Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Severe Saturday

On Saturday August 2, 2008 North and Central Alabama experienced some unexpected severe weather. There were only about four storms that moved southward from the Tennessee Valley down into Central Alabama but the packed quite a wallop. There were numerous reports of damaging winds and large hail. There was even a tornado warning or two.

This is how it all got started:

Here are the reports from the National Weather Service:

From Huntsville CWA


1.75" (golf ball) hail at Gurley in Madison County 3:14 p.m.

1.00" (quarter) hail covering the ground and stripping leaves from trees 5 miles east of Meridianville in Madison County 3:48 p.m.

1.75" (golf ball) hail covering the ground at Whitesburg and Airport Rd in Huntsville in Madison County 4:38 p.m.

1.75" (golf ball) hail damage to cars in south Huntsville 4:45 p.m.

1.75" (golf ball) hail in Green Hill in Lauderdale 5:00 p.m.

1.75" (golf ball) hail in Fairview in Cullman 5:00 p.m.

Trees and power lines down on CR 33 near Green Hill in Lauderdale damaging multiple houses that were under construction. Lumber was blown into road. 5:15 p.m.

From Birmingham CWA


1.75" (golf ball) hail 4 miles ENE of Cedar Bluff in Cherokee County 5:02 p.m.

1.75" (golf ball) hail at Samantha in northern Tuscaloosa County 6:24 p.m.

1.25" hail at Lincoln in Talladega County at 7:39 p.m.

Trees and power lines blown down in 4 mi NNE of Dora in Walker County 6:05 p.m.

Trees down on residence in Ohatchee in Calhoun causing entrapment 6:53 p.m.

Trees down on residence in Lincoln in Talladega 7:58 p.m.

Power lines down at Vincent High School in Shelby County at 8:14 p.m.

Trees and power lines down at Childersburg in Talladega at 8:16 p.m.

---numerous other reports of trees down on roads---

Chief Meteorologist James Spann of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham has put together an excellent team of Skywatchers. These Skywatchers and other viewers captured and submitted some amazing images of the storms from Saturday August 2, 2008.

David Drummond / Tommy Howell - Tuscaloosa lightning

Josh - Tuscaloosa lightning near Shelton State

Chris Brown - Oxford mammatus clouds

James Payne - Etowah County damage

Erin Garrad - Southside damage

Clouds, lightning and hail images from all over Alabama

Stephan Frank - Munford area lightning and mammatus clouds

Lightning south of Tuscaloosa

Kelli and Troy Guthrie - Ohatchee damage, flooding, lightning, and clouds

Brandon Harris - Jacksonville lightning and mammatus clouds (very good)

Michelle Miklik and Jamey Parker - Warrior mammatus clouds

Melinda and Dave Millican - Northside hail

Nathan and Maggie Moore - Samantha hail (nice pics)

Tony Owens - Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County hail

Tracy - Oakman, Walker County hail


As for me... I was at home when the storms began firing in North Alabama. I took the above time lapse video from my yard. My sons were gone for a few hours with their mother to a wedding. When they returned we tried to follow the storm that produced golf ball size hail in Fairview. We saw some cloud to ground lightning as we drove south on US 31 into Blount County, but we saw no hail or other severe weather. All was not lost though as we stopped and ate barbecue sandwiches, slaw, baked beans, and fries at the Top Hat BBQ in Blount Springs!


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