Friday, May 30, 2008

NE and IA tornadoes

Severe storm derails train, slams homes in Nebraska CNN/AP

"A storm bearing hail and possible tornadoes struck central Nebraska Thursday night, damaging businesses, derailing train cars, tearing down trees and disrupting power to thousands.

A possible tornado touched down near Aurora, about 70 miles west of Lincoln, damaging a few businesses and damaging at least one house on the outskirts of town.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

Tornadoes were also reported in Kearney, about 60 miles west of Aurora, where 90 rail cars were blown off the tracks outside the city limits. There were reports of downed trees and power lines throughout Kearney, and reports of damage on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus and at a county fairgrounds."



Enterprise, Alabama

First Lady Speaks at Enterprise High - WVUA TV

"She gave the commencement address at Enterprise High School.

The ceremony was held at Bates Memorial Stadium. It was a reminder of the deadly tornado that hit last spring.

The First Lady advised the students to, "use these memories as inspiration to move forward with the same great dignity you have used and shown since last year's storm. America will be made a better place because of the lessons you have learned as Enterprise Wildcats."


Bush Lauds Students' Strength - AL.com

"First lady Laura Bush told students at Enterprise High School Thursday night that they have taught the rest of America a lesson about strength in the face of tragedy.

The first lady credited the school's Class of 2008 with rebuilding a high school community after a tornado demolished their school 14 months ago and killed eight students, including four who would have been members of their class.

"The class we now honor responded to these tragedies with strength and dignity that far outshone your years," Bush said, speaking during commencement ceremonies at Bates Memorial Stadium, next to the empty lot where the high school used to stand."

Thursday, May 29, 2008

For the latest on the Plains....

I highly recommend viewing www.severestudios.com this afternoon.

The first tornado watch of the day is out.

High Risk - IA and NE


   DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0720 AM CDT THU MAY 29 2008

VALID 291300Z - 301200Z

...THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF SVR TSTMS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING OVER
PORTIONS OF EASTERN NEB...WESTERN IA...AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST SD...

...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS OVER PARTS OF NORTHERN
KS...CENTRAL NEB...CENTRAL IA...SOUTHEAST SD...AND SOUTHWEST MN...

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM THE TX PANHANDLE TO
SOUTHERN WI...

...REGIONAL OUTBREAK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES EXPECTED
TODAY OVER PARTS OF NEB/IA/SD...

MORNING WATER VAPOR IMAGERY SHOWS A BROAD UPPER TROUGH OVER THE
WESTERN STATES...WITH A BAND OF MODERATELY STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY MID
LEVEL WINDS EXTENDING FROM THE FOUR-CORNERS INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS.
A WELL-DEFINED SHORTWAVE TROUGH IS NOTED OVER WESTERN CO. THIS
FEATURE WILL EMERGE INTO THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS BY EARLY AFTERNOON
AND AID IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTENSE CONVECTION ACROSS PARTS OF
KS/NEB/SD/IA. STRONG SOUTHERLY LOW LEVEL WINDS ACROSS THE
SOUTHERN/CENTRAL PLAINS ARE TRANSPORTING GULF MOISTURE RAPIDLY
NORTHWARD AT AND ABOVE THE SURFACE. DEWPOINTS APPEAR LIKELY TO
CLIMB INTO THE MID-UPPER 60S OVER EASTERN NEB/WESTERN IA BY LATE
AFTERNOON. STRONG DAYTIME HEATING AND VERY STEEP MID LEVEL LAPSE
RATES WILL COMBINE TO YIELD MLCAPE VALUES OF 2500-3500 J/KG.

