Saturday Evening Forecast Discussion – 8 p.m.

Much drier air is filtering into the area behind a cold front that moved across the state this afternoon. Overnight lows will drop into the low 20s to low 30s. Sunday, high pressure builds back into the area with highs into the 50s to around 60. After one more cool night Sunday, temperatures will start moderating as the surface high shifts east and winds become southerly on the west side of the ridge. Highs on Monday and Tuesday will be back into the 60s.

A surface low moving across the northern U.S. will drag a front toward Alabama late Tuesday. Models are fairly consistent in stalling the front across our north if it makes it into the area at all. As the front gets closer rain showers will increase early Wednesday morning and be possible through the day. Coverage will likely depend on the timing/strength of a weakening short wave crossing the northern Gulf. It currently looks like scattered showers are possible areawide with the main focus in the north.

High pressure builds across the area briefly on Thursday. We will have a small chance for some showers through the end of the week, but that could change depending on how quickly the system moves across the country. Temperatures for the end of the week will be above normal on the upper 60s to low 70s.

Daniel Sparkman
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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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More Nice West Alabama Sunset Pictures! – 8:15PM Thursday Update

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These are sunsets around west Alabama taken by viewers. Taken by: Kristopher Montgomery, Andy Norris, Jayme Guthrie, Mary Hewett, Pam Flowers, Katie Michelle Davis, and Tina Hope.

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Rain Moving Out…A Little Cooler, Then Warmer Next Week. Thursday Evening Forecast Discussion – 6:15 PM

 

A good Thursday evening to you! The final batch of shower and thunderstorms are working through parts of the area this evening, as a cold front moves in from the northwest. The storms are below severe limits and should stay that way through the rest of the evening. If you get any additional rain at your house, it won’t last long, and all rain will be out of the area by 10pm.

Temperatures will drop some behind the front, with lows in the lower to middle 40s tonight. Some spots could reach the upper 30s north of Fayette and Jasper, but we will all stay well above freezing. Skies will gradually go clear late tonight. Friday will feature a nice day, with afternoon highs near 60 degrees. The trough will slowly deepen over the weekend, which will continue to drop a bit. Look for highs in the upper 50s on Saturday and Sunday. Lows will fall into the upper 20s Sunday and Monday morning. A surface high will move across the southeast over the weekend, which will keep skies sunny.

We will continue this very progressive pattern, so the eastern US trough will continue to move east and should be out of our area first thing next week. As heights increase, temperatures will also increase. Look for highs to reach the lower 60s on Monday and middle to upper 60s on Tuesday. A south wind will also aid in the warming process. As moisture increases, temperatures at night will also increase. Look for temperatures back in the 40s at night by Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Skies will become mostly cloudy on Wednesday and Thursday as a weak cold front moves into the area. Some showers will also move into the area at some point on Wednesday and last through Thursday. So far, there are no signs of any very cold weather ahead. We’ll keep an eye on the forecast trends through the weekend and into next week.

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11 Tornadoes Total Found Monday Morning’s Damage…New Update 5:35pm Thursday

Here’s the latest national weather service findings on Monday morning’s tornado outbreak. There have now been 11 tornadoes found within central Alabama’s damage.
TORNADO #1…KOFFMAN TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3257/-87.6579 AT 242 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   33.3305/-87.6526 AT 243 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.45
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 400

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

TORNADO #2…PANOLA TORNADO (SUMTER)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 85
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.9287/-88.2364 AT 236 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   32.9316/-88.2312 AT 237 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.36
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 100

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 223 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

TORNADO #3…WATERMELON ROAD TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 115
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.3961/-87.4440 AT 300 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   33.4038/-87.4395 AT 301 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 0.56
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 300

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

TORNADO #4…OAK GROVE TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA AND JEFFERSON)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 130
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NA/1
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.4316/-87.3071 AT 309 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   33.5290/-87.1405 AT 327 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 13.00
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 880

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 231 AM UNTIL 315 AM.
A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 302 AM UNTIL 345 AM.

WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

TORNADO #5…PARKER TORNADO (SUMTER)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 75
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.6567/-88.1705 AT 321 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   32.6718/-88.1639 AT 324 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1.1
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 50

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 304 AM UNTIL 345 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #7 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM UNTIL 6 AM.

TORNADO #6…CENTER POINT TORNADO (JEFFERSON AND ST CLAIR)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 150
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 100/1
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.6228/-86.7411 AT 358 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   33.7197/-86.4963 AT 420 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 15.5
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 800

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 332 AM UNTIL 430 AM.
A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 415 AM UNTIL 515 AM.

TORNADO #7…COUNTY ROAD 7 TORNADO (PERRY)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 110
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.7068/-87.3096 AT 433 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   32.7216/-87.2786 AT 437 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.1
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 300

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNINGS WERE IN EFFECT BEGINNING AT 333 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #11 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 245 AM UNTIL 10 AM.

TORNADO #8…MAPLESVILLE (PERRY AND CHILTON)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 130
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 1 INJ
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.7159/-87.2748 AT 437 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   32.8764/-86.6322 AT 530 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 39.5
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 880

WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNINGS WERE IN EFFECT BEGINNING AT 427 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #11 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 245 AM UNTIL 10 AM.

TORNADO #9…DE SOTO CAVERNS TORNADO (TALLADEGA)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 70-80
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 33.2957/-86.2951 AT 535 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   33.3219/-86.2091 AT 541 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 5.4
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 50

WARNINGS: A TORNADO WARNING WAS IN EFFECT FROM 524 AM UNTIL 615 AM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #11 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 245 AM UNTIL 10 AM.

TORNADO #10…ENTERPRISE TORNADO (CHILTON)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 105-110
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:32.7288/-86.6329 AT 636 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.7657/-86.5886 AT 640 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 3.67
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 500

TORNADO #11…NORTH MILLBROOK TORNADO (ELMORE)…

EVENT DATE: JANUARY 23, 2012
EVENT TYPE: EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 0
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 32.5209/-86.4119 AT 748 AM
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES:   32.5309/-86.3437 AT 755 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 4.02
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200

WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH #11 WAS IN EFFECT FROM 245 AM UNTIL 10 AM.

STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE (TALLAPOOSA)…

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