Friday Evening Forecast Update…More Rain Ahead by Sunday – 9:45pm

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Good Friday evening! After a nasty weather day yesterday, with isolated severe weather issues, our weather today turned out very nice. I’ve posted the latest survey from the National Weather Service this evening which shows where two tornadoes touched down in Alabama yesterday. It’s on a post below this one…

Much of west and central Alabama enjoyed lots of sun and mild temperatures. Highs reached the lower 70s this afternoon. Skies are clear tonight, and we’ll cool quickly, with a low in the lower to middle 40s after midnight.

A surface high will move over Alabama on Saturday, which will give us light to calm winds and a sunny sky. Temperatures will warm into the upper 70s on Saturday. A disturbance will develop in the northern Gulf and bring a large batch of rain over the southern half of Alabama on Sunday. The best chance of rain will occur south of I-20 on Sunday, but even north Alabama will deal with scattered showers. I don’t exect any severe weather issues on Sunday.

The rain is expected to move out on Monday and Tuesday, but a moist airmass and warm days will lead to the chance of scattered showers and storms each day. The chance is low both Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but don’t be shocked if it rains in your area.

A deep upper air trough will move into the southeast on Thursday. At this time, forecast models suggest a risk of strong to severe storms, but it’s too early to know what type of severe weather we will deal with and an exact time. We’ll watch it close and update the forecast as we get closer to it. Highs will reach the lower 80s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Due to extra clouds and a good chance of storms on Thursday, highs will drop a tad, into the middle 70s.

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Two Tornadoes Found in Bama from Thursday… Friday Update – 9:30pm

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL

740 PM CDT FRI APR 12 2013

…UPDATED FOR ADDITIONAL SURVEY INFORMATION FROM PICKENS COUNTY..

A LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORM MOVED THROUGH CENTRAL ALABAMA DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS ON APRIL 11. DURING THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS…SEVERAL DISCRETE SUPERCELLS MOVED INTO CENTRAL ALABAMA AHEAD OF THE LINE OF STORMS AND PRODUCED SEVERAL AREAS OF DAMAGE IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA. ONCE THE LINE OF STORMS MOVED INTO THE AREA…SEVERAL SEGMENTS OF THE LINE ISOLATED POCKETS OF DAMAGING WINDS AND DOWNED TREES. BY LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING SEVERAL SEGMENTS ALONG THE LINE OF STORMS BEGAN TO ROTATE IN A MORE UNSTABLE AIRMASS ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN SECTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG THE LINE AS IT MOVED SLOWLY EASTWARD. STORM SURVEY TEAMS WILL CONTINUE TO GATHER INFORMATION TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE AND THE CAUSE.

SURVEY SUMMARY:

TORNADO #1 MACEDONIA/ETHELSVILLE (PICKENS COUNTY)……

 

RATING:                 EF-1

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    100-110 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  12.37 MI

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   1050 YDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               0

 

START DATE:             APR 11 2013

START TIME:             1248 PM CDT

START LOCATION:         3.52 MI NW OF PICKENSVILLE / PICKENS / AL

START LAT/LON:          33.2654 / -88.3072

 

END DATE:               APR 11 2013

END TIME:               106 PM CDT

END LOCATION:           0.77 MI E OF ETHELSVILLE / PICKENS / AL

END LAT/LON:            33.4142 / -88.1995

THIS TORNADO WAS A CONTINUATION OF THE NOXUBEE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI TORNADO. THE DATA CONTAINED HERE WILL ADDRESS ONLY THE ALABAMA SECTION.

THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI ALABAMA STATE LINE 3.52 MILES NORTHWEST OF PICKENSVILLE. THIS LOCATION WAS RIGHT ACROSS ALICEVILLE LAKE. THE TORNADO TRACKED NORTHEAST TO NEAR HIGHWAY 14. IHE DAMAGE IN WESTERN PICKENS WAS RELATIVELY MINOR BUT DAMAGED SEVERAL PINE TREES ALONG THE PATH.

