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Showers and thunderstorms are trying to get their act together at mid-afternoon across Central Alabama. Small pulse storms are bubbling up in a environment of moderate instability and almost no wind shear. They rise up and fall back to earth just as quickly.
At 305 p.m. lightning was beginning near downtown Birmingham and over southern Walker County. Other lightning strikes have occurred in the past few minutes in the storm along the Jefferson/St. Clair County line near Argo.
The storms near downtown Birmingham and near West Jefferson appear to the best candidates to hold together right now.
These storms will continue to develop and push slowly west all afternoon and into the early evening.
The stronger storms will have gusty winds, heavy rain and deadly lightning.
Storms will continue to be rather scarce through Tuesday, with little hope for widespread relief from our growing drought. The outlook should improve from midweek into the weekend as we get more troughing over Alabama and the Southeast.
A strong thunderstorm developed near the Birmingham Airport before 2:30 and has been pulsing up and down as it has moved slowly southwestward.
At 415 p.m. it was affecting areas from Woodlawn and Irondale back to Cahaba Heights and Liberty Park then over to Inverness and Meadowbrook.
The lightning is not especially heavy, but it only takes one bolt. 1-2 inches of rain has fallen in areas between I-20 and I-459. An areal flood advisory has been issued for eastern Jefferson County, including places inside the green polygon.
Thunderstorms are strong over parts of Central Alabama this afternoon. The strongest ones can be found over Marion, Lamar and Fayette Counties.
Others are over Cullman and Walker Counties as well as Lauderdale and Colbert Counties of Northwest Alabama.
None of the storms are severe at this time, but there could be a couple of isolated warnings through the evening hours.
Any of the storms will be capable of producing dangerous lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds to 40 mph.
Everything is pushing generally to the south.
The storms will die out later this evening.
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Strong storms continue tonight across Central Alabama.
Storms are most intense along I-65 from Alabaster to Calera to Montevallo to Jemison to Thorsby.
The storms are slowly weakening but will continue for a couple of more hours.
Look for gusty winds, very heavy rains and deadly lightning.
…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CHILTON…SOUTHWESTERN SHELBY…
EASTERN BIBB AND WEST CENTRAL COOSA COUNTIES UNTIL 1130 PM CDT…
AT 1102 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG THUNDERSTORMS
ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HELENA TO NEAR
CLANTON. MOVEMENT WAS SOUTH SOUTHWEST AT 20 MPH.
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO…CHILTON COUNTY MOTOR SPORTS PARK…
BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS PARK…HIGGINS FERRY PARK…POOLES CROSSROADS…
ASHBY…MITCHELL LAKE…LAY LAKE DAM AND MAYLENE.
It has been a stormy night across the eastern half of Alabama tonight, with widespread thunderstorms along and south of I-59 and east of I-65.
The big hot ridge of high pressure that has been dominating much of the United States has shifted a little west tonight. This weakening over the eastern half of the state has allowed storms to form in the high instability left over after today’s hot temperatures in the upper 90s. Huntsville reached 100F. Birmingham topped out at 98F.
Low level lapse rates have been moderately strong tonight and there has been about 30 knots of speed shear that have allowed the storms to remain more organized that typical summertime pulse storms.
There are no warnings in effect right now. Earlier there were warnings over eastern Alabama. Trees and power lines were reported down along US-78 in Calhoun County ESE of Anniston.
At 10:30 p.m. the strongest storms are over Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Calhoun, Cherokee and northern Cleburne Counties. They are producing torrential rain, strong gusty winds, deadly lightning and some small hail. Be in a safe place if they are in the neighborhood.
Here is the radar, showing base reflectivity on the left and composite reflectivity on the right.
Over two inches of rain has fallen over eastern Coosa and southwestern Clay Counties. Areas southwest of Heflin also picked up around two inches. Be alert for some local flooding.
So far, the Birmingham area has avoided the storms, There is a small storm over southern Blount County that has had a hard time getting its act together. There is a small storm over Bessemer in southwestern Jefferson County.
The storms will persist over Central Alabama for a couple of more hours, but they are slowly weakening.
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The American Meteorological Society will hold a special community outreach event in Tuscaloosa this Sunday, July 17th from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa.
The panel, which will be moderated by our very own James Spann, will discuss lightning safety at outdoor events. The event is free, but you need to register here.
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So, I see Scott Martin’s midday post crowing about not having to water his garden today and I am envious. We squeezed out a meager 0.17 inches at my house in southern Jefferson County after things looked promising for awhile.
Here is how my conversation went with meteorologist Sheldon Kusselson this morning:
Sheldon: You have your best shot at the most widespread rain in Alabama coming today…then each day gets less through Thursday. With a slight increase over the weekend. So, to help any parched areas, today is the day.
Me: Wishing the boundary would drop a little south and put some rain on my lawn.
Sheldon: Can you maybe move your property a little north?