Friday, May 29, 2009

North of Bridgeport AL

Photo taken on the Alabama-Tennessee state line at 7:46 am.

This was taken by my son Joe.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
500 AM CDT FRI MAY 29 2009

...THIS IS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK...

TODAYS TOPIC: DISASTER PREVENTION PLAN

THE GOAL OF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION
ABOUT THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH A HURRICANE WHICH WILL PREPARE YOU
TO TAKE ACTION AS A HURRICANE APPROACHES. THIS INFORMATION MAY SAVE
YOUR LIFE, AT WORK, HOME, ON THE ROAD, OR ON THE WATER. EACH DAY OF
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FEATURES A UNIQUE TOPIC RELEVANT TO
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS. HURRICANE SEASON OFFICIALLY RUNS FROM JUNE
1ST UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH FOR THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN AND GULF OF
MEXICO.

TODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON DEVELOPING A DISASTER PREVENTION PLAN.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS TO BE WELL INFORMED AND
PREPARED. THE FIRST STEP IN DEVELOPING A DISASTER PLAN IS TO
RECOGNIZE THE TYPES OF HAZARDS THAT MAY EFFECT YOUR HOME OR
COMMUNITY.

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ANSWER...

ARE YOU NEAR A FLOOD ZONE?

DO YOU LOSE POWER FREQUENTLY DURING WIND STORMS?

DO YOU HAVE A SAFE PLACE IN YOUR HOME?

DO YOU HAVE PROPER INSURANCE COVERAGE?

DO YOU HAVE NON-PERISHABLE SUPPLIES?

DO YOU HAVE A FIRST AID KIT?

WHEN YOU HEAR OF A TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE WATCH OR WARNING,
PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO ITS EXPECTED ARRIVAL TIME AND LOCAL
IMPACTS, SUCH AS HIGH WINDS AND FLOODING.

A SAFE PLACE IS A LOCATION WITHIN YOUR HOME THAT WILL PROTECT YOU
FROM STORM DAMAGE. ONCE A HURRICANE MOVES ONSHORE, IT WILL
WEAKEN, BUT MAY STILL PRODUCE WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 100 MPH MANY
MILES INLAND. THE SAFEST PLACE IS A BASEMENT WITH NO WINDOWS. IF
YOU DO NOT HAVE A BASEMENT, GO TO THE INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM
ON THE LOWEST FLOOR WITHOUT WINDOWS. INLAND TROPICAL STORMS CAN ALSO
PRODUCE TORNADOES. IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA, GO
TO YOUR SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.

UNLIKE TORNADOES, HURRICANES CAN PRODUCE DAMAGE OVER A LARGE AREA.
DUE TO THE WIDESPREAD NATURE OF THE DAMAGE, IT WILL TAKE LONGER FOR
POWER CREWS TO RESTORE POWER TO EVERYONE...SEVERAL DAYS IN SOME
INSTANCES...SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SEVERAL DAYS OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
ON HAND.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES ON SATURDAY WITH INFORMATION ON
HURRICANE AWARENESS.

FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL OR PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION, YOU
CAN VISIT THESE SITES ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MOB

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/HAW2/ENGLISH/INTRO.SHTML

FEMA
WWW.FEMA.GOV/AREYOUREADY/HURRICANES.SHTM

AMERICAN RED CROSS
WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/SERVICES/DISASTERS

NOAA COASTAL SERVICES CENTER - HISTORICAL HURRICANE TRACKS
HTTP://MAPS.CSC.NOAA.GOV/HURRICANES

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lightning, 1992






I captured these images from video I took in Dodge City, Alabama in August 1992.

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New Weather Forum

Let me introduce you to a new weather forum started by my friend John Brown. There are a lot of great weather sites and forums out there but this will be a good one.

If you are a serious weather geek like me, you will like it. Now is a good time to get involved while it is new.

The Weather Forum


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Hurricane Preparedness Week

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
503 AM CDT THU MAY 28 2009

...THIS IS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK...

