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More Counties Cleared from Watch

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:36

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been CANCELLED for Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Elmore, Etowah, Lowndes, and Talladega Counties, but CONTINUES for Bullock, Chambers, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa Counties till 6:00 PM CDT.

Here is the latest radar with the watches and warnings:

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Severe Weather Risk Down

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:19

While a severe thunderstorm watch remained in effect until 6 pm for much of the eastern half of Alabama, I suspect that the NWS will be clearing most of the counties from the watch area. Thunderstorms, while they have maintained strong character, are gradually moving out of East Central Alabama at 3:18 pm and the only warnings were in South Alabama.

Muggy conditions will continue for the afternoon with temperatures generally in the 80s. Additional showers or small patches of rain may still occur in Central Alabama, but the severe weather threat has definitely diminished.

-Brian-

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Watch County Notification

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:37

The Birmingham NWS has cleared additional counties from the severe thunderstorm watch, but the watch continues until 6 pm for much of the eastern third of Alabama.

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 273 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 237 PM CDT TUE JUN 10 2014 ALC001-021-047-115-117-102045- /O.CAN.KBMX.SV.A.0273.000000T0000Z-140610T2300Z/ THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 273 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 5 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL ALABAMA AUTAUGA CHILTON DALLAS SHELBY ST. CLAIR THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ALABASTER...CLANTON...COLUMBIANA... MOODY...PELHAM...PELL CITY...PRATTVILLE AND SELMA. $$ ALC011-015-017-019-027-029-037-051-055-081-085-087-101-111-113- 121-123-102300- /O.CON.KBMX.SV.A.0273.000000T0000Z-140610T2300Z/ SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 273 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 17 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL ALABAMA COOSA ELMORE LOWNDES MONTGOMERY TALLADEGA IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA CALHOUN CHAMBERS CLAY CLEBURNE LEE MACON RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA CHEROKEE ETOWAH IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA BULLOCK THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ALEXANDER CITY...ANNISTON... ASHLAND...AUBURN...CENTRE...FORT DEPOSIT...GADSDEN...HEFLIN... JACKSONVILLE...LANETT...LINEVILLE...LOWNDESBORO...MILLBROOK... MONTGOMERY...OPELIKA...PHENIX CITY...ROANOKE...ROCKFORD... SYLACAUGA...TALLADEGA...TUSKEGEE...UNION SPRINGS... VALLEY AND WETUMPKA. $$

Update at 2:49 PM:
NWS Huntsville has cancelled Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Franklin, Lincoln, and Moore counties in Tennessee and DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, and Marshall counties in Alabama.

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Severe Weather Risk Mainly East Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:30

The damaging wind potential remains high for eastern Alabama generally along and east of a line from Fort Payne to Montgomery. Severe Thunderstorm Watch #273 remains in effect until 6 pm for a large portion of this area.

Radar continued to show a squall line extending from just southwest of Chattanooga southward through the Anniston-Oxford area to about Montgomery. The individual thunderstorms were moving northeast at 30 to 35 mph while the overall area of storms continued to advance slowly eastward.

Ahead of the squall line, clouds broke during the late morning allowing some extra sunshine with temperatures along the Georgia/Alabama line running right around 90 degrees. Dew points continued to be high, too, with values mainly in the lower 70s.

Risk for damaging wind along with some large hail will continue across the eastern half of Alabama into the latter part of the afternoon. There also remains a risk for isolated tornadoes.

-Brian-

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Elmore County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:10

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Thunderstorms in a line from Fort Payne to Montgomery continue to produce hail and wind gusts into the 40 to 50 mph range. Isolated thunderstorms continue to become marginally severe with hail around 1 inch in diameter and damaging wind the biggest threats.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 300 PM CDT

* AT 208 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR WETUMPKA…
AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TEN CEDAR ESTATES…DEXTER…SANTUCK…ECLECTIC…MARTIN LAKE AT
KOWALIGA AND CENTRAL.

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Thunderstorms Continue Eastward March

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:52

As the radar image shows, thunderstorms continued to march eastward with the primary risk of severe weather stretching from the vicinity of Fort Payne in Dekalb County to just west of Anniston to Prattville to just west of Greenville. The biggest threat continues to be large hail and damaging wind. There have been several reports of nickel to quarter size hail with the storms.

-Brian-

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:42

NWS Birmingham updates Severe Thunderstorm Watch to cancel Bibb, Blount, Jefferson, Marengo, and Perry counties.

Severe thunderstorm watch continues for Autauga, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa counties.

NWS Huntsville has updated Severe Thunderstorm Watch to cancel it for Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, and Morgan counties. The watch continues for Franklin, Lincoln, Moore counties in Tennessee and DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, Marshall counties in Alabama.

-Brian-

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Watch County Notification

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:40

This is the text of a severe thunderstorm watch update from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area.

WWUS64 KBMX 101839 WCNBMX WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 273 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 139 PM CDT TUE JUN 10 2014 ALC007-009-073-091-105-101945- /O.CAN.KBMX.SV.A.0273.000000T0000Z-140610T2300Z/ THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 273 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 5 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL ALABAMA BIBB BLOUNT JEFFERSON PERRY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA MARENGO THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...BIRMINGHAM...BRENT...CENTREVILLE... DEMOPOLIS...HOOVER...LINDEN...MARION...ONEONTA AND UNIONTOWN. $$ ALC001-011-015-017-019-021-027-029-037-047-051-055-081-085-087- 101-111-113-115-117-121-123-102300- /O.CON.KBMX.SV.A.0273.000000T0000Z-140610T2300Z/ SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 273 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 22 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL ALABAMA AUTAUGA CHILTON COOSA DALLAS ELMORE LOWNDES MONTGOMERY SHELBY ST. CLAIR TALLADEGA IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA CALHOUN CHAMBERS CLAY CLEBURNE LEE MACON RANDOLPH RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA CHEROKEE ETOWAH IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA BULLOCK THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ALABASTER...ALEXANDER CITY... ANNISTON...ASHLAND...AUBURN...CENTRE...CLANTON...COLUMBIANA... FORT DEPOSIT...GADSDEN...HEFLIN...JACKSONVILLE...LANETT... LINEVILLE...LOWNDESBORO...MILLBROOK...MONTGOMERY...MOODY... OPELIKA...PELHAM...PELL CITY...PHENIX CITY...PRATTVILLE... ROANOKE...ROCKFORD...SELMA...SYLACAUGA...TALLADEGA...TUSKEGEE... UNION SPRINGS...VALLEY AND WETUMPKA. $$

The Flash Flood Watch for Blount, Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston counties has also been cancelled.

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Hail in Prattville

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:37

Nickel size hail was reported in downtown Prattville, AL, in Autauga County just a couple of minutes ago.

-Brian-

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Warning Continues for Chilton/Autauga counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:26

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN
AUTAUGA AND EAST CENTRAL CHILTON COUNTIES UNTIL 200 PM CDT…

AT 116 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE
HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE
LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM CLANTON TO BOOTH…MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PRATTVILLE…VERBENA…MARBURY…HIGGINS FERRY PARK…COOPER…NEW
PROSPECT AND MITCHELL DAM.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 186 THROUGH 208…

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Watch County Notification

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:11

This is the text of a severe thunderstorm watch from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. The severe thunderstorm watch is being extended to include additional counties in East Central and Southeast Alabama. The watch continues for a large portion of North and Central Alabama until 6:00 pm.

WWUS64 KBMX 101810 WCNBMX WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 273 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 110 PM CDT TUE JUN 10 2014 ALC011-017-081-087-113-102300- /O.EXA.KBMX.SV.A.0273.000000T0000Z-140610T2300Z/ THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 273 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 5 COUNTIES IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA CHAMBERS LEE MACON RUSSELL IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA BULLOCK THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...AUBURN...LANETT...OPELIKA... PHENIX CITY...TUSKEGEE...UNION SPRINGS AND VALLEY. $$ ALC001-007-009-015-019-021-027-029-037-047-051-055-073-085-091- 101-105-111-115-117-121-123-102300- /O.CON.KBMX.SV.A.0273.000000T0000Z-140610T2300Z/ SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 273 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 6 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 22 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL ALABAMA AUTAUGA BIBB BLOUNT CHILTON COOSA DALLAS ELMORE JEFFERSON LOWNDES MONTGOMERY PERRY SHELBY ST. CLAIR TALLADEGA IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA CALHOUN CLAY CLEBURNE RANDOLPH TALLAPOOSA IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA CHEROKEE ETOWAH IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA MARENGO THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ALABASTER...ALEXANDER CITY... ANNISTON...ASHLAND...BIRMINGHAM...BRENT...CENTRE...CENTREVILLE... CLANTON...COLUMBIANA...DEMOPOLIS...FORT DEPOSIT...GADSDEN... HEFLIN...HOOVER...JACKSONVILLE...LINDEN...LINEVILLE... LOWNDESBORO...MARION...MILLBROOK...MONTGOMERY...MOODY...ONEONTA... PELHAM...PELL CITY...PRATTVILLE...ROANOKE...ROCKFORD...SELMA... SYLACAUGA...TALLADEGA...UNIONTOWN AND WETUMPKA. $$
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Chilton & Autauga counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:09

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
AUTAUGA COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN CHILTON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 200 PM CDT

* AT 1259 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED
ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM BILLINGSLEY TO WHITE HALL…AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PRATTVILLE…AUTAUGAVILLE…AUTAUGA COUNTY AIRPORT…BOOTH…
VERBENA…MARBURY…HIGGINS FERRY PARK AND ENTERPRISE.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 186 THROUGH 208…

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Weather Update at 1:00 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:04

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for the afternoon for much of Alabama. Some of the western sections of Central Alabama have been cleared from the watch area, but rain with some embedded thunderstorms will still continue in that area. A flash flood watch is also in effect for much of the Northwest Quadrant of Alabama.

As the radar image below shows, thunderstorms were lined up in a broken line of cells extending from Huntsville southward through Birmingham to just west of Montgomery. This is approximately along Interstate 65.

The main risk for the afternoon will be damaging wind and large hail, but as we’ve noted, the rather dynamic nature to the atmosphere with the upper closed low over Missouri keeps this from being your typical afternoon thunderstorms. Lightning is also a big danger, so please don’t take any unnecessary chances when thunder is occurring in your area.

While tornadoes are not the main threat, the wind profile from the upper air sounding this morning at the Shelby County Airport along with the moisture profile suggested that an isolated tornado or two may be possible. Heavy rains over the last several days have kept the risk of flash flooding in the heavy downpours high. Don’t drive into areas where water covers the road – Turn Around – Don’t Drown!

-Brian-

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Watch/Warning Update at 12:40 pm

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:43

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Fayette, Greene, Hale, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston counties in Central Alabama has been cancelled by the NWS in Birmingham. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa counties until 6:00 PM CDT.

Also, the NWS in Huntsville has cancelled the Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued earlier for Cullman and Morgan counties.

-Brian-

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Watch County Notification

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:41

This is the text of a severe thunderstorm watch from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

WWUS64 KBMX 101740
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 273
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1240 PM CDT TUE JUN 10 2014

ALC057-063-065-125-127-133-101845-
/O.CAN.KBMX.SV.A.0273.000000T0000Z-140610T2300Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 273 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 6 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA
WALKER

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA
WINSTON

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA
FAYETTE GREENE HALE
TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…EUTAW…FAYETTE…GREENSBORO…
HALEYVILLE…JASPER…MOUNDVILLE AND TUSCALOOSA.

$$

ALC001-007-009-015-019-021-027-029-037-047-051-055-073-085-091-
101-105-111-115-117-121-123-102300-
/O.CON.KBMX.SV.A.0273.000000T0000Z-140610T2300Z/

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 273 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 6 PM CDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 22 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

AUTAUGA BIBB BLOUNT
CHILTON COOSA DALLAS
ELMORE JEFFERSON LOWNDES
MONTGOMERY PERRY SHELBY
ST. CLAIR TALLADEGA

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CALHOUN CLAY CLEBURNE
RANDOLPH TALLAPOOSA

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

CHEROKEE ETOWAH

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

MARENGO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALEXANDER CITY…
ANNISTON…ASHLAND…BIRMINGHAM…BRENT…CENTRE…CENTREVILLE…
CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…FORT DEPOSIT…GADSDEN…
HEFLIN…HOOVER…JACKSONVILLE…LINDEN…LINEVILLE…
LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…MOODY…ONEONTA…
PELHAM…PELL CITY…PRATTVILLE…ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…
SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA…UNIONTOWN AND WETUMPKA.

$$

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cullman & Morgan counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:12

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTH CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 1245 PM CDT

* AT 1211 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED OVER CULLMAN…AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…GOOD HOPE…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…SOMERVILLE…EVA…
FAIRVIEW…FLORETTE…COLE SPRINGS AND RYAN CROSSROADS.

Besides the warning, strong storms were also occurring in portions of Jefferson and Blount counties.

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR JEFFERSON AND BLOUNT COUNTIES
UNTIL 115 PM CDT…

AT 1212 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAS TRACKING STRONG
THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM SIPSEY TO TANNEHILL
IRONWORKS STATE PARK…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS…ALONG WITH
HEAVY RAIN AND FREQUENT DANGEROUS LIGHTNING.

LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THESE STORMS INCLUDE…
HUEYTOWN…
BESSEMER…
FAIRFIELD…
HOOVER…
HOMEWOOD…

TORRENTIAL RAIN…WHICH MAY FLOOD LOW LYING AREAS SUCH AS DITCHES AND
UNDERPASSES…IS ALSO LIKELY. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE ON A FLOODED
ROADWAY.

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Update Just Before Noon

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:48

Just before noon, thunderstorms were occurring across mainly the western half of Alabama generally along and west of Interstate 65. A few showers had developed in parts of Talladega and Shelby counties, too. Fortunately at this writing there have been no warnings so far this morning.

Much of Alabama with the exception of the northwest corner and the southeast quadrant were under severe thunderstorm watches until 6 pm except 7 pm in Southwest Alabama – due to two different watches.

