Super Tuesday Outbreak damage surveys find five EF-4 tornadoes

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 10:21 PM GMT on February 07, 2008

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Residents of the South continue to mourn the dead and clean up the tremendous destruction wrought by the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak. Tennessee suffered the most, with 33 dead, 189 injured, and at least 525 homes destroyed. Damage surveys indicate that at least five of this week's tornadoes were violent EF-4's on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds of 166-200 mph. The tornado that hit Jackson, Tennessee, causing $40 million in damage to Union University, was rated an EF-4. Another Tennessee tornado that hit the Morris Chapel area, killing three mobile home residents, was also rated EF-4. Northern Alabama suffered two EF-4's--one that hit Rosalie on Wednesday, killing one person, and a second tornado that hit Moulton, killing four and injuring 25. In Arkansas, an EF-4 tornado cut a 120-mile damage swath through the northern part of the state. Thirteen people died in this tornado, including four people in Atkins, and seven in Clinton. The NWS office in Little Rock has an excellent web page summarizing the Arkansas storms, complete with radar animations and jet stream graphics.

At least seven other tornadoes from the outbreak have been rated EF-3, according to the excellent Wikipedia page on the event. The Memphis metropolitan area was affected by an EF-2 and an EF-3 twister, and an EF-2 tornado hit the northeastern end of the Nashville metropolitan area.

Figure 1. Preliminary tornado tracks and death toll from the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak. Image credit: NOAA Storm Prediction Center.

Figure 2. Damage near Mountain View, Arkansas, along the 120-mile long track of the EF-4 tornado that swept through Clinton and Atkins. Image credit: wunderphotographer dennisearle.

The total death toll currently stands at 59, across five states and 19 counties, with hundreds of others injured. The outbreak is the deadliest in the U.S. since the May 31, 1985 outbreak that killed 76 across Ohio and Pennsylvania (and also 12 in Ontario, Canada). This week's outbreak was also the deadliest tornado outbreak in Kentucky since the April 3, 1974 Super Outbreak. In Arkansas, the 14 fatalities is the most since 25 were killed during the Benton, Arkansas Tornado Outbreak on March 1, 1997. Only one other February tornado outbreak in the past century compares to the Super Tuesday outbreak--the great February 21, 1971 Mississippi Valley outbreak, which left 119 dead across the South.

Record heat helped fuel the tornadoes
Record high temperature readings were recorded at 94 airports in 18 states across southeastern portion of the U.S. on Tuesday, according the the National Climatic Data Center. The spring-like warmth, when contrasted with the very wintry conditions on the other side of the strong cold front that pushed through the region on Super Tuesday, helped to fuel the formidable tornadoes observed.

As new damage surveys come in, I'll update this blog.

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
Sunday at 8pm EST (9pm PST), there promises to be an interesting show on the National Geographic Channel called Six Degrees, which explores what might happen to the Earth for each degree of warming up to six degrees centigrade. The program is based on the book by Mark Lynas, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (London: Fourth Estate, 2007). According to a review of this book posted by climate scientist Eric Steig at, "Mark Lynas will no doubt be pleased that I very much like the book. To be sure, it is alarming, but the question of whether it is alarmist is a more difficult one..."

Jeff Masters

Mt. View, Arkansas Storm Damage Feb 5th 08 (dennisearle)
Traveling along East Main Street, past the Hospital...
Mt. View, Arkansas Storm Damage Feb 5th 08
Tornado Damage (grt973)
Damage from the tornado that came through Greenville, Ky on Feb. 5, 2008.
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151. Tazmanian
2:27 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
uh oh i see where this is going
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150. moonlightcowboy
2:24 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Composition of dry atmosphere by volume ppmv: parts per million by volume

Gas Volume

Nitrogen (N2)----780,840 ppmv (78.084%)
Oxygen (O2)------209,460 ppmv (20.946%)
Argon (Ar)-------------9,340 ppmv (0.9340%)
Carbon D. (CO2)------383 ppmv (0.0383%)
Neon (Ne)----------------18.18 ppmv
Helium (He)---------------5.24 ppmv
Methane (CH4)-----------1.745 ppmv

Of course, all of these combined is but a mere fraction of the single largest GHG(greenhouse gas), water vapor.

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148. quasigeostropic
2:22 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Man-made GW is non-provable......It's a tactic that has crept into science that says WE are to blame so the upper 10% of society can control us even more......Dont believe me?......showing me a graph doesnt prove anything....I bet those that declare this is solid science dont even consider the other side.....That's what I call BIAS...

