Thursday, December 28, 2006

December in Alabama

The weather has generally been warmer than usual during the last half of December in Alabama despite an extremely cold start to the month. There were actually a few flurries in parts of North Alabama the day after Christmas, but I didn't see it. As we approach the new year, storms appear likely on Saturday the 30th.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Alabamawx.com

James Spann added one of my fog photos to his blog. If you have even a passing interest in Alabama weather, this is the place to go!

The Month of Fog

A girl, a guitar, a blizzard, and an airport...

This is a really cool perspective on the Denver blizzard.

More cool photos from the blizzard. Wish I was there!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Another Foggy Morning

It was another foggy morning in North Alabama. I encountered visibilities of less than 1/10th of a mile on Lacon Mountain on my way to work this morning just after 7:00. I had a meeting in Cullman at 10 this morning and fog remained thick as I crossed over Lacon Mountain at 9:50 a.m.





Friday 12/15/06...Fog Continues!




This was the third morning in a row with thick fog in North Alabama. I don't know about you, but I have enjoyed this foggy weather. If I lived in Seattle or London, I'd get tired of it, but it's a cool change of pace here in Alabama.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Snow Questions

I read an interesting post by a blogger named "Meander" tonight. She posted the following questions and asked her readers to post their answers. In honor of snow lovers everywhere, I am posting my answers to those questions here. I would like you hear your thoughts!

Mike said...

1. Who would you most like to hit with a snowball? My boys! I have three sons who never have seen significant snow and I know they (and I) would have the time of our lives!

2. Are you good at making snow angels? Yes, but who isn't?!

3. Have you ever been in a blizzard? The blizzard of March 1993 struck my home state, Alabama, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, being a weather geek. The best part was the green sky after midnight during the lightning, thunder, heavy snow, and high winds. In my area we had one foot!

4. What is the most snow you have experienced in feet and inches? See above blizzard of 1993. We also had a freak snow of 8" in Huntsville in 1988 and 6-8" in Tuscaloosa in the early 1990's.

5. What would you most like to be doing if you were snowed in? Snuggling up in front of a wood burning stove with no TV, just family and friends enjoying each other's company. I also would like to be playing outside with the boys.

6. Have you ever peed in the snow? I can't remember but I wouldn't be surprised if I did. If we get a blizzard in Bama this year, I will!

7. Are you good at driving in snow? Probably the best in my county, which isn't saying much!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

More fog this morning









The fog this morning was thicker than yesterday. Visibility was down to 1/10 th of a mile at times and it didn't burn off until 10:30.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

Brrrrr

12.0 was the low in Vinemont.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Frontal Passage

The temperature has dropped since frontal passage around midday here in North Alabama. However, it has dropped rapidly since sunset. Now in Vinemont we are down to 23.7.

Update at 9:39 pm
High 51.8 at midnight
Temp dropped through the 30's in the afternoon...
As of 9:39 we are down to 19.9

It's down to 18.0 in Vinemont at 11:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Another cold morning...

The low this morning in Vinemont was 19. The high was 55.

More Cold!

I spent the night in Huntsville last night so I won’t have a report from Vinemont until this evening. However I feel certain that we were down into the teens again. Channel 19 in Huntsville was reporting 17 at 6 am in Falkville in southern Morgan County at 6 a.m.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Teens

The low this morning in Vinemont was 18.7. It was the coldest morning so far this season and our first time to dip into the teens.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Midwest snowstorm

My sister lives on the north side of Chicago. She said light flurries and sleet started around 9:00 this evening. Not being a weather geek she was unaware of the predictions of up to a foot of snow in her area. I told her that most of the accumulations were forecast to occur between 6 a.m. and noon tomorrow. I asked her to send me some photos.

Storms tonight, cold tomorrow

Strong storms will roll through Alabama tonight and a drastic change to cold weather will greet us tomorrow. The high tomorrow will occur at midnight and fall throughout the day into the 30's.

Check this article out, though about Montana. At the very end it says that the kids will not have recess when the temperature dips below 0, "Kids will likely have to stay inside for recess today, said Lonnie Yingst, assistant elementary superintendent for the Great Falls School District. Although there is no official guideline, recess is usually canceled when the thermometer hits zero."

Makes us seem like wimps. "Kids, we're going outside, it's warmed up to 3 degrees."

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Interesting weather ahead

I expect storms in North Alabama between 4:00 p.m. Thursday through 6:00 a.m. Friday. After that a drastic change to cold and there will be the possibility of a few flurries Friday.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Weather changes ahead

A week ago I mentioned the possibility of severe weather this week. It now looks like the greatest threat of strong to severe storms in Alabama will be Thursday night through Friday morning. Friday looks like it will be the coldest day so far this season.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Long Range Outlook

The low this morning was 25.6 here in Vinemont in northern Cullman County with frost.

