Sunday, December 30, 2007
As today's rain ended, Birmingham's rain total for 2007 unofficially stood at 28.86" with no more rain expected between now and tomorrow night when 2008 begins. If the 28.86" total stands, Birmingham will finish 2007 .14" below the previous record of 29.00"in 1895.
That would be an amazing record, but one that we wish did not occur.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Paul Smokov, 84, raising cattle on a 1,750-acre ranch north of the town Steel, North Dakota, forecasts the weather by peering at two of brown, glistening, foot-long spleens on his kitchen counter.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
154 PM CST FRI DEC 28 2007
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... SOUTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CENTREVILLE... NORTHERN PERRY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA... * UNTIL 230 PM CST
* AT 150 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF MORGAN SPRINGS...OR 14 MILES NORTH OF MARION...MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.
* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR... ELLARDS BY 200 PM CST... BRENT AND CENTREVILLE BY 215 PM CST...
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TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 745
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1045 AM CST FRI DEC 28 2007
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY MORNING AND EVENING FROM 1045 AM UNTIL 600PM CST.
TORNADOES...HAIL TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.
DISCUSSION...A BROKEN BAND OF STORMS IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY ALONG THE COLD FRONT THIS AFTERNOON FROM SE LA INTO SE MS AND CENTRAL AL. FARTHER SE...PRE-FRONTAL STORMS WILL INCREASE IN COVERAGE ACROSS SRNAL THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. BOUNDARY LAYER DEWPOINTS IN THE 60S AND SURFACE HEATING WILL CONTRIBUTE TO SUFFICIENT INSTABILITY FOR SEVERE STORMS...AND VERTICAL SHEAR SHOULD REMAIN FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. A FEW TORNADOES AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS WILL BE THE MAIN SEVERE STORM THREATS.
Tornado Warning - Marshall
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
932 AM CST FRI DEC 28 2007
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... SOUTHERN MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...
* UNTIL 1000 AM CST *
AT 932 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 18 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ALBERTVILLE...OR ABOUT 9 MILES NORTH OF ONEONTA... MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.
* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE... ALBERTVILLE. DOUGLAS. HORTON. BOAZ.
WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR...IT MEANS THAT STRONG ROTATION HAS BEEN DETECTED IN THE STORM. A TORNADO MAY ALREADY BE ON THE GROUND...OR IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP SHORTLY. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS STORM...MOVE INDOORS AND TO THE LOWEST LEVEL OF THE BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. IF DRIVING...DO NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER A HIGHWAY OVERPASS.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
923 AM CST FRI DEC 28 2007
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WARNING FOR...NORTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
WEST CENTRAL ETOWAH COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...
* UNTIL 1000 AM CST
* AT 920 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR EASLEY...OR NEAR ONEONTA...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.
* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
HENDRIX AND SUSAN MOORE BY 930 AM CST... 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SNEAD BY 935 AM CST... WALNUT GROVE BY 940 AM CST...
Lots of clouds this morning in North Alabama as we are now between two rounds of storms.
The SPC has moved the severe threat to the south and maintains a slight risk for SE Louisiana, SE Mississippi, the southern two thirds of Alabama, and Northwest Florida. Instability is weak in North Alabama (which is typical in December) and the strong low level jet will be ejecting to the northeast before the limited instability peaks. A few small tornadoes and isolated severe weather are still possible this afternoon to our south just prior to frontal passage.
"Some people are weatherwise, some are otherwise." - Ben Franklin
Thanks to every one of you weatherwise folks for visiting! May God bless each and every one of you in 2008!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
STILL LOOKING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE WEATHER TOMORROW. BOTH NAM AND GFS ARE IN GOOD AGREEMENT THAT THE BEST SURFACE BASED INSTABILITY WILL BE ALONG OUR SOUTHERN ZONES. HOWEVER...UPPER LEVEL DYNAMICS ARE NOT QUITE LINING UP IN THE RIGHT PLACE. A STRONG LOW LEVEL JET WILL ONLY HAVE A SMALL TIME FRAME WHERE IT CAN INTERACT WITH THE SURFACE INSTABILITY. EVEN THEN...IT WILL NOT BE IN THE RIGHT QUADRANT. BY LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING...THE JET WILL QUICKLY MOVE NORTHEAST DEPLETING THE UPPER LEVEL SUPPORT AND THUS BEGIN TO SLOWLY WEAKEN THE LINE OF STORMS AS IT MOVE TO THE EAST. ALSO...HOW FAST CAN THESE LOW CLOUDS FIZZLE IN THE MORNING WILL ALSO PLAY A BIG ROLE. TIME FRAME RIGHT NOW THAT WE ARE LOOKING IS 10 AM THROUGH 6 PM.
