Mild… A Little Cooler, Then… Warm Again! Tuesday Forecast Update – 4:35pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather is incredibly mild this afternoon, with all of west and central Alabama reaching the lower to middle 70s. A few upper 70s were also reported this afternoon over west Alabama. With plenty of sunshine and the upper air trough now well east of Alabama, conditions have modified quickly today. A weak cold front is on the way and that will bring some temporary changes to Alabama’s weather later this week.

Temperatures tonight will fall into the middle to upper 40s under a increasing cloud cover. Skies will become mostly cloudy at times on Wednesday, as moisture pools up ahead of an approaching cold front. A few showers will be possible Wednesday night, on Thursday and on Friday, but widespread rain is unlikely. Temperatures will drop into the low 60s for highs on Thursday, followed by upper 50s for highs on Friday and Saturday. Groundhog Day is on Thursday, and no matter the outcome, our local weather will remain well above average for the most part through April. We will catch some cooler air Thursday through Saturday, but temperatures will actually be closer to average, then rise well above average by Sunday and Monday.

Another cold front will approach Alabama on Sunday, but this front appears to remain north of our area. A few showers are possible, but cooler air should remain to our north. A gusty south wind will develop on Sunday and Monday, sending warm Gulf air back into Alabama. Other than some slightly cooler air Thursday through Saturday, the majority of this forecast will reflect spring like weather…

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Mild Days Ahead… Clouds Increase By Mid Week… Monday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out mild this afternoon, with temperatures reaching into the lower to middle 60s. Lots of sunshine remains across the area, which is making conditions feel even warmer. Expect a clear sky tonight, with lows in the lower 40s.

Temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday will remain well above average, with highs in the lower 70s and lows in the middle 40s. As moisture increases on Wednesday and Thursday, clouds will also increase. Skies become mostly cloudy on Thursday, with a small chance of a shower on Thursday and Friday. A weak cold front will stall out across central Alabama on Friday, dropping highs into the lower 60s on both Thursday and Friday, with upper 50s for highs on Saturday. Areas north of I-20 could be in the 50s for highs Thursday through Saturday.

Another cold front will sweep through the area on Sunday, brining a fair chance of showers. Highs will approach the low 60s on Sunday, before cooler air moves in on Monday.

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Warmer Days Ahead! Sunday update… 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Tonight will be mostly clear with lows dropping back into the 30s. Tomorrow will be a nice, warmer, day as the sun comes out and allows areas reach their highs for the afternoon. The day will start clear and few clouds will creep in as the day progresses, but still plenty of sunshine. Moving into Tuesday, you can expect temperatures to reach into the 70s! Spring daytime temperatures and sunlight are back for a short time. Evenings will remain chilly. Clear skies at night will allow temperatures to stay cooler.

By Thursday clouds will begin to move back in with a chance of a stray shower into the evening and early morning Friday. The rest of the weekend will stay mostly cloudy with a small chance of showers, and lows will continue into the mid to low 40s.

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Danielle Davis
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Looking Back at the January 28, 2014 Winter Storm… #alwx @wvua23

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Here’s a look back at the winter weather disaster that impacted much of Alabama on the day of January 28, 2014. Thousands of people were stranded on the roads as the snow fell and quickly caused roads to become blocks of ice. It was a bad combination of very cold air, heavy snow, and tons of traffic thrown into the wintry weather at it’s peak. Schools and businesses let out at the same time, causing a rapid increase in traffic. This occurred at the peak of the snow, causing traffic to stop on all roads and interstates in our area. With people stranded in their cars, many hiked in the snow to get to shelter for the night, as temperatures were dangerously cold. Here’s a great re-cap of the event from the National Weather Service in Birmingham:

The Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast states were impacted by a rather significant winter storm during the period of January 28-30, 2014. Central Alabama had it’s encounter with the system on Tuesday, January 28th, when freezing rain and snow fell across much of the area. Below is a recap of the event across NWS Birmingham’s county warning area.

