A Brief Check on Our Weather Just After 4:00 pm

| May 3, 2021 @ 4:08 pm

The threat of severe storms for the remainder of the day for nearly all of North Alabama and the extreme northwestern parts of Central Alabama has ended, while the threat continues for the rest of Central Alabama. If you are along and north of a line from Sulligent to Cullman to Fort Payne, the severe threat has ended, but a few scattered showers and storms will remain possible.

South of that line to a line stretching from Cuba to Jemison to Ranburne, the threat for strong to severe storms will continue from now through the rest of the afternoon and into the evening until around 7 pm tonight. South of that line, the threat will continue from now until around 10 pm tonight.

Strong to severe thunderstorms possible now into the evening hours across the threat areas mentioned above. Threats include damaging winds up to 60 mph and large hail. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

A Slight Risk for severe storms continue for nearly all of Central Alabama except for the extreme northern parts. A Marginal Risk continues for the northern parts of Central Alabama and for all of North Alabama.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues for Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Chambers, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties until 10 pm tonight.

Here is the text from the latest Mesoscale Discussion just issued by the SPC:

SUMMARY… The severe threat continues across the Severe Thunderstorm Watch area. Damaging gusts and large hail remain the primary threats

DISCUSSION… Several multicellular clusters and occasional transient supercells have developed and traversed the Severe Thunderstorm Watch areas over the past few hours. A couple instances of damaging gusts and marginally severe hail have been noted. Widespread 2000-3000 J/kg MLCAPE, driven primarily by deep low-level moisture, along with 30-40 kts of effective bulk shear will continue to support a couple damaging gusts or marginally severe hail through the afternoon. This threat is expected to continue until sunset, when thunderstorm coverage and intensity will likely be on the wane.

We’ll be with you until the threat passes.

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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