Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Is this a wall cloud?


6:33 p.m. Saturday 3/28/09


Nexrad at 6:23 pm 3/28/09.

My position was near the red dot and the picture was taken looking to the northwest.

Can anyone give me some input on this? What would you report? For a look at the clouds in motion, there is a time lapse video below. The feature is barely in the video but you can see it forming in the lower right part of the screen between the 9:15 point and the 9:45 point.

Also, thanks to Dan Satterfield and Dale Bader for using my photos in their blogs.




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Tornado reported



From Wsfa Weather Just received a report of a possible tornado on the ground in Houston County near Cottonwood just east of US 231. Tornado warning in effect.

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Tornado Warning - Houston County


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
507 PM EDT TUE MAR 31 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTH CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF FLORIDA...
SOUTHEASTERN HOUSTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF COTTONWOOD...
NORTH CENTRAL DECATUR COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST GEORGIA...
SOUTH CENTRAL EARLY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST GEORGIA...
MILLER COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST GEORGIA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF COLQUITT...
NORTHERN SEMINOLE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST GEORGIA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF DONALSONVILLE...

* UNTIL 545 PM EDT/445 PM CDT/

* AT 404 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
DEVELOPING TORNADO NEAR COTTONWOOD...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
DONALSONVILLE BY 530 PM EDT...
COLQUITT BY 540 PM EDT...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

RELAY REPORTS OF SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
TALLAHASSEE AT (8 5 0) 9 4 2 8 8 3 3. OR...YOU MAY CONTACT THE
NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OR YOUR COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
THEY WILL RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM EDT
TUESDAY EVENING/800 PM CDT TUESDAY EVENING/ FOR SOUTHEAST ALABAMA AND
CENTRAL FLORIDA AND SOUTHWESTERN GEORGIA.

Tornado Warning - Escambia, Baldwin



BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
125 PM CDT TUE MAR 31 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN ESCAMBIA COUNTY IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA...
WESTERN ESCAMBIA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
CENTRAL BALDWIN COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF BAY MINETTE...

* UNTIL 230 PM CDT

* AT 122 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 2 MILES WEST OF
CARNEY...OR ABOUT 3 MILES NORTHEAST OF BAY MINETTE...MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
DYAS BY 135 PM CDT...
PERDIDO BY 145 PM CDT...
NOKOMIS BY 150 PM CDT...
ATMORE BY 200 PM CDT...
ROBINSONVILLE BY 210 PM CDT...
LITTLE ROCK BY 220 PM CDT...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING...PREFERABLY IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR A ROOM SUCH AS
A CLOSET OR BATHROOM. IF POSSIBLE...GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER
PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY
AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO...THIS
STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL OR DAMAGING
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY BE OBSCURING THIS TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU
WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR IT COMING...IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A SAFE
PLACE.

DO NOT USE YOUR VEHICLE TO TRY TO OUTRUN AN APPROACHING TORNADO. ANY
SIZE OF VEHICLE CAN BE EASILY BE TOSSED AROUND BY TORNADIC WINDS. IF
YOU ARE CAUGHT IN THE PATH OF A TORNADO...LEAVE THE VEHICLE AND SEEK
SHELTER IN A STRONG BUILDING. IF NO SAFE STRUCTURE IS AVAILABLE...
SEEK SHELTER IN A CULVERT...DITCH OR LOW DEPRESSION AND COVER YOUR
HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. DO NOT USE HIGHWAY OVERPASSES FOR SHELTER.
OVERPASSES DO NOT PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM TORNADIC WINDS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT
TUESDAY EVENING FOR SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA AND
SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI.

Huntsville Sunset - 3/28/09

It's time for one last video from Saturday. After the developing storms were swept away by the frontal boundary we were left with a breezy, but peaceful sunset.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Huntsville Time Lapse 3/28/09

Storms were forming to the west and northwest of Huntsville in the hours just before sunset on Saturday 3/28/09. These storms produced tornadoes in Tennessee and in Dekalb County, AL.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Yesterday's tornado confirmed in Dekalb County

Just posted by Andy Kula with the NWS Huntsville:

Two tornadoes (so far) have been confirmed in the NWS HUN
County Warning area; in Huntland, TN, and this one near Valley Head......


PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
641 PM CDT SUN MAR 29 2009

...PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY INFORMATION FROM DEKALB COUNTY...

A PRELIMINARY STORM SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE INCURRED ACROSS DEKALB
COUNTY HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND LOCAL
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL. INITIAL FINDINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* EVENT TYPE: TORNADO
* EVENT DATE: 03/28/09

* ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 105 MPH
* PRELIMINARY RATING: EF-1

* PATH LENGTH: 2.6 MILES
* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 50 YARDS

* SUMMARY: NUMEROUS LARGE PINES AND OTHER TREES WERE SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED ALONG COUNTY ROADS 610 AND ROUTE 885...ABOUT 4 MILES
WEST OF VALLEY HEAD. A LARGE TREE FELL ON A HOUSE ALONG ROUTE
885 CAUSING SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE. TREES WERE ALSO UPROOTED
ALONG COUNTY ROAD 608 AND ADDITIONAL DAMAGE WAS FOUND NEAR
HIGHWAY 11 AND BETHEL ROAD...JUST SOUTH OF HAMMONDVILLE.

THESE FINDINGS ARE PRELIMINARY AND ARE SUBJECT TO ADJUSTMENT.
PICTURES AND SUMMARY MATERIALS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEB
PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/HUNTSVILLE /ALL LOWER CASE/.

SURVEYED BY: COYNE/NADLER

$$

Video of Severe Thunderstorm in Meridian, MS

At 4:00 a.m a line of severe thunderstorms moved through Meridian, Mississippi. The highest winds at our location occurred between 3:58 and 4:05. Winds likely gusted over 60 miles per hour during that time. This is a video I made of the storms from the parking lot of the Comfort Inn, just off Interstate 59/20. This was the main storm that I witnessed with ABC 33/40 Skywatchers John Brown, Stephanie Honeycutt, Terry Sasser, and Sarah Vines.

Storm Reports from the NWS for Meridian and Lauderdale County, MS included:

0351 AM TSTM WND GST MEEHAN 32.33N 88.87W
03/28/2009 E70.00 MPH LAUDERDALE MS EMERGENCY MNGR

0400 AM TSTM WND DMG 6 SW MERIDIAN 32.32N 88.79W
03/28/2009 LAUDERDALE MS EMERGENCY MNGR MANY TREES DOWN ACROSS THE W AND SW PORTION OF THE COUNTY.

0402 AM TSTM WND DMG 5 S MERIDIAN 32.31N 88.71W
03/28/2009 LAUDERDALE MS EMERGENCY MNGR MANY TREES DOWN ACROSS S LAUDERDALE CO.

0405 AM TSTM WND GST MERIDIAN 32.38N 88.71W
03/28/2009 E70.00 MPH LAUDERDALE MS NWS EMPLOYEE ESTIMATED 65 TO 70 MPH GUSTS IN MERIDIAN.


Other reports from this line before it reached Meridian included:

0246 AM HAIL MOUNT OLIVE 31.76N 89.66W
03/28/2009 E0.25 INCH COVINGTON MS BROADCAST MEDIA

0255 AM HAIL MIZE 31.87N 89.55W
03/28/2009 E0.75 INCH SMITH MS LAW ENFORCEMENT

0257 AM TSTM WND DMG 5 SSE RALEIGH 31.96N 89.49W
03/28/2009 SMITH MS LAW ENFORCEMENT NUMEROUS TREES BLOWN DOWN AROUND THE CENTER RIDGE COMMUNITY. POSSIBLE STRUCTURES DAMAGED AS WELL.

0300 AM TSTM WND DMG 7 SSE RALEIGH 31.94N 89.45W
03/28/2009 SMITH MS LAW ENFORCEMENT STRUCTURES DAMAGED ON CR 80 AND NUMEROUS TREES BLOWN DOWN.

0300 AM TSTM WND DMG FOREST 32.36N 89.47W
03/28/2009 SCOTT MS EMERGENCY MNGR SEVERAL TREES REPORTED DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY.

0302 AM TSTM WND DMG 3 NNW TAYLORSVILLE 31.87N 89.45W
03/28/2009 SMITH MS EMERGENCY MNGR DAMAGE ALONG CR 72. ONE CHICKEN HOUSE DESTROYED. ONE MOBILE HOME WITH MINOR DAMAGES.

0306 AM TSTM WND DMG SYLVARENA 32.01N 89.38W
03/28/2009 SMITH MS LAW ENFORCEMENT NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN FROM CR 72...80 AND 99. 9 SHEDS WERE DAMAGED...7 HOMES SUSTAINED MINIMAL DAMAGE. 1 CHICKEN HOUSE WAS DESTROYED AND 2 OTHERS HAD MINOR DAMAGE.

0317 AM TSTM WND DMG 2 S LOUIN 32.04N 89.26W
03/28/2009 JASPER MS EMERGENCY MNGR A FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN...3 WERE ACROSS HWY 15.

0317 AM HAIL BAY SPRINGS 31.98N 89.28W
03/28/2009 E0.50 INCH JASPER MS EMERGENCY MNGR DIME SIZED HAIL.

0321 AM TSTM WND DMG 3 NE BAY SPRINGS 32.01N 89.25W
03/28/2009 JASPER MS EMERGENCY MNGR A ROOF WAS BLOWN OFF A BARN.

0335 AM TSTM WND DMG 6 E MONTROSE 32.12N 89.13W
03/28/2009 JASPER MS EMERGENCY MNGR NUMEROUS TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN ACROSS THE N/NE PORTION OF THE COUNTY. SEVERAL WERE ACROSS RDS.

0337 AM TSTM WND DMG 3 S HICKORY 32.27N 89.02W
03/28/2009 NEWTON MS EMERGENCY MNGR TREES DOWN ALONG HWY 503 SOUTH.

0342 AM TSTM WND DMG 3 S CHUNKY 32.28N 88.93W
03/28/2009 NEWTON MS EMERGENCY MNGR NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ACROSS SE NEWTON COUNTY ON GRIFFIS FERIS RD AND BEASON RD.




Saturday, March 28, 2009

Huntsville Storms

Here are a few pics I took on Chapman Mountain in Huntsville between 6:25 and 7:05 tonight.

















Severe Tstorm Warning - Madison


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
627 PM CDT SAT MAR 28 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
MADISON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
EAST CENTRAL MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
WEST CENTRAL MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 700 PM CDT

* AT 627 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL. THIS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR VALHERMOSO SPRINGS...OR ABOUT 14 MILES
NORTHWEST OF ARAB...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
FARLEY...OWENS CROSSROADS...
HADEN...HAMPTON COVE...
BROWNSBORO...NORMAL...
MAYSVILLE...MOORES MILL...
DEPOSIT...NEW MARKET...

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDT SATURDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA AND CENTRAL TENNESSEE.

LAT...LON 3489 8634 3485 8634 3484 8633 3476 8633
3474 8635 3463 8635 3462 8634 3444 8639
3436 8658 3447 8677 3496 8651
TIME...MOT...LOC 2327Z 206DEG 48KT 3452 8662




KULA

6 pm in Huntsville, Alabama





I just took a few pictures moments ago of clouds looking northwest of Huntsville from Chapman Mountain.

Saturday Afternoon Update

After 29 hours and 505 miles spent storm chasing (without sleep) I arrived home Saturday at about 11:30. Other than enjoying the company of fellow ABC 33/40 Skywatchers John Brown, Stephanie Honeycutt, Terry Sasser, and Sarah Vines (all of whom, by the way, are Auburn Tiger fans), the highlight of the trip was witnessing a severe thunderstorm in Meridian, Mississippi at 4:00 this morning.

The storm contained strong straight-line winds that I estimate peaked around 60 miles per hour. The winds knocked out power and blew down trees in the area and there was a report of winds gusting as high as 70 mph just west of Meridian. John and Terry clocked winds as high as 53 mph on a hand held anemometer that they held out of the window of the vehicle during a portion of the storm. I will be working on a video I took during the storm and will post it soon if it turns out well enough.

After a three hour power nap after arriving home, I awakened around 3 pm today to learn that my part of North Alabama was placed under a tornado watch (below).

I decided to take the short drive up to Chapman mountain and make a few pictures and perhaps a time lapse video of the storms trying to develop around the Alabama - Tennessee border just north of Huntsville. Again, if that video turns out well enough, I will post it soon.


   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 91
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
220 PM CDT SAT MAR 28 2009

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

NORTHERN ALABAMA
EXTREME SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS
PARTS OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL KENTUCKY
MIDDLE TENNESSEE

EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 220 PM UNTIL
900 PM CDT.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 75 MILES NORTH OF FORT
CAMPBELL KENTUCKY TO 30 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF HUNTSVILLE
ALABAMA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 89...WW 90...

DISCUSSION...SURFACE HEATING HAS RESULTED IN DESTABILIZATION IN
ADVANCE OF A SURFACE COLD FRONT NOW MOVING EWD ACROSS WRN TN/MS...TO
THE SE OF THE SYNOPTIC CYCLONE APPROACHING SE MO AND S OF A WARM
FRONT LIFTING SLOWLY NWD TOWARD THE OH RIVER. THUNDERSTORM
DEVELOPMENT WILL BECOME MORE PROBABLE IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS AS
MLCAPE INCREASES TO THE 500-1000 J/KG RANGE AND CONVECTIVE
INHIBITION WEAKENS. AT THE SAME TIME...STRONG DEEP LAYER VERTICAL
WILL BE MAINTAINED OVER THE WARM SECTOR ON THE NOSE OF THE 80 KT MID
LEVEL JET...AND LOW-LEVEL HODOGRAPH CURVATURE WILL BE FAVORABLE FOR
RIGHT-MOVING SUPERCELLS. THE COMBINATION OF MODEST INSTABILITY AND
STRONG VERTICAL SHEAR APPEARS FAVORABLE FOR A BROKEN BAND OF
SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A FEW TORNADOES...ALONG WITH LARGE
HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. THE SEVERE THREAT SHOULD INCREASE THROUGH
THE AFTERNOON...AND THEN GRADUALLY DIMINISH AFTER SUNSET AS THE
BOUNDARY LAYER STABILIZES.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24040.


...THOMPSON

Just saw a severe tstorm roll through Meridian


4:01
Power is out near the Comfort Inn.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
Publish Post

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
401 AM CDT SAT MAR 28 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN KEMPER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
NORTHEASTERN LAUDERDALE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF MERIDIAN STATION...

* UNTIL 445 AM CDT

* AT 401 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING
FROM DAMASCUS TO 13 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MERIDIAN STATION...OR ALONG
A LINE EXTENDING FROM 14 MILES SOUTH OF PRESTON TO MERIDIAN...AND
MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR...
BLACKWATER...DALEVILLE AND MERIDIAN STATION BY 410 AM CDT...
DE KALB BY 415 AM CDT...
OAK GROVE BY 420 AM CDT...
PORTERVILLE AND TAMOLA BY 425 AM CDT...
ELECTRIC MILLS BY 430 AM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

WINDS OF 60 MPH CAN BRING DOWN TREES...POSSIBLY RESULTING IN INJURY
AND PROPERTY DAMAGE. ROOFS OF MOBILE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS COULD BE
DAMAGED...AND MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO WELL BUILT HOMES AND STRUCTURES
COULD OCCUR.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. IF A TORNADO
IS SPOTTED... ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A STURDY
STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

Intensifying line moving through Mississippi


03:01 am

Strong to severe line of storms moving into East Central Mississippi at 3am. Warnings are being issued in association with this strengthening line.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED 
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
303 AM CDT SAT MAR 28 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
JASPER COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF STRINGER...

* UNTIL 345 AM CDT

* AT 303 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 10
MILES SOUTHWEST OF BAY SPRINGS...OR 11 MILES WEST OF STRINGER...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
9 MILES NORTHWEST OF STRINGER BY 310 AM CDT...
BAY SPRINGS BY 315 AM CDT...
TURNERVILLE BY 320 AM CDT...
9 MILES NORTHWEST OF PAULDING BY 330 AM CDT...
GARLANDVILLE BY 335 AM CDT...
ROSE HILL BY 340 AM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

WINDS OF 60 MPH CAN BRING DOWN TREES...POSSIBLY RESULTING IN INJURY
AND PROPERTY DAMAGE. ROOFS OF MOBILE HOMES AND OUTBUILDINGS COULD BE
DAMAGED...AND MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO WELL BUILT HOMES AND STRUCTURES
COULD OCCUR.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. IF A TORNADO
IS SPOTTED... ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A STURDY
STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tornado Warning....


9:11
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
910 PM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN RANKIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
EASTERN SIMPSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF MENDENHALL...
NORTHWESTERN SMITH COUNTY IN CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...

* UNTIL 1015 PM CDT

* AT 911 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR
MENDENHALL...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
MARTINVILLE BY 930 PM CDT...
8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CATO BY 935 PM CDT...
8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF JOHNS BY 945 PM CDT...
WHITE OAK BY 955 PM CDT...
BURNS BY 1015 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS THAT A TORNADO IS OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. YOU
SHOULD ACTIVATE YOUR TORNADO ACTION PLAN AND TAKE PROTECTIVE ACTION
NOW.

Meridian, Mississippi

We're taking a Taco Bell break in Meridian, Mississippi at 3:00. It will give us a chance to perhaps rest a bit before deciding whether to move any further toward Jackson. Temperatures here are in the the upper 70's with very muggy air and lots of sunshine.

Late this morning convection began in East Texas and with the heating of the day that area is developing eastward. There have been a few tornado warnings issued and a cell is currently being warned for a tornado on the Texas-Louisiana border. Tornado Watch 79 has been issued for central Louisiana.

The SPC has increased the area of the moderate risk in its last two updates and has ramped the probabilities for damaging wind up to 45%.



   SEL9

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 79
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
255 PM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

SOUTHWEST INTO CENTRAL LOUISIANA
EXTREME SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI

EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 255 PM UNTIL 900
PM CDT.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 80 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 55 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF
FORT POLK LOUISIANA TO 30 MILES WEST OF LAFAYETTE LOUISIANA. FOR
A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 77...WW 78...

DISCUSSION...A CLUSTER OF STORMS HAS DEVELOPED RECENTLY IN THE
EXTREME SE TX IN THE ERN PART OF WW 77. STRONG SURFACE HEATING HAS
OCCURRED ACROSS SRN LA IN ADVANCE OF THIS CONVECTION...AND S OF A
SLOW-MOVING OUTFLOW BOUNDARY LOCATED JUST N OF I-10. THOUGH
BACKGROUND LOW-LEVEL WINDS ARE NOT STRONG...THE BACKED WINDS ALONG
THE BOUNDARY ARE RESULTING IN A RELATIVE MAXIMUM IN LOW-LEVEL SHEAR.
THIS SOMEWHAT STRONGER SHEAR...COMBINED WITH STRONG SURFACE-BASED
INSTABILITY AND BOUNDARY LAYER DEWPOINTS NEAR 70 F...WILL LIKELY
SUPPORT A CLUSTER OF HP SUPERCELLS ALONG THE BOUNDARY FOR THE NEXT
FEW HOURS. A COUPLE OF TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE...IN ADDITION TO
LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 27030.


...THOMPSON

Storm Chase Plans

Will be on the road with fellow ABC 33/40 Skywatchers John Brown, Stephanie Honeycutt, and Terry Sasser in Mississippi and Alabama today and tomorrow.

Check the link on the top of the right sidebar for live streaming video of our chase provided by John Brown.

Also, follow me on Twitter at Bamawx.com for frequent updates on the weather an our status.

...

SPC Upgrades Risk to Moderate


SPC Tornado Outlook


SPC Day One

   DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK  
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0723 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

VALID 271300Z - 281200Z

...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS OVER FAR NERN TX...NRN LA...SRN
AR...CENTRAL MS...

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM PORTIONS OF THE SRN PLAINS
ACROSS THE CENTRAL GULF COAST STATES...

...SRN PLAINS ACROSS LOWER MS VALLEY/CNTRL GULF COAST STATES...
INTENSE MID/UPPER LEVEL LOW DIGGING SSEWD ACROSS CO/NRN NM EARLY
THIS MORNING WILL BEGIN TO TURN MORE ELY BY LATE TODAY AS 100+ KT
MID LEVEL JET BEGINS TO ROTATE THROUGH BASE OF TROUGH. ASSOCIATED
SURFACE LOW NOW DEEPENING OVER NWRN TX WILL LIKEWISE DEVELOP ENEWD
ACROSS THE ARKLATEX REGION BY THE EARLY EVENING AND INTO THE MID
SOUTH OVERNIGHT. COMPLEX WARM SECTOR IS IN PLACE AHEAD OF THIS
INTENSE SPRING-TIME SYSTEM DUE TO EXTENSIVE CONVECTION THURSDAY AND
ASSOCIATED OUTFLOW BOUNDARY EXTENDING ALONG THE CENTRAL GULF COAST
INTO DEEP SOUTH TX. RICHEST GULF MOISTURE IS BEING CONTAINED SOUTH
OF THIS FEATURE EARLY THIS MORNING. HOWEVER AS PRESSURE FALLS
INCREASE OVER ERN PORTIONS OF THE SRN PLAINS...EXPECT GRADUAL
RECOVERY/NWD ADVECTION OF RICHER GULF MOISTURE THROUGH THE
DAY...ESPECIALLY OVER ERN TX/WRN-CENTRAL LA. AS OUTFLOW BOUNDARY
ERODES...EFFECTIVE WARM FRONT IS EXPECTED TO BECOME ESTABLISHED MORE
W-E FROM NERN TX ACROSS SRN AR/NRN LA INTO CENTRAL/SERN MS. GIVEN
STEEP LAPSE RATES ALOFT ALREADY IN PLACE AS EVIDENCED BY 12Z
SOUNDINGS AND AT LEAST MODEST HEATING...AIR MASS SHOULD BECOME
MODERATELY UNSTABLE OVER MUCH OF THE DEVELOPING WARM SECTOR...WITH
MARGINAL INSTABILITY REACHING NWWD INTO PORTIONS OF OK/AR.

/EARLY DAY THREATS/
REFERENCE LATEST SWOMCD AND/OR WATCHES FOR THESE AREAS.

ONGOING...LONG-LIVED LINEAR MCS SHOULD GRADUALLY DIMINISH AS IT
INGESTS DRIER/MORE STABLE AIR OVER NRN FL/GA. ALTHOUGH OFFSHORE
COMPONENT OF THIS LINE MAY REMAIN INTENSE THROUGH THE MORNING ALONG
THE FL PANHANDLE COAST INTO THE NERN GOM. AN ISOLATED TORNADO
AND/OR WIND DAMAGE MAY ACCOMPANY THIS ACTIVITY EARLY TODAY NEAR THE
COAST.

ELEVATED THUNDERSTORMS ALREADY NEAR SVR LEVELS OVER WRN/CENTRAL OK
WILL LIKELY INCREASE IN COVERAGE THROUGH THE MORNING/AFTERNOON
ACROSS MORE OF OK/NRN TX. ALTHOUGH ACTIVITY WILL BE HIGHLY
ELEVATED...FORECAST SOUNDINGS SUGGEST STEEP LAPSE RATES...MODEST
MUCAPE AND SUFFICIENT EFFECTIVE SHEAR WHICH WILL SUPPORT POTENTIAL
FOR LARGE HAIL.

/MID-LATE DAY THROUGH TONIGHT/
MODELS ARE IN ALMOST COMPLETE AGREEMENT IN GENERATING THUNDERSTORMS
AHEAD OF FAST MOVING COLD FRONT OVER ERN TX BETWEEN 18-21Z. THIS
ACTIVITY WILL BE SURFACE-BASED AND DEVELOP WITHIN MODERATE MLCAPE
AND STEEP MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES. EXPECT THESE STORMS WILL CONTINUE
TO INCREASE IN BOTH COVERAGE AND INTENSITY ACROSS MUCH OF LA/SRN AR
THROUGH THE EVENING...OVERSPREADING THE LOWER MS RIVER VALLEY LATE
THIS EVENING/OVERNIGHT. DEEP LAYER SHEAR WILL REMAIN QUITE STRONG
ACROSS THE REGION THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD...DESPITE GENERAL BACKING OF
MID LEVEL FLOW IN TIME TO A MORE SLY DIRECTION AS DEEP/CLOSED LOW
PROGRESSES EWD. MEANWHILE...LOW LEVEL SHEAR SHOULD INTENSIFY LATE
TODAY/THIS EVENING ALONG AXIS OF STRENGTHENING LLJ.

CONVECTIVE-MODE REMAINS SOMEWHAT UNCERTAIN AS COMPETING INFLUENCES
OF INTENSE DEEP LAYER SHEAR AND STRONG DOWNSHEAR COMPONENT OF
STORM-RELATIVE WINDS ALOFT SUGGEST LONGER-LIVED SUPERCELLS...WHILE
FAST MOTION OF N-S ORIENTED COLD FRONT MAY INHIBIT STORMS FROM
MOVING OFF INITIATING BOUNDARY. THIS COULD FORCE A LARGE QLCS WITH
EMBEDDED LEWPS/SUPERCELLS QUICKLY EWD THROUGH TONIGHT WITH POSSIBLE
WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE AND TORNADOES /SOME OF WHICH COULD BE
STRONG/. TORNADO POTENTIAL WILL BE MOST PRONOUNCED INVOF THE
SURFACE WARM FRONT/LOW CENTER...ALTHOUGH ANY PRECEEDING DEVELOPMENT
WITHIN BROAD WARM SECTOR WOULD LIKELY REMAIN DISCRETE WITH ATTENDANT
TORNADO THREAT. STEEP LAPSE RATES WILL ALSO SUPPORT LARGE HAIL OVER
A LARGE PART OF THE SRN PLAINS EWD ACROSS THE MID SOUTH/CENTRAL GULF
COAST STATES THROUGH THE PERIOD...WITH LARGEST HAIL /POSSIBLY
EXCEEDING 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER/ EXPECTED AS INITIAL SUPERCELLS
DEVELOP OVER ERN TX/WRN LA IN STRONGEST INSTABILITY THIS
AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING.

..EVANS/GARNER.. 03/27/2009

Round 3 of Storms Tonight and Tomorrow

The SPC has placed practically all of the Deep South under a "Slight Risk" of severe weather with the greatest threat of tornadoes along the I-20 corridor from Louisiana through Mississippi and Alabama. They mention the possibility of an upgrade to a moderate risk in subsequent outlooks.


Today's tornado probabilities map from the SPC
   DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK  
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1258 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

VALID 271200Z - 281200Z

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM ERN TX/SERN OK EWD INTO
THE GULF CSTL STATES...

...SYNOPSIS...
STRONG FOUR CORNERS UPR LOW WILL DIG INTO THE SRN ROCKIES FRI
MORNING THEN TURN E INTO OK/TX FRI NIGHT AS A 100+ KT H5 JET WRAPS
CYCLONICALLY INTO AR/LA. A LEAD SUBTROPICAL WAVE THAT HELPED IGNITE
THE LARGE MCS TRAVERSING THE CNTRL/ERN GULF FRI MORNING WILL EJECT
NEWD INTO THE SERN STATES DURING THE AFTN. ANOTHER WEAK DISTURBANCE
WILL EJECT QUICKLY NEWD AHEAD OF THE SRN PLNS CYCLONE...REACHING THE
CNTRL/ERN GULF CSTL STATES FRI NIGHT.

...ERN TX/SERN OK EWD INTO THE DEEP S...
LARGE MCS WILL BE ONGOING AT 12Z FRI FROM WRN GA/AL SWD TO THE GULF
COAST. NRN PORTIONS OF THE TSTM COMPLEX WILL ATTEMPT TO DEVELOP ENE
THROUGH GA AND SC DURING THE AFTN AS THE MID-LVL REFLECTION EJECTS
NE. SVR POTENTIAL WILL LIKELY DECREASE WITH NE EXTENT AS STRONGER
THETA-E AXIS REMAINS CLOSER TO THE GULF COAST. SRN END OF THE
STORMS MAY CONTINUE TO OFFER A DMGG WIND/ISOLD TORNADO THREAT
THROUGH MID-DAY BEFORE MASS CONVERGENCE/WIND FIELDS RELAX.

IN WAKE OF THE MORNING MCS...FCST BECOMES COMPLEX WITH SVRL
CONVECTIVE SCENARIOS POSSIBLE. 00Z GFS SEEMS TO HAVE CAPTURED THE
MCS WELL AND HAS BEEN HEAVILY RELIED ON FOR THE UPCOMING DAY 1. THE
LEAD MCS WILL LIKELY MODULATE THE OVERALL FLOW REGIME MORE THAN
PREVIOUSLY FCST...WITH A DIVERGENT/WEAK LLVL WIND PATTERN NOTED FOR
MOST OF THE DAY ACROSS THE DEEP S. THIS WILL DELAY QUALITY BOUNDARY
LAYER MOISTURE RETURN UNTIL EARLY AFTN ACROSS WRN PORTIONS OF THE
SLGT RISK...AND UNTIL EVENING/OVERNIGHT EAST OF THE MS RVR.

SFC LOW IS PROGGED TO SLOWLY DEEPEN OVER NCNTRL TX FRI MORNING...
EVENTUALLY DEVELOPING EWD ALONG AN EXISTING BAROCLINIC ZONE TO THE
ARKLATEX REGION DURING THE EVE AND INTO NRN MS OVERNIGHT. LLVL FLOW
WILL BEGIN TO INCREASE DURING THE MID-AFTN ACROSS E TX...WITH THE
LLJ TRANSLATING/EXPANDING EWD INTO AL BY 12Z SATURDAY. 60S SFC DEW
POINTS WILL GRADUALLY ADVECT NWWD TO THE SFC LOW AND E OF THE
ADVANCING DRYLINE BY EARLY FRI AFTN ACROSS E TX/SE OK...WITH A
STRONGER MOISTURE SURGE LIKELY FARTHER E ACROSS THE GULF STATES
OVERNIGHT.

INITIAL SFC-BASED CONVECTIVE INITIATION SHOULD TAKE PLACE NEAR THE
TRIPLE POINT OVER SERN OK AND ERN TX FRI AFTN AS THE LARGER SCALE
HEIGHT FALLS/ASCENT REACH THE DRYLINE/SFC LOW. MLCAPES ACROSS THIS
REGION WILL APPROACH 2500 J/KG AMIDST 55-60 KTS OF 0-6KM SHEAR
RESULTING IN INITIAL DISCRETE SUPERCELL STRUCTURES WITH VERY LARGE
HAIL...DMGG WINDS AND TORNADOES. WHILE ACTIVITY WILL EXPAND NWD
THROUGH CNTRL/NRN AR AS ELEVATED STORM CLUSTERS CONTAINING LARGE
HAIL...STORMS ROOTED CLOSER TO THE SFC SHOULD DEVELOP EWD AND SWD
ALONG THE RETREATING WARM FRONT/SFC LOW TRACK INTO EXTREME SRN
AR...LA...MUCH OF MS AND AL FRI NIGHT/EARLY SATURDAY. BACKING DEEP
LAYER FLOW REGIME AHEAD OF THE PRIMARY UPR LOW WILL CONTRIBUTE TO
EVOLUTION INTO MORE OF A LINEAR MCS BY 12Z SATURDAY ACROSS MS/AL.
BUT...RISKS FOR PRE-FRONTAL DISCRETE SUPERCELLS AND/OR TSTM CLUSTERS
WILL EXIST WELL INTO THE NIGHT OVER A LARGE PORTION OF THE DEEP
S...ESPECIALLY AS THE AFOREMENTIONED LEAD SUB-TROPICAL IMPULSE
ARRIVES ACROSS THE REGION OVERNIGHT. ANY OF THE LEAD STORMS
INTERACTING WITH THE WRMFNT WILL HAVE THE HIGHEST THREAT FOR
TORNADOES...NAMELY ACROSS CNTRL/NRN PARTS OF LA/MS AND CNTRL/SRN AL
WHERE THE NRN EDGE OF THE MORE QUALITY GULF AIR MASS SHOULD RESIDE.
OTHERWISE...DMGG WINDS/HAIL WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREATS.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT FOCUS SOLELY ON THE DOWNGRADE OF THE
CATEGORICAL RISK TO SLGT AS THE INITIAL DAY 1 FCST WILL CONTAIN
MODEST SVR PROBABILITIES/STRONG SLGT RISK. SUBSEQUENT OTLKS ON
FRIDAY MAY VERY WELL NEED TO INCREASE THE SVR PROBABILITIES/UPGRADE
TO MDT RISK ONCE THE EFFECTS OF MORNING GULF COAST MCS CAN BE BETTER
ASSESSED.

..RACY/HURLBUT.. 03/27/2009

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The NWS Birmingham has ramped up their confidence lever to "4" on a scale of one to five. Here is the Hazardous Weather Outlook from the Birmingham and Jackson NWS:
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
530 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

AUTAUGA-BARBOUR-BIBB-BLOUNT-BULLOCK-CALHOUN-CHAMBERS-CHEROKEE-
CHILTON-CLAY-CLEBURNE-COOSA-DALLAS-ELMORE-ETOWAH-FAYETTE-GREENE-HALE-
JEFFERSON-LAMAR-LEE-LOWNDES-MACON-MARENGO-MARION-MONTGOMERY-PERRY-
PICKENS-PIKE-RANDOLPH-RUSSELL-SHELBY-ST CLAIR-SUMTER-TALLADEGA-
TALLAPOOSA-TUSCALOOSA-WALKER-WINSTON-

530 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE COUNTIES SERVED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

THE FIRST ROUND OF POTENTIALLY SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE A CARRY OVER
FROM THURSDAY NIGHT...AND WILL BE SHORT LIVED. THIS CONVECTIVE
WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO BE EAST OF THE AREA BY NOON. LOCALLY HEAVY
RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE GENERALLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 20
THROUGH NOON. A SMALL THREAT OF ISOLATED TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WINDS
EXIST IN FAR SOUTHEASTERN PARTS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA. THIS INCLUDES THE
CITIES OF TROY...UNION SPRINGS...EUFAULA...AND PHENIX CITY. THIS
THREAT WILL END BY AROUND 9 AM AS THE STRONGER ACTIVITY PUSHES
EASTWARD AND OUT OF THE AREA.

ALTHOUGH SOME ISOLATED SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE BY LATE THIS
AFTERNOON...THE NEXT ROUND OF POTENTIALLY SEVERE WEATHER WILL START
GENERALLY AFTER 10 PM TONIGHT AND LAST THE THROUGH THE REMAINDER
NIGHT. ALL FACETS OF SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE POSSIBLE...INCLUDING
TORNADOES...DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL.
THE SEVERE WEATHER SCENARIO REMAINS QUITE COMPLEX. DO NOT CONCENTRATE
ON THE TIMING...HAVE YOUR SEVERE WEATHER PLANS READY TO GO...AND TAKE
ACTION IF WATCHES OR WARNINGS ARE ISSUED TONIGHT. THIS WEATHER
SCENARIO HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME QUITE DANGEROUS.

HAVE YOUR NOAA WEATHER RADIO ON ALERT OR MONITOR TELEVISION AND RADIO
REPORTS IN CASE SEVERE OR FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS ARE ISSUED.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL ALABAMA
THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
ALL FACETS OF SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE
POSSIBLE...INCLUDING TORNADOES...DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL. THIS WEATHER SCENARIO HAS THE POTENTIAL TO
BECOME QUITE DANGEROUS. SEVERE STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ALONG AND
AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT. THE FRONT SHOULD PUSH THROUGH
CENTRAL ALABAMA BY LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON...BRINGING THE SEVERE
THREAT TO AN END.

SEVERAL LOCATIONS HAVE RECEIVED 2 TO 4 INCHES OF RAINFALL THE PAST
FEW DAYS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 4 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH
SATURDAY...GIVING CENTRAL ALABAMA A TOTAL RAINFALL FROM WEDNESDAY
THROUGH SATURDAY OF 4 TO 8 INCHES..WITH ISOLATED HIGHER TOTALS. DUE
TO THE LARGE RAINFALL TOTALS...SOME RIVERS WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING
BY SATURDAY WHICH MAY LAST THROUGH MONDAY.

A FEW STRONG STORMS ARE POSSIBLE ON THURSDAY. THE STORM TRACK
REMAINS QUITE ACTIVE AND ANOTHER SYSTEM WILL IMPACT CENTRAL ALABAMA
BY THURSDAY. UNCERTAINTY IN THE TIMING AND AVAILABLE INSTABILITY
EXIST...SO STAY TUNED TO LATER FORECAST AS DETAILS BECOME CLEARER.

MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SEVERE WEATHER PLANS ARE IN PLACE AND BE READY
TO TAKE ACTION IF WARNINGS ARE ISSUED.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WILL BE
NECESSARY THROUGH SATURDAY.

$$

75/LINHARES

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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
522 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

ASHLEY-CHICOT-MOREHOUSE-WEST CARROLL-EAST CARROLL-RICHLAND-
MADISON LA-FRANKLIN LA-CATAHOULA-TENSAS-CONCORDIA-BOLIVAR-
SUNFLOWER-LEFLORE-GRENADA-CARROLL-MONTGOMERY-WEBSTER-CLAY-LOWNDES-
CHOCTAW-OKTIBBEHA-WASHINGTON-HUMPHREYS-HOLMES-ATTALA-WINSTON-
NOXUBEE-ISSAQUENA-SHARKEY-YAZOO-MADISON MS-LEAKE-NESHOBA-KEMPER-
WARREN-HINDS-RANKIN-SCOTT-NEWTON-LAUDERDALE-CLAIBORNE-COPIAH-
SIMPSON-SMITH-JASPER-CLARKE-JEFFERSON-ADAMS-FRANKLIN MS-LINCOLN-
LAWRENCE-JEFFERSON DAVIS-COVINGTON-JONES-MARION-LAMAR-FORREST-
522 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR .

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A POWERFUL STORM SYSTEM GATHERING STRENGTH AND HEADING IN OUR
DIRECTION TODAY IS EXPECTED TO BRING AN OUTBREAK OF SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS...INCLUDING TORNADOES...TO THE ARKLAMISS REGION
TONIGHT. IMPRESSIVE LEVELS OF MOISTURE...INSTABILITY AND WIND SHEAR
SHOULD BEGIN TO COME TOGETHER LATER THIS AFTERNOON WEST OF THE
INTERSTATE 55 CORRIDOR...ALTHOUGH THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WEATHER
REALLY SHOULD NOT DRAMATICALLY INCREASE IN THESE AREAS UNTIL EARLY
THIS EVENING. AT THIS TIME IT APPEARS THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO TO
UNFOLD IS FOR A ROUND OF SCATTERED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS TO FORM
AND MOVE ACROSS THE ARKLAMISS FROM THE EVENING THROUGH THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS...WITH A BROKEN SQUALL LINE OF STORMS SWEEPING EASTWARD
BEHIND THIS ACTIVITY AND CLEARING OUT OF EASTERN MISSISSIPPI AROUND
DAYBREAK SATURDAY. ANY SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS WILL POSE THE GREATEST
RISK FOR SEVERE WEATHER...HAVING POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE DAMAGING
WINDS...STRONG TORNADOES AND LARGE HAIL. THUNDERSTORMS WITHIN THE
SQUALL LINE WILL PRESENT A WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WIND RISK...AS WELL
AS A RISK FOR HAIL AND EMBEDDED TORNADOES.

IN ADDITION TO THE SEVERE WEATHER RISK...RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS
SHOULD BRING LOCALIZED RAIN AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES TO AREAS WHERE
THE GROUND IS ALREADY SATURATED. THIS WILL CAUSE ADDITIONAL FLOODING
CONCERNS AND A FLASH FLOOD WATCH WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL AREAS TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

SOME OF THE POTENT THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY MAY NOT COMPLETELY EXIT
AREAS OF FAR EASTERN MISSISSIPPI UNTIL 8 OR 9 AM SATURDAY MORNING.
OTHERWISE...THE RISK FOR WIDESPREAD HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS LOW.

.SPOTTER CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT...
THE ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS...HAM RADIO OPERATORS...AND
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL IN SUPPORT OF SEVERE WEATHER
OPERATIONS...MAY BE NEEDED AS EARLY AS THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS PORTIONS
OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI...NORTHEAST LOUISIANA AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST
ARKANSAS. ACTIVATION IS EXPECTED TO BE NECESSARY ACROSS THE WHOLE
AREA TONIGHT.

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Severe Weather: Round Two Underway

Yesterday morning tornadoes touched down and wind damage was reported in Central and South Mississippi and Alabama. Six tornadoes were confirmed in Storm Surveys conducted by the Jackson NWS. Round two has been occurring overnight in coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. Numerous tornado warnings have been issued and damage had been reported.

Here are some storm reports from the NWS Mobile, Alabama.

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
529 AM CDT FRI MAR 27 2009

.TIME… …EVENT… …CITY LOCATION… …LAT.LON

.DATE… ….MAG…. ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. …SOURCE.

..REMARKS..

0432 AM TORNADO LOXLEY 30.62N 87.75W
03/27/2009 BALDWIN AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

LOXLEY POLICE REPORTED A TORNADO ON THE GROUND NEAR
LOXLEY.

0430 AM TSTM WND DMG ELSANOR 30.55N 87.58W
03/27/2009 BALDWIN AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOME ON COUNTY ROAD 85 IN ELSANOR.

0430 AM TSTM WND DMG ELSANOR 30.55N 87.58W
03/27/2009 BALDWIN AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

WINDOWS BLOWN OUT, ROOF DAMAGE TO A HOME, AND A BARN
DAMAGED ON PRICE GRUBBS ROAD IN ELSANOR.

0415 AM TSTM WND DMG ROBERTSDALE 30.55N 87.71W
03/27/2009 BALDWIN AL PUBLIC

PUBLIC REPORTED DAMAGE TO A FENCE AND HOUSE IN
ROBERTSDALE.

0430 AM TSTM WND DMG ELSANOR 30.55N 87.58W
03/27/2009 BALDWIN AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

WIND DAMAGE REPORTED ON PATTERSON ROAD NEAR WILCOX ROAD.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Severe Weather Threat in the South

After the rain ended late this morning, skies became partly cloudy and there was a lot of sun in North and Central Alabama. The atmosphere even destabilized a bit with CAPE values reaching 500+ j/k in Southwest Alabama. Temperatures soared into the 70's.

This is setting the stage for two more rounds of storms. Round two will come tomorrow morning. Round three will be the greatest threat and models have pushed the timing back a bit and prolonged the event. The low pressure that is expected to travel through the Memphis area will be be slow to move out to the northeast. Instability and shear values across Alabama are projected by the Short Range Ensemble Forecast models to remain in place for a long time. The air mass in Alabama might be potentially primed for severe weather to occur in the state anywhere between 6PM Friday and 3PM Saturday. A big question is how the atmosphere will be able to maintain that level of instability for an extended period of time.

The models show the greatest threat of tornadoes will be over East Louisiana and West Mississippi late tomorrow afternoon. That area is currently in a "Moderate Risk" according to the SPC and there is a large "Slight Risk" area covering much of the South. It is possible that the SPC could upgrade the risk to "High" and/or expand the Moderate Risk area in the morning. This is a complex weather system and forecast confidence may be higher in the morning.

All the parameters needed for severe weather seem to be in place: strong low pressure system to our northwest (we will be in the right rear quadrant), strong low level jet, high CAPE (instability, or convective available potential energy) values, and high shear values. It looks like there will be parts of the South where the ingredients may come together more perfectly but it is difficult to pinpoint which areas at this time. The only possible inhibiting factors for some areas may be long periods of heavy precipitation which may stabilize the air, the possibility of storms in the morning inhibiting the flow from the Gulf, and to a lesser extent, the nocturnal timing of the storms in some areas.

Flooding is also a concern. Many creeks are already rising high and some flood warnings have been issued. Flooding problems will only get worse in the next 48 hours. Please do not cross roads that are covered in water.

As we have already seen with multiple storm reports this morning and tornado confirmations, the atmosphere is very volatile in the Deep South, and it will be more so over the next 36 hours. Residents should take any storm that develops seriously and heed any warnings that are issued for your area. If you do not already have one, now is a very good time to invest in a NOAA Weather Radio.

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Alabama Tornado Confirmed

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
432 PM CDT THU MAR 26 2009

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0320 AM TORNADO 3 WNW ASHCRAFT CORNER 33.54N 87.95W
03/26/2009 LAMAR AL NWS STORM SURVEY

EF-1 TORNADO. TWO HOMES DAMAGED 1 BUSINESS DAMAGED. FIVE
OUTBULIDINGS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. PATH LENGTH 3 1/3
MILES WIDTH 100 YARDS.

New SPC Convective Outlook



Here is the text of the new "Day Two" Outlook from the SPC, that was issued at 12:30 p.m.:

   DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK  
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1229 PM CDT THU MAR 26 2009

VALID 271200Z - 281200Z

...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FRI NIGHT ACROSS PARTS OF SE
ARKANSAS...NE LOUISIANA....W CNTRL AND NW MISSISSIPPI...AND WRN
TN....

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FRI/FRI NIGHT...FROM PARTS OF
THE SERN PLAINS THROUGH THE LWR MS/MID SOUTH AND GULF STATES....

...SYNOPSIS...
WITHIN A LINGERING LARGE-SCALE TROUGH THAT ENCOMPASSES MUCH OF THE
INTERIOR U.S...A STRONG...COLD SHORT WAVE TROUGH IS NOW DIGGING
THROUGH THE GREAT BASIN AND CENTRAL/SOUTHERN ROCKIES REGION. MODELS
CONTINUE TO INDICATE THAT...AS THIS SYSTEM PROGRESSES INTO AND
THROUGH THE BASE OF THE LARGER SCALE TROUGH LATER TONIGHT INTO
FRIDAY...IT WILL COME INCREASINGLY IN PHASE WITH A BRANCH OF
STRONGER UPPER WESTERLIES EMANATING FROM THE SUBTROPICAL PACIFIC.
AS THIS OCCURS...MODELS GENERALLY INDICATE THAT AN EMBEDDED LOWER/
MID TROPOSPHERIC CYCLONE WILL DEEPEN SUBSTANTIALLY...PARTICULARLY
FRIDAY NIGHT...PROBABLY ACCOMPANIED BY SIGNIFICANT SECONDARY SURFACE
CYCLOGENESIS FROM PARTS OF THE ARKLATEX THROUGH UPPER PORTIONS OF
THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.

THIS EVOLVING SYSTEM WILL BE PRECEDED BY COUPLED POLAR AND
SUBTROPICAL IMPULSES THROUGH PARTS OF THE MID SOUTH AND
SOUTHEASTERN STATES EARLY IN THE PERIOD. WHILE THE INFLUENCE OF
THESE FEATURES ON CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL IS STILL A SOURCE OF FORECAST
UNCERTAINTY...THE PRESENCE OF CONSIDERABLE POTENTIAL INSTABILITY
ACROSS MUCH OF THE GULF OF MEXICO AND GULF STATES SUPPORTS AN
ELEVATED RISK FOR SEVERE STORMS. AND...POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR AN
OUTBREAK OF SEVERE STORMS...INCLUDING THE RISK FOR A FEW STRONG
TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WINDS...IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL.

...EASTERN GULF STATES...
A STRONG/SEVERE CLUSTER OF STORMS MAY BE ONGOING ACROSS PARTS OF
ALABAMA/WESTERN FLORIDA AND GEORGIA EARLY FRIDAY. BEFORE LARGE-
SCALE FORCING ASSOCIATED WITH SUPPORTING LEAD UPPER IMPULSES
WEAKENS/SHIFTS NORTHEASTWARD AND EASTWARD INTO A PROGRESSIVELY MORE
STABLE ENVIRONMENT...A RISK FOR DAMAGING WINDS...PERHAPS ISOLATED
TORNADOES...MAY LINGER INTO MIDDAY.

...SOUTHERN PLAINS THROUGH THE LWR MS VALLEY AND MID SOUTH...
A CONTINUING RETURN FLOW OFF THE GULF OF MEXICO...BENEATH STEEP
MID-LEVEL LAPSE RATES ASSOCIATED WITH ELEVATED MIXED LAYER AIR
ADVECTING EAST NORTHEASTWARD OFF THE MEXICAN PLATEAU...IS EXPECTED
TO MAINTAIN MODERATE INSTABILITY INTO THIS PERIOD. CAPE OF
1000-2000 J/KG IS EXPECTED OVER A FAIRLY BROAD AREA FROM THE
SOUTHEASTERN PLAINS THROUGH THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY/CENTRAL
GULF COAST REGION. HOWEVER...MUCH OF THIS INSTABILITY ALONG AND
EAST OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY MAY BE BASED ABOVE A SHALLOW
STABLE NEAR SURFACE LAYER...NORTH OF A CONVECTIVELY ENHANCED SURFACE
BOUNDARY LINGERING NEAR THE CENTRAL/EASTERN GULF COAST.
WITH THE MAIN UPPER FORCING LAGGING TO THE WEST...CONVECTIVE
POTENTIAL THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY MAY BE FAIRLY LOW.

AN EXCEPTION MAY BE ALONG A DRY LINE OR PRE-FRONTAL WIND SHIFT
ACROSS EASTERN TEXAS INTO SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...WHERE GUIDANCE
SUGGESTS STORMS MAY INITIATE AS EARLY AS MIDDAY...IN AN ENVIRONMENT
FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS. DESPITE SOMEWHAT MODEST SOUTHERLY
LOW-LEVEL FLOW...STEEP LAPSE RATES ARE EXPECTED TO BE FAVORABLE FOR
THE PRODUCTION OF LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. AS
LARGE-SCALE FORCING INCREASES WITHIN THE EXIT REGION OF A STRONG
MID/UPPER POLAR JET STREAK...AND AHEAD OF AN EASTWARD SURGING COLD
FRONT...ONE OR MORE BANDS AND CLUSTERS OF STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
FORM AND SPREAD NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH THE OZARK PLATEAU. ACTIVITY
ALSO SHOULD DEVELOP SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY
DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS.

OF PRIMARY CONCERN IS THE DEVELOPMENT AND INTENSIFICATION OF A
SOUTHERLY LOW-LEVEL JET NEAR THE SECONDARY CYCLONE DURING THE MID/
LATE EVENING HOURS...WHICH WILL YIELD ENLARGING CLOCKWISE CURVED
LOW-LEVEL HODOGRAPHS. THIS IS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO INCREASING
TORNADIC POTENTIAL...INCLUDING THE RISK FOR A FEW STRONG
TORNADOES...ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHEASTERN ARKANSAS/NORTHEAST
LOUISIANA/WEST CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI AND WESTERN
TENNESSEE BY THE 28/03-06Z TIME FRAME.

RAPID NOCTURNAL WARM SECTOR BOUNDARY LAYER DESTABILIZATION APPEARS
POSSIBLE...AS STRONG UPPER FORCING...AHEAD OF AN INCREASINGLY
NEGATIVELY TILTED UPPER TROUGH PIVOTING AROUND THE MID-LEVEL
CYCLONE. AND...SEVERAL LINES/CLUSTER OF STRONG/SEVERE STORMS
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS/HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADOES
APPEAR LIKELY TO SPREAD ACROSS THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY/CENTRAL
GULF COAST AND MID SOUTH FRIDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SATURDAY.

..KERR.. 03/26/2009

Severe isn't the only weather story....

Rain, rain, and more rain....


Creek at the foot of Monte Sano in NE Huntsville/Madison County, AL, 7:42 a.m.

Rainfall amounts during the past two days in Madison County in North Alabama have ranged from 1.73-3.88" according to the CoCoRaHS observers. Rainfall amounts of over three inches have been reported in several portions of North and West Alabama. Portions of Clarke and Wilcox counties in the southwest part of the state have reported around 5". There will me a lot more rain to come during the next two days.

Here is a short clip of the creek shown above, taken this morning at 7:42.


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Lots of Storm Reports

The Magee, MS tornado has been confirmed by the NWS Jackson as an EF3:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
1030 AM CDT THU MAR 26 2009

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0140 AM TORNADO 5 WSW MAGEE 31.84N 89.81W
03/26/2009 F3 SIMPSON MS NWS STORM SURVEY

EXTENSIVE TORNADO DAMAGE STARTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF
HWY 28 AND RILEY ROAD. MOVED ENE ALONG HWY 28 AND PASSED
THROUGH THE NORTH SIDE OF THE CITY OF MAGEE. TORNADO
APPEARS TO HAVE CONTINUED FROM THERE ENE TO THE SMITH
COUNTY LINE. DOZENS OF HOMES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR
DESTROYED. NUMEROUS INJURIES HAVE OCCURRED...SOME
SERIOUS...AND AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARE REPORTED
MISSING. NWS SURVEY TEAM REPORTS EF-3 DAMAGE. TEAM IS
STILL SURVEYING DAMAGE.


Storm reports from Jackson NWS as of 10:47 a.m
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Storm reports by Birmingham NWS as of 10:47 a.m.

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Tornadoes in Mississippi Overnight.

Six separate reports of tornadoes were made this morning in East Mississippi. There has been major damage reported on the north side of Magee, Miss., with injuries.

The Magee police dispatcher said houses and buildings were “blown away” and completely destroyed on the north side of Magee.

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There have also been numerous reports of wind damage in Central Alabama.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cherry Blossoms in Decatur





There is a lot of talk about severe weather potential (and rightfully so) but let's not forget the wonderful weather we have had the past several days in Alabama.

I took these photos yesterday as I took a walk on break in Decatur, Alabama.

I have a suspicion that these trees won't look so beautiful in 4 days.

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Severe Weather Potential

An extended period of severe weather potential and heavy rain is possible for much of the Deep South and Lower Mississippi Valley regions this week. Severe weather is possible Wednesday through Saturday in Alabama. Flooding is also a concern. Of greatest concern is that computer models have been strongly indicating for a several days now that there might be a significant tornado outbreak toward the end of the week, perhaps around Friday or Saturday.

There has been some very strong wording coming out of National Weather Service Offices, the Storm Prediction Center, and broadcast meteorologists.

In yesterday's forecast discussion, the Memphis NWS stated, "SUPERCELLS MAY DEVELOP AND PRODUCE TORNADOES AND VERY LARGE HAIL. THE HIGH INSTABILITY SUGGEST A POSSIBLE OUTBREAK WITH SIGNIFICANT TORNADOES..." (on Friday).

This morning, the Jackson NWS, in its Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO) stated, "AN EVEN MORE POWERFUL STORM STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. A VERY UNSTABLE AIRMASS COMBINED WITH STRONG WIND SHEAR COULD SET THE STAGE FOR A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK...INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY FOR VERY LARGE HAIL AND SEVERAL TORNADOES. "

Yesterday (Monday) morning the NWS Birmingham posted this statement at the end of it's HWO: "SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WILL BE NEEDED...WEDNESDAY NIGHT...THURSDAY...FRIDAY...AND SATURDAY MORNING." It is unusual for the "spotter call to action statement" to mention activation may be necessary more than one day in advance. I cannot recall it ever using the term "will" as opposed to "may", especially several days in advance. It may happen more often but I haven't noticed it. They also posted a confidence level of 2 out of a possible 5 for Friday. Today that was bumped up to 3/5 for Wednesday through early Saturday.

I discussed the situation this morning with friends who are planning on chasing; John and Jennifer. Jennifer has a very good post about this potential event on her blog. I encourage everyone to check out her summary. I will be attending the SE Severe Weather Symposium Friday and Saturday which may (in a very cruel and ironic twist of fate) hinder or limit my opportunity to chase. Having said that, the main uncertainty with this system is timing.

I just read an excellent summary and description of how the event may unfold by WFSA's Josh Johnson at Alabamaskies.com. He provides a very good summary and an eduacational description of how all of the ingredients could evolve into a rough week of weather in Alabama.

Last but not least:
I am really hoping that all Alabamians (as well as our neighbors) take this system very seriously. We cannot control whether there will be tornadoes, how intense they may be, where they will strike, and when they will occur. But we can control our response. I pray for the NWS and media to have insight and for people to respond so that if a major event does occur, there will be absolutely no fatalities, regardless of how severe the weather becomes.

Stay tuned.......

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

March 21, 1932 Alabama Tornado Outbreak


Photo by W.M. Russell, posted by NWS Birmingham



New York Times, March 23, 1932

See this album for articles on the tornadoes from 1932.

As bad as the well known April 3, 1974 Superoutbreak of tornadoes was in Alabama, it was not the worst Alabama tornado outbreak during the past 100-plus years of weather history. That distinction goes to the March 21, 1932 tornado outbreak. It is possible that over 355 Alabamians lost their life in this outbreak.

As of the next day, 86 were reported dead in Alabama by the NY Times. That figure would rise many times over. The University of Alabama gymnasium was turned into an emergency hospital and the students did valuable work in rendering aid to victims, according to the NY Times. Marion, in Perry County was hit by two tornadoes. The Lomax community was destroyed. The Times reported that a truck driver told of debris on the road and bodies of the dead were lying beside the highway. In Columbiana an abandoned courthouse was converted into a hospital and morgue. Herbert Kindred, an American Airways pilot said that he saw 200-300 buildings damaged at Northport as he flew over the town, with some of them on fire. The Tuscaloosa Country Club was leveled. At Faunsdale, box cars were blown across the tracks of the Southern Railway.

According to the 3/22/32 edition of the Decatur Daily, the Corinth community, near Battleground in Cullman County was very hard hit. Deaths were reported in the area, and the Daily reported that a Mrs. Ola Brock was hospitalized with part of her scalp torn away by crashing timbers as her home was leveled. Sheriff Ayers of Lawrence County reported several persons were killed east of the Piney Grove community. Dr. Lovelady, a Hartselle physician and his wife were perhaps spared because their vehicle was stuck in the mud as they were returning home from a call. If they had not been stuck, they would have likely driven into the path of the tornado. The Daily reported, "The direction of the path of the tornado is baffling old weather observers.....the tornado in Cullman made a horse-shoe path in some sections and later apparently divided."

Two men were killed in a hosiery mill in Paint Rock in Madison County, which was one of the hardest hit areas in the Tennessee Valley. First damage reports from Lacey's Spring and Paint Rock came from a railroad station operator.

By 3/23/32, the AP was reporting 260 fatalities in Alabama. Mass funerals were being conducted with Red Cross officials directing. The AP was reporting that hospitals across the state were filled and many more fatalities were expected.

As of the 23rd, the AP had reported the following fatality counts in Alabama communities. These totals were still changing due to difficulty in locating the missing, limited communication, and numerous critical injuries.

Chilton County 43
Northport33
Falkville 25
Sylacauga 23
Cullman 20
Faunsdale 20
Columbiana 15
Plantersville 12
Randolph 9
Lineville 8
Bethel Church 8
Talladega 8
Stevenson 7
Bridgeport 6
Corinth 6
Linden 6
Paint Rock 4
Carnes 4
Ashland 3
Sycamore 3
Demopolis 3
Sycamore 3
Cox 3
Marion 2
Lacey's Spring 2
Lawley 1
Stanton 1
Falkville 1
Hatchet Creek 1

On 3/23/32 the New York Times reported that Alabama Governor B.M. Miller appealed for contributions to be made on behalf of storm sufferers through the Red Cross. He said, "There will be great suffering unless they are aided properly." University of Alabama students as well as county convicts helped search for victims in Northport. Phone lines were strung across the Warrior River from Northport to a hotel in Tuscaloosa. The NY Times reported that University of Alabama students did "heroic work in ministering to the injured." Eyewitnesses of the tornado in Northport said it was large, black, and moved slowly, appearing to stall at times.

By 3/24/32, the AP was reporting 298 fatalities in Alabama. Over 7,000 Alabamians were reported to be homeless as a result of the storm. The Montgomery Advertiser said that P.H. Smyth, a local meteorologist said that meteorologists were not permitted to forecast tornadoes. Mr. Smyth gave a very interesting description of the conditions that were thought to produce tornadoes at that time.

There were numerous interesting stories reported in the newspapers. On 3/24/32 the Montgomery Advertiser reported that Joe Bratton of Chilton County, after regaining consciousness in a Birmingham infirmary, remembered that he had left $600 in his Sunday trousers which were hanging in a closet. His son went to find the money and found the trousers lodged in a fence corner with the $600 still there. In the same area, Mrs. Headly, age 83, was fatally injured. Before she died, she was able to tell her brother where an earthen pot with $2700 in gold was buried. He found the gold before she passed.

As of 3/25/32, the Huntsville Times reported 299 known dead in Alabama. Governor B.M. Miller travelled 600 miles through the state witnessing severe destruction and heartache. At Collins Chapel in Chilton County he spent 15 minutes with Barney Chandler, who lost his wife, two children, brother, and father. He told the Governor, "All my family's gone now, governor. I just don't know which way to turn. There's only my boy left now," as he sobbed in his bed. The Governor said, "I know it's awful and someday we'll understand why it happened, though it's hard to see why just now. You take care of yourself, and we'll see that everything works out right." Near Linden, the Governor was told about a Mrs. Boozer, "whose life was saved by a faithful negro servant. Clutching her around the waist, he held her firmly against a pillar of the home until the storm passed by."

The Huntsville Times reported on another deadly tornado in its March 28, 1932 edition. The Times said that the seven deaths from that storm brought the week's fatality total to 362 in Alabama. Based on that, it is reasonable to believe that the number of fatalities in the 3/21/32 outbreak was at least 355 in Alabama. Also that day the Times reported that in Lacey's Spring in Morgan County large tombstones were lifted from the ground and thrown onto other sections of the graveyard. Even the dead were not safe in this outbreak.

The following are some excellent links to resources about this outbreak.

























10 Most destructive Tornadoes From Around the World - Scienceray

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