The snow event on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, really began two days earlier on Sunday the 26th. On that Sunday afternoon, it was nearly unfathomable that conditions were going to be so radically different in just a mere 48 hours. Temperatures were near 60 degrees in the northern sections of Central Alabama, while further south, it was even warmer with temperatures rising into the middle 60s in the Montgomery area. This led to the first forecast problem, the warmer ground and especially the warmer road temperatures.

As we went into Monday, a major change was taking place as yet another Arctic front was headed south across the area. Most of the region warmed rapidly during the morning through the mid afternoon hours, but just a few hours after sunset most locations had dropped well into the 20s with really dry air diving southward. In fact, several dewpoints registered in the negative digits. This drier air only served to re-enforce the already problematic forecast by making it difficult to determine exactly how long it would take to moisten the atmosphere on Tuesday. The issue of just how far north the winter precipitation would fall was also a huge concern considering the extrememly low dewpoints that were in place across portions of the area.

By early Tuesday, it was apparent that a lot of moisture was moving into the area, and those negative dewpoints were quickly rising. Meanwhile, the surface temperatures were dropping in conjunction with the heavy precipitation, and most surface temperatures were struggling to get past 20 degrees! This caused huge forecast headaches because the atmosphere had moistened so quickly that snow up north and sleet and freezing rain south were already beginning to reach the ground several hours earlier than anticipated. The next forecast issue was the colder than forecast surface temperatures that were allowing the snow ratios to be nearly 20:1, almost unheard of in Alabama. (Typically snow to liquid ratios are around 10:1 in our part of the country.) Thirdly, even though there was a lot of dry air across the northern half of the state, the snow rates were just heavy enough to allow snow to accumulate further north than originally forecast. Finally, and the worst impact of all – those warm temperatures from Sunday and early Monday allowed the first layer of snow to melt on contact and refreeze as a sheet of ice on all the roadways in the 20 degree weather. This led to all of the traffic nightmares across the entire area and people being stranded for many hours Tuesday!

In the end, Alabama State Troopers responded to 731 vehicle accidents across the state during the period Tuesday through Friday (Jan 28th-31st). Sadly, there were nine deaths attributed to accidents that occurred due to the icy road conditions. Snowfall totals across Central Alabama ranged from zero in the far northwest to 2-3 inches in a corridor from Chilton County northeast to Randolph County.  Prior to the snowfall, some counties in the southeast half of the state reported up to 0.25 inches of ice accumulation.

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Dry Days Continue… Cool Weekend… Friday Forecast Update – 5:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! It has turned out chilly today, with highs only reaching the upper 40s to near 50. A batch of high clouds and a breezy west wind has made conditions feel quite chilly this afternoon and evening. Expect skies to become partly cloudy overnight, with temperatures dropping into the upper 20s to near 30. A light west wind will continue overnight.

The trough will remain over the central and eastern US through the weekend, which will feature chilly daytime temperatures and cold overnight lows. Highs will reach the low 50s on Saturday and Sunday, with lows dipping into the lower 30s. I don’t expect any rain through the weekend, but skies will remain partly cloudy on Saturday, becoming mostly cloudy on Sunday. An upper air disturbance will move around the base of the trough on Sunday, which will bring the enhancement of clouds. With little to no moisture in the lowest 10,000 feet, I don’t expect any risk of rain on Sunday as the disturbance moves across the area.

The trough will begin its northeastward retreat on Monday and Tuesday. Highs will remain in the lower 50s on Monday, but low to mid 60s are likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will modify into the 40s at night by mid week. Next week appears mostly dry, although a stray shower is possible on Thursday.

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Cool Days Ahead… Dry Weather… Thursday Forecast Update – 3:35pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out cool today, as a cold front that brought the storms lastnight has moved well south of our area. The pattern will continue to support cool days and chilly nights through atleast Monday before more changes occur.

Temperatures will fall into the lower 30s tonight, with a light west to northwest breeze. If the wind can go calm, frost will develop. With a wind all night, frost would be more patchy or unlikely. The upper air trough will remain in firm control of our local weather, bringing a mostly sunny sky and chilly temperatures. Highs will top out in the lower 50s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with lows at or just below freezing. As an upper air disturbance digs around the base of the trough, expect a mostly cloudy sky on Sunday, but there isn’t enough surface or lower atmospheric moisture to bring any rain on Sunday.

