Thursday, February 25, 2010

NOAA Weather Radio


Friday concludes Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. Friday's topic is NOAA Weather Radio.

NOAA Weather Radio is the voice of the National Weather Service, and is your fastest way to receive warnings in case of severe weather. During hazardous weather, normal broadcasts are interrupted for watches, warnings, and other important information, and many warnings are tone-alerted.

Please purchase and use a NOAA Weather Radio.

From the NWS Birmingham:

"...NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards and the Emergency Alert System...

Severe Weather Awareness Week concludes today with a closer look at NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards and the Emergency Alert System. NOAA weather radio is also known as the voice of the National Weather Service. NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards provides continuously updated weather information, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
National Weather Service personnel prepare weather information that is normally broadcast in three to five minute cycles. This information includes forecasts, warnings, current conditions, climate data, and other important information.

To receive broadcasts from the National Weather Service, a special radio capable of receiving signals in the very high frequency, also known as VHF, public service band is required. Nationally, frequencies from 162.400 to 162.550 megahertz are used for NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards broadcasts. Alabama is served by 29 transmitters which cover approximately 95 percent of the citizens in Alabama.

NOAA weather radio is useful anytime, but it is most important during severe weather. When threatening weather develops, normal broadcasts are interrupted by important severe weather information. Watches, warnings, and statements are given the highest priority and are updated frequently.

In an emergency, each NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards station will transmit a warning alarm tone signal followed by information on the emergency situation. This signal is capable of activating specially designed receivers by increasing the volume or producing a visual or audible alarm. Not all weather band receivers have this capability, but all radios that receive NOAA weather radio all hazards can receive emergency broadcasts. The warning alarm device is tested each Wednesday, usually between 11 am and noon, weather permitting.

A feature available in newer Weather Radio All-Hazards receivers is called "SAME" which stands for specific area message encoding. "SAME" technology allows radios to be programmed for the reception of watch and warning messages for certain counties in your area, without disturbing users for warnings outside of the programmed counties.
Local media outlets are urged to use NOAA weather radio for up to date weather information and may freely rebroadcast the NOAA weather radio all hazards transmission.

Another source of weather information is the Emergency Alert System, also known as EAS, which replaced the emergency broadcast system. The EAS is a system of communication links that utilize data in a digital form. It is a reliable means of linking the National Weather Service, emergency management agencies, and various broadcast media together. The EAS will help participating radio and television stations receive and relay weather warnings and other emergency information in a timely manner."


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Flooding Safety


January 6, 2009, Decatur, AL

Severe Weather Awareness Week continues. Thursday's topic is flooding, which is the number one weather killer in the United States. Please see the above link from the NWS.

Always remember, "Turn around, don't drown".

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tornado Safety


1/21/10 Huntsville tornado, by LeAnn Shady Reid

Severe Weather Awareness Week Continues...


Florence Times Daily

Clanton Advertiser

From Birmingham NWS:

...Tornado Awareness Day....
...Special Weekly Radio test message today at 9:00 am...

This week has been proclaimed Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama by Governor Bob Riley. During this special week, Alabamians are encouraged to learn and or review the proper safety precautions necessary for protecting their lives during severe weather.

The National Weather Service Office in Birmingham will conduct the weekly NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards test at the special time of 9:00 am today, Wednesday, February 24th. This time will replace the weekly radio test normally performed between 11 am and noon each Wednesday. The information message going along with this weekly radio test will highlight appropriate preparedness and safety precautions concerning tornadoes. If inclement weather develops today, this special weekly radio test will be postponed until Friday, February 26th, at 9:00 am.

Severe Weather Awareness Week continues today with a closer look at tornadoes and tornado safety. The months of March through May are known as the Spring Severe Weather Season. A Fall Severe Weather Season also exists from November through mid December. Alabama is one of the few locations in the world that has two distinct severe weather seasons.

A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with the ground. if the circulation is not on the
ground, then it is defined as a funnel cloud. Tornadoes usually descend from thunderstorms. Wind speeds in tornadoes can range from 65 miles per hour to 318 miles per hour, the highest tornado wind speed ever recorded.
Your safety depends on being constantly aware of the possibility of severe weather.

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in and close to the watch area. A watch is normally issued for a large area covering numerous counties. The watch is intended to give you time to review your safety rules. The sky may be sunny, but weather changes can take place quite rapidly.

A Tornado Warning means that a developing tornado has been detected by National Weather Service Doppler Radar or has been reported on the ground by reliable sources. A Tornado Warning is typically issued for a portion of counties at a time and usually lasts no more than 45 minutes. If a Tornado Warning is issued for your county, you should seek shelter immediately. If you see a tornado or feel threatened, move to a safe place immediately, as precious seconds can save your life.

Here is some important information regarding Tornado Safety...

If you are in a home or small business, go to the basement or to a small interior room such as a closet, bathroom or interior
hallway without windows on the lowest level. Put as many walls between yourself and the outside as possible. If possible, get
under something sturdy, such as a heavy table, or use a mattress to protect yourself from flying debris. Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head. If available, put on a bicycle or motorcycle helmet to protect yourself from head injuries.

If you are in a large business, school, hospital, shopping center or factory, go to the designated shelter area. If a shelter area is not available, the best place to go is an interior hallway on the lowest level. stay away from the structurally weaker
portions of buildings, such as windows and rooms with expansive roofs, which are more likely to collapse when tornadoes strike. Do not waste time opening windows in an attempt to prevent damage to a building. The old belief that damage could result from rapid pressure changes during a tornado is not true. It will not make any difference in a tornado if the window is open or not. Your safest course of action is to take shelter immediately when a tornado warning is issued for your area.

If you are in a mobile home or vehicle, get out and take shelter in a sturdy building or storm shelter. If there is not an adequate building nearby, get to a low spot and cover your head from flying debris. Do not take cover under an overpass as this does not provide adequate shelter during a tornado and can actually cause increased wind speeds due to a tunneling effect.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Severe Weather Awareness - Lightning!


Summer 2009 - Huntsville, Alabama

According to the National Weather Service, 129 people have been injured and 23 have been killed in Alabama due to lightning since 1995. This illustrates why lightning is known as the "underrated killer".

The best safety measure to take with lightning is to stay indoors. For more safety information, please visit the NWS Lightning Safety page. Remember the motto, "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors".

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Severe Thunderstorms & Damaging Winds

Day one of Severe Weather Awareness Week focuses on Severe Thunderstorms and Damaging Winds. Please visit those links from the NWS for more information.


