Sunday, December 28, 2008

So, how much did it rain last night?


Storm total rain estimate from Hytop Nexrad


Storm total rain estimate from Birmingham Nexrad

Alabama received beneficial rain last night as a squall line followed by a large area of moderate rain passed through the state. The three year long drought was officially over a few weeks ago, but last night's rain will hopefully help bury it further into history.

Here are a few NWS official rainfall totals from North and Central Alabama as of 11 a.m. from the MesoWest site.

Florence .62"
Decatur .77"
Huntsville .74"
Vinemont .49"
Albertville .70"
Gadsden .49"
Anniston .39"
Talladega .50"
Birmingham .34"
Tuscaloosa .36"

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Line of severe storms enters Alabama


10:03 p.m.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1012 PM CST SAT DEC 27 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL COLBERT COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1100 PM CST

* AT 1011 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR ALLSBORO AND MOVING
EAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
CHEROKEE...
RED ROCK...BARTON...
PRIDE LANDING...NEW BETHEL...
TUSCUMBIA...MUSCLE SHOALS...
SPRING VALLEY...

DOPPLER RADAR HAS INDICATED SOME WEAK ROTATION WITHIN THIS STORM.
WHILE NOT IMMEDIATELY LIKELY...A TORNADO MAY STILL DEVELOP. IF A
TORNADO IS SPOTTED...ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A
STURDY STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

LAT...LON 3477 8812 3479 8789 3475 8784 3474 8776
3478 8770 3478 8767 3480 8763 3480 8761
3460 8759 3463 8813
TIME...MOT...LOC 0411Z 268DEG 36KT 3470 8804

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KDW

Stormy, warm December day

As of 5:30 p.m. this afternoon there have been three reports of tornadoes in Missouri and one in Illinois according to the Storm Prediction Center. Information is still coming in from these areas.

Temperatures have risen to record high levels this afternoon across the South and the Midwest.
A few highs include:

Florence 74
Decatur 72
Huntsville 73
Vinemont 70
Albertville 73
Gadsden 73
Birmingham 75
Tuscaloosa 74
Anniston 74
Montgomery 76
Dothan 79
Mobile 71

It was 72 at my location in NE Huntsville at the foot of Monte Sano.

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Articles on the Christmas Eve Tornadoes


Looking east from the Hudson Bridge on US 31 at 3:52pm Christmas Eve

As the storm passed over Decatur where I was at work, the skies were very suspicious, but there was no visual indication at that point of a wall cloud or of anything that would produce a tornado a few minutes later in Belle Mina.

Storm survey by the NWS Huntsville
"The tornado developed in a forested area just east of Interstate 65 north of Garrett Road. Trees toppled onto a vehicle being used by hunters. The tornado tracked through a cotton field for about 1/2 mile before intensifying to EF-1 strength destroying two single wide trailer homes. One was lifted off its foundation entirely with debris found several hundred yards downwind. Fortunately, no occupants were in either location."

Explaining a No-Warning Tornado - Brad Huffines, WAAY 31 Huntsville
"The Christmas Eve tornado in Belle Mina, while not a complete surprise, received no tornado warning from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Huntsville, nor from television stations in North Alabama except for WAAY-31 and a ‘Strong T-storm Advisory’ on the screen as was issued from the NWS as a Significant Weather Advisory."

Survey confirms two tornadoes - Montgomery Advertiser
"HUNTSVILLE -- Storm survey teams from the National Weather Service confirmed storm damage in Limestone and Walker counties were caused by two small tornadoes.The twisters on Christmas Eve packed 100 mph-plus winds butcaused no injuries or deaths.In Limestone County, an EF-1 tornado damaged houses and property in the Belle Mina community.A second twister, rated EF-0, moved into central Walker County.Meteorologists at the Birmingham office said roofs were ripped off metal structures and several trees were uprooted about 4 miles southwest of Jasper."

NWS Confirms tornado - Athens News-Courier

The National Weather Service Office in Huntsville confirmed at late afternoon Thursday that it was an EF-1 tornado that struck north of Belle Mina 24 hours earlier.By Karen Middleton
karen@athensnews-courier.com
Forecaster Andy Kula said that between 3:33-3:35 p.m. Wednesday a twister came down in woods off Garrett Road, where it uprooted and downed several trees, and remained on the ground for 1.6 miles with a maximum width of 100 yards and maximum wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Eve Tornadoes in Alabama


Limestone County 3:33 p.m.


Walker County 4:32 p.m.

I planned on staying away from the blog today but I want to give a quick update on yesterday's storms. Severe parameters seemed to be very marginal. Instability, especially, was very limited. However yesterday was one of those days that proves that if there is enough shear in the lowest part of the atmosphere, tornadoes can and do occur even with marginal instability. As James Spann and J.B. Elliott often say about severe weather, "Expect the unexpected".

Two tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service, one near Jasper in Walker County and one near Belle Mina in Limestone County.

Here are summaries from Huntsville and Birmingham NWS offices:

HUN: N Belle Mina [Limestone Co, AL] nws storm survey reports TORNADO of F1 at 24 Dec, 03:33 PM CST -- two unoccupied mobile homes destroyed. two large tractor sheds destroyed. large trees uprooted. tree blown over on car at residence. one wall collapsed at small farm home.

BMX: 4 Sw Jasper [Walker Co, AL] nws storm survey reports TORNADO of F0 at 24 Dec, 04:32 PM CST -- vcnty of cr 124 and hwy 69. damage to roofs on two metal sheds. 4 pine trees uprooted.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve in Dixie


UAH Armor Doppler 3:30



My sister's plane landed at 3:30.

No, it is not "snowing in the pines" like the old Alabama song proclaimed. Instead a nasty squall line is bearing down on us. Fortunately there have been no severe warnings or reports in our area.

