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The Atlanta Tornado
March 14, 2008
[ map of tornado track ]

Although conditions were less than optimum for tornadoes or severe thunderstorms, an isolated supercell developed just northwest of the city of Atlanta on the evening of March 14, 2008. This storm intensified as it moved into the city and produced a tornado that caused damage along a path 6 miles long that stretched from west of the World Congress Center to western DeKalb County south of Interstate 20. This storm struck at 938 pm EDT during an NCAA basketball game between the University of Alabama and Mississippi State University that was being played in the Georgia Dome. The tornado's path was just barely north of the Dome. Had this game not gone into overtime, thousands of attendees would have been in the streets headed for their vehicles or public transportation. The toll of dead and injured might have been much larger. This tornado was rated EF2 by a storm survey team from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, GA. Maximum winds were estimated to be 130 MPH.


Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity Imagery and animation ( click images to enlarge )
[ Radar reflectivity image as tornado was moving through downtown Atlanta. ]
Radar reflectivity image as tornado was moving through downtown Atlanta
[ Radar storm relative velocity image as tornado rolled across Atlanta. ]
Radar storm relative velocity image as tornado rolled across Atlanta.
[ animation of storm relative velocity imagery ]
Animation from 912 pm til 954 pm EDT

 

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