May 13, 2008 Cullman County


2/18/09, Perry County, Alabama Severe Thunderstorm


April 2006, Vinemont, Alabama



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2010 Severe Weather Awareness Week

Governor Bob Riley has declared February 22-February 26 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The National Weather Service Offices that serve Alabama (Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, and Tallahassee) will have information about severe weather safety on their web sites. Each day of the week will feature information on a different form of severe weather or safety information.

Monday February 22 - Severe thunderstorms and damaging winds.
Tuesday February 23 - Lightning
Wednesday February 24 - Tornadoes
Thursday February 25 - Flooding
Friday February 26 - NOAA Weather Radio

On Wednesday there will be a statewide "tornado safety drill" between 9 and 9:30 a.m. The NOAA Weather Radio test alert will be sounded and citizens are encouraged to practice implementing their severe weather safety plans.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Historic 2/12/10 South Alabama Snow

Due to family priorities, I was unable to experience the historic South Alabama snow of February 12, 2010 first-hand (even though I expected it days in advance). Fortunately some of my weather friends were able to cover it well, allowing me to enjoy it vicariously. Here are some of their great photos, videos, and a graphic from the NWS Mobile.


Photo by Storm Chaser Rick Lipscomb


Photo by Storm Chaser Rick Lipscomb


Photo by Storm Chaser Rick Lipscomb

Melba Pierce sent these photos from Thomasville in Clarke County, AL. Thanks to ABC 33/40.

My friend Jennifer posted this snow report from South Georgia!

Huge, comprehensive photo album by ABC 33/40 viewers posted by James Spann.


Snowfall accumulation map by the NWS Mobile


7:30 a.m. 2/12/10


Noon, 2/12/10


8:30 a.m. Mobile Nexrad

Videos of the historic snow......

Terry Sasser In Greenville, Alabama



Rick Lipscomb in Conecuh County (funny stuff):



James KinKaid in Evergreen, AL:



Brett Adair took this video in Talladega County:



John Brown in Pike County (Troy, AL):



From Chatom in Washington County, AL




Monday, February 15, 2010

NWS Huntsville Public Info Statement

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
220 PM CST MON FEB 15 2010

...SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM THE WINTER WEATHER EVENT OF FEBRUARY 14TH
AND 15TH...

A WINTER STORM BROUGHT A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW TO PORTIONS OF THE
TENNESSEE VALLEY ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14TH AND INTO THE MORNING OF
MONDAY FEBRUARY 15TH /PRESIDENTS DAY/. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WITHIN THE
HUNTSVILLE COUNTY WARNING AREA WERE GENERALLY HIGHEST IN SOUTHERN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AND IN FAR NORTHEAST ALABAMA...WHERE AMOUNTS UP TO
FIVE INCHES WERE REPORTED. ELSEWHERE...AMOUNTS WERE GENERALLY LESS
THAN TWO INCHES. BELOW IS A LIST OF SNOWFALL REPORTS RECEIVED FROM
SOME OF OUR LOCAL SPOTTERS AND LOCAL COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS.

CITY/TOWN...........SNOWFALL (INCHES)
SEWANEE TN..........5.0
ATHENS AL...........2.0
BRIDGEPORT AL.......2.0
IDER AL.............2.0
LYNCHBURG TN........2.0
WINCHESTER TN.......2.0
ARDMORE AL..........1.5
MADISON AL..........1.5
RUSSELLVILLE AL.....1.5
TUSCUMBIA AL........1.5
ESTILL SPRINGS TN...1.0
FAYETTEVILLE TN.....1.0
HARVEST AL..........1.0
WINCHESTER TN.......1.0
CULLMAN AL 10NW.....0.8
HARTSELLE AL........0.8
IDER AL.............0.8
HARVEST AL..........0.6
UNION GROVE AL......0.5
MUSCLE SHOALS 3NE...0.4
GUNTERSVILLE AL.....0.2
HUNTSVILLE (ARPT)...0.1
OWENS CROSS ROADS...0.1

$$
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

NWS Huntsville Discussion

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
217 PM CST MON FEB 15 2010

.DISCUSSION...NICE CONVECTIVE BANDS SHOWING UP ON AREA RADARS THIS
AFTERNOON AS SNOW SHOWERS BEGIN TO MOVE EWD ACROSS WRN TN/NRN
MS. MUCH OF THIS AXIS IS ASSOCIATED WITH A LINGERING VORT LOBE
ROTATING EWD ACROSS THE LOWER MS VALLEY INTO THE TN VALLEY AREA.
THIS ENERGY IS PREDOM ASSOCIATED WITH THE BROAD UPPER LOW/TROUGH
DRIFTING NEWD ACROSS THE OH VALLEY. AS THIS UPPER LOW CONTINUES TO
LIFT...THE LINGERING VORT MAX SHOULD CONTINUE MOVING EWD THROUGH
THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HRS WITH LIGHT/MOD SNOW
SHOWERS DEVELOPING ACROSS MUCH OF THE CNTRL TN VALLEY. ANY
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE STILL XPCTED TO REMAIN RIGHT AROUND A
HALF-INCH TO AN INCH...WITH PERHAPS SOME SLIGHTLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
POSSIBLE ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF NE AL AND SRN MID TN.
MOST OF THIS ACTIVITY SHOULD COME TO AN END FROM W TO E THIS
EVENING AS THE VORT AXIS MOVES E AWAY FROM THE AREA.

THE FORECAST OTHERWISE IS A FAIRLY QUIET ONE.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Accumulations

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
556 AM CST MON FEB 15 2010

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

0230 AM SNOW IDER 34.70N 85.67W
02/15/2010 M2.0 INCH DEKALB AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

2 INCHES OF SNOW IN IDER.

0238 AM SNOW TUSCUMBIA 34.73N 87.71W
02/15/2010 M1.5 INCH COLBERT AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

1.5 INCHES OF SNOW IN TUSCUMBIA.

0255 AM SNOW RUSSELLVILLE 34.51N 87.73W
02/15/2010 M1.5 INCH FRANKLIN AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