THE TORNADO THEN TOOK A MORE NORTH NORTHEAST PATH…A SLIGHT LEFT TURN…AND NEARLY PARALLELED HIGHWAY 75 FOR SEVERAL MILES. THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED FROM NEAR JIM DILL ROAD TO PINE GROVE ROAD…DESTROYING SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS AND CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO A WELL-BUILT TWO STORY HOME…AND SNAPPING OFF AND UPROOTING HUNDREDS OF TREES. JUST PAST PINE GROVE ROAD…A MANUFACTURED HOME SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE AND SOME HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED OFF. THIS DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE MACEDONIA COMMUNITY.

AS THE TORNADO APPROACHED JOHN MOORE ROAD…IT SLIGHTLY TURNED RIGHT…AND MOVED NORTHEAST AGAIN. THIS AREA WAS AT THE EDGE OF ETHELSVILLE WHERE SEVERAL HOMES AND MANUFACTURED HOMES WERE DESTROYED, AND MANY TREES WERE ALSO DOWNED IN THIS STRETCH.

THE TORNADO CROSSED COUNTY ROAD 30 JUST EAST OF DOWNTOWN ETHELSVILLE AND LIFTED AFTER IT CROSSED A BRANCH OF KINCAID CREEK.

TORNADO #2 NOTASULGA (MACON COUNTY)……

 

RATING:                 EF-2

ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH

PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  5.08 MI

PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YDS

FATALITIES:             0

INJURIES:               1

 

START DATE:             APR 11 2013

START TIME:             834 PM CDT

START LOCATION:         4 MI SW OF NOTASULGA / MACON / AL

START LAT/LON:          32.5327 / -85.7365

 

END DATE:               APR 11 2013

END TIME:               844 PM CDT

END LOCATION:           2 MI NW OF NOTASULGA / LEE / AL

END LAT/LON:            32.5967 / -85.6934

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ALONG ST JOHNS CHURCH ROAD AT SAINT JOHNS CHURCH. SEVERAL TREE BRANCHES WERE DAMAGED ALONG WITH SEVERAL OVERTURNED GRAVE MARKERS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTH- NORTHEAST CROSSING HARDWICH STREET WHERE SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS SUSTAINED DAMAGE. THE TORNADO PROCEEDED TO CROSS COUNTY ROAD 39 AND STATE ROAD 14 WHERE SEVERAL MORE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. ON COUNTY ROAD 39 ONE BRICK HOME HAD MAJOR ROOFING LOSS AND WINDOW GLASS BREAKAGE. ONE MINOR INJURY WAS CAUSED FROM FLYING GLASS. ALSO IN THE SAME AREA…ONE MOBILE HOME HAD SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WHILE ANOTHER WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE TORNADO CROSSED STATE ROAD 14…AND REACHED ITS MAXIMUM INTENSITY. IT SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED A TWO STORY WELL BUILD HOME. THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE LOSS OF ROOF MATERIAL ALONG WITH ONE OUTER WALL COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH ANOTHER OUTER WALL SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE FAMILY OF FIVE TOOK COVER IN AN INTERIOR CLOSET ON THE LOWEST LEVEL WHICH KEPT THEM FROM SIGNIFICANT INJURY. THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED FURTHER NORTHEAST WHERE IT DAMAGED AN ADDITIONAL OUTBUILDING PAVILION. IT LIFTED ALONG ROXANA ROAD JUST INSIDE LEE COUNTY.

ADDITIONAL SURVEY LOCATIONS INCLUDE…WINSTON COUNTY…WALKER COUNTY…AND BIBB COUNTY. THIS INFORMATION WAS STILL BEING GATHERED OR WILL BE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

NOTE: THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED PERIODICALLY…AS SURVEYS TEAMS REPORT BACK THEIR FINDINGS. PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR ANY MEDIA INQUIRIES WITH THOSE TEAMS OUT ON SURVEYS.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0…WEAK……65 TO 85 MPH

