2006 Year in Review

 PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN

 ...2006 MID-SOUTH SIGNIFICANT WEATHER EVENTS: A YEAR IN REVIEW...

 THE BEGINNING OF 2006 STARTED OUT WITH ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
 AND TEMPERATURE VALUES. ALL FOUR CLIMATE REPORTING STATIONS ACROSS
 THE REGION RECORDED ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES.

 THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY STARTED OFF WARM WITH SEVERAL LOCATIONS ACROSS
 THE MID-SOUTH REACHING 70 DEGREES. THE WARM WEATHER WAS SHORT-LIVED
 AS TWO WINTER STORMS IMPACTED THE REGION WITHIN A WEEK OF EACH OTHER.
 THE FIRST WINTER STORM OCCURRED ON THE 10TH OF FEBRUARY. OF THE 56
 COUNTIES IN THE MEMPHIS COUNTY WARNING AREA...51 COUNTIES RECEIVED
 SNOWFALL. AMOUNTS RANGED FROM A DUSTING IN THE FAR SOUTHERN COUNTIES
 UP TO 5 INCHES ACROSS PARTS OF EASTERN ARKANSAS AND WESTERN
 TENNESSEE.

 THE SECOND WINTER STORM OCCURRED ONE WEEK LATER DURING THE MORNING
 AND AFTERNOON HOURS OF FEBRUARY 18TH. TWO TO THREE INCHES OF SLEET
 AND SNOW FELL...ALONG WITH AN EIGHTH OF AN INCH OF FREEZING RAIN
 ACROSS EXTREME NORTHEAST ARKANSAS...THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL...AND
 NORTHWEST TENNESSEE. FURTHER SOUTH OVER SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE AND
 NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI....ONE INCH OF SLEET AND SNOW FELL WITH UP TO A
 QUARTER INCH OF FREEZING RAIN OVER SOME LOCATIONS. ONE HALF TO ONE
 INCH OF SLEET ALONG WITH ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH OF FREEZING RAIN FELL
 OVER MUCH OF NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI. NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS WERE REPORTED
 IN MISSISSIPPI DUE TO THE ICY ROAD CONDITIONS.

 TRANSITIONING INTO SPRING... THE MID-SOUTH EXPERIENCED NUMEROUS
 SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS DURING THE MONTHS OF MARCH AND APRIL. THE
 FIRST TORNADO EVENT OCCURRED ON MARCH 9TH AND PRODUCED TWO TORNADOES
 IN THE MID-SOUTH. A TORNADO MOVED OUT OF WOODRUFF COUNTY TO THE WEST
 AND INTO WESTERN PORTIONS OF CROSS COUNTY. F0 TO F1 TORNADO DAMAGE
 WAS NOTED FROM THE WOODRUFF AND CROSS COUNTY LINE NORTHEAST ACROSS
 HIGHWAY 49...BETWEEN FAIR OAKS AND TILTON ARKANSAS. SEVERAL AREAS OF
 SNAPPED AND UPROOTED LARGE TREES...SNAPPED POWER POLES AND DOWNED
 POWERLINES. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED AT THE INTERSECTION
 OF COUNTY ROADS 128 AND 143. AT THIS LOCATION...A LARGE METAL
 STORAGE SHED WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED WITH ITS ROOF REMOVED AND SEVERAL
 LARGE STEEL CROSS BEAMS TWISTED. THE SURVEY TEAM RATED THIS AREA OF
 DAMAGE AS F2 ON THE FUJITA TORNADO INTENSITY SCALE.

 THE NEXT SEVERE WEATHER EVENT OCCURRED ON APRIL 2ND WHEN A MAJOR
 TORNADO OUTBREAK IMPACTED THE MID-SOUTH. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
 SERVICE IN MEMPHIS FOUND 9 DIFFERENT TORNADO TRACKS...INCLUDING FIVE
 F3 TORNADOES...THREE F1 TORNADOES...AND ONE F2 TORNADO. THERE WERE
 26 FATALITIES AND OVER 100 INJURIES...ALONG WITH OVER 155 MILLION
 DOLLARS IN DAMAGE WITH THE APRIL 2ND SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK. FOR
 FURTHER DETAILS OF THIS TORNADO OUTBREAK...PLEASE VISIT
 http://www.srh.noaa.gov/meg/events/april2006

 ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENTS OF 2006 WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF
 THE APRIL 2ND TORNADO OUTBREAK. AS THE TORNADIC SUPERCELL ENTERED
 THE CITY OF CARUTHERSVILLE MISSOURI FIRE CHIEF CHARLIE JONES ORDERED
 THE CITY`S SIRENS TO BE SOUNDED ON A REPEATED CYCLE TO INCREASE
 AWARENESS OF THE IMPENDING DANGER. IN ADDITION...JONES INCREASED THE
 SENSE OF URGENCY TO THE RESIDENTS OF CARUTHERSVILLE BY USING LOCAL
 FIRE COMMUNICATIONS TO DISSEMINATE THE WARNING. EIGHTEEN MINUTES
 AFTER THE TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED...A HALF TO THREE QUARTERS MILE
 WIDE F3 TORNADO STRUCK CARUTHERSVILLE. DUE TO THE TIMELY WARNINGS
 RELAYED BY CHIEF JONES...NO FATALITIES OCCURRED IN CARUTHERSVILLE.
 THIS TORNADO STRUCK ONLY NINE MONTHS AFTER THE COMMUNITY OF
 CARUTHERSVILLE WAS DECLARED STORM READY BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
 SERVICE. BECAUSE OF HIS COURAGEOUS  ACTIONS...CHARLIE JONES WAS
 PRESENTED WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM READY COMMUNITY
 HERO AWARD. THIS MARKS ONLY THE FOURTH TIME THAT STORM READY
 COMMUNITY HERO AWARD HAS BEEN PRESENTED. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE
 STORM READY PROGRAM...PLEASE VISIT http://www.stormready.noaa.gov

 APRIL CONTINUED TO BE AN ACTIVE MONTH FOR SEVERE WEATHER. SEVERAL
 REPORTS OF TORNADOES...STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...AND LARGE HAIL OCCURRED
 ON APRIL 7TH. ONE F2 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN HENDERSON COUNTY AND
 MOVED THROUGH THE YUMA COMMUNITY IN CARROLL COUNTY. FIVE INJURIES
 WERE REPORTED WITH THIS TORNADO.  ANOTHER TORNADO PRODUCED F1 DAMAGE
 IN SOUTHERN HENDERSON COUNTY NEAR THE SARDIS COMMUNITY. TWO F0
 TORNADO TRACKS WERE FOUND IN NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI AS WELL...ONE IN
 NORTHERN PONTOTOC COUNTY AND THE OTHER IN CHICKASAW COUNTY. BASEBALL
 SIZE HAIL FELL FROM GERMANTOWN TO FISHERVILLE...WITH SCATTERED
 REPORTS OF HAIL ESTIMATED UP TO THE SIZE OF SOFTBALLS IN THE
 WHITEVILLE AREA IN HARDEMAN COUNTY.

 THE LAST EVENT FOR APRIL OCCURRED ON THE EVENING OF THE 24TH WHEN
 TWO F1 TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN IN PARTS OF PEMISCOT COUNTY MISSOURI.
 THE FIRST TORNADO MOVED INTO CARUTHERSVILLE AND PRODUCED A DAMAGE
 TRACK ABOUT ONE HALF MILE SOUTH OF THE F3 DAMAGE FROM THE APRIL 2ND
 TORNADO. THE SECOND TORNADO STRUCK NEAR THE STEELE AREA AND MOVED
 ACROSS INTERSTATE 55 BEFORE DISSIPATING.

 THE MONTH OF MAY WAS FAIRLY QUIET ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH. TEMPERATURES
 THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH TOPPED OUT AT 90 DEGREES OR WARMER AT
 MOST LOCATIONS ACROSS THE AREA. THE WARMING TREND CONTINUED INTO THE
 MONTHS OF JUNE...JULY...AND AUGUST. ALL FOUR CLIMATE REPORTING
 STATIONS RECORDED TEMPERATURES OF 100 DEGREES OR GREATER AT SOME
 POINT DURING THE SUMMER. TEMPERATURE HIT 100 DEGREES IN JONESBORO
 TWICE DURING THE SUMMER. THE JACKSON AIRPORT RECORDED THREE DAYS OF
 100 DEGREE TEMPERATURES. AT THE MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...THE
 MERCURY HIT 100 DEGREES OR GREATER EIGHT TIMES. FINALLYTHE HOT SPOT
 ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH DURING THE SUMMER OF 2006 WAS TUPELO. DAYTIME
 HIGHS REACHED 100 OR GREATER TWENTY TIMES WITH A MAXIMUM OF 105
 DEGREES ON AUGUST 9TH.

