LIVE Weather Blog – Oct. 13th

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Live updates through Saturday night as severe weather moves through the area.

Joe Pennington October 13, 201211:14 pm

OG&E reporting power outages: Fort Smith-93, Mulberry-51. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201211:10 pm

Severe weather done for all of NW Arkansas. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:55 pm

If you are in the Mulberry Mountain area at the festival, the worst looks to be over other than the heavy rains. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:55 pm

If you are in the Mulberry Mountain area at the festival, the worst looks to be over other than the heavy rains. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:48 pm

National Weather Service in Tulsa cancels Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crawford, Franklin, Sebastian [AR] -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:44 pm

Head Up Booneville! Some rotation risk. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:39 pm

High winds detected by radar South of Greenwood/Washburn area moving toward Booneville. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:37 pm

The National Weather Service continues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Franklin, Sebastian [AR] and Le Flore [OK] till 10:45 PM -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:35 pm

Franklin county still under Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 11:15. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:34 pm

A broad circulation passing over Mansfield now. Winds about 60. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:29 pm

Bentonville, the severe weather is over for you now. Some rain will continue and occasional thunder. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:24 pm

We are watching a possible spin up developing west of Waldron at this time. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:22 pm

1,700 without power in Benton County at this time. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:20 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Choctaw, Pushmataha counties till 11:15 PM -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:16 pm

Franklin County Emergency Management reports that a Firefighter near Crawford/Franklin line reporting gusts of around 50 MPH. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:15 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crawford, Franklin, Sebastian [AR] till 11:15 PM -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:12 pm

Final Score: Razorbacks 49, Kentucky 7. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:11 pm

The National Weather Service expires Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Benton, Madison, Washington counties. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:08 pm

Razorback game has been called due to weather. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:06 pm

Over 500 without power in Benton County. 61 mile per hour winds in the area. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 201210:04 pm

We are live on KFSM and KNWA covering the ongoing severe weather. – Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:58 pm

10PM news starts in moments on TV5. Weather coverage on both stations. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:57 pm

Showing live video from Fayetteville now. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:55 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Haskell, Le Flore, Sequoyah counties till 11:00 PM -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:54 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Carroll, Madison, Washington [AR] till 11:00 PM – Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:53 pm

Spotter reports power lines down in Talihina. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:52 pm

NWS radar indicates damaging wind potential approaching Heavener and Hodgen – Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:52 pm

Emergency Manager Michael Davidson reports power outages Whitesboro area of south Le Flore County. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:48 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Choctaw, Le Flore, Pushmataha [OK] till 10:30 PM CDT -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:48 pm

High winds on radar in the Fanshawe area and to the NE. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:46 pm

Winds in the entire area could reach 50-60 mph. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:44 pm

NWS Tulsa issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Franklin, Sebastian [AR] and Le Flore [OK] till 10:45 PM CDT -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:43 pm

Very likely damaging wind between Bentonville and Rogers now. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:42 pm

Heavy rain falling in downtown Fort Smith here at the station. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:37 pm

Just had an viewer report of 50-65 mph in Highfill as the storm passed thru. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:36 pm

National Weather Service in Tulsa issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crawford, Franklin, Sebastian, Washington [AR] and Sequoyah [OK] till 10:15 PM CDT – Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:35 pm

Radar showing winds increasing in northern LeFlore Co. NW of Pocola and SW of FSM -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:33 pm

The highest wind areas are from Highfill to Lincoln and moving toward Fayetteville. These winds can produce tornado like damage. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:31 pm

The SKYWARN spotters are watching the weather in the field closely. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:29 pm

The most significant rotation on radar is near Siloam Springs. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:23 pm

We are watching an intense line of storms that will produce wind damage and possible brief tornadoes. Watching the Siloam Springs area closely. Reynolds stadium is in the path of this storm. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:20 pm

We are going to be live on KFSM TV5 as well as KXNW 34 in a moment as severe weather moves in to our neighborhood. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:16 pm

There are fairly strong indications of damaging wind now in SE Latimer Co. .. west of Talihina. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:12 pm

A bowing line segment in Latimer and Pushmataha counties will enter northern Le Flore Co. in about 25 min and into the Fort Smith area in about an hour. Wind damage is likely and a spinup is possible. – Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:09 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Benton, Madison, Washington and Adair counties till 10:15 PM CDT -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:09 pm

Severe storms coming into NW AR ahead of the Adair County storm activity… small circulations are noted along the line and wind damage is possible along the tracks of these features ….this will include Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:05 pm

A new Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha counties till 9:45 PM. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:04 pm

The low-level winds have increased now across the region ahead of the storms… continuing to increase the low-level wind shear, which can spin up tornadoes. – Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:03 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, Sequoyah till 10:00 PM CDT -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:02 pm

The storms tonight are going to move in fast and hard in the River Valley / Fort Smith area. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20129:00 pm

The latest information from the Tulsa National Weather Service is calling for an increased risk of squall-line based tornadoes. -Dave

Joe Pennington October 13, 20128:38 pm

Getting ready for the 9pm news on KXNW. We will do extended weather coverage. Looks like we will do extended weather coverage on KFSM starting at 10PM

Garrett Lewis October 13, 20128:27 pm

Cell in Atoka has shown signs of trying to turn supercellular but atmos is dominated by shear so a more linear structure is more likely with time.

Joe Pennington October 13, 20128:07 pm

8:00 PM update: Keeping a close eye on a storm near McAlester. This storm is producing winds over 40 right now but is capable of up to 60mph. There are also signs of some rotation one the north side of the storm. We are keeping an eye on it as it moves toward eastern Oklahoma and the River Valley.

Garrett Lewis October 13, 20127:18 pm

Looking at the “precipitable water” parameter… basically if you take all the water mass in the atmos and bring it down to Earth how much is it?

Right now PW values are in the 1.90″ range! Which is very high. Expect extremely heavy rain with any storms.

Joe Pennington October 13, 20127:05 pm

7:00 PM update: Non-severe storms are moving through northwest Arkansas now. These storms will exit the area quickly.

The main line of severe storms is still hanging back in Oklahoma from Tulsa to Oklahoma City then into south-central Oklahoma. A 72 MPH gust was clocked at Vinita, OK at 6:42. The storms still look to arrive in the area after 8PM

Joe Pennington October 13, 20126:00 pm

Here is the list of counties under a TORNADO WATCH till midnight: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Madison, Sebastian, Washington and Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, Muskogee, Pushmataha, Sequoyah,

Joe Pennington October 13, 20125:56 pm

6:00 PM update: A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for most of the area. Like we were talking about earlier, there is enough low level spin in the atmosphere to see some isolated tornadoes.

These spin-up tornadoes are usually very brief and occur on the leading lead of the stronger storms. We will be keeping a very close eye on this as the storms push into the area tonight.

Joe Pennington October 13, 20125:27 pm

5:30PM update: The line of storms ahead of the cold front now stretches from just west of Tulsa, through Oklahoma City and south into north Texas. Parts of the line will start to “bow” out, meaning there is a risk of damaging winds. However, there is enough low level wind shear that could lead to brief, “spin-up” tornadoes along the leading edge of the line. Looking at 8PM for the arrival of the storms in eastern OK.

Joe Pennington October 13, 20125:13 pm

5:00 PM update: We are watching a line of storm in central Oklahoma that are tracking our way. These storms are going to be moving into a favorable severe weather environment through the evening hours. Damaging winds will be the main threat with the storms but there is enough spin in the atmosphere for us to be concerned about an isolated tornado threat. More updates coming….-Joe



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