Sunday, November 15, 2009

Twenty Years Ago This Hour

Huntsville tornado coverage by James Spann:

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mississippi Sunset

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Storm Alert Xtreme

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

..20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DEVASTATING HUNTSVILLE F4 TORNADO

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
800 AM CST THU NOV 12 2009

..20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DEVASTATING HUNTSVILLE F4 TORNADO

THIS SUNDAY /NOVEMBER 15TH/ MARKS 20 YEARS SINCE A DESTRUCTIVE
TORNADO RIPPED ACROSS AIRPORT ROAD AND OTHER PARTS OF SOUTHEAST
HUNTSVILLE…KILLING 21 PEOPLE AND INJURING 463.

AT APPROXIMATELY 4:37 PM CST ON NOVEMBER 15 1989…POWERFUL WINDS
ASSOCIATED WITH THE TORNADO INITIALLY HIT THE CITY’S NEW
GARBAGE-BURNING STEAM PLANT JUST OFF TRIANA BOULEVARD. THE TORNADO
THEN SMASHED INTO THE MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE JUST WEST OF THE
MEMORIAL PARKWAY AND AIRPORT ROAD INTERSECTION. THE FIRST CONFIRMED
REPORT OF THE TORNADO CAME AT THIS LOCATION. THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE
DAMAGE OCCURRED ALONG A MILE-LONG WEST-TO-EAST PATH LINING AIRPORT
ROAD WHERE SHOPPING CENTERS…CHURCHES…SCHOOLS…RESTAURANTS AND
NUMEROUS APARTMENT COMPLEXES WERE HEAVILY DAMAGED TO COMPLETELY
DESTROYED.

LOCATIONS THAT SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE INCLUDE:
* WATERFORD SQUARE APARTMENTS
* CRESTWOOD HOSPITAL
* WESTBURY PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER
* VILLAGE ON WHITESBURG
* WHITESBURG CENTER
* HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC CHURCH

MOVING EAST…THE TORNADO ROARED UP GARTH MOUNTAIN OVERLOOKING
WHITESBURG DRIVE…FOLLOWING IN ITS CLIMB THE NEWLY OPENED CARL T
JONES DRIVE. HEADING INTO THE WOODS…THE TORNADO SNAPPED TVA POWER
POLES AND TALL TREES LIKE TOOTHPICKS. ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN LAY JONES
VALLEY ELEMENTARY WHERE 37 STUDENTS REMAINED AFTER SCHOOL IN AN
EXTENDED-DAY PROGRAM. THE TORNADO SLAMMED INTO THE SCHOOL REDUCING
THE STRUCTURE TO RUBBLE IN A MATTER OF SECONDS…WITH SUPPLIES LATER
FOUND AS FAR AWAY AS SOUTHERN TENNESSEE. INCREDIBLY…ALL OF THE
STUDENTS/TEACHERS AND STAFF WOULD SURVIVE.

MOST EYE-WITNESSES DESCRIBED A WALL OF DARKNESS…WIND AND RAIN THAT
DESCENDED ON THE CITY LIKE A QUICKLY DRAWN CURTAIN. WINDS WERE SO
INTENSE THAT A WOODEN SPLINTER WAS FOUND EMBEDDED IN THE CONCRETE
WALL OF ONE CHURCH SANCTUARY.

THE TORNADO REMAINED ON THE GROUND FOR 16 MILES ACROSS MADISON
COUNTY WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS ESTIMATED IN EXCESS OF 200 MPH. THE
DAMAGE SWATH WAS AT ITS WIDEST /AROUND A HALF-MILE/ ALONG AIRPORT
ROAD. THE STORM SYSTEM RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS TORNADO WOULD CAUSE A
QUARTER-OF-A-BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO 16 STATES…WITH NEARLY
50 MILLION OF THAT AMOUNT IN MADISON COUNTY ALONE.