TODAYS TOPIC: THE FORECAST PROCESS

THE GOAL OF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION
ABOUT THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH A HURRICANE WHICH WILL PREPARE YOU
TO TAKE ACTION AS A HURRICANE APPROACHES. THIS INFORMATION MAY SAVE
YOUR LIFE, AT WORK, HOME, ON THE ROAD, OR ON THE WATER. EACH DAY OF
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FEATURES A UNIQUE TOPIC RELEVANT TO
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS. HURRICANE SEASON OFFICIALLY RUNS FROM JUNE
1ST UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH FOR THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN AND GULF OF
MEXICO.

TODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON THE FORECAST PROCESS OF ISSUING WATCHES,
WARNINGS, AND STATEMENTS. THE FIRST STEP IN THE FORECAST PROCESS
IS TO ACQUIRE QUALITY OBSERVATIONAL DATA. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE (NWS) AND NHC (NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER) HAVE MANY TOOLS
TO MONITOR TROPICAL SYSTEMS OVER THE VAST OCEANS. SATELLITES ARE THE
MAIN TOOL, ALTHOUGH BUOYS AND SHIP REPORTS PROVIDE VALUABLE SURFACE
DATA. BUOYS ARE OBSERVATIONAL PLATFORMS THAT FLOAT ON THE OCEANS
SURFACE, AND MEASURE WAVE HEIGHT, WATER AND AIR TEMPERATURES, AND
WIND SPEED AND DIRECTION. AS THE STORMS MOVE CLOSER TO LAND,
OBSERVATIONS FROM RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT, RADIOSONDES, AND AUTOMATED
SURFACE OBSERVING SYSTEMS (ASOS) POSITIONED ALONG THE COAST ARE ALSO
USED.

ALL THE OBSERVATIONAL DATA IS INGESTED INTO SUPERCOMPUTERS THAT
PERFORM MILLIONS OF CALCULATIONS TO GENERATE PREDICTIONS OF
HURRICANE MOVEMENT AND INTENSITY. THE MODEL OUTPUT IS USED AS
GUIDANCE DURING THE FORECAST COORDINATION PROCESS. THE LOCAL WEATHER
FORECAST OFFICE (WFO) WILL HAVE INTERNAL COORDINATION CALLS WITH THE
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER (NHC). ONCE THE WFO'S AND THE NHC AGREE ON
A COURSE OF ACTION, THEN THE NHC WILL ISSUE THE APPROPRIATE WATCHES
AND WARNINGS FOR THE AFFECTED COASTAL AREAS.

WFO BIRMINGHAM WILL ALSO ISSUE SEVERAL DIFFERENT PRODUCTS WHEN
TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS CENTRAL
ALABAMA. THESE PRODUCTS INCLUDE...

INLAND TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE WATCHES (ISSUED 36 HOURS IN ADVANCE
OF TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE FORCE WINDS)....AND INLAND TROPICAL
STORM/HURRICANE WARNINGS (ISSUED 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF TROPICAL
STORM/HURRICANE FORCE WINDS).

A HURRICANE LOCAL STATEMENT (HLS). THIS PRODUCT IS DESIGNED TO
INFORM MEDIA, LOCAL DECISION MAKERS, AND THE PUBLIC OF THE STORMS
ANTICIPATED EFFECTS ON THE LOCAL AREA...AS WELL AS CURRENT WATCHES
AND WARNINGS IN PLACE.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND MEDIA FOR THE LATEST STORM
INFORMATION.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES ON FRIDAY WITH INFORMATION ON
DEVELOPING A DISASTER PREVENTION PLAN.

TO GET SPECIFIC STORM INFORMATION WITH MAPS, VISIT THESE WEB SITES.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MOB

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/HAW2/ENGLISH/INTRO.SHTML

FEMA
WWW.FEMA.GOV/AREYOUREADY/HURRICANES.SHTM

AMERICAN RED CROSS
WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/SERVICES/DISASTERS

NOAA COASTAL SERVICES CENTER - HISTORICAL HURRICANE TRACKS
HTTP://MAPS.CSC.NOAA.GOV/HURRICANES

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Good Links for Weather Reading

I have seen a lot of good posts lately and I thought I would share a few of them with you.

