Saturday, March 3, 2012

Storms continuing in the Deep South

3:50 PM EST 3/3/12 Local team coverage is in progress today for the Florida Panhandle, Southern Georgia, and our Cape Fear & Coast zone in the CarolinasAreas which may be at risk for severe storms later today include our Metro Atlanta and Charlotte Metrolina zones.

Auto-updates of NWS warnings and advisories are posted to our Southeast Severe Weather page in Facebook. 

Forecaster Kelton 
on the chase in Kentucky

On Friday 3/2/12, Forecaster and Severe Weather Coordinator Kelton Halbert from Nashville, Tennessee went into storm chase mode in western Kentucky. His site, contains a recap of the event, and a Youtube video of his experience, including the sighting of a possible funnel cloud overhead.  

"It's over" means "starting over"

9:15 AM EST 3/3/12 Our morning lead story is an overview of the weather situation for today in the Eastern U.S., by Meteorologist/Advisor Justin Berk, followed by a brief review of the data and observations by Meteorologist/Advisor Dr. Pete Winstead on the severe weather outbreak on Friday, 3/2/12.

(Justin Berk) The cluster of storms which erupted across the Baltimore Washington area overight was part of the severe weather that hit eastern Tennessee Friday afternoon. Additional data and observations about these storms are posted on my public Facebook pageFor much of the Mid-Atlantic coast, after all of that rain and thunder overnight, the cool, damp, dense, but stable air is still holding in place. BWI aiport only recorded 0.42", but that was up until midnight, more fell in the hours since then. 

  • Ironically, the warm front shown in the graphic above will limit the impact of severe weather today. 
  • The risk of thunderstorms will be held to the Lower Eastern Shore, while any severe storms will be in North Carolina and farther south where the warm air has already reached.

(Dr. Pete Winstead) As reported this morning at 8:24 AM by CNN, the death toll from yesterday's severe weather outbreak currently stands at 31. The preliminary storm report from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center shows:

  • 99 reports of tornadoes 
  • 280 reports of wind-related impacts
  • 441 reports of hail, some of which were 2" in diameter
Note how well this aligns with the areas that were predicted to have severe weather yesterday. It is another testimony to the life-saving work of the Storm Prediction Center and National Weather Service...kudos on a great forecast. More importantly, our deep condolences to the families and communities who suffered through this horrific event. As observations from this event have shown, despite the very best forecasts and technology available, there are some pretty powerful forces involved in the tilting and stretching of low-level vorticity.

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