1.5 INCHES OF SNOW IN RUSSELLVILLE.

0257 AM SNOW 10 NW CULLMAN 34.28N 86.96W
02/15/2010 M0.8 INCH CULLMAN AL EMERGENCY MNGR

0.8 INCHES OF SNOW IN JONES CHAPEL.

0300 AM SNOW HARTSELLE 34.44N 86.94W
02/15/2010 E0.8 INCH MORGAN AL PUBLIC

0.8 INCHES OF SNOW IN HARTSELLE.

0300 AM SNOW 5 E ARDMORE 34.98N 86.75W
02/15/2010 M1.5 INCH MADISON AL PUBLIC

1.5 INCHES OF SNOW NEAR AL AND TN STATE LINE.

0300 AM SNOW ATHENS 34.79N 86.96W
02/15/2010 M1.0 INCH LIMESTONE AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

1 INCH OF SNOW IN ATHENS.

0315 AM SNOW FAYETTEVILLE 35.15N 86.56W
02/15/2010 E1.0 INCH LINCOLN TN LAW ENFORCEMENT

1 INCH OF SNOW IN FAYETTEVILLE.

0315 AM SNOW ARDMORE 34.98N 86.84W
02/15/2010 E1.5 INCH LIMESTONE AL PUBLIC

1.5 INCHES OF SNOW NEAR ARDMORE.

0315 AM SNOW HARVEST 34.86N 86.75W
02/15/2010 M1.0 INCH MADISON AL NWS EMPLOYEE

1.0 INCH OF SNOW IN HARVEST.

0325 AM SNOW ATHENS 34.79N 86.96W
02/15/2010 M2.0 INCH LIMESTONE AL PUBLIC

2 INCHES OF SNOW IN ATHENS.

0330 AM SNOW WINCHESTER 35.19N 86.11W
02/15/2010 M1.0 INCH FRANKLIN TN CO-OP OBSERVER

1.0 INCHES OF SNOW IN WINCHESTER.

0330 AM SNOW SEWANEE 35.20N 85.92W
02/15/2010 M4.0 INCH FRANKLIN TN LAW ENFORCEMENT

4 INCHES OF SNOW IN SEWANEE.

0330 AM SNOW LYNCHBURG 35.28N 86.36W
02/15/2010 E1.0 INCH MOORE TN LAW ENFORCEMENT

1 INCH OF SNOW IN LYNCHBURG.

0332 AM SNOW 3 NE MADISON 34.73N 86.71W
02/15/2010 M0.5 INCH MADISON AL TRAINED SPOTTER

0.5 INCHES OF SNOW ON GRASSY SURFACES IN MADISON.

0341 AM SNOW 8 ENE FALKVILLE 34.42N 86.78W
02/15/2010 E1.0 INCH MORGAN AL BROADCAST MEDIA

1 INCH OF SNOW ON GRASSY SURFACES NEAR LACEY SPRINGS.

0345 AM SNOW MADISON 34.70N 86.75W
02/15/2010 M1.0 INCH MADISON AL TRAINED SPOTTER

1.0 INCH OF SNOW IN MADISON.

0351 AM SNOW HUNTSVILLE 34.71N 86.63W
02/15/2010 M0.5 INCH MADISON AL OFFICIAL NWS OBS

0.5 INCHES OF SNOW AT HUNTSVILLE WFO.

0500 AM SNOW SCOTTSBORO 34.65N 86.05W
02/15/2010 M1.0 INCH JACKSON AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

1.0 INCH OF SNOW IN SCOTTSBORO.

0515 AM SNOW SEWANEE 35.20N 85.92W
02/15/2010 E5.0 INCH FRANKLIN TN LAW ENFORCEMENT

5 INCHES OF SNOW IN SEWANNE.


&&

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SLACORTE

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Heavy Snow - Mesoscale Discussion by SPC




   MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0129
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0942 PM CST SUN FEB 14 2010

AREAS AFFECTED...FOR PARTS OF NRN AL...SRN MIDDLE AND SERN TN...AND
FAR NWRN GA

CONCERNING...HEAVY SNOW

VALID 150342Z - 150845Z

SNOWFALL RATES APPROACHING AND/OR LOCALLY REACHING 1 INCH/HOUR
SHOULD DEVELOP OVER NRN AL/SRN MIDDLE TN BY 06Z...AND THEN REACH
SERN TN/NWRN GA BETWEEN 08-09Z. SOME SLEET MAY MIX WITH RAIN OR
SNOW...PRIOR TO THE COLD FRONT PASSAGE...AS ELEVATED CONVECTION
SPREADS ENEWD FROM MS. GIVEN THE RELATIVELY NARROW BAND OF
PRECIPITATION ALONG AND IN THE WAKE OF THE COLD FRONT MOVING E
THROUGH THE TN VALLEY/CENTRAL GULF COAST STATES OVERNIGHT...ANY ONE
LOCATION ACROSS THE DISCUSSION AREA COULD HAVE A 1-3 HOUR PERIOD OF
THE FORECAST SNOWFALL RATES.

AT 0330Z...REGIONAL RADAR IMAGERY SHOWED A NARROW BAND OF ELEVATED
CONVECTION IN THE VICINITY OF A COLD FRONT...WITH THESE SHOWERS
EXTENDING SWWD FROM ERN MS TO SRN LA. THIS BAND WILL CONTINUE TO
SPREAD EWD WITH THE FRONT...WHILE ALSO DEVELOPING NEWD INTO NRN AL
LATE THIS EVENING. EARLY EVENING SURFACE OBSERVATIONS ACROSS PARTS
OF ERN AR/WRN TN AND MS INDICATED MOST LOCATIONS HAD LOW
VISIBILITIES /GREATER PRECIPITATION RATES/ FOR 1-2 HOURS EITHER
ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHOWERS OR POST-FRONTAL STRATIFORM
PRECIPITATION. INCREASING FORCING FOR ASCENT IS EXPECTED DOWNSTREAM
OF A DEEPENING...COMPACT CLOSED LOW APPROACHING THE LOWER OH/TN
VALLEYS TONIGHT/EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THIS ASCENT COMBINED WITH LOW
LEVEL MOISTURE/WARM AIR ADVECTION ALONG A STRENGTHENING SWLY LLJ
INTO THE SRN APPALACHIANS SUGGESTS THAT 1 INCH/HOUR RATES WILL BE
POSSIBLE. THE INCREASING UPWARD VERTICAL ASCENT WITH THE
APPROACHING LOW AND STRONG LOW LEVEL COLD ADVECTION IN THE WAKE OF
THE COLD FRONT SHOULD SUFFICIENTLY COOL THE COLUMN...CHANGING
PRECIPITATION TO ALL SNOW.


..PETERS.. 02/15/2010

Morning Snow in Huntsville







We had a quick burst of moderate snow this morning in Huntsville. It didn't take long to melt but it was pretty while it lasted. It was a nice preview to tonight's expected snow. Most of Madison County received less than an inch but 1.5" was reported in New Market.

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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1203 PM CST SUN FEB 14 2010

ALZ006-008>010-TNZ076-096-097-150000-
/O.CON.KHUN.WS.W.0004.100215T0300Z-100215T1800Z/
MADISON-MARSHALL-JACKSON-DEKALB-MOORE-LINCOLN-FRANKLIN TN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HUNTSVILLE...GUNTERSVILLE...
SCOTTSBORO...FORT PAYNE...LYNCHBURG...FAYETTEVILLE...WINCHESTER
1203 PM CST SUN FEB 14 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING
TO NOON CST MONDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING
TO NOON CST MONDAY FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE.

A COLD FRONT WILL PUSH THROUGH THE REGION TONIGHT...ALLOWING MUCH
COLDER AIR TO FILTER INTO THE AREA. THE RAIN SNOW MIX EXPECTED
THIS EVENING WILL QUICKLY BECOME ALL SNOW AFTER 9 PM CST. SNOW
WILL FALL THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS BEFORE EXITING THE REGION
MID DAY MONDAY. STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS FOR TONIGHT WILL LIKELY
RANGE FROM 2 TO 4 INCHES... WITH GREATER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THE
HIGHER TERRAIN AREAS OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE
TENNESSEE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF
SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN
AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...
FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

&&


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Saturday, February 13, 2010

More Snow Coming for Alabama


12z GFS Snow Depth Map (Dusting-3" possible across the Valley)


12z NAM Snow Depth Map (Dusting-4" possible across the Valley)
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
232 PM CST SAT FEB 13 2010

ALZ001>010-016-TNZ076-096-097-140600-
LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-FRANKLIN AL-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-MADISON-MORGAN-
MARSHALL-JACKSON-DEKALB-CULLMAN-MOORE-LINCOLN-FRANKLIN TN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FLORENCE...MUSCLE SHOALS...RUSSELLVILLE...
MOULTON...ATHENS...HUNTSVILLE...DECATUR...GUNTERSVILLE...
SCOTTSBORO...FORT PAYNE...CULLMAN...LYNCHBURG...FAYETTEVILLE...
WINCHESTER
232 PM CST SAT FEB 13 2010

...MORE SNOW POSSIBLE SUNDAY AND MONDAY...

AN APPROACHING STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING A LIGHT MIX OF SLEET AND
SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT AND EARLY SUNDAY MORNING...MAINLY NORTH OF THE
TENNESSEE RIVER. LITTLE OR NO ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED.

THE SLEET AND SNOW MIX WILL TURN TO ALL RAIN BY MID MORNING SUNDAY
AND WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD ACROSS THE TENNESSEE VALLEY THROUGH
THE LATE AFTERNOON. THE RAIN WILL BEGIN TO MIX WITH SNOW BY SUNDAY
NIGHT AND THEN SWITCH TO ALL SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT.

BY MONDAY MORNING THE SNOW WILL BEGIN TO TAPER OFF WITH 1 TO 2
INCHES POSSIBLE ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA WITH UP TO 3 INCHES IN THE
HIGHER TERRAIN OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE.

$$


SS

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow Totals - NWS Mobile

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED ISSUANCE DATE...
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
410 PM CST FRI FEB 12 2010

A SUMMARY OF AREA SNOWFALL TOTALS OVER SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
SOUTHWEST ALABAMA AND THE EXTREME NORTHWEST FLORIDA PANHANDLE
RECEIVED BY 4 PM CST FRIDAY 12 FEB 2010.

*** INDICATES RECEIPT OF MULTIPLE CREDIBLE REPORTS RECEIVED.

THESE REPORTS IDICATE THE LATEST MAXIMUM DEPTH REPORT RECEIVED.

...INTERIOR SOUTHEASTERN MISSISSIPPI...

LOCATION AMOUNT (IN.) ENDING TIME
-------- ------------ -----------
LEAKESVILLE E3.5 AS OF 252 PM
LUCEDALE E3.0 AS OF 1149 AM
BEAUMONT E3.0 AS OF 942 AM
WAYNESBORO M3.0 AS OF 942 AM
WIGGINS E1.0 AS OF 1017 AM

...SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

LOCATION AMOUNT (IN.) ENDING TIME
-------- ------------ -----------
COOKS CROSSROADS M7.0 AS OF 140 PM
WALLACE E6.0 AS OF 310 PM
BELLEVILLE M6.0 AS OF 140 PM
THOMASVILLE E5.5 AS OF 236 PM
BRANTLEY E5.0 AS OF 140 PM
5N EVERGREEN E5.0 AS OF 1149 AM
RED LEVEL M5.0 AS OF 330 PM
LOTTIE E4.5 AS OF 1225 PM
PINE APPLE E4.5 AS OF 319 PM
ANDALUSIA M4.0 AS OF 330 PM
CAMDEN E4.0 AS OF 1004 AM
OPP M4.0 AS OF 330 PM
GREENVILLE M4.0*** AS OF 200 PM
CITRONELLE E3.5 TO 5.O *** AS OF 900 AM
GILBERTON E3.0 AS OF 400 PM
SILAS E3.0 AS OF 400 PM
TENSAW E3.0 AS OF 1225 PM
MALCOLM E3.0 AS OF 831 AM
JACKSON E3.0 AS OF 1024 AM
BREWTON E2.5 AS OF 140 PM
ATMORE E2.5 AS OF 942 AM
BAY MINETTE E1.5 AS OF 1156 AM
PINE HILL E1.5 AS OF 1014 AM
THOMASVILLE E1.0 AS OF 613 AM
BAY MINETTE E1.5 AS OF 1225 PM
EVERGREEN E2.0 AS OF 825 AM
URIAH E2.0 AS OF 831 AM
GROVE HILL E2.0 AS OF 833 AM
W. MOBILE (KMOB) M0.5 AS OF NOON
SEMMES E0.5 AS OF 100 PM
FLORALA E0.5 AS OF 330 PM


...EXTREME NORTHWEST FLORIDA PANHANDLE...

LOCATION AMOUNT (IN.) ENDING TIME
-------- ------------ -----------
JAY E1.0 AS OF 330 PM
ENSLEY E0.5 AS OF 226 PM
WALNUT HILL M0.5 AS OF 300 PM


$$

/JMM

Radar at Noon



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Snow Marches Across the Deep South


8:30 Mobile NEXRAD
SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
828 AM CST FRI FEB 12 2010

CHOCTAW-WASHINGTON-CLARKE-WILCOX-MONROE-CONECUH-BUTLER-CRENSHAW-
ESCAMBIA-COVINGTON-UPPER MOBILE-UPPER BALDWIN-LOWER MOBILE-
LOWER BALDWIN-INLAND ESCAMBIA-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-INLAND SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL SANTA ROSA-INLAND OKALOOSA-COASTAL OKALOOSA-WAYNE-PERRY-
GREENE-STONE-GEORGE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUTLER...LISMAN...SILAS...CHATOM...
MILLRY...JACKSON...THOMASVILLE...GROVE HILL...CAMDEN...
PINE HILL...HOMEWOOD...MONROEVILLE...EVERGREEN...GREENVILLE...
LUVERNE...BRANTLEY...ATMORE...BREWTON...EAST BREWTON...
ANDALUSIA...OPP...MOBILE...PRICHARD...SARALAND...BAY MINETTE...
TILLMANS CORNER...THEODORE...DAPHNE...FAIRHOPE...FOLEY...
SPANISH FORT...CENTURY...FLOMATON...MOLINO...PENSACOLA...
FERRY PASS...BRENT...WEST PENSACOLA...BELLVIEW...ENSLEY...
MYRTLE GROVE...JAY...PACE...MILTON...GULF BREEZE...CRESTVIEW...
WRIGHT...FORT WALTON BEACH...NICEVILLE...DESTIN...SEMINOLE...
EGLIN AFB...VALPARAISO...WAYNESBORO...RICHTON...BEAUMONT...
NEW AUGUSTA...LEAKESVILLE...MCLAIN...WIGGINS...LUCEDALE
828 AM CST FRI FEB 12 2010

.NOW...THROUGH 10 AM CST...RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO CHANGE TO SNOW SOUTH
OF A WIGGINS TO PRICHARD TO JAY TO NORTH OF CRESTVIEW LINE. REPORTS
FUNNELING INTO THE NWS INDICATE THAT SNOWFALL RATES ARE FAIRLY
INTENSE ALONG AND TO THE NORTH OF THE LINE. SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW
ARE NOW ON THE GROUND OVER THE INTERIOR COUNTIES. SEVERAL MORE INCHES
ARE EXPECTED. URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING WILL OCCUR ALONG THE
I-10 CORRIDOR FROM OVERNIGHT RAINS. THIS RUNOFF WILL CEASE BY EARLY
AFTERNOON.


$$

7:30

Latest Short Term Forecast from NWS Mobile


3:55 am Mobile Nexrad

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
354 AM CST FRI FEB 12 2010

.NOW...
LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW CONTINUES TO BECOME BETTER DEVELOPED OVER
INLAND AREAS OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI AND SOUTHWEST
ALABAMA...GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE STRETCHING FROM
THOMASVILLE ALABAMA TO RICHTON MISSISSIPPI. HIGHEST ACCUMULATIONS
REPORTED IN THESE AREAS CONTINUE TO BE AROUND 1/2 OF AN INCH. JUST
TO THE EAST OF THIS AREA REPORTS OF SLEET CONTINUE WITH LITTLE TO NO
ACCUMULATION. AS BETTER MOISTURE TO THE WEST CONTINUES TO SPREAD
EASTWARD AND TEMPERATURES FALL TO THE MID TO LOWER 30S SNOW SHOULD
BECOME BETTER DEVELOPED...GENERALLY NORTH OF A LINE FROM LUCEDALE
MISSISSIPPI TO GREENVILLE ALABAMA THROUGH 6 AM.

$$

Winter Storm Warning - Marshall/Dekalb

From latest NWS HUN Forecast Discussion: "OPTED TO HOIST A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR MARSHALL AND DEKALB COUNTIES FOR TWO REASONS. THE FIRST IS THE POOLING MOISTURE/DECENT DYNAMICS. THE SECOND IS THE POSSIBLE UPSLOPE COMPONENT ACROSS THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF EACH COUNTY. THAT SAID...THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTALS SHOULD BE SOUTH OF AN ALBERTVILLE-FT PAYNE LINE...WITH LOCATIONS SUCH AS GRANT /IN MARSHALL COUNTY/ RECEIVING MUCH LESS THAN TWO INCHES. FOR CULLMAN COUNTY...WHICH HAD BEEN LOOKING LIKE THE COUNTY WITH THE BEST POSSIBILITY FOR POSSIBLE UPGRADE TO A WARNING...HAVE OPTED TO LEAVE AS AN ADVISORY."

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Winter Storm Warning Update


BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CHEROKEE-Added
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
310 AM CST FRI FEB 12 2010

...WINTER STORM EXPECTED FRIDAY...

BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CHEROKEE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ONEONTA...GADSDEN...CENTRE
310 AM CST FRI FEB 12 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

THE ATMOSPHERE ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WILL BE CONDUCIVE TO A
DOMINANT PRECIPITATION TYPE OF SNOW. SNOW WILL BEGIN FALLING
AROUND 4 TO 5 AM THIS MORNING ACROSS FAR WESTERN AREAS NEAR EUTAW
AND GREENSBORO. THE SNOW WILL QUICKLY SPREAD EASTWARD FRIDAY
MORNING...AND IS EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF FROM WEST TO EAST LATE
FRIDAY AFTERNOON. AT THIS TIME...IT APPEARS THAT SNOW ACCUMULATION
OF TWO TO FOUR INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE IN AND NEAR THE WARNED
AREA. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED
VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

AREAS WEST OF INTERSTATE 65 WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE THE HEAVIEST
ACCUMULATING SNOW BETWEEN 7 AND 11 AM WHILE AREAS EAST OF
INTERSTATE 65 WILL GET THE HEAVIEST SNOW A BIT LATER BETWEEN 10 AM
AND 2 PM.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. IF YOU MUST
TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR
VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL MEDIA FOR THE LATER
UPDATES ON THIS SITUATION.