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I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

A Cold, Frosty Morning

Today's weather featured the coldest weather so far this season in Alabama. Most people in North and Central Alabama experienced temperatures in the teens. Many areas dipped below 15. At least three communities in Northeast Alabama dipped into the single digits. Below is a list comprised of data compiled by J.B. Elliott of Alabamawx.com, the National Weather Service in Huntsville, and NWS Cooperative Observers.

Low - City/Town - County

8 Hytop, Jackson
9 Grantley, Cleburne
9 Mentone, Dekalb
10 Section, Jackson
11 Northfork, Marion
12 Haleyville, Winston
12 Belgreen, Franklin
12 Anderson, Lauderdale
12 Mt. Cheaha, Cleburne
12 Haleyville, Winston
13 Hackleburg, Marion
13 Bridgeport, Jackson
13 Russellville, Franklin
13 Union Grove, Marshall
13 Valley Head, Dekalb
13 Florence, Lauderdale
13 Bankhead, Lawrence
14 Oxford, Calhoun
14 Courtland, Lawrence
14 Crossville
14 Hazel Green
14 Huntsville/UAH (NWS Office), Madison
14 Meridianville, Madison
14 Scottsboro, Jackson
14 Vinemont, Cullman
15 Muscle Shoals, Colbert
15 Moulton, Lawrence
15 Walnut Grove, Etowah
15 Scrougeout, Etowah
15 Owens Cross Roads, Madison

Brrrrrrr

Saturday, December 20, 2008

More from the 12/11 Snow Event

Daniel Lamb from the Huntsville NWS mentioned in a comment that he posted about this event on the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) blog.

His post includes some really cool pictures, a video, and additional links to more about the snow event.

If you are interested in knowing more about North Alabama weather, you will find a lot of interesting material on the NSSTC blog.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow pictures











Thanks to a great sister and modern technology I got to enjoy the snowy day in Chicago vicariously. She took these photos at 11:28-29 this morning.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Big snows headed toward Chicago tonight

Check out the webcam across the street from Wrigley Field.

Intellicast radar:


10:15


10:45

6-14" of the white stuff has been predicted for northen Illinois and southern Wisconsin by the NWS Chicago.

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Fog, fog, and more fog







James Spann posted my picures here.
It has been foggy almost constantly in many parts of North Alabama this week.  
Visibilities have been less than .25 of a mile again tonight.

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URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
601 PM CST THU DEC 18 2008

...MOIST AIR MASS CONTINUES TO PLAGUE CENTRAL ALABAMA WITH FOG...

.AN UNSEASONABLY WARM AND MOIST AIR MASS REMAINS IN PLACE OVER
CENTRAL ALABAMA. OTHER FACTORS POINTING TO A FOGGY EVENING ACROSS
THE AREA INCLUDE A WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY WAVERING ACROSS NORTH
CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE AREA...AND SOME LATE AFTERNOON CLEARING
JUST TO THE SOUTH OF THIS BOUNDARY. THERE ARE MIXED SIGNALS AS TO
WHETHER THE FOG WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT OR NOT...AS INCREASING
SOUTHERLY FLOW IS FORECAST BY SOME MODELS. BUT FOR NOW...ENOUGH
DOUBT IN THAT PROGNOSIS TO EXTEND THE ADVISORY THROUGH THE MORNING
HOURS.

MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CALHOUN-
CHEROKEE-PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-JEFFERSON-SHELBY-ST. CLAIR-TALLADEGA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAMILTON...SULLIGENT...VERNON...
FAYETTE...DOUBLE SPRINGS...JASPER...ONEONTA...GADSDEN...
ANNISTON...CENTRE...CARROLLTON...TUSCALOOSA...BIRMINGHAM...
HOOVER...COLUMBIANA...PELHAM...ALABASTER...PELL CITY...MOODY...
TALLADEGA...SYLACAUGA
601 PM CST THU DEC 18 2008

...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CST FRIDAY.

PATCHES OF LOCALLY DENSE FOG WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND BECOME
MORE WIDESPREAD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA THROUGH THE
EVENING HOURS. THE DENSE FOG CAN BE EXPECTED ROUGHLY ALONG AND
NORTH OF A LINE FROM CARROLLTON...TO TUSCALOOSA...ALABASTER...
TALLADEGA...ANNISTON...AND CENTRE. ANYONE TRAVELING ACROSS
PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA TONIGHT AND EARLY TOMORROW
MORNING SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SUDDEN REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY.

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING...SLOW DOWN...
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS...AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

$

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URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
531 PM CST THU DEC 18 2008

MARSHALL-JACKSON-DE KALB-FRANKLIN TN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GUNTERSVILLE...SCOTTSBORO...
FORT PAYNE...WINCHESTER
531 PM CST THU DEC 18 2008

...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG
ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT.

VISIBILITIES ACROSS PARTS OF NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE HAVE DECREASED AGAIN EARLY THIS EVENING. MANY
LOCATIONS ARE REPORTING VISIBILITIES OF ONE QUARTER MILE OR
LESS...ESPECIALLY IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS WHICH ARE WITHIN THE LOW
CLOUDS. VISIBILITIES AT HIGHER ELEVATION LOCATIONS MAY DECREASE TO
NEAR ZERO AT TIMES THIS EVENING. SOME IMPROVEMENT IS POSSIBLE
LATER TONIGHT AS WINDS INCREASE AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING FRONT.

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO
DRIVE WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND ALLOW ADDITIONAL TRAVEL TIME. USE
LOW BEAMS...REDUCE DRIVING SPEED...AND ALLOW FOR PLENTY OF ROOM
BETWEEN YOU AND OTHER CARS.