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO INITIATE FIRST ALONG THE SURFACE
DRYLINE OVER WESTERN NEB/KS BY MID AFTERNOON. THESE STORMS WILL BE
RATHER HIGH-BASED...BUT WILL LIKELY BE SUPERCELLULAR DUE TO STRONG
DEEP LAYER VERTICAL SHEAR. MORE STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER
THE WARM SECTOR IN EASTERN NEB/WESTERN IA DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON
AND EARLY EVENING IN REGION OF RELATIVELY WEAK CINH AND STRONG CAPE.
THESE STORMS WILL BE IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF LOWER LCLS...STRONGER LOW
LEVEL VERTICAL SHEAR/HELICITY...AND MORE SUBTLE FORCING. THESE
FACTORS ARE EXPECTED TO RESULT IN A SEVERAL HOUR PERIOD OF DISCRETE
SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF VERY LARGE HAIL AND POTENTIALLY STRONG
TORNADOES. MODELS DIFFER ON PLACEMENT OF SURFACE WARM FRONT AND
MOST LIKELY CORRIDOR OF SIG TORNADO THREAT. HOWEVER...IT APPEARS AT
THIS TIME TO EXTEND FROM ONL/GRI THROUGH THE SUX AREA INTO WESTERN
IA. LOW LEVEL WINDS AND VERTICAL SHEAR CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AFTER
DARK IN THIS AREA WITH A SUSTAINED THREAT OF STRONG TORNADOES.
EVENTUALLY...ACTIVITY THAT DEVELOPED ALONG THE DRYLINE WILL SURGE
INTO THIS AREA AND LIKELY ORGANIZE CONVECTION INTO A FAST-MOVING
MCS. AN ENHANCED THREAT OF WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS IS EXPECTED TO
DEVELOP ACROSS WESTERN/CENTRAL IA DURING THE EVENING.


Tornado probabilities within 25 miles of a point

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Today's weather...

High 79 Low 63 Rain since 7 a.m. = .13", since 7 a.m. yesterday = 1.75", storm total 2.69" in the past 50 hrs...

35 years ago yesterday

On Sunday May 27, 1973, the longest track tornado in recorded history traveled across the State of Alabama and produced high-end F4 damage. It traveled from near Demopolis to Mount Cheaha.

Here are three very interesting accounts. The first one is a terrific site dedicated to that storm.

The Brent Tornado 1973 - A Time to Remember


James Spann

Bill Murray

Thank you!

It is time to give some very important "thank you's" to friends, blog readers and those of you who take the time to comment and provide feedback. I appreciate you!

I began this blog as a "labor of love" on April 7, 2006, just a little over two years ago. This was what I was thinking at the time about weather blogging:

"Due to the active weather, my personal blog, http://mikewx.blogspot.com/, has become a little too dominated with weather posts. I decided that I should begin a new blog, completely dedicated to weather, especially Alabama weather. I hope that you find it as interesting to read as I find it to put together. I am open to any comments or suggestions that you may have. Thanks for reading!"

I didn't realize where this blog would go. I thought that I would be happy enough to do it for my own benefit, but I have come to learn that you readers have been more inspirational than I ever imagined in the beginning.

I like to look at numbers, but I realize relationships are more important than numbers. The numbers have been encouraging, though. This blog received 5000 page views in the first one and one half years. In the last five months, that number has expanded to 19,283. As encouraging as that is, the real reward has been the numerous friendships I have made, the enjoyment of sharing weather with others who are interested (some fascinated, like me), and the positive feedback from readers.

I do not want to leave anyone out, but I know that I will do that if I start thanking people by name. You are all very special to me and I mean that sincerely. I do want to give a special thank you to Dewdrop in South Georgia. I was honored that she mentioned this little blog as one of her top five. She has been an inspiration to me when it comes to weather and blogging, has probably commented more than anyone, has assisted me via telephone on my chasing expeditions, and (last but not least) has been a great friend.

Another rainy morning....



Rain has been the main weather word during the last 38 hours in North Alabama, and it continues with a vengeance this morning.

1.62" of rain in the past 24 hours...storm total is 2.56" in the past 38 hours....it was difficult getting to the rain gauge due to all of the big puddles.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Yesterday at my house....

This is the edited, Reader's Digest condensed version of the weather at my home on Monday evening.

Iowa EF5

DES MOINES - NWS personnel have rated the Parkersburg-New Hartford-Dunkerton tornado as a Low-end EF 5 (correlated to wind speeds up to 205 MPH) on the Enhanced Fujita Scale at the locations of maximum damage. Additional details on path length, width, etc. will be posted on this webpage Wednesday, May 28. This is the first EF5 tornado in Iowa since the Jordan tornado of June 13, 1976.

