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The Big Chill Arrives Today

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:13

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INTO THE DEEP FREEZE: Strong north winds will develop across Alabama later today; averaging 15-30 mph, with gusts to 35 mph by mid afternoon. This is the result of a tight pressure gradient across the state, with a very cold 1059 mb high to the northwest over the Great Plains. Temperatures will hold in the 30s, and the wind chill index will approach zero this evening as far south as Birmingham.

TO THE NORTH: We note a few snow flurries on radar this morning over Tennessee…

Could there be a few snow flurries over North Alabama later today? Yes. Will they amount to anything? No. The air is very dry across Alabama, and most of you won’t see a flake; better chance of flurries will be over Northeast Alabama. The cold air is the big deal, not snow flurries.

HARD FREEZE TOMORROW MORNING: We are still projecting lows between 10 and 15 degrees for North/Central Alabama tomorrow morning, with single digit lows for many places north of Birmingham.

We stay below freezing all day tomorrow, but at least the wind will be much lighter, and the sky will be sunny. The low early Friday will be in the upper teens. In all, places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden can expect about 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing weather (tonight through Friday morning). To the north, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals will be below freezing for 54-60 consecutive hours (now through Friday morning).

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday will be dry with a partly sunny and a high at or just over 40 degrees. Saturday will be cold and dry; the low early in the day will be in the upper teens, followed by a high Saturday afternoon in the low 40s.

Models continue to trend drier for Sunday, and it looks like most of the day will be dry for Alabama. We will just mention the chance of a little scattered light rain Sunday afternoon; the high Sunday will be pretty close to 50 degrees. The idea of light freezing rain early Sunday morning for Northwest Alabama is pretty much off the table at this point.

Expect a better chance of rain at times on Monday, but it doesn’t look especially heavy. Then, the weather for Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan 13-14) looks rain-free with highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s, right at seasonal averages. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Into The Deep Freeze Tomorrow

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:52

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HERE COMES THE COLD AIR: As expected, temperatures have reached the low 50s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon; it will be the warmest day of the week.

Strong north winds will develop tomorrow, averaging 15-30 mph, ushering in the coldest air so far this season. The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 30s, and the wind chill index will stay below freezing most of the day with a partly sunny sky. The wind chill index will drop to near zero tomorrow night.

THURSDAY MORNING: Not much change in the forecast; general lows for the I-20/59 corridor will be in the 10 to 15 degree range, with single digit lows likely north of Birmingham.

Despite sunshine in full supply, temperatures will remain below freezing all day Thursday, and we will drop into the 17-21 degree range early Friday morning. In all, places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden can expect about 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing weather (tomorrow night through Friday morning). To the north, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals will be below freezing for 54-60 consecutive hours (from tonight through Friday morning).

Be sure and check on elderly people that might not have adequate heating, and bring in the pets and critters.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: We warm to near 40 degrees Friday afternoon with sunshine through high clouds. Mid 40s are likely Saturday as the slow warming trend continues.

Short wave energy will have some potential to bring a little rain to Alabama Sunday, but forecast confidence is low. The main American model, the GFS, shows patchy light rain, with potential for a little freezing rain early Sunday morning over the northwest counties of the state. However, the primary European model, the ECMWF, shows no rain at all.

We will lean toward the wetter solution and mention some risk of light rain Sunday, with potential for some light freezing rain early in the day north of Birmingham. If we do happen to see some freezing rain (rain in liquid form that falls when surface temperatures are below 32), it doesn’t look like a high impact event, although some bridge icing will be possible.

NEXT WEEK: Just a small risk of aa stray shower Monday, and mid-week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Arctic Cold Arrives Tomorrow

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:16

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AT DAYBREAK: It is a clear and cold January morning across the great state of Alabama, with temperatures generally in the mid to upper 20s. This will be our “warmest” day of the week as we are predicting a high in the low 50s this afternoon with a mostly sunny sky.

INTO THE DEEP FREEZE: Strong north winds will develop tomorrow, averaging 15-30 mph, ushering in the coldest air so far this season. The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 30s, but the wind chill index will remain below freezing most of the day. Some scattered clouds will accompany the cold air, but the low levels will be very dry. A few snow flurries could be found over Tennessee, and maybe far North Alabama, but not down our way.

