Storm Damage in Linden – Saturday 10:30 p.m.

We are getting several reports of damage in the Linden area of Marengo County. Residents are saying that power is out in Linden. Trees and power lines are down all over the community. Winds were estimated at 80 mph and a couple of witnesses say they saw what appeared to be a tornado around 6pm. Those are unconfirmed reports that we have passed along to the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Daniel Sparkman
dsparkman@wvuatv.com
WVUA Weather

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Saturday Evening Forecast Discussion – 8:30 p.m.

We had a good soaking this evening from a rain system that formed along a stationary front that was around the I-20 corridor this evening. The system will continue to push off to the east and the rain should be out of our area by 10 p.m. Another system that was located over Oklahoma is beginning to lose strength and dissapte and should not really affect us in the overnight hours. Depending on the timing of impulses, Sunday may be like today with early morning rain and minimal coverage of rain during the day. The main impulse will approach Central Alabama Sunday night, bringing with it the possibility of heavy rainfall. The NAM and ECMWF models are not showing the higher rainfall amounts like the GFS, so confidence is low. The rain should diminish from west to east on Monday as the short wave trough pushes east of the area.

The bulk of the rain should be east of Alabama by sunrise Tuesday as the main short wave trough shifts east of Alabama, with a few dry days to follow as the upper flow becomes zonal. As the surface high moves off to the east, southeast flow will develop and bring low level moisture back into the area. A weak short wave trough will pass to the north of Alabama Friday and Saturday and could bring the chance of rain back into the area.

Daniel Sparkman
dsparkman@wvuatv.com
WVUA Weather

Update on the Tropics, Another Depression Forming?

There are three systems out there right now. We’ve had a new hurricane and tropical storm form today and another system is on the way.

Tropical Storm Gordon became the third hurricane of the season today. Gordon is moving to the east at 21 mph and will not affect us here in the U.S. Right now Gordon has maximum sustained winds of 110 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. Gordon is expected to continue to strengthen and has the potential to become a major hurricane before it dissipates some time on Wednesday.

We also had Tropical Storm Helene form Friday and is expected to dissipate over Mexico tonight. Helene was the remnants of Tropical Depression Seven and reformed late Friday afternoon. Helene is now a Tropical Depression and producing strong rain and sustained winds of 30 mph.

We are also watching Invest 94, a tropical disturbance in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Invest 94 is currently located about 550 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. The system is showing signs of organization as you can see in the picture above. Environmental conditions appear conducive for a tropical depression to form during the next day or two. The National Hurricane Center gives this system a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours. It is currently moving to the west at about 20 mph.

 

Right now it appears that Invest 94 could make its way into the Caribbean Sea. The forecast models show it heading in a general direction to impact the northern Caribbean islands. There is a lot that could happen with this system. If it makes it to the side of the islands it could continue to strengthen as opposed, it could directly hit the islands which would hinder additional development of the system.

Current intensity forecasts show that the system has a chance of becoming a tropical storm within the next 24 hours and some develop it into a hurricane within the next few days. Again, this is all dependent on the track that the system takes and how affected it is by landmasses in the Caribbean Sea. We are a long way out from Invest 94 potential impacting the U.S. but we will keep an eye on it, in case it does come this direction.

Daniel Sparkman
dsparkman@wvuatv.com
WVUA Weather

Radar Update, Storms Moving Out – Saturday 7:45 p.m.

 

Rain continues to fall across much of West Alabama. It will begin clearing north to south over the next hour or so. Lamar, Fayette and Pickens coutnies are already pretty much dry. At this point the rain spreads all the way to the state line south of a Geiger to Moundville line. There is also clearing starting in Marengo County. We are not seeing any severe storms with this mass of rain moving across the area. There is some lightning and strong winds out there so be careful if you are out and about tonight. All the rain should be out of the area for the most part by 10 p.m.

I’ll see you at 10!

Daniel Sparkman
dsparkman@wvuatv.com
WVUA Weather

 

Gordon Becomes Third Atlantic Hurricane – Saturday 5:45 p.m.