From the Des Moines NWS
:
SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE OCCURRED ACROSS
THE SOUTHERN END OF PARKERSBURG AND ALONG A PATH TO JUST NORTH
OF NEW HARTFORD. NUMEROUS STRUCTURES COMPLETELY DESTROYED FROM
PARKERSBURG TO NEAR NEW HARTFORD. THE TORNADO CONTINUED EASTWARD
TO JUST NORTH OF THE WATERLOO AND CEDAR FALLS AREA. SIGNIFICANT
DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED NORTH OF DUNKERTON WHERE THE TORNADO
INCREASED TO ITS GREATEST PATH WIDTH. ADDITIONAL EF2 TO EF3 DAMAGE
OCCURED NORTHEAST OF DUNKERTON BEFORE THE TORNADO LIFTED SHORTLY
BEFORE MOVING INTO BUCHANAN COUNTY. THIS STORM ALSO PRODUCED
SUBSTANTIAL STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE ALONG THE SOUTHERN
PERIPHERY OF THE STORM JUST SOUTH OF THE TORNADO TRACK.
PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES THAT STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OF 90 TO 100 MPH
OCCURRED WITH THIS STORM. AT 537 PM CDT THE WATERLOO AIRPORT
RECORDED A 93 MPH WIND GUST. INITIAL SURVEY RESULTS SUGGEST THAT
STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS THE CAUSE OF THE SEVERE DAMAGE AT
THE RECREATIONAL VEHICLE DEALERSHIP NORTH OF CEDAR FALLS.


Amazing damage video - great music



Iowa storm chaser captures this video of a funnel that hit Parkersburg Iowa:



First Person: 'Everything's Gone'
'Everything's Gone'First Person: 'Everything's Gone'The Associated PressThe people of Parkersburg, Iowa begin cleaning up after a deadly tornado came through town, leveling homes and throwing cars into trees. (May 26)This video contains ONLY natural sound. No script is available.

Memorial Day storm in Vinemont







Rain, rain, come on down....


CoCoRaHS rainfall reports


Nexrad storm total rainfall as of 1:25 p.m.

When I was a mere child there was a little girl in my neighborhood who apparently really wanted to see a lot of rain one day. She exclaimed, "Rain, rain, come on down. Make a big swimming pool!"

There have been a few pools made in North Alabama during the past 24 hours. Some parts of Northwest Alabama have received in excess of four inches of rain and flash flood warnings are in effect. I have recorded .94" here at my location, which is less than many surrounding areas.

Some reports:

  • WVNN radio meteorologist Marty Broman reported 6.15 inches of rain through 11:25 am. In addition, 1 inch of rainfall was reported on the 26th. These reports were measured in Rogersville on CR 26.
  • Cherokee in Colbert Co, AL public reported flash flooding at 11:25 AM CDT -- in the Cherokee community there was a report of 6 inches to 1 foot of water over roadways. Some locations impacted included north Pike Street, Pine Street, and 6th Street. a portion of north Pike Street was closed due to flooding.
  • 4 Nne Hillsboro [Lawrence Co, AL] emergency mngr reports FLASH FLOOD at 10:30 AM CDT -- water getting under rvs at mallard creek wildlife management area.
  • 2Nne Ripley [Limestone Co, AL] emergency mngr reports FLASH FLOOD at 10:30 AM CDT -- residences experiencing high water at lake city street near 7 mile post road.
  • Chalybeate Springs [Lawrence Co, AL] public reports FLASH FLOOD at 09:25 AM CDT -- county road 214 at reeds grocery store reported closed in that area.
  • 2 Se Chalybeate Springs [Lawrence Co, AL] emergency mngr reports FLASH FLOOD at 08:30 AM CDT -- two feet of water reported near the intersection of county line roads 170 and 319 near chalybeate springs.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Lightning kills


Ex-Cubs pitcher Geremi Gonzalez killed by lightning

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Former major league pitcher Geremi Gonzalez, who won 11 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1997, was killed by a lightning strike in his native Venezuela on Sunday. He was 33.

Emergency management official Herman Bracho said Monday that Gonzalez was struck by lightning at a beach.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Quilter, KS Tornado

On Friday May 23, 2008, storm chaser Chris Collura caught this amazing video of a mile wide wedge tornado near Quilter, Kansas. Thanks to Dewdrop for telling me about this one; it is very impressive.

Chasing small hail May 20, 2008


5:10 p.m.


5:18 p.m.


5:22 p.m.

On Tuesday May 20 I witnessed three separate small hail events. These were in Decatur, AL (pea), Dodge City, AL (pea), and south of Good Hope, AL on I-65 (dime). Trees were blown down in Fairview and Brush Pond in Cullman County, Alabama. Severe hail was also reported in several locations in North and Central Alabama that afternoon. Here is a brief video of the Dodge City storm. Dewdrop helped support my mini-chase and documented it well here.


