Strong Storms In West AL! – Radar Update 11:30pm Monday

1130pm Monday radar update. Strong storms continue to move through parts of west AL, including the Tuscaloosa area. These cells are moving east southeast at 30mph. Lightning is incredible with the storms! As of now, storms are below severe limits. This mess will gradually come to an end tonight.

– Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

 

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Storms Moving Through The Area… Radar/Forecast Update – 10pm Monday Update

Good Monday evening! As of 10pm, we’re watching strong storms move through parts of northwest Alabama. Everything is below severe limits at this point. While lightning is intense with storms across northwest Alabama, the bark is worse than the bite. As these storms progress southeast at 30mph, expect intense lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds to continue for parts of the area. Not everyone will get storms tonight, and the risk of severe weather is looking low. Sure, a storm or two could reach severe limits. If a severe storm develops, expect the main threats in the form of hail and damaging winds. Some spots will get a soaking, while other stay dry tonight. Plus, rain will not last all night.

Storms will reach the Tuscaloosa area between now and midnight. Storms will continue to progress southeast and should impact the Birmingham area near and after midnight. As a cold front moves in from the northwest late tonight, the risk of showers and storms will end by daybreak tomorrow morning. Any activity after daybreak should remain south of HWY 80. All of Alabama will go dry shortly after lunch tomorrow.

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Severe Storms Over Mississippi… Some Storms Expected Here Tonight… Monday Evening Update 9pm

Good Monday evening to you! We’re watching a cluster of strong to severe storms over north Mississippi tonight. These cells are moving southeast at 20 to 30mph, but the eastward progression is having a tough time. This is likely due to the rain cooled, more stable environment over Alabama. The midday complex of storms that moved through the area really did a lot to stabilize the atmosphere. Much of central Mississippi broke out in full sunshine this afternoon, allowing temperatures to warm well into the upper 80s or lower 90s. As a weak cold front moves into the warmer environment over central Mississippi, storms are becoming severe. There was even a tornado warning a little earlier just west of Starkville.

As the storms move towards the southeast, there’s a good chance active weather will increase in parts of our area. While the chance of severe weather is low across our area, the environment favors the risk of a few damaging wind gusts overnight. With instability lacking a bit, I don’t expect widespread damaging winds across west or central Alabama. The risk of scattered storms will continue across west Alabama through 3am, then shift into east Alabama towards daybreak. Storms will likely produce lots of lightning, so go indoors if a storm moves into your area. If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your area, go indoors and stay away from windows. Again, this is not a major threat, but it’s worth keeping an eye on radar over the next few hours. If anything gets out of hand and reaches severe levels, I’ll post lots of updates right here on the blog, on facebook and twitter.

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More Strong To Severe Storms Tonight? Monday Afternoon Forecast Update 4pm

 

Good Monday afternoon to you! We’ve had some bumpy weather around the lunch time hour, when a band of strong storms moved across our area. While we didn’t have active warnings, there was an isolated wind damage report here and there. One report came from northern Tuscaloosa County. Here’s the report…. “A PORCH AWNING AND ROOF OF A SINGLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WERE BLOWN OFF…AND TWO OUTBUILDINGS SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AS WELL. WINDS ESTIMATED AT 60 MPH.”

 

While the first batch of storms has moved on, the cold front is still well to the northwest of Alabama. Notice the new severe thunderstorm watch in effect for much of central and north Mississippi. Active thunderstorms are starting to develop around the Mississippi River. While much of our area is rain-cooled, the atmosphere is gradually destabilizing. As a lifting mechanism moves our way and wind shear increases, we may have an issue of strong to severe storms tonight. If you have plans outdoors for dinner, the weather will be fine. The threat of a second round of storms won’t move in until sometime tonight. I don’t expect any issues with tornadoes, but some damaging winds gusts are possible in scattered spots. The threat is pretty low, but it’s worth watching. Keep your NOAA Weather Radio turned on tonight incase a severe storm moves over your area. If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your area, stay away from windows. The best chance of storms will happen between 8pm and 5am. The risk of storms will begin in northwest Alabama, and then shift to areas southeast of Tuscaloosa after daybreak.

