Alabama at Lunchtime

| May 6, 2009 @ 12:47 pm | 7 Replies

Everyone wants to know if the atmosphere is reloading for another round of severe weather this afternoon. I think there is a great possibility that it will. More about that in a second.

Right now there is action in South Central in East Alabama. Our line of storms has intensified again…it extends from…
…Randolph County through Coosa County into Elmore, southern Autauga, northern Lowndes, southern Dallas and Wilcox Counties.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for Autauga, northern Montgomery, Elmore, SE Coosa and Tallapoosa County.

The strongest storm were north of Prattville, Millbrook and Wetumpka. Other strong cells were north of Dadeville, near Wadley and near Wedowee.

Instabilities are high south of this line, and severe weather will continue to be a threat as the line sags southward.

Behind line number 1, a large area of clearing has developed from Walker, Cullman and Blount Counties southwestward through the Tuscaloosa area.

A large area of rain is over northern Mississippi. The difference in temperature between this rain cooled airmass and the warming airmass in between the two precipitation areas is setting up a boundary that will see storm development as we head through the afternoon.

You can already see it on radar as storms develop along the leading edge of the rain area over Mississippi. Intense storms extended from Vicksburg to Jackson…into the Philadelphia area.

It will be interesting to see if this activity continues to develop northeastward along the boundary all the way into West Central Alabama. Certainly, the storms northeast of Jackson are moving generally in the direction of West Central Alabama.

There is a concern that storms could again become severe this afternoon along and south of the boundary from Pickens through Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties back to the southeast.

A new severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for southern Mississippi into extreme Southwest Alabama.

The tornado watch continues for areas east of a line in Alabama from Eutaw to Huntsville. Here are the counties: Autauga, Bibb, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa and Tuscaloosa Counties.

The following counties have been added: Barbour, Bullock and Pike.

Storms should continue along the front edge of the rain area as it moves into Alabama. (EDIT: based on latest information… will shift the severe weather line a bit… )Those storms could become severe east of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Piedmont.

The entire northern two thirds of Mississippi is one giant flash flood warning. The large area of rain will move out of Mississippi and across Alabama this afternoon and evening. This will exacerbate the flooding situation.

A flash flood watch continues for Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties.

So…continue to keep up your vigilance across the entire state, but especially south of I-59 (EDIT from earlier post.)

We will keep you posted…


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  1. nuttyoak says:

    Is there a time frame that you could give for round number two? I am referring to the Chilton County area.

  2. PaulaW says:

    AISA state baseball playoffs at Patterson Field Montgomery under “weather delay” right now. Fields covered, fans out of bleachers. Fifteen minutes ago when I talked to someone there, it was very windy but not raining – yet.

  3. Mark Morris says:

    I can definatley see where Bill is coming from on this update. Here at Lay Lake just outside of Childersburg the sun has broke through and has really heated up in the last hour. Temp now getting close to 80%.. Just a couple of hours ago after line 1 came through the temp fell to around 66 here.. so I don’t think we are out of the woods yet..

  4. Amy says:

    Yeah, it’s raining a little here in downtown Montgomery right now, but the weather isn’t too bad yet. Very windy, some lightning and thunder, but nothing major.

  5. an English teacher says:

    Doesn’t what you are saying here contradict what James said a little earlier? He seemed to think we in the Bham area were mostly out of the woods for severe weather, that it would be farther south.

  6. Melba says:

    Here is a list of the schools slated to close early today

    Published: May 6, 2009

    The following schools will be closing early due to severe weather:

    All schools in the Pell City School system will be dismissing at 12:15 to due severe weather. Buses will be running.

    Cullman County Schools will be dismissing at 1 p.m.

    Sumiton Christian School will be dismissing at 12 p.m.

    Cullman City Schools will be closing at 1 p.m.

    St. Clair County Schools will be closing at 12:15 p.m.

    Shades Mountain Christian School closing at 1:15 p.m.

    Chilton Christian School closing at 1 p.m.

    Bibb County Schools closing at 1 p.m.

    Jasper City Schools will be closing at 12:30.

    Chilton County Schools closing at 1:00.

    New Hope Christian School closing at 1:00.

    Coosa County closing at 12:00.

    Walker County Schools closing at 12:15.

    Blount County Schools closing at 1 p.m.

  7. Patrick in Riverchase says:

    No sign of the line intensifying north at the moment. All significant storms for round 2 still remain south of Tuscaloosa. Predict a good soaking for the BHAM metro with maybe a little thunder mixed in. Shouldn’t be severe, but could be looking at some flash flooding in prone areas.

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