About 84 tornadoes were documented over a 15 h period between late afternoon on 5 February and early morning on 6 February 2008.
The tornadoes produced 57 fatalities.
A wide variety of parent storms were associated with the tornadoes.
A total of five EF-4 tornadoes occurred; two formed over Alabama during the early morning hours prior to sunrise.
There was a significant lull period between the initial storm activity and the early morning activity over Alabama 10 hours later.
A wide spectrum of storm types, ranging from isolated supercell storms to QLCS bow echoes, accompanied the tornadoes.
The goal of this paper it to provide a general description of the outbreak, including the distribution of tornadoes and supercell storms over the region, a detailed map of the tornado tracks, time series of tornadoes and parent storms, and general characteristics of all parent tornadic storms. The total number of major storms (duration > 3 h, at least three tornadoes produced) was seven. Several noteworthy storms are described:
A long track (198 km long) tornado and its parent storm over Arkansas.
A prolific supercell storm persisted for 7-8 hours and produced about 16 tornadoes from north-central Mississippi to southern KY.
The northern part of the QLCS was relatively intense and produced 16 tornadoes over Kentucky.