The wind chill index will drop to near zero tomorrow night as far south as I-20, with sub-zero wind chills for the Tennessee Valley.

THURSDAY MORNING: No change in our forecast; most North/Central Alabama communities will see a low between 10 and 15 degrees, with single digits likely for many places north of Birmingham. We stay below freezing all day Thursday, but at least the sky will be sunny, and the wind will be much lighter.

Friday morning will be cold as well with lows down in the teens.

LONG SUB-FREEZING PERIOD: For places like Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa, we expect about 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing temperatures from tomorrow evening through Friday morning. But, to the north, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals will be below freezing for 54-60 consecutive hours (from tonight through Friday morning).

I don’t like to insult your intelligence with “cold tips”, but if you happen to know an elderly person that might not have adequate heating, be sure and check on them. And, of course, bring in the dogs, cats, and husbands.

Friday will be a partly sunny day with a high at or just over 40.

SOME FREEZING RAIN OVER NORTH ALABAMA EARLY SUNDAY? Saturday still looks dry; we start the day with a low in the 16-22 degree range, followed by a high in the low 40s. Then, temperatures will drop below freezing late Saturday night over about the northern third of the state.

Short wave energy will bring some light rain into the state in the midnight to 6:00 a.m. time frame, and with sub-freezing temperatures that certainly opens the door for some freezing rain over North Alabama (rain falling in liquid form with surface temperatures below freezing).

Precipitation should be light, and temperatures warm above freezing by mid-morning, so at this time it doesn’t look like a high impact event. But we are five days away, and as always this could change, so sometime to watch closely through the rest of the week.

A cold rain will fall at times through the day Sunday with a high in the low 40s.

NEXT WEEK: A lingering shower or two is possible Monday, especially south of Birmingham, and then mid-week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Take some time to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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WeatherBrains 467: Live From AMS 2015

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:41

WeatherBrains Episode 467 is now online (January 5, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, and Rick Smith anchor the show from the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix. They interviewed an all star cast from the weather enterprise.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The data from radiosondes is absolutely critical to generating weather forecasts and for providing meteorologists with a snapshot of the condition of the atmosphere. So after a listener brought up a question about radiosondes, I decided to revisit the topic for this episode of 101 since it has been nearly 8 years since I discussed the subject. And radiosondes rank up there as one of the most crucial data for computer modeling.

Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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Arctic Blast For Alabama Wednesday

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 16:45

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COLD TODAY; MUCH COLDER WEDNESDAY: Despite a sunny sky, temperatures are only in the 30s over the northern third of the state this afternoon, with low to mid 40s along the I-20/59 corridor. We will enjoy a one day warm-up tomorrow, with a sunny sky and a high in the mid 50s, which about where we should be in early January (the average high for Birmingham on January 6 is 53 degrees).

BITTERLY COLD AIR ARRIVES WEDNESDAY: A 1053 millibar high, representing very cold, Arctic air, will move south into the northern U.S., and north winds will increase across Alabama ushering in the big chill. We will see a high only in the mid to upper 30s, and a north wind of 15-30 mph will keep the wind chill index below freezing much of the day. There could be a few snow flurries near the Tennessee border, but not a flake is expected down our way.

The wind chill index Wednesday night will be close to zero, and by Thursday morning air temperatures will drop into the 10-15 degree range across North/Central Alabama. Many places north of Birmingham will see a single digit low.

Many communities will see around 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing temperatures from Wednesday night through Friday morning.

Keep in mind Friday morning will be pretty cold as well, with lows well down in the teens. Then, a slow warming trend begins Friday afternoon as we rise into the low 40s.

OUR WEEKEND: Saturday will be dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the upper 40s. Then, a few scattered showers are possible Sunday with short wave energy approaching from the southwest, but for now it looks like rain amounts will be light and rather spotty. We are expecting a high in the low 50s Sunday afternoon.

LONG RANGE: The new higher resolution GFS model is suggesting the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) will trend negative at mid-month, which could open the door for longer periods of cold weather… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Bitterly Cold Air Arrives Wednesday

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 07:34

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COLD TODAY; MUCH COLDER WEDNESDAY: Our attention this week turns from strong thunderstorms to Arctic air. Today will be considerably colder across the great state of Alabama; we are projecting a high only in the low 40s despite a good supply of sunshine.

