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Event Summary - 19 Dec 2012 Tornado and Severe Weather Event - updated 12:00 pm 12/21/2012

A storm system brought severe weather and a tornado to parts of Eastern Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas the evening of December 19th, 2012. As a dryline moved east into the area, it triggered thunderstorm development which quickly moved through the area mainly between 6pm and Midnight. A short lived (3 minutes) EF1 tornado moved over a 3 mile path in far Northeastern Sebastian county Arkansas.

Surface map showing dry line and cold front moving through the area
between 6pm and Midnight. (HPC)

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Radar image at around 946 pm

Radar detected rotation at around 946 pm

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Damage to Mobile home

Damage to Mobile home

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Product Timeline from WFO Tulsa

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