Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Friday Tornado Setup Similar to 1974 Super Outbreak (Heads up!)
Accuweather ^ | Mar 1, 2012; 2:05 PM ET | Alex Sosnowski

Posted on 03/01/2012 5:44:38 PM PST by TSgt

The setup and aftermath on Friday for the Ohio and Tennessee valleys could be similar to the weather pattern during and following the 1974 Super Outbreak.

Spanning April 3-4, 1974, a swarm of tornadoes tore through areas from Illinois and southern Michigan to northern Alabama and Georgia.

The outbreak produced 148 confirmed tornadoes, six of which were F-5 intensity. The most powerful of these storms slammed into Xenia, Ohio.

Every weather pattern no matter how similar always has its differences, and this outbreak will have its own characteristics.

However, according to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "In the case of the end of this week and back in early April of 1974, it appears strong upper-level winds and cool air approaching from the west could hit a zone of advancing warm, moist air in just the right manner to produce monsters of thunderstorms."

This is not to say communities that were hit by the tornadoes in 1974 will be hit again, as the atmosphere is much more random than this.

"There will be a strengthening storm system tracking to the northeast from the southern Plains to the Great Lakes," Margusity said.

Former West Lafayette, Ind., resident Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews recalls that outbreak.

"Having one of the super cell thunderstorms pass right over my town was the scariest moment of my life," Andrews said.

Fortunately, Andrews' town was spared any major damage.

This outbreak is not likely to extend as far north into the Great Lakes region as that of 1974.

We pray the storms are far less intense and hope they avoid places where people live.

We do urge that people take this threat seriously, as there is a risk of violent storms sweeping through population centers and rural communities.

Also similar to 1974, a sweep of cold air in the wake of the tornado outbreak will yield areas of snow.

Snow blanketed Xenia only hours after the devastating tornado swept through in early April of 1974.

Most of any snow that falls this weekend immediately in the wake of severe weather will tend to be focused near the Great Lakes into the central Appalachians.

The pattern could add to the misery of cleanup operations from the midweek event and, woefully, from Friday into Saturday.

It is possible some snow showers dip as far south and west as portions of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys by early Monday.

According to Severe Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski, "At least the weather pattern in the wake of the storms Friday into Saturday will be much less volatile in these areas and others for many days."

Drier, more stable air will settle over the region through much of next week.



TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 03/01/2012 5:44:42 PM PST by TSgt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: TSgt

2 posted on 03/01/2012 5:47:13 PM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

Poor cows.

Moo ooo ooo ooo ooo


3 posted on 03/01/2012 5:54:37 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

I remember the ‘74 storms. I was about to graduate from high school and for once I did not want the school to get blown away in a tornado.


4 posted on 03/01/2012 5:58:37 PM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TSgt
The severe Storm Prediction Center web site www.spc.noaa.gov has become my favorite not only for severe weather but also for regional radar, windspeed, and isobar maps found on the Mesonalysis tab.

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/mesoanalysis/

With auto update/reloads it beats anything else on the net and it is free.

Use it all the time, but especially when storm spotting.

5 posted on 03/01/2012 5:59:45 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

I hope Reed Timmer is all over this in Dominator 2.


6 posted on 03/01/2012 5:59:47 PM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Son-of-a-Bitch!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

Has Dear Leader made any reponse yet to the affected areas?

Never mind, he probably has a party planned.


7 posted on 03/01/2012 6:00:40 PM PST by dforest
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell

I also remember 1974 Outbreak. I spent the entire night in my parents’ basement in Indiana.


8 posted on 03/01/2012 6:00:50 PM PST by MachIV
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

Super-nervous here in south-central Kentucky. It was pretty bad yesterday, but looks to be even worse tomorrow. Headin’ to my brother’s who has a basement cut into the side of a hill! Taking some “adult liquid” and poker chips to ride the storm out!! Be safe, my friends!


9 posted on 03/01/2012 6:07:04 PM PST by bearsgirl90
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lightman
Use it all the time, but especially when storm spotting.

Are you a Skywarn participant?

10 posted on 03/01/2012 6:07:16 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: The Iceman Cometh

I’ve been following Reed’s posts of Facebook today. He’s now in StL and will be heading east tomorrow. He’s kinda got me on edge with the Doom’s Day scenario he’s painted.


11 posted on 03/01/2012 6:08:31 PM PST by colinhester
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: lightman
Have you ever tried WeatherUnderground? http://www.wunderground.com/

I think the radar and mapping functions are superior to NOAA.

I'll be watching both NOAA and Wunderground closely tonight and tomorrow. I already see some activity. Interesting the way these gulf things seem to come up out of no where. It was much the same two years ago during our Nashville flood.