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LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-FRANKLIN AL-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-MADISON-MORGAN-
CULLMAN-MOORE-LINCOLN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FLORENCE...MUSCLE SHOALS...
RUSSELLVILLE...MOULTON...ATHENS...HUNTSVILLE...DECATUR...
CULLMAN...LYNCHBURG...FAYETTEVILLE
531 PM CST THU DEC 18 2008

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST
TONIGHT.

VISIBILITIES ACROSS PARTS OF NORTH ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE
TENNESSEE HAVE DECREASED AGAIN EARLY THIS EVENING. MANY LOCATIONS
ARE REPORTING VISIBILITIES OF ONE QUARTER MILE OR
LESS...ESPECIALLY IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS WHICH ARE WITHIN THE LOW
CLOUDS. SOME IMPROVEMENT IS POSSIBLE LATER TONIGHT AS WINDS
INCREASE AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING FRONT.

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO
DRIVE WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND ALLOW ADDITIONAL TRAVEL TIME. USE
LOW BEAMS...REDUCE DRIVING SPEED...AND ALLOW FOR PLENTY OF ROOM
BETWEEN YOU AND OTHER CARS.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

December 11 Northwest Alabama Snowfall

Last week on December 11, 2008, a cold core upper level low pressure system moved across the Deep South in the wake of a strong cold front that produced heavy rains, severe storms, and tornadoes. Places like Houston, Texas; Baton Rouge, Hammond, and New Orleans, Louisiana; and Hattiesburg Mississippi all experienced a very rare snow event.

By the time the low approached Alabama, dry air entered the east side of the circulation where the cold air was present. As a result, the area of Alabama that received snowfall was relatively small. Snow fell in Northwest Alabama counties including Lamar, Fayette, Winston, Marion, Franklin, Colbert, and Lauderdale.

The highest snowfall total I found was Hackleburg in Marion County which received 4". Phil Campbell in Franklin County received 3". The NWS Huntsville and NWS Birmingham both posted summaries of the event.

Alabama Storm Chasers made some video of the event:




Alabamawx.com posted numerous pictures of the event.

Here are some of them:

Big snowman Big snowball Hamilton snow Marion County snow

Alabama snow Alabama snow scenes Franklin County snow

Marion County snow

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Temperatures falling....

The temperatures have fallen rapidly tonight in a very shallow layer of cold air near the surface. Here are a few of my observations.

(06:57:54) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: .28" of rain here...temp remains at 36

(06:22:26) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 35.7 / 33.3

(06:23:03)
Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: Rain coming down pretty good during the last few minutes....sooo close to ice

(05:36:42) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 35.4 / 33.1 here, 36/36 still at Folsom Field

(03:40:29) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 35.7 33.0 here...still36/36 at Folsom Field

(01:24:56) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 36 / 34 here
(01:25:39) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 36/36 at Folsom Field at 1

(23:17:06) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 37.0 / 34.6
(23:17:44) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 36/36 at Folsom Field... time for some shut eye

(2008-12-15 22:41:55) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: Temp down to 38 here... 36 at Folsom Field

(22:04:17) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 38.8 / 36.4
(22:05:35) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: Folsom Field continues to report 37/37 a couple of miles up the road

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(20:20:29)
Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: I left work in Decatur at 4 and it was 57, which was cooler than when I went to lunch. By the time I got to southern Morgan County the temp had dropped to 52.

(20:21:35) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: In a little under 4 hours the temperature has dropped 11 degrees to 41. Drizzle, fog, and occasional light rain continue

(20:22:15) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: Gotta go for now ---will report in again soon....

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(21:38:15) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: It is now down to 39.7 / DP 37.4 here in Vinemont as of 9:30.
(21:38:36) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: .14" of rain has fallen so far today....
(21:39:00) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: fog, drizzle, and occasional light rain continues
(21:40:13) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: 37 over at Folsom Field
(21:41:33) Mike Wilhelm Vinemont Cullman-Laptop: High here was 59 and the low is the current --- 39.3 at 9:40

FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
212 PM CST MON DEC 15 2008

LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…FLORENCE…MUSCLE SHOALS212 PM CST MON DEC 15 2008

… IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AMCST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A FREEZING
RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AMCST TUESDAY.

A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL CLEAR NORTHERN ALABAMA THIS EVENING…BRINGING A SHALLOW COLD AIRMASS INTO THE REGION. TEMPERATURES
WILL DROP STEADILY THROUGH THE 30S AND EVENTUALLY BELOW FREEZING ACROSS FAR NORTHWEST ALABAMA AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WEAK LIFT NORTH OF THE FRONT WILL AID IN THE PRODUCTION OF LIGHT RAIN AND DRIZZLE ACROSS THE ADVISORY AREA OVERNIGHT. WITH TEMPERATURES AT OR SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING…THE PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN TO FREEZE ON CONTACT. THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE AREAS WILL BE ELEVATED SURFACES…BRIDGES…OVERPASSES…AND SHELTERED VALLEY LOCATIONS. TEMPERATURES WILL GRADUALLY WARM ABOVE FREEZING AFTER 9 AM TUESDAY MORNING.

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
345 PM CST THU DEC 11 2008

ALZ001>005-TNZ076-096-120600-
/O.EXT.KHUN.WW.Y.0005.000000T0000Z-081212T0600Z/
LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-FRANKLIN AL-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-MOORE-LINCOLN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FLORENCE...MUSCLE SHOALS...
RUSSELLVILLE...MOULTON...ATHENS...LYNCHBURG...FAYETTEVILLE
345 PM CST THU DEC 11 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST
TONIGHT...