The atmosphere across Central Alabama remained highly charged with CAPE values from the morning sounding at the Shelby County Airport running around 2500 j/kg. Aloft, a closed low more reminiscent of an early Spring pattern was located over Northwest Missouri. This low will not be moving much for the next 48 hours keeping us rather unsettled especially today.

Temperatures across Central Alabama were running in the lower 80s except where thunderstorms were occurring. Rain was keeping some spots in the 70s. But humidity levels are high with dew points in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Besides the threat for severe thunderstorms with damaging wind and large hail, there is a risk for flash flooding thanks in part to the rain which has occurred over many sections during the last several days. While the tornado threat is not large, an isolated tornado may be possible.

In addition to these threats, we’re also into our lightning season, so take lightning seriously and don’t take any unnecessary chances while thunder is occurring near you. Lightning is frightening!!

Bottom line is to remain weather aware today and be safe.

-Brian-

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:54

The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of North and Central Alabama until 6 p.m.

Counties in the Birmingham NWS area of responsibility include:

Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

Counties in the Huntsville NWS area include:

Cullman, DeKalb, Jackson, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan

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Be Weather Aware This Afternoon and Tonight

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:33

UPDATE 10:50 AM
The SPC just issued a mesoscale discussion for the area from Kentucky down into Alabama for the threat of severe weather including the high likelihood that a watch will be coming shortly.

ORIGINAL POST
A very atypical severe weather situation is being set up across much of North and Central Alabama for this afternoon and tonight. Damaging winds and hail will be the primary threats, and we will have to be alert for tornadoes as well.

Click image to enlarge.

Here is the situation:

…A slow moving, rather benign area of rain and thunderstorms covers much of eastern Mississippi this morning. It is moving into Alabama at this hour.

…Instabilities are increasing across the state as temperatures warm through the 70s heading toward the 80s. Sunshine is increasing as evidenced by visible satellite imagery. The storms will begin to increase again as they encounter this increasing instability.

…Mid level winds are fairly strong (40-50 mph), and this will allow storms to become organized as they intensify.

…There is a surface low over Arkansas that will deepen as it moves east slowly today. This introduces the threat of tornadoes.

THE THREATS
…HEAVY RAIN
The slow moving nature of the system will combine with high moisture content to produce general rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches. A flash flood watch is in effect generally along and north of I-59.
…HIGH WINDS
The main threat this afternoon and tonight will be for damaging winds. Stronger storms will down trees and power lines. We are not expecting widespread damaging winds, but there will be lots of local reports of downed trees and power outages.
…HAIL
As instabilities rise, large hail will be a problem in some spots.
…TORNADOES
As the surface low moves east, the southeasterly flow ahead of it will impart low level spin, which will result in some tornadoes today and tonight across Alabama. Look for tornado watches and warnings today and tonight.

BE WEATHER AWARE TODAY AND TONIGHT
We are not used to having to worry about severe weather, especially tornadoes, in Alabama in June, so make sure you think preparedness and awareness. Have a way to get warnings, watch the sky, know your safe place and don’t forget the adage, Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

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Strong/Severe Storms Again Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 06:19

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AT DAYBREAK: We have a few showers and storms over the western half of the state early this morning, moving northeast in the moist environment over Alabama.

We expect more active weather today with the dual risk of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding. SPC has much of the state west of a line from Anniston to Clanton to Chatom under the standard “slight risk” of severe weather today…

In addition, a flash flood watch is in effect for much of North and West Alabama, generally along and north of I-59. Additional rain amounts of over two inches could produce some flooding problems through tomorrow.

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: Like recent events, hail and strong straight line winds are the primary threats today, however with good upper support from a trough to the west providing a decent amount of shear, we can’t rule out an isolated tornado. Tornadoes are rare in Alabama in June, but they can happen, and the synoptic scale system impacting the state today looks more like something you would see in April or May.

The core severe risk will come from about 12:00 noon through 9:00 p.m. Be sure and pay attention to the various watches and warnings that will be needed today.

TOMORROW: Still looks wet with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. The severe weather risk will be lower, but flash flooding remains possible.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Storms become a bit more scattered in nature, and mainly during the afternoon and evening hours; the high Thursday will be in the mid 80s, followed by upper 80s Friday. Both days will feature a mix of sun and clouds.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another upper trough west of the state will keep the weather somewhat unsettled. Scattered showers and storms are still possible Saturday and Sunday, perhaps numerous at times. The sun will be out occasionally, however, and highs will be in the upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather should be drier if the GFS verifies; it develops a 500 mb upper high over the Deep South early in the week. This would mean only widely scattered afternoon storms, and hotter afternoons with low 90s possible. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Just a few widely scattered showers and storms today from Panama City to Gulf Shores, but thunderstorms become more likely tomorrow. Later this week and over the weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with a few scattered showers and storms around. Highs will remain in the 80s, and the sea water temperature is generally in the low 80s.

TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin for now and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

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