endless combination of settings and menus that can be phone make, model, and carrier specific to ensure it is "ON".

Figure it out (TODAY) if you are not getting these messages or you don't remember how you turned it off!




My phone goes off for local weather alerts and Amber Alerts(missing children) Im just too old to remember if I set the settings or it came that way.....LOL
Quoting 612. 62901IL:



The Storm God must be really angry at something. Nothing else could cause all these deaths and severe thunderstorms.
pretty scary weather alright
Quoting 624. LargoFl:

pretty scary weather alright


Oh, Storm God, why are you so angry?
WFUS54 KSHV 272009
TORSHV
TXC063-343-449-272045-
/O.NEW.KSHV.TO.W.0070.151227T2009Z-151227T2045Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
209 PM CST SUN DEC 27 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN MORRIS COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...
CENTRAL CAMP COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...
SOUTHEASTERN TITUS COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...

* UNTIL 245 PM CST

* AT 209 PM CST...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED NEAR CASON...OR NEAR PITTSBURG...MOVING NORTH AT 45 MPH.

HAZARD...TORNADO.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS...AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE
DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR...
OMAHA AND COOKVILLE AROUND 225 PM CST.
MOUNT PLEASANT AROUND 230 PM CST.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE ROEDER
AND CENTER POINT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS OR IN
A VEHICLE...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

&&

LAT...LON 3294 9480 3295 9493 3329 9495 3327 9469
TIME...MOT...LOC 2009Z 182DEG 37KT 3299 9487

TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED
HAIL...<.75IN

$$
Heed your warnings folks,some dangerous storms today.
With all the truly SEVERE weather going on in New Mexico and Texas and other areas, I feel kinda bad posting our next DRIP-DRIP storm for Soo Cal. Well here it is. Forecast amounts of .10-.25 total. drip drip drip, hope Northern California fares much better.

While the tornado was going on yesterday night boy bands and other social media stars were trending instead.Ahhh the power of the young and dumb...
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
248 PM EST SUN DEC 27 2015

GAZ001>009-011>016-019>025-027-030>039-041>062-06 6>076-078>086-
089>098-102>113-282000-
BALDWIN-BANKS-BARROW-BARTOW-BIBB-BLECKLEY-BUTTS-C ARROLL-CATOOSA-
CHATTAHOOCHEE-CHATTOOGA-CHEROKEE-CLARKE-CLAYTON-C OBB-COWETA-
CRAWFORD-CRISP-DADE-DAWSON-DEKALB-DODGE-DOOLY-DOU GLAS-EMANUEL-
FANNIN-FAYETTE-FLOYD-FORSYTH-GILMER-GLASCOCK-GORD ON-GREENE-
GWINNETT-HALL-HANCOCK-HARALSON-HARRIS-HEARD-HENRY -HOUSTON-JACKSON-
JASPER-JEFFERSON-JOHNSON-JONES-LAMAR-LAURENS-LUMP KIN-MACON-
MADISON-MARION-MERIWETHER-MONROE-MONTGOMERY-MORGA N-MURRAY-
MUSCOGEE-NEWTON-NORTH FULTON-OCONEE-OGLETHORPE-PAULDING-PEACH-
PICKENS-PIKE-POLK-PULASKI-PUTNAM-ROCKDALE-SCHLEY- SOUTH FULTON-
SPALDING-STEWART-SUMTER-TALBOT-TALIAFERRO-TAYLOR- TELFAIR-TOOMBS-
TOWNS-TREUTLEN-TROUP-TWIGGS-UNION-UPSON-WALKER-WA LTON-WARREN-
WASHINGTON-WEBSTER-WHEELER-WHITE-WHITFIELD-WILCOX -WILKES-
WILKINSON-
248 PM EST SUN DEC 27 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH AND CENTRAL
GEORGIA.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT...

...ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
TONIGHT.

AMPLE LOW LEVEL MOISTURE AND DAYTIME HEATING WILL PRODUCE ENOUGH
INSTABILITY FOR ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TO BE POSSIBLE ACROSS EXTREME
NORTH GEORGIA...GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM ROME TO
GAINESVILLE.

