Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Severe Weather Threat This Weekend

Early indications from computer models continue to show a potential severe weather threat in Alabama Saturday night and Sunday. The models have consistently shown a storm during this general time frame for many days now. At the moment, a deep low pressure system is expected to trek from Amarillo, Texas to Chicago this weekend. Timing, as always, is critical. Although severe weather can (and does) occur at any time of the day or night, conditions are usually worse if the storms hit during the afternoon hours. Currently the models are putting Alabama in the most dangerous weather Sunday morning.

I am really concerned about this one. It seems like many of our worst tornadoes have hit during church hours.

  • The Piedmont Tornado on Sunday March 24, 1994 destroyed the Goshen United Methodist Church during Palm Sunday Services at 11:37 a.m.
  • The Brent Baptist Church in Bibb County was destroyed on Sunday May 27, 1973.
  • Churches were also struck during the Superoutbreak on Wednesday April 3, 1974, between 3 and 9 p.m.
  • The Oak Grove Tornado on April 8, 1998 in Jefferson County was on a Wednesday night during church services.

All churches need to have someone to monitor the weather and a plan of action in the event of a tornado emergency.

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