Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Storms today

There is a very good chance that North Alabama will receive some much needed rain today. Also in the mix is the possibility of a few strong thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a good portion of the area under a slight risk area for today.

I think the main threat will be strong straight line winds today. Instability is very limited with this storm system. This morning temperatures are in the low 50’s under overcast skies. I will be surprised if we have enough warm air advection to supply the needed moisture for a classic severe weather outbreak. Having said that, I would not be surprised if we are placed under a tornado watch this afternoon for the possibility of a few isolated small tornadoes.

The most impressive thing about this storm system is the wind fields. As I write, mid-level clouds are rapidly streaming from south to north ahead of this system. We have been placed under a high wind advisory. Today will be windy all day but the highest winds might exceed 50 miles per hour as the main line of storms passes through this afternoon and evening.

I will update later if necessary.

2 comments:

Dewdrop said...

Enjoy your weather, Mike!

Mike said...

It may get interesting!