Severe T-storm Warning for Cullman Co Til 6pm Friday #alwx @wvua23

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BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
521 PM CDT FRI APR 29 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN LAWRENCE COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 520 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR BRUSHY LAKE TO NEAR ARKADELPHIA…MOVING EAST
NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
DECATUR…CULLMAN…HARTSELLE…MOULTON…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…
FALKVILLE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY AND SARDIS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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Severe T-storm Warning Tuscaloosa, Fayette Co Until 6pm Friday #alwx @wvua23

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 512 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR ASHCRAFT CORNER TO NEAR LAKE LURLEEN STATE
PARK…MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
NORTHPORT…BERRY…COKER…SAMANTHA…BULL CITY…BOLEY SPRINGS…
BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…BANKSTON…BINION CREEK LANDING…LAKE LURLEEN
STATE PARK…TIERCE PATTTON BRIDGE…LAKE TUSCALOOSA…HIGHWAY 69
BRIDGE…LAKE NICOL PARK…FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE…WINDHAM
SPRINGS…STONE WALL…FLATWOODS…WHITSON AND MOORES BRIDGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

 

Some Storms Chances Continue Through Tuesday…Friday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has become rather noisy this afternoon, as a cluster of storms has moved into northwest Alabama. At 4:30pm, strong storms are lined up from near Reform to Fayette to Haleyville, moving east southeast. These storms could produce hail and isolated wind damage over the next few hours, as they impact areas near and north of I-59 this evening. The storms this afternoon are in response to a MCS, moving along an old frontal boundary.

We’ve got a rather unsettled pattern ahead of us between now and Tuesday, with occasional bats of showers and storms across Alabama. Saturday will feature a mostly dry day before noon, with some scattered storms increasing by mid to late afternoon. There’s a chance a weakening MCS impacts west Alabama during the mid to late afternoon hours. Highs will reach the mid 80s on Saturday. As a cold front moves into Alabama on Sunday, look for a good chance of rain and storms. I don’t expect it to rain all day on Sunday, but periods of showers and storms will be possible at any time. The front will stall across our area and serve as a focus point for occasional showers and storms on Monday and Tuesday, until the air finally dries out Tuesday night. Rain amounts will vary a good bit across the state, with some areas picking up over 2″ of rain and other spots less than 1″. Highs will cool a bit on Monday through Thursday, as a upper air trough digs across the east. Look for highs in the middle to upper 70s, with lows well down into the 50s.

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Severe T-storm Warning for Lamar Co Until 4:30pm Friday #alwx @wvua23

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BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
345 PM CDT FRI APR 29 2016

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 345 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 9 MILES NORTHWEST
OF BEDFORD…OR 11 MILES EAST OF ABERDEEN…MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS…AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
VERNON…SULLIGENT…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…BLOOMING GROVE…BEDFORD…
GATTMAN…CODY…LAMAR COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE AND HIGHTOGY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

2:45PM Radar Update: Storms Moving into Northwest AL… Friday Update… #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! At 2:45pm, we’ve got a cluster of storms over central and north Mississippi, moving east. There is a random tornado warning to the northwest of Columbus, MS, moving east, however, the risk of getting a tornado in Alabama this afternoon is very, very low. Mainly, we’re looking at a good chance of storms for areas to the northwest of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham between 4pm and 8pm.

The cluster of storms is moving east, but the storms are not building southward at the moment, so it appears the main risk of rain and storms this afternoon and evening will be to the north of I-20 and to the west of I-65. Areas near Hamilton, Fayette, Jasper, Haleyville and Vernon have the best chance of getting these storms before they die out. These storms could dump some fairly heavy rain for a short amount of time in the areas listed above.

For cities of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, there is a chance the storms could make it there around of just after 5pm, but it’s not guaranteed these storms make it that far south. The bottom line, if you live anywhere near or north of I-20 and west of I-65, keep the umbrella handy this afternoon and evening to be safe…

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Some Storms Ahead… Mild Temps… Thursday Forecast Update – 5pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our local weather has remained mostly dry across the state, with temperatures warming well into the 80s. A few showers have developed on radar along the HWY 80 corridor, especially near and east of Selma. Areas to the north remain dry this afternoon. There could be some patchy fog in spots tonight, so be careful driving overnight and into the early morning hours.

