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Alabama’s Deadliest 1991 Tornado was an F1

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 12:14

From The Tuscaloosa News

Hoyt Watts awakened around 5:35 a.m. on the morning of March 29, 1991 in his home on Highway 21 in Mumford in Talladega County.  It was storming outside.  Storming bad.  The wind was roaring loudly and lightning was flashing as thunder sounded continuously.  He looked out the window and could not believe his eyes.  A mobile home was flying through the air.  Airborne.  Sixty or seventy feet in the air.  As he watched in shock, the trailer home exploded in midair.

It was the mobile home of his son Ronnie.  He dressed frantically and rushed to search for his son and his family.  Ronnie’s wife Lisa and their sons had been at home.

They found Lisa dead, blown about 75 yards, with her one of the children in her arms.  Over a quarter of a mile away, they found Ronnie’s body with the remains of the mobile home.  The other son was critically injured, but died later.

How could it have happened?  Ronnie knew that mobile homes were vulnerable to high winds.  He had taken extra care to tie down their home with steel straps, as was the recommendation.  But the tornado snapped those straps and sent the trailer flying like a crumpled ball of aluminum foil.

Four people died in this one home.  A fifth person died in another mobile home.

When the National Weather Service did the storm survey, it was hard to imagine this would turn out to be the deadliest tornado of the year in Alabama.  The tornado was only on the ground for one mile and had a path width of just 300 feet.  But it found eight mobile homes with deadly accuracy.  In addition to the five fatalities, there were 13 injuries. 

Perhaps the most amazing fact was that the tornado only attained an F1 ranking.  This serves as a powerful reminder that even small, weak tornadoes can kill…

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Rain Moving Out

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 06:46

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It’s been quite a soaking rain event with many streams and rivers running full thanks to between 2 and 3 inches of rainfall over the last 36 hours or so. But fortunately for the 8,513 fans who went to Regions Field last night to see the Barons take on the Chicago White Sox, the weather played nice as round 2 of the rain held off until after midnight. Unfortunately, the White Sox prevailed in the game. Still nice to have a major league team in town.

Some additional good fortune for us came in the form of limited thunderstorms. Yesterday I had some concerns for potentially strong to severe storms, but the lack of strong instability as well as a lack of deep low level moisture helped to keep the strength of the updrafts down. Even with these limitations, those storms overnight were rather “hot” with a tremendous amount of cloud to ground lightning showing up. This never sits well with my dog, so we spent the better part of the night in the basement room which is nearly soundproof and certainly calms Cheyenne’s anxiety along with her thunder coat!

The weather will be improving for us as a surface low glides across North Alabama this morning headed northeast toward the Mid-Atlantic states by tomorrow morning. While the bulk of the rain has moved east of Central Alabama, a sizable area of rain continued over the northwest quadrant of the state, and that will be exiting the area by late morning. This should pave the way for some peeks at the sun for the afternoon hours as clouds break up a bit. Temperatures will not climb much today with highs expected to rise into the middle and upper 60s.

Some additional good news came in the form of rainfall amounts in round 2. Fortunately, after many locations saw between 2 and 3 inches of rain in round 1 that ended by noon Saturday, round 2 did not produce quite as much rain across North and Central Alabama as I thought it might. So we dodged any serious flash flooding issues. Many rivers and major streams are running pretty full due to the rain, and some portions of the Black Warrior and Sucarnoochee rivers are under flood warnings for what is described primarily as minor flooding problems.

Sunday looks to be a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and temperatures climbing into the upper 60s. Thanks to a building upper level ridge acting as a shield for us, the weather is forecast to be good through the middle of the week. In fact, by Wednesday we could be pushing the 80-degree mark for highs with temperatures forecast to reach the upper 70s.

