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Currently— March 23rd 2022

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The first Spring severe weather outbreak continued to roll through the southern United States on Tuesday. Tornado watches were issued across the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama throughout the morning and afternoon hours. 
Preliminary reports compiled by NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) report one tornado so far on Tuesday in Vicksburg, Mississippi, as well as nine damaging winds and four hail reports. These numbers will most likely increase as a line of severe thunderstorms with multiple tornado warnings cross into Alabama. 
On Tuesday, there were 23 preliminary tornado reports across Texas with one tornado spotted in Oklahoma. In Austin Texas, reporters caught a tornado on live television crossing the busy intersection of Interstate 35 and State Highway 45 during rush hour.
The official tornado count will not be released until the local National Weather Service (NWS) offices in impacted areas send crews out to survey the storm damage. These storm surveys can often take a few days after large tornado outbreaks.
NWS Norman
Our survey team is still looking at damage in Marshall County. Aside from the EF2 tornado track SW of Kingston, there were likely multiple tornadoes from near Kingston to near Wapanucka. We're not going to get all that sorted out today.
In addition to tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail, this storm system has brought a trail of flooding rains and blizzard conditions in its wake. Commuters in the Houston area had to deal with street flooding during the Tuesday morning rush hour.
On Tuesday evening, flood watches extend across parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and southeast Arkansas. Blizzard Warnings were issued in the Texas Panhandle, where 9.5 inches of snow was reported near Amarillo. 
The main area of low pressure driving this storm system is expected to lift northeastward into Ontario, Canada by Thursday. This will bring a wide swath of rain across the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. and southeastern Canada this week. 
The SPC has outlined two areas for the potential of severe thunderstorms on Thursday— southern Georgia northward into the eastern Carolinas and southern Virginia, as well as an area stretching from northeast Indiana into central Ohio. 
The primary threat on Wednesday will be pockets of damaging winds, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out across the risk areas. 
What you need to know, currently.
Guardian Environment
How Saharan dust clouds that turn skies orange also nourish nature
Remember the Mars-like Saharan dust we shared last week? Well, it could just help nourish the Earth.
The dust caught a ride on some strong winds and traveled across the Mediterranean, turning the air orange and coating surfaces across Europe. In Spain, the combination of dust-filled air and heavy rains led to what residents described as “raining mud”.  
That dust, while a nuisance to air quality, is actually rich in minerals and acts as a fertilizer, according to reporting from The Guardian. In fact, the dust can help to fight climate change. When Saharan dust lands in the Atlantic, it fertilizes microscopic phytoplankton, which in turn absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide.
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