Preliminary Event Summary
June 11-12, 2004
A backdoor front moved across North and South Carolina Friday night and Saturday (June 11 into June 12). It is unusual for a cold front to make it well into South Carolina during the summer months. The result of this unusual weather pattern was a widespread line of severe thunderstorms producing mostly high wind, along with some large hail, and one report of a tornado. Mid and upper level flow was out of the NW which would favor the southeast movement of the surface cold front into the southeast states. A strong mid level disturbance moved from the lower Great lakes into the Mid Atlantic region Friday night. The air mass ahead of the cold front was very unstable. High temperatures on Friday reached into the lower 90s, with dew points around 70. The combination of low level convergence along the strong front, lift from the upper disturbance, and plentiful low level moisture and instability all resulted in deep convection across eastern North Carolina Friday night, June 11, 2004. The deep convection raced southeastward across the Newport County Warning Area (CWA) producing numerous bow shaped radar echoes indicative of high wind.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for the northern part of our area from 827 PM EDT to 11 PM EDT. The Newport/Morehead City NWS Office issued 2 Tornado Warnings and 15 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for our CWA.
Preliminary Local Storm Reports:
..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION...ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 1043 PM TORNADO FARMVILLE 35.59N 77.59W 06/11/2004 PITT NC PUBLIC PUBLIC REPORTED A TORNADO NEAR FARMVILLE WHICH KNOCKED DOWN SEVERAL TREES 1100 PM TSTM WND DMG SNOW HILL 35.45N 77.67W 06/11/2004 GREENE NC PUBLIC NUMEROUS LARGE LIMBS DOWN ACROSS PORTIONS OF SNOW HILL 1100 PM TSTM WND DMG JAMESVILLE 35.81N 76.90W 06/11/2004 MARTIN NC FIRE DEPT/RESCUE TREES DOWN IN RURAL PORTIONS OF JAMESVILLE 1100 PM TSTM WND DMG COLUMBIA 35.92N 76.25W 06/11/2004 TYRRELL NC PUBLIC LARGE LIMBS DOWN AROUND HWY 64 1130 PM TSTM WND GST 10 NE BATH 35.58N 76.69W 06/11/2004 65 MPH BEAUFORT NC PUBLIC PUBLIC REPORTED A THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST OF 65 MPH BETWEEN BATH AND BELHAVEN 1140 PM TSTM WND DMG 8 N KENANSVILLE 35.08N 77.97W 06/11/2004 DUPLIN NC COUNTY OFFICIAL 911 CENTER REPORTED TREES DOWN NORTH OF KENANSVILLE 1150 PM TSTM WND DMG PINK HILL 35.06N 77.74W 06/11/2004 LENOIR NC TRAINED SPOTTER SKYWARN REPORTS TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN IN PINK HILL. POSSIBLE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE SOUTH OF PINK HILL 1155 PM HAIL NEW BERN 35.12N 77.08W 06/11/2004 1.75 INCH CRAVEN NC COUNTY OFFICIAL 911 CENTER REPORTED GOLFBALL SIZE HAIL IN NEW BERN 1157 PM HAIL WARSAW 35.00N 78.09W 06/11/2004 1.00 INCH DUPLIN NC PUBLIC PUBLIC REPORTED QUARTER SIZE HAIL IN WARSAW 1157 PM HAIL RICHLANDS 34.90N 77.55W 06/11/2004 0.75 INCH ONSLOW NC PUBLIC PUBLIC REPORTED PENNY SIZE HAIL IN RICHLANDS 1200 AM TSTM WND DMG PLYMOUTH 35.86N 76.75W 06/12/2004 WASHINGTON NC COUNTY OFFICIAL TREE DOWN ON HIGHWAY 99 NEAR PLYMOUTH REPORTED BY 911 CENTER 1200 AM TSTM WND DMG ARAPAHOE 35.02N 76.83W 06/12/2004 PAMLICO NC COUNTY OFFICIAL POWER LINES DOWN IN ARAPAHOE REPORTED BY 911 CENTER 1205 AM TSTM WND DMG 4 S COLUMBIA 35.86N 76.25W 06/12/2004 TYRRELL NC PUBLIC LARGE LIMBS BLOW DOWN 1215 AM TSTM WND DMG ENGELHARD 35.49N 75.99W 06/12/2004 MAINLAND HYDE NC PUBLIC POWER LINES DOWN IN ENGELHARD 1238 AM TSTM WND GST OCRACOKE 35.10N 75.98W 06/12/2004 58 MPH OUTER BANKS HYDE NC TRAINED SPOTTER SPOTTER REPORTED A 58 MPH THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST IN OCRACOKE 0103 AM TSTM WND GST HATTERAS VILLAGE 35.22N 75.69W 06/12/2004 60 MPH OUTER BANKS DARE NC PUBLIC PUBLIC REPORTED WIND GUST OF 60 MPH