Wild weather rings out the old year: tornado kills three in Arkansas

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 31. joulukuuta 2010 klo 16:31 (GMT)

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The wild weather year of 2010 is closing out in dramatic fashion in the U.S., where a powerful storm system moving through the center of the country has spawned a tornado that killed three people in Northwest Arkansas early this morning. According to media reports, the tornado swept through Washington County in Northwest Arkansas between 6am - 6:10am CST this morning, killing three, injuring many more, and causing significant damage throughout the western portion of the county. Emergency responders are having difficulty reaching the damaged areas due to downed power lines, and power is out over most of the county. The supercell thunderstorm responsible for the tornado has maintained its identify for more than four hours along a path more than 200 miles long this morning, a unusually long time for a thunderstorm to maintain its identity. As of 11am EST, the tornado warnings for the thunderstorm has been issued for eastern Missouri, and the storm is headed towards St. Louis. Visit our interactive tornado page and severe weather page to monitor this ongoing severe weather situation. Today's three tornado deaths brought this year's tornado death toll to 39. This is higher than last year's record-low total of 21 tornado deaths, but much lower the 3-year average of 76 tornado deaths per year.



Figure 1. Radar reflectivity (top) and Doppler velocity image (bottom) of the supercell thunderstorm that hit northwestern Arkansas this moring, killing three people in the town of Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, the storm responsible for the deadly tornado is also bringing a dangerous winter storm to the West and Midwest. Blizzard warnings are in effect for southeastern Wyoming, western Nebraska, the Dakotas, and western Minnesota. According to the latest NOAA Storm Summary, the storm has dumped over 30 inches of snow in Colorado at Coal Bank Pass and Skyway, and at Sage Creek Basin in Wyoming. Some other selected snowfall amounts as of 10am EST:

Idaho City, ID: 36.0"
Soda Springs, CA: 36.0"
Deer Valley Daly West, UT: 33.0"
Williams, AZ: 29.5"
Sheep Canyon, WA: 29.0"
Missoula, MT: 24.0"
Flagstaff, AZ: 22.0"
Boise, ID: 20.0"
Green Mountain, NV: 20.0"
Durango, CO: 20.1"
Jackson, WY: 17.3"
Los Alamos, NM: 17.0"
Creighton, SD: 12.0"
Fergus Fall, MN: 11.0"
Williston, ND: 7.1"

The storm also brought very heavy rains in excess of two inches to portions of Arizona, Missouri, and Arkansas, with amounts in excess of four inches reported in California and Oregon. The storm will intensify and move northeastwards into Canada north of Minnesota tonight, bringing an additional 6 - 12 inches of snow to the warned areas.

Have a Happy New Year's everyone, and I'm hoping 2011 brings us a little less in the way of wild weather!

Jeff Masters

Crashing down (Fotoguy77)
The owner of this car stands on the trunk of the 100 year old California Oak tree to take pictures of his damaged vehicle. The tree and others came down early this morning as fierce winds up to 75 MPH tore through the SoCal area, This pic was taken in the San Fernando Valley. The trees were no match for the heavy rains of last week the these winds.
Crashing down
Snow and Blue Sky (kippic)
So nice to see some sunshine. Taken on a FSR off the Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls, WA
Snow and Blue Sky
12-31-2010 Tornado (Susie77)
Tornado (Preliminary est. F3) damage, Sunset Hills Missouri.
12-31-2010 Tornado

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1061. islander101010
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 13:46 (GMT)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9g5eN1jnz8 not enough hicks on this site great american taxi
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1060. EnergyMoron
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 13:43 (GMT)
Quoting aspectre:
937 EnergyMoron "The more interesting question is, why was Africa the breadbasket of the Roman Republic, and Egypt of Roman Empire?
Climate change in North Africa has been occurring for millenia, really.
"

Anthropogenic -- Carthago delenda est -- possibly for the entirety of the Holocene or even longer. What saved Egypt was the seasonal flooding which annually refertilized the soil.

Attitudes haven't changed, only the players


Thanks. Interesting links
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1059. AstroHurricane001
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 12:55 (GMT)
Let's compare this season's global SSTs for the latest week and...

2009, an El Nino Modoki:



2008, a La Nina:



Clearly, the warmer area west of Greenland is present compared to both years, and the Arctic dipole cannot be explained by any natural ENSO-dependant oscillations. Although the global temperatures fit between those of 2009 and 2008, the main Gulf Stream is weaker, and a warm anomaly streches from West Africa to Trinidad which is even apparent compared to last winter, when it was surprisingly warm south of the Canary Current and in the MDR, while the West Greenland warmth can be explained in part by storms drifting off North America, which bring warm air east of Newfoundland along their entire path, and by the earlier Greenland Blocking High.
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1057. AstroHurricane001
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 12:47 (GMT)


When this pool of cold Arctic air and the Caribbean-GOM heat influx typical for La Nina seasons collide over the Great Lakes or the Northeast, the heavy temp gradiant is going to fuel any storm or blizzard that comes by.
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1056. hurricanelonny
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 12:44 (GMT)
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
From Miami NWS Discussion:

