Tornadoes rip Alabama, Misssissippi; 17 dead in 2-day outbreak

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:51 PM GMT on April 16, 2011

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Dozens of tornadoes and dangerous severe thunderstorms tore through the Southeast U.S. on Friday, bringing a second day of severe weather havoc to the nation. The death toll from the two-day severe blitz now stands at seventeen, with up to 100 people injured and tens of millions of dollars in property damage. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged 98 tornado reports yesterday, bringing the two-day total for the outbreak to 120 tornadoes. These preliminary reports are usually a 15% over-count of the actual number of tornadoes, which still means over 100 tornadoes have probably touched down during the past two days. The deadliest tornado of the outbreak hit near Prattville, Alabama at 10:55pm CDT last night, killing three people in a mobile home, and injuring four others. One of the most damaging tornadoes occurred just west of Jackson, Mississippi, when a tornado touched down just south of I-20, crossed the expressway, flipping cars and semis, then plowed through the town of Clinton. At least nine people were injured in Clinton, and extensive damage characteristic of an EF-2 tornado is apparent in damage photos.


Figure 1. Radar reflectivity image of the Clinton, Mississippi tornado at 10:57am CDT as the twister crossed I-20 and hit the town. Note the classic hook-shaped echo of the parent mesocyclone in the rotating severe thunderstorms that spawned the tornado.


Figure 2. Doppler radar velocity image of the Clinton, Mississippi tornado at 10:57am CDT.

On Thursday, tornadoes and deadly severe thunderstorms tore through Oklahoma and Arkansas, killing at least nine people. A EF-3 tornado hit the small town of Tushka, Oklahoma, population 350, ripping off the roof of the local high school and destroying dozens of buildings in Tushka. Two people were killed and 25 injured. The tornado moved over farmland and dissipated a short time later, but the squall line that spawned the tornado moved into Arkansas overnight, spawning severe thunderstorm winds that killed seven more people.

Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina under the gun today
The action shifts eastwards to southern Virgina and eastern North Carolina and South Carolina today, which NOAA's Storm Prediction Center have placed under its "moderate risk" region for severe weather. This is the same level of risk as we've seen for the past two days for this storm system, and it is very unusual for this portion of the U.S. to experience such a high severe weather risk. Tornado watches have already been posted for portions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. You can follow today's severe weather using our severe weather page and interactive tornado map. This map now shows links to Youtube storm chaser videos of tornadoes, plus any wunderphotos taken of the storm.


Figure 3. Satellite image from 23:32 UTC (7:32pm CDT) April 15, 2011, showing the strong low pressure system over the middle of the country that brought yesterday's severe weather outbreak. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.


Figure 4. Water vapor satellite image from 23:15 UTC (7:15pm CDT) April 15, 2011, showing a dry, eye-like feature in the strong low pressure system over the middle of the country. This eye-like feature persisted for many hours, but was not visible on infrared or visible satellite images. According to an analysis done by Scott Bachmeier at the University of Wisconsin, the stratosphere, which has very dry air, sunk down to the 600 mb height at the center of the storm, and it is possible that dry air from the stratosphere is responsible for this eye-like feature. This is a different mechanism than how hurricanes develop eyes, and yesterday's storm had only a shallow area of low clouds with light rain near the center--nothing like an eyewall of a hurricane. Image credit: NOAA.


Figure 5. Storm chaser video from Reed Timmer of the Clinton, Mississippi tornado on April 15, 2011. Numerous transformers blow as the tornado wipes out power lines, creating bright blue-green flashes.


Figure 6. Storm chaser video from tornadovideos.net of a huge tornado in Oklahoma during Thursday's outbreak there.

