Christmas Severe Weather Outbreak

December 24th, 2012 at 5:45 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

2000 UTC Day 1 Outlook  2000 UTC Day 2 Outlook     This is a very early winter Moderate Risk Area for severe weather area from the Storm Prediction Center for Christmas Day/Night and for Wednesday.  SPC says:  “A SUBSTANTIAL SEVERE WEATHER THREAT WILL BE POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT ACROSS A BROAD CORRIDOR FROM SE TX EXTENDING ENEWD ACROSS LA…MS …AL AND INTO THE FL PANHANDLE.”  The main threat would be wind damage along a line of thunderstorms (squall line).  If you know someone down south on vacation, you might want to make them aware of the potential for windy thunderstorms.  The maps are the severe weather outlooks for Day1 and Day2.

So far, 33 tornadoes have hit the south, including Beaumont and Crockett TX.  Four storm-related fatalities have been reported there.  Numerous injuries were reported in Ball, LA, and damage occurred at Madisonville TX.  There are at least five places where there are injuries.   Winds hit 72 mph at Jackson MS, where the wind blew over the fence at the National Weather Service Office.  Also, Hilo HI reports 4.18″ of rain.


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24 Responses to “Christmas Severe Weather Outbreak”

  1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Can’t remember any another Christmas with a ‘severe weather threat’. Strange indeed.

  2. GunLakeDeb says:

    I hope those folks don’t end up spending Christmas Day cowering in their basements/storm shelters…..

  3. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    I use to live down in Ozark, Alabama in the 90′s, we would have severe storms around Christmas just about every year. I was down there 7 years, tornado watches on christmas eve/day normal. Ozark was about 90 miles from the gulf. Most of the time after the first of the year, it would get cold, and stay cold for 2 months or so. It will be interesting after the first of the year, to see when the first outbreak of severe weather will be. Last year I believe, it started in Feb.

  4. Phat says:

    This is off topic, but I would like to know when we will see several inches of snow in a day or two span? I LOVE snow and want more snow! How about a blizzard????? I don’t want a green birthday again. Them suck! :(

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Maybe not till next winter! We are in a NO SNOW PATTERN!

      1. Stephen (North Muskegon says:

        You can’t even be taken seriously now your a joke. SNOW SNOW SNOW… NO SNOW!

        1. Scott (west olive) says:

          Bad thing is, Rocky could be right.

        2. fixxxer says:

          Rocky always does this. He forgot his meds.

  5. Nathan says:

    Ill be down there! :)

  6. Jay S. says:

    Down in Tybee Island, GA this week! Nice weather so far! Merry Christmas!

  7. fixxxer says:

    Odd weather indeed. I heard detroit is getting snow and were dry. ;)

  8. Jack says:

    CUE : Ray Charles – Winter Wonderland – YouTube
    ► 3:39► 3:39

  9. Brian(Grandville) says:

    I bought a snow globe to set the mood, since we can’t get any here in the bubble region.

  10. Mike says:

    2 runs ago, the NAM had us getting nearly a foot here in Berrien county…. now we’re down to less than 1 inch on the 00 UTC run thru 84 hrs. Un-flippin’ real!! :-(

  11. Bnoppe says:

    We postponed a trip to Frankenmuth because we fought snow was coming, I’ll wait for the GFS but the NAM was most aggressive now we may get 2 inches will this crap ever end

  12. Bnoppe says:

    Latest GFS shows the system tracking well south I’ll wait to see the morning AFD but I have a felling it won’t be what I want to see

  13. fixxxer says:

    Just enjoy xmas. Quit wating for snow. If we get it we get, if not then oh well. Apparently were in a pattern thats here to stay.

    1. Brad says:

      Oh, we’ll get some snow from time to time, and maybe even have an occasional “normal” winter, but this is the new normal until things get warmer. It’s no surprise that winter is retreating to higher latitudes. Most of Europe is at Canada’s latitude.

        1. Brad says:

          Poland is at roughly 52 degrees latitude…the same latitude as Canada well north of Lake Superior. Anyway, Merry Christmas, Bill!

        2. Bill Steffen says:

          It shows how cool we are in winter. The average temperature of the Earth is 58F. The average temperature of G.R. is 49F. So, despite the fact that we are closer to the Equator than the North Pole, we are still 9 degrees cooler than the world average. Merry Christmas, Brad.

  14. Brad says:

    Any word on a huge warm-up in early January? I’m seeing 60s and possible 70-degree readings.

    1. Bill Steffen says:’s been cold in Florida…a couple days with lows in the low 40s in Tampa…but, you’re right, it looks like Tamps is in the 60s and 70s for early January!

    2. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

      I was just going to make a comment, and ask if he was referring to Florida. Looks cool through the first week of January here.

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