Friday, August 17, 2007

Interruption


I will interrupt my posts about heat and hurricanes for a little severe weather coverage. As I was driving southward on I-65 this evening after work I ran smack dab into a severe thunderstorm in Northern Cullman. I called in a report to the NWS Huntsville that was used in the text of a warning here:

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
518 PM CDT FRI AUG 17 2007

CULLMAN AL-
518 PM CDT FRI AUG 17 2007

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 545 PM CDT FOR CULLMAN COUNTY...

AT 518 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE
HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS NEAR CULLMAN...MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 10 MPH.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO GOOD HOPE...PHELAN...WALTER AND HANCEVILLE.

THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING TREE DAMAGE WITHIN THE CITY OF
CULLMAN...AND DIME SIZED HAIL ALONG INTERSTATE 65. SEEK SHELTER NOW
INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS!

BCC

James Spann posted my pictures of a tree that was struck by lightning here, "Wicked Lightning".

Bill Murray posted my report on Alabamawx.com here: Cullman County Storms have meant business August 17, 2007, 5:44 pm

NWS relays public report of trees and power lines down in Cullman city.

Our weather watcher, Mike Wilhelm, from Vinemont reported it was a ferocious storm. 0.92 inches of rain at his location. Incredible lightning display. Dime sized hail of I-65 and AL-157. Some local flooding and small tree down at Vinemont School.

Storms have weakened over the county. A severe thunderstorm warning does remain in effect for northeastern Cullman until 6 p.m.

A new severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for eastern Winston County including the town of Arley until 6:30 p.m.

Watch out for torrential rains, deadly lightning and wind gusts to 60 mph.

Isolated storms are across the rest of the state late this afternoon.

2 comments:

Daniel Lamb said...

Thanks for your reports, Mike! Just wanted to stop in and say hi and I let you know that I enjoy reading about what happens in Northern Cullman County. I wish we had more people in the area that did something like this. And I was particularly excited to see that you look at our OSO product since I have to make it and quality control it often times. Anyways, keep up the good work on the blog, and keep letting us know what's going on in Vinemont.

Daniel Lamb
NWS Huntsville/Mobile (unfortunately its back to Mobile for school next week. Hey, maybe I'll have a hurricane to work!)

Mike said...

Thanks so much Daniel for what you do and for the very kind comments! Mobile would be a cool place to be weatherwise the next few weeks! Take care! Mike