Another beautiful day begins



Sunday promises to be another gorgeous summer-like day in North Alabama. Scattered showers and storms will be possible, especially on the west side of the state, but these will be isolated and brief where they do occur. They will diminish this evening. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80's and tonights lows will be in the 60's.

Mississippi tornado

Yes, believe it or not, a tornado was reported in Mississippi on Saturday.

Check out the story and photos from Renny's Storm Chase Blog.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lots of twisters

There have been numerous tornadoes across the Plains in recent days. One of those was in Windsor, Colorado on Thursday May 22, 2008 where 596 homes were damaged. The tornado path was 35 miles long and began near Platteville, about 50 miles north of Denver. One person was killed and over 100 others were injured.

Here are a couple amazing videos of the Windsor tornado.



Beautiful weekend in North Alabama





A summer pattern has set up in North Alabama during the past week with very warm, humid temperatures, lots of sunshine, and scattered mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms.

If you need a forecast for the next three months, you will get a good one if you refer back to the previous paragraph.

Last night the boys and I rode in a hot air balloon in Decatur. There were a few sprinkles around 6 p.m., but otherwise the weather was perfect!

Tornado videos

Michelle Miklik shared this link with some interesting tornado videos.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A big wx day for my good friend....

Today was a big weather day (my Mom always called severe weather days this on my behalf) for my good friend known as Dewdrop from South Georgia. I know of no one who deserved it more. My only regret is that she had to miss the golf ball sized hail.

Dewdrop wants to see hail and a tornado. But she will quickly tell you that she doesn't want it to happen if it threatens anyone. Her main barriers are that she is a very good Mom and a responsible employee. Those things, among others, make it tough on her to see the severe weather that fascinates her so much. Not to mention that she lives in an area that is not ideal for severe weather.

Today was a bit of an exception, and I was so happy for her to see a wall cloud, cloud to ground lightning, and a classic supercell. If there is a reader out there who is willing to put up the money to pay for a Plains chase, I can think of no one who deserves the chance more than Dewdrop! Well, I might want to be considered too!

An honor comes this way!

Thanks to Rachele Oblack for including this blog on her list of the best local weather websites!

I appreciate the positive feedback.

This is just wrong!



Talk about media bias..... What about blogger bias?

James should know better!

That was taken "out of context!"

Rest assured, I didn't have 14 of them, like some folks!

Wisconsin Flowers

Nice flower pictures by friend and fellow weather blogger Nathan in Wisconsin. He has an excellent weather blog!

He said, "I went around the yard this afternoon and took pictures of the plants currently flowering. The daffodils are still hanging on, trilliums and primroses are just beginning, chives will start soon."

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Birth of a severe weather outbreak....


2:37 p.m.


2:47 p.m.


2:52 p.m.


2:53 p.m.


2:56 p.m.


3:00 p.m.


3:02 p.m.


3:50 p.m.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Cullman County, Alabama thunderstorm - May 11

These videos were made on the north side of Cullman County while an EF2 tornado was striking the south side of Cullman County between midnight and 1 a.m. on Mother's Day, May 11, 2008.

If you are not a weather geek (and maybe even if you are) this may bore you to tears.



Sunday, May 18, 2008

A few isolated severe reports

Mentone, Dekalb Co, AL, public reports TSTM WND DMG at 05:50 PM CDT — 2 oak trees snapped at the Lil Mole golf course. dime-sized hail also covered the ground.

Atwood, Franklin Co, AL, public reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 07:07 PM CDT — quarter-sized hail reported near Atwood.

Hodges, Franklin Co, AL emergency mngr reports HAIL of penny size (M0.75 INCH) at 07:12 PM CDT

High today in Huntsville 72, Low 56

Scattered showers

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I'm getting ready to head to the Rocket City. It looks like I may see a few scattered showers on the way.

Have a great rest of the weekend!
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Friday, May 16, 2008

A nice soaking rain


.97" of rain in the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. at my location this morning. We've had 2.73 inches during the past 7 days.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Reports...