We get a one day warm-up tomorrow; a good chance we reach the mid 50s with a sunny sky; that is right at seasonal averages for early January. But, the warmer weather sure won’t last long.

ICY WIND WEDNESDAY: North winds will average 12-25 mph Wednesday, with gusts to 30 mph as very cold, Arctic air blows into our state. The high will be only in the upper 30s, and the wind chill index will be below zero most of the day, despite a partly to mostly sunny sky. The wind chill index will drop below zero at times over North Alabama Wednesday night.

FRIGID THURSDAY: Places like Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa can expect a low between 10 and 15 degrees at daybreak Thursday, with single digit lows to the north as a very strong anticyclone settles into the Deep South. We expect to stay below freezing all day Thursday, despite sunshine in full supply.

Friday morning will also be very cold with a low in the teens. Much of North Central Alabama will go below freezing around 7 p.m. Wednesday, and stay below freezing until around 9 a.m. Friday… a total of 38 consecutive hours with sub-freezing temperatures. Today is a good time to check on elderly people or others who might not have an adequate source of heat. Take care of exposed pipes, and bring in the pets. You know the routine…

We should reach the mid 40s Friday as a slow warming trend begins. And, we should point out the cold air is dry, and there is no worry about snow or ice issues in Alabama. We will be dry for the next five days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday for now looks dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the upper 40s. Then, short wave energy will bring the chance of a few showers Sunday; doesn’t look like a big rain event at the moment. A decent chance we reach the low 50s Sunday despite the clouds and showers.

LONG RANGE: Seeing some evidence of the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) going negative at mid-month; that could suggest a colder pattern for the eastern and southern U.S. We will see…. check out the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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 will produce this week’s show at 8:30 CT tonight… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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Temperatures Going Wrong Direction

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 16:56

This is one of those days when the actual high for the day occurred well before what is typically the warmest part of the afternoon thanks to the strong cold air advection which is underway across Central Alabama.

The temperature at the Birmingham Airport was at 63 degrees shortly after midnight and was down to 51 degrees just after 2 pm. Tuscaloosa was a 64 degrees just after midnight, but the temperature had fallen to 51 degrees at 8 am. A little sunshine actually saw the Tuscaloosa temperature go up a degree. Even in Anniston where the midnight temperature was 61 degrees, the temperature has been falling reaching a 2 pm value of 56 degrees.

Clouds will hang in for much of the afternoon and evening hours, but clearing should occur before sunrise on Monday. By then the mercury will be down into the 20s across Central Alabama.

More cold air coming into the Southeast US behind an Arctic front at midweek will bring the coldest air we’ve seen since January of 2014. The MOS guidance is for 10 degrees Thursday morning at the Birmingham Airport which means that some spots will see single digit values.

-Brian-

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Rain Gone but Clouds Stay

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 11:26

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The rain and storms have pushed off to the east of Central Alabama, and we’re now experiencing cold air advection. Clouds will hold in across the area for much of the day with some breaks allowing peeks at the sun from time to time. But the high for the day has already occurred, and we should see the temperature continue to fall through the 50s today.

With the rain gone, we will see sunny weather through much of the week ahead, but an Arctic blast will bring some of the coldest air to Central Alabama that we’ve seen since last January. The cold air will arrive Wednesday and Thursday, and plunge the morning lows to near record values. The record low for next Thursday is 7 degrees and it is 5 degrees for Friday. I don’t think we’ll get quite that cold, but we are likely to see some of the typically colder spots dip into single digits. The deep upper trough over the eastern half of the country will slowly modify as we head into the weekend with temperatures recovering nicely with lows around freezing and highs in the lower 50s.

A strong short wave trough moving out of the Rockies late next weekend promises our next chance for wet weather to come as we verge into voodoo country late Sunday or Monday. We’ll have to watch the timing for that event which is a long way out.

Voodoo country maintains a generally cold look to it with yet another strong short wave trough that may bring severe weather to the southern US around the 19th of January. But you seasoned veterans know that that is way out in voodoo country, and it is likely to change on future model runs.

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Arctic Blast Ahead

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 06:46

Now that the storms are over, we can turn our attention to bitterly cold air that will invade Alabama this week.

WEDNESDAY: The cold air begins to arrive with a biting north wind of 12-22 mph; a good chance we won’t get out of the 30s, and the wind chill index will be below freezing much of the day.