The trough will begin its northeastward retreat on Monday and Tuesday. Highs will remain in the lower 50s on Monday, but low 60s are likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will modify into the 40s at night by mid week.

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Sunshine & Cooler Days Ahead… Wednesday Forecast Update – 5pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! At 5pm, a band of showers and storms is tracking eastward across far western Alabama. Storms are associated with a cold front that will continue to push east into Alabama. Showers and storms will pass across the area quickly this evening and tonight, with sunny skies returning by sunrise Thursday morning.

A deep upper air trough will take over the entire central and eastern half of the US and will remain with us through the weekend. Highs will only top out in the lower to middle 50s on Thursday through Monday. With a surface high nearby, expect winds to remain rather light, but a general north breeze will develop on Thursday and Friday. Some clouds will pass across the area on Sunday, but rain is not expected.

A warming trend will develop on Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs back in the low 60s.

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18 Tornadoes Tracks Confirmed in Central AL…. #alwx @wvua23

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Here’s the latest on the confirmed tornado paths from this past weekend severe weather outbreak. 18 tornadoes have now been confirmed…

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
309 PM CST Wed Jan 25 2017

…NWS DAMAGE SURVEYS THURSDAY 1/19 THROUGH SUNDAY 1/22…
…CONFIRMED NUMBER OF TORNADOES NOW UP TO 17 IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
…UPDATED FOR AUTAUGA COUNTY SURVEY…
…CORRECTIONS TO DATA ON TRACK NUMBERS: 7.

A team went down to Autauga County. No tornado damage was found from
this event. Only isolated straight line wind damage was noted. No
additional surveys are anticipated.

No additional storm surveys are planned at this time.

.#1 TREASURE ISLAND TORNADO (ST. CLAIR) Thursday 1/19…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.70 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   175 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 19 2017
Start Time:             558 pm CST
Start Location:         2 ENE Coosa Island
Start Lat/Lon:          33.4785 / -86.3045

End Date:               Jan 19 2017
End Time:               600 pm CST
End Location:           5 SSW Pell City
End Lat/Lon:            33.4877 / -86.3025

Survey Summary:

A persistent mesocyclone spun up a brief weak tornado within a
line of thunderstorms as it passed through St Clair County.  The
tornado touched down on Logan Martin Lake just south of the
eastern shore of Treasure Island.  The tornado tracked northward
parallel to and just off the shores of the island, with the initial
damage pointing largely offshore.  Four boathouses were destroyed
and a few trees were snapped or uprooted here, but the path of the
tornado was far enough offshore so as not to cause any structural
damage to the homes another 50 to 100 feet further inland.  As the
tornado continued northward across a large cove, it remained
completely over water. As it approached the northeastern tip of
the island, which jutted out into the lake, the tornado came ashore
again and peeled metal roofing off a well-built boathouse.  The
tornado reached maximum strength here, with 10 large hardwood trees
uprooted in a concentrated area in a convergent pattern.  The
tornado passed offshore again and dissipated before reaching the
opposite point on the lake. A special thanks to the St. Clair County
Emergency Management Agency for assistance.

.#2 PUTNAM TORNADO (MARENGO COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph
Path Length (Statute):  5.50 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   800 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             529 am CST
Start Location:         3 WSW Putnam
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0081 / -88.0885

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               537 am CST
End Location:           1 E Putnam
End Lat/Lon:            32.0237 / -88.0173

Survey Summary:

This tornado continued from Choctaw County where EF2 damage
occurred. The tornado crossed into Marengo County near the Slater
Community on Blue Rock Road. The tornado moved northeast and
generally parallel Blue Rock Road into the Putnam Community. The
tornado crossed State Highway 69 and lifted east of Putnam on CR
4. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. At
least one mobile home was destroyed and several homes sustained
roof damage.

.#3 WAYNE TORNADO (MARENGO COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.20 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   900 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             555 am CST
Start Location:         1 ESE Wayne
Start Lat/Lon:          32.0988 / -87.7823

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               601 am CST
End Location:           1 E Miller
End Lat/Lon:            32.1570 / -87.7634

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down along US Highway 43 near Sweetwater
Creek and Wayne Road. The tornado tracked north northeast and
downed several trees along the path. A few outbuildings were
damaged. The tornado lifted north of Pillie Road and Diamond Road,
east of US Highway 43.

.#4 WETUMPKA TORNADO (ELMORE) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    100 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.54 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   450 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             755 am CST
Start Location:         1 SW Wetumpka
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5299 / -86.2179

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               758 am CST
End Location:           1 NW Wetumpka
End Lat/Lon:            32.5504 / -86.2081

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down on the north side of the Coosa River,
south of South Boundary Street. The tornado tracked north
northeast right into Wetumpka. Just after crossing South Boundary
Street, the tornado began snapping and uprooting trees. The
strongest winds appeared to be between West Bridge Street and West
Tuskeena Street where several large trees were down and a church was
damaged. The tornado continued north northeast where several more
trees were downed and several structures received minor roof damage.
The tornado lifted near Wetumpka City Park and North Bridge Street.

.#5 WILLOW SPRINGS RD TORNADO (ELMORE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.68 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             755 am CST
Start Location:         2 SSE Blue Ridge
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4692 / -86.1733

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               756 am CST
End Location:           1.5 SE Blue Ridge
End Lat/Lon:            32.4785 / -86.1697

Survey Summary:

A tornado touched down briefly just south of Willow Springs
Road and moved north northeast, parallel to Harwell Mill Creek,
knocking down a dozen trees. One tree fell on and destroyed an
outbuilding. The tornado lifted quickly just north of Willow
Springs Road and east of Ross Ridge Lane.

.#6 EMERALD MOUNTAIN TORNADO (ELMORE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    75 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.21 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   90 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             757 am CST
Start Location:         2 S Emerald Mountain
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4359 / -86.1064

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               757 am CST
End Location:           1 S Emerald Mountain
End Lat/Lon:            32.4388 / -86.1052

Survey Summary:

A tornado briefly touched down along Rifle Range Road near Emerald
Mountain Christian Academy, causing damage to fencing and metal
siding at the school. The tornado tracked to the northeast before
quickly lifting east of Mountain Laurel Road.

.#7 SOCIETY HILL TORNADO (MACON & LEE COUNTIES)…Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.84 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   100 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             848 am CST
Start Location:         3 N Society Hill
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4740 / -85.4557

End Date: Jan 21 2017
End Time:850 am CST
End Location: 4 SW Beauregard
End Lat/Lon:32.5090 / -85.4303

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down north of Society Hill near the intersection
of Macon CR 43 and Macon CR 24. Several trees were snapped off and
one home suffered roof damage shortly after touch down. The tornado
tracked north northeast where it produced additional tree damage.
One home along Macon CR 43 suffered roof damage. The tornado
continued on its path and eventually lifted after crossing into Lee
County near the Auburn University Fisheries.

.#8 WRIGHT CROSSROADS TORNADO (LEE COUNTY)…Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.38 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             849 am CST
Start Location:         5 S Auburn
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5267 / -85.4825

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               853 am CST
End Location:           3 SSE Auburn
End Lat/Lon:            32.5500 / -85.4523

Survey Summary:

A weak tornado formed along CR 23 south of Sand Hill Road where
several trees were uprooted. It crossed Sand Hill Road and Wrights
Mill Road near Wright Crossroads, and then uprooted several trees
at Springwood Drive and Old Creek Trail just inside the Auburn
city limits. The tornado then dissipated as it approached Lake
Ogletree.