J.B. Elliott of Alabamawx.com always interests me with his writing about weather and geography. He has recently started to "spotlight" interesting places and topics such as Clines Corners, New Mexico, an early 1900's US Weather Bureau office, the real meaning of Memorial Day, and Scrougeout, Alabama.

Throughout this spring, Alabama has seen more than its share of stormy weather. ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann posted these pictures I took in Huntsville on May 15. Check out this post by Meteorologist Brian Carcione of the NWS Huntsville which shows that the NWS Huntsville County Warning Area experienced 23 confirmed tornadoes in a 40 day span. These occurred during six events between March 28 and May 6. Meteorologist Andy Kula of the NWS Huntsville mentioned a really good tool on the NSSTC Collaborative Weather Blog. It is software called Severe Plot, written by John Hart, a lead forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). There is an online version of this software that is very useful for viewing storm data. It can be found here.

On May 19, 2009, portions of North Alabama experienced low temperatures in the upper 30's and low 40's for the final time until autumn.

On May 23, 2009 an unnamed storm made landfall on the Alabama Gulf Coast. It wasn't officially referred to as a tropical storm or depression by the NHC, but Meteorologist Stu Ostro makes a good case that it should have been. Regardless, it caused sustained tropical storm force wind and flooding on Dauphin Island. Scott McClellan, of Dauphin Island, shared these pictures with ABC 33/40 Meteorologist James Spann. Meteorologist Jason Simpson noted that the Birmingham NWS confirmed that an EF0 tornado was actually spawned by the storm. James Spann took these pictures of the beautiful weather the following day at Orange Beach in Baldwin County, Alabama.

We have recently passed several historic tornado anniversaries. I will mention only two of the many here. Fourteen years ago on May 18, 1995 Limestone and Madison counties in North Alabama experienced an F4 tornado, commonly referred to as the "Anderson Hills Tornado". Daniel Lamb of the NSSTC Weather Blog takes a look back at the event here. One year ago on May 25, 2008, an EF5 tornado struck Parkersburg, Iowa. Jeff Wilcox of Iowawx.com takes a look back here.

Tornado action has been relatively quiet so far this year on the Plains. That is unfortunate for the team of meteorologists who are working on the Vortex 2 project. This project is billed as, "the largest and most ambitious effort ever made to understand tornadoes." Mississippi State meteorology student Nikki-Dee Ray did capture a tornado on May 13 and posted about it on her blog.

Dan Satterfield often shares impressive images and thought-provoking material on his blog. One of my favorite sets of images lately was of the Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This link includes a cool time lapse of the sunset in Huntsville on May 20, 2009.

Huntsville is also home of two of my favorite "voices" on different ends of the anthropogenic global warming debate. Satterfield had an interesting post on Sunday May 24 in which he discussed the public's perception of science and climate change. Dr. Roy Spencer, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville posted his views on "Why America Does Not Care About Global Warming". Among other things, he cites "a Rasmussen Reports poll which showed only 1/3 of American voters now believe global warming is caused by humans." The debate rages on.....

I hope there was someting on this post that you clicked on and found interesting. It is pretty cool to be a weather geek in 2009. There is so much information out there that no one could possibly find more than a tiny fraction of it. It sure is fun trying. You can probably tell that I don't watch much television.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
431 AM CDT WED MAY 27 2009

...THIS IS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK...

TODAYS TOPIC: INLAND FLOODING

THE GOAL OF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION
ABOUT THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH A HURRICANE WHICH WILL PREPARE YOU
TO TAKE ACTION AS A HURRICANE APPROACHES. THIS INFORMATION MAY SAVE
YOUR LIFE, AT WORK, HOME, ON THE ROAD, OR ON THE WATER. EACH DAY OF
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FEATURES A UNIQUE TOPIC RELEVANT TO
EDUCATION AND AWARENESS. HURRICANE SEASON OFFICIALLY RUNS FROM JUNE
1ST UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH FOR THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN AND GULF OF
MEXICO.

TODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON INLAND FLOODING. WHEN IT COMES TO HURRICANES,
WIND SPEEDS DO NOT TELL THE WHOLE STORY. HURRICANES PRODUCE STORM
SURGES, TORNADOES, AND OFTEN THE MOST DEADLY OF ALL, INLAND
FLOODING. IN THE 1970S THROUGH THE 1990S, INLAND FLOODING
WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THE DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH
TROPICAL SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED STATES.

INLAND FLOODING CAN BE A MAJOR THREAT TO COMMUNITIES HUNDREDS OF
MILES FROM THE COAST AS INTENSE RAIN FALLS FROM THESE IMMENSE
TROPICAL AIR MASSES. SOME OF THE WORST INLAND FLOODING MAY NOT
COME FROM INLAND MOVING HURRICANES, BUT FROM WEAKER TROPICAL
SYSTEMS THAT MOVE SLOWLY ACROSS THE AREA.

INLAND FLOODING CAN INCLUDE BOTH RIVER AND FLASH FLOODING. FLASH
FLOODING TYPICALLY OCCURS WITHIN SEVERAL HOURS OF HEAVY RAINFALL,
AND IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF INLAND FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING CAN
BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS AT NIGHT, WHEN RISING WATERS CAN NOT BE
EASILY SEEN. BE AWARE OF STREAMS, DRAINAGE CHANNELS, AND AREAS KNOWN
TO FLOOD.

WHEN YOU HEAR OF AN APPROACHING TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE, THINK
INLAND FLOODING.

DETERMINE WHETHER YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD ZONE.

IF ADVISED TO EVACUATE, DO SO IMMEDIATELY.

KEEP ABREAST OF ROAD CONDITIONS.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS A FLOODED ROADWAY. REMEMBER THIS SIMPLE
SLOGAN...TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.

MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES ON THURSDAY WITH INFORMATION ON
THE FORECAST PROCESS.

FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL OR PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION, YOU CAN VISIT
THESE SITES ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MOB

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/HAW2/ENGLISH/INTRO.SHTML

FEMA
WWW.FEMA.GOV/AREYOUREADY/HURRICANES.SHTM

AMERICAN RED CROSS
WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/SERVICES/DISASTERS

NOAA COASTAL SERVICES CENTER - HISTORICAL HURRICANE TRACKS
HTTP://MAPS.CSC.NOAA.GOV/HURRICANES

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JD/02

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Madison County, Alabama

Around 4:30 this evening.







Convection 3:46 PM

Looking west from Decatur, AL

Another Day, Another Thunderstorm


12:04

Looking NNW from Decatur, AL at 11:50 a.m.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
425 AM CDT TUE MAY 26 2009


...THIS IS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK...

TODAYS TOPIC: HIGH WINDS AND TORNADOES

THE GOAL OF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION ABOUT THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH A HURRICANE WHICH WILL PREPARE YOU TO TAKE ACTION AS A HURRICANE APPROACHES. THIS INFORMATION MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE, AT WORK, HOME, ON THE ROAD, OR ON THE WATER. EACH DAY OF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FEATURES A UNIQUE TOPIC RELEVANT TO EDUCATION AND AWARENESS. HURRICANE SEASON OFFICIALLY RUNS FROM JUNE 1ST UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH FOR THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN AND GULF OF MEXICO.

TODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON THE HAZARDS OF HIGH WINDS AND TORNADOES ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL SYSTEMS. THESE ARE TWO HAZARDS THAT CAN DIRECTLY IMPACT CENTRAL ALABAMA.

