Nice Tuscaloosa Sunset – 5:15 PM Friday Update

 

Here’s a nice image from our Tuscaloosa Towercam, looking west over Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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Tornado Damage Found Thursday – Friday Update 4:42pm

…ISOLATED TORNADO DAMAGE AND MINOR FLOODING FROM THURSDAY’S STORMS…

…UPDATED FOR UNIONTOWN TORNADO DETAILS. STORM SURVEYS COMPLETED…

A LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MOVED THROUGH CENTRAL ALABAMA THURSDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON IN ADVANCE OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT. THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER WAS LIMITED AS THE WARM MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR EXPECTED TO MOVE NORTHWARD WAS NOT AS STRONG AS EXPECTED. STILL…THERE WAS SUFFICIENT MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO THREE INCHES…WHICH REPORTED IN WIDESPREAD PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS AND A FEW ROAD CLOSURES. ADDITIONALLY, THERE WERE REPORTS OF POSSIBLE TORNADO DAMAGE IN UNIONTOWN.

A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAM CONDUCTED SURVEYS IN UNIONTOWN, AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF AUTAUGA COUNTY BASED ON PUBLIC REPORTS AND RADAR DATA WHICH PROMPTED A WARNING IN THE AREA.

…UNIONTOWN TORNADO (PERRY COUNTY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 26, 2012

EVENT TYPE: EF-0

ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 80

INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0

EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.4412/-87.5026 AT 1100 AMEVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.4434/-87.496 A1101 AM

DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): ESTIMATED 0.6

DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100

WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #18 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 955 AM UNTIL 5 PM.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE IN SOUTHERN PERRY COUNTY AND DETERMINED THE DAMAGE TO BE CAUSED BY AN EF-0 TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF 80 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT THE INTERSECTION OF CAHABA ROAD AND YELVERTON STREET IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF UNIONTOWN, WHERE IT UPROOTED A FEW TREES. IT THEN TRAVELED NORTHEASTWARD, UPROOTING MORE TREES ORIENTED ACROSS THE PATH,CAUSING MINOR ROOF AND SIDING DAMAGE TO 5 HOMES. ONE HOME ON CHURCH STREET WAS SHIFTED OFF ITS FOUNDATION. FROM THERE THE TORNADO TRAVELED THROUGH A WOODED AREA, BREAKING LARGE BRANCHES OFF TREES BEFORE IT LIFTED. KEY INDICATORS OF THIS WEAK TORNADO INCLUDED VERY SMALL AMOUNTS OF LEAF AND GRASS SPLATTERING AND ROOF DAMAGE ON THE DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF THE HOMES. SEVERAL EYEWITNESSES CONFIRMED SEEING THE TORNADO AS IT LEFT THE AREA. THE PATH LENGTH OF THE TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY 0.6 MILES LONG, WITH A MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH OF 100YARDS. 

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Cool and Sunny Weekend…More Rain Ahead. – Friday Update 4:10 PM

 

A good Friday afternoon to you! It’s been a very nice day across our state, with a sunny sky and cool temperatures. Many spots are back in the upper 50s to lower 60s this afternoon, which is a little above average. The storm system that brought heavy rain to much of the state is well northeast of the area. An area of high pressure has moved into the area in wake of the departing storm system. High pressure is associated with sunny skies and light to calm winds.

The upper air trough that’s bringing a slight cool down will deepen a bit across the southeast and will cool temperatures a little more on Saturday and Sunday. Many spots will stay in the 50s all day, but most spots will warm to above 55 degrees. Lows will fall well below freezing Saturday and Sunday night, with lows between 22 and 27. The typical cold spots will fall into the lower 20s. I expect lots of frost both Sunday and Monday morning due to calm winds and a moist ground. Sinking air associated with high pressure will likely keep skies sunny through the weekend and first part of next week.

Since we continue under a very progressive pattern, the weather will not remain the same for long. Ridging will move into the area as the upper air trough moves east. This will warm temperatures into the lower 60s on Monday and upper 60s to 70 on Tuesday and Wednesday. A south flow will also aid in the warming temperatures. As moisture increases off the Gulf, we can expect clouds to increase on Tuesday and Wednesday. Another trough starts to move into the area on Wednesday and Thursday. This will bring a strong cold front into the area sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The good news is that I don’t see any signs of severe weather with that system. Look for heavy rain to develop and move into our area Wednesday evening into Thursday.

Some data brings a shot of very cold air into the deep south on Friday and Saturday. While confidence in this setup is increasing, model data is still questionable on the amount of cold air. We’ll update the forecast as we get closer to the event.

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