THURSDAY: The wind will die down late Wednesday night, and we are expecting some single digit lows across North Alabama at daybreak. Here are the projected lows Thursday morning from the new high resolution GFS model…

Places like Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa should experience a low between 10 and 15 degrees.

During the day Thursday, despite a sunny sky, most of North/Central Alabama will stay below freezing all day with a high between 28 and 32. Thankfully the wind won’t be as bad.

FRIDAY: Another very hard freeze Friday morning… temperatures should be similar to those we see early Thursday. Then, a slow warming trend begins Friday afternoon with a high around 40.

We reach the low 50s over the following weekend (January 10-11), so thankfully the bitter cold won’t stick around for long. And, the air will be very dry and there is no risk of snow, freezing rain, or any other type of “wintry precipitation”.

Brian will be along later with a full discussion and a new Weather Xtreme video.

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Tornado Warning

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 04:38

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.

WFUS54 KBMX 040937
TORBMX
ALC109-041015-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0008.150104T0937Z-150104T1015Z/

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
337 AM CST SUN JAN 4 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 415 AM CST

* AT 335 AM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR GOSHEN…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TROY…TROY UNIVERSITY…TROY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT…LINWOOD AND
SANDFIELD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR
THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.

&&

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

LAT…LON 3168 8615 3178 8615 3179 8618 3180 8619
3203 8590 3199 8590 3197 8588 3197 8579
3188 8579 3188 8572
TIME…MOT…LOC 0937Z 229DEG 39KT 3175 8615

$$

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Tornado Warning

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 21:48

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.

WFUS54 KBMX 040248
TORBMX
ALC001-101-040315-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0007.150104T0248Z-150104T0315Z/

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
848 PM CST SAT JAN 3 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN AUTAUGA COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 915 PM CST

* AT 845 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR CANTELOUS…OR 9 MILES SOUTH OF PRATTVILLE…AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HUNTER…MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE…MONTGOMERY RIVERWALK STADIUM…
ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY…ALABAMA STATE CAPITOL…MONTGOMERY
ZOO…BOYLSTON…GUNTER AIR FORCE BASE…LAGOON PARK AND BOB
WOODRUFF LAKE.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 172 THROUGH 176…
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBER 1…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS TORNADO WARNING REPLACES THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING THAT
WAS IN EFFECT FOR THE SAME AREA.

&&

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

LAT…LON 3230 8649 3234 8648 3234 8653 3247 8643
3241 8641 3243 8640 3243 8634 3241 8631
3249 8631 3247 8629 3249 8626 3250 8626
3245 8619 3243 8619 3243 8615 3228 8647
TIME…MOT…LOC 0248Z 229DEG 31KT 3235 8645

$$

05/MA

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 21:45

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.

WUUS54 KBMX 040244
SVRBMX
ALC001-101-040330-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.W.0005.150104T0244Z-150104T0330Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
844 PM CST SAT JAN 3 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN AUTAUGA COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 PM CST

* AT 842 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR CANTELOUS…OR 10 MILES NORTHEAST
OF HAYNEVILLE…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MONTGOMERY…HUNTER…MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE…MONTGOMERY RIVERWALK
STADIUM…ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY…ALABAMA STATE CAPITOL…
MONTGOMERY ZOO AND BOYLSTON.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 170 THROUGH 176…
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 3…

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.

&&

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

LAT…LON 3234 8648 3234 8653 3246 8643 3245 8641
3241 8641 3243 8638 3241 8631 3249 8631
3247 8629 3249 8626 3250 8626 3245 8619
3243 8619 3244 8613 3242 8613 3241 8607
3229 8649
TIME…MOT…LOC 0245Z 229DEG 32KT 3233 8648

$$

05/MA

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lowndes County until 9:15PM

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 21:25

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTH CENTRAL LOWNDES COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 915 PM CST

* AT 822 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MOSSES…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT
30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LOWNDESBORO AND MANACK.

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.

INTENSE SQUALL LINES CAN OCCASIONALLY PRODUCE BRIEF TORNADOES IN
ADDITION TO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WIND DAMAGE. ALTHOUGH NOT
IMMEDIATELY LIKELY…FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON
THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. THIS STORM HAS THE
POTENTIAL TO CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY AND SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

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

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Storms Push East; Not Severe At This Time

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 20:16

Our line of thunderstorms continues pushing east tonight, running into more stable conditions as the atmosphere cools.

