Big time THANK YOU to Dewdrop for her excellent radar support this afternoon.
I left Decatur and was headed south on I-65. I heard that we had just been placed under a tornado watch and there was a warning in Winston County. I called Dew who told me there was a storm showing strong rotation near Haleyville. I immediately exited West on Hwy 36, passing through Hartselle, heading west to intersect the storm. By the time I was just west of Hartselle, Dew updated me that the storm was dying but that there was another supercell near Hamilton. She suggested I hold tight and not give up. I headed west toward Danville and could see some cumulonimbus to my west southwest.
I called Dew backand she said there was a real strong cell headed toward Moulton. I turned northwest on Hwy 157 and the storm was moving rapidly northeastward. I saw the wall cloud pictured above between 3:40 and 3:45 near Moulton. The photo just doesn't do it justice. The low cloud base and trees made it very difficult too find a place to pull over and get a good shot. Besides that, the storm was moving so rapidly that it would move out of view quickly.
As I was travelling up 157 I saw a very distinct rotating wall cloud, with inflow. A few scud clouds seemed to be rotating into or around the wall cloud. For the most part, I was in a rain free area, southeast of the storm. There was heavy rain to the northeast of the wall cloud and a rain free base to the southwest. It died as fast as it was born.....
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