Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Going Out Like A Lion

An unusual New Year's Eve severe weather outbreak continues to unfold at late afternoon.  So far today, there have been over 20 tornadoes reported from extreme east-central Oklahoma, through Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois (click image above to enlarge).

The SPC currently has Tornado Watches in effect for the following areas:

The St. Louis Metro area (especially the southern half) has been particularly hard hit, with numerous reports of damage and injuries.  Click on the image below to enlarge the severe weather reports map for that region:

The focus for severe weather has shifted further South during the past couple of hours, with Mississippi under the gun at the moment.  The radar image below was taken a few minutes ago from the Jackson, MS radar.  The pinkish/purple warning outlines depict 3 tornado warnings that were in effect at the time:

The left half of the radar image shows reflectivity mode (i.e., rain, hail, etc.), while the right half shows the motion of the wind as it blows toward (greens and blues) and away (reds and oranges) from the radar site (which is located in the right center portion of each frame).

The threat of severe weather will continue, particularly across portions of the deep south, into the evening hours.

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