1654 ANDALUSIA COVINGTON AL 3131 8648 TORNADO REPORTED ON THE GROUND JUST WEST OF ANDALUSIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
At 12:05 pm, police spotted a funnel cloud 7 miles NE of Andalusia
moving NE at 37 mph. NWS in Mobile advises that this same storm
produced a tornado west of Andalusia.
At 12:05 pm, police spotted a funnel cloud 7 miles NE of Andalusia moving NE at 37 mph. NWS in Mobile advises that this same stormproduced a tornado west of Andalusia.

Tornado warnings in South Alabama



BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1142 AM CDT THU MAY 15 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN COVINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF ANDALUSIA...
SOUTHEASTERN CRENSHAW COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1230 PM CDT

* AT 1139 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR BECK...OR
ABOUT 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ANDALUSIA...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 32 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
LIBERTYVILLE BY 1150 AM CDT...
ANDALUSIA BY 1155 AM CDT...
HEATH AND SANFORD BY NOON CDT...
ROSE HILL AND EODA BY 1215 PM CDT...




BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1110 AM CDT THU MAY 15 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN OKALOOSA COUNTY IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA...
NORTHEASTERN SANTA ROSA COUNTY IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA...
SOUTHERN COVINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
SOUTHEASTERN ESCAMBIA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1215 PM CDT

* AT 1107 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES SOUTH OF
MUNSON...OR ABOUT 19 MILES WEST OF CRESTVIEW...MOVING NORTHEAST AT
40 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
MUNSON BY 1115 AM CDT...
ESCAMBIA FARMS...BRADLEY AND BLACKMAN BY 1135 AM CDT...
GOOD HOPE BY 1140 AM CDT...
FALCO AND WING BY 1145 AM CDT...
PLEASANT HOME BY 1155 AM CDT...
RED OAK BY NOON CDT...

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1110 AM CDT THU MAY 15 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
MONROE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF MONROEVILLE...

* UNTIL NOON CDT

* AT 1110 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR
HOMEWOOD...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
GOODWAY BY 1115 AM CDT...
MEGARGEL AND MANISTEE BY 1120 AM CDT...
FRISCO CITY AND EXCEL BY 1125 AM CDT...
MEXIA BY 1130 AM CDT...
MONROEVILLE AND WEST MONROEVILLE BY 1135 AM CDT...
DREWRY BY 1140 AM CDT...

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1106 AM CDT THU MAY 15 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN ESCAMBIA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTH CENTRAL BALDWIN COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1130 AM CDT

* AT 1105 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR RABUN...OR
ABOUT 9 MILES NORTH OF BAY MINETTE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
LOTTIE BY 1120 AM CDT...
REDTOWN BY 1125 AM CDT...
BOONEVILLE...MCCULLOUGH...POARCH AND JEDDO BY 1130 AM CDT...

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1101 AM CDT THU MAY 15 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN CONECUH COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHERN COVINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF ANDALUSIA...
SOUTHERN CRENSHAW COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHEASTERN ESCAMBIA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL NOON CDT

* AT 1058 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR US 29 AND
CR 43...OR ABOUT 17 MILES EAST OF BREWTON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 46
MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
BECK BY 1115 AM CDT...
LOANGO BY 1120 AM CDT...
RIVER FALLS AND ANDALUSIA BY 1125 AM CDT...
GANTT AND HEATH BY 1130 AM CDT...
CLEARVIEW BY 1135 AM CDT...
ROSE HILL BY 1140 AM CDT...

Overnight rain

As of 6:45 this morning, we had .13" of rain overnight, with much more to come. During the past 24 hours I recorded .24".

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tornadoes Saturday and Sunday - May 10 & 11, 2008

Alabama tornadoes on Saturday and Sunday - May 10 & 11, 2008:

Marion County EF1



A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Marion County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 100 mph.

The tornado spun up very quickly approximately 2.5 miles southwest of the Shottsville community along County Road 13, between Reedy Branch Road and County Road 154. The tornado tracked just south of due east for almost the entire length of Marion County with a slight left turn noted near the middel of the path. The tornado crossed County Road 11, State Highway 19, State Highway 187, US Highway 43, State Highway 253 and lifted along County Road 34 just after it crossed State Highway 241. No injuries or fatalities were reported. The tornado remained mostly in a heavily forested area and thousands of trees were either snapped off or uprooted. Several mobile homes and one carport sustained varying degrees of damage along the path.

The tornado was rated an EF-1 with damage consistent with winds around 100 mph. The total tornado damage path was 25.25 miles long and was 400 yards wide at its widest point.