EXTENDED FORECAST...
THE UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVES SOUTHEAST INTO THE
MID ATLANTIC STATES ALLOWING FOR A TROUGH TO SET UP OVER THE
EASTERN UNITED STATES THIS WEEKEND. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR HIGH
PRESSURE TO SHIFT FROM THE CENTRAL CANADA INTO THE SOUTHEAST
UNITED STATES. HOWEVER...THE COLD AIR ASSOCIATED WITH THE HIGH
WILL BE MOVING MORE THROUGH THE TENNESSEE VALLEY INSTEAD OF
FLORIDA AT THIS TIME. BUT THE LATEST LONG RANGE MODELS ARE SHOWING
A LITTLE BIT COOLER TEMPERATURES COMPARE TO EARLIER RUNS. WILL
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE TRENDS IN THE LONG RANGE MODELS AND IF THE
TREND CONTINUES THEN WILL MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE WEEKEND TEMPS IN
LATER PACKAGES.
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1053. IKE
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 12:37 (GMT)
Quoting severstorm:
Morning Everyone, Ike thanks for the rain.


You're welcome:)
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1052. severstorm
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 12:28 (GMT)
Morning Everyone, Ike thanks for the rain.
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1051. GeoffreyWPB
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 11:41 (GMT)
From Miami NWS Discussion:

EXTENDED FORECAST...
THE UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVES SOUTHEAST INTO THE
MID ATLANTIC STATES ALLOWING FOR A TROUGH TO SET UP OVER THE
EASTERN UNITED STATES THIS WEEKEND. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR HIGH
PRESSURE TO SHIFT FROM THE CENTRAL CANADA INTO THE SOUTHEAST
UNITED STATES. HOWEVER...THE COLD AIR ASSOCIATED WITH THE HIGH
WILL BE MOVING MORE THROUGH THE TENNESSEE VALLEY INSTEAD OF
FLORIDA AT THIS TIME. BUT THE LATEST LONG RANGE MODELS ARE SHOWING
A LITTLE BIT COOLER TEMPERATURES COMPARE TO EARLIER RUNS. WILL
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE TRENDS IN THE LONG RANGE MODELS AND IF THE
TREND CONTINUES THEN WILL MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE WEEKEND TEMPS IN
LATER PACKAGES.
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1050. flsky
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 08:54 (GMT)
Quoting sunlinepr:


Wow! How can I copy this and send it my son. Incredible!!!
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1049. flsky
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 08:37 (GMT)
Quoting hcubed:
As further proof as to why Krupa should have been on the list is this section:

"...Gene has often been considered to be the first drum "soloist." Drummers usually had been strictly time-keepers or noisemakers, but Krupa interacted with the other musicians and introduced the extended drum solo into jazz. His goal was to support the other musicians while creating his own role within the group. Gene is also considered the father of the modern drumset since he convinced H.H. Slingerland, of Slingerland Drums, to make tunable tom-toms. Tom-toms up to that point had "tacked" heads, which left little ability to change the sound. The new drum design was introduced in 1936 and was termed "Separate Tension Tunable Tom-Toms." Gene was a loyal endorser of Slingerland Drums from 1936 until his death. Krupa was called on by Avedis Zildjian to help with developing the modern hi-hat cymbals. The original hi-hat was called a "low-boy" which was a floor level cymbal setup which was played with the foot. This arrangement made it nearly impossible for stick playing. Gene's first recording session was a historical one. It occurred in December of 1927 when he is noted to be the first drummer to record with a bass drum..."

From http://www.drummerman.net/biography.html


I'm a lover of old movies, so I saw Krupa in one of them - can't remember the name at present - but he was the BEST drummer I had ever heard!
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1048. flsky
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 08:33 (GMT)
Thanks for all of the great music!

In my younger years, and when MTV first arrived, I wasn't too keen on seeing what I listened to - the visuals of the performers burst a bubble or two. This even after being married to a person who was, and still is, fully involved in the music business. I went to plenty of live performances, but seeing a video just didn't do it for me.

At any rate, thanks for posting some great stuff! I have to admit, I still look away from the images and just listen.
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1047. hcubed
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 08:29 (GMT)
As further proof as to why Krupa should have been on the list is this section:

"...Gene has often been considered to be the first drum "soloist." Drummers usually had been strictly time-keepers or noisemakers, but Krupa interacted with the other musicians and introduced the extended drum solo into jazz. His goal was to support the other musicians while creating his own role within the group. Gene is also considered the father of the modern drumset since he convinced H.H. Slingerland, of Slingerland Drums, to make tunable tom-toms. Tom-toms up to that point had "tacked" heads, which left little ability to change the sound. The new drum design was introduced in 1936 and was termed "Separate Tension Tunable Tom-Toms." Gene was a loyal endorser of Slingerland Drums from 1936 until his death. Krupa was called on by Avedis Zildjian to help with developing the modern hi-hat cymbals. The original hi-hat was called a "low-boy" which was a floor level cymbal setup which was played with the foot. This arrangement made it nearly impossible for stick playing. Gene's first recording session was a historical one. It occurred in December of 1927 when he is noted to be the first drummer to record with a bass drum..."

From http://www.drummerman.net/biography.html
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1046. flsky
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 08:20 (GMT)
Quoting weathergeek5:

Is Heart still doing anything? They were great!
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1045. hcubed
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 08:01 (GMT)
Quoting sunlinepr:


Can't believe they listed Buddy Rich as number one, without any mention of Gene Krupa in the list.

Check it out yourselves:



YOU be the judge...
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1044. Bordonaro
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 07:53 (GMT)
Holy smokes..Has anyone looked at the 00Z GFS run?? Looks like a replay of the Dec 1983 cold snap for N TX..
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1043. aspectre
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 07:51 (GMT)
937 EnergyMoron "The more interesting question is, why was Africa the breadbasket of the Roman Republic, and Egypt of Roman Empire?
Climate change in North Africa has been occurring for millenia, really.
"

Anthropogenic -- Carthago delenda est -- possibly for the entirety of the Holocene or even longer. What saved Egypt was the seasonal flooding which annually refertilized the soil.

Attitudes haven't changed, only the players
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1042. Grothar
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 05:48 (GMT)
Quoting bappit:
Music from Iceland. Not a US pop hit, but popular elsewhere.




Að lokum, góður minn af tónlist, Takk.
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1041. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 05:39 (GMT)


TROLL LEVEL ALERT LOW
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1040. sunlinepr
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 05:37 (GMT)
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1039. sunlinepr
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 05:33 (GMT)


Gnite All...
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1038. Skyepony (Mod)
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 05:27 (GMT)
NORTH WATERBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Wardens are warning anglers about dangerous ice conditions.

January 1st marked first weekend of ice fishing season here in Maine. But unusually warm weather has melted much of the ice that we got from a December cold snap. Wardens are seeing lots of open water and thin ice in ponds and lakes across the state. Despite the dangerous conditions, people continue to fish. Sgt. Tim Spahr says wardens are working with the Attorney General's office to find out if any legal action can be taken when people are out on ice that isn't safe.

"We are actually looking into that more seriously to see what actions that we can take as a law enforcement agency to prevent anything that we may see that may be potentially, seriously dangerous, particularly to a child" Spahr said.
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1037. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 05:22 (GMT)
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1036. bappit
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 05:18 (GMT)
Music from Iceland. Not a US pop hit, but popular elsewhere.

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1035. GeoffreyWPB
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 05:01 (GMT)
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1034. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:59 (GMT)
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1033. PSLFLCaneVet
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:58 (GMT)


Thanks!
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1032. caneswatch
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:57 (GMT)
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:



Good night, friends. I must head to bed.


Thanks for the great time!


Night PSL!
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1031. GeoffreyWPB
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:56 (GMT)
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1030. PSLFLCaneVet
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:53 (GMT)
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1029. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:52 (GMT)
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1028. PSLFLCaneVet
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:51 (GMT)



Good night, friends. I must head to bed.


Thanks for the great time!
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1027. caneswatch
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:51 (GMT)
Weather related:

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1026. GeoffreyWPB
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:50 (GMT)
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1025. sunlinepr
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:48 (GMT)
No Banning - Weather related

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1024. EYEStoSEA
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:43 (GMT)
Quoting caneswatch:


IMHO, Tyler messed up big time by going on the show. Should've stayed with Aerosmith, I heard they put out great concerts.


I couldn't agree more....but ...guess the money was right..
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1023. WaterWitch11
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:42 (GMT)
Link


i see we are back to posting vid's without the army of admin. well it might get me banned but at least mine is weather related.

hiya keeper, missed your big world posts.
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1022. GeoffreyWPB
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:42 (GMT)
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1021. caneswatch
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:41 (GMT)
Quoting EYEStoSEA:
I saw a promo today of the upcoming American Idol. Steven Tyler has had a facelift....and he actually didnt look too overdone.


IMHO, Tyler messed up big time by going on the show. Should've stayed with Aerosmith, I heard they put out great concerts.
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1020. EYEStoSEA
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:39 (GMT)
I saw a promo today of the upcoming American Idol. Steven Tyler has had a facelift....and he actually didnt look too overdone.
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1019. caneswatch
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:38 (GMT)
Someone called?

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1018. PSLFLCaneVet
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:32 (GMT)
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1017. GeoffreyWPB
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:30 (GMT)
Quoting Grothar:


Yeah, Gloria Estefan has a great musical range all the way from A to B.


I saw Vicki Sue Robinson perform this in person. Well at least lip sync it.
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1016. PSLFLCaneVet
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:28 (GMT)
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Thank you. That was beautiful.





You are most welcome!
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1015. caneswatch
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:26 (GMT)
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Ah, good song Geoff.
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1014. GeoffreyWPB
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:26 (GMT)
Quoting PSLFLCaneVet:

Nice variety of tunes being posted! Hope you like this one.






Thank you. That was beautiful.
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1013. sunlinepr
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:21 (GMT)
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1012. PSLFLCaneVet
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:16 (GMT)

Nice variety of tunes being posted! Hope you like this one.




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1011. GeoffreyWPB
3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 04:16 (GMT)
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