Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Winston County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:07

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 405 PM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED A LINE OF SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE
STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM SMITH DAM TO GLEN
ALLEN…AND MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LYNN…ARLEY…HALEYVILLE…LAKE SHORE…ASHBANK…MCDOWELL CAMP
GROUNDS…POPLAR SPRINGS AND FALLS CITY.

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Storm Reports

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:59

3:05 p.m….Four trees down near Wilsonville in Shelby County.

3:40 p.m….Tree down in McCalla on Allison Drive. Another tree down on Connie Dr in McCalla also. Others down on Hwy 11 in Vance near KyKenKee Lumber Mill as well as Hwy 216 near Jim Walters at Co. Rd 59

Phone line across rd on Phyllis Dr. in Lake View…

Power out in Woodstock in Bibb County.

Tree struck by lightning and on fire in Duncanville

Power pole snapped off on Highway 78 in Pratt City.

Tree down on Tom Montgomery Road in Tuscaloosa. Tres also down on Bama Rock Garden Road near Coaling and Vance.

Winds gusted to 50 mph in Birminghamport (estimate).

3:00 p.m….Winds gusted to 50 mph at Calera.

3:05 p.m….Greenhouse destroyed near West Blocton.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:55


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 353 PM CDT…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 BELOIT TO LOCUST FORK…AND MOVING NORTH AT 50
MPH. THIS LINE OF STORMS HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING WIND DAMAGE.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…
SARDIS…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…BAILEYTON AND WEST POINT.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Jefferson/Blount/St. Clair

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:48

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BLOUNT COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT

* AT 344 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6
MILES NORTH OF CARDIFF TO CLAY TO BALD ROCK…AND MOVING NORTH AT
50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ODENVILLE…SPRINGVILLE…CLEVELAND…ONEONTA…BLOUNTSVILLE…
KIMBERLY…WARRIOR AND COUNTY LINE.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 271 THROUGH 282…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBER 33…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 144 THROUGH 158…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 137 THROUGH 174…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

&&

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TUESDAY MORNING
FOR ALABAMA.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

LAT…LON 3421 8647 3411 8630 3394 8637 3394 8633
3399 8628 3397 8625 3399 8622 3397 8618
3348 8629 3359 8662 3361 8691 3387 8696
3387 8693 3392 8692 3398 8677 3404 8671
3409 8671 3412 8661 3423 8654
TIME…MOT…LOC 2047Z 171DEG 33KT 3375 8691 3375 8661
3364 8640

$$

05/MA

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning NW Jefferson/Eastern Walker Til 4:30 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:43


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
EASTERN WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 341 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 5 MILES
NORTHWEST OF SYLVAN SPRINGS…OR 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF HUEYTOWN…
AND MOVING NORTH AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
DORA…SUMITON…CORDOVA…JASPER…GRAYSVILLE…BROOKSIDE…
CARDIFF AND WEST JEFFERSON.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 57 THROUGH 87…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBER 118…

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Watch County Notification

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:39

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.

WWUS64 KBMX 132037
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 540
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
337 PM CDT MON OCT 13 2014

ALC001-007-009-021-047-055-057-063-065-073-075-091-093-105-107-
115-117-119-125-127-133-140500-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.A.0540.141013T2037Z-141014T0500Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 540 IN
EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 21 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

AUTAUGA BIBB BLOUNT
CHILTON DALLAS JEFFERSON
PERRY SHELBY ST. CLAIR
WALKER

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

ETOWAH

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA

MARION WINSTON

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

FAYETTE GREENE HALE
LAMAR MARENGO PICKENS
SUMTER TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALICEVILLE…
BIRMINGHAM…BRENT…CARROLLTON…CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…
COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…EUTAW…FAYETTE…GADSDEN…GREENSBORO…
HALEYVILLE…HAMILTON…HOOVER…JASPER…LINDEN…LIVINGSTON…
MARION…MOODY…MOUNDVILLE…ONEONTA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…
PRATTVILLE…SELMA…SULLIGENT…TUSCALOOSA…UNIONTOWN…
VERNON AND YORK.

$$

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Tornado Watch for Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:38


The NWS has issued a tornado watch for a large part of Alabama.

