Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mississippi Tornado Outbreak of 4-24-10 - Part I

Everyone is obviously aware by now of the horrible (but very well forecast and warned) events of yesterday in Mississippi, among other states.  Our thoughts and prayers certainly are with those victims, their families, and all of those that will be involved in the recovery effort.  Media reports indicate there are still potential victims unaccounted for in some harder to reach areas, particularly near Yazoo City and vicinity, and we especially think of those folks at this time.

I am still in the process of gathering information and looking at everything on this event, but wanted to put up a quick post of at least preliminary storm report and track information.  The NWS in Jackson will be performing surveys beginning today, and obviously more detailed information will be forthcoming.

First, below is a "wide-view" image of storm reports yesterday from within the Jackson NWS area of responsibility in Mississippi:

Below is a closer-view of what appears to be the long-track supercell and associated tornado family that began in extreme Northeast Louisiana and tracked across west-central through central and northeast Mississippi:

Finally, here is a map with my own notations of some of the more significant events and the approximate time they occurred, based on local storm reports issued by the Jackson office (you'll probably need to click on the image and enlarge it in order to be able to read all of the notations):

I'm still in the process of examining all of the radar imagery, (and there are some fascinating things to point out).  I hope to get several images and some comments posted later today.

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