Storm Events Database

Event Details:

Event Thunderstorm Wind
Magnitude 55 kts.
Report Source Public
NCEI Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-02-05 22:52:00.0 CST-6
Begin Lat/Lon 31.8245/-91.8158
End Date 2008-02-05 22:52:00.0 CST-6
End Lat/Lon 31.8245/-91.8158
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative An outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes occurred on Super Tuesday February 5th 2008. The worst tornadoes and majority of the severe weather occurred to the north of our service area. However, our region did receive quite of a bit of weather with several weak tornadoes, large hail, and wind damage. The worst storm in the Jackson, MS service area was a supercell thunderstorm which tracked across southeast Arkansas and northwest Mississippi. This storm produced several weak tornadoes, but will be know for the very large hail and damage it produced. Hail between baseball and softball size occurred during some of its life with golf ball size occurring throughout its life. Dozens of vehicles were damaged along the path from the very large hail.
The day was setup by near record high temperatures and a very moist and unstable atmosphere. A potent low pressure system and cold front developed over North Texas early Tuesday. As the area of low pressure deepened and tracked northeast across Central Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas the combination of unstable air and strong wind shear lead to a tornado and severe weather outbreak across the Southeast US. This was just the first round of severe storms to impact the region. A line of storms developed along a pre-frontal trough early Tuesday evening and quickly moved east across the area through early Wednesday morning bringing with it damaging winds and hail.
This outbreak of severe storms produced a little over 80 tornadoes which were responsible for 56 fatalities and hundreds of injuries across about 9 states. Of those 80 plus tornadoes, 5 were rated EF3 and 5 more rated EF4. The longest tornado occurred in north-central Arkansas and was on the ground for 123 miles and was rated and EF4. This was the longest single tornado track recorded in Arkansas since detailed reporting began in 1950.
Event Narrative Several trees were blown down just north of Harrisonburg.


Event Map:

All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 37.00K 0.00K
STEVENSON MOREHOUSE PAR. LA 02/05/2008 15:00 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BASKIN FRANKLIN PAR. LA 02/05/2008 21:56 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 58 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
TRANSYLVANIA ARPT EAST CARROLL PAR. LA 02/05/2008 22:45 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARRISONBURG CATAHOULA PAR. LA 02/05/2008 22:52 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALTERS CATAHOULA PAR. LA 02/05/2008 23:17 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
TRINITY CATAHOULA PAR. LA 02/05/2008 23:25 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 37.00K 0.00K