THE STRONGEST WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH A TROPICAL SYSTEM ARE TYPICALLY ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE SYSTEM, CLOSEST TO FEEDER BANDS AND NEAR THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION. WIND SPEEDS USUALLY DECREASE RATHER SIGNIFICANTLY WITHIN 12 HOURS AFTER LANDFALL. NONETHELESS, WINDS CAN STAY ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE, ESPECIALLY IN GUSTS, WELL INLAND AND CAN HAVE A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON CENTRAL ALABAMA. IN MOST CASES, THESE SEVERE WINDS LAST MUCH LONGER THAN THE TYPICAL SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND DO NOT SUBSIDE UNTIL THE SYSTEM MOVES OUT OF THE AREA OR IT WEAKENS. IN SOME CASES, THESE WINDS MAY PERSIST FOR MANY HOURS. JUST WITHIN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS...KATRINA (2005), DENNIS (2005), IVAN (2004) AND OPAL (1995) ALL PRODUCED WINDS GUSTS RANGING FROM 50 MPH
TO 90 MPH ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA.

BEFORE HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS, ASSESS YOUR PROPERTY TO ENSURE THAT LANDSCAPING AND TREES DO NOT BECOME A WIND HAZARD. TRIM DEAD WOOD AND OVERHANGING BRANCHES FROM ALL TREES. ANY TREE NEAR YOUR HOME IS AN IMMEDIATE HAZARD. CENTRAL ALABAMA RECEIVES A MAJORITY OF ITS DAMAGE DUE TO FALLEN TREES. THESE TREES CAN ALSO KNOCK POWERLINES DOWN AND CAUSE POWER OUTAGES.

MOST MOBILE OR. MANUFACTURED HOMES ARE NOT BUILT TO WITHSTAND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS. RESIDENTS OF HOMES NOT MEETING THAT LEVEL OF SAFETY SHOULD RELOCATE TO A NEARBY SAFER STRUCTURE WELL IN ADVANCE OF AN APPROACHING TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE. IF A TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA, SECURE ALL LAWN FURNITURE AND OTHER OUTSIDE OBJECTS THAT COULD BECOME A PROJECTILE IN HIGH WIND SITUATIONS.

MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL MEDIA SOURCES CLOSELY AS THE TROPICAL SYSTEM APPROACHES. LISTEN FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS AND GO TO YOUR SAFE ROOM WHEN DIRECTED TO DO SO. DO NOT LEAVE THE SAFE ROOM UNTIL LOCAL OFFICIALS HAVE DEEMED IT SAFE. SOMETIMES IT APPEARS THAT THE WINDS HAVE SUBSIDED OR HAVE GONE CALM WHEN DANGER STILL EXISTS.

IN THE EVENT YOU LOSE POWER FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, A GENERATOR MAY BE NECESSARY FOR YOUR POWER SUPPLY. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ANY GASOLINE RUN MACHINERY PRODUCES EXHAUST. THIS EXHAUST CAN BE HARMFUL OR DEADLY WHEN INHALED. USE THIS TYPE OF MACHINERY ONLY IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA.

TROPICAL SYSTEMS CAN ALSO PRODUCE TORNADOES THAT ADD TO THE OVERALL DESTRUCTIVE POWER. TORNADOES ARE MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR IN THE RIGHT FRONT QUADRANT OF THE TROPICAL SYSTEM. MANY TORNADOES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH RAIN-BANDS THAT ARE WELL AWAY FROM THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION. IN SOME CASES, THIS DISTANCE CAN BE HUNDREDS OF MILES.
RITA (2005) PRODUCED THE SECOND LARGEST ONE DAY TORNADO OUTBREAK IN CENTRAL ALABAMA HISTORY AND THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION WAS SOME 350 MILES TO THE WEST.

PREPAREDNESS IS CRITICAL IN THESE TORNADO SITUATIONS. TORNADOES PRODUCED WITHIN A TROPICAL SYSTEM ARE TYPICALLY FAST DEVELOPING AND SHORT LIVED BUT CAN PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR INJURY. DUE TO THIS FAST DEVELOPING NATURE, WARNING LEAD TIMES MAY BE SHORTER THAN NORMAL.

THESE TROPICALLY INDUCED TORNADOES ARE USUALLY NOT ACCOMPANIED BY LIGHTNING, THUNDER OR HAIL, CLUES THAT MANY CITIZENS RELY ON IN IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL PERSONAL RISKS.

WHEN A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED, BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK ACTION. WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED, MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM AWAY FROM ALL WINDOWS. AS A LAST RESORT, GET UNDER HEAVY FURNITURE AWAY FROM
ALL WINDOWS.

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY WITH INFORMATION
ON INLAND FLOODING...ANOTHER POTENTIAL DIRECT HAZARD TO CENTRAL ALABAMA.

FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORICAL OR PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION, YOU CAN VISIT THESE SITES ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE, ALABAMA
WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/MOB

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV
WWW.NHC.NOAA.GOV/HAW2/ENGLISH/INTRO.SHTML

FEMA
WWW.FEMA.GOV/AREYOUREADY/HURRICANES.SHTM

AMERICAN RED CROSS
WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/SERVICES/DISASTERS

NOAA COASTAL SERVICES CENTER - HISTORICAL HURRICANE TRACKS
HTTP://MAPS.CSC.NOAA.GOV/HURRICANES

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Monday, May 25, 2009

A few pics from today.......















Storm on I-65 in North Cullman County, AL


5/25/09 at 5:25-5:30 PM.



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Autauga Co EF0 Confirmed

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED FOR DATE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1038 AM CDT MON MAY 25 2009

...ONE CONFIRMED AND ONE POSSIBLE TORNADO TOUCHDOWN ON MAY 23...

A VERY MOIST UNSTABLE AIRMASS ASSOCIATED WITH A TROPICAL-LIKE
DISTURBANCE PRODUCED ONE DEFINITE AND ANOTHER POSSIBLE TORNADO ON
SATURDAY MAY 23.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED DAMAGE IN AUTAUGA
COUNTY JUST EAST OF THE TOWN OF MARBURY. HERE ARE THE FINDINGS:

...MARBURY TORNADO (AUTAUGA COUNTY)...

EVENT DATE: SATURDAY 23 MAY 2009
TYPE: EF-0 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): AROUND 75 MPH
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION: 32.6967/-86.4258
EVENT END LOCATION: 32.7003/-86.4306
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1/3 MILE
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 50 YARDS

START TIME: 155 PM CDT
END TIME: 155 PM CDT
WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING 159 PM UNTIL 230 PM
WATCHES: NONE

THE WEAK TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN BRIEFLY JUST SOUTH OF COUNTY ROAD 20
AND TRAVELED TO THE NORTHWEST FOR ABOUT A THIRD OF A MILE BEFORE IT
LIFTED. DAMAGE ALONG THE PATH INCLUDED 4 HARDWOOD TREES UPROOTED AND

1 SOFTWOOD TREE SNAPPED AND MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO AN OUTBUILDING.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE BEEN DISPATCHED TODAY TO
EXAMINE DAMAGE FROM ANOTHER POSSIBLE TORNADO IN NORTHERN LEE COUNTY
NEAR THE TOWN OF MECHANICSVILLE. INFORMATION REGARDING THIS
POSSIBLE TORNADO WILL BE RELEASED AS SOON AS ITS AVAILABLE.

A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
PROGRAM IS THE RECEIPT OF STORM REPORTS FROM ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS
AND PARTNERS. IF YOU WERE WITNESS TO OR ARE AWARE OF ANY STORM
DAMAGE DUE TO HIGH WINDS...TORNADOES...HAIL OR FLOOD WATERS...
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE...OR CALL OUR
STORM REPORTING HOTLINE AT 1-800-856-0758.

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UNGER

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tornado Warning - Chilton




1:54

BMX issues Tornado Warning for Chilton [AL] till 2:30 PM CDT ...* AT 159 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETECTED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR VERBENA...OR 13 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CLANTON...MOVING NORTHWEST AT 30 MPH. DAMAGE HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE CITY OF MARBURY.

BMX continues Tornado Warning for Chilton [AL] till 2:30 PM CDT ...AT 210 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO DETECT A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR VERBENA...OR 9 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CLANTON...MOVING NORTHWEST AT 30 MPH.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Beautiful Night for Baseball

Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville, AL at 6:10 PM May 22, 2009.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Perfect Weather Continues

Decatur, AL 2:50 PM

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bushhogging

It was a wonderful day to get out at break and smell fresly cut grass in the sun.

