Storms Likely Today, Some Severe…Friday Morning Update 7:30am
July 20, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Friday morning to you! We’re watching some strong storms over much of north and east Alabama this morning. These storms are moving southeast, but an outflow boundary from these storms will help to kick off big storms this afternoon across west and central Alabama this afternoon. While a passing storm is possible at any time, the best chance of organized thunderstorms will happen around and after lunch. As the atmosphere heats up and instability increases, storms will reach strong to severe limits.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of our area in central and west Alabama under a slight risk of severe weather. There is an enhanced risk of damaging winds over west Alabama and much of Mississippi. The SPC has placed a 30% of damaging winds within 25 miles of a point. Not everyone will see severe weather, but the risk is fair for severe weather in your area. I don’t expect tornadoes today. The main threat will be in the form of damaging winds and hail. Also, expect intense lightning with all storms today, so go indoors if a storm moves your way. If a severe storm moves into your area, go indoors and stay away from windows.
A weak cold front will be moving into north Alabama this evening, and lift ahead of that will help to kick off scattered to numerous storms. Rain chance is between 60 and 70% today. The risk of rain will gradually decrease over the weekend, but a few storms are still possible.
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