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Category: Severe Weather

Isolated Strong Storms Could Become Severe

| 5:33 pm March 26, 2015

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Strong storms are occurring this afternoon over Central Alabama from Bibb County southwestward to near Demopolis and Uniontown.

They are moving northeast at 35 mph and will affect Shelby County, starting around Montevallo then moving to near Alabaster and Calera.

The storms have copious lightning and heavy rain as well as some small hail and gusty winds. Hail to near 1 inch may be falling in a hail core crossing AL-5 just north of Centreville.

The stronger storms could become severe, especially the Bibb-Shelby storm, but overall the threat is isolated. The SPC has included the area from Aliceville to Tuscaloosa to Hoover to Millerville to Montgomery and points southwest in the new marginal severe weather risk category. This is the old See Text category, which is for isolated severe weather threats.

Rain and Storms Pushing Through Central Alabama

| 2:29 pm March 10, 2015

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An area of rain and some thunderstorms has developed over southeastern Mississippi and West Alabama. It is moving northeast, tracking along and just south of I-59. The storms are located along the southern periphery of the precipitation area, drawing on slightly unstable air to the south where temperatures have soared into the 70s and 80s. CAPE values are running over 1,000 j/kg in the warmer air.

It is 82F at Montgomery this hour. The record high there is 86F for today.

The strongest storms are from west of Centreville to west of Marion to east of Linden in Marengo County. They are not severe, but could produce some strong wind gusts. Can’t rule out an isolated severe storm until the storms get into slightly cooler air up over Shelby County and points northeast, but the chance looks small.

The thunderstorm activity will track northeast, affecting mainly Bibb, Marion and Dallas Counties moving into Shelby, Chilton and Autauga Counties over the next hour. There could be some thunder over southern Jefferson County as well, south of I-459. Rain will impact areas along I-59 from the Tuscaloosa area on to the northeast through the Birmingham Metro.

Scroll down for James’ complete update on the forecast

Severe Weather Survey

| 4:25 pm February 26, 2015

WeatherBrains Panelist Rick Smith, who is the outstanding Warnings Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, has been working with a couple of very bright OU senior met students on their Capstone project, which involves learning how people process and respond to severe weather information.

They developed a quick survey and are collecting responses for the next week or so.

Please take a moment to participate in the survey.

And Now… A Tornado Watch!

| 5:51 pm February 25, 2015

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The low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico (1004 mb) is pushing a warm front into the Florida Panhandle. The SPC has issued a Tornado Watch for the Florida Big Bend area and extreme southern Georgia, including Panama City, Tallahassee and Valdosta. The tornado watch is shown in purple on the graphic.

Sorta reminiscent of the March 1993 Superstorm, just 30 millibars weaker!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Southern Sumter

| 7:30 pm February 1, 2015

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The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Sumter County for a storm that produced a 54 mph wind gust at the Meridian Naval Air Station at 7:10 p.m.

The storm may bring damaging winds to places like Cuba, York and Livingston.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 PM CST

* AT 727 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CUBA…AND MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
YORK…LIVINGSTON…KINTERBISH…THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA…
BLUFFPORT…COATOPA…DUG HILL AND WARD.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 8…

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Sumter and Greene Counties

| 7:03 pm February 1, 2015

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Strong radar indications of damaging winds in the bow echo crossing the Alabama border into Sumter County have prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for Sumter and for downstream Greene County tonight.

The storm is just east of Geiger and will move east northeast toward Gainesville, Union, Clinton and Knoxville. There have been several reports of damaging winds across Mississippi from this storm, mainly downed trees.

The storms will move into southern Tuscaloosa County, mainly remaining south of I-59, but should gradually weaken as it outruns its instability.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTH CENTRAL SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CST

* AT 658 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF GAINESVILLE…OR
18 MILES SOUTH OF ALICEVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
NEW WEST GREENE…WEST GREENE…UNION…MANTUA…KNOXVILLE…NEW
MOUNT HEBRON…PLEASANT RIDGE AND CLINTON.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 45 THROUGH 52…