WEATHER HAZARDS EXPECTED...
OCCASIONAL LIGHTNING.

RUNOFF FROM THE HEAVY RAINS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS WILL CONTINUE
TO PRODUCE RIVER AND CREEK FLOODING...WITH SOME LOCATIONS SEEING
MODERATE TO MAJOR FLOODING. PEOPLE IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS SHOULD
MONITOR THE LATEST RIVER STAGES AND FORECASTS.


.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...

ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ON MONDAY WEST OF A
GAINESVILLE AND MACON LINE. DAMAGING WINDS AND POSSIBLY A TORNADO
WILL BE THE MOST LIKELY HAZARDS. HEAVY RAIN AND POSSIBLE FLOODING CAN
ALSO BE EXPECTED. A FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH
GEORGIA.

THUNDERSTORMS WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY.

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.


.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED THROUGH TONIGHT.

$$
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
835 AM PST SUN DEC 27 2015

A PATTERN CHANGE MAY OCCUR THE EARLY PART OF NEXT WEEK. THE GLOBAL
MODELS CONTINUE TO ADVERTISE A BLOCKING RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE
DEVELOPING OVER HIGHER LATITUDES NEAR THE WEST COAST WITH A STRONG
LOWER LATITUDE JET STREAM ACROSS THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL PACIFIC
UNDERCUTTING BLOCKING HIGH PRESSURE TO THE NORTH TO BRING PACIFIC
STORM SYSTEMS INTO THE VICINITY OF CALIFORNIA. THERE ARE SOME
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE ECMWF AND GFS IN THE DETAILS WHICH IS TO
BE EXPECTED WITH THIS TYPE OF PATTERN...ESPECIALLY MORE THAN A
WEEK OUT.

Is this not a dual edged sword for California? As to the direction the jet will go? Either north into Canada or south into California? I am assuming if the jet heads towards California.........Precipitation chances will be enhanced?
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 572
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
240 PM CST SUN DEC 27 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS
WESTERN AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA
EASTERN TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 240 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CST.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

SUMMARY...STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE OVER
THE WATCH AREA THIS AFTERNOON INTO EVENING AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT
ACCELERATING FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE REGION. THE ENVIRONMENT
WILL REMAIN SUPPORTIVE OF SUPERCELLS AND BOWING STRUCTURES CAPABLE
OF A FEW TORNADOES AND DAMAGING OUTFLOW WINDS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTHWEST OF
MONTICELLO ARKANSAS TO 45 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF FORT POLK
LOUISIANA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU2).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

&&
Cells are beginning to intensify across Louisiana. Moisture is abundant, instability is more than adequate, and wind shear is high. Any sustained supercell we see will be capable of producing a significant tornado like we saw yesterday and on Wednesday.
very dangerous weather today and tonight..stay alert and safe folks!..cant remember so many tornado's happening in December gee.
Ventura County Solimar Fire (70 miles NW of Los Angeles) is 1236 acres and 70% contained. Fire started from downed power lines during a Santa Ana Wind Event, which were gusting over 50 mph.

Glad an arsonist was not involved.



639. beell



Refresh page for current county-wide warnings
6 People killed in Flash Flooding in Pulaski County Missouri (Breaking News CNN ) Cars driving through rising waters! I can never figure out why people insist on doing this.
637. HurricaneHunterJoe
9:33 PM GMT on December 27, 2015
Ventura County Solimar Fire (70 miles NW of Los Angeles)


I used to live at Pt. Mugu- was there for the fires of '92... scary to see the fires along PCH.
642. flsky
How do I check whether its on or not

Quoting 621. beell:



First and foremost, make sure the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your smartphone (if you have one) is set to "ON". It probably is by default. Most of us are aware of these geographically-targeted text alerts compliments of FEMA, your wireless provider, and the nearest cell tower. Sometimes aggravating, sometimes life-saving.

The most aggravating fault with this system is navigating your way through an endless combination of settings and menus that can be phone make, model, and carrier specific to ensure it is "ON".

