LUCK OF THE DRAW

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Our previous post discussed being in the right place at the right time, and how difficult that can be. Sometimes, however, it can be as easy as showing up to work.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 storms were in the forecast. The same system that was responsible for spawning deadly tornadoes in Alabama was making its trek further East and taking aim on the Peach state. The lifting dynamic that storms needed to remain robust had lifted farther to the North, and the trailing cold front was left marching towards the Atlantic. Despite the lack of lifting and instability, wind shear was very pronounced along the leading edge of the front. Thus, the NWSSPC (National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center) gave a 5% tornado probability.

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11/30/2016 Tornado Probability Outlook

 

At roughly 1:44pm, an EF-1 tornado touched down near Mableton, GA. Thankfully it was a relatively weak tornado (Disclaimer: No tornado should be taken lightly) and no one was injured. However, a few businesses did receive some structural damage. Let’s take a look at some of the atmospheric parameters that were in play during this event.

CAPE (Instability was the limiting factor of this event)
CAPE (Instability was the limiting factor of this event)
Wind shear was ramping up ahead of the front as the tornado formed.
Wind shear was ramping up ahead of the front as the tornado formed.
Very low cloud bases were a prominent players in the formation of this tornado.
Very low cloud bases were prominent players in the formation of this tornado.

 

 

 

 

Elevated Significant Tornado Parameters were elevated at the time the tornado formed.
Significant Tornado Parameters were elevated at the time the tornado formed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The irony of this whole event plays off of our previous post. Sometimes we drive thousands of miles to see rain shafts, when the most elusive weather event unfolds in the parking lot of a local business less than 30 miles away. Another fun fact: The RAMBO was directly hit by this tornado before it was even ready for its maiden voyage. We think this is a good sign for next season!

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  1. Nancy Prochaska

    Amazing! – Thank goodness nothing more severe came from this storm!

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