Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Hale County

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
  NORTHERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 509 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING NICKEL SIZE HAIL…AND
  DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
  MOUNDVILLE…OR 16 MILES NORTH OF GREENSBORO…AND MOVING WEST AT
  10 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL ALSO AFFECT AREAS IN AND AROUND
MOUNDVILLE.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD
TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS

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Radar Update

We are watching a line of storms across West Alabama. At this time, the stronger storms were located over Northern Hale County at 5:05pm. These storms are slowly moving towards the northwest. The broken line storms extend from Central Hale County northeastward across portions of East Tuscaloosa County and Northwestern Jefferson County. These storms are producing heavy rain, strong gusty winds, and frequent cloud to ground lightning. If you hear thunder, head indoors, and stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.

 WVUA Weather: Richard Scott

Damage Report

We just received a report of numerous trees down near Greensboro from an intense thunderstorm overhead. This storm is located over Central Hale county and moving off to the northwest. We got this report at 4:35pm.

 Richard Scott

Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Jefferson County

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
  CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…MINOR…MIDFIELD…FORESTDALE…
  FAIRFIELD…BRIGHTON…BIRMINGHAM…ADAMSVILLE…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 352 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING NICKEL SIZE HAIL…AND
  DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
  ENSLEY…OR NEAR MINOR…AND MOVING NORTHWEST AT 10 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
  DOCENA…MAYTOWN…BROOKSIDE AND GRAYSVILLE

Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Update

More scattered thunderstorms have fired up this afternoon and while driving into work today, I could notice numerous dark clouds on the horizon. If you live in an area that has not seen rain, hopefully, this will be your afternoon to get some much needed wet weather. These summer time storms are known as pulse storms as they “pulse-up” with the heating of the day. The weak upper air support means they are slow movers with short life cycles. They can create some good downpours and they can also create dangerous bursts of straight-line winds. One storm that has grown to the severe level is in Chilton County. A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for that county until 3:45p.m.

Overnight we will continue to see hit-or-miss thunderstorms through midnight. The activity will gradually dwindle, with light winds and muggy conditions. Lows will be in the 70s, with low clouds around at daybreak tomorrow. I do think we’re in for another hot and humid start to the day, with more storms popping up around lunchtime. Tomorrow afternoon we will see a similar image on the radar screens as scattered storms linger into the late afternoon and evening hours.

On Friday we’re still expecting a cold front to get a push in our direction as an upper air trough builds into the northeastern states. Friday will be much like today and tomorrow, with a hot and humid start. We should have a good coverage of scattered thunderstorms and showers over West-Central Alabama Friday afternoon. Saturday, as the actual front moves in, we will have our best chance of rain area-wide, as thunderstorms will be dropping in from the north. There could be some gusty winds to deal with as some storms may grow quite strong. Dry air will start filtering in from the north on Sunday, with the rain being confined to the far southern portions of the viewing area. This dry air will set the stage for hot and sunny conditions on Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to join us tonight at five, six, and ten for more details!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Chilton County

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 345 PM CDT
FOR CENTRAL CHILTON COUNTY…

AT 331 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR ISABELLA…OR ABOUT 19
MILES SOUTH OF MONTEVALLO…MOVING WEST AT 10 MPH.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL OTHERWISE REMAIN OVER MAINLY RURAL AREAS
OF THE INDICATED COUNTY.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING.
PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG
BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Good afternoon! Today we’re monitoring more short lived thunderstorms over parts of the area. The first storm showed up on radar around lunchtime and now we’re looking at a nice cluster of thundershowers over parts of Walker, Marion, Fayette, and Lamar Counties. Specifically, we’ve measured nearly an inch of rain in communities like Winfield and Double Springs. Hit or miss thunderstorms will continue through the afternoon and we could have a brief downpour overnight. The thundershowers however, won’t be as great in coverage by midnight and most of the activity will dissipate by the early morning hours. Lows tonight will be dropping into the 70s.

Tomorrow I’m not expecting much change, with more hit or miss thunderstorms becoming possible in the afternoon. There is a lot of moisture it the air and this will aid the scattered thunderstorms in producing some heavy downpours. This moisture has made it feel more uncomfortable due to the humid conditions. Highs tomorrow will be in the 90s, with the scattered rainfall activity lingering into the nighttime hours.

A cold front will be dropping towards the state late in the week. There is a layer of air that’s keeping much of Georgia, Tennessee, and northeast Alabama rain free at the moment. This air mass will build in our direction causing the afternoon thunderstorms to decrease in coverage on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday however, the cold front will be closing in on our area and that means the rain chances will be going up, with most areas experiencing a passing thundershower on Saturday. (IMG Source: NWS Radar)

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV