Scattered Storms Continue Through The Weekend and Next Week…Beach Forecast…Friday Eve Forecast Update – 10pm

Good Friday night to you! Much of the area dealt with scattered storms this afternoon and evening, but most storms have gone to bed for the night. A weak upper air disturbance moved through the area this afternoon, sparking the development of storms. While some spots dealt with a beneficial rain, other spots didn’t get much at all, if any. Another weak disturbance is moving into east Alabama tonight, so I can’t rule out a few showers and storms tonight, mainly east of Interstate 65. Otherwise, many of us will remain rain free tonight.

The weekend forecast will include the risk of scattered, mainly afternoon storms. Highs will reach the upper 90s on Saturday and Sunday, with a mostly sunny sky. Skies will become partly sunny during the afternoon hours, as the surface heats up and the air begins to rise. Showers and storms will develop across parts of the area over the weekend. Rain chances hold at 40% both Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will remain in the lower to middle 70s. Much like today, storms will move from east to west tomorrow due to the position of the upper air ridge to our north. The ridge will move west early next week, and upper air heights will drop here. This means we’ll notice slightly cooler temperatures, with highs in the lower to middle 90s. Also, scattered storms will become a little more numerous early next week.

As the ridge breaks down a bit, look for a weak cold front to move into the south. The front will get close enough to Alabama to enhance the risk of storms. While the best chance of rain over the weekend and early next week will occur during the afternoon, storms are possible at any point. If you didn’t see rain this week, there’s a good chance you will pick up a heavy storm at some point over the weekend and/or early next week, as rain chances continue fairly high. It will not rain all day or night. Storms will quickly pass your area, so don’t cancel your outdoor plans. Many spots won’t get rain each day.

The beach forecast for the Alabama Gulf Coast is looking nice over the next 5 days, with highs around 90 and lows in the lower 70s. There is a risk of scattered storms each day along the coast, but the storms will come and go and won’t last long.   

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch For All Of West Alabama Through 10pm Friday Night…

EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 510 PM UNTIL  1000 PM CDT.
  
   HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
  
   THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 105 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTHEAST OF GREENWOOD MISSISSIPPI TO 60 MILES EAST OF JACKSON MISSISSIPPI.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5).
  
   REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR 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. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.
  
   OTHER WATCH INFORMATION…CONTINUE…WW 474
  
   DISCUSSION…CLUSTERS OF STRONG TO SVR PULSE TSTMS IN NE MS APPEARS  TO HAVE DEVELOPED A SUFFICIENTLY STRONG COLD POOL THAT MAY SUPPORT CONTINUED SW STORM PROPAGATION GIVEN 20-25 KT 700 MB FLOW /PER VWP DATA/ AND CORRIDOR OF RICH LOW LVL MOISTURE ACROSS REGION /PER SFC OBS AND STLT-GPS DERIVED PW/.  OTHER STORMS MAY FORM IN ZONE OF UPLIFT AND ENHANCED LOW LVL INSTABILITY ALONG/AHEAD OF OUTFLOW BOUNDARY OVER NW AND W CNTRL AL.  SETUP MAY YIELD NARROW CORRIDORS
 OF LOCALLY DMGG WIND AND POSSIBLY MARGINALLY SVR HAIL THROUGH LATE EVE.

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Severe T-storm Warning For Lamar County Until 5pm Friday

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
417 PM CDT FRI JUL 6 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 414 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES EAST OF DETROIT…OR 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HAMILTON…AND MOVING SOUTH AT 10 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…SULLIGENT…DETROIT…BEAVERTON…CREWS…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…
  HENSON SPRINGS AND PINE SPRINGS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

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3:30pm Friday Radar Check…Forecast Update

 

Here’s a look at the 3:30pm Friday update. Scattered showers and storms are developing in spots across west and central Alabama. At this point, every storm is west of I-65. The best chance of storms this afternoon and evening will remain to the west of Birmingham and Clanton. I’ve drawn arrows on the map to show the general storm motions across the area. Strong to severe storms exists in Northwest Alabama, where a severe thunderstorm watch is in place until 9pm tonight. I expect most of that activity to move into east Mississippi by 5pm. Other spotty storms are getting strong, but they are below severe limits as of 330pm. Some of these storms could reach severe limits, due to the high level of instability and moisture.

The storms this afternoon are moving from northeast to southwest, which is a unique direction. Thanks to an upper air ridge northwest of Alabama, the flow is out of the northeast above the surface. This is steering the storms in that direction. You will want to look northeast of your area to see what’s coming your way. While there are only a few storms here and there on radar, I expect the coverage of storms to increase between now and sunset, then decrease shortly after sunset. Most if not all storms should die out by midnight. These storms will pop up in random areas and won’t last long at all. Look for lots of cloud to ground lightning with each storm this evening, so use caution if you’re outdoors. As for the threat of isolated severe storms, the main concern is from damaging winds and hail…

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch For Northwest Alabama Until 9PM Friday…. Friday Update 3pm

EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 300 PM UNTIL 900 PM CDT.
   
 HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
   
 THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 85 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES WEST  NORTHWEST OF NASHVILLE TENNESSEE TO 35 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF  OXFORD MISSISSIPPI.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE  THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).
  
   REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE  FAVORABLE FOR 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. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.
  
   DISCUSSION…STRONG/SEVERE STORMS APPEAR TO BE ORGANIZING IN A BAND FROM PARTS OF TN INTO NWRN AL/NERN MS…ALONG THE LEADING EDGE OF MID/UPPER LEVEL DRYING EVIDENT IN WATER VAPOR IMAGERY.  LOW LEVEL  AIR MASS IS HOT WITH TEMPERATURES NEAR 100…AND WITH DEW POINTS IN THE 65-70 RANGE…STRONG INSTABILITY COUPLED WITH A DEEP SURFACE-BASED WELL-MIXED LAYER WILL ENHANCE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.  ACTIVITY IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD SWD/SWWD THROUGH THE EVENING BEFORE GRADUALLY WEAKENING AROUND SUNSET.

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Scattered Storms Continue… Friday Midday Forecast Update – 12:30pm

Good Friday midday to you! After some big storms yesterday evening and lastnight, things are quiet at this midday hour. The first wave of rain and storms that parts of the area dealt with is over the state of Mississippi and extreme southwest Alabama. This is were a small scale upper air disturbance is moving along the outer edge of the ridge. Since the ridge is northwest of Alabama, our flow is out of the northeast. This means out showers and storms will likely drift from northeast to southwest. I know it’s a unique direction for storms to move, but due to the northeast flow aloft, that’s the result.

As of noon, much of Alabama is dry. I expect a few scattered storms to develop later this afternoon over central and east Alabama. These isolated to scattered storms will move into west Alabama sometime this afternoon or evening. Don’t expect everyone to get rain.  Just like the past few days, storms will remain scattered to isolated, so some spots won’t get a drop. The chance of rain today through the weekend will remain at 40%. Highs will reach the upper 90s today through Sunday.

A weak cold front will move into our area on Monday and Tuesday of next week. This will help to enhance the storm coverage around here. Look for rain chances to increase to 50% early next week. This is great news if you’re looking for rain at your house. Also, there is the chance of a stray severe storm or two. This time of the year, the main concern is damaging winds and hail. A non severe threat is lightning. Keep in mind lightning safety when outdoors!

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