 

A weak cold front will push through the area from northwest to southeast early on Tuesday. The risk of storms on Tuesday looks pretty low due to the frontal position. Since the front will likely move south of Tuscaloosa around daybreak, the best chance of showers and storms should move south along the front as the day moves along. Skies will remain partly cloudy for the most part on Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll catch a break for a day or so for much of Tuesday and Wednesday. Most of Thursday will also be dry, but we’ll be keeping an eye on a new system west of Alabama by that point. Look for afternoon highs to reach the lower 90s each day on Tuesday through Friday. Organized showers and storms will become possible late Thursday or on Friday and Saturday. The first half of the weekend looks rather wet with a good chance of storms. Afternoon highs will dip into the upper 80s on Saturday and Sunday.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Dog Days of Summer 2012 – Monday Update 3pm

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Dog Days of Summer 2012, a set on Flickr.

We’ve had some great dog days pictures this summer! Thank you for sending in your pics! Dog Days ended on Saturday, so I wanted to take a chance to share many of the dog days pictures sent in.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 8pm Monday…. 12:40pm Update

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for areas along and ahead of the line of storms. If the storms have moved through your area, the threat of severe weather with the first batch is over. This is for areas easts of Jasper, Tuscaloosa, Eutaw and Livingston. If you live west of these towns, the threat of severe weather has passed you by. There is a chance a second round of storms could develop and move through our area this evening or tonight. The severe thunderstorm watch is for the 1st round. Here’s the update from SPC:

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
  
          NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ALABAMA
          EXTREME NORTHWEST GEORGIA
          SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI
          SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE
  
   EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 1240 PM UNTIL 800 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 45 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF CHATTANOOGA TENNESSEE TO 105 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SELMA ALABAMA.  FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).
  
   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…STORMS MAY CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN ALONG OUTFLOW/COLD POOL SPREADING EAST INTO AN INCREASINGLY UNSTABLE AIRMASS FROM ERN MS ACROSS AL INTO SRN TN THIS AFTERNOON. STRONGEST STORMS ARE PRESENTLY NEAR OUTFLOW BOUNDARY INTERSECTION ACROSS NRN AL WITH MORE LINEAR MODE NOTED TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF THIS INTERSECTION. DIURNAL HEATING HAS BOOSTED CAPE VALUES TO OVER 1000 J PER KG ACROSS SRN PORTIONS OF THE WATCH…WHILE SHEAR AND STORM ORGANIZATION APPEARS TO BE A BIT BETTER ACROSS THE NRN HALF OF THE WATCH. GIVEN TIME OF DAY AND CURRENT TRENDS…EXPECT SOME INCREASE IN DAMAGING WIND AND PERHAPS SEVERE HAIL AS STORMS DEVELOP EAST ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

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Strong Storms Moving Through West Alabama… Radar/Forecast Update 11:45am Monday

Good Monday Midday to you! As of 11:40am, a batch of strong storms were working into much of west Alabama. This line extended from Hamilton to Reform and southwest into east Mississippi. These storms are moving east at 30 to 40mph and will reach areas like Jasper, Tuscaloosa and Greensboro between noon and 1pm. After reaching the Tuscaloosa area, the storms will continue east and reach Birmingham between 1pm and 2pm.

The good news is that the morning cloud cover has kept instability values fairly low, so storms are staying below severe limits for now. A storm or two could reach severe limits over the next hour or two, but the chance of severe weather at your location is pretty low. Damaging winds would be the primary concern through 2pm. Expect intense lightning and very heavy rain as the storms move over your area. They won’t very long in one spot… Look for heavy rain, intense lightning and gusty winds for an hour or less, then some light to moderate rain for another hour or so.

If this complex clears west Alabama and the sun returns by early to mid afternoon, we will have to watch radar trends close ahead of an approaching cold front. There is a chance a second batch of strong to severe storms could roll in here late this evening or tonight. The main threats with any storms this evening or tonight will be in the form of damaging winds and hail. The threat this evening and tonight looks fairly low. Keep in mind lightning safety. If you are close enough to a storm to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

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