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9/17/04 NOW: NC/VA/DC

Chad Ringley

Figured I would post this since no one else has and I plan on spotting/chasing in the RAH Warning area today...

Extremely conducive setup for tornadoes and even supercell structures in NC/VA where low level flow remains backed, sfc dwps are approaching 77-80F, and winds at mid levels are veering to the SW with a 55kt speed max.

Two convective lines in NC/VA have several cells with rotation and a few have already produced tornadoes, namely in Madison, VA, where law enforcement has reported damage.

I'm sitting in the RDU area at my research lab (new grad student at NC State) and I'm going to try my hand at chasing on the East Coast today. Rain wrapped cells moving NNE at 35mph sounds like a GREAT chasing enviornment to me :shock:

SPC has upgraded to MDT and 15% tornado....and several of us grad students are going ot head out and spot/chase.
 
At 3:05 EDT, tornado warning for Ablemarle, and Spotsylvania counties, and City of Fredericksburg. As soon as it gets closer, I'm heading out, chasing in DC traffic is for the insane!
 
there all west of me right now, but later.. ummmmmm

I'm listening to Topper on ch. 9


Pat, your so right driving in DC traffic is insane, let alone chase!
 
4:40PM EDT Skywarn reports significant damage in Remington in Fauquier County. Tornado on the ground near Winchester by the intersection of I-81 and Rt. 7
 
At 4:56PM, EDT, Fire companies responding to building collapse near Winchester Regional Airport. A tornado had passed through minutes ago
 
Tried to make it to eastern NC/VA from Atlanta today, didn't make it thanks to Raleigh-Durham traffic. Bill Coyle and Jesse Bass are in eastern VA, at last contact they have seen some nice tilted updraft towers and mammatus, nothing tornadic yet. Losing daylight now in the east, looks like the night is far from over though.
 
Unconfirmed reports of a direct tornado strike on Dulles International airport, planes damaged....

[edit] Still no collaborating reports on this -- must assume this is a false report [/edit]
 
While I was out chasing, the operator at Sterling NWS reported visually sighting a multi vortex tornado and then signed off to take shelter.

Sterling (LWX) is adjacent to Dulles airport, so reports of damage may be true.

In Manassas, a row of 25 cars damaged in the street, and trees with trunks wider than 18" uprooted or broken in half.

I was stuck in traffic watching the rotation from the Sterling 'nader (Rt7&Rt28), saw dissipating condensation and strong rotation
 
Weather channel is reporting 55 reports of tornados in Va, Md.

I'm sure there's multiple reports of tornados , but still got to be the largest outbreak ever for this area.

Leesburg airport was hit by lightning and caught a couple hangers on fire
 
There were 12-15 seperate tornadoes while I was on the Sterling Skywarn net between 3:30 and 8:00

Yep, thats a lot for our area for sure!

Pat, you make out ok? No damage to your house or anything I hope
 

I want to thank you Mike for always having the crucial and most informative links posted whenever an event happens. I sure appreciate it and makes the searches so much easier for info. :)
 
Preliminary report of 50 :shock: tornadoes today from SPC across the mid-atlantic states. :shock: Pretty good outbreak, huh?
How often do hurricane remnants cause this many long-tracked supercells?
 
NWSFO LWX has rated four of the D.C. area tornadoes as of late afternoon on Saturday. These included an F3, two F2s and an F0; one of the F2s almost had a direct hit on the Forecast office (which I believe is at Dulles Int'l) itself: :shock:

THIS TORNADO PASSED WITHIN ONE HALF MILE OF
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN STERLING. THIS PROMPTED THE WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE STAFF ON DUTY TO SEEK SHELTER IN THE SAFE ROOM CONSTRUCTED IN THE OFFICE.
 
9/71/04 now: NC/VA/DC

The remnants of Hurricane Opal produced tornado damage about 2 miles south of the World Weather Building (where NCEP is located) shortly after dark a few years ago. An NCEP secretary lived just one block from the damage path and was interviewed on TV. I started calling her "tornado bait". :wink:

It will be interesting to compare the inland effects of Opal and Ivan.

Chuck
 
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