Models continue to suggest a cluster of storms will approach northwest and west Alabama by mid to late afternoon on Friday. We may have to bump up the rain chance Friday afternoon/eve as new data comes in. Expect skies to become mostly cloudy Friday afternoon and evening, as highs approach the middle 80s. Either way, most of Friday will be dry, with the main issues with rain chances coming after 3pm.

A few scattered pop up storms are possible on Saturday, mainly the typical heat activated activity. I do not expect a washout on Saturday. Highs will reach the middle 80s Saturday afternoon. A weakening cold front will slip into north and central Alabama on Sunday, with a good chance of a few passing showers and storms. I don’t expect it to rain the entire day on Sunday, but there could be a few storms at any time. Severe weather is not expected at this time. The front will likely slip into south Alabama on Monday, but I’ve left a small chance of a few scattered showers or storms in the forecast on Monday, but models suggest most of the day will be dry.

A wave of low pressure will track across the area on Tuesday, bringing a good chance of a few showers and storms. I don’t expect an all day rain on Tuesday, but some areas could get a good downpour or two. Highs will back down just a bit early next week, with highs reaching the 70s.

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2 Years Ago…Looking Back, April 28, 2014 Tornado Outbreak… #alwx @wvua23

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It was 2 years ago today, that Alabama dealt with the worst tornado outbreak since the April 15th and 27th outbreak of 2011. I, along with Spinks Megginson was on TV for nearly 12 hours non-stop covering the tornadoes as they tracked across west, central and east Alabama. This was also the first day for WVUA in the new location of Bryant-Denny Stadium, as we had moved from Reese Phifer Hall into the Digital Media Center at the stadium. We were scheduled to have our first newscast from Bryant-Denny Stadium at 5pm, instead, we went on air at 2pm for tornado coverage.

The Storm Prediction Center issued northwest Alabama under a rare high risk of severe weather for that evening and night, as dangerous supercell thunderstorms were expected to develop. The map above shows the tornado paths across central Alabama. Keep in mind, this does not include the numerous tornadoes that tracked across north Alabama, in the Huntsville Market. This event was responsible for some fatalities acorss north Alabama… There was one fatality in Tuscaloosa, but it was not due to the tornado. The fatality in Tuscaloosa was related to a structural issue and very heavy rain.

Below is a look at one tornado that impacted the south side of the city of Tuscaloosa. It was rated an EF-1, but what is unique is the path width. This tornado was 4,500 feet wide, which is nearly 1 mile wide! I can’t recall ever having a tornado nearly 1 mile wide rated an EF-1. Looking back at radar images, it looked like a storm that would produce an EF-2 or EF-3 tornado. We are very fortunate it was not that strong, otherwise, we would have had fatalities in direct relation to the tornado. The Tuscaloosa tornado of that night was very close to the December 16, 2000 tornado path. Look at the side-by-side comparison from both tornadoes!

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Here’s a great overview from the National Weather Service in Birmingham on this event:

A large scale severe weather event began Saturday April 26 and ended Tuesday April 29th. This system produced several waves of severe weather. Strong and violent tornadoes, very large hail, flash flooding, and damaging straight line winds accompanied this dynamic storm system. This severe weather started in the Central and Southern Plains and moved eastward into the Midwest and Lower Mississippi Valley on April 27th. The most tornadoes occurred across the Deep South as the system moved into Mississippi and Alabama on April 28th. The event finally subsided on April 29th, but not before producing significant flooding and tornadoes along the Gulf Coast, tornadoes in the Carolinas, and severe weather into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. The was the largest tornado outbreak in Central Alabama since the infamous weather back in April 2011.

Thunderstorms development needs the proper combination of moisture, instability and lift. If these values are combined with high enough values, severe thunderstorms can develop. Then we add wind shear, which is the directional turning of the winds with height, and tornadoes are possible. Conditions over central Alabama on Monday April 28th had the perfect mixture of these ingredients to produce tornadoes, some of which were strong.

Supercell thunderstorms developed during the late Monday afternoon over eastern Mississippi and northwest Alabama. This activity developed well ahead of a cold front in the warm sector. The activity slowly proceded east and southeast and the threat ended early Tuesday morning.

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