$$

From NWS Mobile


2:45 Intellicast Radar

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
233 AM CST FRI FEB 12 2010

ALZ051>064-FLZ001>006-MSZ067-075-076-078-079-121045-
CHOCTAW-WASHINGTON-CLARKE-WILCOX-MONROE-CONECUH-BUTLER-CRENSHAW-
ESCAMBIA-COVINGTON-UPPER MOBILE-UPPER BALDWIN-LOWER MOBILE-
LOWER BALDWIN-INLAND ESCAMBIA-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-INLAND SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL SANTA ROSA-INLAND OKALOOSA-COASTAL OKALOOSA-WAYNE-PERRY-
GREENE-STONE-GEORGE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUTLER...LISMAN...SILAS...CHATOM...
MILLRY...JACKSON...THOMASVILLE...GROVE HILL...CAMDEN...
PINE HILL...HOMEWOOD...MONROEVILLE...EVERGREEN...GREENVILLE...
LUVERNE...BRANTLEY...ATMORE...BREWTON...EAST BREWTON...
ANDALUSIA...OPP...MOBILE...PRICHARD...SARALAND...BAY MINETTE...
TILLMANS CORNER...THEODORE...DAPHNE...FAIRHOPE...FOLEY...
SPANISH FORT...CENTURY...FLOMATON...MOLINO...PENSACOLA...
FERRY PASS...BRENT...WEST PENSACOLA...BELLVIEW...ENSLEY...
MYRTLE GROVE...JAY...PACE...MILTON...GULF BREEZE...CRESTVIEW...
WRIGHT...FORT WALTON BEACH...NICEVILLE...DESTIN...SEMINOLE...
EGLIN AFB...VALPARAISO...WAYNESBORO...RICHTON...BEAUMONT...
NEW AUGUSTA...LEAKESVILLE...MCLAIN...WIGGINS...LUCEDALE
233 AM CST FRI FEB 12 2010

.NOW...
LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW CONTINUES TO BECOME BETTER DEVELOPED OVER
INLAND AREAS OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI AND SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...GENERALLY
OVER NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PARTS OF CLARKE COUNTY...AND SOUTHERN PARTS
OF CHOCTAW COUNTY IN ALABAMA...STRETCHING WEST OVER SOUTHERN PORTIONS
OF WAYNE COUNTY...AND NORTHERN SECTIONS OF PERRY AND GREENE COUNTIES
IN MISSISSIPPI. AT 1 AM...MOST OF THESE AREAS REPORTED 1/4 TO 1/2 OF
AN INCH ON THE GROUND. TO THE SOUTH SLEET MIXED WITH RAIN CONTINUES
OVER MOST OTHER AREAS IN MISSISSIPPI STRETCHING EAST TO ABOUT THE
TOMBIGBEE AND ALABAMA RIVERS IN ALABAMA. AS BETTER MOISTURE TO THE
WEST CONTINUES TO SPREAD EASTWARD AND TEMPERATURES FALL TO THE MID TO
LOWER 30S SNOW SHOULD BECOME BETTER DEVELOPED...GENERALLY NORTH OF A
LINE FROM LUCEDALE MISSISSIPPI TO GREENVILLE ALABAMA THROUGH 6 AM.

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Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Progress at 10:30

From NWS Mobile


3:00 Intellicast Composite Image

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
316 PM CST THU FEB 11 2010

WASHINGTON-UPPER MOBILE-UPPER BALDWIN-LOWER MOBILE-LOWER BALDWIN-
INLAND ESCAMBIA-COASTAL ESCAMBIA-INLAND SANTA ROSA-
COASTAL SANTA ROSA-INLAND OKALOOSA-COASTAL OKALOOSA-MOBILE BAY-
COASTAL WATERS FROM PENSACOLA FL TO PASCAGOULA MS OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM DESTIN TO PENSACOLA FL OUT 20 NM-PERRY-GREENE-
STONE-GEORGE

-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHATOM...MILLRY...MOBILE...PRICHARD...
SARALAND...BAY MINETTE...TILLMANS CORNER...THEODORE...DAPHNE...
FAIRHOPE...FOLEY...SPANISH FORT...CENTURY...FLOMATON...MOLINO...
PENSACOLA...FERRY PASS...BRENT...WEST PENSACOLA...BELLVIEW...
ENSLEY...MYRTLE GROVE...JAY...PACE...MILTON...GULF BREEZE...
CRESTVIEW...WRIGHT...FORT WALTON BEACH...NICEVILLE...DESTIN...
SEMINOLE...EGLIN AFB...VALPARAISO...RICHTON...BEAUMONT...
NEW AUGUSTA...LEAKESVILLE...MCLAIN...WIGGINS...LUCEDALE
316 PM CST THU FEB 11 2010

.NOW...
LIGHT TO MODERATE SLEET MIXED WITH RAIN AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO
MOVE EAST OVER PARTS OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...SOUTHWEST ALABAMA
AND THE WESTERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS
AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION CONTINUES TO REMAIN MOSTLY
CONCENTRATED NEAR THE COAST AND OFFSHORE...STRETCHING INLAND TO THE
I-10 CORRIDOR...MOVING EASTWARD AT 15 TO 20 MPH. NO ACCUMULATION IS
EXPECTED.

$$

Winter Weather Approaching Alabama


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Winter Storm Warning - Central Alabama


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
151 PM CST THU FEB 11 2010

...WINTER STORM EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY...

CALHOUN-CLEBURNE-PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-JEFFERSON-SHELBY-ST. CLAIR-
TALLADEGA-CLAY-RANDOLPH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ANNISTON...HEFLIN...CARROLLTON...
TUSCALOOSA...BIRMINGHAM...HOOVER...COLUMBIANA...PELHAM...
ALABASTER...PELL CITY...MOODY...TALLADEGA...SYLACAUGA...ASHLAND...
ROANOKE
151 PM CST THU FEB 11 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM
CST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT
TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY.

THE ATMOSPHERE ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WILL BE CONDUCIVE TO A DOMINANT
PRECIPITATION TYPE OF SNOW. SNOW WILL BEGIN FALLING AFTER MIDNIGHT
TONIGHT ACROSS FAR WESTERN AREAS NEAR TUSCALOOSA. THE SNOW WILL
QUICKLY SPREAD EASTWARD FRIDAY MORNING...AND IS EXPECTED TO TAPER
OFF FROM WEST TO EAST LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON. AT THIS TIME...IT
APPEARS THAT SNOW ACCUMULATION OF TWO TO FOUR INCHES WILL BE
POSSIBLE IN AND NEAR THE WARNED AREA
.