It extends from Arab to west of Oneonta to the Birmingham Metro to Brent and on to Marion.

It is pushing east at 20 mph.

Be prepared for torrential rains, gusty winds and intense lightning as it moves east.

There is a tornado watch in effect until 8 p.m. for areas ahead of the line. There is still a chance that a storm could flare up to become severe, but the threat is lessening.

We will continue to monitor.

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More Counties Removed from Watch

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 19:52

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE TORNADO WATCH FOR THE FOLLOWING 5 COUNTIES:

WALKER, WINSTON, GREENE, SUMTER & TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…EUTAW…HALEYVILLE…JASPER…
LIVINGSTON…TUSCALOOSA AND YORK.

TORNADO WATCH REMAINS VALID UNTIL 8 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR THE
FOLLOWING 12 COUNTIES:

AUTAUGA BIBB BLOUNT
CHILTON DALLAS JEFFERSON
LOWNDES PERRY SHELBY
ST. CLAIR
HALE MARENGO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…BIRMINGHAM…BRENT…
CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…FORT DEPOSIT…
GREENSBORO…HOOVER…LINDEN…LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MOODY…
MOUNDVILLE…ONEONTA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PRATTVILLE…
SELMA AND UNIONTOWN.

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Storms Weaken Somewhat, But Still Packing a Punch

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 19:50

Our line of storms has weakened a bit, as expected, as he are losing the heating of the day.

It not extends along I-65 south from Dodge City to Birmingham, then curving down I-59/20 to near Lake View. It then extends on south of the interstate to near Greensboro and Demopolis.

The storms are still packing a punch with gusty winds and torrential rains as well as intense lightning. Be in a safe place as they approach. Try to avoid driving during the peak of the storms.

There is still a chance that the storms could flare up and become severe, especially the further south you go.

A tornado watch continues until 8 p.m. for areas ahead of the storms. We will be monitoring whether the watch will be extended or not.

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Flash Flood Warning Greene/Pickens/Sumter until 9PM

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 19:12

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 900 PM CST

* AT 610 PM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.
RADAR ESTIMATES 3 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS OCCURRED IN THE WARNING
AREA WITH AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR SO OF RAIN POSSIBLE IN AN ALREADY
SATURATED AREA ACROSS WESTERN ALABAMA.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALICEVILLE…CARROLLTON…CUBA…EUTAW…GORDO…LIVINGSTON…
PICKENSVILLE…REFORM…YORK…ALLISON…BENEVOLA…BEVILL LOCK AND
DAM…BLUFFPORT…BOLIGEE…BOYD…EMELLE…EPES…ETHELSVILLE…
FORKLAND…GAINESVILLE…GARDEN…JENA…KNOXVILLE…MANTUA…
MCMULLEN…NEW WEST GREENE…PANOLA…THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST
ALABAMA…THORNHILL AND TISHABEE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

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

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Four Counties Cleared from Tornado Watch

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 19:12

The following counties have been cleared from the tornado watch: Fayette, Lamar, Marion and Pickens.

The tornado watch continues for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Greene/Hale Counties

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 19:03

The more southern segment of storms has just prompted a new severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Greene and Hale Counties.

A dangerous bowing line segment extend in an arc from Boligee down to just west of Forkland. Damaging winds are likely and there is a possibility of a spin up tornado as well. Communities includig Eutaw, Akron and Sawyerville are in the path.

The line segment that prompted the severe thunderstorm warning for Winston County has weakened a bit, but is still quite intense. It is passing near Double Springs and is still capable of producing damaging winds.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CST

* AT 559 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR THORNHILL…OR 9 MILES SOUTH OF
EUTAW…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
EUTAW…WALDEN QUARTERS…SAWYERVILLE…WEDGEWORTH…EVANSVILLE…
AKRON…MOUNDVILLE AND SELDEN LOCK AND DAM.

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Counties Added to Tornado Watch

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 18:47

The tornado watch continues for Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston Counties till 8:00 PM CST

The NWS has added the following counties

Autauga, Blount, Chilton, Dallas, Lowndes, Shelby and St. Clair Counties.

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