Archive for January 2nd, 2017

A Final Update On Central Alabama’s Weather For Today

| January 2, 2017 @ 10:23 pm

Nearly all of the storms have pushed over into Georgia at this time, and the weather will be quiet for the overnight hours tonight and into tomorrow morning. Only a few pesky showers are left over down in the southeastern parts of the area near Auburn, Tuskegee, and Eufaula. A few more showers are located in Marion and Winston counties. The isolated cells are moving to the northeast, the the showers as a group are moving slowly to the east.

After a strong storm system with multiple waves moved through Central Alabama during the day, only one storm was able to start rotating enough to produce a tornado. A possible tornado touched down in Northeastern Pike County and traveled into Western Bullock County before weakening and lifting. A storm survey team from NWS Birmingham is expected to examine the damage during the day on Tuesday.

We do have some sad news to report with tonight’s storms. Four people lost their lives from a possible tornado in a single structure in the Rehobeth area of Houston County. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved.

Rain reports from around the state show an impressive amount of rain fell mostly in the southern 2/3rds of the state, with lesser amounts to the north. Here is a list of rain amounts as of 6:00 PM.

  • Anniston 2.10 in
  • Auburn 2.95 in
  • Birmingham Intl 1.43 in
  • Brookley Field 4.44 in
  • Calera 2.12 in
  • Decatur 0.33 in
  • Dothan 1.04 in
  • Evergreen 3.11 in
  • Huntsville 0.27 in
  • Mobile 3.59 in
  • Montgomery 3.83 in
  • Muscle Shoals 0.73 in
  • Troy 5.08 in
  • Tuscaloosa 2.88 in

Rain totals will surely be higher when the official tally come in to the NWS later tonight. We’ll have those totals for you tomorrow on the blog. Most of these totals will make a nice dent into our drought deficits.

Flood Warning For Catoma Creek In Montgomery County

| January 2, 2017 @ 8:34 pm

The National Weather Service in Birmingham AL has issued a Flood Warning for the following rivers in Alabama…

Catoma Creek near U.S. 331 Highway Bridge affecting Montgomery County.

Heavy rainfall Monday afternoon and evening has resulted in sharp water rises along the Catoma Creek, and a flood warning is now in effect for the Catoma Creek at Montgomery. Just over 4 inches of rain has been recorded so far at the Montgomery airport.

Do not drive cars through flooded areas. Turn Around…Don’t Drown.

Flash Flood Warning Extended For Parts Of Barbour And Russell Counties

| January 2, 2017 @ 7:51 pm

National Weather Service Birmingham AL
     748 PM CST MON JAN 2 2017
     The National Weather Service in Birmingham has extended the

* Flash Flood Warning for…
     Russell County in southeastern Alabama…
     Barbour County in southeastern Alabama…

* Until 1100 PM CST

* At 748 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the warned
     area. Flash flooding is already occurring.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
     Columbus, Phenix City, Eufaula, Clio, Hurtsboro, Clayton,
     Louisville, Texasville, Ladonia, White Oak, Uchee, Osco, Doster,
     Barbour County Public Lake Dam, Spring Hill, Lakepoint Resort State
     Park, Tyler Crossroads, Gaino, Boot Hill and Comer.

Wind Advisory Issued For Counties In Eastern Alabama Until 11:00 PM

| January 2, 2017 @ 7:36 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until 11:00 PM CST for Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, St. Clair, Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Coosa, Tallapoosa, and Chambers counties.

Timing of the strongest winds will be on the backside of the rain shield through 11:00 PM. Winds of 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 40 MPH are possible, especially in the higher terrain. Impacts from the strong winds could break large limbs and cause travel issues for larger vehicles.

Severe Weather Risks Has Dropped Considerably & Confined To East Alabama

| January 2, 2017 @ 7:23 pm

I believe we can sound an all clear now, as the severe weather threat for Central Alabama has come to an end. As matter of fact, rain has come to an end for most of western Alabama. A wake low has formed, so you may experience some strong, gusty winds on the backside of the rain mass as it passes by. The only warnings in effect in for Central Alabama are Flash Flood Warnings in the southeastern parts of the area.