12 posted on 03/01/2012 6:10:16 PM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: dforest

I’m waiting for Larry the Cable Guy to go on tv and say

Baraq Obama don’t care about white people

LOL


13 posted on 03/01/2012 6:11:00 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: MachIV

Let’s hope it wipes out Detroit, or what is left of it. Then we can start all over again.

Detroit Denby, Class of 1967


14 posted on 03/01/2012 6:14:41 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell

WSMV in Nashville has a new RADAR that updates faster online than any product the NWS has. The interactive part is pretty neat.

http://www.wsmv.com/weather


15 posted on 03/01/2012 6:18:04 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell

Watch for sharp contrasts in dew points as well as temperature differences and wind speed differentials. If you are looking at detailed radar maps, look for a dryline east of the frontal boundary. Those are REAL serious things to look for.


16 posted on 03/01/2012 6:18:12 PM PST by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell; lightman
My favorite radar is a flash-based one out of Chicago, WLS TV.

Check it out here and make sure to use the full screen mode (click the upper left expander icon to go full screen). It also has wind, lightning and rotation info as well as outlook predictions available via the WEATHER and SEVER menu drop-downs.

17 posted on 03/01/2012 6:22:52 PM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: eyedigress

Thanks, FRiend! Bookmarked.


18 posted on 03/01/2012 6:25:26 PM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: colinhester

We drove for miles and miles west on I-40 beside Reed and his crazy looking vehicle. A real diversion on an otherwise boring drive from Memphis to OKC.


19 posted on 03/01/2012 6:27:17 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: colinhester

I hate the kind that did the damage/killing in Harrisburg (Southern Illinois)...200 yard wide F4...deadly. Of course there are bigger ones - but those are big enough.

They are almost cruel in that they can totally destroy a house down to the ground and do relatively minor damage to the house next door...random and deadly.


20 posted on 03/01/2012 6:28:13 PM PST by DJlaysitup
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell

We were in California at the time and couldn’t reach any of my family. It was a scary time. My sister watched the KY Fair and Exposition Center blow up as the tornado ripped through it. We returned a month later. It looked like God had reached down and pulled these huge trees up like weeds. I think I will spend tomorrow cleaning the basement.


21 posted on 03/01/2012 6:30:16 PM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: GreenAccord

Check your link. It is horrific.


22 posted on 03/01/2012 6:30:27 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Charles Martel
Are you a Skywarn participant?

Been a card-carrying Skywarn member since 1998.

23 posted on 03/01/2012 6:31:56 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: GreenAccord
OK, that is AWFUL and yet, hilarious.

Apologies, freepers.

That link should have been:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/feature?section=weather&id=6665563

(Test your links, posters!)

24 posted on 03/01/2012 6:34:19 PM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: John W

HAHAHA.

That was yesterday’s caption thread and I’d left the link in the clipboard buffer. YI-effing-IKES!

Sorry, my friend.


25 posted on 03/01/2012 6:36:02 PM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: John W; GreenAccord

Boy wasn’t that an unpleasant surprise!


26 posted on 03/01/2012 6:36:30 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: bearsgirl90

This is a Bad One.Here in South Alabama the sky was strange,,,,This is a bad storm,take care.


27 posted on 03/01/2012 6:39:32 PM PST by silentreignofheroes
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell

I would also advise you to tune-in CH.4 if your in the area as they update live on-air faster than any other station.
(I am not affiliated with WSMV btw) :^)


28 posted on 03/01/2012 6:49:50 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: GreenAccord

I DO NOT recommend full screen mode! Ha!


29 posted on 03/01/2012 6:52:51 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

I lived in Xenia during those tornado’s of 1974. That was a really bad day for tornado’s. If you watch the Whether Channel on April 3rd they will always say something about those storms.


30 posted on 03/01/2012 7:12:43 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TSgt
I think damaging straight-line winds associated with squall lines are more likely than tornadoes tomorrow; In a good chunk of the scary area on Accuweather's maps, the dynamics just won't be sufficient to create long-lived tornadoes.

I would be my basement ready if I lived in central and southern Kentucky, tho. :)

31 posted on 03/01/2012 7:16:12 PM PST by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TSgt

Bump!


32 posted on 03/01/2012 7:20:05 PM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TonyInOhio

33 posted on 03/01/2012 7:20:35 PM PST by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell
"I remember the ‘74 storms. I was about to graduate from high school and for once I did not want the school to get blown away in a tornado."

Yeah, me too. SW Michigan. . . how 'bout you?

