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Cold Is The Word

| 3:20 pm December 10, 2012

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FRIGID AIR MOVES INTO ALABAMA: Temperatures at 3:00 include 44 at Hamilton, 45 at Haleyville, Muscle Shoals, Courtland, and Russellville, and 48 at Cullman. Temperatures will fall rapidly into the 40s down to near I-20 during the next 90 minutes, and everybody will be in the cold air across Alabama late tonight.

Showers and storms continue south of a line from Wedowee to Marbury to Selma to Grove Hill; all severe weather watches and warnings have been cancelled, and the rain will exit the state tonight. We note there was a quick hitting EF-1 tornado in North Birmingham around 4:45 this morning… see the storm report below.

MID-WEEK: While the surface front has pushed through, the upper trough will stay west of Alabama tomorrow with a shallow layer of cold air over North Alabama. The persistent southwest flow aloft could keep clouds in place at times tomorrow; the day will be raw and cold with a high in the upper 40s after starting the day around freezing.

Some rain should push into Southeast Alabama Wednesday ahead of the upper trough; places like Dothan and Geneva will see rain, but we stay dry up this way. The low early Wednesday will be near freezing, followed by a high in the mid 50s. Thursday will be dry with a high in the upper 50s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday stays cool and dry with a high near 60, but clouds will increase Saturday ahead of the next storm system over the Plains states. The 12Z GFS shows a band of showers moving through mainly in the time period from 5 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday. Moisture will be pretty limited, and the latest guidance shows only light amounts. Then, cooler air arrives Sunday night into Monday as the high will drop back into the low to mid 50s.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: Always fun to look at the medium range charts in early December as we get ready for Christmas. The 12Z GFS shows a cold front moving through Dec 24 with a chance of showers, followed by the coldest air so far this season Christmas Day with a high only in the 30s. But, we all know this is pure speculation… I do think we will have one or two good cold shots over the latter half of the month, but way too early to know when, and how cold. See the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details.

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Tornado Watch Cancelled for 6 Counties

| 2:27 pm December 10, 2012

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 680 FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 6 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

AUTAUGA DALLAS ELMORE
LOWNDES MONTGOMERY

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

TALLAPOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…FORT DEPOSIT…
LOWNDESBORO…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…PRATTVILLE…
SELMA AND WETUMPKA.

TORNADO WATCH 680 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CHAMBERS LEE MACON
RUSSELL

IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…AUBURN…EUFAULA…LANETT…
OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…TROY…TUSKEGEE…
UNION SPRINGS AND VALLEY.



EF-1 Tornado Damage Identified By NWS

| 2:18 pm December 10, 2012

From an NWS survey team…

 

NWUS54 KBMX 102009
LSRBMX

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
209 PM CST MON DEC 10 2012

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0443 AM     TORNADO          2 WNW BIRMINGHAM        33.54N 86.84W
12/10/2012  F1               JEFFERSON          AL   NWS STORM SURVEY

            A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST NORTHWEST OF DOWNTOWN
            BIRMINGHAM, CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE METAL ROOF OF A
            BUILDING AND CAUSING THE OVERHEAD DOORS TO COLLAPSE. IT
            CONTINUED TO MOVE THROUGH A RESIDENTIAL AREA, CAUSING
            MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO 5 HOMES. THE TORNADO PATH WAS 1.05
            MILES LONG AND 250 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT. WIND
            SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 90 MPH.

Tornado Warning : Macon County until 230 PM

| 1:55 pm December 10, 2012

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A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is affecting parts of Macon County. The tornado was near the town of Franklin and was moving east towards the and along Interstate 85. The storm will stay north of Tuskegee. Very dangerous situation along the interstate.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 230 PM CST

* AT 152 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR FRANKLIN…OR NEAR MILSTEAD…AND MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TUSKEGEE…NOTASULGA…TUSKEGEE NATIONAL FOREST…UPHAPEE CREEK…
MOTON FIELD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AND I 85 REST AREA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 32 THROUGH 42…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.



Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Bullock/Lee/Macon/Tallapoosa

| 1:42 pm December 10, 2012

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN BULLOCK COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
WESTERN LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 245 PM CST

* AT 138 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
KENT TO MEADVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MILSTEAD…TUSKEGEE…NOTASULGA…UNION SPRINGS…AUBURN…
OPELIKA…VICTORYLAND AND SHORTER.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 22 THROUGH 66…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.



Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Elmore/Montgomery Counties til 2PM

| 1:13 pm December 10, 2012

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An intense band of thunderstorms is pushing east across the Montgomery metro. These storms impacting downtown Montgomery and Wetumpka. They are moving up the Interstate 85 corridor and are causing terrible travel conditions along this route. Continuing on this course, Tallassee, Tuskegee and Dadeville will be impacted soon.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 200 PM CST

* AT 110 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
BOYLSTON TO DAVENPORT…AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MONTGOMERY…WETUMPKA…TALLASSEE…BOB WOODRUFF LAKE…BOYLSTON…
MONTGOMERY ZOO…SNOWDOUN AND STRATA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 158 THROUGH 179…
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 16…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.



Tornado Watch Until 3 PM Extended Southeast

| 11:16 am December 10, 2012

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The Tornado Watch for Central Alabama until 3 PM has been extended further east and not includes the cities of Montgomery, Auburn, Phenix City, Alexander City, Opelika, Troy, Tuskegee, Wetumpka and Clio.

Ten Alabama counties were added to this watch they are: Montgomery, Elmore, Tallapoosa, Macon, Russell, Lee, Chambers, Pike, Barbour and Bullock.

The threat for severe weather still exist across southern sections of Alabama. Strong showers and thunderstorms continue across the state, Some thunderstorms are expected to reach severe limits as we head into the early afternoon. The greatest threat from these storm will be damaging winds, but isolated tornadoes are possible.



Tornado Watch Gets Trimmed Back

| 10:40 am December 10, 2012

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The Tornado Watch for Green, Hale and Sumter Counties has been cancelled. The Tornado Watch continues to remain in affect for Chilton, Dallas, Marengo, Autauga, Lowndes and Perry Counties. The Tornado Watch is valid until 3 PM Central Time. As the system continues to drop to the southeast, we can expect additional counties to be removed once the threat has diminished.