COMPLEX SETUP: There is a risk of severe weather statewide today as a large scale upper trough approaches from the west. A surface low will be near St. Louis this afternoon, and all of Alabama is in the “warm sector” of the system. While the synoptic scale pattern favors severe storms, the mesoscale features will determine what ultimately happens.
Thursday’s threat for strong to severe weather across North/Central Alabama is definitely still on the table, as we will have favorable dynamics, shear, lapse rates, and moisture in place.
SEVERE WEATHER SETUP: SPC maintains a “moderate” severe weather risk for the northwest corner of Alabama late tomorrow and tomorrow night, with an “enhanced” risk along and west of a line from Huntsville to Carbon Hill to Gordo. Places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden are in the standard “slight risk”. There is a “marginal” risk for East and Southeast Alabama.
In my short time as a meteorologist, this has been and will continue to be the most challenging forecast that I have worked on until this event comes to an end. There are a couple of outflow boundaries that are currently moving through parts of North/Central Alabama. The first boundary is located near Childersburg to […]
At 912 AM CDT, an interesting pressure feature was moving into western Alabama. This was from previous thunderstorms which since have dissipated.
Gusty Winds From An Outflow Boundary Approaching Lauderdale, Limestone, Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Morgan & Lawrence Counties
At 853 AM CDT, an eastward moving outflow boundary from decaying shower activity has resulted in gusty winds across portions of northwest Alabama. As this boundary pushes over the region, winds will increase into the 20 to 30 mph range with a few higher gusts.
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RADAR CHECK: As expected, we have a few widely scattered showers across Central Alabama this afternoon in the moist, unstable environment. Nothing too heavy or widespread.
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After a day that featured a very unstable airmass over the area this afternoon and into this evening, an upper low will move to the east during the overnight hours and will push a trough axis into North Alabama.
At 1143 PM CDT, strong thunderstorms were along a line extending from New Salem to near Lake Buttahatchee. Movement was southeast at 25 mph. Nickel size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.
At 1116 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over southern Tuscaloosa, moving east at 45 mph. Half inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm.
At 1042 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Fairview to 6 miles southeast of Moulton.
The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the area.
At 9:37 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 9 miles southeast of Cherokee, or 10 miles southwest of Tuscumbia, moving southeast at 15 mph.
Both the NWS offices in Huntsville and Birmingham are allowing the Severe Thunderstorm Watch to expire at 9:00PM as first issued.
At 851 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Logan Martin Lake to Bradford. Movement was northeast at 40 mph. Half inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.
At 842 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Glencoe, or 9 miles south of Hokes Bluff, moving northeast at 50 mph. Dime size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm.
The severe thunderstorm which prompted the warning has weakened.