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Old April 17th, 2011, 06:37 PM   #101
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Destructive and deadly week for many in the South!!

This has been one of the worst spring outbreaks of severe weather I have seen for such a large area of the South.

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Old April 18th, 2011, 12:41 AM   #102
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We can blame the gulf for that. A warm late winter in the south has led to warmer gulf waters compared to last year. Besides the early Feb freeze, temps have been well above average throughout the gulf and is feeding lots of moisture and humidity into these systems.

This is going to give hints as to how the hurricane season will set up. Residents of the gulf coast should put this into consideration. There won't be as many systems as last year (in my opinion with a fading la nina) but there could be more storms that directly impact the United States vs Mexico and the Caribbean due to the Bermuda high keeping everything warm and moist also steering storms west inland vs curving them out to sea.

Sea Surface Temps in the gulf. Some places in the central regions are already at 80+ which is typical of mid summer.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 07:37 PM   #103
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You folks in Arkansas, mid south, up to the Ohio Valley need to keep an eye out today. Yet another significant tornado outbreak is likely to occur.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 06:02 AM   #104
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This is going to give hints as to how the hurricane season will set up. Residents of the gulf coast should put this into consideration. There won't be as many systems as last year (in my opinion with a fading la nina) but there could be more storms that directly impact the United States vs Mexico and the Caribbean due to the Bermuda high keeping everything warm and moist also steering storms west inland vs curving them out to sea.

Sea Surface Temps in the gulf. Some places in the central regions are already at 80+ which is typical of mid summer.
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We lucked out BIG time last year. One of the most active seasons on record, and pratically ALL the storms (sans Earl) either curved way out to sea or stayed to the south and hit Mexico. That kind of luck for us Americans won't happen again this year, I can guarantee it.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 06:39 AM   #105
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We'll have some early systems in the Central Gulf...no complaints here, we need the rain. It's been beautiful in New Orleans lately. We're moving past Spring time light green and moving into Dark Green Summer look on the trees.
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Old April 21st, 2011, 10:26 PM   #106
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Texas is getting really bad!

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Old April 22nd, 2011, 03:27 AM   #107
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^ So bad the governor is asking it's citizens to pray for rain. The Possum Kingdom fire has taken quite a toll, both on property (multimillion dollar homes) and lives of firefighters. With summer still yet to come this has potential to be one of the worst drought any place in the country has seen in a while if the pattern persists.
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 10:45 AM   #108
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgwJfoZ-12c

Is this guy cool or stupid?
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Old April 22nd, 2011, 07:14 PM   #109
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Video is cool, guy is definitely stupid. This is how people can lose their lives. They watch videos like this (especially areas outside of the tornado proned areas like NC) who don't have experience with them thinking they can make it through one safely like this idiot by getting in their cars and driving into one.

I've seen too many videos of amateurs/regular citizens not equipped to storm chase drive near or too close to tornadoes in NC this past week instead of seeking shelter. For a state with very high educational institutions I hope the people have not regressed to kindergarten-type thinking. It sets a very bad example...
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Old April 25th, 2011, 01:30 AM   #110
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Cool picture from recent powerful thunderstorm in the Atown where lightning strikes the pinnacle of the Bank of America building. It must be past midnight since the lights are off on the pinnacle.

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Old April 25th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #111
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April 2011 had the most tornadoes ever for that month. It still is nothing compared to May 2003 with 500+ reported. However, the pattern looks to continue with May just around the corner (worst month for violent tornadoes especially in the plains, most ef5's occur in this month with the last being Greensburg/Parkersburg).

Yet, I sound like a broken record, another outbreak today in the Arklatex region and spreading in the Mid-Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley tomorrow. Storms and more flooding. Through all this west Texas can't seem to get a drop.
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Old April 25th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #112
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The Jet Stream has to either drop down significantly or rise north of Colorado to spur rainfall in West Texas. Gulf moisture keeps getting squeezed to the south and east instead of rolling over the state so it'll probably mean record days without rain. Monsoon moisture requires high pressure over the Four Corners (and very hot days) to begin travelling northward. That's a June/July pattern.
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Old April 25th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #113
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Cool picture from recent powerful thunderstorm in the Atown where lightning strikes the pinnacle of the Bank of America building. It must be past midnight since the lights are off on the pinnacle.

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Old April 26th, 2011, 03:21 PM   #114
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Old April 26th, 2011, 08:26 PM   #115
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Ok I just wanted to take some time to point this out. The storm prediction center has put out a high risk today from the DFW area through Arkansas into Memphis. Sheer is absolutely crazy. High risk usually only comes around once every few years. Large, destructive tornadoes will probably occur in that area, people there should be vigilant.

The south and Ohio Valley are in moderate risk tomorrow, that in itself already is bad.



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Word is that a PDS (Particularly dangerous situation) tornado watch is coming out later today for that area from the national weather service.

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Old April 27th, 2011, 06:49 AM   #116
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Newly formed systems out in western Oklahoma and Texas have been gaining energy since 8-9PM if I'm not mistaken. Should roll through eastern Oklahoma in the early morning hours and on into Arkansas at the current trajectory, moving straight east.

Prepare for more rain. Good thing is that this storm is watering the extremely dry western areas of Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 02:15 AM   #118
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Prayers out to the people of Mississippi and Alabama. Parts of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham are simply gone. What devastation, I hope people there heeded the warnings. Likely ef4 or ef5 damage with mile wide tornadoes ripping through the towns.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 04:06 AM   #119
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I hope this weakens by the time it reaches the Atlantic coast. They usually do.
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Here is some raw video of the catastrophic Tuscaloosa tornado, just shocking...

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