Figure it out (TODAY) if you are not getting these messages or you don't remember how you turned it off!


643. beell
Quoting 642. flsky:

How do I check whether its on or not




Here's a start:

How to turn on/off emergency alerts

Some of them are buried in your messaging app, some in your wireless connections settings, some of them will remain out of reach for most mortals (j/k).

Good luck!
Such a stormy end to December. This severe weather is like May! Hope y'all stay safe.
Quoting 644. Bluestorm001:

Such a stormy end to December. This severe weather is like May! Hope y'all stay safe.
Are you that guy originally named bluestormz?
Quoting 645. washingtonian115:
Are you that guy originally named bluestormz?

No. I just recently joined as a member.
This Garland tornado is one of the scariest I have ever seen, large EF4 at night - just epic.
Incredible Large Tornado near Rowlett, Texas | Dec 26, 2015
Quoting 648. Gearsts:




Looks very nice to me.........still a week away and it was weaker on previous runs.......but I am ready to jump on board!.........in 3-4 more days........LOL
Way too much too fast for these folks...Prayers to them and the people hit by the tornadoes..



651. beell
Houston Intercontinental Airport (KIAH)
12/27 4:11 PM CST
Temp: 75°F
Wind: SSE 22/G36 mph

12/27 4:38 PM CST
Temp: 59°F
Wind: WNW 9/G23 mph

Link
Quoting 641. aquak9:

637. HurricaneHunterJoe
9:33 PM GMT on December 27, 2015
Ventura County Solimar Fire (70 miles NW of Los Angeles)


I used to live at Pt. Mugu- was there for the fires of '92... scary to see the fires along PCH.


For sure! In the worst case scenarios of fires during Santa Ana events......sometimes the only thing that stops them is the Pacific Ocean. Firefighters cannot a fire moving so fast. The Cedar Fire, the biggest fire in California(since records started being kept) started out near me and ran 35 miles before being stopped 4 miles short of the ocean.
Tornado on ground Calhoun County Arkansas! per CNN
654. beell


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 2090
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0455 PM CST SUN DEC 27 2015

AREAS AFFECTED...FAR NORTHEAST TX/NORTHERN LA AND SOUTHERN AR

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 572...

VALID 272255Z - 280100Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 572 CONTINUES.

SUMMARY...TORNADO RISK WILL PERSIST AND POTENTIALLY INCREASE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS /THROUGH EARLY EVENING/ ESPECIALLY ACROSS SOUTHERN AR AND FAR NORTHEAST TX/NORTHERN LA...INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL FOR A STRONG TORNADO OR TWO. TORNADO WATCH 572 CONTINUES UNTIL 04Z.

DISCUSSION...A FRAGMENTED SQUALL LINE WITH EMBEDDED/ IMMEDIATE-LINE-PRECEDING SUPERCELLS CONTINUES TO MOVE ACROSS FAR EAST TX TOWARDS FAR SOUTHWEST AR/NORTHWEST LA. DAMAGING WINDS AND A TORNADO OR TWO WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE WITH LINE-EMBEDDED BOWS/MESOVORTICES...BUT THE GREATEST TORNADO POTENTIAL WILL BE WITH SEMI-DISCRETE STORMS AHEAD OF THE BROADER CONVECTIVE LINE. AS OF 445PM CST...NORTH/NORTHEASTWARD DISCRETE SUPERCELLS CONTINUE TO INCREASE ACROSS EXTREME NORTHEAST TX /EASTERNMOST TIER OF COUNTIES/ AND FAR NORTHERN LA INTO SOUTHERN AR. AMID MOIST/CONFLUENT LOW-LEVEL FLOW...THESE SURFACE-BASED STORMS ARE OCCURRING NEAR/SOUTH OF A SYNOPTIC SCALE FRONTAL BOUNDARY THAT EXTENDS SOUTHWEST-NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS SOUTHERN AR...WITH ANOTHER MESOSCALE-RELATED EFFECTIVE BOUNDARY CLOSER TO THE AR/LA BORDER VICINITY. ALONG/SOUTH OF THE FRONT...NEAR-SURFACE LOW-LEVEL WINDS HAVE NOTABLY BACKED MORE EAST-SOUTHEASTERLY OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF HOURS ACROSS NORTHERN LA/SOUTHERN AR...AND THIS SAME TREND SHOULD CONTINUE/PERSIST VIA MASS RESPONSE TO THE DEEPENING SURFACE LOW ACROSS NORTHEAST TX. CONSISTENT WITH LITTLE ROCK/SHREVEPORT WSR-88D VWP DATA...THIS SCENARIO WILL MAINTAIN 0-1 KM SRH OF AROUND 250-400 M2/S2 THROUGH EARLY/MID-EVENING. ACCORDINGLY...A TORNADO/DAMAGING WIND RISK WILL CONTINUE ACROSS MUCH OF TORNADO WATCH 572...BUT A SOMEWHAT FOCUSED POTENTIAL FOR TORNADOES /INCLUDING A STRONG TORNADO RISK/ APPEARS TO ESPECIALLY EXIST ESPECIALLY ACROSS SOUTHERN AR/EXTREME NORTHEAST TX AND NORTHERN LA.