It may be a little early to say this, but it looks like we may be in for some very interesting weather next week. Next Tuesday (11/28) we may have a severe weather threat. Later that week a storm may form in the gulf giving parts of the South a chance of snow. Waay to early to say, but it is all something to watch.

Last Week's Tornadoes

There are plenty of articles on last week's tornadoes over at weatherparty.com.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sunset


A real nice sunset tonight...

Fog on the mountain


It was a foggy morning today on Lacon Mountain.

The low this morning was 31.1. We had about one and two thirds inches of rain during the recent storm.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

News About Today's Storms

Northern LaFayette, AL Hit by Tornado

Fun Zone Building Destroyed

Storm destroys skating rink full of kids; no major injuries

Barbour county under tornado watch

Thunderstorms with possible torndoes pummel south

Severe Weather Updates 11/15/06

Perhaps as many as seven tornadoes struck south and east Alabama today. Among the communities hit were Lafayette in Chambers County, Pintlala in Montgomery, Eclectic, and Brundridge in Pike County. More details to come.


This is the squall line approaching Decatur at 11:20 a.m. No severe weather, but very heavy rains and gusty winds accompanied this line.


Montgomery Radar - WSFA
Tornado damage has been reported near Montgomery in the Pintlala community.

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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 953 AM CST WED NOV 15 2006 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...MONTGOMERY...PINTLALA...PIKE ROAD * UNTIL 1045 AM CST *

AT 953 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF PINTLALA...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH. *

THE TORNADO IS WILL BE NEAR... PINTLALA BY 1000 AM CST 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF SPRAGUE BY 1005 AM CST SNOWDOUN BY 1010 AM CST 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MONTGOMERY BY 1020 AM CST PIKE ROAD BY 1030 AM CST


9:36 a.m. 33/40 Doppler

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 934 AM CST WED NOV 15 2006 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR...

SOUTHEASTERN LOWNDES COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA * UNTIL 1000 AM CST * AT 934 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR FORT DEPOSIT...OR ABOUT 18 MILES SOUTHWEST OF PINTLALA...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH. *

THE TORNADO IS WILL BE NEAR... INTERSTATE 65 IN LOWNDES COUNTY FORT DEPOSIT AT 940 AM CST



URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 857 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 855 AM CST WED NOV 15 2006
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHERN ALABAMA EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 855 AM UNTIL 400 PM CST. TORNADOES...HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 80 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA TO 25 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7). REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND 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. OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 853...WW 854...WW 855...WW 856...

DISCUSSION...DEEP LOW OVER AR WITH INTENSE UPPER TROUGH ROTATING EWD ACROSS CENTRAL GULF STATES TODAY. N/S SQUALL LINE MOVING EWD ACROSS MS WITH A VERY FAVORABLE SHEAR PROFILE FOR SUPERCELLS/TORNADOS IN PLACE EWD ACROSS NRN AL. INSTABILITY IS LIMITED HOWEVER GIVEN THE STRONG SHEAR...SUPERCELLS ARE LIKELY TO BE EMBEDDED WITHIN THE SQUALL LINE AS IT MOVES EWD ACROSS WATCH WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES. AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 70 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24040.

Today's Severe Weather

As mentioned last night there is a significant risk of severe weather including tornadoes across Alabama today. Damage has already been reported from tornadoes in south MS.

According to Alabamawx writer JB Elliott:

* 2:37 AM: Tornado near Sumrall, mainly the Rocky Branch Community. Several homes destroyed. A mobile home blown into a pond. Six persons were injured.

* 3:36 AM: Probable tornado 4 miles SE of Laurel, in Jones County. Several homes near Township Road with significant damage. At least one home reported destroyed.

There are going to be at least three separate bands of rain and storms with some isolated supercells ahead of the main bands.

Our greatest threat in Alabama will be during the afternoon.

Severe Weather Threat Today


Latest mesoscale graphic from SPC at 5:55 a.m.


PDS Tornado Watch in MS until 10 a.m.


Watches in effect at 6 a.m.


Day one outlook from SPC - early a.m..

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Severe Weather Outlook

As mentioned here several days ago, Alabama will likely experience a severe weather outbreak tomorrow. All of the parameters seem to be lining up: the position of the low, vertical wind shear, directional wind shear, and a strong jet to provide lifting all seem to be lining up. Even the timing of the storm appears to be bad for Alabama (the worst is expected from the late morning hours through the afternoon). The only factor that seems a bit uncertain is the degree of low level moisture present. Dew points are expected to rise rapidly prior to frontal passage, but whether they recover in time to phase up with the other parameters is still an open question.

