2008 Tornadoes and severe storms

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Jan 7, 2008 States affected: WI/IL/MI/IN/MO/KS/OK/AR Historic tornado outbreak with 40 tornadoes reported as far north as WI and in IL,MO,AR and mabey OK. Springfield MO had 2-3 rounds of tornadic suppercells and there was damage in the city. There is 1 fatality reported. Many chasers were out on this day. Bart Comstock and Chris Wilburn witnessed a tornado south of Monett MO and get in on camera. The Monett tornado tracked 50+ miles to near Rolla MO. The Monett tornado when it hit Republic MO was rated EF2 at the time. Another tornado would form south of Republic and track over 2 entire counties. The Wheatland WI tornado was rated a EF3 tornado. The Kenosha WI tornado was rated a EF1 and injured 4 people. The Boone County and Mchenry County IL tornado which hit the chicago suburbs (I think north suburbs) was rated a EF3 tornado and was responsible for derailing a train with chemical hazourds. Atleast 5 injured from the tornado. This weather event was unusually intense and climatologically very rare. The National Weather Service has tornado records dating back to 1950. In this 58 year period of record, only one other tornado has ever been documented anywhere in north central or northeast Illinois in the month of January. That tornado occurred on January 25, 1950 at Momence in Kankakee County. It was rated F2 on the Fujita scale. It was a day similar to Monday with temperatures in the middle 60s. In fact, Chicago set the all time record high for the month of January, with a temperature of 67 degrees, on that date. Also a Bow Echo formed on the north end of this line of storms in IL and raced into MI/IN. The tornado warnings continued into the early morning hours. A total of 15 hours of tornado warnings and the next day there would be more tornados to the southeast of this area.

Jan 8, 2008 States affected: MO/MS/AL/others Conditions were not as favorable as the 7th but still around 8 tornadoes were reported. Also 1 fatality reported I think in MO. This year started off with a big bang for severe weather.

Jan 9, 2008 5 reports of severe winds in NY and 2 reports of hail I think in MO.

Jan 10, 2008 States affected: LA/MS/AL/TN/KY A line of severe storms formed from LA into KY and conditions became favorable for a tornado outbreak. 21 tornadoes were reported and atleast 6 people were injured. Tony Lubauch was out chasing and saw strong rotation and a wall cloud but no tornado. The terrain is not the best to chase in. This event occured 2 days after another outbreak hit around the same area. A EF1 tornado with winds 90-110 MPH also touched down in southern WA state and did alot of damage.Columbian: "Tornado causes damage to in Fruit Valley, Hazel Dell, Orchards" The Oregonian: "Tornado rips through Clark County, toppling trees, tearing roofs" KING-TV(NBC-Seattle): "Widespread Damage as Tornado hits southwest WA" This was the same area hit in 1972 by a F3 tornado that did alot of damage in Vancouver WA so this brings back memories to the people that live here. The Wiley area tornado in Tuscaloosa County AL has been rated E-F3. The maximum intensity of the Lamar Co./Vernon area tornado (no word yet on the MS-side of the track) is E-F2, though the survey is not yet complete. A E-F1 track was found in Pickens County, which I believe was in association with the same cell that produced the large hail, and wind damage near Macon MS. The NWS damage survey team from WFO Jackson reports that damage near Goodman in eastern Holmes County has been given a preliminary rating of EF3 with a maximum wind speed of 140 MPH and an approximate path width of 3/4 mile. In addition to major home and tree damage, three high tension power line poles were snapped off in the Goodman area. The storm that hit the Vernon area was the one that passed through Lowndes County, including the Caledonia area, before crossing into Lamar County AL. A tornado touched down in the Caledonia area doing some damage to a school and throwing or dropping a bus into a nearby building. (I do not think it is the school) That tornado was rated a EF3 on the enhanced Fujita Scale.

Feb 5, 2008: Severe storms from TX to OH/WV with 131 tornadoes reported. 524 total severe weather reports.

Feb 17, 2008: Severe storms from AL to NC. 49 reported tornadoes.

March 3, 2008: Texas to AL. 21 tornadoes reported.

March 7, 2008: 29 tornado reports for GA/FL.

March 14, 2008: Possible tornado damage in Atlanta to the GA Dome and to the CNN building. Lot's of damage in Atlanta.

March 15, 2008: 51 tornadoes from GA to NC.

March 30, 2008: 2-2.75" hail was reported with several storms in OK.

April 3, 2008: Tornadoes in AR with a tornado reported passing over the NWS in Little Rock.

April 10, 2008: 28 tornadoes reported mostly in IA.

April 28, 2008: 26 tornadoes reported mostly in VA. 1 report says 200 people were injured with the tornado that touched down near Lummis. It was also reported in downtown Suffolk, VA.

May 1, 2008: 29 tornadoes reported from OK to IA.

May 2, 2008: 67 tornadoes reported from TX to TN.

May 10, 2008: 85 tornadoes reported from OK/KS to GA/SC. 467 severe weather reports.

May 22, 2008: Tornadoes reported in CA/CO/KS/NE and WY. This is the Windsor CO tornado event. The Windsor county tornado was rated at EF3. With the conditions and the direction of the storm I was suprised such a strong tornado occured with the storm. Large hail also accompanied the storm. 48 tornadoes reported.

May 23, 2008: 63 tornadoes reported from WY to OK.

May 25, 2008: 560 severe weather reports including numerous reports of very large hail or very strong winds. 53 tornadoes reported from TX to WI. The hardest hit area was Parkersburg in North East Iowa. A portion of the town was hit by a strong violent EF5 tornado. Footage from a bank camera shows a house being destroyed. Workers and customers from the PizzaRanch took shelter in the bathroom and are lucky to be alive after the building took a hit from the tornado and took severe damage. The tornado also hit the Dunkard area as an EF4 if my memory is correct.

May 27, 2008: 71 tornadoes reported from WY to IA. This was the day of the infamous supercell that formed south of Omaha and traveled across southern and central Iowa spawning several tornadoes. It traveled all the way to central Iowa moving very slowly. It died out in Jasper County. Attica IA is hit by a EF2 tornado in the early morning hours of May, 28.

June 5, 2008: 35 tornadoes reported from TX to SD/IA.

June 7, 2008: 67 tornadoes reported mostly from IA to IL. Big day for IL.

June 11, 2008: 63 reported tornadoes from KS to MN. In western Iowa a boyscout camp was hit by an EF3 tornado killing several people.

July 20, 2008: Derecho Event. Dallas County Iowa had winds of 100 MPH reported and Moline IL had a 94 MPH wind gust reported.

August 4, 2008: A 94 and 96 MPH wind gust was reported north of Chicago associated with a big wind event in IL.

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