Friday, November 25, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
I will be out of town in a rural part of Arkansas without real Internet access (they have dial-up) until Friday, so do not expect any new posts until then.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Well, after a few months on Weather Underground, I have decided to come back to Blogger. No specific reason, except that I like Blogger better. So, please update your bookmarks accordingly. Thanks!
Friday, November 18, 2005
This was edited by me only for capitalization and punctuation.
...Crockett...Gibson...and Weakley counties...
A team investigated the damage across northern Crockett...southwest Gibson...and southern Weakley counties. The damage was the result of two tornadoes...both have been rate an f-1 on the Fujita scale.
The first tornado began northeast of Friendship, Tennessee in Crockett County along Friendship Eaton Road around 1:20 PM. The tornado tracked northeast paralleling the road before crossing Highway 188 near the Crockett/Gibson County line. The tornado continued northeast into Gibson County and affected the communities of Center and Dyer. The tornado appeared to have touched down and lifted back up several times along the track. The total length of the storm was approximately 15 miles with the tornado being 300 yards at its widest. One house northeast of Friendship was shifted off of its foundation. Other homes suffered shingle damage. Several mobile homes and utility sheds also received moderate to heavy damage. A Tornado Warning was issued at 1:09 PM.
The second tornado occurred in the city of Greenfield in Weakley County. The tornado occurred around 1:55 PM. A house on Claude Road suffered significant damage. A mobile home suffered slight damage...along with several trees being uprooted. A Tornado Warning was issued at 2:06 PM.
Fortunately...no injuries occurred in the three counties.
...Lawrence County, Arkansas...
Another assessment team surveyed Lawrence County Arkansas storm damage. This damage was the result of straight line winds from a severe thunderstorm.
Storm damage began near Clover Bend or approximately 10 miles southwest of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Damage was sporadic...mainly tree and minor roof damage...through the towns of Hoxie and Walnut Ridge before coming to an end about three miles southwest of Whiskerville. A fully secured trailer at the end of the damage path near Whiskerville lost its roof and sustained significant structural damage. The winds produced by this severe thunderstorm were estimated to be between 60 to 75 mph...with gusts to 90 mph.
The National Weather Service would like to thank Mr. Ron Watkins of the Henry County Emergency Management Agency...Mr. Jerrell Reasons of the Crockett County EMA...Mr. Mike Caudill of TEMA...Mr. Ricky Graves of the Gibson County EMA...and Mr. Mark Seat of the Weakley County EMA.
The National Weather Service would also like to extend its gratitude to the citizens of the affected communities. Their kindness and cooperation allowed the storm survey teams to conduct a more thorough assessment.
...Tornadic Fujita Scale Table...
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
This was edited by me only for capitalization and punctuation.
...Storm damage survey conducted in Henry County, Tennessee...
The National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee, conducted a storm survey of the damage in Henry County, Tennessee, that occurred on Tuesday afternoon November 15, 2005. The damage was the result of tornadic winds of up to 150 mph. The wind corresponds to a F2 on the Fujita tornado intensity scale.
The storm briefly produced twin tornadoes southwest of Paris at 2:35 PM. 30 homes were destroyed and several manufacturing plants demolished. No fatalities occurred although 13 people were injured. A Tornado Warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Memphis at 2:22 PM.
The National Weather Service would like to thank Mr. Ron Watkins of the Henry County EMA.
As you probably know, some severe weather rolled through the Mid-South last night. Here are some statistics and such from last night.
Tornadoes/Funnel Clouds: 7 reports; see below
Hail: 26 reports
Wind Gusts/Damage: 12 reports
Flooding: 3 reports
Funnel clouds were reported in Friendship, TN, and in Arlington, TN. Tornadoes were reported in Greenfield, TN (one injury); Paris, TN (three seperate reports - 12 injuries - see more below); and Jackson, TN.
Paris, TN Tornadoes
See the seperate blog entry.
24 hour period ending at 6 AM Wednesday
Memphis, TN: .58"
Cordova, TN: 1.16"
Dyersburg, TN: .52"
Jackson, TN: .94"
Iuka, MS: .61"
Oxford, MS: .69"
Pontotoc, MS: .56"
Tunica, MS: .27"
Tupelo, MS: .63"
Jonesboro, AR: .34"
West Memphis, AR: .98" (estimated)
Monday, November 07, 2005
Once again, some record highs were set today. First, in Memphis, the high was 83, breaking the record high of 81 set in 1999. Next, in Tupelo, the high today was 86, breaking the old record of 81 set in 1999 and tying the all-time November record. In Jonesboro, the high today of 83 broke the old record of 81 set in 1999. Finally, the high today in Jackson, TN, was 81, breaking the former record of 79 set in 1999.
The following is a direct quote from the National Weather Service, edited by me for capitalization and punctuation.
...Storm damage survey conducted in Henry County Tennessee...
...Estimated 120 mph winds produced extensive damage north of Paris...
The National Weather Service in Memphis, TN, conducted a storm survey of the damage in Henry County, Tennessee. The damage was the result of severe straight line winds that were produced by a severe thunderstorm during the early morning hours of November 6th.
The damage that resulted from the storm occurred just north of Paris, Tennessee. The corridor of damage covered approximately 9 miles...but was not continuous and was only 300 yards wide at its greatest width. The damage began near the intersection of Highway 641 and Vaughn Road. Along the damage path...three mobile homes...two businesses...and a residential home were completely destroyed. One other residence also received significant damage. The New Bethel Baptist Church on Old Paris Murray Road also received substantial damage. The estimated 120 mph winds structurally compromised three walls and blew out several windows. Several other buildings along the path of the downburst received minor damage. Numerous large trees were snapped and uprooted as well. The damage path ended near McGehee Lane.
Fortunately...no injuries or fatalities resulted from this severe thunderstorm. Damage estimates are still being assessed and will be provided as soon as this information becomes available. The final numbers will also be published in the November edition of storm data.
The National Weather Service would like to thank the entire staff of the Henry County EMA...especially Ron Watkins. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Mark Holomon of the West Tennessee EMA. The contributions of these individuals greatly enhanced the ability of the Weather Service to conduct a thorough survey.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
A record high temp of 82 was set at Memphis yesterday. This breaks the record 81 set in 1978.
A record high temp of 83 was set in Tupelo yesterday. This breaks the record of 81 set in 1975.
The record high temp was tied in Jonesboro yesterday, which was 81. It was previously set in 1978.
Finally, a record high temp of 81 was set in Jackson, TN, yesterday. It breaks the old record of 80 set in 1978.
These are from the National Weather Service.
12:13 AM-Rector, AR-75 mph wind gust at airport
12:26 AM-Kennett, MO-70 mph wind gust, .88" hail
12:29 AM-Kennett-1" hail
1:30 AM-Hughes, AR-.75" hail
1:57 AM-Walls, MS-.75" hail
2:15 AM-Paris, TN-Funnel cloud sighted north of the town
2:30 AM-near Paris-One house had major structural damage and two more homes with a little bit. Many trees and power lines down.
If you have any from the Memphis area, please post a comment.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Told you so. Anyway, here is the newest Severe Thunderstorm Watch effective until 4:00 AM CST. They are all Arkansas counties: Mississippi, Poinsett, Craighead, Randolph, Lawerence, Clay, and Greene. The main dangers are up to 1.5" hail, wind gusts up to 80 mph, and lightning.
According to the Mesoscale Discussion from the SPC, a new watch (most likely severe t'storm) will need to be issued by 3:30 UTC Time, which is 9:30 CST. I have it posted as soon as I can when it becomes available.
Well, after looking at the latest forecast models, the strongest tunderstorms should hit the Memphis area around midnight tonight. Of course, I will be up watching the weather, and it will be a long night. But, I will be posting to this blog throughout the night, so check back often for more updates.
In the Hazardous Weather Outlook, the NWS in Memphis states that severe weather is possible tonight. The threatened area includes Memphis, Jackson, TN, Jonesboro, Blytheville, and Dyersburg. A cold front will move through the area tonight. Some thunderstorms will form out in front of the front. Some of these storms could be severe. Also, an isolated tornado can not be ruled out. We should expect these conditions from 9 PM tonight to 3 AM Sunday.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
The NWS in Memphis has issued a Red Flag Warning for all of its Tennessee counties and all of its Arkansas counties. (This includes Shelby County.) Gusty winds and dry atmospheric conditions will combine to make a high fire danger. This is in effect until 9:00 PM tonight.
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