Heflin tornado EF1

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Cleburne County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 100 mph. The tornado damage path was approximately 4.2 miles long and was around 1000 yards wide at its widest point.

The tornado touched down along the Talladega Scenic Drive just south of US Highway 78. The tornado moved along a slightly left curved path until it crossed County Road 79. The tornado then tracked almost due east and produced its most concentrated damage near State Highway 9. The tornado lifted near the end of Brockford Road in the vicinity of Shadow Lane. Hhundreds of trees were either snapped off or uprooted along the path. Several structures sustained damage and at least 6 of the structures were destroyed. At least 35 homes suffered varying degrees of damage. No injuries were reported.

Cleburne County Tornado EF1

A National Weather Service Damage Assessment Team has surveyed the storm damage in Cleburne County. It has been determined the damage was the result of a tornado. This additional damage path was produced by the same storm that dropped the Heflin Tornado but the damage paths were not linked. The tornado has been rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 90 mph. The tornado damage path was approximately 2.4 miles long and was around 150 yards wide at its widest point.

The tornado touched down near Exit 205 along Interstate 20, or 5 miles east of Heflin and traveled eastward. The tornado affected areas generally along County Road 114 east of State Highway 46. The tornado lifted just west of the intersection of County Road 114 and County Road 62. Several homes were badly damaged and at least two had significant portions of their roofs blown off. Numerous trees were blown down or were snapped off along the path. No injuries were reported.

Walker County EF1

A National Weather Service Storm Assessment Team has determined that the damage in eastern Walker County was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Damage estimates were consistent with winds around 95 mph. The tornado damage path was 9.3 miles long and was 400 yards wide at its widest point.

The tornado touched down near the intersection of Birdfarm Road and Snow Lake Road. The tornado then moved southeast and crossed State Highway 257 and State Highway 69 before it lifted near the Cullman County line. The tornado affected areas near the Sunlight Community, the Burrows Crossroads Community, and the Powellville Community. Numerous trees were either snapped off or were uprooted along the path. Several structures suffered varying degrees of damage. No injuries were reported. This storm did produce additional sporadic straight line wind damage from north central Walker County into northeast Walker County.

Walker County EF2


A National Weather Service Storm Assessment Team has determined that the damage in far northeastern Walker County was the result of a tornado. The tornado has been rated an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, due to the damage it produced in Cullman County. In Walker County, damage estimates were consistent with winds less than 85 mph which was EF0 damage, but where as high as 120 mph into Cullman County. The tornado damage path in Walker County was 2.5 miles long and was 75 yards wide at its widest point.

The tornado touched down east of County Road 77 near the intersection of Gravlee Junction Road and County Road 15. The tornado tracked northeast and entered Cullman County near the intersection of County Road 17 and County Road 19. The tornado appeared to have caused only minor tree damage in Walker County. This storm strengthened and produced significant damage in Cullman County. See the NWS Huntsville Storm Survey for Cullman...Here.

Cullman County EF2

Several debris paths were seen across southern Cullman county. The most significant damage occurred along Highway 91, in the vicinity of the town of Colony. Severeal chicken houses were destroyed and numerous large trees were snapped and uprooted. Elsewhere, significant tree damage was seen around Arkadelphia, along county roads 8 and 35. Spotty damage was also seen in extreme northeast Walker County and just east of Interstae 65, near Black Bottom, in association with this tornado.

C Lauderdale County EF1

The tornado touched down near a cove along the Tennessee River and moved east northeast, nearly paralleling County Road 14 halfway between the Wright and Rhodesville communities. Extensive tree damage was observed with multiple large trees uprooted and many medium size tree trunks snapped. The heaviest damage occurred to a farm where an all metal barn was completely destroyed and an awning adjacent to another outbuilding was ripped off. The metal roofing was catapulted approximately 1/2 of a mile by the tornado.

NE Lauderdale County EF1

The tornado touched down along County Roads 181 and 515 at approximately midnight, and uprooted and snapped several trees in it's path. The tornado also produced minor structural damage to an outbuilding.

More damage photos from the Cullman tornado








I received the above photos from Penelope today. She lives west of Arkadelphia and east of Boldo, in extreme SW Cullman County, Alabama. This is just west of the area where the NWS Huntsville determined an EF2 tornado hit early Sunday morning. Her area has not yet been included in the storm survey but based on her location and the damage path, it appears that the tornado was on the ground in her community as well. She told me, "We were in the basement of our house, fortunately. Normally when a storm comes through you can't hear anything down there, except for this time. It sounded like things were banging against the sides of the house, but we haven't noticed any damage. We have commercial grade steel doors on our basement, but it didn't seem to make a difference, you could hear the latch popping, and it sounded like the wind was going to cause the door to just fly open. The Lord must have been watching out for us. It was an extremely frightening experience...I'll definitely never forget it.

Below are the photos I took between Arkadelphia and Colony.


This morning....

We had a nice shower move through the area this morning. I recorded .11" of rain. This morning's low was 56 and this afternoon's high was 73.

ABC 33/40 coverage of Sunday's tornado

Part 1 - While the storm was moving through:


Part 2 - Aftermath and damage reports:


ABC 33/40 news reports about the tornadoes in North Alabama:

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

EF2 in Cullman County, Alabama

I have a busy day ahead so I will not be able to post my photos here this morning.

Please check here
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After work yesterday I drove to the south side of Cullman County. I understand this damage was rated an EF2 tornado by the NWS Huntsville. There must have been multiple thousands of trees down between Arkadelphia and Colony. The damage widened and narrowed at different places and there might have been multiple vortices, based on the damage I saw. This tornado has been very underreported, except by 33/40. I guess that is because it hit a very rural area. Their live coverage was right on the money!

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Here are the official storm surveys from the Huntsville NWS.

"Several debris paths were seen across southern Cullman county. The most significant damage occurred along Highway 91, in the vicinity of the town of Colony. Severeal chicken houses were destroyed and numerous large trees were snapped and uprooted. Elsewhere, significant tree damage was seen around Arkadelphia, along county roads 8 and 35. Spotty damage was also seen in extreme northeast Walker County and just east of Interstae 65, near Black Bottom, in association with this tornado." - NWS Huntsville

Monday, May 12, 2008

A story from tornado-damaged south Cullman County

This is a story shared with me by Melba Pierce, a reader of
Alabamawx.com
and resident of the area damaged early Sunday
morning during what I will
call the "Mother's Day Tornado".

I & my family will always be thankful for all that you (James Spann) &
your team does to keep our communities as safe as possible. In my heart
James, I felt like you were trying to tell me from your live TV coverage,
"Melba" I'm talking to you now.....be prepared & go to a safe place....
I know you weren't singling me out per se, but all the same, I want to
somehow convey how much your warnings help........

I knew from everything I was reading last week & seeing outside ALL day
Saturday afternoon, that the atmosphere was being primed for exactly
what it was like April 16, 1998 in which a tornado came across our
mountain here in Arkadelphia & took off my screened in back porch!

The tornado that came through yesterday morning around 12:30 AM, did do
damage to my home (roof) & property mainly..., but it is structurally
sound & we were very blessed...considering it was actually on the ground
just above my house between 1/4 & 1/2 mile away. It destroyed many
trees & completely twisted off a new radio tower recently installed for
the fire departments & emergency officials to be able to communicate
with each other throughout the county on the same radio frequency....
It then moved moving down the mountain crossing CR 8 & devastated the
Colony community about 5 miles up the road.

I only saw what the tornado damage did on CR 34 (which is where I live),
CR 35, CR 8, & Hwy. 91. I was told by some friends that went on the
back county roads(CR) in Colony, that it was even worse there. They
said there were homes actually leveled.

This time 10 years later, my oldest son, daughter in-law & 2 grandkids
(4 & 1) were at my house for the weekend for (mother's day) along with
my youngest son (16) & husband. We all got into our smallest bathroom.
I put my daughter in-law & 2 babies in the tub. There were 7 of us
crammed into a bathroom meant for 2 people at the most. I know God was
hearing prayers. I handled the crisis fine then, but today, I have
tears of joy & relief, but for some reason I also have tears of sadness
too. That part I can't explain....

The lightning was so intense, it struck a large pecan tree in my aunt's
yard about 3 hundred yards up the road, traveled down the tree through
the roots and ruptured our 6 inch water main that runs under our road.
So that left everyone on our road without water until late yesterday
afternoon. The power was out because the tornado that touched down a
little further up which is where it took out power poles & lines. They
reset them late yesterday & we got power back then. I can't even begin
to describe how intense that storm was. We were filling our pool with
water Saturday afternoon getting it ready for the summer. We turned the
water off before going in for the night with the water level a little
over 4 inches from the bottom of the skimmer. We have a 24 foot round
above ground pool. Yesterday morning, when we went outside to find out
exactly what all the damage was, I was shocked to see water spilling out
of the skimmer. That means we must have gotten at least 4 inches of
rain on the mountain in Arkadelphia. I expected maybe 1-2 inches at the
most & then having finish filling it up.

I did thank God on my way to work this morning as I was driving up Hwy.
91 through Colony (as I work in Hanceville.) Just seeing all the damage
that the tornado caused, it just causes you to relive in your head over
& over what you were feeling as it was coming toward my home.... but
with God's grace, he blessed my home by not destroying it... I'm
thankful for having a family to love, to be loved by, & keeping us safe.
When you hear a tornado coming & know that there is absolutely nothing
you can do about it, that is when you know, that you know, that you
know........there is a God.

Later she added:

It was a very frightening feeling. This is the 2nd time I've gone through
a tornado since living there. I listened to reports via the radio after the
tornado came through all night too. My husband & youngest son made
sure our home was secure enough...then left to go help the fire department
cut trees out of the roads. They didn't come home until after 4 AM
yesterday morning. I knew you were out there & I heard James mention
your name a couple of times relaying information. I had no way of
contacting them or you to let anyone know what had happened in our
area. I did get on-line last night for a few minutes trying to check the
blog to see what all was going on around us when it happened, but I
only have dial-up at home & that is the pits....

I borrowed my daughter in-law's camera yesterday to take pictures
of the damage to my house & property. She is supposed to download
them & email them to me. (Ironically, they knew I didn't have a digital
camera & wouldn't breakdown to buy one, so that is what they gave
me for Mother's Day...only I didn't know it until last night after I came
in from cleaning up. They had left early yesterday to go home since we
didn't have water or power (with 2 small children) & to make sure their
home in Madison was ok since they had tornado warnings there too.
My husband & I had gone to Lowes for tarps & weren't home before they
left. I felt so bad not having a chance to thank them for it.
Surprisingly, if you look at the front of my house, you wouldn't thing there
was a thing wrong with my home...other than the white picket fence
around the front yard...that is missing some pickets now....until you walk
around to the backyard. The back of my house faces the SW....hence it
takes a lot of high winds....from storms. If you havent been on the CR's
I mentioned in my earlier email, then you should check them out. Colony
was hit very bad.

Anyway..........You are right....I know God was looking out for us. We
heard the tornado as it came over...it was lowering (obviously), since it hit
just up at the end of CR 34. All the debris that was flying around outside,
busting my privacy fence up out back & ripping roofing off, I feel so blessed
that God didn't let it set down on top of us...... I just couldn't live with myself
if my family had died just because they had come home to be with me for
Mother's Day.......and something had hurt or killed them just
me...... it's a mom/Grammy thing........

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Marion County EF1 Tornado

A big THANK YOU to Melissa Wilson of Marion County for the damage photos
that she shared with me as seen below.


Storm Survey is in from the Birmingham NWS:


..SHOTSVILLE TORNADO (MARION COUNTY)


AN NWS STORM SURVEY TEAM FOUND A LONG TORNADO DAMAGE PATH ACROSS THE
NORTHERN PART OF MARION COUNTY. THE PATH BEGAN ON CR-13... BETWEEN
REEDY BRANCH ROAD AND CR-154...WHICH IS ABOUT 2.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
THE SHOTSVILLE COMMUNITY. FROM THERE...THE TORNADO MOVED JUST SOUTH
OF DUE EAST FOR NEARLY 18 MILES...CROSSING CR-11...AL-19...AL-187...

US-43...AND AL-253. THE TORNADO THEN TURNED SLIGHTLY TO THE LEFT...
AND TRAVELLED DIRECTLY EAST ANOTHER 7.5 MILES...BEFORE LIFTING ON
CR-34 JUST EAST OF AL-241.


THE TORNADO REMAINED MOSTLY IN A HEAVILY FORESTED AREA...AND
THOUSANDS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. IN ADDITION...SEVERAL
MOBILE HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE...AND ONE CARPORT WAS DAMAGED.


THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED EF-1...WITH ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS AROUND
100 MPH. THE TOTAL DAMAGE PATH WAS JUST OVER 25 MILES LONG...AND
400 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST.







Set of photos from Marion County EMA, via Alabamawx.com