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Wild weather rings out the old year: tornado kills three in Arkansas

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 4:31 PM GMT on December 31, 2010

The wild weather year of 2010 is closing out in dramatic fashion in the U.S., where a powerful storm system moving through the center of the country has spawned a tornado that killed three people in Northwest Arkansas early this morning. According to media reports, the tornado swept through Washington County in Northwest Arkansas between 6am - 6:10am CST this morning, killing three, injuring many more, and causing significant damage throughout the western portion of the county. Emergency responders are having difficulty reaching the damaged areas due to downed power lines, and power is out over most of the county. The supercell thunderstorm responsible for the tornado has maintained its identify for more than four hours along a path more than 200 miles long this morning, a unusually long time for a thunderstorm to maintain its identity. As of 11am EST, the tornado warnings for the thunderstorm has been issued for eastern Missouri, and the storm is headed towards St. Louis. Visit our interactive tornado page and severe weather page to monitor this ongoing severe weather situation. Today's three tornado deaths brought this year's tornado death toll to 39. This is higher than last year's record-low total of 21 tornado deaths, but much lower the 3-year average of 76 tornado deaths per year.



Figure 1. Radar reflectivity (top) and Doppler velocity image (bottom) of the supercell thunderstorm that hit northwestern Arkansas this moring, killing three people in the town of Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, the storm responsible for the deadly tornado is also bringing a dangerous winter storm to the West and Midwest. Blizzard warnings are in effect for southeastern Wyoming, western Nebraska, the Dakotas, and western Minnesota. According to the latest NOAA Storm Summary, the storm has dumped over 30 inches of snow in Colorado at Coal Bank Pass and Skyway, and at Sage Creek Basin in Wyoming. Some other selected snowfall amounts as of 10am EST:

Idaho City, ID: 36.0"
Soda Springs, CA: 36.0"
Deer Valley Daly West, UT: 33.0"
Williams, AZ: 29.5"
Sheep Canyon, WA: 29.0"
Missoula, MT: 24.0"
Flagstaff, AZ: 22.0"
Boise, ID: 20.0"
Green Mountain, NV: 20.0"
Durango, CO: 20.1"
Jackson, WY: 17.3"
Los Alamos, NM: 17.0"
Creighton, SD: 12.0"
Fergus Fall, MN: 11.0"
Williston, ND: 7.1"

The storm also brought very heavy rains in excess of two inches to portions of Arizona, Missouri, and Arkansas, with amounts in excess of four inches reported in California and Oregon. The storm will intensify and move northeastwards into Canada north of Minnesota tonight, bringing an additional 6 - 12 inches of snow to the warned areas.

Have a Happy New Year's everyone, and I'm hoping 2011 brings us a little less in the way of wild weather!

Jeff Masters
Crashing down
Crashing down
The owner of this car stands on the trunk of the 100 year old California Oak tree to take pictures of his damaged vehicle. The tree and others came down early this morning as fierce winds up to 75 MPH tore through the SoCal area, This pic was taken in the San Fernando Valley. The trees were no match for the heavy rains of last week the these winds.
Snow and Blue Sky
Snow and Blue Sky
So nice to see some sunshine. Taken on a FSR off the Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls, WA
12-31-2010 Tornado
12-31-2010 Tornado
Tornado (Preliminary est. F3) damage, Sunset Hills Missouri.

Tornado

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Reader Comments




Good tunes!

Happy New year, Keep!




good new year to u PSL
Thanks canes...love that song!
1007. bappit
Quoting Patrap:
Fog on the Miss River at Audubon Bend,NOLA


Fog on the river is great. Can be clear on land and have fog trapped on the river by the levees. Never know the fog the is there except for whisps of cloud escaping--unless you climbed up on the levee.

Of course, I'm talking about what I grew up with near Brusly. Bad accident some years ago a bit south of there when a ferry sank after being struck by a ship.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Thanks canes...love that song!


No problem Geoff. I haven't heard the song in forever until the Verizon commercial put it back on.
1010. Grothar
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Yeah, Gloria Estefan has a great musical range all the way from A to B.

Nice variety of tunes being posted! Hope you like this one.




Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:

Nice variety of tunes being posted! Hope you like this one.






Thank you. That was beautiful.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Ah, good song Geoff.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Thank you. That was beautiful.





You are most welcome!
Quoting Grothar:


Yeah, Gloria Estefan has a great musical range all the way from A to B.


I saw Vicki Sue Robinson perform this in person. Well at least lip sync it.
Someone called?

I saw a promo today of the upcoming American Idol. Steven Tyler has had a facelift....and he actually didnt look too overdone.
Quoting EYEStoSEA:
I saw a promo today of the upcoming American Idol. Steven Tyler has had a facelift....and he actually didnt look too overdone.


IMHO, Tyler messed up big time by going on the show. Should've stayed with Aerosmith, I heard they put out great concerts.
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i see we are back to posting vid's without the army of admin. well it might get me banned but at least mine is weather related.

hiya keeper, missed your big world posts.
Quoting caneswatch:


IMHO, Tyler messed up big time by going on the show. Should've stayed with Aerosmith, I heard they put out great concerts.