My main reason to doubt the severe threat for North Alabama remains the lack of instability and daytime heating at the surface. Further south instability values may be higher but shear may not be as prevalent.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Favorite weather blog post of the year
My favorite weather blog post this was the one James Spann posted on Alabamawx.com January 18, 2007, just before he did his 6 p.m. newscast, entitled, "'The Weather Channel' Mess". He was responding to the so-called climate expert Heidi Cullen of The Weather Channel who said that the American Meteorological Society should remove certification for broadcast meteorologists who do not believe in human induced global warming.
After his post was linked by Drudge and read in its entirety the next day by Rush Limbaugh, an unexpected firestorm ensued. James said that his normal busy email box went crazy. At one point he was receiving over 100 emails per minute.
This was my favorite post of the year because it represented a significant change. James was already one of the first meteorologists to challenge the "politically correct" view that global warming existed, was caused by human beings, and that anyone who disagreed was basically an uneducated flat-earth believing ignoramus. Now, to his surprise, he became a leading spokesman for the other side of the argument that supposedly didn't exist, according to people like Al Gore and Heidi Cullen. Since James spoke out, many, many more meteorologists have summoned the courage to follow.
James has become a leader of the opposition on this issue. One of the things he likes to remind people is to follow the money (on both sides of the issue). Try surviving as a meteorologist in a governmental agency which believes human induced global warming as gospel truth or try obtaining a government grant while not adhering to the party line on global warming.
What is sorely needed on this issue are independent scientists who are not biased by financial or other considerations who are willing and able to apply the scientific method. Thanks, James for taking the lead on this issue.
Big changes ahead
The big news next week will be an intrusion of very cold air. Models have been pointing to this possibility for some time and it now appears likely that the coldest air of the season will arrive by this time next week. It is to early to pin down numbers, but it seems safe to say that temperatures will drop into the teens or lower. Highs will be in the 30's and we may have a day or two that we struggle to make it above freezing. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Check out this page from the NWS Huntsville about the history of White Chrismases in Huntsville, defined as having at least 1" of snow on the ground. Christmas of 1963 was the only year on record in which Huntsville had as much as 1" on Christmas.
The above forecast is from the NWS Huntsville Saturday morning. Tim Coleman has been posting about this possibility too. This is definitely something to keep an eye on as Chrismas Eve approaches.
See the corresponding discussion...
There is no doubt that The Midwest will be seeing snow, and lots of it this weekend. Check out Nathan's blog from Northern Wisconsin for updates.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Mike Womack, director of the , said he could not confirm whether a tornado had touched down Lincoln and Jones counties. Four structures in the area of Lincoln County and one in the Laurel area of Jones County were damaged, Womack said. At least two mobile homes were destroyed and two homes were damaged.
Steve Rushing said a possible tornado touched down around 9 a.m. in a rural part of the county. Rushing said the person who was injured was in one of the mobile homes. He was identified as Bill Beasley.
From J.B. Elliott at Alabamawx.com:
The EMA Office in Jones County, Miss., advises a severe thunderstorm struck 5 miles west of Laurel at 10:23 this morning.
* Several mobile homes were damaged or destroyed.
* Numerous trees uprooted.
* Some people were trapped in one mobile home.
* Several homes unroofed.
Jackson Nexrad five minutes after the report
According to James Spann:
"This report just came in via the NWS Instant Message conference…4 Ne Brookhaven [Lincoln Co, MS] emergency mngr reports TSTM WND DMG at 09:05 AM CST — *** 1 injury *** 1 trailer heavily damaged…1 home damaged…numerous trees down…possible tornado"
It will be real interesting to see how much rain falls between now and the end of of the year. Birmingham needs at least 1.14″ of rain between now and the 31st to avoid 2007 being the driest year on record.