..GUYER.. 12/27/2015

===================================

Some of these cells may not have a long time in the warm sector before they cross the boundary. That would be a good thing.



Current RAP surface winds, mslp, 2 hr press change
(click for larger image)


(click image for storm reports)
An hour ago near Hampton, AR:


656. flsky
Thanks! Got it set.

Quoting 643. beell:



Here's a start:

How to turn on/off emergency alerts

Some of them are buried in your messaging app, some in your wireless connections settings, some of them will remain out of reach for most mortals (j/k).

Good luck!
Basehunters captured the formation of a strong tornado near Marshall, TX a few hours ago.

They said "light showers tonight" it is currently raining pretty moderately...
0549 PM FLOOD WALDRON 34.90N 94.09W
12/27/2015 SCOTT AR EMERGENCY MNGR

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTS THAT ALMOST ALL COUNTY ROADS
IN SCOTT COUNTY ARE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING. THIS INCLUDES
HIGHWAY 71 AT MANSFIELD...HIGHWAY 80 WEST...AND HIGHWAY
28 EAST.


0349 PM TSTM WND DMG BEARDEN 33.73N 92.62W
12/27/2015 OUACHITA AR EMERGENCY MNGR

NUMEROUS TREES AND POWELINES DOWN IN THE BEARDEN AREA.
EMERGENCY MANAGER REPORTED SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED WIND
DAMAGE AND SEVERAL OTHERS HAD TREES FALL ON THEM.

0410 PM TORNADO 5 W HAMPTON 33.54N 92.55W
12/27/2015 CALHOUN AR LAW ENFORCEMENT

CALHOUN SHERIFFS OFFICE REPORTS TORNADO ON GROUND WEST OF
HAMPTON.

lololol
Quoting 660. washingtonian115:


lololol


A sight for sore eyes here.
662. beell
News sources are a bit conflicting, But is does appear that large chunks of I40 from the TX/NM state line to Albuquerque are closed along with some sections across the TX panhandle.
nmroads.com

New Mexico snow totals at 5:33 PM MST.
Link
Quoting 657. Ameister12:

Basehunters captured the formation of a strong tornado near Marshall, TX a few hours ago.



There could be a freak tornado in Antarctica and I swear Basehunters would be there to document it.
Quoting 661. weesej:



A sight for sore eyes here.

Actually, the pattern over the eastern half should be conducive for coastal low development soon . Would not be surprised to see gulf low cross Florida into the Atlantic by mid January and produce a significant storm...Possibly earlier if the subtropical jet and polar jet start to interact...jmo
Quoting 660. washingtonian115:


lololol


Have actually seen that happen. At least in Tennessee...very frustrating when the southern counties get more snow than the northern counties. >.<
Surface Chart

Cold front passed through a couple of hours ago...really weird. Rain's still draped way to the North...

Might have some severe t-storms tomorrow. Brother comes in for Christmas on Tuesday.

