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Monitoring the Risk of Severe Storms: Potential for Tornadoes & Damaging Winds

| April 2, 2024 @ 8:49 pm

The latest update indicates that a cluster of strong thunderstorms over west-central Alabama may intensify in the next hour or two, posing a risk of a few tornadoes and wind damage. Here are the key points:

• Areas Affected: Central Alabama into western Georgia.

• Concern: Tornado Watch 82 remains in effect.

• Timeframe: Valid from 9:43 PM to 10:45 PM local time.

• Summary: The severe weather threat continues for the mentioned watch area.

• Discussion: A cluster of thunderstorms that originated in southeast Mississippi has now moved into west-central and southwest Alabama. The air mass ahead of these storms is moistening, with dewpoints in the mid-60s now extending as far north as Birmingham. An intensifying southerly low-level jet is focusing across southern and central Alabama. Hodographs from various radar sites show large, looping shear profiles with significant storm-relative helicity values. While a deep warm layer from 0-4km has limited updraft strength so far, model guidance suggests this layer may cool somewhat in the next 1-2 hours, allowing for more robust convection. The HRRR and recent WoFS runs highlight the corridor from the current storms eastward to the south of Birmingham toward the western Atlanta suburbs as having a relatively greater threat for severe storms, including a few tornadoes, in the next few hours.

Residents in these areas should stay vigilant, monitor local weather updates, and follow any advisories or warnings.

The good news is that 5 Central Alabama counties, including Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, and Winston counties, have been removed from the Tornado Watch as the threat of severe storms has ended for those locations.

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

About the Author ()

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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