Sunday Afternoon Weather Discussion

Well, it turned out to be a very active morning and early afternoon across the WVUA TV coverage area, with numerous severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. Finally, all of that has lifted out of the region, and clear skies are left behind. Unfortunately, there has been some damage reported across the state, with some damage in Dallas County; most of that occurred in the community of Summerfield. So far, there has been no word of injuries in that area. Also, over in Prattville, there was some damage and possible injuries there in central Alabama. We will likely know by tomorrow afternoon of how many tornadoes tracked across the area and size of the tornadoes. The National Weather Service will send out a survey team to figure out whether the damage was from straight line winds or tornadoes.

There is a cold front about to push through the area, which will drop back out temperatures after midnight into the upper 30s, but you will notice a breezy north wind that will make things feel colder. For Monday, highs will only top out near 50 degrees, so it will be a cool day across the region for President’s Day. The good news is that we will see lots of sunshine to start off the work-week. We will quickly warm up by Wednesday, with lots of sunshine around; highs on Wednesday will be back into the middle 60s. Our next rain maker marches into town by Thursday and Friday, with highs closer to 70 degrees. Some storms could be strong both days, so we will have to continue keeping a close eye on that situation. I don’t see nearly as much upper air support with this system, so that should help limit the severe weather threat. There will be plenty of instability and moisture around, so that will help get things developing by the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, our rain chance diminishes, but our temperatures remain very mild; highs both days will be close to 70 degrees. After that time, the pattern looks to continue flip-flopping around, with shots of colder air, followed by warm weather. Also, the wet weather will show up again every few days. We need the rain, so I’m not complaining on our good rain fall totals and chances. Be sure to join us tonight for a full look at your forecast. Have a great day!

(Image Source: NCEP Forecast Surface Map for Saturday)

Richard Scott
WVUA TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

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New Tornado Watch

Tornado Watch

1230 PM CST SUN FEB 17 2008
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL ALABAMA
FLORIDA PANHANDLE
WESTERN GEORGIA
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 1230 PM UNTIL 800 PM CST.

ALABAMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE:

AUTAUGA… BALDWIN… BARBOUR… BULLOCK… BUTLER… CHAMBERS… CHILTON… CLARKE… CLAY… COFFEE… CONECUH… COOSA… COVINGTON… CRENSHAW… DALE… DALLAS… ELMORE… ESCAMBIA… GENEVA… HENRY… HOUSTON… LEE… LOWNDES… MACON… MOBILE… MONROE… MONTGOMERY… PERRY… PIKE… RANDOLPH… RUSSELL… TALLAPOOSA… WASHINGTON AND WILCOX.

TORNADOES…HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 100 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF PANAMA CITY FLORIDA TO 35 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF LA GRANGE GEORGIA.

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION…THIS TORNADO WATCH REPLACES TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 62. WATCH NUMBER 62 WILL NOT BE IN EFFECT AFTER 1230 PM CST.

DISCUSSION…BROKEN LINE OF SUPERCELLS WILL CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY AS THEY RACE ENEWD ACROSS WW INTO THE EARLY EVENING AS AIR MASS BECOMES MARGINALLY UNSTABLE TO SURFACE-BASED PARCELS. EXTREME SHEAR WILL THEREFORE SUSTAIN A RISK OF ISOLATED TORNADOES…ALONG WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED LARGE HAIL.

AVIATION…TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 400. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 23035.

Robert Stevenson/WVUA Weather 

Tornado Warning Update – Marengo & Dallas Counties

Home Team Radar SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL

1229 PM CST SUN FEB 17 2008

…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 PM CST FOR WEST CENTRAL DALLAS AND SOUTHEASTERN MARENGO COUNTIES…

AT 1226 PM CST…A TORNADO WAS REPORTED. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 8 MILES SOUTH OF CENTRAL MILLS…OR ABOUT 16 MILES NORTHWEST OF CAMDEN…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
SAFFORD AND CRUMPTONIA BY 1235 PM CST…

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.
Robert Stevenson/WVUA Weather

Tornado Warning Update – Dallas, Perry, Chilton & Autauga Counties

Home Team Radar SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1223 PM CST SUN FEB 17 2008

…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 PM CST FOR SOUTHWESTERN CHILTON…EAST CENTRAL PERRY…NORTHWESTERN AUTAUGA AND NORTHERN DALLAS COUNTIES…

AT 1222 PM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR POTTER STATION… OR ABOUT 7 MILES WEST OF SELMA…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
SUMMERFIELD BY 1230 PM CST…
BARRETT CREEK…VALLEY GRANDE AND PAUL M GRIST STATE PARK BY 1235 PM CST…
MULBERRY CREEK JONES AND VALLEY CREEK JUNCTION BY 1240 PM CST…
DAWSON MILL BY 1250 PM CST…
BILLINGSLEY AND PLECHER BY 1255 PM CST…
POOLES CROSSROADS BY 100 PM CST…

Robert Stevenson\WVUA Weather

Tornado Warning Update – Marengo & Dallas Counties

Home Team Radar SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1221 PM CST SUN FEB 17 2008

…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 PM CST FOR WEST CENTRAL DALLAS AND SOUTHEASTERN MARENGO COUNTIES…

AT 1217 PM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF VINELAND…OR ABOUT 19 MILES NORTHWEST OF CAMDEN…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
CENTRAL MILLS BY 1230 PM CST…
SAFFORD AND CRUMPTONIA BY 1235 PM CST…

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 PM CST SUNDAY AFTERNOON
FOR SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA.

Robert Stevenson/WVUA Weather

New Tornado Warning

Home Team Radar THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN AUTAUGA COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
EAST CENTRAL PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF SELMA…

* UNTIL 100 PM CST

* AT 1208 PM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 9 MILES WEST OF HAZEN…OR 20 MILES WEST OF SELMA…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR…
HAZEN BY 1215 PM CST…
SELMA AND 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SUTTLE BY 1225 PM CST…
PAUL M GRIST STATE PARK BY 1235 PM CST…
DAWSON MILL BY 1250 PM CST…
BILLINGSLEY AND 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF VIDE JUNCTION BY 1255 PM CST…
POOLES CROSSROADS BY 100 PM CST…

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 PM CST SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA.

New Tornado Warning

Home Team RadarTHE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
WEST CENTRAL DALLAS COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 100 PM CST

* AT 1211 PM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR SURGINER… OR 21 MILES NORTH OF GROVE HILL…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR… SAFFORD AND CRUMPTONIA BY 1235 PM CST…

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE…SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES…EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE…LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 100 PM CST SUNDAY AFTERNOON
FOR SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA.

Robert Stevenson/WVUA Weather