AREAS WEST OF INTERSTATE 65 WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE THE HEAVIEST
ACCUMULATING SNOW BETWEEN 7 AND 11 AM WHILE AREAS EAST OF
INTERSTATE 65 WILL GET THE HEAVIEST SNOW A BIT LATER BETWEEN 10 AM
AND 2 PM.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. IF YOU MUST
TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR
VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL MEDIA FOR THE LATER
UPDATES ON THIS SITUATION.

$$

Winter Storm Warning


URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
121 PM CST THU FEB 11 2010

...SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED FOR MUCH OF THE NORTH
CENTRAL GULF COAST LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY...

.THE COMBINATION OF A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING EASTWARD
ACROSS THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO...DEEP MOISTURE...AND COLD AIR
POURING INTO OUR REGION FROM THE NORTH...WILL SET THE STAGE FOR
SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. RAIN AND
SLEET WILL BEGIN TO CHANGE OVER TO WET SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
OVER THE INTERIOR COUNTIES...ESPECIALLY NORTH OF A
WIGGINS...ATMORE...TO ANDALUSIA LINE. THE WET SNOW LINE WILL MOVE
PROGRESSIVELY SOUTHWARD TOWARD THE COAST ON FRIDAY. SIGNIFICANT TOTAL
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 10.

CHOCTAW-WASHINGTON-CLARKE-WILCOX-MONROE-CONECUH-BUTLER-CRENSHAW-
ESCAMBIA-COVINGTON-UPPER MOBILE-UPPER BALDWIN-LOWER MOBILE-
LOWER BALDWIN-INLAND ESCAMBIA-INLAND SANTA ROSA-INLAND OKALOOSA-
WAYNE-PERRY-GREENE-STONE-GEORGE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUTLER...LISMAN...SILAS...CHATOM...
MILLRY...JACKSON...THOMASVILLE...GROVE HILL...CAMDEN...
PINE HILL...HOMEWOOD...MONROEVILLE...EVERGREEN...GREENVILLE...
LUVERNE...BRANTLEY...ATMORE...BREWTON...EAST BREWTON...
ANDALUSIA...OPP...MOBILE...PRICHARD...SARALAND...BAY MINETTE...
TILLMANS CORNER...THEODORE...DAPHNE...FAIRHOPE...FOLEY...
SPANISH FORT...CENTURY...FLOMATON...MOLINO...JAY...CRESTVIEW...
WAYNESBORO...RICHTON...BEAUMONT...NEW AUGUSTA...LEAKESVILLE...
MCLAIN...WIGGINS...LUCEDALE

121 PM CST THU FEB 11 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM
CST FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST
FRIDAY.

PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD INTO SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI AND
SOUTHWEST ALABAMA THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. SOME SLEET WILL MIX
WITH THE RAIN THIS AFTERNOON...BUT NO ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED. AS
THE PRECIPITATION INCREASES IN INTENSITY...A MIXTURE OF RAIN...SLEET...
AND SNOW IS LIKELY GENERALLY WEST OF INTERSTATE 65 BY MID EVENING...
WITH PRECIPITATION BECOMING ALL SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT ROUGHLY NORTH OF
A WIGGINS...ATMORE...TO ANDALUSIA LINE
. COLDER AIR WILL CONTINUE TO
FILTER INTO THE AREA DURING THE DAY FRIDAY AS SURFACE LOW PRESSURE
TRACKS EASTWARD ACROSS THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO. THE WET SNOW LINE
WILL MOVE PROGRESSIVELY SOUTHWARD TOWARD THE COAST ON FRIDAY.
PRECIPITATION WILL QUICKLY TAPER OFF BY FRIDAY EVENING.

SIGNIFICANT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED NEAR AND NORTH OF
INTERSTATE 10. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
OVER THE INTERIOR SECTIONS OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...AND SOUTHWEST
AND SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA. TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3
INCHES ARE EXPECTED FURTHER SOUTH ALONG THE INTERSTATE 10 CORRIDOR.
LOCALLY HIGHER ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN ANY HEAVIER SNOW BANDS
THAT MATERIALIZE. FURTHER SOUTH TOWARD THE IMMEDIATE COAST...SNOWFALL
TOTALS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AN INCH OR LESS.

THE SNOW WILL BE WET AND HEAVY IN NATURE WHICH COULD RESULT IN SOME
DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

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Winter Storm Watch - NWS Mobile, Alabama



URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
525 AM CST THU FEB 11 2010

...SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE LATE THURSDAY
NIGHT AND FRIDAY FOR INTERIOR PORTIONS OF THE AREA...

.THE COMBINATION OF A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVING EASTWARD
ACROSS THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO...DEEP MOISTURE...AND COLD AIR
POURING INTO OUR REGION FROM THE NORTH...SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL
ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. RAIN
WILL BEGIN TO CHANGE OVER TO WET SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT OVER
THE INTERIOR COUNTIES...ESPECIALLY NORTH OF A WIGGINS-ATMORE-
ANDALUSIA LINE. THE WET SNOW LINE WILL MOVE PROGRESSIVELY SOUTHWARD
TOWARD THE COAST ON FRIDAY. SIGNIFICANT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE
POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY OVER THE INTERIOR SECTIONS OF SOUTHEAST
MISSISSIPPI...AND SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...WHERE 4 TO 7
INCHES IS POSSIBLE. PRECIPITATION WILL QUICKLY TAPER OFF BY FRIDAY
EVENING.

LOWER MOBILE-LOWER BALDWIN-INLAND ESCAMBIA-INLAND SANTA ROSA-
INLAND OKALOOSA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MOBILE...TILLMANS CORNER...THEODORE...
DAPHNE...SPANISH FORT...CENTURY...FLOMATON...MOLINO...JAY
525 AM CST THU FEB 11 2010

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY
AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY
AFTERNOON.

PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD INTO SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI AND
SOUTHWEST ALABAMA LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. AS THE
PRECIPITATION MOVES IN...A MIXTURE OF RAIN AND SNOW IS LIKELY
GENERALLY WEST OF INTERSTATE 65 BY MID EVENING...WITH PRECIPITATION
BECOMING ALL SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT ROUGHLY NORTH OF A WIGGINS-ATMORE-
ANDALUSIA LINE. COLDER AIR WILL CONTINUE TO FILTER INTO THE AREA
DURING THE DAY FRIDAY AS SURFACE LOW PRESSURE TRACKS EASTWARD ACROSS
THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO. THE WET SNOW LINE WILL MOVE PROGRESSIVELY
SOUTHWARD TOWARD THE COAST ON FRIDAY. PRECIPITATION WILL QUICKLY
TAPER OFF BY FRIDAY EVENING.