Jeff Masters

Monster Supercell (Californiaboy)
Plowing over the countryside on its way to Madill.
Monster Supercell
Stacked Up (Californiaboy)
Tractor rig picked up and placed on top of the others. Taken 2 miles north of Madill.
Stacked Up
Madill Tornado (Californiaboy)
Taken shortly after 6 p.m. on Hwy 70 looking east. The tornado hit 2 miles north of town.
Madill Tornado

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541. Walshy
10:25 PM GMT on October 24, 2011
I am also seeing this and I am from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
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540. sar2401
9:52 PM GMT on October 24, 2011
Why is the link being shown when you go to the Montgomery, AL forecast page? This all happened back in April. Seems like there was a mistake made somewhere.
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539. PcolaDan
4:05 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
NEW BLOG
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538. bappit
4:02 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
which droughts in Texas normally precede a hurricane landfall for Texas

Anyone have any info on whether droughts in Texas are associated with Texas landfalls?
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537. PlazaRed
3:46 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
here is a few clips for ya



Well Done:-
Somebody's got to start the dice rolling on this one.

I am in full agreement with a lot of the things that Neo. posts and his spheres of activities are far reaching but to deny the possibility of some of these major future natural disasters is a bad mistake and not to be persued. I do agree that there are a lot of scare mongers out there and I can easily see how the masses can be whipped up into a frenzy by deceit but who would have predicted the 9 earthquake off the coast of Japan? How many of the present blogers said that the quake after shocks will calm down after a few days and rebuked me and others for wondering about the significance of the aftershocks.
Now we still have 85 aftershocks over 4.5,in the last week. Several weeks after the event and last week it was onhly''70''
I could postulate for pages but people would tire of reading what might happen?
There are at best scant records more than 100 years old and no witnesses, A lot of people live on extremely dangerous fault lines and these things move even if people don't belive they will do much damage.
Mount St Helen's blew up.Krakatoa blew up, the earth moved in Indonesia and Japan and hurricanes have and will continue to strike.
I don't belive we have heard the last and possibly final chapter in the Japan quake yet and today's speculation is often tomorrows reality.
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536. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:40 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
day 3 poss mod risk coming up

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535. emcf30
3:30 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Like the guy says in the video. "Oh my wow" Triplets from 4 miles S of Raleigh.

Link
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534. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:12 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting Neapolitan:

Not even remotely. The post to which you refer is riddle with vague references, half-truths, and untruths. Just to take a few:

"It is feared that an earthquake similar in magnitude or greater than that which recently devastated Japan may hit the U.S. any time." Really? Feared by whom? Perhaps by some uneducated anti-science blog writers--but certainly not by any credible seismologists.

"A YouTube video...graphically illustrates how increased seismic activity is showing up via publicly accessible government data yet the U.S. authorities themselves are not reporting this latest worrying development." So--the government is not reporting data that is being reported by the government?

"Volcanologists say the simmering giant [Yellowstone caldera] volcano is due another cataclysmic event." No, vulcanologists do not say that. In fact, many are saying that the periodic megaeruptions may be over for many tens of millions of years, as a shield of far thicker and denser rock has moved over the underlying magma plume.

(Even the post's title has fallen to using the seedy tabloid journalism tactic of adding a question mark at the end of an accusation to help prvide cover when the lie is exposed. "Oh, we weren't accusing; we were just wondering.")

See, that's problem with sites like CO2insanity; it's not scientifically valid to just throw out a bunch of baseless accusations and suppositions, then attempt to further them by complaining that no one is responding. That's what the crazy guy standing at the corner does; that's not what scientists do. (And for the record, Piers Corbyn is a quack. He's got the ego of a JB, the anti-science mind of an Anthony Watts, and the credibility of a Dr. Strangelove. Definitely a combination to avoid--or at least ignore.) ;-)
here is a few clips for ya

thats enough of that
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533. TexasGulf
3:00 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Here in S.E. Texas, my family is starting to prepare for hurricane season a little early this year. Considering a historical drought in Texas (which droughts in Texas normally precede a hurricane landfall for Texas)and an active storm season this spring... we're not going to wait until the last minute.

We're already checking & gathering our evac supplies, have already packed important family keep-sakes in vacuum space bags and my wife is scanning documents to place on an easy-to-carry portable hard-drive.

Next weekend, I'm getting up in the attic with a good supply of wood glue and nailing extra bracing boards between the roof joists.

Considering the way conditions are lining up this year, I bet S.E. Texas is back in the barrel again for 2011.
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532. Neapolitan
2:43 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting sunlinepr:


Excellent concept your webpage... "I want some proof"..