DAMAGE STATISTICS:
* 259 HOMES DESTROYED
* 1000 CARS DESTROYED (ADDITIONAL 2000 IN MORGAN COUNTY DUE TO HAIL)
* 80 BUSINESSES DESTROYED
* 240 MILES OF POWER LINES KNOCKED DOWN (ACCORDING TO TVA)
* 60 POWER STRUCTURES LOST (ACCORDING TO TVA)
* 432 ACRES OF TREES DESTROYED OR DAMAGED (BASED ON AERIAL SURVEY)

NOTE: INFORMATION AND STATISTICS TAKEN FROM “A DIARY OF DESTRUCTION”
ON THE (1989) HUNTSVILLE TORNADO — PRODUCED BY THE HUNTSVILLE
TIMES/HUNTSVILLE NEWS AND FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SOUTHERN
REGION NATURAL DISASTER SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED JULY 1990.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 1989 HUNTSVILLE TORNADO…VISIT
THE HUNTSVILLE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBPAGE AT:
HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/HUNTSVILLE (ALL LOWER CASE)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alabama Rainfall







Rainfal Estimates in Alabama from Weather Underground.
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Storm Total Rainfall (so far)...


Former Hurricane/Tropical Storm/Depression, and now remnant low Ida has caused very few problems in Alabama. The system has dumped a lot of rain, however. Most of the State of Alabama has received over an inch and one-half of rain based on radar estimates as of 1:42.
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Lots of Standing Water...

Rain continues to fall in Decatur at 1:37.

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Rainy Fall Day

Thanks to a lady named Ida.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Fall Colors in Huntsville


This is a maple tree I planted when I was about 10 years old. I took this picture on Sunday afternoon, November 8, 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama.
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State of Emergency in Alabama

Alabama Governor Bob Riley issued a "State of Emergency" proclamation this afternoon due to tropical storm Ida. There was a lot of hype with this storm, but it will just be a rainy, breezy evening in South Alabama. Click on the image to read the text.



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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Friday 10/30/09 Tornado in Marion County


5:25 BMX Nexrad


5:30 BMX Nexrad

Radar images courtesy of the NOAA weekly archive here.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
400 PM CDT SAT OCT 31 2009


…STORM DAMAGE FINDINGS FROM FRIDAY OCTOBER 30 2009…


…CONFIRMED TORNADO DAMAGE FOUND IN MARION COUNTY…

A VERY MOIST AND WARM AIR MASS DEVELOPED ACROSS WEST ALABAMA
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AHEAD A STRONG COLD FRONT. MANY OF THE CELLS THAT
DEVELOPED WERE ROTATING ALOFT WITH NUMEROUS REPORTS OF FUNNEL
CLOUDS. DESPITE PLENTY OF LOW LEVEL INSTABILITY AND SHEAR…
THE AIR MASS ALOFT WAS NOT CONDUCIVE FOR DEEP UPDRAFTS AND MANY
OF THE ROTATING CELLS DID NOT CONTAIN LIGHTNING…AND ONLY ONE
REPORT OF A POSSIBLE TOUCHDOWN HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN BIRMINGHAM.

…THORN HILL TORNADO…
EVENT DATE: 30 OCTOBER 2009
EVENT TYPE: EF1
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 100
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 524 PM / 34.1692, -87.6718
EVENT END TIME/LOCATION COORDINATES: 530 PM / 34.2036, -87.6457
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.8
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 200
WARNINGS: TORNADO WARNING 165 IN EFFECT FROM 510 PM UNTIL 545 PM.
WATCHES: TORNADO WATCH 785 IN EFFECT FROM 1223 PM UNTIL 7 PM.

A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF MARION
COUNTY ROAD 19 AND ALABAMA ROAD 129 NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF THORN HILL.
THE TORNADO TRAVELED TO THE NORTHEAST AND CROSSED OVER ALABAMA
ROAD 129 BEFORE LIFTING. ALONG THE PATH…THE TORNADO DAMAGED THE
ROOFS OF 4 HOMES…AS WELL AS 3 OUTBUILDINGS. ALSO ALONG THE PATH
WERE 20 HARDWOOD TREES THAT WERE UPROOTED AND ANOTHER 5 THAT WERE
SNAPPED IN HALF.

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

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009