Based on the number of rain chances we have between now and the end of the year, it appears likely that we will not break the 1895 record. James Spann, in his forecast this morning, pointed out that the NAM shows 1.49″ from today’s wave but that the GFS only shows .28″. James said that the truth will be somewhere in between, perhaps over 1/2". If Birmingham gets 1/2″ today, they will only need .64″ during the final 10 days of the year. Based on the radar returns over Mississippi at mid-morning, most areas have received less than 1/2″ but parts of northern Mississippi have already received over an inch.
Birmingham will need 6.14″ to avoid having 2007 be the second driest year on record. That will be much less likely. It is looking very likely to me at this point that 2007 will finish the second driest year of all time with only 1895 being drier.
I cannot help but question the accuracy of the records from the late 1800’s. I wonder why both 1895 and 1896 happen to be exactly 29.00 and 34.00, respectively. It also seems a little odd to me that the three driest years of all time occurred in a nine year period. I am not saying that is impossible, but it just makes me wonder how accurate records were at that time.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Today there is a slight chance of scattered light showers. The better chance of rain will be tomorrow. Saturday night we will have another chance of rain.
Check out this cool story relayed by James Spann. Weather never ceases to amaze me.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Lowest so far this season
21.9 is the low so far here, with frost. The car is warming up...
J.B. Elliott has provided an extensive list here.
Read this interesting blog post about this weekend's storm by Stu Ostro of The Weather Channel.
I spoke to my sister who lives in Chicago several times yesterday on the phone. We were discussing Christmas present ideas for each other, my kids, and our parents. She was leaving her place at about noon and was telling me about the big snow they had the night before. She was having to get it off her car. She said that the major roads were cleared of the snow. Not being meteorologically inclined, she wasn't sure how much snow accumulation she had, but said that it was 6" or more.
Report on the snow from WGN via Weatherparty
WQAD report on the Chicago snow via Weatherparty
Team site with stories and radar shots
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I took the above photo at about 5 pm today at the intersection of I-65 and AL 157 in northern Cullman County.
It's been an unseasonably warm December week the past few days. Check out these highs at my location:
Friday High 59, Low 38
That is all about to change now. The temperature is down to 47 as I write this and it will be much cooler the rest of the week.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Records are falling
An interesting statistic was pointed out by Tim Coleman of Alabamawx.com. He said that there have only been nine days since 1895 that have been warmer during the month of December. That placed Monday in the top 1/4 of one percent of warm December days.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Subtropical storm Olga....
December heat wave....today's high will be in the mid to upper 70's in North Alabama...
Models consistently showing snow in Alabama Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th...
I am not expecting much more than a changeover to light snow or flurries with little if any accumulation. Check out this excellent post by Tim Coleman.
Alabamawx.com keeps you covered. You can tell I like that site!
I am extremely busy and stressed so I do not have time to post more original stuff at the moment. Have a great Tuesday!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Freezing rain has become a major problem over the Midwest during the past few days. The above map is from the NWS Springfield.
The Tulsa NWS Office put out the following civil emergency message earlier this afternoon:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
247 PM CST MON DEC 10 2007
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE TULSA
AREA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.
SOME INTERSECTIONS MAY NOT YET HAVE TEMPORARY FOUR WAY STOP SIGNS.
CALL 911 FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT HANG
UP IF YOU CALL, YOUR CALL WILL BE ANSWERED.
THE TULSA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ON OPERATION SLICK STREETS. IF YOU
HAVE A NON INJURY ACCIDENT, DO NOT CALL 911. THE POLICE WILL NOT RESPOND.
ALL HOSPITALS EXCEPT THE OSU MEDICAL CENTER AND HILLCREST MEDICAL
CENTER ARE OPERATING ON BACK UP POWER. AEP-PSO HAS PRIORITIZED
RESTORING POWER TO HOSPITALS FIRST.
IT COULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS FOR THE POWER TO BE RESTORED TO ALL
DO NOT SEEK SHELTER FROM THE COLD AT AREA HOSPITALS.