Thanks. Not quite complete; I have a few teaks to make. But it's getting there. ;-)
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531. sunlinepr
2:42 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting Neapolitan:
Good morning, aqua, and any/all others. It's a new day, a quieter calmer day.

Here's a homemade graphic I just threw together by combining the SPC's storm data for the last three days. Obviously not all the reports will be confirmed, though many surely will be. Regardless, that's an outbreak, and with any luck the biggest, baddest, and last one of the year. Thankfully, it is now--truly--a fish storm. And good riddance...



985 reports spread over 23 states. Yikes...


Excellent concept your webpage... "I want some proof"..
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530. AussieStorm
2:22 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
This is interesting...
Tsunami event summary - Friday, 11 March 2011
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529. Neapolitan
2:18 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting AussieStorm:
Could this be true?
US Govt Caught Hiding Earthquake Data to Discredit Climate Skeptic Expert? Link

Not even remotely. The post to which you refer is riddle with vague references, half-truths, and untruths. Just to take a few:

"It is feared that an earthquake similar in magnitude or greater than that which recently devastated Japan may hit the U.S. any time." Really? Feared by whom? Perhaps by some uneducated anti-science blog writers--but certainly not by any credible seismologists.

"A YouTube video...graphically illustrates how increased seismic activity is showing up via publicly accessible government data yet the U.S. authorities themselves are not reporting this latest worrying development." So--the government is not reporting data that is being reported by the government?

"Volcanologists say the simmering giant [Yellowstone caldera] volcano is due another cataclysmic event." No, vulcanologists do not say that. In fact, many are saying that the periodic megaeruptions may be over for many tens of millions of years, as a shield of far thicker and denser rock has moved over the underlying magma plume.

(Even the post's title has fallen to using the seedy tabloid journalism tactic of adding a question mark at the end of an accusation to help prvide cover when the lie is exposed. "Oh, we weren't accusing; we were just wondering.")

See, that's problem with sites like CO2insanity; it's not scientifically valid to just throw out a bunch of baseless accusations and suppositions, then attempt to further them by complaining that no one is responding. That's what the crazy guy standing at the corner does; that's not what scientists do. (And for the record, Piers Corbyn is a quack. He's got the ego of a JB, the anti-science mind of an Anthony Watts, and the credibility of a Dr. Strangelove. Definitely a combination to avoid--or at least ignore.) ;-)
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528. AussieStorm
2:13 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting aquak9:
hi aussie, you're a man with a good heart.

Sun shines, birds sing here, ya'll too have lifted me up.

Go in peace.

Thanks. where are you located by the way,,, me i am a suburb of Sydney Australia, about 15miles from the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge,
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527. AussieStorm
2:12 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting DestinJeff:



That is because nobody desires a tornado, but many (at least secretly) desire the attention of landfalling hurricane.

some people openly wish for a hurricane to hit them.
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526. Chicklit
2:01 PM GMT on April 17, 2011


Loop

...and still no rain for Texas.
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522. aquak9
1:53 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
hi aussie, you're a man with a good heart.

Sun shines, birds sing here, ya'll too have lifted me up.

Go in peace.
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521. AussieStorm
1:47 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting aquak9:
Sunrise, hot coffee to ya'll. Can't say "good morning", don't feel too good about it.

Saw the big bright moon last night, it was nearly cloudless here in north florida. I hoped the moon would shine bright further north, help folks find their way amidst the darkness and rubble.

Friends here, please come out and greet me this morning. Feeling pretty awful right now.

I am here for ya. It's been a long 3 days for many here.
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520. Dakster
1:40 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Take care and yep, the rainy season is around the corner. UN-named rain is fine with me too. Ohh, and I don't want it "all at once" either. I know I am asking for a lot here. I haven't been on so much as I have not had the time to change my mind, much less wash a car. I draw the line at no showers though.

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519. aquak9
1:34 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
doda- I'm lucky I have time to wash my own body!! hahahaha that was funny!