The atmosphere has been worked over pretty well across the area, and so the risk for any severe development through the remainder of the night for Central Alabama is very, very slim. There still could be an isolated strong storm or two, but this has really translated into a flash flooding event.

I’ll have a post later tonight with rainfall totals across the area. I have seen readings already in the 4-5 inch range, but I’m sure that there will be some even higher.

Flash Flood Warning Extended For Parts Of Elmore, Macon, Montgomery, And Tallapoosa Counties

| January 2, 2017 @ 6:02 pm

National Weather Service Birmingham AL
     748 PM CST MON JAN 2 2017
     The National Weather Service in Birmingham has extended the

* Flash Flood Warning for…
     Macon County in southeastern Alabama…
     Elmore County in east central Alabama…
     Northeastern Montgomery County in south central Alabama…
     Southwestern Tallapoosa County in east central Alabama…

* Until 1100 PM CST

* At 747 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the warned
     area. Flash flooding is already occurring.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
     Northern Montgomery, Prattville, Millbrook, Tuskegee, Wetumpka,
     Tallassee, Notasulga, Milstead, Elmore, Coosada, Deatsville,
     Eclectic, Shorter, Franklin, Emerald Mountain, Kowaliga Bridge,
     Jordan Lake, Boylston, Waugh and Lagoon Park.


Flash Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of Elmore, Macon, Montgomery, And Tallapoosa Counties

Jan 2nd @ 6:02 pm


The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
     Macon County in southeastern Alabama…
     Elmore County in east central Alabama…
     Northeastern Montgomery County in south central Alabama…
     Southwestern Tallapoosa County in east central Alabama…

* Until 900 PM CST

* At 558 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
     heavy rain across the warned area. Flash flooding is expected to
     begin shortly.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
     Northern Montgomery, Prattville, Millbrook, Tuskegee, Wetumpka,
     Tallassee, Notasulga, Milstead, Elmore, Coosada, Deatsville,
     Eclectic, Shorter, Franklin, Emerald Mountain, Kowaliga Bridge,
     Jordan Lake, Boylston, Waugh and Lagoon Park.
     Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the
     warned area.

Flash Flood Warning For Russell And Barbour Counties Until 9:00 PM CST

| January 2, 2017 @ 5:58 pm

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…
Russell County in southeastern Alabama…
Barbour County in southeastern Alabama…

* Until 900 PM CST

* At 555 PM CST, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing
heavy rain across the warned area. Flash flooding is expected to
begin shortly.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include…
Columbus, Phenix City, Eufaula, Clio, Hurtsboro, Clayton,
Louisville, Texasville, Ladonia, White Oak, Uchee, Osco, Doster,
Barbour County Public Lake Dam, Spring Hill, Lakepoint Resort State
Park, Tyler Crossroads, Gaino, Boot Hill and Comer.

Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the
warned area.

Central Alabama Weather Update At 5:45 PM

| January 2, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

From NWS Birmingham:

A moderate threat for severe weather continues in the extreme southeastern counties, coincident with the current tornado watch. Over the next several hours, the warm front should seemingly reset further south thanks to all of the convective contamination. The threat should slowly diminish as the current cells exit into Georgia, allowing for the cancellation of the current watch.

The bigger question is what to do with the overnight threat. The widespread convection has certainly rain-cooled the entire threat area, and it is looking like it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible to rebound enough to keep the current forecast in place. The wildcard of the substantial LLJ that is expected to develop just before midnight has me a bit concerned. But, most other evidence just doesn’t hold up, especially a rebound of surface instability. There could be a few elevated storms that develop around 10pm through midnight, but at this point will opt to remove all mention of a threat after 6pm. Will keep a close eye on the trends over the next several hours to see if any threat can redevelop. Stay tuned.