.#9 TROY/LOUISVILLE TORNADO (PIKE & BARBOUR COUNTIES) Saturday
1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  37.47 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   400 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             855 am CST
Start Location:         5 N Goshen
Start Lat/Lon:          31.7870 / -86.1345

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               938 am CST
End Location:           3 E Louisville
End Lat/Lon:            31.7882 / -85.4987

Survey Summary:

A long-lived tornado touched down along CR 1107, about 5 miles
north of Goshen. The tornado traveled almost due east and produced
mostly EF0 damage to near Troy. One grove of trees sustained EF1
damage in southeast Troy while the remainder of the damage was
relatively light. The tornado continued eastward. South of Banks,
the tornado again produced EF1 damage and the strongest winds.
Just south of CR 18, a mobile home suffered significant damage.
The two occupants were uninjured as they took shelter after
hearing about the warning. The tornado proceeded east where it
downed tress and caused minor roof damage. The tornado lifted just
east of Louisville off of Carroway Road. The tornado damage width
was mainly under 100 yards except at the two higher damage
locations.

.#10 MOORES MILL ROAD TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.07 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             856 am CST
Start Location:         2 NNE Beauregard
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5626 / -85.3572

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               858 am CST
End Location:           5 SSE Opelika
End Lat/Lon:            32.5777 / -85.3529

Survey Summary:

A weak tornado formed along Lee Road 413 north of Beauregard just
south of Moores Mill Road, causing shingle damage and knocking
down some branches. The tornado crossed Moores Mill Road east of
SR 51. Several trees were uprooted as it crossed Lee Road 417
before dissipating.

.#11 ROBINSON CREEK TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    65 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.82 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   150 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             900 am CST
Start Location:         3 SSE Opelika
Start Lat/Lon:          32.6138 / -85.3677

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               901 am CST
End Location:           2 SSE Opelika
End Lat/Lon:            32.6240 / -85.3603

Survey Summary:

A weak tornado formed near the intersection of Ballard Avenue and
Edgemont Street on the south side of Opelika, just east of SR 51,
where shingle damage occurred. A pine tree was knocked down as
the tornado crossed SR 169. Several pine trees were uprooted and
more shingle damage occurred as the tornado crossed Old Columbus
Road before dissipating.

.#12 CRAWFORD TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-0 Estimated
Peak Wind:              80 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.13 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   50 yards
Fatalities:             0 Injuries:              0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             908 am CST
Start Location:         2 NW Crawford
Start Lat/Lon:          32.4811 / -85.2189

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               908 am CST
End Location:           2 NW Crawford
End Lat/Lon:            32.4828 / -85.2183

Survey Summary:

A brief tornado touched down in the Haley Woods subdivision
causing minor damage to several roofs and wooden fences. Damage
was confined to houses near one intersection within the
neighborhood.

.#13 SMITHS STATION TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Saturday 1/21…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.95 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   300 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 21 2017
Start Time:             919 am CST
Start Location:         1 SW Smiths Station
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5294 / -85.1094

End Date:               Jan 21 2017
End Time:               920 am CST
End Location:           Smiths Station
End Lat/Lon:            32.5377 / -85.0971

Survey Summary:

A tornado touched down west southwest of Smiths Station, along
County Road 581 and tracked to the northeast downing dozens of
trees. The tornado destroyed many buildings at the Smiths Station
School Athletic Complex, and damaged several additional buildings.
The tornado quickly lifted just northeast of the school.

.#14 HAGLER TORNADO (TUSCALOOSA COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.03 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             1236 am CST
Start Location:         1 N of Hagler
Start Lat/Lon:          33.0439 / -87.3412

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               1237 am CST
End Location:           1 N of Hagler
End Lat/Lon:            33.0471 / -87.3381

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down briefly north of Hagler along Hagler
Coaling Road, downing a dozen trees. The tornado tracked north
northeast, downing a tree onto a home, before lifting on the
northeast side of a small pond.

.ONEONTA WIND DAMAGE (BLOUNT COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:
Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph
Path Length (Statute):  1.40 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   1000 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             138 am CST
Start Location:         Oneonta
Start Lat/Lon:          33.9464 / -86.4761

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               140 am CST
End Location:           Oneonta
End Lat/Lon:            33.9464 / -86.4761

Survey Summary:

A storm survey was conducted in Blount County, with a particular
focus on the city of Oneonta. It was determined that the
significant damage sustained was from straight line winds. The
determination was made from the divergent tree and damage pattern,
and the absence of debris splatter on the leeward facing sides of
the damaged structures. In the immediate downtown area, over 60
structures were damaged or destroyed and approximately 200 trees
were either snapped or uprooted. The peak wind speeds were estimated
between 70 and 80 mph, and this was confirmed by a weather
observation station located at the Oneonta fire department that
measured 77 mph. Special thanks to the Blount County EMA office,
the Blount County E911 Director, and the Oneonta Public Safety
Director for their assistance in the damage survey.

.#15 SHOPTON TORNADO (BULLOCK COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  2.20 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   330 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             106 pm CST
Start Location:         1 NW Shopton
Start Lat/Lon:          32.1254 / -85.9570

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               111 pm CST
End Location:           2 NNE Shopton
End Lat/Lon:            32.1386 / -85.9269

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down northwest of Shopton along US Highway 82.
At least one home suffered damage near US Highway 82. The tornado
tracked northeast and mainly produced tree damage. The tornado
lifted northeast of Shopton east of CR 37.

.#16 LONGLEAF DRIVE TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated Peak Wind:    70 mph
Path Length (Statute):  4.92 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             146 pm CST
Start Location:         4 NE Tuskegee National Forest
Start Lat/Lon:          32.5302 / -85.5572

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               156 pm CST
End Location:           1 SW Auburn
End Lat/Lon:            32.5797 / -85.5004

Survey Summary:

The tornado formed along CR 14 just south of I-85 where a few
small pine trees were uprooted and some large branches were
broken. The tornado continues northeast, crossing I-85 near
Beehive Road and Cox Road, before peeling back half of the roof of
a mobile home at the Windover Farm mobile home park. It crossed
Veterans Boulevard and then caused shingle damage to multiple
apartment buildings near Longleaf Drive while breaking tree
branches. The tornado dissipated as it crossed SR 267 near the
southwest boundary of the Auburn University campus.

.#17 SHADY PARK TORNADO (LEE COUNTY) Sunday 1/22…

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    95 mph
Path Length (Statute):  3.09 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   540 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 22 2017
Start Time:             200 pm CST
Start Location:         1 NE Robert G. Pitts Airport
Start Lat/Lon:          32.6262 / -85.4207

End Date:               Jan 22 2017
End Time:               207 pm CST
End Location:           1 ESE Sougahatchee Lake
End Lat/Lon:            32.6677 / -85.4015

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down along Cunningham Drive, just northeast of
the Auburn Regional Airport. Minor damage occurred at touch down
but increased in the Pepperell area at US Highway 280 and
Pepperell Parkway. Several trees were snapped or uprooted and some
homes suffered damage. The tornado continued north northeast where
it snapped and uprooted numerous trees. The tornado lifted near
Northgate Drive and Oak Bowery Road in northwest Opelika.

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

Note:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data. Also as tornadoes are added, the subsequent number may
change to keep in chronological order.

Additional Public Information Statements will be issued periodically
through the day, as survey teams report back their findings. For
media concerns please contact the NWS Birmingham office and we
will get you in touch with the teams.

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. You can also report severe weather by using
#bmxwx on Twitter.

14 Tornado Paths Found So Far Across Central AL From Jan 19-22… More To Be Added… #alwx @wvua23(Tue Eve Update)

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Here’s information from the National Weather Service in Birmingham on the tornado event of Jan 19 – 22… More tornado paths will be added later. Quick Note, the Blount path I have above was wind damage of EF-0 like winds, but it was not a tornado. The others were…

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
1131 PM CST Mon Jan 23 2017

…NWS Damage Surveys Thursday 1/19 through Sunday 1/22…
…Storm Survey Plan of the day for Tuesday 1/24…

.OVERVIEW…

A deepening upper low sent several impulses over Central Alabama
Thursday through Sunday. Each impulse was able to pull moisture
northward and into Central Alabama. Conditions became unstable as
the moisture, warm surface conditions, cold upper level conditions,
and wind shear combined to initiate severe thunderstorms. Numerous
storms developed in association with each wave. The southern half
of Central Alabama was most impacted. Tornadoes, damaging winds,
some hail, and localized flooding occurred. The events below are
from the Thursday through Sunday timeframe.