Great Weather for a Walk

Sunny Morning in the Rocket City

Up to 54 at 7:10 am.

Cool Mornings, Sunny Days

The morning low in NE Huntsville was 46.4.

Looks like another really nice day in Alabama.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Beautiful Day

The morning low was 44.4 in NE Huntsville.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunshine is Back!

...And hopefully to stay for awhile in North Alabama.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thunderstorm Rolls Through Rocket City

This storm approached and rolled through Huntsville 3:45-4:40 p.m. CDT, 5/16/09.

Today would have been my parents' 50th Anniversary if my Dad had lived two more months.

Dedicated to Martin F. Wilhelm, 1930-2009. R.I.P.



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4:13

4:07

NE Huntsville

Storms Approach N Huntsville

4:00 PM

Convection Begins Again

Chapman School in NE Huntsville, looking SE at 2:10.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Madison County Storms

A little bit of what you saw tonight if you were outdoors in Madison County, Alabama...

During the evening of May 15, 2009 I took a walk and snapped a few pictures of the sky in Northeast Huntsville. Severe thunderstorm warnings were being issued repeatedly for Madison County for slow-moving storms that formed over various parts of the county.

By the time I got home, lightning and thunder were beginning in my area. I grabbed my video camera and headed for Chapman School where there is a really good view looking toward the east at Monte Sano where the most intense storm was located at that time. I had a few technical glitches with my camera and missed part of the downdraft and a rainbow, but got it working in time to capture some of that and some lightning.

At the end of the video I include some of the still images I captured on my walk. Thanks for viewing.



A few more short ones, showing the rain shaft progressing south to north across Monte Sano:

Part 1:


Part 2:


Part 3


Part 4

Thunderstorm at Sunset

Huntsville 7:40

E of Decatur

1:20 PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

HUN issues Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Limestone [AL] till 1:00 PM CDT http://tinyurl.com/ra9s6w
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Convection

Looking north from Decatur at 12:13 PM.

Summer-Like Weather

You know summer weather is here when you see fog coming out of your car air conditioning vents. Lows this week have been: 51, 59, 61, 66, 66.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

NOAA Wx Radio Offline in Ft. Payne

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
339 PM CDT THU MAY 14 2009

..NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRANSMITTER IN FORT PAYNE OFFLINE...

NOAA WEATHER RADIO STATION WWF-44...TRANSMITTING OUT OF FORT
PAYNE ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.500 MHZ...IS OFF THE AIR DUE TO A
POSSIBLE POWER FAILURE OR PHONE LINE PROBLEM. WE HAVE CONTACTED
TECHNICIANS TO FIX THE PROBLEM.

DURING THE OUTAGE...PERSONS ACROSS THE LISTENING AREA CAN GET
THEIR WEATHER INFORMATION FROM OTHER STATIONS. THEY INCLUDE:

WNG-554 OUT OF WINCHESTER...TRANSMITTING ON 162.525 MHZ.
WNG-642 OUT OF ARAB...TRANSMITTING ON 162.525 MHZ.

OF COURSE...THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT
OUR WEBSITE...AT HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/HUNTSVILLE /ALL LOWER CASE/.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS OUTAGE MAY CAUSE.

$$


KULA
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Morning Shade of Monte Sano

6:55 AM

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Sun is Back

4:10 PM, Decatur, AL

Flooding in Decatur

Minor street/parking lot flooding on 6th Avenue, just south of 14th St., across from the Gateway Shopping Center.

Morgan Co Storm

HUN issues SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT FOR CULLMAN AND MORGAN COUNTIES UNTIL 1115 AM CDT for Cullman, Morgan http://tinyurl.com/oru49z
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Stormy

Behind the Morgan County Courthouse. Very strong low level flow out of the ESE.

Rain on the Roses

This was another rainy morning in North Alabama. Our low was 59F. Will this be the last we see of the 50's this season?