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Tornado Watch For West and Central AL

| 2:29 am November 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 887
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
225 AM CST WED NOV 16 2011

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

WESTERN AND CENTRAL ALABAMA
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
EASTERN AND SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING FROM 225 AM UNTIL 1000 AM CST.

TORNADOES…HAIL TO 0.5 INCH IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 55 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MC COMB
MISSISSIPPI TO 40 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION…SHORT BANDS/SMALL CLUSTERS OF SHOWERS/TSTMS EXPECTED TO
PERSIST OVER WW…IN STRONG…SLIGHTLY CONFLUENT LOW LVL SWLY FLOW
BENEATH AND JUST DOWNSTREAM FROM EJECTING UPR IMPULSE. SOME
STRENGTHENING OF THE LOW TO MID LVL WIND FIELD IS EXPECTED ACROSS AL
LATER THIS MORNING /WITH SPEEDS INCREASING TO AOA 50 KTS IN THE
850-700 MB LAYER/…ALONG WITH A MODEST INCREASE IN LOW LVL MOISTURE
AND POSSIBLY ASCENT. GIVEN DEGREE OF LOW LVL SHEAR…POTENTIAL WILL
EXIST FOR INTERMITTENT LOW LVL MESOCYCLONES AND POSSIBLE TORNADOES.

AVIATION…TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 0.5 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
400. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 22040.

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  1. Kevin says:

    so much for the low tornado threat :(

  2. John Talbot says:

    Huhhh?….tornado threat is still low. SPC more than likely issuing this just to air on the caution side. …but still respectable.

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