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COMET_CASE_027: COMET Case Study 027:Southern Louisiana Tornados

Summary

On 1-2 January 1999, southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana experienced a major tornado outbreak which featured 1 F3, 5 F2's, and 8 F0-F1's. While southern Louisiana's annual average for tornados is 13 (1950-1995), it hosted 12 tornados on 1-2 January. All of the tornados were indicated by WSR-88D radars in Lake Charles and Fort Polk, Louisiana. The average lead time was an impressive 24 minutes. There was one fatality in Texas, but, given the severity of the outbreak and the fact that it happened overnight, it is fortunate that there were not more people injured or killed

Objectives:

This case expands our coverage of severe weather to Texas and Louisiana, and allows study of a major severe weather outbreak along the Gulf Coast in January.

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Additional information

GCMD Name COMET > Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training
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Temporal coverage

Begin Date 1999-01-01 00:00:00
End Date 1999-01-02 23:59:59

Spatial coverage


Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 36.40, Minimum (South) Latitude: 27.50
Minimum (West) Longitude: -98.60, Maximum (East) Longitude: -84.50

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Parent project COMET: COMET Case Studies