RAIN IS BEGINNING TO MIX WITH SLEET AND SNOW ACROSS PORTIONS OF
NORTHWEST ALABAMA. AS COLDER AIR CONTINUES TO WRAP AROUND THE LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM...LOOK FOR PRECIPITATION TO BRIEFLY CHANGE OVER
TO ALL SNOW BEFORE ENDING THIS EVENING. BRIEF BURSTS OF MODERATE
TO HEAVY SLEET OR SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH 9 PM. SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 1 INCH CAN BE EXPECTED...MAINLY ON GRASSY
SURFACES...WITH LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 2 INCHES. AS
TEMPERATURES FALL TO AROUND FREEZING...SLICK SPOTS WILL DEVELOP
ON ROADWAYS...ESPECIALLY ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS BRIDGES AND
OVERPASSES.

EVEN AFTER THE PRECIPITATION ENDS...STANDING WATER ON ROADS WILL
LIKELY FREEZE AS TEMPERATURES FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S TO AROUND 30
DEGREES BY DAYBREAK.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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ALZ006>010-016-TNZ097-120600-
/O.CON.KHUN.WW.Y.0005.081212T0000Z-081212T0600Z/
MADISON-MORGAN-MARSHALL-JACKSON-DE KALB-CULLMAN-FRANKLIN TN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HUNTSVILLE...DECATUR...GUNTERSVILLE...
SCOTTSBORO...FORT PAYNE...CULLMAN...WINCHESTER
345 PM CST THU DEC 11 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST
TONIGHT...

LIGHT RAIN OR DRIZZLE WILL PERSIST THROUGH 6 PM ACROSS PORTIONS OF
NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ALABAMA...AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE.
A BAND OF HEAVIER PRECIPITATION THAT EXTENDS FROM CENTRAL
TENNESSEE TO EAST CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI WILL GRADUALLY SLIDE EAST
THIS EVENING...IMPACTING AREAS EAST OF I-65 AFTER 6 PM. RAIN MAY
INITIALLY OCCUR...BUT AS COLDER AIR FILTERS IN BEHIND THE STORM
SYSTEM...THE RAIN WILL QUICKLY MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO SLEET OR
SNOW. BRIEF BURSTS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW MAY OCCUR...WITH
ACCUMULATIONS UP TO 1 INCH POSSIBLE...MAINLY ON GRASSY SURFACES.
HOWEVER...AS TEMPERATURES FALL TO AROUND FREEZING THIS EVENING...
SLICK SPOTS WILL DEVELOP...ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND ON
BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.

EVEN AFTER THE PRECIPITATION ENDS...STANDING WATER ON ROADS WILL
LIKELY FREEZE AS TEMPERATURES FALL INTO THE UPPER 20S TO AROUND 30
DEGREES BY DAYBREAK.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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NADLER

Snow has begun in Northwest Alabama

2:49 - Snow in Hamilton in Marion Co.

2:54 - Snow in Hacleburg in Marion Co. 35. Some accum on cars.

3:06 - Reform (Pickens Co): Light rain/sleet mix now. Temp still 41.

3:08 - Coker in Tuscaloosa - Rain and sleet

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A Look Back at Autumn...

This has been a week of storms, tornadoes, floods, fog, and possibly even some snow across North Alabama. Let's take a break and reflect back a few weeks and take a look at the beautiful foliage on Green Mountain near Huntsville.

These pictures were shared with me by my friend Tammy and were taken by Kris. Thanks for sharing!







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ABC 33/40 Covereage of 12/10 Walker Co., AL Tornadoes




This a clip of coverage before and after two tornadoes struck Walker County early yesterday morning. I was not able to capture all of the coverage because storms in my area knocked out my televison signal for a little while.

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Flooding in Hampton Cove


Hampton Cove Walking Trail at Eastern Shore



Thanks to my friend Terri Featherston for sharing these pictures of flooding in the Hampton Cove area of Madison County. With all of the talk of tornado damage and snow potential, flooding has been an issue in some areas. As noted yesterday, many areas of Northwest Alabama and the Tennessee Valley region received in excess of four inches of rain yesterday. Rain has continued today with and additional inch or more already reported in many areas.
Heavy rainfall across Alabama has prompted the NWS to issue flood watches for North Central, Northwest and East Alabama. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway.

Let it snow?

It is a very windy, cold, and wet Thursday morning across North Alabama. An additional 1.21" of rain has fallen overnight. Since the rain began on Tuesday evening, 4.23 inches has fallen.

The temperature this morning is 39 and the dewpoint here atop Lacon Mountain in North Cullman is 37. There is a strong temperature gradient across the state. The temperature over in Gadsdaen is 54.

The big story today is obviously the possibility of snow. Cullman County schools made the decision yesterday to dismiss students at 1:00 this afternoon. That made my boys very happy but they will be even happier if the snow materializes.

Last night snow fell in Southeast Texas in places like Galveston and Houston. This morning Jason Simpson of ABC 33/40 is reporting snow has advanced as far east as Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

One of the ABC 33/40 Skywatchers has reported that a relative in Hammond, Louisiana is reporting thundersnow and 33 degrees.

Snow does appear likely across portions of Northwest Alabama.

James Spann provides an excellent forecast discussion here.

Check out his video update here:

Winter Weather Advisory from NWS Birmingham

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
401 AM CST THU DEC 11 2008

...SNOW POSSIBLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING...