So Michael, I suggest you lobby the admin on WUG to make YOU an admin...then you can ban the "denialists"...
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147. BahaHurican
2:15 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
I found the following interesting, especially in view of the recent reading I have done on ENSO's effects on the ATL tropical cyclone season, particularly in the La Nina phase:

Also in La Ninas, losses from springtime flooding and from summer droughts and hurricanes typically are much greater than normal. Flooding in La Nina years averages nearly $4.5 billion compared to an average of $2.4 billion. Hurricane related losses in La Nina years average $5.9 billion compared to an average of $3 billion.
Take for example the 1998/99 La Nina. Hurricanes Bonnie, Georges, Dennis, Floyd, Irene and Harvey made landfall in the two summers with well over $13 billion in damages. Major tornado outbreaks occurred in January 1999 in Arkansas and Tennessee and in May in Oklahoma and Kansas with $2.3 billion in damages. The summer of 1999's heat wave and drought in the east central states added over $1 billion in losses. The total losses from La Nina related storms and lack of storms in 1998 and 1999 exceeded $16 billion.

What is interesting is that climatologically speaking, it's the ENSO neutral periods that have the highest correlations with hurricane strikes and damage, especially to the US, which this article seems to be highlighting. While ATL storm seasons tend to be more active during La Nina years when compared with El Nino, '98/'99 was not a particularly typical ENSO- year. If anything, last year, with its relatively low landfall pattern, seems to be more of a standard.

NOTE: Even in the mentioned years, the "big" hurricane news was not in the US but, as we saw this year, in Central America [i.e. Mitch]. Also, was 2004 a La Nina year?
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146. FLWeatherFreak91
2:07 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Ok Michael STL...That graph that you showed does show that the Earth is in fact warming. But did anyone happen to check the scale on the graph. It ranges a mere 1.2 degrees over more than 50 years. The mini ice age of the late medieval times showed a temperature change of over 4 degrees in less than 10 years and some scientists believe over the entire span of the ice age temps ranged upwards of 10 degrees. I shame all of you who believe that we humans have any power over Nature and her affects. The Earth has been going through small temperature cycles through its entire life, and we just happen to be witnessing one of them now. In 200 years from now governments will be campaigning toward voluntary ejection of co2 into the atmosphere TO WARM US UP! No matter what we do on Earth, the big picture of climate will not be affected. Everything balances.
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145. sebastianjer
2:07 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
JFlorida RE 134

Lobotomies took place in my lifetime, I am old but not that old, lol. A long ways is a relative term.

Would not the more prudent and far reaching answer to this perceived problem be an international agreement on R&D of alternative energy sources? Why in the world would you want to harm the economies of the countries most able to afford and technologically advanced enough to provide such long term solutions?

Personally I do not believe that there is a crisis, or even a serious problem, however the solutions that are being promoted by the IPCC, Al Gore, etc. do more harm than good! The first maxim should be the same as for doctors "First do no harm." This nonsense is not going to protect the planet, it's going to cause genocide, which in some warped way would save the planet.

The better the standard of living, the longer people live. The more prosperous a country, the cleaner they become, because they can afford to take care of themselves better in both cases.
Do you even comprehend the advances in pollution control the United States and the western democracies have made just in the last 40 years?

Unless we are willing to cut the world's population growth in half over the coming century, the solution is in technological advances, not in crippling or redistributing the world's economic growth.

If, big if, cataclysmic affects of hypothetical extreme global warming occur, what would the long term (century) death toll be as a result?
If we cut CO2 emissions enough to forestall this hypothetical cataclysm what will the death toll be?

Pretty terrible questions to be even asking, but if the world is on the brink of disaster, don't you think the portrayer's of doom ought to at least give us some stats on that? Rather than promote political scientist who make a bundle on unrealistic documentary(?) that are nothing more than science fiction. To think that National Geographic used to be the standard for American natural sciences, shameful. The author has even admitted it is an unrealistic portrayal and yet it is being promoted on this site as if it is somehow important, shameful. IMO

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143. moonlightcowboy
1:55 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
-- Baha, I think you're right. It's almost unimaginable to believe we're not able to harness the sun's energy! Plus, I believe history and science soon will conclude that ACO2 is really not the problem that we're being told it is. In fact, the sun plays the largest part in our climate and always will.
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141. moonlightcowboy
1:51 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
STL, there's been countless refuting of this in Ricky's blog by myself and many others. The "burden of proof" is on the ones trying to prove ACO2, yet countless refutable data and other qualified scientists are not signing on to the IPCC's inconclusive findings.