EF1…WEAK……86 TO 110 MPH

EF2…STRONG….111 TO 135 MPH

EF3…STRONG….136 TO 165 MPH

EF4…VIOLENT…166 TO 200 MPH

EF5…VIOLENT…>200 MPH

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Twitter: Richard_wvua

Friday 4/12 Update 5 PM: Thursday’s Severe Weather

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…UPDATED FOR ADDITIONAL SURVEY INFORMATION FROM MACON COUNTY…

.OVERVIEW…

A LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORM MOVED THROUGH CENTRAL ALABAMA DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS ON APRIL 11. DURING THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS…SEVERAL DISCRETE SUPERCELLS MOVED INTO CENTRAL ALABAMA AHEAD OF THE LINE OF STORMS AND PRODUCED SEVERAL AREAS OF DAMAGE IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA. ONCE THE LINE OF STORMS MOVED INTO THE AREA…SEVERAL SEGMENTS OF THE LINE ISOLATED POCKETS OF DAMAGING WINDS AND DOWNED TREES. BY LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING SEVERAL SEGMENTS ALONG THE LINE OF STORMS BEGAN TO ROTATE IN A MORE UNSTABLE AIRMASS ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN SECTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG THE LINE AS IT
MOVED SLOWLY EASTWARD. STORM SURVEY TEAMS WILL CONTINUE TO GATHER INFORMATION TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE AND THE CAUSE.

SURVEY SUMMARY:

.TORNADO #1 NOTASULGA (MACON COUNTY)……

RATING:                 EF-2
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    120 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  5.08 MI
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   200 YDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               1

START DATE:             APR 11 2013
START TIME:             834 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4 MI SW OF NOTASULGA / MACON / AL
START LAT/LON:          32.5327 / -85.7365

END DATE:               APR 11 2013
END TIME:               844 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2 MI NW OF NOTASULGA / LEE / AL
END LAT/LON:            32.5967 / -85.6934

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ALONG ST JOHNS CHURCH ROAD AT SAINT JOHNS CHURCH. SEVERAL TREE BRANCHES WERE DAMAGED ALONG WITH SEVERAL OVERTURNED GRAVE MARKERS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTH-NORTHEAST CROSSING HARDWICH STREET WHERE SEVERAL OUTBUILDINGS SUSTAINED DAMAGE. THE TORNADO PROCEEDED TO CROSS COUNTRY ROAD 39 AND STATE ROAD 14 WHERE SEVERAL MORE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. ON COUNTY ROAD 39 ONE BRICK HOME HAD MAJOR
ROOFING LOSS AND WINDOW GLASS BREAKAGE. ONE MINOR INJURY WAS CAUSED FROM FLYING GLASS. ALSO IN THE SAME AREA…ONE MOBILE HOME HAD SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WHILE ANOTHER WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE TORNADO CROSSED STATE ROAD 14…AND REACHED ITS MAXIMUM INTENSITY.
IT SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED A TWO STORY WELL BUILD HOME. THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE LOSS OF ROOF MATERIAL ALONG WITH ONE OUTER WALL COMPLETELY DESTROYED WITH ANOTHER OUTER WALL SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE FAMILY OF FIVE TOOK COVER IN AN INTERIOR
CLOSET ON THE LOWEST LEVEL WHICH KEPT THEM FROM SIGNIFICANT INJURY. THE TORNADO THEN TRACKED FURTHER NORTHEAST WHERE IT DAMAGED AN ADDITIONAL OUTBUILDING PAVILION. IT LIFTED ALONG ROXANA ROAD JUST INSIDE LEE COUNTY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS TWO OTHER TEAMS OUT TODAY SURVEYING
DAMAGE ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.

TEAM ONE: PRIMARY TARGETS…PICKENS COUNTY AND DAMAGE NEAR
ETHELSVILLE.

TEAM TWO: PRIMARY TARGET…WINSTON COUNTY.

NOTE: THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENTS AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED PERIODICALLY…AS SURVEYS TEAMS REPORT BACK THEIR FINDINGS. PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR ANY MEDIA INQUIRIES WITH THOSE TEAMS OUT ON
SURVEYS.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OUR CUSTOMERS AND PARTNERS. IF YOU WITNESSED OR ARE AWARE OF ANY STORM DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS OR TORNADOES…PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE…OR CALL OUR STORM REPORTING HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0…WEAK……65 TO 85 MPH
EF1…WEAK……86 TO 110 MPH
EF2…STRONG….111 TO 135 MPH
EF3…STRONG….136 TO 165 MPH
EF4…VIOLENT…166 TO 200 MPH
EF5…VIOLENT…>200 MPH

Isaac Williams
WVUA-TV Weather

Source: NWS Birmingham