Few Storms Today…Severe Storms on Friday! – Thursday Update 2:20pm
July 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Thursday afternoon to you! Much of central and west Alabama is quiet at this 2pm hour. A big complex of storms developed in east Mississippi this morning and has slowly moved south through the early afternoon hours. The storm complex has really robbed the engergy in the atmosphere across our area, so storms are hard to find for now. That being said, I still expect scattered storms to kick off this afternoon and evening across parts of central and west Alabama. Some spots will remain dry through sunset. Keep the rain gear handy incase a storm pops up over your area. Above is a radar check at 2:20pm, and you can clearly see the big mass of rain and storms to our southwest.
Check out the map above…This is the day 2 convective outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. They have issued a slight risk for much of central and west Alabama, with an enhanced 30% circle over much of our coverage area; this includes Demopolis to Greensboro to Tuscaloosa to Fayette and surrounding areas. A weak cold front will push into north Alabama on Friday. The lift ahead of the front will push into our area Friday afternoon and evening, when instability levels are forecast to be very high. The storms that develop ahead of the front will likely grow to strong or severe limits, so keep an eye out for any dangerous storms in your area. The storms have the potential to produce damaging winds and hail. Non-severe threats include frequent cloud to ground lightning. While lightning isn’t considered severe, it can be deadly. Go indoors when you hear thunder to reduce the risk of being struck by lightning.
The best chance of storms reaching severe limits on Friday will occur between lunch and 10pm Friday night. At this point, I don’t see a risk of tornadoes. Wind damage could be pretty widespread, and that can often do tornado like damage. If your area goes under a severe thunderstorm warning, go indoors and stay away from windows. It will not rain all day tomorrow, but storms will certainly be possible at any point, especially during the afternoon hours.
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