December Weather Summary

December of 2013 will be remembered for the massive ice storms that slammed the southern Great Plains through the Mississippi and western Ohio River Valleys to Great Lakes Region.  The first ice storm dropped 1/2″ to 1″ of freezing rain from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX through Paducah, KY and Evansville, IN, cutting power to hundreds of thousands.

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After a few weeks of relatively tranquil weather and even record-breaking warm temperatures on the East Coast of the U.S., the worst of the ice storms struck on December 21-23, this time over a much larger area from the southern Plains through the Great Lakes Region.  Southern Michigan through southern Ontario were some of the hardest hit areas, with 250,000 losing power for days in Toronto, making the December 2013 ice storm the worst to strike the Great Lakes since 1998.

Team Dominator covered the warm sector of this storm system, chasing tornadoes in northern Louisiana on December 21, actually observing the one tornado intercepted for only 3 seconds!  Here is the video from that storm chase, which shows very obviously how difficult the storm chasing conditions can be in “Dixie Alley” during winter –  15 tornadoes were reported on December 21, including 3 fatalities, sadly, with a majority of the reports straddling the Mississippi River from just south of Memphis to northeast Louisiana.

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