Here are the tornado watches that are in effect right now:

It goes until midnight.

Here are the counties:

In Central Alabama…
Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Dallas, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

In North Alabama…
Franklin, Lincoln, Moore [TN] and Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bibb, Jefferson, Shelby, Talladega and Tuscaloosa Until 4 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:03

This warning includes much of the Birmingham Metro area.

Be ready for 60 mph winds or greater which can down trees, tree limbs and power lines as well as do minor structural damage.

Be in a safe place as these storms approach.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
EASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 400 PM CDT

* AT 301 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
LOW GAP TO MAYLENE TO SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT TO FAYETTEVILLE…AND
MOVING NORTH AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SYLACAUGA…ALABASTER…WILSONVILLE…HELENA…PELHAM…CHELSEA…
CHILDERSBURG AND BESSEMER.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 228 THROUGH 275…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 81 THROUGH 91…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 76 THROUGH 140…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143…

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bibb/Perry Until 3:15 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:34

Storms over Central Alabama continue to become severe as they lift northward this afternoon. The storm in Perry County northeast of Marion is showing signs of winds in excess of 60 mph.

The strongest winds are just pushing into Bibb County and will be approaching Centreville soon. Areas including Brent and West Blocton will be affected as well.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN PERRY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 230 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF PAUL M GRIST
STATE PARK…OR 11 MILES NORTHWEST OF VALLEY GRANDE…AND MOVING
NORTH AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BRENT…CENTREVILLE…HEIBERGER…HARRISBURG…LAWLEY…MERTZ…
TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST AND WEST CENTREVILLE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Autauga, Chilton, Coosa, Elmore till 3:15 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:08

Storms north of Montgomery are becoming severe as they lift north this afternoon in an unstable and dynamic environment.

Damaging winds are the main threat with these storms.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
AUTAUGA COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
CHILTON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WESTERN COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WESTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 205 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
VIDA JUNCTION TO BOOTH TO COOSADA…AND MOVING NORTH AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CLANTON…JEMISON…WEOGUFKA…DEATSVILLE…BILLINGSLEY…JORDAN
LAKE…PLETCHER AND TEN CEDAR ESTATES.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 179 THROUGH 219…

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marengo Until 2:30 p.m.

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:39

Strong storms are lifting northward across South Alabama this afternoon and some of them are becoming severe in an increasingly ripe environment for severe weather.

There ispplenty of instability and bulk wind shear for strong and organized updrafts.

This environment will continue to become increasingly unstable through the afternoon.

In addition, the squall line is moving a little faster, and will be approaching West Alabama as early as 5 p.m.

We will be tracking the severe weather situation throughout the afternoon and evening and overnight.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 230 PM CDT

* AT 138 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 VINELAND…
OR 22 MILES SOUTH OF LINDEN…AND MOVING NORTH AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LINDEN…DEMOPOLIS…DIXONS MILL…SURGINER…SWEET WATER…
WAYNE…SHILOH AND MAGNOLIA.

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Late Morning Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:29

We are still looking at a signifiant severe weather threat for Alabama this afternoon, tonight, into tomorrow morning. Scroll down for the full meteorological discussion.

Scattered storms, some severe, will begin to form over the western half of Alabama after 3:00 p.m. Then, an organized line of severe storms will move through after midnight. It will take a long time for the line of storms to move through; it could be mid-morning tomorrow before they clear the Georgia border.

The highest risk of tornadoes will come this afternoon and early tonight over West Alabama; the main threat with the line of storms after midnight will come from damaging straight line winds.

There are multiple tornado warning polygons up late this morning near the Mississippi River…

We will have frequent updates on the situation as storms begin to form across West Alabama this afternoon… stay tuned…

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Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:44
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Severe Weather Threat Ahead For Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:38

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

As always before any severe weather threat, I encourage you to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and detailed information on what is ahead.

AT DAYBREAK: Things are pretty quiet early this morning; just a few sprinkles on the radar near the Tennessee border… most of the state is rain-free with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s around here. We don’t expect any weather problems through the morning hours.

SEVERE STORMS AHEAD: A vigorous upper trough west of Alabama, with an attendant surface low and cold front, will bring the threat of severe weather to our state late today and tonight. Here is a look at what we expect across Alabama…

TIMING: Severe storms could develop over the western half of Alabama as early as 4:00-5:00 this afternoon. These thunderstorms will be capable of producing hail, damaging wind, and maybe even a tornado or two. The primary squall line will enter West Alabama late tonight, around midnight, and will move slowly through the state during the pre-dawn hours. After midnight, the core threat shifts to damaging straight line wind along the squall line. It could very well be after daybreak tomorrow before the storms impact places like Anniston and Gadsden in East Alabama.

THREATS: The highest tornado probabilities are west of Alabama, around Memphis and the Mississippi Delta this afternoon and early tonight, but clearly there will be a risk of a few tornadoes over West Alabama between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. All of Alabama will have a risk of damaging straight line winds, with individual thunderstorms, and with the organized line that will move through after midnight. And, some hail is also possible in stronger storms.

FLASH FLOODING: A flash flood watch is in effect for that part of Alabama north of a line from Millport to Jasper to Oneonta to Fort Payne. Keep in mind this part of the state, received significant rain over the weekend; we have reports of almost five inches of rain around Cullman. Additional rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches will create the risk of flooding tonight.

GET THE WARNINGS! Remember, if you think you will hear an outdoor warning siren late tonight while you family is sleeping, you pretty much have no hope of getting a warning. Every home needs a properly programmed NOAA Weather Radio, and a good “second layer” is a smart phone app like MyWarn, or WeatherRadio. Be sure you and your family can hear severe weather warnings late this afternoon and tonight.

ABC 33/40 COVERAGE: If any part of our TV market is under a tornado warning, you know the deal… we go on the air, and stay on the air. When we have no active tornado warnings, tonight we will be on our live stream, and our digital weather channel “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state. You can access the live stream through any ABC 33/40 app, including the James Spann 24/7 app, or on the ABC 33/40 web site.

REST OF THE WEEK: Rain moves out of the state tomorrow, and the weather turns much cooler with a gusty north breeze. A cut-off upper low will persist north of the state Wednesday, and could keep clouds over the northern third of the state, and maybe even a touch of light rain or drizzle around the Tennessee Valley. A good chance we won’t get out of the 60s Wednesday.

Then, the weather will be delightful Thursday and Friday with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights; highs in the 70s and lows down around 50 degrees. Colder pockets will visit the 40s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Could not be better. Clear weather continues; highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Perfect for race weekend at Talladega, football, or anything else you want to do outdoors.

TROPICS: We have a pair of tropical storms in the Atlantic; Fay is east of Bermuda, and is moving east over the open Atlantic. And, Gonzalo is near the Leeward Islands; it will be near the eastern tip of Puerto Rico after midnight tonight as a strong tropical storm, and should become a hurricane tomorrow as moves over the open Atlantic. These will not impact the U.S. mainland.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We have moved this week’s show to tomorrow night at 8:30p CT due to the severe weather threat tonight.

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I will be doing a weather program today at Oliver Elementary School in Birmingham… we will have frequent updates on the severe weather threat here on the blog through the day, and of course as the event unfolds tonight and tomorrow morning. I will post another detailed discussion by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Flash Flood Warning for Parts of Cullman Co. Until 1 a.m.

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 21:05

2 to 3 inches of rain has fallen across parts of Cullman County tonight and 3 to 4 inches of rain have fallen near Lake George where flash flood is ongoing. In addition, very heavy thunderstorms are approaching from Winston County and more heavy rain will fall overnight.

Here is the accumulated rainfall radar estimate:

Here is the current radar:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 100 AM CDT

* AT 856 PM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLASH FLOODING ON
COUNTY ROAD 1339 NEAR LAKE GEORGE. THREE TO FOUR INCHES OF RAIN
HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. COUNTY ROAD 1339…NEAR LAKE GEORGE…HAS
BEEN CLOSED. EVEN THOUGH THE RAIN HAS DIMINISHED
TEMPORARILY…MORE HEAVY RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT WHICH MAY
AGGRAVATE ANY FLOODING ISSUES.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…
SARDIS…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…BAILEYTON AND WEST POINT.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Walker County until 6:45 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:04

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

* AT 603 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 JASPER…
AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
JASPER…LYNNS PARK…SIPSEY…MANCHESTER…BOLDO…POWELLVILLE AND
EMPIRE.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 57 THROUGH 65…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Severe Weather Threat Late Monday into Tuesday…

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 13:52

A Monday night severe weather threat highlights Alabama’s weather on this mid-October Sunday.

YOUR SUNDAY MORNING WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MONTH OF MAY: Another springlike morning greeted the day across Central Alabama with a mix of clouds and sun and a few moderate showers splashing and dashing. Morning lows were uniform, with 66F at Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, 65F at Anniston and a muggy 68F at Calera. Dewpoints were in the middle and upper 60s, which is quite moist and feels humid, more like May than September. The warm and muggies will continue through the afternoon hours, with highs topping out in the middle 80s.

ON THE WEATHER MAPS: Looking to charts of the upper levels of the atmosphere, where our weather is created and shaped, we see a huge trough covering most of the United States. The Jetstream is roaring down the western side of the Rocky Mountains, diving toward Old Mexico and Texas. Following its lead, the mid-level flow is picking up moisture to our southwest and spitting disturbances our way here in the Deep South. At the surface, that frontal system that has been hanging around Central Alabama is lifting north this afternoon on the backs of southerly winds ahead of a developing surface low near the Texas/Louisiana border and that southwesterly flow aloft.

SHOWERS AND STORMS: Showers and storms formed this morning over North and North Central Alabama along the retreating frontal boundary, capitalizing on the warm/moist airmass and taking advantage of an approaching upper level disturbance in that upper flow. Some of them were producing very heavy rainfall, gusty winds and frequent lightning but they were not severe. Most of the storms this afternoon should be to the north, but we can’t rule out a few storms in the warm, moist southerly flow over Central Alabama. Also can’t rule out one or two of them briefly becoming severe, but the chance is relatively small. More showers and storms will form overnight as another disturbance swings across the area. They may be noisy, but shouldn’t be severe.

MAIN EVENT: It looks like the main event for Alabama will come tomorrow night into Tuesday as that strong upper level system pushes east, spinning up a decent surface low over Oklahoma. This surface low will track northeast into Missouri, a favorable position for severe weather in Alabama. A strong cold front should be approaching the Mississippi River by tomorrow evening, and showers and storms will break out in the strong southerly flow ahead of the low as the Gulf of Mexico opens for business. So expect a few showers and storms especially during the afternoon tomorrow across the area, increasing in coverage and intensity by 5-6 p.m. Severe weather will be possible with these storms that will continue into the night and be joined by an approaching squall line after midnight. That line of storms will push across the state tomorrow night. Storms will still be possible through the morning hours as the cold front will not make it to I-65 until noon Tuesday. Check your severe weather preparedness plans, make sure you have a reliable way to receive watches and warnings and stay abreast of the weather Monday afternoon evening and overnight.

BIG SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK: This is potentially a big severe weather outbreak for areas mainly to our west, including Memphis, St. Louis, Shreveport and Jackson. The significant severe weather risk will extend into western Alabama late tomorrow night diminishing a but as the activity works further into the state of Alabama during the overnight. Be prepared for damaging winds and even the possibility of a tornado or two.

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Hello Gonzo! Well, Actually Gonzalo…

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 13:07

We have experienced a little burst of activity in the tropical Atlantic as a cycle called the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) is bringing favorable conditions to much of the basin.

Tropical Storm Fay scored a direct hit on the island of Bermuda overnight. Winds officially gusted to 82 mph as the 70 mph tropical storm passed just east of the island after midnight last night. Winds dropped to near calm as the center passed and the barometer was measured at 986 mb. It will continue to the east northeast over open ocean over the next few days.

Now comes Gonzalo…

Based on Air Force Reconnaissance reports from the disturbance east of the northern Leewards, the National Hurricane Center is now issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Storm Gonzalo. Gonzalo will produce tropical storm conditions across the northern Leewards, Virgin Islands and perhaps Puerto Rico. The system will recurve to the north.

Here is the latest info on Gonzalo:
SUMMARY OF 130 PM AST…1730 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…16.4N 58.4W
ABOUT 200 MI…320 KM E OF GUADELOUPE
ABOUT 230 MI…370 KM ESE OF ANTIGUA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1009 MB…29.80 INCHES

Here is the summary of watches and warnings:

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* GUADELOUPE
* DESIRADE
* LES SAINTES
* MARIE GALANTE
* ST.MARTIN
* ST. BARTHELEMY
* ST.MAARTIN
* SABA
* ST. EUSTATIUS
* BARBUDA
* ANTIGUA
* ANGUILLA
* ST. KITTS
* NEVIS
* MONTSERRAT

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* PUERTO RICO
* VIEQUES
* CULEBRA
* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Further east, Hanna is likely to form in coming days as well, but will recurve well to the east of the islands.

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Showers and Warmth Continue

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 07:03

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

As we gear up for the approach of a very dynamic system late Monday and early Tuesday, we will be staying warm and unsettled with scattered showers a possibility through Monday. Highs today should be in the lower and middle 80s with a mix of sun and clouds and those scattered showers. That frontal boundary will gradually wash out over the next 24 hours as a deep trough takes shape just to our west.

A strong impulse coming out of the Rockies will dig a deep trough into the Central US generating a surface low over Oklahoma that will move to the northeast into the Great Lakes by Tuesday afternoon. The strong southerly flow will bring good low level moisture northward from the Gulf of Mexico. That along with strong low level jet will set the stage for the development of strong to severe thunderstorms over a large portion of the Lower and Middle Mississippi River Valley Monday and into early Tuesday. For Central Alabama, it looks like the main threat for strong to severe storms will come in the 9 pm Monday to noon Tuesday time frame. Shear valleys are sufficient to support rotating storms so there is a risk of tornadoes along with damaging thunderstorm wind.

This dynamic system should move through Central Alabama by early Tuesday afternoon with the severe weather risk shifting into Georgia for Day 3 or Tuesday. Some clearing may occur but it looks like there could be some wrap around cloudiness into Wednesday before we see a return to full sunshine.

This system won’t be tapping into any really cold air but we should cool down nicely with lows on Wednesday and Thursday morning dipping into the 40s with afternoon highs in the lower 70s. That will certainly feel nice.

The weather pattern remains fairly active for October with another trough forecast to come across the Great Lakes on Friday. But this system appears to stay well north of us thanks in part to weak ridging following the strong system Monday and Tuesday. This next system will probably drag a front into the eastern US late in the week, however, it looks like we don’t see any significant moisture return, so we should stay dry for the latter part of the week and into next weekend. That will be great for Friday night high school football and college games on Saturday.

In the tropics, Fay transitioned from a sub-tropical storm into a tropical storm yesterday and was brushing by Bermuda this morning. Fay will continue into the North Atlantic on an east to northeast track. Another area of disturbed weather just to the east of the Lesser Antilles shows some potential for development, but this system appears likely to recurve into the Atlantic away from the southern US just as Fay has done.

Beach visitors will have to contend with showers today and Monday along with some risk for severe storms on Monday into the first half of Tuesday. Lows will be in the lower 70s and highs in the lower 80s. After Tuesday, the weather turns dry along the coast with highs around 80 and lows in the lower 60s. Water temperatures were running in the middle 70s along the Alabama coastal area.

Looking into voodoo country, October appears to remain more active than we usually expect for this, the driest month of the year for Central Alabama. The GFS continued to show another deep trough over the eastern third of the country around the 21st/22nd time frame which would spell another round of rain and storms. The good news is that there does not appear to be any sign of any extreme temperature changes for Week 2.

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-Brian-

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