.A STRENGTHENING STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE NORTHEAST ACROSS SOUTH
ALABAMA ON THURSDAY...BRINGING WITH IT A COMPLEX THREAT OF
POSSIBLE WINTER WEATHER. ASSOCIATED RAINS...OVER NORTHWEST ALABAMA
ON THURSDAY...ARE EXPECTED TO CHANGE OVER TO SNOW DURING THE
AFTERNOON HOURS...AND EXTEND INTO NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN
PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA IN THE EARLY EVENING. THERE APPEARS TO
BE A WINDOW...BETWEEN NOON AND 9 PM...WHEN A BAND OF LOCALLY HEAVY
SNOW MAY DEVELOP OVER NORTHWEST ALABAMA. ALTHOUGH THE GROUND WILL
BE WET... GROUND TEMPERATURES REMAIN WARM...AND NEAR SURFACE
TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING...THE RATE OF SNOWFALL MAY
BE SUFFICIENT TO OVERCOME THOSE LIMITING FACTORS AND LEAD TO
FAIRLY RAPID ACCUMULATION IN THE HEAVIEST SNOW BANDS. AT THIS
TIME...THE MAIN CONCERNS FOR TRAVEL WILL BE LIMITED VISIBILITY...
AND WET ROADS. PLEASE URGE ANYONE THAT MUST DRIVE IN ANY SNOWFALL
THIS AFTERNOON TO NOT PANIC...AND DRIVE WITH EXTRA CAUTION.

MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-PICKENS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAMILTON...SULLIGENT...VERNON...
FAYETTE...DOUBLE SPRINGS...JASPER...CARROLLTON
401 AM CST THU DEC 11 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CST
THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CST
THIS EVENING. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

A BAND OF SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER WESTERN ALABAMA
THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN AS ALL
RAIN THURSDAY MORNING. AS THE RAIN SWITCHES OVER TO SNOW AFTER 12
NOON...THE SNOW COULD BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES. CONSEQUENTLY...SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE EVEN WITH SURFACE
TEMPERATURES REMAINING ABOVE FREEZING.

IN ADDITION TO THE POSSIBILITY OF SNOW...WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH
ARE EXPECTED. THIS COMBINATION COULD QUICKLY LEAD TO LOW
VISIBILITIES AND POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE
SNOW IS EXPECTED TO END QUICKLY BY EARLY THURSDAY EVENING.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.



HWO From NWS Huntsville

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
501 AM CST THU DEC 11 2008

ALZ001>005-111800-
LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-FRANKLIN AL-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-
501 AM CST THU DEC 11 2008

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA AND
NORTHWEST ALABAMA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM CURRENTLY MOVING ALONG THE CENTRAL GULF
COAST WILL TRACK NORTHEAST THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST TODAY AND
EVENING. HEAVY RAIN AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE THE MAIN
CONCERN THIS MORNING...WITH 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL POSSIBLE
THROUGH MIDDAY. GIVEN SATURATED GROUNDS FROM RAINFALL ON TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY...THE THREAT OF RIVER FLOODING AND LOCALIZED FLASH
FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.

AS COLD AIR ALOFT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS UPPER LEVEL STORM MOVES
INTO THE REGION LATE THIS AFTERNOON...SOME WET SNOW WILL LIKELY
MIX IN. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE...MAINLY
ON GRASSY AND ELEVATED SURFACES. SNOWFALL SHOULD END EARLY THIS
EVENING...BUT AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO OR BELOW FREEZING...SOME
ROADWAYS MAY TURN ICY AND SLICK IN SPOTS.

WE MUST STRESS THAT THIS WEATHER SITUATION STILL REMAINS QUITE
UNCERTAIN...WITH SLIGHT VARIATIONS IN TEMPERATURE CRITICAL TO IF
AND HOW MUCH SNOW IS ABLE TO DEVELOP. YOU ARE URGED TO MONITOR
UPDATES FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

PLEASE REFER TO THE FLOOD WATCH AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
PRODUCTS FOR ADDITIONAL AND MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT...

ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL
IS NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME.

$$

ALZ006>010-016-TNZ076-096-097-111800-
MADISON-MORGAN-MARSHALL-JACKSON-DE KALB-CULLMAN-MOORE-LINCOLN-
FRANKLIN TN-
501 AM CST THU DEC 11 2008

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHEAST ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM CURRENTLY MOVING ALONG THE CENTRAL GULF
COAST WILL TRACK NORTHEAST THROUGH THE SOUTHEAST TODAY AND
EVENING. HEAVY RAIN AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE THE MAIN
CONCERN TODAY...WITH 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL POSSIBLE...POSSIBLY
HEAVIER WITH MORE PERSISTENT THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY. GIVEN
SATURATED GROUNDS FROM RAINFALL ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY...THE
THREAT OF RIVER FLOODING AND LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.

AS COLD AIR ALOFT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS UPPER LEVEL STORM MOVES
INTO THE REGION EARLY THIS EVENING...SOME WET SNOW WILL LIKELY
MIX IN. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF AROUND 1 INCH ARE POSSIBLE...MAINLY
IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS AND ON GRASSY OR ELEVATED SURFACES.
SNOWFALL SHOULD END BY LATE EVENING...BUT AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO
OR BELOW FREEZING...SOME ROADWAYS MAY TURN ICY AND SLICK IN SPOTS.
THIS WILL BE ESPECIALLY A PROBLEM IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

WE MUST STRESS THAT THIS WEATHER SITUATION STILL REMAINS QUITE
UNCERTAIN...WITH SLIGHT VARIATIONS IN TEMPERATURE CRITICAL TO IF
AND HOW MUCH SNOW IS ABLE TO DEVELOP. YOU ARE URGED TO MONITOR
UPDATES FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

PLEASE REFER TO THE FLOOD WATCH AND WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
PRODUCTS FOR ADDITIONAL AND MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION.


.SPOTTER CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT...

ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL
IS NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME.

$$

KULA

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Snow Tomorrow?

