Category: Severe Weather

Storms, Some Hail Over Northwest Alabama

Storms, Some Hail Over Northwest Alabama

| February 7, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

Heavy thunderstorms are over parts of Marion, Winston, Fayette and Lamar Counties at this hour. A good bit of lightning and very heavy rain is occurring. There are indications of decent size hail as well. Hail was reported a short time ago in Columbus MS from a storm that is moving into Lamar County. This […]

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An 8:30 a.m. Update on the Alabama Severe Weather Situation

An 8:30 a.m. Update on the Alabama Severe Weather Situation

| February 7, 2017 @ 8:39 am

There is a threat of severe weather across all of the state of Alabama today as strengthening low pressure lifts into the Great Lakes. That low is moving into Illinois this morning, with a cold front trailing through Oklahoma to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. In the upper atmosphere, a strong shortwave trough or upper level […]

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Focusing on This Week’s Severe Weather Threat

Focusing on This Week’s Severe Weather Threat

| February 5, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

We continue to monitor the threat of severe weather for Tuesday and Wednesday here in our Alabama. There are mixed signals about whether this will be a significant event or not. Showers and storms that form Monday night to the west of us will be edging toward Alabama Tuesday morning, reaching the northwest corner of […]

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Strong Storm Approaching Prattville, Millbrook and Wetumpka

Strong Storm Approaching Prattville, Millbrook and Wetumpka

| January 25, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

A strong storm has formed near Selma tonight, with heavy rain and lightning. It also contains gusty winds. Those winds could reach 30-40 mph. Winds at about 3500 feet are blowing at 45-55 knots, which is over 50 mph to near 65 mph. It is moving east northeast and will pass near Autaugaville, Prattville, Millbrook […]

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Updated: NWS Birmingham Damage Surveys From This Past Weekend’s Storms

Updated: NWS Birmingham Damage Surveys From This Past Weekend’s Storms

| January 24, 2017 @ 2:15 pm

This blog post will be updated as more survey results come in and are added to the public information statements… As of 12:03 AM Wednesday, January 25th, here is the latest information from the National Weather Service in Birmingham on the ongoing surveys of storm damage on the storm system that hit Central Alabama from […]

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Hurry!  Go Check Your Barometer!

Hurry! Go Check Your Barometer!

| January 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

After a cold Saturday and Saturday night that never saw the mercury go above freezing for much of the area, the ol’ thermometer is making slow but steady progress today. At the surface, the big blob of high pressure (top left panel) extends from a center over western Kentucky down into Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. […]

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Severe Weather Threat Over For Alabama; Wind and Showers Now the Story

Severe Weather Threat Over For Alabama; Wind and Showers Now the Story

| January 22, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

Barometers are on the rise and dewpoints are plummeting across Alabama as a compact and powerful low pressure moves northeast out of East Central Alabama. The barometer at the center of the low is measuring an eye-popping 29.12 inches or so. The barometer at Birmingham dropped to a near record 29.25 inches. The rain shield […]

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Significant Damage in Opelika From Possible Tornado

Significant Damage in Opelika From Possible Tornado

| January 22, 2017 @ 2:28 pm

There are amateur radio reports of lots of damage in the Pepperell Village area in Opelika from a possible tornado. Here is a radar image from about the time of the damage: Trees and utility poles, and various structural damage. House on 3rd Avenue in Opelika with roof and rafters completely blown off, including rafters/trusses. […]

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Update On Central Alabama’s Weather Situation At 2:20 PM.

Update On Central Alabama’s Weather Situation At 2:20 PM.

| January 22, 2017 @ 2:21 pm

The severe threat is starting to come to an end for most of Central Alabama at this time. The main focus for the next hour will be on the southeastern counties of the area, especially Lee, Tallapoosa, and Chambers counties. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect for those counties until 2:45 PM. Damage reports […]

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Another Set Of Counties Have Been Removed From The PDS Tornado Watch

Another Set Of Counties Have Been Removed From The PDS Tornado Watch

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

The National Weather Service has removed Elmore, Montgomery, and Pike counties from the PDS Tornado Watch. The PDS Tornado Watch continues for Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Coosa, Lee, Macon, Russell, and Tallapoosa counties until 7:00 PM CST.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Chambers, Lee, And Randolph Counties Until 245 PM CST

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Chambers, Lee, And Randolph Counties Until 245 PM CST

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:42 pm

At 228 PM CST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 7 miles southwest of Franklin to near Hamilton to near Upatoi, moving east at 65 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted […]

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New Tornado Warning for Northeastern Macon County Until 2:00 PM

New Tornado Warning for Northeastern Macon County Until 2:00 PM

| January 22, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

…THE TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHERN AUTAUGA COUNTY IS CANCELLED… The tornado threat has diminished and the Tornado Warning has been cancelled. However, large hail and damaging winds remain likely and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect for the area. A tornado watch remains in effect until 700 PM CST for east central Alabama. The […]

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