Quoting 655. TropicalAnalystwx13:

An hour ago near Hampton, AR:






I've seen some comments that say "where is El Nino?"

Right...

Are such people blind?
Quoting 667. Astrometeor:

Surface Chart

Cold front passed through a couple of hours ago...really weird. Rain's still draped way to the North...

Might have some severe t-storms tomorrow. Brother comes in for Christmas on Tuesday.


...MID-SOUTH...
FOCUSED LINEAR ASCENT ALONG THE LEADING EDGE OF THE ADVANCING COLD
FRONT WILL LIKELY ENCOUNTER A MOIST AIRMASS WITH MORE LIMITED
BUOYANCY THAN RECENT DAYS. IN ADDITION...OCCLUDED CYCLONE AND LARGE
SCALE FORCING FOR ASCENT WILL BECOME FURTHER REMOVED FROM THE
TRAILING FRONTAL ZONE WITH TIME. NONETHELESS...LATEST GUIDANCE
SUPPORTS THE CONTINUATION OF A NARROW COLD-FRONTAL CONVECTIVE
RAINBAND SPREADING EAST FROM THE MS VALLEY EARLY IN THE DAY. A
NARROW CORRIDOR OF SUFFICIENT SURFACE-BASED DESTABILIZATION MAY
DEVELOP AHEAD OF THIS LINE...FROM THE GULF COAST TO WRN
TN...RELATIVELY EARLY IN THE PERIOD. IF THIS CAN OCCUR...DEEP SHEAR
AND LOW LEVEL SRH ARE MORE THAN CONDUCIVE TO STORM ORGANIZATION AND
POSSIBLE QLCS TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WINDS.
AGAIN WITH TIME AND
EASTWARD EXTENT...OVERALL REGIME APPEARS TO BECOME INCREASINGLY
HOSTILE TO MORE WIDESPREAD SEVERE STORMS AS BOTH FORCING AND
DESTABILIZATION WEAKEN. IT REMAINS POSSIBLE THAT THE CHARACTER OF
THE CONVECTIVE LINE AND OBSERVED CONDITIONS EARLY MONDAY MAY SUPPORT
THE INTRODUCTION OF HIGHER SEVERE RISK PROBABILITIES...OR THE
ADDITION OF A SMALL SIGNIFICANT TORNADO RISK AREA.
HOWEVER...CURRENT
UNCERTAINTIES IN STORM MODE AND QUESTIONS ABOUT DESTABILIZATION
PRECLUDE A HIGHER RISK AT THIS TIME.

..CARBIN.. 12/27/2015
Quoting 665. Astrometeor:



Have actually seen that happen. At least in Tennessee...very frustrating when the southern counties get more snow than the northern counties. >.<


Winter 1972-73. 1/10" of snow total for Washington DC. Epic snowstorm in the southeast with up to 15" in South Carolina and snow to south Georgia. It got squeezed to our south.

A second (earlier season) snowstorm January 8 stands in my memory. This produced a band of heavy snow across North Carolina but was also supressed to our south. Forecasts were for 6-12" here. A trace verified. Richmond got 2"

A 1989 February storm produced less than an inch in DC. I visited my sister in Williamsburg VA. They had 18" I drove through worse and worse conditions before finally burying my new Accord in a snowbank in front of her house and just going in and waiting till next day to dig out. Brought X country skis and skiied across William and Mary campus.
More than Chunks of roads in NM are closed... Like the whole eastern half of all roads are closed.

http://nmroads.com/

Quoting 666. hydrus:


Looks downright beastly.
Quoting 666. hydrus:


does this mean that the pesky subtropical ridge will stay in place in the south even after this event or what?somebody with more knowledge please translate,thanks
Darn Goldballs will get you everytime.
Something for the astronomers

Sou posted these two images of the large Large Magellanic Cloud taken bt a regular commenter;





Mosaic 43MB



Zoom with annotation



Click to embiggen
Quoting 668. Jedkins01:




I've seen some comments that say "where is El Nino?"

Right...

Are such people blind?


Wreaking havoc in many places. Is our record warmth and no rain a direct impact?
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