Snow is the buzz and the big question tonight in the Mid-South tonight. I am confident that the answer is "yes", there will be snow. Confidence is low regarding exactly how much and where it will occur. Models show a cold core upper low pressure will advance northeastward from eastern Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. These systems deliver their own cold air from above.

There is a winter storm warning for much of Mississippi and a winter storm watch in northwest Alabama. One to three inches of snow is expected in these areas. These systems are very difficult when it comes to predicting specific details regarding the amount of accumulation and exact placement of the heaviest snow.

Based on historical analogies, I would not be at all surprised if there is a narrow band of six inches or more of snow somewhere in these watch or warning areas.

The best discussion of the forecast issues I have seen tonight is by Justyn Jackson, a meteorology instructor at Mississippi State University.

He says this about the forecast for Starkville:

"Although the upper low will not be directly over us, very strong upward motion will cause dynamic cooling to occur. This will allow the temperature profile to cool enough for wet snow to begin after 11 a.m. in Starkville. Surface temperatures will likely remain just above freezing so it may be initially tough for snow to stick on the warm ground. However, given the impressive vertical motion forecast by all the models, a burst of heavy snow is likely, which will likely allow a thin layer of snow to cover the ground. When this occurs, it should be no problem for additional snow to accumulate on the surface. Additionally, with a heavy burst of snow, the surface temperature should begin dropping and be around 33 by early afternoon. The heavy snow may continue through most of the afternoon before tapering off around 5 p.m."

Stay tuned for more tomorrow!

NWS Huntsville Storm Survey Results

The National Weather Service in Huntsville has confirmed two EF2 tornadoes in Jackson County in Northeast Alabama just after 1 a.m. CST on December 10, 2008.

Storm surveys and photos

Storm Reports


EF2 - 5 N Scottsboro - Jackson Co, AL
Law enforcement reported a tornado that occurred at 01:02 AM CST. Three high voltage power line towers toppled. A house was damaged and the roof was blown off. Windows and doors were also blown in. Power lines were downed in the area. Several cedar and oak trees were snapped.


EF2 - Hollywood - Jackson Co, AL
Emergency manager reported a tornado that occurred at 01:04 AM CST. Six houses sustained minor to moderate damage from Pikeville to Hollywood. Several trees and power poles were downed. Parts of a barn blown onto road on CR 21. A house had a roof blown off on CR 34.

NWS Birmingham Storm Survey Results

Wednesday December 10, 2008 Tornadoes
From the NWS Birmingham, Alabama

0434 AM - 3 NNE MOODY - ST. CLAIR

STORM SURVEY INDICATED AN EF1 MAGNITUDE TORNADO WITH
MAXIMUM WINDS OF 95 MPH. PATH LENGTH 3.8 MILES, WIDTH 300

YARDS. DAMAGE INCLUDED 5 HOMES WITH EXTENSIVE ROOF
DAMAGE, AT LEAST 4 OUTBUILDINGS COMPLETELY DESTROYED.
APPROXIMATELY 100 TREES UPROOTED AND/OR SNAPPED. GLASS

ENCLOSED SUNROOM COMPLETELY DESTROYED


12:44 a.m.

1243 AM - N OAKMAN - WALKER

STORM SURVEY INDICATED AN EF1 MAGNITUDE TORNADO WITH
MAXIMUM WINDS OF 80-90 MPH. PATH LENGTH 0.75 MILES, WIDTH
400 YARDS. DAMAGE INCLUDED METAL BLEACHERS TWISTED AND
MOVED, HOUSES WITH SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE, APPROXIMATELY
150 TREES UPROOTED AND/OR SNAPPED.


Images from Oakman on Alabamawx.com


1:01 a.m.

0101 AM - 5 NNE CORDOVA - WALKER

Storm survey indicated an EF2 tornado with maximum winds
estimated
around 130 mph. Path length was 4.6 miles and
the maximum width was 400 yards. Damage included one
mobile home destroyed, 2 mobile homes significant damage,
2 chicken houses damaged, and a
few hundred trees either
snapped off or uprooted.



Wintor Storm Watch for Parts of Alabama

More details forthcoming soon.

Beneficial Alabama Rainfall



It may have not been a "drought buster" but the rain that fell across North And central Alabama overnight sure put a big dent in the drought.

Following is a collection of rainfall totals gathered this morning by J.B. Elliott of Alabamawx.com and CoCoRaHS observers. I have combined the two lists and sorted them from the higher amounts to lesser amounts. These are just a sampling of the many reports received from across the State.

