Friday, March 2, 2012

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Major severe weather outbreak
across Southeast & Ohio Valley

4:39 PM EST 3/2/12 Significant damage continues to be reported in Southern Indiana according to Tornadoes continue to run through Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
  • The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for the Western Carolinas and Northern Georgia.
  • Storms will continue to develop along this front, which will extend severe weather into the overnight hours.
  • We urge all to stay in storm shelters as these tornadoes have had multiple tornadoes follow the same path.
  • The Storm Prediction Center has extended the Tornado Watch to Southeast Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Western Virginia, and Western and Central West Virginia.  This has been deemed a Particularly Dangerous Situation.   
Stay tuned to the NOAA SPC for the latest watches and reports of severe weather.

2:30 PM EST 3/2/12 Damage and injuries across parts of Tennessee into Kentucky from suspected tornadoes in those areas this morning and afternoon. Photo credit: & article. Our Ohio Valley Severe Weather Forecaster Jason Warren notes in a recent report: 
  • Widespread Severe Weather is occuring out across a large part of the OH Valley. Storms continued to develop along a warm front from IN, southeastward to eastern KY.
  • A "Particularly Dangerous Situation" or "PDS Watch #58" has been issued for parts of KY, southern IN, and southern OH. These areas are in a high risk for severe storms including damaging winds, very large hail, and large, long-track tornadoes.
  • Intense storms are re-developing in the vicinity of deepening low pressure over eastern MO and southern IL, and these storms will move eastward, feeding on warm, moist air surging northward across the region.
  • The latest watches and preliminary reports at the NOAA Storm Prediction Center

Current Eastern U.S. NWS watches & warnings
Additional Tornado Watches include portions of:
Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee 

1:30 PM EST 3/02/12 | Reports to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and by local NWS spotters indicate tornado touchdowns have occurred in Alabama, Chattanooga, Tennessee and the vicinity; eastern Kentucky. Reports suggest very significant impacts from several strong tornadoes and widespread damage. The latest details:
  • Current Tornado Watches in progress. Several destructive tornadoes have already been reported. For current warnings, please visit the advisory map shown left or your local NWS office.
  • Latest Storm Reports to the SPC by local spotters and public safety, updates every 10 minutes. 
  • Our Southeast Severe Weather page in Facebook contains an auto-update feature  of all NWS watches and warnings in the affected states via the ReadyWarn system.
  • Severe Weather Public Outlook issued at earlier today indicated a large area of the Southeast and Ohio Valley would be at risk for potentially large and destructive tornadoes throughout the day, as shown below:

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I do not like this, Sam I am...
-Derived from Theodor Geisel

Current Severe Weather Outlook as of 
From the NOAA Storm Prediction Center


  • Please visit our team's latest reports and analyses on this dangerous event in our Severe Weather tab as republished from our Facebook pages for the Southeast and Ohio Valley
  • If you have friends, family or colleagues in these regions, we urge you to make sure they are aware of the high risk nature of this event and have a plan in place when severe weather strikes today.

6:00 AM EST 3/02/12 (Meteorologist & Oceanographer Alexander R. Davies, University of Delaware)

If Dr. Seuss were a Meteorologist, how might he describe the destructive tornadoes that ripped through the heartland earlier this week? How would he characterize the threat of more severe storms today? Perhaps he would consider a line from Green Eggs and Ham, “I would not like them here or there. I would not like them anywhere.” 

As we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 108th birthday during Read Across America Day, severe weather will dominate the headlines from New Orleans to Cleveland. The culprit is an area of Low pressure moving across the upper mid-West with a cold front stretching to the Gulf states. As the system moves east, showers and thunderstorms will develop along this front. 

NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has indicated that many of these thunderstorms could become severe—particularly in cities like Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Nashville. Expect many of these storms to contain winds in excess of 70 mph, large hail, dangerous cloud to ground lightning, and tornadoes. Of particular concern is the possibly for isolated wedge-shaped tornadoes that can grow to several football fields in diameter and often remain on the ground for more than 10 miles.

While we prefer the severe weather not here, or there, or anywhere, when it threatens, please stay with our local trusted team, and closely monitor your National Weather Service forecast offices for any watches or warnings which may be issued. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012


"Oh the Places You'll Go" 
Read Across America 

5:35 AM EST 3/2/12 Today, we stand with the thousands of volunteers, teachers, and millions of students nationwide in celebrating Read Across America , in honor of the March 2 birthday of a humble author. His true name is Theodor Geisel. You might know of him better as the one and only, Dr. Seuss. There's a world of literary delight today and everyday in

It could be said that Mr. Geisel had one of the greatest impacts on student literacy in the past century. He quietly accomplished this by writing books which engage children and parents alike with entertaining yet thought-provoking "word-smithing." His effervescent style requires the reader to invest time in reading and carefully enunciating words from start to finish story so listeners can participate and understand. Dr. Seuss also taught us the passion of persistence. His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was  rejected 27 times by other publishers before the Vanguard Press took a chance in 1937. Since then, the whimsically-themed books have become a mainstay of helping children learn how to enjoy reading, all over the globe.

Would you, could a forecast? 
We invite you, like the Cat in the Hat, to "tell us a thing or two about that." Whether you are a teacher, a student, in the scientific community, or from any walk of life, participating with us starts with writing about your weather today. Thus, we offer this Dr. Seuss-themed invitation:
What is "that" you might say? 
Why it's a real chance for you!
Tell us your local weather, each day.
We seek writers of all ages, far and near...
to share their passions for writing, right here!
It's really quite easy, even is weather is breezy,
to become a key part of our team.
We monitor, collaborate and forecast, all over.
What could you do? It's quite simple you see,
Take a photo, write a story and say "here's me!"  
Because, as we say, YOU'RE the "face of the place" 
for YOUR local weather today.
So by tomorrow, if you're interested, in taking a chance...
We invite you to spin up your own "weather dance."
Contact us right here, right now!* Don't delay. 
Before long, you'll be forecasting in great get on your way!
Send a simple email to with your Seuss-theme weather report for your local area, or even for a whole region. We'll feature it in a special collection of forecasts right here on the lead story!