Stronger Storms Continue To Slowly Move South-Southwestward Through The Area

| May 15, 2018 @ 7:31 pm

Strong thunderstorms located over portions of Walker, Blount, Jefferson, and Tuscaloosa counties continue to move to the south-southwest slowly around 10 MPH. Rainfall is finally coming to an end for the moment in Midfield and Fairfield, as parts of those communities are currently under water due to over 4 inches of radar-estimated rainfall that fell within a 90-minute time frame.

We do not have any severe thunderstorm warnings in effect for anyone in Central Alabama, but the Walker and Blount storms currently have Significant Weather Advisories on them.

Please take cover if these storms are headed in your direction, as there is plenty of cloud-to-ground lightning being produced. When thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the parent thunderstorm to be struck by lightning.

The good news is that the air over the northeastern parts of the area is becoming more stable, as rain-cooled air is over most of that part of the area. We still have higher instability values over the western parts of the area, so there is enough fuel for these storms to continue for a little while longer before we lose enough of the heat from the daytime hours for the instability and storms to dissipate. We’ll continue to keep you posted.

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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