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Quick Evening Radar Check

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 17:30

A few areas of showers and storms have developed across Alabama this afternoon. At this time, none of these cells are severe, but they could be producing some gusty winds, small hail, heavy rain, and lightning.

The activity will continue to lift towards the north over the next few hours. Most of this convection should slowly wind down once the sun sets later this evening.

Currently, the more intense activity is affecting portions of Pickens, Greene, Chilton, Lowndes, Montgomery, Pike, and Cherokee Counties.

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Better Risk Of Showers/Storms Tomorrow

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 15:44

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RADAR CHECK: A classic case of “isolated showers and storms” across Alabama this afternoon…

Most places are dry, and the weather is warm and hazy with temperatures in the 80s at mid-afternoon.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: An upper low, now near Wichita Falls, Texas, will get closer to Alabama, and should bring a general increase in the number of showers and storms on these two days, especially over the western half of Alabama. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and highs will be in the 80s. The best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower due to the upper low being close.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The upper feature west of the state will lift northeast and dampen out, and Alabama will remain in a warm, moist airmass. We will forecast routine late May and early June weather on these three days; mixed sun and clouds with the risk of a few scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs over the weekend should be in the 87 to 90 degree range.

No real change early next week.

AT THE BEACH: About 3 to 5 hours of sunshine tomorrow through Friday from Panama City to Gulf Shores, and there will be an increase in the number of showers and storms. The showers thin out this weekend with increasing amounts of sun. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 80s, and sea water temperatures are close to 80 degrees now.

VOODOO LAND: The 12Z run of the GFS continues to hint at a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico in the June 5-8 range… this is still pure speculation at this point, but model consistency has been good. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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Hurricane Awareness – Wind

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:05

This is hurricane awareness week across the US as the National Weather Service (NWS) focuses on educating people to the dangers and procedures to be safe during the upcoming hurricane season which begins June 1. Today’s focus is on wind with tropical systems.

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 271012 PNSBMX ALZ011>015-017>050-272230- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 512 AM CDT TUE MAY 27 2014 ...THIS IS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK... TODAY'S TOPIC: WINDS THE GOAL OF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS TO PROVIDE EDUCATION ABOUT THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH A HURRICANE, WHICH WILL PREPARE YOU TO TAKE ACTION AS A HURRICANE APPROACHES. THIS INFORMATION MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE, AT WORK, HOME, ON THE ROAD, OR ON THE WATER. EACH DAY OF HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK FEATURES A UNIQUE TOPIC RELEVANT TO EDUCATION AND AWARENESS. HURRICANE SEASON OFFICIALLY RUNS FROM JUNE 1ST UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH FOR THE ATLANTIC, CARIBBEAN AND GULF OF MEXICO. TODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON THE HAZARD OF THE WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL SYSTEMS THAT CAN DIRECTLY IMPACT CENTRAL ALABAMA. HURRICANE FORCE WINDS RANGE FROM 74 TO MORE THAN 180 MPH. THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE RATES HURRICANES ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO 5 BASED ON THE STORM'S STRONGEST WINDS AND RELATES THESE WIND SPEEDS TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS AND DAMAGE. TROPICAL STORMS HAVE LOWER WIND SPEEDS, ANYWHERE BETWEEN 39 AND 73 MPH. BUT TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE DAMAGE AS WELL. THE STRONGEST WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH A TROPICAL SYSTEM ARE TYPICALLY ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE SYSTEM, CLOSEST TO FEEDER BANDS AND NEAR THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION. WIND SPEEDS USUALLY DECREASE RATHER SIGNIFICANTLY WITHIN 12 HOURS AFTER LANDFALL, BUT CAN STAY ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE, ESPECIALLY IN GUSTS WELL INLAND. IN MOST CASES, THESE SEVERE WINDS LAST MUCH LONGER THAN THE TYPICAL SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND DO NOT SUBSIDE UNTIL THE SYSTEM MOVES OUT, OR WEAKENS. IN SOME CASES, THESE WINDS MAY PERSIST FOR MANY HOURS. HURRICANES AND TROPICAL STORMS CAN ALSO PRODUCE TORNADOES THAT ADD TO THE STORM'S DESTRUCTIVE POWER. THEY'RE MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR IN THE RIGHT FRONT QUADRANT OF THE TROPICAL CYCLONE, BUT ALSO CAN BE EMBEDDED IN THE RAIN BANDS, WELL AWAY FROM THE STORM'S CENTER. TORNADOES PRODUCED WITHIN A TROPICAL SYSTEM ARE TYPICALLY FAST DEVELOPING AND SHORT LIVED BUT CAN PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR INJURY. DUE TO THIS FAST DEVELOPING NATURE, WARNING LEAD TIMES MAY BE SHORTER THAN NORMAL. AS THE STORM APPROACHES, YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ISSUING ANY TORNADO AND/OR INLAND HIGH WIND WARNINGS. BEFORE HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS, ASSESS YOUR PROPERTY TO ENSURE THAT LANDSCAPING AND TREES DO NOT BECOME A WIND HAZARD. TRIM DEAD WOOD AND OVERHANGING BRANCHES FROM ALL TREES. ANY TREE NEAR YOUR HOME IS AN IMMEDIATE HAZARD. CENTRAL ALABAMA RECEIVES A MAJORITY OF ITS DAMAGE DUE TO FALLEN TREES. THESE TREES CAN ALSO KNOCK POWER LINES DOWN AND CAUSE POWER OUTAGES. MOST MOBILE OR MANUFACTURED HOMES ARE NOT BUILT TO WITHSTAND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS. RESIDENTS OF HOMES NOT MEETING THAT LEVEL OF SAFETY SHOULD RELOCATE TO A NEARBY SAFER STRUCTURE WELL IN ADVANCE OF AN APPROACHING TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE. IF A TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA, SECURE ALL LAWN FURNITURE AND OTHER OUTSIDE OBJECTS THAT COULD BECOME A PROJECTILE IN HIGH WIND SITUATIONS. IN THE EVENT YOU LOSE POWER FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, A GENERATOR MAY BE NECESSARY FOR YOUR POWER SUPPLY. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ANY GASOLINE RUN MACHINERY PRODUCES EXHAUST. THIS EXHAUST CAN BE HARMFUL OR DEADLY WHEN INHALED. USE THIS TYPE OF MACHINERY ONLY IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA. HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY WITH INFORMATION ON INLAND FLOODING. FOR ADDITIONAL PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION, YOU CAN VISIT THESE SITES ON THE INTERNET: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER WWW.HURRICANES.GOV HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK SITE WWW.HURRICANES.GOV/PREPARE/ FEMA WWW.READY.GOV AMERICAN RED CROSS WWW.REDCROSS.ORG/WHAT-WE-DO/DISASTER-RELIEF FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT EITHER JIM STEFKOVICH, THE METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE, OR JOHN DEBLOCK, THE WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST, AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA OFFICE AT 205-664-3010. $$
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