At least 5 tornadoes touch down during a severe weather outbreak along the Gulf Coast, U.S.

At least 5 tornadoes formed during severe weather outbreak along the Gulf Coast, U.S.

A severe weather outbreak hit the U.S. Gulf Coast on October 29, 2022, spawning at least 5 tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center received 10 tornado reports from Mississippi and Alabama.

3 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi’s Jackson County, each of them with maximum wind speeds between 160 and 175 km/h (100 – 110 mph).1

There were two documented weak tornadoes in Alabama, one in Theodore and one south of downtown Mobile, each with winds of 115 km/h (72 mph) or less. On Sunday, survey teams in Alabama, where several funnel clouds had been photographed or filmed, were still searching for debris.

Vancleave, Mississippi was hit by a tornado that had a path of 2 km (1.25 miles). It destroyed trees, a house, and several outbuildings.

A tornado that hit Moss Point had a path of about 4.5 km (2.8 miles). It ripped through trees before bouncing across a swamp and Interstate 10.

The tornado damage at Big Point park measured at 1.6 km (1 mile). The only damage reported was to several light poles.

The focus of active weather over the next couple of days will shift into the western U.S. as a rather potent cold front is forecast to move through the region, NWS forecaster Kong noted.2

A steady stream of moisture ahead of a wave of low pressure tracking along the front is already bringing moderate to locally heavy precipitation into the Pacific Northwest–with rain at low elevations and snow near the highest mountain peaks.

The cold front itself is forecast to penetrate well inland, reaching into the northern Rockies and down through the Great Basin by Wednesday morning, November 2.

The cold air behind the front will lower snow levels as the precipitation expands east through the Pacific Northwest today, and down into northern California and the Sierra Nevada on Tuesday.

Gusty winds are also expected to overspread much of the western U.S. with the passage of the front over the next couple of days.

References:

1 At least 5 tornadoes confirmed in Gulf Coast outbreak – AP – October 30, 2022

2 Short Range Forecast Discussion – NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD – 400 AM EDT Mon Oct 31 2022

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