Tornadoes injure five in ArkansasDecember 21st, 2013 at 8:27 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
A rare MODERATE RISK of severe thunderstorms Saturday from the Ohio River down to Louisiana. Today, t-storms are possible from the Gulf Coast to southern New England. Five people were injured in tornadoes in Arkansas Sat. PM. This is pretty unusual on the Winter Solstice, the day with the lowest sun angle of the year. There is a strong upper level system combined with strong wind fields and a sharp temperature contrast between the very cold air over the snow cover of the Northern Plains and the warm, moist air coming off the still warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You can come back here to check on Tornado Watches that are in effect, Mesoscale Discussions and Severe Weather Reports. There was one tornado on Friday. UPDATE: At least three tornadoes were reported and over 100 reports of wind damage from W. Ohio to far SE Texas.
Also, more on the coming Arctic blast, centered on the Great Lakes. Pattern similar to 1994 when Grand Rapids had a record low temperature of -22F. NW Europe getting huge storm with very strong winds. Global sea ice 2nd highest ever in satellite era (since 1979).