Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

My teeth are chattering, just thinking about this forecast…

What a difference a day can make, especially when it comes to the weather. Yesterday afternoon the temperatures were near 68-degrees and by 10:00 this morning we were sitting at 29-degrees, with snow flurries being reported. That’s an unbelievable 39-degree drop in temperatures. The cold air will be here to stay for a while and tonight the winds will lessen in speed. The stage will be set for a big drop into the mid 20s tonight, as skies will be mostly clear. Tomorrow will be an even colder day as a week disturbance spreads a few clouds in our direction. A chilly north wind will develop by mid-morning and that will add to the uncomfortable conditions. Highs tomorrow will stay in the upper 30s.

Tomorrow night will be one of the coldest nights of the year, as temperatures will be dropping into the teens. The record low for Friday is 14-degrees and that was set back in 1991. Even though we’re not expecting to set any records, it’s certainly going to be frigid. Make sure your pets or family members have a good warm shelter from the frigid air. The mercury should be hovering around 19-degrees around 6:00 a.m. Friday morning. Friday we won’t recover much, as highs will be near 40-degrees.

A slight southwest return flow should allow the temperatures to reach the 50-degree mark on Saturday, before temperatures take another tumble into Saturday evening. A moisture-starved system will drop in from the northwest and bring us a stray shower or snow flurry late Saturday. Temperatures Saturday night will drop below freezing, but we’re not expecting any problems due to the lack of moisture with this system. Sunday, look for another cold day, with sunshine returning and then we will warm into the 50s by next Tuesday. That’s when the next big storm system will be closing-in on Alabama.

 Have a great evening and bundle up!!

 Updated by: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt

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Damage Reports

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
220 PM CST WED FEB 14 2007

…PRELIMINARY STORM DAMAGE INFORMATION FROM FEBRUARY 13TH…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA ON FEBRUARY 13TH.
THE THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA STATE
LINE AROUND 330 PM…AND CONTINUED EASTWARD BEFORE WEAKENING IN
SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA AROUND 9 PM. SEVERAL INSTANCES OF LARGE HAIL
AND DAMAGING WINDS WERE REPORTED. THERE WERE ALSO SEVERAL LOCATIONS
WHERE TORNADOES MAY HAVE TOUCHED DOWN.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS SENDING OUT THREE GROUND SURVEY
TEAMS AND ONE AERIAL SURVEY TEAM TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE
DAMAGE. THESE SURVEY TEAMS WILL VISIT TUSCALOOSA…BIBB…
HALE…PERRY…DALLAS…AUTAUGA…AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES.

FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED PERIODICALLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY
WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

TO REPORT WIND DAMAGE OR HAIL…PLEASE CALL 205-664-3010 OR
1-800-856-0758.

A SURVEY TEAM FOUND DAMAGE INDICATIVE OF A HIGH END EF1 TORNADO IN
BIBB COUNTY…SOUTHWEST OF BRIERFIELD…ALONG HIGHWAY 25. THE DAMAGE
PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY ONE HALF MILE WIDE AT THE WIDEST POINT WITH
THE EXACT LENGTH OF THE PATH TO STILL BE DETERMINED BY AERIAL
SURVEY. DAMAGE INDICATES WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 100 TO 105 MPH
ALONG THE DAMAGE PATH. AT LEAST ONE LARGE METAL BARN TYPE STRUCTURE
WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED ALONG WITH NUMEROUS TREES DOWN. FURTHER
INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

IN AUTAUGA COUNTY A SURVEY TEAM FOUND DAMAGE INDICATIVE OF AN EF1
TORNADO APPROXIMATELY 5.5 MILES WEST OF AUTAUGAVILLE.  THE DAMAGE
PATH WAS APPROXIMATELY 1.2 MILES LONG AND 175 YARDS WIDE AT ITS
WIDEST POINT.  MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS TO TREES ALTHOUGH SOME MINOR
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO A CARPORT AND SHED WAS LOCATED.  BASED ON THIS
DAMAGE WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED AT AROUND 90 MPH.  FURTHER
INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

IN HALE AND PERRY COUNTY THE SURVEY TEAM FOUND DAMAGE INDICATIVE OF
AN EF0 TORNADO JUST NORTH OF NEWBERN IN HALE COUNTY AND EXTENDING
INTO WESTERN SECTIONS OF PERRY COUNTY.  THE DAMAGE PATH WAS
APPROXIMATELY 25 YARDS WIDE AND 6 MILES IN LENGTH.  SEVERAL OLD
BARNS WERE DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED.  BASED ON THIS
DAMAGE WIND SPEEDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 65 TO 75 MPH.