Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Last night's winds

At least two injuries were reported from last night's non-thunderstorm wind event in North Alabama

Last night's storms were not severe. However, as expected we had some very nice rainfall totals and lots of non-thunderstorm high winds. Rainfall at my location totaled .86". Between 8:40 and 8:55 p.m., a few hours after the storms rolled through, very high winds blew across my location in North Alabama.

The winds gusted between 40 and 60 miles per hour in most areas. The highest wind gust I could find was atop the Daniel Building in downtown Birmingham where the ABC 33/40 Skycam recorded a 65 mph gust. Based on the elevation of that anemometer, I have no doubt that was an accurate reading. Power was knocked out in many areas and many trees were blown down across the state. No trees were down in my community to my knowledge but the Culman County EMA did report trees down in parts of the county. My power flickered several times but never was out. My good friend Mike Heflin who lives in the Wren community, just south of Moulton in Lawrence County said his power went out several times, the longest being 10 minutes. He said some trees were down in his community but fortunately for him his fence was unaffected and his cattle did not escape.

Meteorologist Wes Wyatt of WVUA in Tuscaloosa said, "
Last night turned out to be quite busy for us due to numerous reports of wind related damage across our area. More interestingly, this was non-thunderstorm related wind damage as gusts between 40-50 mph accompanied a strong cold front. There were power outages and downed tress all over the area."

The Huntsville NWS reported numerous non-thunderstorm wind damage reports. They reported trees down in the following locations (and other areas not listed here):

Lauderdale County: Florence, Cloverdale, Underwood, Petersville, Rogersville, Zip City, and Waterloo

Colbert County: Cherokee, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia

Franklin County: Red Bay, Phil Campbell, Russelville

Lawrence: Courtland, Hatton, Town Creek, Moulton

Limestone: Capshaw, Mooresville, Coxey

Madison: Harvest, Madison, Huntsville, Madison, Meridianville, Moore's Mill

Morgan: Decatur, Trinity

Cullman: Bremen, Dodge City, Cullman, Battleground

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Some reported wind gusts from the NWS Huntsville include:

Muscle Shoals Airport (Colbert) 55 mph
Harvest (Madison) 54 mph
Decatur (Morgan) 53 mph
Huntsville Airport (Madison) 52 mph
Albertville Airport (Marshall) 52 mph
Madison County 911 Office 51 mph
UAH (Alabama Huntsville) 51 mph
Courtland Airport (Lawrence) 50 mph

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Dangerously Windy Cold Air by Tim Coleman - Research meteorologist Tim Coleman explains the reasons behind this wind event.

Fast Incoming Reports - J.B. Elliott give a 10 p.m. update of reports from this event.

Wind Damage Jefferson County - James Spann posts some photos of wind damage

Damage from last night - more viewer photos posted by ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann

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Thousands of Alabama Power Customers without Electricity
Posted by Birmingham News staff January 30, 2008 9:14 AM

"Alabama Power Co. crews are working across the state this morning to restore lines that were blown down in high winds from a cold front that moved across the area Tuesday night. More than 53,000 Alabama Power customers were without service shortly before midnight, but that number was down to under 20,000 by 9 a.m. today, said spokeswoman Carrie Kurlander. Kurlander said the outages included a peak of about 27,000 in the Birmingham area and 21,000 in the Tuscaloosa area. She said less than 8,000 remain without power in the Birmingham area. The National Weather Service reports a peak wind gust of 55 mph at the Birmingham International Airport about 9:27 Tuesday night. Crews will be working through the day to restore service, and Kurlander said all customers shoudl have power by this evening."

4 comments:

MTWC said...

Mike, how much snow did you get out of the Alabama storm recently?

-Clay in Nashville

Mike said...

Hi Clay. There were a couple of events. At my location I received 1.5" during the first snow. The second event was down in Central Alabama and we saw nothing here. I saw 2" in Chilton and Coosa counties, though. One spot in Dallas County (just west of Montgomery) reported 5.5"

MTWC said...

Good to see you all got snow and what ever you do do not move to Tennessee to see snow. Except for the mountains it NEVER snows up here.

Mike said...

It's been frustrating for we snow lovers the last 15 years or so....