HURRICANE GORDON ADVISORY NUMBER  13
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL082012
500 PM AST SAT AUG 18 2012

…GORDON STRENGTHENS MORE AS IT HEADS FOR THE AZORES…

SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…34.1N 36.4W
ABOUT 590 MI…950 KM WSW OF THE AZORES
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…105 MPH…165 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…E OR 85 DEGREES AT 21 MPH…33 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…969 MB…28.61 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN AZORES

A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND
PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE GORDON WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 34.1 NORTH…LONGITUDE 36.4 WEST. GORDON IS
MOVING TOWARD THE EAST NEAR 21 MPH…33 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD THE
EAST-NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED BY SUNDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE
CENTER OF GORDON WILL APPROACH THE EASTERN AZORES ON SUNDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 105 MPH…165 KM/H…
WITH HIGHER GUSTS. GORDON IS A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE
SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. WEAKENING IS FORECAST TO BEGIN ON SUNDAY…
BUT GORDON IS STILL EXPECTED TO BE NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH AS IT
PASSES NEAR THE EASTERN AZORES SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES…55 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 125
MILES…205 KM.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 969 MB…28.61 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE CENTRAL AND
EASTERN AZORES BY LATE SUNDAY…WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS EXPECTED
SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY.

RAINFALL…GORDON IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3
TO 6 INCHES OVER THE AZORES.

SURF…SWELLS GENERATED BY GORDON ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE CENTRAL
AND EASTERN AZORES ON SUNDAY…CAUSING DANGEROUS SURF AND RIP
CURRENT CONDITIONS. PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR LOCAL WEATHER
OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…800 PM AST.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 PM AST.

Strong Storms Moving Through The Area… Radar Update/Weekend Forecast – 5pm Saturday…

Good Saturday afternoon to you! Much of the area has picked up rain today with the 1st batch of storms early this morning. A new batch of storms is moving into west Alabama as of 5pm; in-fact, storms are nearing severe levels over Sumter and northwest Marengo County. These storms will continue to move east and a severe thunderstorm warning or two is possible for areas southwest of Tuscaloosa between now and 8pm.

At 5pm, a large batch of rain and thunderstorms stretched from Lamar County southward into Pickens, Greene, Sumter and Marengo County. This batch of rain and strong storms is moving east at 30mph and will impact much of our area as the afternoon and evenig moves along. Rain totals will be hard to forecast with this batch, but I expect the higher rain totals to occur this evenign in areas south of Livingston to Eutaw to Greensboro to Marion. In that part of south and southwest Alabama, storm totals could reach 1 inch between now and 10pm tonight. To the north of that line, I expect most areas to get less than 1 inch. Rain will gradually come to and end from west to east after sunset and through 10pm tonight. A few additional thunderstorms will become possible sometime late tonight.

The risk fo rain isn’t over after the second batch moves out. With a stalled front over our area, the risk of rain will continue at times through the rest of the weekend. The best chance of rain on Sunday will occur near and south of Tuscaloosa. All of central and west Alabama will stand the chance of scattered storms on Sunday, but rain chances increase as you move south through the state. It will not rain non stop all day and night, but keep the rain gear handy incase anything develops over your area.

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Severe Weather Reports…More Storms Later Today, Some Severe… Saturday Morning Update 10am

Good Saturday morning to you! Many of us woke up to some strong to severe storms early this morning, as a complex moved through our state. There were a few damage reports, but there was no major damage… Here’s the reportes, listed by the National Weather Service in Birmingham:

(7:53 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS BMX: 5 SSE Holt [Tuscaloosa Co, AL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:20 AM CDT — power lines down along windermere drive.

(7:53 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS BMX: 5 SSE Holt [Tuscaloosa Co, AL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:22 AM CDT — tree down along stonehill lane.

8:28 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS BMX: 3 N Ralph [Tuscaloosa Co, AL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:40 AM CDT — tree down on sipsey valley road west of wesley chapel road.

(8:32 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS BMX: 5 SSE Holt [Tuscaloosa Co, AL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:20 AM CDT — power lines down along windermere drive. corrected time.

(8:32 AM) nwsbot: Local Storm Report by NWS BMX: 5 SSE Holt [Tuscaloosa Co, AL] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 06:22 AM CDT — tree down along stone hill lane. corrected time.

The 1st batch of storms have moved east and weakened, but we’re watching other storms over west Mississippi and Arkansas. These storms could reach our area sometime late this morning or early afternoon. A severe thunderstorm or two is possible, but I don’t expect tornadoes. The main threat would be in the form of damaging winds and hail. Also, storms will prodce intense lightning, so use lightning safety. It will not rain all day, but keep the rain gear handy. Skies will remain mostly cloudy through this Saturday.

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