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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:34 PM

One of the most unusual weeks of January weather in U.S. history has drawn to a close

One of the most unusual weeks of January weather in U.S. history has drawn to a close, and residents of the Southeast are cleaning up after a ferocious 2-day outbreak of severe weather. NWS damage surveys have found that at 34 tornadoes touched down on January 29 - 30, making it the 4th largest January tornado outbreak since records began in 1950. With another ten preliminary tornadoes yet to be confirmed, the outbreak may move into 3rd place once all the damage surveys are done. Here are the largest January tornado outbreaks since 1950:

129 1/21 - 1/22 1999
50 1/7 - 1/8 2008
40 1/9 1/10 1975
34 1/29 - 1/30 2013

As wunderground's Angela Fritz wrote in her blog today, the powerful tornado that ripped through Adairsville, Georgia, northwest of Atlanta, at 11:19 am EST Thursday morning, killing one person, has been rated a high-end EF-3 with 160 mph winds. At least seven other tornadoes in the outbreak were EF-2s. Damaging winds reports for the 2-day period numbered 597, the highest 2-day January total since NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) began tabulating these in 2000. The severe weather outbreak was fueled an air mass that set many all-time January records for warmth and moisture, as detailed by our weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, in his latest post, A Wild Ride Weather-wise for the Eastern Half of the U.S. the past Four Days.

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2341

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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:31 PM

1. In Arlington va-

This week we went from 70 degrees to snowing in a little over 24 hours.
And YES I realize weather is not climate!, yah yah I know, but it felt strange opening all the windows in late January.

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