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Warm then a Wind Shift... Tornadoes Near New Orleans... Volunteer Weather Observers... New First Alert Weather iPad app

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Updated: 4/24/2013 10:56 pm

Thu. will mark the peak of our latest warming trend with afternoon temps. well into the 80s.  A weak cool front will move across the First Coast late Thu.-Thu. night shifting winds to the east/northeast Fri. which will drop temps., especially at the beachs.  Highs at the beaches will only reach the low 70s but will still make it close to 80 degrees well inland.  Metro Jax will have highs in the mid to upper 70s.  Rain will be limited with the front -- only isolated insignificant showers late Thu.-Fri.  It still looks like the best chance for more widespread significant rain will be late Sun. through Mon. & Tue.

This same storm system brough severe storms to Louisiana including 2 tornadoes in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner (near the Int'l Airport) -- an EF-1 & an EF-0.  Click ** here ** to see photos & video from WWLTV .  The picture below shows one of the tornadoes & was posted on FaceBook by "Zoidberg".  The damages surveys from the New Orleans N.W.S.:
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
631 PM CDT WED APR 24 2013

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1148 AM     TORNADO          2 NW KENNER             30.00N 90.27W
04/24/2013  F1               JEFFERSON          LA   NWS STORM SURVEY

            SURVEY CONFIRMED TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR WEST LOYOLA AND JOE YENNI. MOVED SSE CAUSING DAMAGE TO SEVERAL TREES AND MINOR TO MODERATE ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL RESIDENCES.  THE MAJORITY OF THE DAMAGE OCURRED BETWEEN THE 3800 AND 4100 BLOCKS OF WEST LOYOLA. IT LIFTED NEAR WEST LOYOLA AND VINTAGE. ESTIMATED WINDS 90MPH...0.75 MI LONG...50 YDS WIDE.

1200 PM     TORNADO          METAIRIE                30.00N 90.18W
04/24/2013  F0               JEFFERSON          LA   NWS STORM SURVEY

            SURVEY CONFIRMED TORNADO TOUCH DOWN NEAR INTERSECTION OF MEDOWDALE AND KENT...DOWNING A TREE ONTO A CAR. IT MOVED SE THROUGH THE INTERSECTION OF TRANSCONTINENTAL AND VETERANS SNAPPING A FEW SMALL TREES AND OVERTURNING A LARGE TRUCK. IT CONTINUED SE CAUSING DAMAGE TO MOSTLY TREES AND SOME MINOR ROOF DAMAGE BEFORE LIFTING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF N WOODLAWN AND W METAIRIE. ESTIMATED

            WINDS 75 MPH...2 MI LONG...75 YDS WIDE. TIME APPROXIMATE.

From "SciJinks":
Weather offers the perfect opportunity to become a citizen scientist. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network—CoCoRaHS for short—has thousands of volunteers across the country who take daily measurements of precipitation from their location. Read a summary of the program on SciJinks, then follow the link to the CoCoRaHS website to find out more and to join a nation-wide community of citizen meteorologists. Click ** here ** for more info.

Action News & the First Alert Weather Center have just released a new -- free -- iPad app.  For the moment the app is for iPad only.  I have it downloaded on my iPad, & I'll think you'll find it very handy & easy to use.  Info. includes the 7-day forecast, doppler radar right down to your neighborhood, current weather, weather alerts & my twitter feed (firstalerwx). Click ** here ** for FAQ's.  We still have our other free mobile app's available.

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