 THE OTHER BIG STORIES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS WAS THE DROUGHT-LIKE
 CONDITIONS ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA AND THE LACK OF TROPICAL
 ACTIVITY. MOST LOCATIONS REPORTED DEFICITS IN RAINFALL DURING THE
 MONTHS OF JUNE...JULY...AND AUGUST. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY TRUE AT
 LOCATIONS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 40 AND ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHEAST
 MISSISSIPPI. THE ONLY AREAS THAT DID RECEIVE ANY RELIEF FROM THE
 HEAT WERE MAINLY CONFINED TO NORTHEAST ARKANSAS WHERE SUMMERTIME
 CONVECTION OCCURRED. ASIDE FROM THE HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS
 THE AREA...THE ONLY SEVERE WEATHER EVENT THAT HAPPENED DURING THE
 SUMMER WAS A TORNADO THAT TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF THE LAKELAND
 AREA IN EASTERN SHELBY COUNTY. THE TORNADO PRODUCED F1 DAMAGE MAINLY
 IN A RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION AND DID DAMAGE TO ABOUT 20 HOMES.

 SEPTEMBER BROUGHT COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND AN EARLY FALL
 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENT OCCURRED ON
 SEPTEMBER 22ND MAINLY OVER NORTHEAST ARKANSAS. A BRIEF F0 TORNADO
 OCCURRED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY AND PRODUCED MINOR TREE DAMAGE. FLASH
 FLOODING TOOK PLACE OVER PARTS OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS...THE MISSOURI
 BOOTHEEL...AND NORTHWEST TENNESSEE. UPWARDS OF 10 TO 15 INCHES OF
 RAIN FELL ACROSS THE AREA. MANY ROADS WERE FLOODED ALONG WITH
 BRIDGES WASHED OUT AND NUMEROUS HOMES AND BUSINESS SUSTAINED
 FLOODING. IN ADDITION...ANOTHER F0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN NORTH
 JACKSON IN MADISON COUNTY TENNESSEE. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN
 BRIEFLY IN THE RAMBLEWOOD SUBDIVISION AND DAMAGED ONLY TREES IN THE
 AREA.

 OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER WERE RELATIVELY QUIET FOR THE MOST PART. THERE
 WERE ONLY A FEW SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS THAT MAINLY PRODUCED STRAIGHT
 LINE WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. ON NOVEMBER 15TH...STRAIGHT LINE WINDS
 OVERTURNED FIVE TRACTOR TRAILERS ON INTERSTATE 40 IN ST FRANCIS
 COUNTY ARKANSAS.

 THE EARLY PART OF DECEMBER FEATURED COLDER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES.
 MANY LOCATIONS DIPPED DOWN INTO THE LOWER TEENS THE MORNING OF
 DECEMBER 8TH. IN FACT...SOME LOCATIONS EVEN HAD TEMPERATURES DROP
 DOWN INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS. TEMPERATURES REBOUNDED TOWARDS THE
 MIDDLE PART OF THE MONTH WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES REACHING 70 DEGREES
 ACROSS THE MID-SOUTH. THE LATTER PART OF THE MONTH FEATURED A PRETTY
 ACTIVE WEATHER PATTERN. MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS THE REGION FLIRTED
 WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS. HEAVY RAINS SPREAD ACROSS
 THE AREA DURING THE NIGHT OF THE 24TH AND THE MORNING OF THE 25TH.
 COLD AIR REALLY NEVER FILTERED INTO THE MID-SOUTH SO PRECIPITATION
 MAINLY FELL AS RAIN. THE ONLY EXCEPTION WAS ACROSS PARTS
 NORTHEASTERN ARKANSAS AND THE NORTHERN PART OF WEST TENNESSEE WHERE
 RAIN BRIEFLY WAS ABLE TO CHANGE OVER TO LIGHT SNOW.  DECEMBER ENDED
 RAIN SOAKED AS MUCH OF THE MIDSOUTH RECEIVED 1.5 TO 2.5 INCHES OF
 RAIN ON THE 30TH AND 31ST.