Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1/17 - 5:15pm CST - A Day of Tornadoes in Kentuckiana and Mississippi

Two tornadoes have now been confirmed by NWS Louisville in Kentucky and Indiana. The first of these is an EF-1 that caused damage in the Springhurst area of Northeast Louisville (photos from John Belski's Weather Blog):

...EF-1 Tornado Confirmed in Jefferson County Kentucky...

Brownsboro Rd, Louisville
Damage Type: Tornado
Date: Jan 17 2012
EF Scale: 1
Wind Speed: 95 MPH
Path Length: 4.2 MILES
Path Width: 250 YARDS

Narrative: An NWS storm survey has confirmed an EF-1 tornado in Jefferson County, Kentucky.  The tornado touched down near the intersection of I-264 and Brownsboro Road.  The tornado tracked northeast to near the intersection of Hurstbourne and Brownsboro Road where it briefly lifted.  The tornado then reformed and crossed I-265.  The preliminary path length is 4.2 miles with a path width of 250 yards. This storm survey is ongoing and information in this statement will be updated as it becomes available.

The second tornado hit the airport in Madison, Indiana and carries an EF-0 rating with 85 mph winds:
...EF-0 Tornado Confirmed in Jefferson County Indiana...

Madison, IN Airport
Damage Type: Tornado
Date: Jan 17 2012
Start Time: 10:40 AM EST
End Time: 10:40 AM EST
EF Scale: 0
Wind Speed: 85 MPH
Path Length: 0.3 Miles
Path Width: 60 Yards

Narrative: An EF-0 tornado touched down at the Madison Municipal County Airport. Damage was confined to IMS Lane. The tornado touched down briefly along this path and moved an at least 500 pound dumpster 35 feet southeast. It also moved a Beechcraft/King Air plane 10 degrees and the nose gear was broken. The airport operations building had a disabled awning and post. Part of a hangar`s siding came off with siding and insulation up in trees. Several trees were snapped along the narrow path. A witness saw the swirl as the tornado touched down.
It's worth noting that the Storm Prediction Center did not issue a Tornado Watch today during this severe weather event. There may be more tornadoes confirmed in the Louisville area tomorrow as more surveys are conducted, especially in Clarksville, IN where damage has been well publicized. Two tornadoes were also reported in Mississippi this afternoon in Tippah and Marion Counties:

1800
3 NE DUMAS TIPPAH MS34678880TORNADO SIGHTED IN THE DUMAS PINE GROVE AREA NEAR HIGHWAY 4. (MEG)
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7 E SANDY HOOK MARION MS31048969
PROBABLE TORNADO ... MOBILE HOME DESTROYED WITH PERSON POSSIBLY TRAPPED ... NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN ... EMERGENCY PERSONNEL HAVING DIFFICULT TIME REACHING THE SIT (JAN)

Ratings on these possible tornadoes will likely come tomorrow when NWS crews are able to get out and survey the damage.

Unfortunately severe weather could become an issue again this time next week as a potent trough moves through the Southeastern portion of the nation. The GFS and Euro computer models indicate ample upper-level support and moisture return for a severe weather setup, but this is not set in stone yet as things can change in a week's time. Stay tuned!

2 comments:

dsaurerwx said...

Thank You very much for all this information. I am sure many of us when doing the winter forecast in the fall never expected severe weather to hit in Mid January. Unreal.

MikeS Wx said...

I think we got the same image for next Mon/Tue in our Wx Blog. The 500mb looks quite impressive and the 18z newest return has it just West of LMK/BWG for the 168Hr.

Looks interesting in regards with the GFS for Thursday, NAM is playing peek-a-boo