Sunday, August 30, 2009

From My Storm Chasing Archives....

7/04/2001 - Thunderstorm in Chilton County, Alabama

7/04/2001 - Thunderstorm in Chilton County, Alabama

7/04/2001 - Thunderstorm in Chilton County, Alabama

7/04/2001 - Thunderstorm in Chilton County, Alabama

5/24/01 Hail storm on I-65.

5/24/01 Hail storm on I-65.

5/24/01 Hail storm on I-65.

8/18/2000 Severe Thunderstorm - Good Hope, Alabama

8/18/2000 Severe Thunderstorm - Good Hope, Alabama

Friday, August 28, 2009

More North Alabama Sky Shots

6:57 AM Friday 8/29/09, backwaters of the Tennessee River

6:57 AM Friday 8/29/09, Tennessee River, looking west toward Decatur

6:18 PM Thursday 8/28/09, Huntsville, AL, looking towards Monte Sano

6:14 PM Thursday 8/28/09, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

6:11 PM Thursday 8/28/09, near Madison, AL

6:09 PM Thursday 8/28/09, near Madison, AL


Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Tennessee River

My son Joe took this picture at 5:35 this evening as we drove over the Tennessee River.

5:36 radar capture.


Storms Trying to Develop

3:33 - Looking east from Decatur


Monday, August 24, 2009

A Look Back at Hurricane Andrew - 1992

Here is a look back at Hurricane Andrew which made landfall in South Florida 17 years ago today. This was the broadcast by James Spann, Dan Satterfield, and Kevin Selle on WBRC in Birmingham.

From Wikipedia:
Six hours after becoming a hurricane, Andrew was predicted to make landfall near Jupiter, Florida with winds of 105 miles per hour (169 km/h).[8] The hurricane accelerated as it tracked due westward into an area of very favorable conditions, and late on August 22 began rapidly intensifying; in a 24 hour period the pressure dropped 47 mbar to a minimum pressure of 922 mbar.[2] On August 23 the cyclone attained Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and at 1800 UTC Hurricane Andrew reached peak winds of 175 miles per hour (282 km/h) while located a short distance off Eleuthera island in the Bahamas.[9] Operationally, the National Hurricane Center assessed its peak intensity as 150 miles per hour (240 km/h),[10] which was upgraded to 155 miles per hour (249 km/h) in post-analysis; the hurricane was re-classified as a Category 5 hurricane twelve years subsequent to the hurricane.[9] A small tropical cyclone, winds of 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) extended out only about 90 miles (140 km) from its center.[11] Subsequent to peaking in intensity, the hurricane underwent an eyewall replacement cycle,[12] and at 2100 UTC on August 23, Hurricane Andrew struck Eleuthera with winds of 160 miles per hour (260 km/h).[9] The cyclone weakened further while crossing the Bahama Banks, and at 0100 UTC on August 24 Andrew hit the southern Berry Islands of the Bahamas with winds of 150 miles per hour (240 km/h).[9] As it crossed over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream in the Straits of Florida, the hurricane rapidly re-intensified as the eye decreased in size and its eyewall convection deepened.[2] At 0840 UTC on August 24, Andrew struck Elliott Key with winds of 165 miles per hour (266 km/h) and a pressure of 926 mbar.[9] The hurricane continued to strengthen up to and slightly after landfall, and 25 minutes after its first Florida landfall Andrew hit near Homestead with a slightly lower pressure and winds of 150mph.[2]


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cool Morning in August

The low this morning here in Northeast Huntsville was 59 degrees. Area lows from NWS included:

56 Vinemont
58 Decatur
58 Huntsville International Airport
59 Muscle Shoals
59 Gadsden
59 Birmingham
60.3 UAH


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dark Skies in Decatur



Also seeing some cloud to ground strikes. Four in the past 5 minutes.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Huntsville, Alabama Weather History

Major kudos to my friend Lance George for sharing some great scans of Huntsville, Alabama's media history, especially when it comes to weather coverage.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stormy Skies and a Monster





There were lots of cool clouds on Tuesday. Some of the best shelf cloud images were taken. I missed those but here are a few shots of what I saw on my way from Decatur to Huntsville. Oh, and what about that radar capture?


Stormy Skies Continue



My girlfriend Cathy took this photo of the Morgan County storms on her cell phone, looking southwest from near the Huntsville International Airport.


Cool Storm Clouds Forming

Do you ever get distracted by the weather? I did today.




Saturday, August 08, 2009

Looking away from Alabama for weather...

There has not been a lot going on in the weather department lately in Alabama during the first week of August, so we will visit Taiwan.

Stu Ostro posted an amazing video of water runoff resulting from the tremendous rains spawned by Typhoon Morakot in ChiaYi, Taiwan. Here is a radar loop of the storm that he also linked.

The person who posted the video said the storm produced "over a meter of rain on my location, with over 2m in the mountains (and counting!). The dam on the south side of the city is overtopped and incredibly violent. A massive hydraulic jump is visible."

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