The SPC believes that it will be a bad day. They already included the whole state of Alabama in a slight to moderate risk in their "Day Two" outlook issued earlier today. All of the state south of I-20 is in the moderate risk area. It will be interesting to see what changes are made to the outlook when we get up in the morning. A PDS tornado watch has already been issued in parts of Louisiana and Arkansas this evening. Stay tuned and be alert.

17 Years Ago

Tomorrow afternoon is an anniversary many people in Huntsville and Madison County would rather forget. An F4 tornado tore through Airport Road in Huntsville, between Memorial Parkway and Jones Valley School. Many lives were lost and others were changed forever.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Upcoming Weather Concerns

There may be a slight chance of severe weather in the South on Friday or Saturday November 10 and 11. There might be a more significant threat on Tuesday and Wednesday November 14 and 15. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Rainy

Rain so far in Vinemont, AL has been 1.22" as of 7:10 a.m.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Rainy Night In Bama



Here is the WAFF Dopple 48 radar as of 9:44 tonight. We've had .48" of rain this evening and it is still falling. It is 54 degrees outside. Wish it was 23 degrees colder!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Beach Photos









Here are a few photos taken last week at Orange Beach, AL. James Spann added these to the 33/40 Weather Blog.

Sunset 11/2/06



I took this photo last night. James Spann added it to the 33/40 Blog.

Cold Morn

28.0 was the low here in Vinemont. It was the coldest temp so far this season.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Lowest So Far

The low this morning (10/24) here in Vinemont was 35 and I see no frost as I look out my window, but I havent gone out in the cold and "inspected". Obviously it couldn't have been much frost, if any at all.

Yesterday's low was 32.1, the lowest so far this season.

Monday, October 23, 2006

On the Tennessee River





Here are a few photos I took Saturday at about 1:30 as I was travelling from Decatur to Huntsville. I was crossing over the Tennessee River on US 31 North. These photos are looking to the northeast from the bridge. The trees around the river are gorgeous this year.

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog

Saturday, October 21, 2006

First Freeze









The morning low in Vinemont was 32.1 at 7:05. This was our first freeze of the year. It is a very foggy morning, but I saw no frost.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Weather for Friday 10/20/06

Low (currently at 7:16 p.m.) 38.8
High 66.6
Rain, last 24 hours: .04"

5.14" during last 5 days!

Fri Oct 20 19:17:11 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Rain!

I have had 3.05" of rain in Vinemont since it began yesterday. About 2 1/3" fell since 11:00 last night. This was mostly a steady rain that was badly needed since the last few weeks have been so dry. Maybe this rain will enhance the fall foliage colors.

More From the Area - JB Elliott

Friday, October 13, 2006

Winter Preview

Last night the temperature dropped to 33.6 in Vinemont. This was the coldest morning so far this season. In fact it was our first morning below 30. Snow was reported all over the upper Midwest and Buffalo reported over two feet. It was unusual, not only because it was this early in the season, but it was a heavy wet snow that was accompanied by thunder and lightning. It was the snowiest October day in Buffalo since weather records have been kept dating back to 1870. Wind gusts were reported over 50 mph and the barometric pressure was 28.80. Global cooling?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

September 22, 2006 Alabama Tornadoes

F2 and F1 tornadoes struck Alabama on Friday 9/22/06, Here are some articles about this mini-outbreak.

Storms Cause Damage

Officials say possible tornado hits, damages Locust Fork, Oneonta

Surviving another close call


F1 Tornado leaves behind damage in Marshall County


September 22, 2006 Tornado, Survey Summary, NWS Huntsville

October Warmth

Today in Vinemont:

Low 57.2
High 90.1

It was a very warm day for October in North Alabama. I had my air conditioner going strong on the way home from work.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Tornadoes in Alabama 9/22/2006



This is a picture of a tornado or funnel cloud that eventually produced F2 damage over Blount County, AL in the Locust Fork community and Oneonta, AL.

This photo was featured on ABC 33/40's severe weather coverage. It was taken by my friend and nephew Justin Berry of Cullman on his cell phone. He was headed up I-65 after work and snapped this photo while the driver was going 90 mph. It was a great shot. He sent it to his mom, who sent it to my phone. I emailed it from my phone to my email account. Then I forwarded it to weatherpix@abc3340.com.

It was the first and best photo that lead meteorologist James Spann received that enabled him to illustrate the dangerous nature of these storms for people living in Blount County.