Storm Survey Plan of the Day for Tuesday January 24:

At this time, storm surveys are being planned for the following
counties:

Team One: Primary Targets: Chambers, Lee and Tallapoosa County

Team Two: Primary Targets: Elmore Counties

Team Three: Primary Targets: Tuscaloosa and Blount Counties

.TREASURE ISLAND TORNADO (ST. CLAIR)…Thursday 1/19

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):  0.7 miles
Path Width (Maximum):   175 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start Date:             Jan 19 2017
Start Time:             558 pm CST
Start Location:         2 ENE Coosa Island
Start Lat/Lon:          33.4785 / -86.3045

End Date:               Jan 19 2017
End Time:               600 pm CST
End Location:           5 SSW Pell City
End Lat/Lon:            33.4877 / -86.3025

Survey Summary:

A persistent mesocyclone spun up a brief weak tornado within a
line of thunderstorms as it passed through St Clair County.  The
tornado touched down on Logan Martin Lake just south of the
eastern shore of Treasure Island.  The tornado tracked northward
parallel to and just off the shores of the island, with the initial
damage pointing largely offshore.  Four boathouses were destroyed
and a few trees were snapped or uprooted here, but the path of the
tornado was far enough offshore so as not to cause any structural
damage to the homes another 50 to 100 feet further inland.  As the
tornado continued northward across a large cove, it remained
completely over water. As it approached the northeastern tip of
the island, which jutted out into the lake, the tornado came ashore
again and peeled metal roofing off a well-built boathouse.  The
tornado reached maximum strength here, with 10 large hardwood trees
uprooted in a concentrated area in a convergent pattern.  The
tornado passed offshore again and dissipated before reaching the
opposite point on the lake.

.PUTNAM TORNADO (MARENGO COUNTY)…1/21

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 110 mph
Path Length (Statute):5.50 Miles
Path Width (Maximum):800 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Jan 21 2017
Start Time: 529 am CST
Start Location: 3 WSW Putnam
Start Lat/Lon: 32.0081 / -88.0885

End Date: Jan 21 2017
End Time: 537 am CST
End Location: 1 E Putnam
End Lat/Lon:32.0237 / -88.0173

Survey Summary:

This tornado continued from Choctaw County where EF2 damage
occurred. The tornado crossed into Marengo County near the Slater
Community on Blue Rock Road. The tornado moved northeast and
generally paralled Blue Rock Road into the Putnam Community. The
tornado crossed State Highway 69 and lifted east of Putnam on CR
4. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. At
least one mobile home was destroyed and several homes sustained
roof damage.

.WAYNE TORNADO (MARENGO COUNTY)…1/21

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:90 mph
Path Length (Statute): 4.20 Miles
Path Width (Maximum): 900 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Jan 21 2017
Start Time: 555 am CST
Start Location: 1 ESE Wayne
Lat/Lon: 32.0988 / -87.7823

End Date: Jan 21 2017
End Time: 601 am CST
End Location: 1 E Miller
End Lat/Lon: 32.1570 / -87.7634

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down along US Highway 43 near Sweetwater
Creek and Wayne Road. The tornado tracked north northeast and
downed several trees along the path. A few outbuildings were
damaged. The tornado lifted north of Pillie Road and Diamond Road,
east of US Highway 43.