SEEK SHELTER AT THE SALVATION ARMY DAY CENTER…102 NORTH
DENVER…THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH…403 SOUTH CINCINNATI…THE
COLLINSVILLE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH…1301 WEST MAIN…THE OLIVETTE
BAPTIST CHURCH IN SAND SPRINGS…155 NORTH 65TH WEST AVENUE…THE
NEW BEGINNINGS BAPTIST CHURCH IN BIXBY…4101 EAST 151ST STREET…THE
FREEDOM BAPTIST CHURCH IN OWASSO…96TH STREET NORTH AND 177TH EAST
AVENUE…AND THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN SAPULPA…200 SOUTH ELM.
CITIZENS CAN CALL THE MAYORS ACTION LINE AT 596-2100. TO REPORT
DOWNED POWER LINES CALL 888-218-3919.
TO REQUEST TULSA TRANSIT LIFT SERVICE, CALL 625-5722.
Above graphic is from the NWS Birmingham and shows the conditions at 11 a.m.
The weather has been nothing short of delightful in North Alabama during the past three days. The boys and I have been busy so opportunities to blog have been few. Today (as of 11 a.m.) it is already up to 75 and 76 in many locations in Alabama.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The temp this morning was 36.9 here and we are under an unofficial severe clear warning this morning.
The NWS Duluth has posted snowfall reports from yesterday's winter storm that travelled through their county warning area. Some areas of Iron and Bayfield counties in Northern Wisconsin now have as much as 15" of snow cover. In yesterday's storm alone, the Duluth area received anyehere from 10-17" of new snow. It appeared on radar that a band of heavy snow moved across Lake Superior and then "trained" right over the Duluth area. Look at the radar capture in the previous post.
Heavy snow slams Duluth Duluth News Tribune
"But the energy from that clipper also combined with winds off Lake Superior to create a virtual whiteout Tuesday afternoon in Duluth — a lake-enhanced snowstorm that dropped 16.8 inches of new snow on West Duluth by 9:30 p.m.... The unexpected burst of snow Tuesday (only a few inches from the clipper had been forecast for Duluth) combined with Saturday’s storm to leave 20 or more inches of snow on the ground in much of Duluth, the most in early December for more than a decade."
Photos of snow in Duluth Duluth News Tribune
Video from Northlands News Center 3 television
Notice at the end of the video the newscaster said, and I quote, "It sure was a little mess there."
Holy Snow Batman A Duluth blogger describes the snow
Weather webcam from Chicago time lapse video Weatherunderground:
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Fellow blogger Nathan from Wisconsin is experiencing another bout with snow today. He wrote this afternoon to inform me "The first clipper is cranking up lake-effect snow. Heavy snow here at 13:36. 2 new inches (since 10:30)... up to 8 more possible. thought I'd send you a note, in case you're interested. Want some of this snow?? I don't! - Nathan
Yes....I want the snow!
I hope you all have a great day!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I highly recommend Nathan's Maple Hill Weather site. Nathan blogs from the extreme northern Wisconsin in Bayfield County. He has some excellent coverage of the winterstorm as it spread across his part of the Upper Midwest this weekend. Thank you to Nathan for sharing the above pictures with me. Go to his site to see more.
Earlier today Nathan told me, "I now have a bit of shoveling ahead of me :) so I need to get cracking. I'll report back with pictures and measurements later, though the main event is over, another inch or two is possible as the low moves away. And then Lake-effect could give us another 1-3 tonight. We need a couple days break... but then a couple of energized clippers will be heading our way Mon and Tue."
The highest snowfall total that he was able to find was 20 inches in Grand Marais, MN, near the Canadian border. The highest total he found in Wisconsin was 13 inches just west of Bayfield, WI. That's about 9 miles northeast of his location.
Duluth NWS storm report
Here is another informative blog from Jayson in Iowa. He provided lots of updates on the icy conditions in his state.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
I apologize for the poor quality of the above short clip from James Spann's 6 p.m. weathercast last Friday night from the Christmas on the River festival in Demopolis, AL. I have wanted to go to that event for a long time but have not yet had an opportunity to travel way down to the Tombigbee River in Marengo County during this busy season. I hope the guys don't mind me posting this. James and J.B. are notorious for their BBQ eating shenanigans as they travel across the State. It was nice seeing JB make an appearance on TV. I read his writings on Alabamawx.com often, but rarely get to see him. He was the smooth voice of NOAA Weather radios for years until the NWS, in its infinite wisdom, decided to go to a computer generated "voice".