Amount / Location
7.00 (just under) Guin Skycam
6.15 Decatur 2.6 ENE
6.00 Tri County - Jefferson/Blount/St. Clair
5.58 Harvest 4.4 SSW
5.57 Madison 5.6 N
5.16 Scrougeout
5.01 Moulton/TVA
4.95 Trinity 1.7 SW
4.94 Bankhead National Forest
4.91 Capshaw 4.1 W
4.90 NW Morgan County
4.88 Huntsville/Northwest
4.84 Hillsboro 7.4 SSW
4.81 Toney 0.4 NW
4.80 New Market 1.5 W
4.77 Huntsville Airport
4.68 Athens 3.9 NW
4.62 Russellville
4.62 Hytop
4.62 Huntsville/North
4.61 Decatur Airport
4.54 Capshaw 3.0 NW
4.43 Florence 2.6 SSW
4.42 Madison 1.0 NNE
4.41 Littleville 0.8 NNE
4.41 Ardmore 4.5 S
4.41 Sardis Springs
4.36 Toney 3.2 WNW
4.32 Lester 10.5 S
4.31 Florence 2.2 N
4.30 Reform
4.25 Priceville 2.2 WSW
4.25 Albertville 4.8 WNW
4.24 Rogersville 2.8 NNW
4.18 Spruce Pine 1.5 W
4.12 Anderson
4.10 New Market 3.9 E
4.10 Guin 1.1 NW
4.09 Guntersville 2.2 SW
4.07 Moores Mill 2.3 SSE
4.07 Mt. Ester/Colbert County
4.06 Athens 4.9 NNW
4.06 Wheeler Dam
4.06 Capshaw
4.04 Albertville 5.5 N
4.02 Muscle Shoals 1.3 SSW
4.02 Killen 3.0 ESE
4.00 Elkmont 0.5 NNE
3.86 Hamilton
3.80 Jasper
3.75 Muscle Shoals
3.75 Muscle Shoals
3.60 Noccalula Falls
3.55 Wilson Dam
3.52 Town Creek
3.50 Arkdell
3.37 Union Grove
3.35 Hennagar
3.31 Ider
3.14 Holly Pond Elementary School
3.09 Millport/SW Lamar County
3.07 Scottsboro/West
3.05 Moulton
3.02 Wright
2.99 Vinemont
2.98 Hanceville
2.90 Red Bay
2.89 Scottsboro Lakeside
2.86 Hodges
2.79 Smith Dam
2.77 Grove Oak
2.66 Crossville
2.56 Hayden
2.50 Arkadelphia
2.31 Dauphin Island
2.25 Guntersville
2.17 Meridianville
2.17 Coker
2.15 Coker
2.13 Sayre
2.13 Fort Payne/downtown
2.12 Albertville
2.10 Verbena
2.06 Helena
2.05 Alabaster/Navajo Pines
2.04 Roebuck
2.00 Oxford

Warnings / Reports...

Between 4:35 a.m. Tuesday and 9:15 a.m. Wednesday there have been 106 tornado warnings issued by NWS offices in Lake Charles (3), Shreveport (12), Jackson (56), New Orleans (4), Memphis (2), Birmingham (19), Huntsville (4), Mobile (4), Peachtree City (1), and Tallahassee (1).

Eleven
tornado reports have been posted on the SPC site as of 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Eight of those were from Mississippi and three from Louisiana.

...

Rain continues...



I just checked my CoCoRaHS gauge....as of 2:15 we have had 2.32".... rain and lightning continue.

It has been thundering for over 5 hours now.

Jefferson County Warning

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED 
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
155 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTH CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF GARDENDALE...

* UNTIL 215 AM CST

* AT 151 AM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR MORRIS...OR NEAR
GARDENDALE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
LOCUST FORK WARRIOR

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 272 THROUGH 282.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR ALABAMA.

Tornado Warnings Continue

Storms continue to remain strong and actually increase in rotation in a high shear environment.....



BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
114 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 145 AM CST

* AT 114 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR WILBURN...
OR ABOUT 12 MILES NORTH OF SUMITON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
BREMEN AND COLONY BY 120 AM CST...
BLACK BOTTOM BY 125 AM CST...
GOOD HOPE AND GARDEN CITY BY 130 AM CST...
HANCEVILLE AND PHELAN BY 135 AM CST...
WALTER BY 140 AM CST...
HOLLY POND AND 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF FAIRVIEW BY 145 AM CST...

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU WAIT
TO SEE OR HEAR IT COMING...IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A SAFE PLACE.

---

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
132 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EAST CENTRAL PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...TUSCALOOSA...NORTHPORT...HOLT...

* UNTIL 200 AM CST

* AT 132 AM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 13 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
COKER...OR 10 MILES SOUTH OF GORDO...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK...COKER AND 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF NORTHPORT
BY 145 AM CST...
9 MILES NORTHWEST OF TUSCALOOSA BY 150 AM CST...
SAMANTHA BY 155 AM CST...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR WESTERN ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER...
CALL 1-800-856-0758.



Walker County Damage

Oakman FD is saying that Hwy 69 between Market St & Norwood Cir is being shut down do to numerous power poles down , lines down all over the place, several big oak trees down and structural damage to a few homes.

Tornado Warning - Jackson

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED 
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
106 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 130 AM CST

* AT 106 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR
HOLLYWOOD...OR ABOUT 7 MILES NORTH OF SCOTTSBORO...MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
STEVENSON.
RUSSELL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT.
BRIDGEPORT.

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU WAIT
TO SEE OR HEAR IT COMING...IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A SAFE PLACE.

Walker and Winston Tornado Warnings

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1259 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTH CENTRAL WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF JASPER...
SOUTHEASTERN WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 115 AM CST

* AT 1258 AM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR JASPER...MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
LAKE SHORE AND SMITH DAM BY 105 AM CST...

THIS INCLUDES US 78 EXIT NUMBER 65.

Pickens, Tuscaloosa Tornado Warnings

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED 
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1250 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EAST CENTRAL PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF GORDO...
NORTHERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF NORTHPORT...

* UNTIL 130 AM CST

* AT 1244 AM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
GORDO...OR 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CARROLLTON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50
MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
GORDO BY 1255 AM CST...
LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK AND 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF COKER BY 105 AM
CST...
SAMANTHA BY 115 AM CST...

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM.. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH...PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL AND DEADLY CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING.

Tornado Warning - Walker, Fayette


12:44


12:44
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1231 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...JASPER...CORDOVA...
EAST CENTRAL FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 100 AM CST

* AT 1231 AM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR BERRY...OR 15
MILES SOUTH OF CARBON HILL...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
OAKMAN BY 1245 AM CST...
6 MILES NORTHWEST OF PARRISH BY 1255 AM CST...
JASPER AND 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF CORDOVA BY 100 AM CST...

THIS INCLUDES US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 52 THROUGH 70.

