Storm Prediction Center Nails It...
Posted March 13, 2006
As it turned out, there were some 110 tornado reports, including some 28 injuries and at least six fatalities, along with a substantial number of serious damage reports. This is without doubt a tragedy for all those affected, but with such an energetic outbreak, one has to think that the injury/fatality count may have been higher in the absence of such an accurate assessment of the impending situation by SPC and that their efforts likely saved some lives. A preliminary map of coded storm reports is shown below, and you can always go back and retrieve these kinds of maps, paired with text descriptions of each report and its city/county location, for any date in the past few years at the SPC archived storm reports page.
The same weather system is likely to produce more severe weather today, shifted more into the Ohio Valley. It will also push a cold front through North Carolina late tonight and early tomorrow that may trigger some showers and gusty thunderstorms. It appears at this point that our chances of severe weather with this system are minimal, and that rainfall will not be as substantial as we might like given the moderate drought conditions in place, but if storms do form they will have the potential to produce wind gusts in the 40 - 50 mph range.