No one is necessarily saying that there isn't any warming, but rather the "science is not in" that says that man is causing it. There have been many agreed upon periods of even catastrophic warming periods before man ever started the first combustion engine.

As far as why do anything? Well, obviously, I think at some point resources run out, unless they're quickly renewable resources. Oil is certainly not one of them. I can assure that within three feet of where you sit, nearly everything you can touch is the product of oil. And, that's scary! Now, imagine that supply totally cut off! Economies would totally collapse. And, yes, that's scare tactics, too. But, man, even with all of his power and greed struggles, is indeed innovative and while not omnipotent, generally man will find a way to survive.

And, that may indeed be all this is really about - a conditioning to adaptation to different resources and dependence - and not by just consumers, but by producers and the wealth it has to maintain not only for greed, but for profits to keep the economic machines running. What a great place it would be that if tomorrow suddenly "free energy" were unlocked and available to us all! Or would it? Think of the 1,000,000's of job loss, etc. Mitigation and adaptation are simply eloquent words to describe what would be an almost unfathomable and upsetting transformation and transition that would be. When you think it about it really, one could almost conclude that the technology already exists, but its release is being quite conditioned and the political process is being manipulated on a scale none of us can really comprehend!

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140. BahaHurican
1:48 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Hey, Freak.

Somebody mentioned that earlier today, with links to models as well. Looks like FL is in for some serious weather the next few days.

The front that hung about over FL the past couple days went through here with nary a drop over the capital, so far, anyway. Maybe we'll get some overnight showers.
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139. FLWeatherFreak91
1:38 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Hey guys, I know this discussion on global warming is interesting (although global warming doesn't exist) BUT...have you guys been monitoring the comp, models bc it look like Tues-Wed are going to be fairly active from the midwest through s. fl
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138. Tazmanian
1:32 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
i have noted that wind shear has drop 5 to 10kt today in the Central Atlantic a small part of the Central Atlantic that is

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136. BahaHurican
1:25 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
What keeps bothering me about all this "rush to eliminate oil" is that the most obvious alternative energy source - sunlight - seems to have been overlooked.

I am completely unconvinced that the technology to harvest and store solar energy cannot be better exploited. What about solar tiling on everything, instead of fancy paints? Oil is like an organic battery of million-year-old solar energy. If we are so intelligent, why can't we invent a rechargeable battery that compresses the energy and makes it available when we are ready for it?

All I'm saying is, there is a lot of "the sky is falling" rhetoric, but the people with the money don't want to put it where the talk is.

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135. moonlightcowboy
1:07 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
134. JFLORIDA 1:00 AM GMT on February 11, 2008 sure that there are ways to reduce emmisions and spur innovations that, reduce pollution, dependence on unstable Oil producing ares and help all facets of world society.

The quick marketable political answers are generally the worst in all respects.

I know you addressed, Jer, here; but, your points are mostly very valid. And, I absolutely agree that we should be innovative and produce the technologies that are environmentally friendly and provides for a better world for all people.

In addition, again I agree, that a rush to "politically" manipulate economics or science is a mistake. However, in neither case, can the politics be left out. Those processes are fully involved by and with politics. No matter whether we think the politics is wrong or noble, it's simply the way it is and unfortunately must be. Again, that doesn't make it right - not by my standards, yours, or by the world's.

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133. sebastianjer
12:55 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
The truth prevails or science would stop moving forward.

True, ultimately truth always wins out, I sincerely believe that. But try to convince the thousands of lobotomized patients of consensus science. If you know what a lobotomy is, it too was a popular scientific accepted procedure. People who criticized it were considered naysayers, uninformed or worse, even some of the best doctors of their time.

The consequences of this rush to judgment by scientific consensus is not the loss of our SUVs but already a shortage of food for the poorest people on earth. Every time anyone thinks the consequences of major CO2 reductions prior to reasonable in place alternatives is alright, check the price of corn, soybeans, etc on the world market. Those rises in prices and the effect it has on world food supply which most affects the poorest among us, are directly attributable to the AGW fear mongering as is propagated by the endorsement at the top of this page. IMHO

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132. moonlightcowboy
12:40 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
-- JFL, I learn all the time. I also correct myself very humbly! But, I also speak my convictions quite plainly and emphatically, too! Pong? That was too funny! Video games sure have come a long way since Atari!

-- Baha, censor me? LMAO, one has to get up early in the morning for that! (Of course, I don't usually post very much early in the morning!) lol.

But seriously, (lol) I waded in on this anthropogenic theory and did tons of reading. One can visit Ricky's blog and find numerous posts for several months where myself and many others have researched, read and debated the issue many times. In the beginning I was very open-minded, but have grown to be quite the skeptic as there is much refuting data. And, for those that haven't decided yet, well, I encourage some research. That's what did it for me - that and engaging in lively debate, too. Now, I simply don't believe in AGW and believe that it is in fact a scam driven by greed and power. Sure, we have responsibilities to the environment and to the human race collectively - that's not for debate. But, I'll not subscribe to theories with holes in them and false science. (btw, I always enjoy your posts)

-- JER, hey man! You know we've been down this road a few times. And the answer is you can't really have one without the other! But, science eventually validates itself through its processes and repeated verification - not when even a large group claims proved theory simply by consensus - real and true science just doesn't work that way!

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130. sebastianjer
12:26 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
A question for all

If a scientist promotes a position that is not only not scientifically verifiable but at the extremes of scientific theory is it science or is it politics?

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129. BahaHurican
12:23 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
Speaking about predicting the 2008 ATL season, anybody read anything else interesting from NHC et al. regarding season forecasts, forecasting techniques and technologies, etc?

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128. BahaHurican
12:21 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
MLC, we are all here to censor you . . .

But seriously . . .

rhetoric without support is basically political filler. I like looking at more studies that quantify changes over time and take a more reasoned approach to the topic.

One reason why I continue to look at most of what is posted about the GW debate is that it keeps me looking at and learning about climate trends and issues that I might otherwise overlook. And while it may not seem to have anything to do with the ATL tropical season, I'm convinced a better understanding of the global weather system will help us solve some of the tropical prediction problems we continue to have each year.
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126. moonlightcowboy
12:04 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
124. JFLORIDA 11:55 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
But you should let your science and reasoning abilities be the reactionary force that modifies your politics -- and not the other way around.

What? More ping pong? Again, I'll post as I choose! I'm quite sure I'll post maturely and reasonably!

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125. surfmom
12:00 AM GMT on February 11, 2008
ListernerVT - beautiful --said so well!
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122. Inyo
11:26 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Hmm, if that much forest got destroyed in China from a snowstorm, even an extreme one, there was probably something else going on. Perhaps the trees were planted by China and were not native and/or appropriate to the area.
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121. moonlightcowboy
11:10 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
119. JFLORIDA 10:22 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Reference only SCIENTIFIC literature when discussing it or just don't bother. Everything else is politics.

lol, JFlorida! I'm assuming you mean the "ping pong" back and forth, the seemingly endless banter! I understand and agree, but "politics" is completely part of the debate and without it, pointless. Largely, it's more politics than any real "science" anyway!

As repeated earlier, "I" will post as I choose! You can hit simply hit the "ignore" button if you choose not to read my comments. I'll also add that myself and many others have posted countless, numerous "science-related" articles on the subject. So, it's not like any statement I make is purely from opinion without having read and studied the aspects of either side of the debate. However, I do understand and reflect your same sentiments! Thanks.

-- ycd0108, btw, excellent points in your post #118!

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118. ycd0108
9:59 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Can we all agree that we are recording extreme weather?
Th past forty years has been benign and somewhat unusual compared to for example the "Dustbowl" years. (Candendro site shows numerous climate fluctuations logged back to the early 1800s.)
What is different today?
1)As mentioned: access to information
2)major increase in population (and property) in most areas resulting in greater casualties and damage.
3)the implied notion that now that we are getting some small understanding of global weather we should "Do something about it"
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116. usmcweathr
9:30 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Global Cooling
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115. usmcweathr
9:29 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
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114. BahaHurican
9:22 PM GMT on February 10, 2008

1. GW is a CLIMATE trend (i. e. taking place over long periods of time - decades, centuries) as opposed to a WEATHER trend (taking place over short periods of time - like seasons or single years). One cold or hot winter / summer is not sufficient to verify or negate a climate trend.

2. Is the debate about whether global warming exists, or is it really about the CAUSE of global warming? I notice some people are not separating, i. e. are suggesting that global warming BY DEFINITION is a man-made phenomenon.


Everybody has a right to an opinion, but I (and quite a few others on here) have a lot more respect for your expression thereof if you at least attempt to substantiate that opinion with whatever facts you find available to support your case. Slick comments, regardless of position, are cute but not impressive for the long term.

[sitting back to enjoy the debate]
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112. hahaguy
8:55 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
i'm going to the tropics chat to talk to myself if anyone wants to join me lol.
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109. hurricane24
8:19 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
sky that aint a blob its a massive growing lump!!!!!!!!
108. Skyepony (Mod)
8:04 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Can't help but notice the blob SE of Hawaii today. Current Generation Probibility (pretty big area of .2-.4% chance). Yeah nil chance to develop, but can't keep from looking.

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107. listenerVT
7:42 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
MNTornado, thanks for posting your story and your Dad's. I hope Dr. Masters answers your query. I am interested too, as I have certainly seen snow do amazing things here in NW VT. Ice too. It is shocking to see a 300 year old tree destroyed by an ice storm. Ice Fog is a marvel. Deep snows, wild drifts, whiteouts and avalanches, can be deadly. Especially with the climate changing patterns, we need to know all we can to respect the planet, adapt, do less harm, and co-exist. Our survival has always depended on it. Many thanks.
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106. quasigeostropic
7:04 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
101. MichaelSTL 1:17 PM EST on February 10, 2008 Seeing all of the anti-global warming denialist/coolie posts here makes me sick... what happened to this site?! Too bad I am not Admin...

Yeah! How about you the admin! So you can silence ALL DISSENT! And if we dont agree with you then we are crazy!!LOL......Why dont you sign up for a governmental job, then you can boss around the whole world!!! Round up all those GW denialists and throw them in prison!! .........Seriously, your whining is annoying, so either put up with our skepticism or bug off!!!
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105. moonlightcowboy
6:57 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
101. MichaelSTL 6:17 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Seeing all of the anti-global warming denialist/coolie posts here makes me sick... what happened to this site?!

Obviously, some people are willing to discern
truth for themselves and not swallow - hook,
line and sinker, what's being spoon-fed to them
in order to perpetuate agendas. I suppose in
the beginning there were legitimate, integral
efforts to understand the CO2/temp
relationship, but that was quickly seized by
opportunists. Now, as the ACO2/temp theories
get blown out of the water by "credible"
science, the AGW fanatics are on great edge as
it all comes tumbling down.

Fortunately, AGW advocates and their wide use
of scare tactics is finally being refuted! Yet,
we still have promotion of these films such as
"Six Degrees" that mis-represent truth and
manages to scare children and whomever will
listen. But, that is all changing as AGW is
being exposed for the scam that it truly
is...and that is quite "refreshing!" :)

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104. MNTornado
6:27 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
Dr Masters, this storm was a little spooky for me. The reason why is that I spoke with Ivansrvr a couple of days before this about the Super Storm of 1993. He was telling me things about it I wasn't aware of so I did a little research about it. When I sat up that Tuesday night helping with emergency postings on SoutherLady's blog, I started seeing a pattern to the Tuesday storm that appeared to look very similar to the Super Storm of 1993. What I would like to know is you assessment on the comparison between these two storms and their similarities and differences.
The reason why this storm was spooky for me is because back in the 70's we had a very bad blizzard that ripped through the Midwest. It was compared to the Armistice Day Blizzard and there were many discussions as to which one produced the most snow. A few days before that blizzard struck, my father showed me pictures of the Armistice Day Blizzard that he took. I saw things in those pictures I had never seen before and had trouble believing were possible like 10 foot high snow drifts crossing roads and running for 100's of feet along the ground. Well I found myself caught in that 70's blizzard and saw first hand myself snow doing things I didn't know were possible. I saw snow drifts from 7 to 10 feet high, as much as 100 feet wide, and many hundreds of feet long. Witnessing that Super Tuesday Storm was like deja vu for me, even though I was witnessing that storm on radar and by it's storm and tornado reports. Since I have seen many tornados and tornado damage, it was very easy for me to see in my mind what was going on as though I was there. A very spooky night for me.
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103. Ivansrvivr
6:23 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
STL, do you remember in 78 when they were worried about "Global Cooling"? I have the Nat Geo mag w/ that as headline. There's nothing wrong with the debate especially if the environment gets cleaned in the process. There isn't enough data (yet) to prove or disprove GW.
102. Ivansrvivr
6:18 PM GMT on February 10, 2008
This next system now over baja,Mexico looks like it will be far enough south for big severe wx event for all of FL. It will have cold air to its north and if Sfc low stays south of big bend, will be bad (severe wx) but bring alot of beneficial rains.

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