I am amazed at what technology now enables us to do. Imagine what benefit this would have been in 1974, 1979, 1989, 1994, or 1998 in major Alabama tornadoes!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Cool Morning

The low this morning in Vinemont was 44.9. It was the coldest morning so far this season.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Florence is now a hurricane



Florence has become a hurricane out in the Atlantic, but it poses absolutely no threat to the US.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Update From Wake Island

Here is an update from the US Air Force web site regarding the damage to Wake Island in the wake (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun) of Super Typhoon Ioke.

Damage on Wake less than feared, flyover shows

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Florence

Yesterday Florence officially became a tropical storm. She will pose no threat to the Gulf. We will have to wait and see about the Atlantic coast.

Back to the 50's!

For the first time in quite a while, temperatures are beginning to hit the 50's in the mornings. The lowest reading here at my place in Vinemont, close to the school, was 57. Bring on autumn!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Latest on TD6

TD 6 Forms; Soon to be Florence

Yesterday tropical depression number 6 formed between Africa and the Windward Islands. It is forecast to become Tropical Storm Florence later today and reach hurricane status later this week. It is projected to move to the northwest. It is too early to tell whether it will recurve to the North over the Atlantic or if it will head towards the Bahamas and the US East Coast. It does not appear that it will threaten the Gulf of Mexico.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Typhoon Ioke

USAF Planes to Check Typhoon Damage

Ernesto Reprise

Tropical Storm Ernesto made landfall about 11:30 p.m. EDT near Long Beach, North Carolina.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Links About Wake Island

Wake Island Photos

Wake Island - Wikipedia

Current weather conditions - Wake Island Army Airfield Airport

Thoughts About "Global Warming"

I read an article tonight from the Montgomery Independent. Here are a few of my thoughts in response to the article.

I can't help it! I have to ask a couple of questions. If we cannot even come within thousands of miles of predicting the track of Ernesto about five days in advance, how can we be so egotistical to think that we can predict LONG TERM climate change?

Second, even if we leap to that very unlikely conclusion, how can we be so egotistical as human beings to think that we can control climate when we can't even change the weather on a small scale?

My point is that in order to believe that global warming is man made and that it is something that can be solved by human intervention, one would have to be ascribing God-like power and intelligence to human beings.

One more thing while I'm on a roll: Why do so many of the articles about GLOBAL warming focus on the LOCAL weather of the past few weeks?

"...the weather generally seems to be getting warmer right here in Montgomery. For instance, the temperature hit 96 degrees on August 3rd, 100 degrees on the 4th (a record for that date), 101 degrees on the 5th (also a record), 97 degrees on the 6th, 99 degrees on the 7th, 102 degrees on the 8th (another record) and 98 degrees on the 9th. In addition, our area is almost 13 inches short of normal rainfall so far this year. We have always had tough summers but it is hard to recall when plants, animals and people have ever been so stressed out with the heat and drought."

Super Typhoon Ioke

Super Typhoon Ioke, on last advisory: sustained winds 155 mph, gusts to 190 mph, 50-foot waves Forecast 12 hours ahead sustained 160 mph, gusts 195 mph.

Super Typhoon Ioke



Ioke Threatens Wake Island

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Morgan County Storms







This afternoon strong storms moved over Decatur between 2:30 and 3:00. I took my afternoon break to watch these storms approach from the west. We had approximately 1/2" of rain in 30 minutes, 30+ mph winds, and some lightning. I took some photos of these storms which James Span posted on the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Latest on TS Ernesto

What a difference a day makes! Ernesto weakened to a tropical storm yesterday and crossed the southern tip of Haiti. The forecase now has Ernesto moving ove SE Cuba, then into the Florida peninsula between Key West and Miami. And to think, just a few days ago the models were saying this storm would be headed toward Texas!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hurricane Ernesto


Ernesto has been upgraded to Hurricane status.


Forecast track has been shifted radically eastward toward Florida peninsula

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Latest Update from NHC


Ernesto remains a tropical storm but the shear that it has been fighting showed signs of weakening today. Organization of the storm has also improved as the day has progressed. Ernesto will likely become a hurricane sometime tomorrow as it passes near Jamaica.

Outer Bands of Ernesto Near Puerto Rico



Puerto Rico Radar

Afternoon Ernesto Update



At 2pm AST, Tropical Storm Ernesto had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and the minimum central pressure was 997 mb.

Morning Look at Ernesto



Ernesto seems to be holding together well despite some shear. The pressure has actually dropped a little. The models seem to be really coming together to forecast strengthening and for this thing to enter the Gulf.

Here is a great update from Bill Murray at the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog