Monday, February 23, 2009

Anatomy of a Chase



12:00 Midnight Moderate risk

6:56
Moderate risk

8:21 Temp 59 on the Tenn River.

8:56 Temp 61 now at Blount Cullman line near The Colony.

9:15 Temp 63 at Gardendale-sun peeking out on Fieldstown Rd.

9:39 Thinking of heading toward Shelby/Chilton Co. as of now.

9:40 John - I’m off Finley but heading out soon.

9:40 Mike - Where are you going?

9:41 John - Probably Clanton-ish

9:45 Pit stop at Gardendale...food, gas, tripod, windshield washer

9:46 Sun peaking out 63/62 at Gardendale.

9:50 I am now at 33rd Ave exit in N Bhm.

9:53 Change plans-going w on 59/20 instead of s 65 instab may be enough here and can still go s


9:57 Fred - and it makes sense with where the cloud breaks are on vis sat over MS

10:01 Fred - and we're starting to get an agitated cumulus field in north central Mississippi

10:04 (PERRY CO.): CURRENT: 66 F DP: 60 F

10:07 64/63 at Academy Dr. Bessemer with some sun at times

10:15 Look at latest vis sat....taking shape - E Tuscaloosa County occasional sun and 64

10:30 At Brookwood in Tusc Co had a few sprinkles and 64.


10:43 Fox 6 van just passed me at Mcfarland Blvd on I-20, 66F, some sun

10:54 Crossed over Black Warrior Riv near fosters...sun is frequently peeking out, air is decidedly muggier; almost need the ac in the car 66/63

11:02 - 68/64 at Knoxville, AL.... partly sunny

11:05 - SPC has posted a Public Severe Weather Outlook.

11:13 - Fred - Starting to get radar echoes just west of Winona MS now

11:14 -
spc mesoscale discussion 120 for alabama issued My link

11:18 - 68 / 64 at the rest stop in Greene Co on 59/20 near Eutaw

11:21 Fred - Lrg 1000 CAPE band that goes into middle TN from Louisiana

11:22 Fred - and 0- 1 km helicity is still very high from central MS eastward

11:23 At the rest stop in Greene Co, 190 miles from base,off I20/59 - 68/65


11:34 Once I passed Tuscaloosa, sunshine, temperatures, and dew points rose dramatically. It is now 68 with a dewpoint of 65 here in Greene County.

11:35 John - In Calera.

11:40 I'm getting warm and changing into shorts at the rest stop.

11:45 Mike to Skywatchers: Anyone know a place to eat on I5920 in Greene

11:46 Jason - Mike...drawing a blank on that...venture down into Eutaw

11:46 Jason Never really stopped there much, but I bet they've got something good if you'll stop and ask

11:46 Mike Sounds like a plan Jason.... starving

11:47 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.): CURRENT: 71 F DP: 62 F

11:51 Mostly sunny in eutaw.... 68/66

11:51 Jason Let me know what you find, Mike!

11:52 John: Mike there is not much down there

11:52 John I got caught in that same position not long ago

1:53 Jason: stop at a gas station and ask them for the best place in town...tell them James Spann sent you

11:53 Jason That'll get you a good spot

11:53 Car thermometer now shows 75 ... feels like it

11:54 Mike I like how u think Jason

11:55 Mike Not too many exits.... had to go clear to Boligee

11:59 Streaming live: http://www.severealabamawx.com/index.php?pr=Live_Chase_Tracker

12:01 John - mike what is your plan...you going miss border and then coming back east later

12:03 Mike staying in Greene atm and will watch radar and decide on going towards demop, greensboiro or tusc

12:04John probably going to make my way toward Marion soon

12:07 John EHI maxed west of you Mike

12:11 John Heading to Centreville for lunch

12:13 In downtown Eutaw for lunch

12:15 Jason John...I recommend Twix & Tween

12:15 Jason pretty good little mustard-base BBQ place

12:15 Jason going to grab some food myself...back shortly

12:43:23 Back from lunch.... did I miss any new watches in the past half hour

12:43:27 BMX issues Tornado Watch for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Lowndes, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Winston [AL] till 8:00 PM CST

12:43:42 Mike Ask and ye shall receive!

12:45 Tornado Watch - Alabama My link

12:46 Very Sunny in Eutaw Mostly sunny.... 73 on the car

12:54 John heading in to twix & tween

12:57 Told Rick I am still in Greene Co.

1:01 Told Rick "patience is a virtue"

1:01 Mike - My best report of the day: Had the lunch special at Mama Leone's in Eutaw. Deep fried pork chop, greasy (but good) turnip greens, rice with gravy, cornbread, apple pie, and sweet tea. Yum!

1:09 Mike - 75 in Knoxville, AL

1:17 I'm in knoxville, sw of tuscaloosa

1:26 John - Jason...great call on lunch

1:26 John - Pie made my day so far

1:29 Mike 79 on my car therm on the greene, tusc line....as i am moving....

1:32 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.): CURRENT: 74 F DP: 63 F

1:38 Mike hanging at Fosters for awhile.... nice spot here...... 75

1:45
First Tor Warning - HUN issues Tornado Warning for Marshall [AL] till 2:15 PM CST ...* AT 145 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR ARAB... MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

1:46 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.): CURRENT: 76 F DP: 64 F PRTLY SUNNY

1:47 HUN issues Tornado Warning for Marshall [AL] till 2:15 PM CST ...* AT 145 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR ARAB... MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

2:09 - N4UPD LOOKS LIKE A COUPLE OF STORMS STARTED POPPING OVER IN EAST ms.

2:11 Mike - Dilemma time for me..... chase a dev storm in n tusc or wait for new dev in ms......

2:13 Jenn said "The cell near Forest and Decatur in MS looks ripe."

2:13 Jenn - Storm in N Tusc could be intercepted in Jefferson Co.


2:15 Me - I'm staying put..... i like the one in ms


2:20 Mike Still 75 here on the Fosters exit. I have decided to stay put and see what happens to the west.....

2:21 Mike It's a dilemma

2:35 John: mike where you at in fosters

2:36 Mike I'm on the exit.... on the west side of the interstate there is a dead end with a very good view sw, nw, n, and ne

2:37 John coming to visit mike be there in 15 sec

2:37 Mike cool

3:03 im about to head to tuscaloosa, then possibly south to centreville

3:03 maybe.... i will hold tight a few mins

3:04 Jenn - You'll have to go south to catch our special little cell

3:13 Mike - the special storm is getting worse

3:14 Jenn- I personally think it needs a warning.

3:21 Mike - I'm leaving and going to Tusc, then south on 69

3:22 Jenn - looks like lots of hail with it. Severe warned twice over.

3:23 Mike -
John is leaving too

3:24 Jenn - Smart move. You have the biggest cloud tops out there!

3:27 Mike - I want to at least see one storm.

3:30 Mike -
turning s at tusc now

3:32 Mike - John and I are headed s on 69 towards greensboro

3:34 Jenn - I really feel like your cell needs a tornado warning. I see some signs of rotation

3:37 Mike - What is the eta for the cell to be in greensboro?

3:39 Jenn - 1/2 hour... 45 minutes, maybe.

3:46 Mike - In Moundville

3:56
Havana Junction in Hale County on Hwy 69

4:08 Mike near greensboro


4:09 Mike bad signal

4:09 ki4mqz mike i would hold up there, that storm will be in your area soon

4:10 Mike ctg lightning in greensboro

4:20 BMX: Gallion [Hale Co, AL] emergency mngr reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 04:18 PM CST -- also reported at lock-5 on warrior river

4:23 Mike ctg near marion

4:24:17 BMX issues Tornado Warning for Dallas, Hale, Marengo, Perry [AL] till 5:15 PM CST ...* AT 419 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF FAUNSDALE...OR 10 MILES EAST OF DEMOPOLIS...MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

4:24 WSFA is still reporting of quarter sized hail in the Demopolis storm.

4:33 BMX: Newbern [Hale Co, AL] emergency mngr reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 04:31 PM CST -- covering ground from newbern to gallion.

4:34 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.): WE SEE YOU MIKE

4:34 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.) THAT STORM WILL BE SOUTH OF ME4

4:35 Mike John is in front of me on Hwy 5

4:35 BMX continues Tornado Warning for Dallas, Hale, Marengo, Perry [AL] till 5:15 PM CST ...AT 433 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR UNIONTOWN...MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

4:37 John - left the room. (Bad Signal)

4:39 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.): LIGHT RAIN FALLING W/ LIGHTING

:41 BMX: Faunsdale [Marengo Co, AL] broadcast media reports HAIL of golf ball size (E1.75 INCH) at 04:33 PM CST --

4:46 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.): CURRENT: 69 F DP: 63 F

4:50 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.): PICKED UP 0.04" SO FAR

4:50 MARION, AL (PERRY CO.): STOPPED RAINING NOW

APPROX 4:40-4:50 Storm video taken netween Marion and Marion Junction on Perry CR 5.

4:52 BMX issues Tornado Warning for Autauga, Dallas, Lowndes, Perry [AL] till 5:30 PM CST ...* AT 447 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR MARION JUNCTION... OR 11 MILES SOUTH OF MARION...MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

4:54
Storm is ending - Hail and debris on Perry CR 45

4:54 John entered the room.

454 Mike major hail and wind s of marion

4:56
Hail beside my vehicle

4:55:56) iembot: BMX: 5 S Marion [Perry Co, AL] trained spotter reports HAIL of quarter size (E1.00 INCH) at 04:51 PM CST --


4:57 Mike stuck will report further in a few

5:00 BMX continues Tornado Warning for Autauga, Dallas, Lowndes, Perry [AL] till 5:30 PM CST ...AT 456 PM CST...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR POTTER STATION...OR ABOUT 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF SELMA...MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

5:18 Mike When the cell came through, John and I were 4.4 miles north of marion junction on cr 5, hail as large as golfballs.... winds were est at over 60..... from every direction, w, n , e

5:20 People in the path of this storm need to take cover!

5:20 Mike We didn't mean to be there and it was frightening

5:35 Mike Cedar tree down beside perry cty rd 45 3.5 mi north of marion junction

5:53 BMX: Linden [Marengo Co, AL] law enforcement reports HAIL of nickel size (E0.88 INCH) at 05:49 PM CST --

4 comments:

Steve Miller said...

Nice job on this!

Peter said...

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billluc1982 said...
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billluc1982 said...

Wow, what an adventure. How did you get unstuck? At least you got home safely thank God!