.TROY/LOUISVILLE TORNADO (PIKE & BARBOUR COUNTIES)…1/21

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph
Path Length (Statute):37.47 Miles
Path Width (Maximum):400 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries:0

Start Date: Jan 21 2017
Start Time:855 am CST
Start Location: 5 N Goshen
Start Lat/Lon:31.7870 / -86.1345

End Date: Jan 21 2017
End Time: 938 am CST
End Location: 3 E Louisville
End Lat/Lon: 31.7882 / -85.4987

Survey Summary:

A long-lived tornado touched down along CR 1107, about 5 miles
north of Goshen. The tornado traveled almost due east and produced
mostly EF0 damage to near Troy. One grove of trees sustained EF1
damage in southeast Troy while the remainder of the damage was
relatively light. The tornado continued eastward. South of Banks,
the tornado again produced EF1 damage and the strongest winds.
Just south of CR 18, a mobile home suffered significant damage.
The two occupants were uninjured as they took shelter after
hearing about the warning. The tornado proceeded east where it
downed tress and caused minor roof damage. The tornado lifted just
east of Louisville off of Carroway Road. The tornado damage width
was mainly under 100 yards except at the two higher damage
locations.

.SHOPTON TORNADO (BULLOCK COUNTY)…1/22

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind:90 mph
Path Length (Statute): 2.20 Miles
Path Width (Maximum): 330 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Jan 22 2017
Start Time: 106 pm CST
Start Location: 1 NW Shopton
Start Lat/Lon: 32.1254 / -85.9570

End Date: Jan 22 2017
End Time: 111 pm CST
End Location: 2 NNE Shopton
End Lat/Lon: 32.1386 / -85.9269

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down northwest of Shopton along US Highway 82.
At least one home suffered damage near US Highway 82. The tornado
tracked northeast and mainly produced tree damage. The tornado
lifted northeast of Shopton east of CR 37.

.SHADY PARK TORNADO (LEE COUNTY)…1/22

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated Peak Wind: 95 mph
Path Length (Statute): 3.08 Miles
Path Width (Maximum): 600 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Start Date: Jan 22 2017
Start Time: 200 pm CST
Start Location: 4 ENE Auburn
Start Lat/Lon: 32.6261 / -85.4207

End Date: Jan 22 2017
End Time: 207 pm CST
End Location:2 NW Opelika
End Lat/Lon: 32.6676 / -85.4014

Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down along Cunningham Drive, just northeast of
the Auburn Regional Airport. Minor damage occurred at touch down
but increased in the Pepperell area at US Highway 280 and
Pepperell Parkway. Several trees were snapped or uprooted and some
homes suffered damage. The tornado continued north northeast where
it snapped and uprooted numerous trees. The tornado lifted near
Northgate Drive and Oak Bowery Road in northwest Opelika.

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

Note:
The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data. Also as tornadoes are added, the subsequent number may
change to keep in chronological order.

Additional Public Information Statements will be issued periodically
through the day, as survey teams report back their findings. For
media concerns please contact the NWS Birmingham office and we
will get you in touch with the teams.

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. You can also report severe weather by using
#bmxwx on Twitter.

Some Showers Wednesday, Then Cooler…Tuesday Evening Update 4:40PM

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Good Tuesday evening! Cooler weather was the topic today with such a chilly start this morning. Right now we are entering into the warm sector of an approaching frontal system; that allowed us to warm significantly this afternoon, into the mid to low 60’s, with strong, warm winds being pulled in from the south. Tonight, winds from the south will aid in keep us slightly warmer than last night, but clear skies will be battling with those winds to try and produce a chilly evening. Early tomorrow morning, clouds will start to arrive ahead of the approaching cold front that will provide some light, scattered showers ahead of it. Rain chances will remain slightly lower than usual tomorrow with such dry air over Alabama. There just isn’t enough moisture to get any heavy showers produced with this system.

After the passing of the front, the remainder of this work week will be much cooler thanks to the passing cold front. In reality, we will finally be back to about where we should be this time of the year with highs in the 50’s and night time lows generally right around freezing.

Heading into this weekend, a secondary trough will dig into the state bringing a stronger surge of cold air into early next work week. Right now, the two air masses that will be clashing both look to hold too little of moisture to produce any rain. Instead, we will see a temporary increase in cloud cover for mainly Sunday. That surge of cool air for the start of next work week will not last very long though. Tuesday, zonal flow from our southwest should quickly bring us back into the mid 50’s for highs.

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