I couldn't agree more....but ...guess the money was right..
No Banning - Weather related

Weather related:




Good night, friends. I must head to bed.


Thanks for the great time!
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:



Good night, friends. I must head to bed.


Thanks for the great time!


Night PSL!


Thanks!
1036. bappit
Music from Iceland. Not a US pop hit, but popular elsewhere.

NORTH WATERBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Wardens are warning anglers about dangerous ice conditions.

January 1st marked first weekend of ice fishing season here in Maine. But unusually warm weather has melted much of the ice that we got from a December cold snap. Wardens are seeing lots of open water and thin ice in ponds and lakes across the state. Despite the dangerous conditions, people continue to fish. Sgt. Tim Spahr says wardens are working with the Attorney General's office to find out if any legal action can be taken when people are out on ice that isn't safe.

"We are actually looking into that more seriously to see what actions that we can take as a law enforcement agency to prevent anything that we may see that may be potentially, seriously dangerous, particularly to a child" Spahr said.


Gnite All...


TROLL LEVEL ALERT LOW
1042. Grothar
Quoting bappit:
Music from Iceland. Not a US pop hit, but popular elsewhere.




Að lokum, góður minn af tónlist, Takk.
937 EnergyMoron "The more interesting question is, why was Africa the breadbasket of the Roman Republic, and Egypt of Roman Empire?
Climate change in North Africa has been occurring for millenia, really.
"

Anthropogenic -- Carthago delenda est -- possibly for the entirety of the Holocene or even longer. What saved Egypt was the seasonal flooding which annually refertilized the soil.

Attitudes haven't changed, only the players
Holy smokes..Has anyone looked at the 00Z GFS run?? Looks like a replay of the Dec 1983 cold snap for N TX..
1045. hcubed
Quoting sunlinepr:


Can't believe they listed Buddy Rich as number one, without any mention of Gene Krupa in the list.

Check it out yourselves:



YOU be the judge...
1046. flsky
Quoting weathergeek5:

Is Heart still doing anything? They were great!
1047. hcubed
As further proof as to why Krupa should have been on the list is this section:

"...Gene has often been considered to be the first drum "soloist." Drummers usually had been strictly time-keepers or noisemakers, but Krupa interacted with the other musicians and introduced the extended drum solo into jazz. His goal was to support the other musicians while creating his own role within the group. Gene is also considered the father of the modern drumset since he convinced H.H. Slingerland, of Slingerland Drums, to make tunable tom-toms. Tom-toms up to that point had "tacked" heads, which left little ability to change the sound. The new drum design was introduced in 1936 and was termed "Separate Tension Tunable Tom-Toms." Gene was a loyal endorser of Slingerland Drums from 1936 until his death. Krupa was called on by Avedis Zildjian to help with developing the modern hi-hat cymbals. The original hi-hat was called a "low-boy" which was a floor level cymbal setup which was played with the foot. This arrangement made it nearly impossible for stick playing. Gene's first recording session was a historical one. It occurred in December of 1927 when he is noted to be the first drummer to record with a bass drum..."

From http://www.drummerman.net/biography.html
1048. flsky
Thanks for all of the great music!

In my younger years, and when MTV first arrived, I wasn't too keen on seeing what I listened to - the visuals of the performers burst a bubble or two. This even after being married to a person who was, and still is, fully involved in the music business. I went to plenty of live performances, but seeing a video just didn't do it for me.

At any rate, thanks for posting some great stuff! I have to admit, I still look away from the images and just listen.
1049. flsky
Quoting hcubed:
As further proof as to why Krupa should have been on the list is this section:

"...Gene has often been considered to be the first drum "soloist." Drummers usually had been strictly time-keepers or noisemakers, but Krupa interacted with the other musicians and introduced the extended drum solo into jazz. His goal was to support the other musicians while creating his own role within the group. Gene is also considered the father of the modern drumset since he convinced H.H. Slingerland, of Slingerland Drums, to make tunable tom-toms. Tom-toms up to that point had "tacked" heads, which left little ability to change the sound. The new drum design was introduced in 1936 and was termed "Separate Tension Tunable Tom-Toms." Gene was a loyal endorser of Slingerland Drums from 1936 until his death. Krupa was called on by Avedis Zildjian to help with developing the modern hi-hat cymbals. The original hi-hat was called a "low-boy" which was a floor level cymbal setup which was played with the foot. This arrangement made it nearly impossible for stick playing. Gene's first recording session was a historical one. It occurred in December of 1927 when he is noted to be the first drummer to record with a bass drum..."

From http://www.drummerman.net/biography.html


I'm a lover of old movies, so I saw Krupa in one of them - can't remember the name at present - but he was the BEST drummer I had ever heard!
1050. flsky
Quoting sunlinepr:


Wow! How can I copy this and send it my son. Incredible!!!
From Miami NWS Discussion:

EXTENDED FORECAST...
THE UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVES SOUTHEAST INTO THE
MID ATLANTIC STATES ALLOWING FOR A TROUGH TO SET UP OVER THE
EASTERN UNITED STATES THIS WEEKEND. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR HIGH
PRESSURE TO SHIFT FROM THE CENTRAL CANADA INTO THE SOUTHEAST
UNITED STATES. HOWEVER...THE COLD AIR ASSOCIATED WITH THE HIGH
WILL BE MOVING MORE THROUGH THE TENNESSEE VALLEY INSTEAD OF
FLORIDA AT THIS TIME. BUT THE LATEST LONG RANGE MODELS ARE SHOWING
A LITTLE BIT COOLER TEMPERATURES COMPARE TO EARLIER RUNS. WILL
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE TRENDS IN THE LONG RANGE MODELS AND IF THE
TREND CONTINUES THEN WILL MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE WEEKEND TEMPS IN
LATER PACKAGES.
Morning Everyone, Ike thanks for the rain.
1053. IKE
Quoting severstorm:
Morning Everyone, Ike thanks for the rain.


You're welcome:)
1054. P451
Quoting flsky:
Thanks for all of the great music!

In my younger years, and when MTV first arrived, I wasn't too keen on seeing what I listened to - the visuals of the performers burst a bubble or two. This even after being married to a person who was, and still is, fully involved in the music business. I went to plenty of live performances, but seeing a video just didn't do it for me.

At any rate, thanks for posting some great stuff! I have to admit, I still look away from the images and just listen.



Oh how I miss the the first days of cable TV. Especially the first days of MTV, CNN, TWC, ESPN... great programming. Today it's all garbage. I feel like I'm reading someone's twitter while being blasted with meme (or whatever that silly internet phenomena is) anytime I even bother to think of changing to one of those channels.

Sad, really...

Even the good channels of today, Discovery and all it's sibling channels such as history, science, nature, etc - they are all also going down the path of that silly Viacom "LETS OVER DRAMATIZE THE HECK OUT OF 15 MINUTES OF FOOTAGE AND MAKE IT A 1 HOUR SHOW!" path of doom.

:/


Ah, well, back to the weather, folks. Is there weather happening worth mentioning today? About all I see is another potential super storm for the Mid-Atlantic come the end of the week. ECMWF once again calling for a big one. Blizzard92 broke down the model calling for 15-24 inches for my general region in NJ. Given we had 30+" from the last one? I would welcome it with open arms. :)

1055. P451
Seems pretty quiet out there huh?
Although I know CA has had it's arse handed to it quite handily. At the moment things are quiet.

Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
From Miami NWS Discussion:

EXTENDED FORECAST...
THE UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVES SOUTHEAST INTO THE
MID ATLANTIC STATES ALLOWING FOR A TROUGH TO SET UP OVER THE
EASTERN UNITED STATES THIS WEEKEND. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR HIGH
PRESSURE TO SHIFT FROM THE CENTRAL CANADA INTO THE SOUTHEAST
UNITED STATES. HOWEVER...THE COLD AIR ASSOCIATED WITH THE HIGH
WILL BE MOVING MORE THROUGH THE TENNESSEE VALLEY INSTEAD OF
FLORIDA AT THIS TIME. BUT THE LATEST LONG RANGE MODELS ARE SHOWING
A LITTLE BIT COOLER TEMPERATURES COMPARE TO EARLIER RUNS. WILL
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE TRENDS IN THE LONG RANGE MODELS AND IF THE
TREND CONTINUES THEN WILL MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE WEEKEND TEMPS IN
LATER PACKAGES.


When this pool of cold Arctic air and the Caribbean-GOM heat influx typical for La Nina seasons collide over the Great Lakes or the Northeast, the heavy temp gradiant is going to fuel any storm or blizzard that comes by.
1058. P451
Let's compare this season's global SSTs for the latest week and...

2009, an El Nino Modoki:



2008, a La Nina:



Clearly, the warmer area west of Greenland is present compared to both years, and the Arctic dipole cannot be explained by any natural ENSO-dependant oscillations. Although the global temperatures fit between those of 2009 and 2008, the main Gulf Stream is weaker, and a warm anomaly streches from West Africa to Trinidad which is even apparent compared to last winter, when it was surprisingly warm south of the Canary Current and in the MDR, while the West Greenland warmth can be explained in part by storms drifting off North America, which bring warm air east of Newfoundland along their entire path, and by the earlier Greenland Blocking High.
Quoting aspectre:
937 EnergyMoron "The more interesting question is, why was Africa the breadbasket of the Roman Republic, and Egypt of Roman Empire?
Climate change in North Africa has been occurring for millenia, really.
"

Anthropogenic -- Carthago delenda est -- possibly for the entirety of the Holocene or even longer. What saved Egypt was the seasonal flooding which annually refertilized the soil.

Attitudes haven't changed, only the players


Thanks. Interesting links
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