Dakster- hi, good to see you! I like wind and lightning too, as long as it is well-behaved. Nothing better than walking barefoot thru puddles in the yard, leaves all shiny and clean. We will all get our rain, as long as it remains UN-named.

beell- personally I think timing's gonna play a big part...I mean obviously we can't do a re-wind re-run of the upcoming forecast after it's over, but....the later after 2-3pm it kicks in? the worse it's gonna be.
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518. beell
1:26 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting aquak9:
ike- I'll pin my hopes on lizards' tails if it'll bring some rain.

beell- I imagine they'll keep the slight area the same size, might move the southern end up a bit, put a moderate a little north of center there.


Have to include the northern third of the dryline. It should become very active (again). This portion of the dryline will be closer to the eastward advance of the cooler temps aloft.
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517. Dakster
1:25 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Waterdog - Apparently your area is dry as bone too... Waiting for rain down here as well. Although I take my rain without wind and lightning, how about you?

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516. FirstCoastMan
1:25 PM GMT on April 17, 2011


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515. Dodabear
1:24 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting aquak9:
ike- I'll pin my hopes on lizards' tails if it'll bring some rain.

beell- I imagine they'll keep the slight area the same size, might move the southern end up a bit, put a moderate a little north of center there.



Aqua, just wash the damn car. That will do it.
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514. IKE
1:05 PM GMT on April 17, 2011

Quoting aquak9:
ike- I'll pin my hopes on lizards' tails if it'll bring some rain.

beell- I imagine they'll keep the slight area the same size, might move the southern end up a bit, put a moderate a little north of center there.
LOL.

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513. aquak9
1:01 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
ike- I'll pin my hopes on lizards' tails if it'll bring some rain.

beell- I imagine they'll keep the slight area the same size, might move the southern end up a bit, put a moderate a little north of center there.
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512. beell
12:58 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting aquak9:
oh and beell? if they are already that sure of the calculations to give them those hodographs, esp at the lower levels? chances are (unless something really changes) I wouldn't be surprised to see a high posted during the event.

Looks and reads like bouncing long-trackers to me.


Really can't find too much wrong with this one as modeled this morning except the cap.

3 Day Surface Forecast/Valid 7AM CDT Tuesday -pointing towards SE KS and the southern half of MO as the starting point Tueday afternoon/evening.

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511. IKE
12:52 PM GMT on April 17, 2011

Quoting aquak9:
I see a decent chance in about 10 days on the latest ECMWF

you're making me smile at you, Ike. Here we are, pinning our hopes on a ten-day run, cause we REALLY want the rain- but give ya a ten-day run during Season™? and you'd laugh it out the door.

:)
I remember looking at the GFS about 7-8 days ago and seeing the system that just spawned all of the tornadoes.

Here's the 6-10 day precip outlook....from yesterday's forecast...




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510. aquak9
12:49 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
I see a decent chance in about 10 days on the latest ECMWF

you're making me smile at you, Ike. Here we are, pinning our hopes on a ten-day run, cause we REALLY want the rain- but give ya a ten-day run during Season™? and you'd laugh it out the door.

:)
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509. IKE
12:42 PM GMT on April 17, 2011

Quoting aquak9:
beell- it's ok, I see already that they say they're gonna upgrade to a moderate. I can better prepare myself, it's not like OMG-HS- what happened?

ike- No, no rain. None in sight for a week, ten days.
Which gets it close to May. Summertime thundershowers may be the likeliest relief by then.

I see a decent chance in about 10 days on the latest ECMWF..GFS shows a chance near the same time frame.

Yes...it's dry here.
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508. beell
12:42 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
One of several screen shots of notable velocity couplets captured yesterday. This one appears to be very strong and large at approx 5:49 PM EDT. I beleive this is the same storm that resulted in 14 fatalities yesterday around 6PM.

In/near a town with the unfortunate name of "Askewville" Location and label added this morning.

2300 ASKEWVILLE
BERTIE NC
3611 7694
*** 14 FATAL *** NUMEROUS TREES DOWN. NUMEROUS HOMES DAMAGED. NWS STORM SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED SUNDAY MORNING. (AKQ)

Photobucket
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507. aquak9
12:41 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
oh and beell? if they are already that sure of the calculations to give them those hodographs, esp at the lower levels? chances are (unless something really changes) I wouldn't be surprised to see a high posted during the event.