Tornado Warning - Cullman

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED 
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1222 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1245 AM CST

* AT 1216 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR WILBURN...
OR ABOUT 10 MILES NORTHEAST OF JASPER...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
PHELAN.
WALTER.

TORNADOES AT NIGHT ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU
SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO...IT MAY BE TOO LATE. TAKE COVER NOW.

Cullman County Tornado Warning


12:44


12:40


12:30


12:21
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1208 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 100 AM CST

* AT 1207 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 15 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WILBURN...
OR ABOUT NEAR JASPER...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WILBURN...
ARKADELPHIA...
BREMEN...COLONY...
BLACK BOTTOM...LOGAN...
GOOD HOPE...BALDWIN...
HANCEVILLE...PHELAN...

DOPPLER RADAR HAS INDICATED SOME WEAK ROTATION WITHIN THIS STORM.
WHILE NOT IMMEDIATELY LIKELY...A TORNADO MAY STILL DEVELOP. IF A
TORNADO IS SPOTTED...ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A
STURDY STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning - Cullman


12:12
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1208 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 100 AM CST

* AT 1207 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 15 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WILBURN...
OR ABOUT NEAR JASPER...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WILBURN...
ARKADELPHIA...
BREMEN...COLONY...
BLACK BOTTOM...LOGAN...
GOOD HOPE...BALDWIN...
HANCEVILLE...PHELAN...

DOPPLER RADAR HAS INDICATED SOME WEAK ROTATION WITHIN THIS STORM.
WHILE NOT IMMEDIATELY LIKELY...A TORNADO MAY STILL DEVELOP. IF A
TORNADO IS SPOTTED...ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A
STURDY STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

TORNADO WARNING Walker, Fayette, Tuscaloosa

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED 
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1206 AM CST WED DEC 10 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WESTERN WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CARBON HILL...
EASTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTH CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1230 AM CST

* AT 1206 AM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
BANKSTON...OR 13 MILES SOUTH OF FAYETTE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50
MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
BERRY AND BOLEY SPRINGS BY 1215 AM CST...
6 MILES NORTHWEST OF OAKMAN BY 1225 AM CST...
9 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CARBON HILL BY 1230 AM CST...

THIS INCLUDES US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 46 THROUGH 70.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM.. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH...PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS...DESTRUCTIVE HAIL AND DEADLY CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR WESTERN ALABAMA.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Tornado Warning - Pickens and Greene Counties


11:40

BMX continues Tornado Warning for Pickens [AL] till 11:45 PM CST ...AT 1135 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR OWENS...OR ABOUT NEAR GORDO...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

BMX continues Tornado Warning for Greene, Pickens [AL] till 11:45 PM CST ...AT 1116 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR GEORGE DOWNER AIRPORT...OR ABOUT NEAR ALICEVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.



11:07
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1113 PM CST TUE DEC 9 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EXTREME NORTHWESTERN GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...REFORM...PICKENSVILLE...GORDO...
CARROLLTON...ALICEVILLE...

* UNTIL 1145 PM CST

* AT 1107 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES SOUTH OF
MEMPHIS...OR 10 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ALICEVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT
50 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
ALICEVILLE...MCMULLEN AND GARDEN BY 1120 PM CST...
CARROLLTON AND 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF BENEVOLA BY 1130 PM CST...
GORDO AND 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF REFORM BY 1140 PM CST...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 AM CST WEDNESDAY MORNING
FOR WESTERN ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER...
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

Thunderstorm Warning - Lawrence, Colbert


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1031 PM CST TUE DEC 9 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN COLBERT COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA...
LAWRENCE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1115 PM CST

* AT 1025 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NE SMITH...OR ABOUT 12
MILES NORTHWEST OF MOULTON...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
NORTH COURTLAND...COURTLAND...
RED BANK...

First Tornado Warning in Alabama


10:21

BMX continues Tornado Warning for Pickens [AL] till 10:45 PM CST ...AT 1015 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 8 MILES WEST OF CARROLLTON...OR JUST EAST PICKENSVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

Update: BMX continues Tornado Warning for Pickens [AL] till 10:45 PM CST ...AT 1006 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR PICKENSVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.


9:57
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1001 PM CST TUE DEC 9 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...REFORM...PICKENSVILLE...GORDO...
CARROLLTON...

* UNTIL 1045 PM CST

* AT 952 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LIKELY
TORNADO 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MEMPHIS...OR 17 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
PICKENSVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
MEMPHIS BY 1005 PM CST...
PICKENSVILLE AND 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF GARDEN BY 1010 PM CST...
7 MILES NORTHWEST OF CARROLLTON BY 1020 PM CST...
ETHELSVILLE BY 1025 PM CST...
6 MILES NORTHWEST OF REFORM BY 1030 PM CST...

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
STURDY SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST
DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER...
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

Thunderstorm Warning Franklin and Colbert, Damage Reports

HUN: Red Bay [Franklin Co, AL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:20 PM CST -- report of power outages in red bay from downed utility poles.

HUN: Hatton [Lawrence Co, AL] law enforcement reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:25 PM CST -- a tree was knocked down across hwy 101 in the hatton area near milemaker 2.


BMX: 4 Ssw Shotsville [Marion Co, AL] fire dept/rescue reports TSTM WND GST of E60 MPH at 09:30 PM CST -- reported near the town of bexar along hwy 78.


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 943 PM CST TUE DEC 9 2008 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... CENTRAL COLBERT COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA... FRANKLIN COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA... * UNTIL 1030 PM CST * AT 938 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR SRYGLEY CHURCH...OR ABOUT 11 MILES NORTHWEST OF RUSSELLVILLE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... PRIDE LANDING...COLBERT HEIGHTS... TUSCUMBIA...SPRING VALLEY... LEIGHTON...