High risk of a major tornado outbreak today; 13 dead from Leap Day outbreak

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:14 PM GMT en Marzo 02, 2012

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A powerful spring storm system is gathering strength over Missouri this morning, and will track northeastward into Southern Michigan tonight. The atmosphere in the storm's warm sector, south of the the warm front and east of the cold front, is very unstable, thanks to a flow of warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico at the surface, and very cold, dry air aloft. A powerful jet stream with winds winds aloft blowing at 150 mph will interact with this unstable air, and the strong change of wind speed and direction with height (wind shear) associated with this jet will impart a strong twisting motion to updrafts that from in this afternoon's thunderstorms along the cold front. These are ideal conditions for tornado formation, and a large tornado outbreak with damaging long-track tornadoes is likely late this afternoon in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed Central Kentucky, Northern Tennessee, and a small portion of Southern Indiana in their "High Risk" area for severe weather Friday afternoon and evening, and is warning of the possibility of long-track significant tornadoes. While the conditions are not as dangerous as those we saw in 2011 during the May 21 - 25 Joplin, Missouri and late April Southeast U.S. tornado outbreaks, the potential exists for a punishing tornado assault with many more strong and violent tornadoes than occurred during the Leap Day outbreak. A number of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds have already formed this morning along the storm's warm front, in Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois. Consult our Severe Weather Page and Interactive Tornado Page to follow the storms.


Figure 1. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed Central Kentucky, Northern Tennessee, and a small portion of Southern Indiana in their "High Risk" area for severe weather Friday afternoon. This is highest level of alert.


Figure 2. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center is calling for a 30% chance of tornadoes today within 25 miles of each point in the pink shaded area. Within the hatched area, there is a 10% or greater probability of strong EF-2 and EF-3 tornadoes, or violent EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes within 25 miles of a point.

Leap Day tornado outbreak death toll hits 13
The cleanup continues today from the round of deadly tornadoes that pounded the Midwest on Leap Day, killing thirteen people. The outbreak began on February 28, when nine confirmed tornadoes touched down. A pair of EF-2 tornadoes hit Buffalo, Missouri and Harveyville, Kansas, with each twister causing one death. Also on that day, a weak EF-0 tornado moved over open fields near Gandy, Nebraska--the first February tornado in Nebraska since record keeping began in 1950. The outbreak continued on Leap Day, February 29, with 27 more confirmed tornadoes. Hardest hit was Harrisburg, Illinois, where a violent EF-4 tornado with 180 mph killed six, injured approximately 100, and damaged 200 homes and 25 businesses. The tornado cut a path 26.5 miles long and 275 yards wide across the town, according to the NWS damage survey. The only EF-3 tornado of the outbreak hit Asherville, Missouri that day, killing one person. The other deadly tornadoes of the outbreak included an EF-2 tornado that killed one person in Cassville, MO; an EF-2 that killed two in Monterey, Tennessee, and an EF-1 that killed one person in Smithville, Tennessee. An EF-2 tornado also plowed through downtown Branson, Missouri on Leap Day, injuring 33 people. An NWS storm survey found the tornado was 400 yards wide and carved a path 22 miles long. Overall, damage from the two-day tornado outbreak will run in the hundreds of millions, and could add up to the first billion-dollar weather disaster of 2012 in the U.S. The 36 confirmed tornadoes from the outbreak make it the second largest February tornado outbreak since record keeping began in 1950. The biggest February tornado outbreak occurred on February 5 - 6, 2008, when 92 tornadoes touched down.


Figure 3. Damage at the Branson, Missouri Hilton after the Leap Day tornado. The tornado blew out or cracked windows in 219 of the hotel rooms in the 12-story/295 room Hilton Branson Convention Center, and extensively damaged three of Branson’s 50 plus theatres--Americana Theater, Branson Variety Theater and Dick Clarks’ American Bandstand Theater. Image credit: BransonRecovery Facebook page.

Portlight disaster relief charity responds to the Harrisburg, Illinois tornado
Portlight has a seasoned veteran from last year's tornado recovery efforts in Harrisburg, IL, and is looking for more people to volunteer their time. They are teaming with another disaster recovery charity, Team Rubicon, in the effort. As usual, they will be focusing efforts on the unserved, under served and forgotten. Please visit the Portlight Disaster Relief blog to learn more. Donations are always welcome!


Figure 4. Team Rubicon at work during last year's tornado recovery efforts.

Jeff Masters

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Limestone Correctional Facility takes "direct hit" from possible tornado

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Alabama - Madison County Commissioner Dale Strong said Limestone Correctional Facility took a "direct hit" from the storm. He said there are injuries and more than 1,000 feet of fence down around the prison.

"They called me and said they've got a bunch of injuries over there" at the prison. He also said at least one home was damaged north of the Sparkman Ninth Grade Academy and an 18-wheeler overturned on Jeff Road near the Highway 53 intersection.
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
710 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

...THE IMPORTANCE OF PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION CONVECTIVE
WATCHES ISSUED BY THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER...

THERE ARE RARE OCCASIONS WHEN THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN
NORMAN OKLAHOMA WILL ISSUE TORNADO OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCHES
EMPHASIZING THAT THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. THESE
UNIQUE P D S OR PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION CONVECTIVE
WATCHES ARE ISSUED WHEN THERE IS A WIDESPREAD AND SIGNIFICANT
THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

THIS SPECIFIC WORDING IS USED IN RARE SITUATIONS WHEN LONG
LIVED...STRONG...E F 2 OR E F 3...AND VIOLENT...E F 4 OR E F 5...
TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA. THE ENHANCED WORDING
MAY ALSO BE FOUND IN SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCHES FOR EXCEPTIONALLY
INTENSE AND WELL ORGANIZED CONVECTIVE WIND STORMS...SUCH AS
DERECHOES.

THE DECISION TO ISSUE A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION OR P D S
CONVECTIVE WATCH IS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE STORM PREDICTION
CENTER FORECASTER WHEN ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ARE QUITE HAZARDOUS.
P D S WATCHES ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE ISSUED IN A HIGH RISK AREA
IDENTIFIED IN A CONVECTIVE OUTLOOKS ISSUED BY THE STORM PREDICTION
CENTER.

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXAMPLE OF AN ACTUAL P D S EVENT.

SEVERAL P D S TORNADO WATCHES WERE ISSUED FOR THE APRIL 27TH 2011
TORNADO OUTBREAK THAT COVERED PARTS OF MISSISSIPPI...ALABAMA...GEORGIA...
TENNESSEE AND THE CAROLINAS. ON THAT DATE...NEARLY 200 TORNADOES
WERE REPORTED RESULTING IN 316 FATALITIES. EIGHTEEN OF THESE
TORNADOES WERE CONSIDERED VIOLENT...E F 4 AND E F 5.

IF YOU FIND YOUR HOME...SCHOOL OR BUSINESS IS PLACED UNDER A P D S
WATCH...MAKE SURE YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION PLANS ARE READY FOR
IMMEDIATE USE. IF A TORNADO OR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS
ISSUED...TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT WASTE TIME LOOKING FOR
THREATENING WEATHER...YOU MAY END UP LOSING YOUR LIFE.

$$

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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1024 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN TENNESSEE...
NORTHEASTERN MADISON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1100 AM CST

* AT 1024 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS
TRACKING A TORNADO 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF FRANCISCO...OR ABOUT 12
MILES NORTHEAST OF MOORES MILL...MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
ESTILLFORK.
JERICHO.
BASS.
SHERWOOD.
RUSSELL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT OR STORM
SHELTER. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A
CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY
AWAY FROM WINDOWS. THIS TORNADO HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
...TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 PM CST FRIDAY AFTERNOON
FOR NORTHERN ALABAMA AND CENTRAL TENNESSEE.
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150. wxmod
From Wired Magazine:
"the current rate of ocean acidification puts us on a track that, if continued, would likely be unprecedented in last 300 million years. "

This IS related to the tornado outbreak today. 20 years from now the tornadoes will never stop.
Unprecedented in last 300 million years!
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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1025 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
BLEDSOE COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1100 AM CST

* AT 1021 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES NORTH OF
GRUETLI-LAAGER...OR 17 MILES WEST OF DUNLAP. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED
THIS TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
PIKEVILLE...CAGLE...OLD CUMBERLAND...PALIO...MOUNT CREST AND
MELVINE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE...SEEK SHELTER IN A NEARBY REINFORCED
BUILDING. AS A LAST RESORT...SEEK SHELTER IN A CULVERT...DITCH OR LOW
SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 PM CST FRIDAY AFTERNOON
FOR CENTRAL TENNESSEE.
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Madison County Sheriff and Huntsville Police Live Audio Feed

Local Law enforcement setting up a Command Post to coordinate rescue and damage assessment.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

"Large and dangerous" typically implies a wedge. =P


Yep, I was just typing this but you beat me to it.
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102/115/127. Just cleared Montgomery County, one spurt of heavy rain, no wind. But, sun coming out behind it, so plenty of heating available to intensify quickly - keep an eye on it those to the east can see it building as it moves away.
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WFUS54 KHUN 021624
TORHUN
ALC071-089-TNC051-021700-
/O.NEW.KHUN.TO.W.0010.120302T1624Z-120302T1700Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1024 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN TENNESSEE...
NORTHEASTERN MADISON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1100 AM CST

* AT 1024 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS
TRACKING A TORNADO 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF FRANCISCO...OR ABOUT 12
MILES NORTHEAST OF MOORES MILL...MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
ESTILLFORK.
JERICHO.
BASS.
SHERWOOD.
RUSSELL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT OR STORM
SHELTER. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A
CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY
AWAY FROM WINDOWS. THIS TORNADO HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE...TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 PM CST FRIDAY AFTERNOON
FOR NORTHERN ALABAMA AND CENTRAL TENNESSEE.



LAT...LON 3486 8637 3499 8640 3499 8632 3502 8632
3515 8587 3511 8585 3500 8586 3499 8581
3494 8580
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1123 AM EST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
DAVIE COUNTY IN THE PIEDMONT OF NORTH CAROLINA...
EAST CENTRAL IREDELL COUNTY IN THE PIEDMONT OF NORTH CAROLINA...
NORTHWESTERN ROWAN COUNTY IN THE PIEDMONT OF NORTH CAROLINA...

* UNTIL 1215 PM EST

* AT 1120 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL. THIS
STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF WOODLEAF...OR 8 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF MOCKSVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
COOLEEMEE AND WOODLEAF...
MOCKSVILLE...
FORK CHURCH AND FARMINGTON...
ADVANCE AND BERMUDA RUN...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

PEOPLE IN THE PATH OF THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM SHOULD BE ALERT FOR
LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. FREQUENT LIGHTNING AND LOCALLY HEAVY
RAIN CAN OCCUR WITH ANY THUNDERSTORM. SEEK SHELTER INDOORS AWAY FROM
WINDOWS AND DOORS UNTIL THE STORM PASSES.

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS...CONTINUOUS LIGHTNING
IS OCCURRING WITH THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM. STAY INDOORS AWAY FROM
WINDOWS. AVOID USING APPLIANCES THAT REQUIRE AN ELECTRICAL CORD.
UNPLUG EXPENSIVE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT.
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this is only the beginning high noon soon
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the big line between chicago and arkansas is building fast
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Quoting ScottLincoln:


Not necessarily.

"Large and dangerous" typically implies a wedge. =P
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Maybe after this storm leaves Alabama, it will stay quiet there for a while. Prayers to all affected so far, and those in it's path.

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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1122 AM EST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...
EXTREME EASTERN SCOTT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...
WASHINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...
CITY OF BRISTOL IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA...

* UNTIL NOON EST

* AT 1118 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 11 MILES EAST OF
WEBER CITY...OR 12 MILES WEST OF BRISTOL VA. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED
THIS TORNADO MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
ABINGDON...BENHAMS...HANSONVILLE...HILANDER PARK...HOLSTON...
LINDELL...EMORY-MEADOW VIEW...GLADE SPRING AND KONNAROCK.
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Possible tornadoes touch down in Limestone and Madison Counties

Tornadic thunderstorms developing across the Valley. These storms will continue to be strong to severe and may continue to develop tornadoes. Our severe weather threat will be coming to an end sometime around midnight across the Valley.

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Possible tornadoes touched down in north Alabama around 9:30 a.m.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Uh oh...we got a wedge.


Quoting StormTracker2K:
Wedge tornado in Huntsville.


Not necessarily.
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Bad Moon Risin'...
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Wedge tornado in Huntsville.
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Quoting KeyWestSun:
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1002 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

ALC071-089-TNC051-103-021615-
/O.CON.KHUN.TO.W.0006.000000T0000Z-120302T1615Z/
JACKSON AL-MADISON AL-FRANKLIN TN-LINCOLN TN-
1002 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1015 AM CST FOR
SOUTHEASTERN LINCOLN...SOUTHWESTERN FRANKLIN...NORTHEASTERN MADISON
AND NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTIES...

AT 1002 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS TORNADO

WAS LOCATED NEAR PLEVNA...OR ABOUT 11 MILES NORTHEAST OF MOORES
MILL...MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
LARKIN...FRANCISCO...HUNTLAND...BEANS CREEK...ESTILLFORK...MAXWELL
AND HYTOP.


WOW!
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 57
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
955 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN INDIANA
WESTERN KENTUCKY
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY MORNING AND EVENING FROM 955 AM UNTIL 600
PM CST.

...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION...
DESTRUCTIVE TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER...
THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE
POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 90 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES SOUTH OF CAPE
GIRARDEAU MISSOURI TO 25 MILES NORTH OF DANVILLE ILLINOIS. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).

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.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 55...WW 56...

DISCUSSION...A VOLATILE ENVIRONMENT IS DEVELOPING TODAY ACROSS
NWD-EXPANDING WARM SECTOR...FEATURING MLCAPE VALUES OF 1000-2500
J/KG...DEEP-LAYER SHEAR OF 50-60 KT AND EFFECTIVE SRH OF 300-600
M2/S2. TSTMS DEVELOPING ALONG AND AHEAD OF COLD FRONT OVER SERN
MO/W-CNTRL IL ARE EXPECTED TO EVOLVE INTO INTENSE SUPERCELLS CAPABLE
OF LONG-TRACKED...SIGNIFICANT TORNADOES. LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING
WINDS ARE ALSO LIKELY.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 25045.


...MEAD

Hazard Tornadoes EF2 Tornadoes
Likelihood High High
Severe Wind 65 kt Wind
High Moderate
Severe Hail 2" Hail
High Moderate


Note: See the experimental Public Watch (SEL) product with explicit hazard information section below. The expiration time in the watch graphic is amended if the watch is replaced, cancelled or extended.
Note: Click for Watch Status Reports.

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Local Law Enforcement reporting 7 injured and under transport ATT.
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Quoting KeyWestSun:
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1002 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

ALC071-089-TNC051-103-021615-
/O.CON.KHUN.TO.W.0006.000000T0000Z-120302T1615Z/
JACKSON AL-MADISON AL-FRANKLIN TN-LINCOLN TN-
1002 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1015 AM CST FOR
SOUTHEASTERN LINCOLN...SOUTHWESTERN FRANKLIN...NORTHEASTERN MADISON
AND NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTIES...

AT 1002 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS TORNADO

WAS LOCATED NEAR PLEVNA...OR ABOUT 11 MILES NORTHEAST OF MOORES
MILL...MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
LARKIN...FRANCISCO...HUNTLAND...BEANS CREEK...ESTILLFORK...MAXWELL
AND HYTOP.

Uh oh...we got a wedge.
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Just lost the Huntsville Police Dept. feed, don't know if to really read into it that much... dang, these storms are horrendous. 2 tornadoes already.
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As I said earlier this morning, the storms would get worse. The fact that several tornadoes have already been reported with all the thermodynamics not in place yet shows just how bad it will be this afternoon.

Man, I so wish I wouldn't have had to come to school today.
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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
1012 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN COFFEE COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
NORTHERN GRUNDY COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
SOUTHWESTERN VAN BUREN COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
SOUTHEASTERN WARREN COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1045 AM CST

* AT 1010 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED 11 MILES NORTHWEST OF GRUETLI-LAAGER...OR 15
MILES EAST OF MANCHESTER...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ALTAMONT AND BEERSHEBA SPRINGS.
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102. On western edge of that watch, yel/red over us now - no wind, some rain falling. But considering how the hail this am grew as it approached IN border, folks to our east should keep an eye on these cells obviously!
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1010 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN BOND COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
NORTHERN CLINTON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
SOUTHWESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 1100 AM CST

* AT 1009 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
TRENTON...OR NEAR LEBANON...AND MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BREESE...CARLYLE...GREENVILLE...ST. ROSE...JAMESTOWN...
POCAHONTAS...BECKEMEYER...BEAVER CREEK...TAMALCO...SHATTUC...
BOULDER...MULBERRY GROVE...PIERRON...STOLLETOWN...DUDLEYVILLE...
HUEY...SMITHBORO...FERRIN...KEYESPORT AND PLEASANT MOUND.
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Quoting pottery:

What is that???


Thats what I want to know
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Here we go.

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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1010 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN TENNESSEE...
NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1045 AM CST

* AT 1010 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS
TRACKING A TORNADO NEAR FRANCISCO...OR ABOUT 16 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF WINCHESTER...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH. THIS STORM HAS A
HISTORY OF PRODUCING DAMAGE...TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IF IN THE
PATH OF THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
JERICHO.
COWAN.
SHERWOOD.
ST. ANDREWS.
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Multiple TVS confirmed by Local law Enforcement.
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Tornado emergency for northern metro Huntsville.
Radar representation not as strong as previous supercell and not quite as ominous looking as the warning text makes it out to be, but radar is just a remote-sensing tool and spotters are the "right" answer.

Tornado heading for south New Market area shortly.
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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
955 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTH CENTRAL FRANKLIN COUNTY IN TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1030 AM CST

* AT 950 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR ESTILL
SPRINGS...OR ABOUT 7 MILES NORTH OF WINCHESTER...MOVING EAST AT 65
MPH.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
ALTO.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
958 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN FENTRESS COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
SOUTHERN OVERTON COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
EASTERN PUTNAM COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1030 AM CST

* AT 956 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF MONTEREY...OR 11 MILES EAST
OF COOKEVILLE...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

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leading edge of warm sector surges northward clears out south of it as it does
near noon firing line forms along dry line boundry
with rapidly dev super cell thundstorms wide spread tornacic activity likly as line forms some of these storms may exceesd ef4 ratings i see 3 to 5 of these such events possible
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Belay the cussing acronyms. This is NOT the time for that ..TYVM
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The forward cell reforming ..seems

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Quoting WDEmobmet:
W...T....F....

What is that???
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
958 AM CST FRI MAR 2 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN FENTRESS COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
SOUTHERN OVERTON COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
EASTERN PUTNAM COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1030 AM CST

* AT 956 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF MONTEREY...OR 11 MILES EAST
OF COOKEVILLE...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF EASTERN
PUTNAM...SOUTHERN FENTRESS AND SOUTHERN OVERTON COUNTIES...
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS ALLARDT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

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