Looks and reads like bouncing long-trackers to me.
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506. aquak9
12:38 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
beell- it's ok, I see already that they say they're gonna upgrade to a moderate. I can better prepare myself, it's not like OMG-HS- what happened?

ike- No, no rain. None in sight for a week, ten days.
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505. IKE
12:35 PM GMT on April 17, 2011

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504. Dakster
12:22 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Just stopped in to say hello. I see that it has been a wild and not so good ride for the southern US thus far.

Hope this is the last of it, although it looks like the midwest better get ready for this upcoming week.

Thoughts and prayers to those hurt by the latest outbreak.
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503. IKE
12:16 PM GMT on April 17, 2011

Quoting aquak9:
Good riddance indeed, Nea. That's an eye-opening graphic.

ike- same here, geographical location of address. Maybe the comfort of living in a "safe zome" is part of the reason I get so upset when things like this happen- our minds just don't fathom it.
This blog functions a lot better and is more tolerable during a tornado outbreak/severe weather vs. the dreaded hurricane season. Get ready. It's coming up soon.

Did you receive much rain yesterday...if any?
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502. beell
12:15 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
aqua, you want. i should like, post this later?



DAY 3 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0230 AM CDT SUN APR 17 2011

VALID 191200Z - 201200Z

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS MUCH OF THE MIDWEST/OH
RIVER VALLEY TO EASTERN OK/ARKLATEX...

...MIDWEST AND OH/MIDDLE MS RIVER VALLEYS TO THE SOUTHERN
PLAINS/ARKLATEX...

A VERY ACTIVE SEVERE WEATHER DAY IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION ON
TUESDAY
...INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY OF TORNADOES/LARGE HAIL AND
DAMAGING WINDS ESPECIALLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON/NIGHT.

INITIALLY...ELEVATED EARLY DAY TSTMS /SOME CAPABLE OF SEVERE HAIL/
WILL BE ONGOING ACROSS THE MIDWEST/OH RIVER VALLEY
ON THE EDGE OF A
NORTHEASTWARD BUILDING ELEVATED MIXED LAYER. OTHERWISE...BENEATH THE
BUILDING CAP...LOW LEVEL MOISTURE WILL AGGRESSIVELY ADVECT
NORTHEASTWARD
AS STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY LOW LEVEL WINDS ARE MAINTAINED
THROUGH THE DAY. ACCORDINGLY...LOWER TO MIDDLE 60S F SURFACE
DEWPOINTS WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY ESTABLISHED TO THE EAST OF A
LOWER MO VALLEY SURFACE LOW AND ALONG/SOUTH OF A NORTHWARD MOVING
WARM FRONT ACROSS THE OH RIVER VALLEY/MIDWEST
. BENEATH THE STRONG
EML/PLUME OF STEEP MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES...MODERATELY TO STRONG
INSTABILITY WILL LIKELY EXIST ACROSS THE PRE-COLD FRONT WARM SECTOR
BY AFTERNOON
...WITH UPWARDS OF 2000-4000 J/KG OF MLCAPE POSSIBLE.

AIDED BY A NORTHEASTWARD ADVANCING SHORTWAVE TROUGH/ASSOCIATED
HEIGHT FALLS...TSTMS SHOULD ERUPT BY MID/LATE AFTERNOON INTO EARLY
EVENING
AHEAD OF A DEEPENING LOWER MO VALLEY/MIDDLE MS VALLEY
SURFACE LOW AND NORTHEAST-SOUTHWEST ORIENTED COLD FRONT. SUCH
VIGOROUS DEEP CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT CURRENTLY APPEARS MOST PROBABLE
TO INITIALLY OCCUR ACROSS EASTERN/SOUTHERN MO INTO WESTERN IL
...AND
A BIT LATER ACROSS EASTERN OK/NORTHWEST AR IN VICINITY OF THE
DRYLINE
.

