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Event Summary

During the afternoon of January 3rd, a strong upper level low was moving through the central Plains and a cold front began to move into the region. Across the Lower Mississippi River Valley, peak heating and upper 60s to low 70s dewpoints contributed to decent instability in the developing warm sector in advance of the front. Strong low level wind shear and winds aloft were in place, which made a favorable environment for tornadoes. This helped to support widespread thunderstorms along with a few supercell storms.

A long lived, persistent, storm tracked across the southeastern counties (Lawrence, Jefferson Davis, Covington, Jasper and Lauderdale County) and produced eight tornadoes. Considerable damage occurred in Jasper County, north of Rose Hill, and also near Mount Olive in Covington County and Meehan and Bailey in Lauderdale County. Severe storms moved out of the region by early Saturday evening. The front slowly moved to the east through the area through the evening of January 3rd.

In addition to the severe storms and tornadoes, widespread flooding occurred in southeast Mississippi where 3-5 inches of rain fell. Record amounts of moisture for the month of January were observed in the evening weather balloon sounding at the Jackson International Airport, where precipitable water value of 1.74 inches tied the record last set on January 3, 1973. This led to widespread heavy rainfall and flooding. Water covered some roads and water was entering homes near Bay Springs, with one road washed out nearby.

Tornado Track Map

Track Map

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Survey Information

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Location Start/
End Time
Event Type Fatalities/
Path Length Path Width
Lawrence County
S Oak Vale
2:05 PM EF-0 Tornado
70 mph
none 100 yards 50 yards
Covington County
5 NE Lone Star to 4 S Mount Olive
2:36 PM-
2:39 PM
EF-1 Tornado
90 mph
none 1.7 miles 50 yards
Covington County
4 S Mount Olive to 4 SSE Mount Olive
2:39 PM-
2:40 PM
EF-1 Tornado
110 mph
none 1.0 mile 100 yards
Jasper County
5 WSW Rose Hill to 6 N Rose Hill
3:04 PM
3:17 PM
EF-2 Tornado
130 mph
none 8.1 miles 200 yards
Newton and Lauderdale County
4 S Chunky to 3 WSW Nellieburg
3:24 PM
3:36 PM
EF-1 Tornado
110 mph
none 9.9 miles 100 yards
Lauderdale County
5 ENE Suqualena to 5 WSW Meridian Stations
3:48 PM
3:55 PM
EF-1 Tornado
110 mph
none 3.5 miles 50 yards
Lauderdale County
3 SE Lauderdale to 4 ESE Lauderdale
4:31 PM
4:35 PM
EF-1 Tornado
90 mph
none 2.7 miles 50 yards
Lowndes County
4 NNE Caledonia
4:53 PM
4:53 PM
EF-0 Tornado
70 mph
none 0.25 miles 50 yards



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Balloon Sounding

Tied previous record value for the month of January of 1.74 inches of precipitable water (PWAT), last set on 1/3/1973.

00Z 1/4/15 Sounding


Rainfall Totals

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