34 posted on 03/01/2012 7:26:44 PM PST by Think free or die
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell
"Interesting the way these gulf things seem to come up out of no where. It was much the same two years ago during our Nashville flood. "

The time of the Nashville flood, we were traveling through Tennessee on our way to a family wedding. We visited family in Jackson, TN overnight, having no idea what was coming except that it was going to rain. The weather radio made so much noise all night that we eventually unplugged it. There was really nowhere to go in an emergency, so we just tried to get a little sleep. By the next morning, we were barely able to get out of Jackson. We got out on the last open highway out of the county at around 8am. It was surreal driving through miles and miles of flooded fields, with our car making its way down a skinny ribbon of interstate which sometimes narrowed to less than a lane. Hard to believe it was almost 2 years ago.

Having grown up in the Midwest, I have a healthy respect for violent weather. Hubby and kids haven't lived it and think I'm a little nuts. Oh well. Maybe they're right!

35 posted on 03/01/2012 7:33:36 PM PST by Think free or die
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: skinkinthegrass

heads up ping...!!!


36 posted on 03/01/2012 7:52:23 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MachIV

I was in college in Muncie, Indiana that day and drove home to the east side of Indianapolis through some areas that looked like war zones.


37 posted on 03/01/2012 8:08:44 PM PST by redangus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: silentreignofheroes

Up really early this a.m. We are “smack-dab” in the white bulls-eye today. Anxiety level=infinite! Pray for safety!


38 posted on 03/02/2012 5:43:57 AM PST by bearsgirl90
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: bearsgirl90

PUBLIC SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0726 AM CST FRI MAR 02 2012

...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED OVER PARTS OF THE EXTREME SOUTHERN INDIANA...CENTRAL KENTUCKY...AND NORTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT...

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FEW STRONG...LONG-TRACK TORNADOES OVER PARTS OF THE EXTREME SOUTHERN INDIANA...CENTRAL KENTUCKY...AND NORTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT.

MORNING WEATHER DATA CONFIRM A VERY MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT SPREADING NORTHEASTWARD FROM ARKANSAS AND TENNESSEE TOWARD THE LOWER OHIO VALLEY...IN ADVANCE OF A DEEPENING SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IN MISSOURI. THIS SURFACE LOW WILL MOVE TOWARD SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN BY THIS EVENING...ALLOWING THE MOIST/UNSTABLE AIR MASS TO SPREAD TO NEAR OR JUST NORTH OF THE OHIO RIVER PRIOR TO THE PASSAGE OF A COLD FRONT. SEVERE STORMS WILL LIKELY DEVELOP ALONG AND IN ADVANCE OF THE COLD FRONT BY MIDDAY OR EARLY AFTERNOON...AT THE SAME TIME THE WINDS THROUGH ALL LEVELS OF THE ATMOSPHERE WILL BECOME VERY STRONG. THESE FACTORS WILL RESULT IN A FAVORABLE SETUP FOR FAST-MOVING TORNADIC STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LONG-TRACK/DAMAGING TORNADOES IN THE HIGH RISK AREA OF EXTREME SOUTHERN INDIANA...CENTRAL KENTUCKY...AND NORTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE THIS AFTERNOON.

A SEPARATE BAND OR TWO OF SEVERE STORMS IS ALSO EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT ACROSS CENTRAL/NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA INTO NORTHERN GEORGIA...ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT. CONDITIONS WILL NOT BE QUITE AS FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES COMPARED TO FARTHER NORTH IN THE HIGH RISK...BUT MULTIPLE SEVERE STORMS WITH A FEW TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE.

39 posted on 03/02/2012 6:09:39 AM PST by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: bearsgirl90
Stay safe !!

I'm a native of far southern IL, in the midst of 'tornado alley', just a little west of the town of Harrisburg that got hammered the other day.
The sight/sound of a twister are a couple of life's unforgettable phenomena.

40 posted on 03/02/2012 6:33:45 AM PST by tomkat (FU.baraq)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Think free or die
I was in Franklin, just south of Nashville. I recall we were cut off from Nashville that afternoon - at least everyone was hunkered down. And this was before today's extreme panic mode whenever bad weather hits.

At my kids' schools, they are herded into the halls to cower in fear every time there's a strong rain. While I do give a healthy respect to dangerous weather, I refuse to die in fear!

So far, appropriate warnings have been given, we will see what happens later. Bad stuff is due to hit the Nashville area around noon.

41 posted on 03/02/2012 7:17:51 AM PST by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: silentreignofheroes

Prayers up for all...
Tatt


42 posted on 03/02/2012 7:22:16 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Martin Tell
"At my kids' schools, they are herded into the halls to cower in fear every time there's a strong rain."

Yeah, I remember tornado drills from my childhood as well. Of course back then they were also duck and cover drills related to the cold war, but they didn't tell us that part. Tornadoes were scary enough!

43 posted on 03/02/2012 12:33:03 PM PST by Think free or die
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson