Severe Weather Recap, National Drought Outlook, Crazy Winds and Fall Colors
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
CLARENDON AR – A BUILDING WAS DAMAGED IN CLARENDON … WITH PARTS OF THE BUILDING OUT IN THE STREET. MANY TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN. THE ENTERGY ELECTIC OUTAGE MAP INDICATED
W JERICHO AR – TORNADO CROSSED INTERSTATE 55 NEAR JERICHO EXIT.
NE SHELBY BOLIVAR MS – HEAVY DAMAGE ALONG BLUE CANE RD … 3 STRUCTURES DAMAGED WITH ONE HOME OFF ITS BLOCKS ALONG WITH THE ROOF REMOVED. POWER LINES DOWN AND POWER POLES SNAPPED.
WNW LOUISE SHARKEY MS – *** 5 INJ *** 2 MOBILE HOMES DESTROYED ALONG WITH OTHER DAMAGED HOMES ALONG HWY 14 … 5 INJURIES.
NE FOREST SCOTT MS – A MOBILE HOME WAS DESTROYED ON THE NORTHERN END OF CONEHATTA ROAD NEAR JIM OWENS ROAD. FOUR LARGE TRANSMISSION TOWERS WERE BLOWN DOWN ON JIM OWENS ROAD.
S CONEHATTA NEWTON MS – DOZENS OF TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ALONG WITH SEVERAL STURCTURES DAMAGED. MOST DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG NEWTON-CONEHATTA RD AND CANEY CREEK RD.
Thundery Forecast Today
The cold front that produced strong to severe storms yesterday across the mid-section of the nation will continue to push east today with additional shower and storm chances. The good news is that the threat for severe weather is quite a bit less than it was Wednesday. There still will be a few rumblers east of the Appalachians today, some of could be a little on the strong side with gusty winds being the primary threat.
This mature storm system (resembling a comma) will continue to pump out precipitation across the eastern half of the nation. There may be a few spots that pick up over an inch of rain through early AM Friday. Also note the heavier precipitation that is once again showing up in the Pacific Northwest.
HPC 5 Day Precipitation
NOAA’s HPC 5 day precipitation forecasts keeps most of the Desert Southwest dry through early next week, but other locations that need rain will continue to see rain chances.
Latest U.S. Drought Monitor
“Weekly Summary: During the past week, two storm systems impacted the contiguous 48 states, with the cold front associated with the first storm system bringing generally light rains to areas from the northeast to the southern Great Plains. The second storm system developed along the western, trailing end of that cold front, and intensified rapidly over the central Great Plains. Before departing the country to the northeast, this system spread significant amounts of rain from the Panhandle of Oklahoma to the Upper Great Lakes. A cold front, associated with a low-pressure system over Canada, brought a round of precipitation to the Pacific Northwest. Puerto Rico was impacted over the weekend by the tropical cyclone that is now Hurricane Raphael.”
U.S. Weekly Drought Comparison
The good news is that since last week, there has been a slight improvement in each drought classification. The image below compares last week (left) to this week (right). Also note the numbers below from last week to this week, which represent the percent areal coverage of the nation… each drought classification has improved slightly since last week!
Intense Pressure Gradient
An intensifying area of low pressure along with downsloping winds across the High Plains is helping to whip up significant winds. Note the black lines below, those are lines of equal air pressure and the closer they are together, the stronger the wind blows! In this case, we’ve been getting reports of gusts exceeding 70mph!
There She Blows!
Thanks to Julie Gaddy from WeatherBug for the list of extreme wind gusts below… Incredible winds have been rotating around western edge of this large low pressure system, which will likely continue through the day today.
Strong Winds Continue
The National Weather Service continues their wind headlines across a large area of the mid-section of the nation. Winds at times could surpass 60mph, maybe even 70mph!
Thanks to Laura Pell DeCarlo for this beautiful picture out of Bernheim Forest in Kentucky.
Thanks to Breckenridge Ski Resort for the picture below. It looks like there was a little snow on the pumpkins earlier this week! Great news as opening day is about 3 weeks away!
“Halloween is coming… so is opening day!”
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