SIGNIFICANT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY OVER
THE INTERIOR SECTIONS OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...AND SOUTHWEST AND
SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...WHERE 4 TO 7 INCHES IS POSSIBLE. TOTAL
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF TWO TO FOUR INCHES ARE POSSIBLE FROM THE
MOBILE METRO AREA TO CRESTVIEW FLORIDA...WITH ONE TO TWO INCHES
POSSIBLE FURTHER SOUTH TOWARD THE COAST. THE SNOW WILL BE WET AND
HEAVY IN NATURE WHICH COULD RESULT IN SOME DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND
POWER LINES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

&&

$$

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

URGENT - MILK AND BREAD WATCH

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
BAMAWX.COM ALABAMA
2:35 PM CST WED FEB 10 2010

...MILK AND BREAD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT...

MILK AND BREAD PURCHASES ARE EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD THE REGION THURSDAY. THE PURCHASES WILL CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY...AND WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT.

TOTAL MILK AND BREAD PURCHASES ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 1 TO 3 MILLION ALONG THE I-20 CORRIDOR. EVERYONE IN THE WATCH AREA SHOULD TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PREPARE FOR BUSY STORES FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY.

$

WILHELM

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Models Pull Low to the North

Last night I posted a forecast map for the potential snow in Alabama for Thursday night and Friday. I intentionally placed the area of higher accumulations further north than the models showed. I believed that the GFS and NAM models' initial bias were to shunt the low pressure too far to the south. Lo and behold, this morning's 12z runs of the NAM and the GFS are trending northward. That means better news for snow lovers who live anywhere between Birmingham and the Florida state line. As the potential event gets closer, we should get a better handle on the areas most likely to be affected. I would not be surprised to see the NWS offices in Birmingham and Mobile issue Winter Storm Watchs before today is over.




Above is a composite map I pasted together of the 12z NAM output for snowfall accumulations over the next 84 hours. Amazingly, the NAM is predicting 3-6 inches over south Alabama counties such as Washington, Mobile, Clarke, Baldwin, Monroe, Escambia, Conecuh, Butler, Crenshaw, Covington, Pike, Coffee, Geneva, Dale, Henry, and Houston.

Amazing possibilities with this system! The 12z NAM is showing at least some accumulation in every county of Alabama! Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Snow in Alabama Friday?

That is the question on the minds of many Alabamians as we approach mid-week. There is some disagreement among the models. One thing they all seem to have in common is that if Alabama gets a significant snow, it will likely be south of Birmingham. Some models keep the bulk of the precipitation in the Gulf. Other models push some significant precipitation in to South Alabama.

After looking at several models and thinking about history, I am believing that enough moisture pushes into South-Central Alabama to set up a band of significant accumulation in communities such as Thomasville, Selma, Montgomery, and Auburn.

Disclaimer: It is very much too early to put any serious stock in this map (3 days out), but it is interesting to consider nonetheless.



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More Madison County Snow Pictures









Thanks to my friend Sharon Saunders for sharing these beautiful snow scenes from yesterday's snow in northern Madison County, Alabama.

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Monday, February 08, 2010

Snowfall Accumulations - Updated



I plotted these reports on this map. Click to enlarge.

Snowfall accumulation reports documented by NWS Huntsville Meteorologist Andy Kula:

...JACKSON COUNTY...
TRENTON 1.0

...LAUDERDALE COUNTY...
WATERLOO 3.0
ZIP CITY 4.5
GREEN HILL 4.5
CENTER STAR 4.0
KILLEN 3.0
LEXINGTON 2.0
ANDERSON 3.0
FLORENCE 5.0
ROGERSVILLE 3.0

...LIMESTONE COUNTY...
ATHENS 1.5
ELKMONT 3.5

...MADISON COUNTY...
TONEY 3.0
HARVEST 3.0
HAZEL GREEN 2.5
HUNTSVILLE (NWS) 0.6
MADISON 0.8
MERIDIANVILLE 1.5

I reported 1.3" at my location in NE Huntsville to the NWS.

More from the NWS HUN here.

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1.3" Snow in NE Huntsville











Winter Storm Warning


10:00 Hytop Nexrad
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
952 AM CST MON FEB 8 2010

LIMESTONE-MADISON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ATHENS...HUNTSVILLE
952 AM CST MON FEB 8 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS
AFTERNOON. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

SNOW CONTINUES TO ACCUMULATE THIS MORNING...WITH SNOWFALL TOTALS
OF ONE TO THREE INCHES EXPECTED ACROSS LIMESTONE AND MADISON
COUNTIES THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIER SNOW TOTALS OF TWO
TO THREE INCHES WILL OCCUR OVER NORTHERN PORTIONS OF LIMESTONE AND
MADISON COUNTIES...WITH AMOUNTS OF ONE HALF TO TWO INCHES IN THE
SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THOSE COUNTIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE
TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED
VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

&&

$$

Winter Weather Advisory - NWS Huntsville


7:43 Hytop Nexrad
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
726 AM CST MON FEB 8 2010

ALZ001-002-004>006-081800-
/O.NEW.KHUN.WW.Y.0004.100208T1326Z-100208T1800Z/
LAUDERDALE-COLBERT-LAWRENCE-LIMESTONE-MADISON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FLORENCE...MUSCLE SHOALS...MOULTON...
ATHENS...HUNTSVILLE
726 AM CST MON FEB 8 2010

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND SLEET...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL
NOON CST TODAY.

A MIXTURE OF SNOW AND SLEET HAS MOVED INTO NORTHERN ALABAMA THIS
MORNING...AND WITH TEMPERATURES VERY CLOSE TO FREEZING...
ACCUMULATIONS ARE OCCURRING. SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS UP TO AN
INCH ARE LIKELY...MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE FROM CHEROKEE
TO HUNTSVILLE. ACCUMULATIONS UP TO TWO INCHES ARE POSSIBLE WHERE
HEAVIER PRECIPITATION OCCURS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW OR SLEET WILL
CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND
LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

&&

$$

JE


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

John Brown, Storm Spotter/Chaser

My friend and fellow storm spotter/chaser John Brown does a great job describing the important role of storm spotters in this ABC 33/40 video.



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Monday, February 01, 2010

February Sunrise


My friend Sharon caught this sunrise in Madison County this morning as she was walking her dog. Nice!

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