AMPLE LOW LEVEL MOISTURE/VERY STRONG LAPSE RATES AND DEEP LAYER
SHEAR OF 35-45 KT
COINCIDENT WITH THE COLD FRONT/NEARBY WARM SECTOR
WILL BE FURTHER ACCENTUATED BY LONG/CURVING LOW LEVEL HODOGRAPHS
AIDED BY 40-55 KT WINDS WITHIN THE LOWEST 1-2 KM.
THUS...INITIAL
MODE SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND TORNADOES CAN BE
EXPECTED...WITH MORE OF A DAMAGING WIND AND ISOLATED TORNADO THREAT
EVOLVING DURING THE EVENING AS SUBSEQUENT QUASI-LINEAR BOW
DEVELOPMENT OCCURS
.

PORTIONS OF THE REGION WILL LIKELY NEED TO BE UPGRADED TO A MODERATE
RISK IN SUBSEQUENT DAY 2 OUTLOOKS.

..GUYER.. 04/17/2011
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501. aquak9
12:15 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Good riddance indeed, Nea. That's an eye-opening graphic.

ike- same here, geographical location of address. Maybe the comfort of living in a "safe zome" is part of the reason I get so upset when things like this happen- our minds just don't fathom it.
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500. NHCaddict
12:10 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
My family in Raleigh is safe also. The manager at the Lowe's who saved all those lives needs a star named after him or something...

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499. Neapolitan
12:05 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Good morning, aqua, and any/all others. It's a new day, a quieter calmer day.

Here's a homemade graphic I just threw together by combining the SPC's storm data and graphics for the last three days. Obviously not all the reports will be confirmed, though many surely will be. Regardless, that's an outbreak, and with any luck the biggest, baddest, and last one of the year. Thankfully, it is now--truly--a fish storm. And good riddance...



985 reports spread over 23 states. Yikes...
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498. MissNadia
12:04 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting NCWatch:
My family is fortunate in that my daughter and family live Raleigh and my son and his family live in Wilmington and all are safe this morning and no damage.

I am in Wilmington... it was a non-event....some heavy rain with maybe 35 kts. of wind
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497. IKE
12:00 PM GMT on April 17, 2011
Not trying to sound self-centered considering what has happened, but it's one reason I'm glad I live in the panhandle of Florida. Tornadoes here just don't happen that often....rarely. And the one's that do aren't as ferocious as what neighbors to my north went through.

Lives uprooted...lives lost. I hate death.
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496. NCWatch
11:56 AM GMT on April 17, 2011
My family is fortunate in that my daughter and family live Raleigh and my son and his family live in Wilmington and all are safe this morning and no damage.
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495. MissNadia
11:55 AM GMT on April 17, 2011
Good Morning,
Eastern NC , from Raleigh to Cape Hatters, was hit very hard yesterday.... many killed and buildings destroyed. A Lowes big box store was flattened!!! Last death toll was 16 !!!
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494. aquak9
11:55 AM GMT on April 17, 2011
(hugs ike) our lives are but a fragile house of cards. Wondering now, if my RC boss is gonna put out the word for us to go up there.
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493. aquak9
11:53 AM GMT on April 17, 2011
thank you, pottery. (Thunder comin'♥) Please let us know about your niece. Too many, too fast...

We humans can do so much- put a man on the moon, (try to)harness the atom, pre-determine the sex of our unborn...but we are helpless about the weather. It's one of those things that leaves us powerless. It humbles us, to the Nth degree.
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492. IKE
11:53 AM GMT on April 17, 2011
From MSNBC....

BREAKING NEWS: NBC News: 45 fatalities across 7 southern states due to
severe storms


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491. pottery
11:47 AM GMT on April 17, 2011
Quoting aquak9:
Sunrise, hot coffee to ya'll. Can't say "good morning", don't feel too good about it.

Saw the big bright moon last night, it was nearly cloudless here in north florida. I hoped the moon would shine bright further north, help folks find their way amidst the darkness and rubble.

Friends here, please come out and greet me this morning. Feeling pretty awful right now.

Just to let you know that you have Friends in all kinds of places.
And they are all feeling some pain this morning.
I'm trying to find out if my niece in Raleigh (shares the same birth date as me) is doing OK this morning.
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

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