A Brief Check On Our Weather Situation At 3:45 AM

| April 14, 2019 @ 3:48 am

At 3:40 am, the broken line of strong to severe storms have reached the central parts of North/Central Alabama. A Tornado Warning is in effect for Bibb County until 4:15 am for a cell that has a radar confirmed tornado just southeast of Brent and is moving northeast at 40 MPH. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Cullman and Morgan counties until 4:15 am. That cluster is moving to the east at 30 MPH.

The activity is moving a little quicker as a whole to the east and could possibly be out of the area before the church services start later this morning.

Instability continues to slowly drop but is still high enough to maintain these storms as they move east. Bulk shear continues to be rather strong at 60-70 knots, and combine that with helicity values in the 300-600 m2/s2 range, which continues the threat of rotating updrafts. STP values are in the 1.0-2.5 range which is a little lower, but still high enough to keep us worried about the possibility of a significant tornado or two.

Central Alabama
A Tornado Watch continues for Bibb, Blount, Jefferson, Perry, Shelby, Walker, Winston until 5:00 am. A Tornado watch continues for Autauga, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Lowndes, Montgomery, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa until 9:00 am. A Tornado Watch has been extended in area to include Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Lee, Macon, Pike, Randolph, Russell until 9:00 am.

A Wind Advisory 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, Winston until 9:00 pm.

North Alabama
A Tornado Watch continues for Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan until 6:00 am. A Tornado Watch continues for DeKalb, Jackson until 9:00 am.

Unfortunately, the death toll has climbed to 5 in Mississippi from a strong tornado that struck the community of Hamilton in Monroe County. Entrapments and injuries are continuing to be reported. We’ll have better information on that as we get more into the morning.

Category: Alabama's Weather, ALL POSTS, Severe Weather

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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.

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