The next disturbance in the upper flow will come out of the southern Rockies late Thursday and early Friday. This will move a surface low across the Central US with a cold front dragging down into the Lower Mississippi River Valley on Friday. I think we stay dry on Thursday with the better chances for rain coming Thursday night and into Friday. Because of the strong ridge over the Southeast US coast, the front will stall out across the Southeast US without any major eastward or southward push. This is likely to keep us unsettled with showers possible for next weekend until another developing trough over the southern Rockies finally come eastward on Monday. While the GFS and the European are not exact copies of one another, they present with similar patterns and reasonably close timing on this system.

While it is into voodoo country, that Monday system looks fairly strong, so it could be responsible for a round of severe weather. The pattern keeps a chilly look to it through the 9th or 10th, and then another potent short wave moves across the Middle Mississippi River Valley on the 13th promising another episode of active weather. The overall pattern certainly looks reasonable especially when looking at the calendar and remembering that we are moving into the peak month of severe weather.

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-Brian-

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Rain and Storms

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 02:50

Showers and storms continue to move across Alabama this morning. All of Alabama will see soaking rain during the morning hours. The more intense storms are along and south of the Interstate 20 corridor this morning and all this activity is moving east.

There are some reports of lightning and loud rumbles of thunder in many areas. Though heavy rain is occurring, as well as gusty winds, there are no severe storms across Central Alabama and we are not expecting any as all storms remain below severe limits. These showers and storms will last for several more hours.

If you are out and about this morning, use caution as there will be ponding on the roadways and some areas could also see some isolated flooding as a result of the heavy rainfall.

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Storms Weaken Approaching the State

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:44

Large mass of showers and storms continues to push across Mississippi this morning. The overall intensity of the line is beginning to weaken as the line approaches the more stable air over Alabama. For the next few hours, we will see this activity move into Alabama and it will likely produce some heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and maybe even some hail. After the soaking rain for many areas earlier today, we may have to watch for some isolated areas of flooding.

We are not expecting any severe weather with this area of showers and storms the next several hours. Just be mindful there will be a few stronger storms associated with this activity and there will certainly be some bright flashes of lightning as well as very loud thunder. The better dynamics and instability were west of Alabama, the threat for severe weather is very marginal the rest of tonight.

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Watching the Weather to the West

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 20:47

We continue to monitor the situation to our west. Widespread and organized severe weather is ongoing across the Lower Mississippi Valley. Severe thunderstorm, outlined in blue, and tornado, outlined in red, watches have been issued as far east as the the Mississippi/Alabama state line. Numerous severe weather warnings are in effect across the region.

Heading through the overnight hours, this activity will continue to head east and will be entering Alabama most likely after midnight. Because of today’s earlier rain and storm activity over the state, the atmosphere over Alabama is very stable. There is almost no surface based CAPE across the state and this will affect storms as they move into the area later. Storms are likely to remain severe across Mississippi, but by the time they enter Alabama, do to the lack of instability, the storms will weaken.

For the overnight hours, we will see widespread showers and thunderstorms, but severe weather is not expect across the state. We will see some strong storms with gusty winds and hail possible, but the better dynamics and instability for severe weather are just to west of the state. We will continue to monitor the situation as we head through the overnight hours.

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A Break in the Action, More Storms Overnight

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:30

It was definitely a wet start to the day across all of Alabama. Heavy rains moved in and have moved out very slowly today. Most locations in Central and South Alabama received one to two inches, with some areas over two inches of rain with this first round of showers and thunderstorms. Across the Gulf Coast areas of the state, it has rained all day where a few severe storms occurred as well as multiple flash flood warnings. The majority of the rain has exited Central Alabama with only the southeastern counties and areas along the Gulf Coast still receiving rain this afternoon.

BIRMINGHAM BARONS: Tonight a sell-out crowd is expected a Regions Field as our hometown Birmingham Barons take on the Chicago White Sox. First pitch it at 6PM this evening. The weather for the games doesn’t look all that bad. Mostly cloudy conditions, with the rain expected to hold off until after the game. It will be cool heading to the ball park this evening, temperatures will be right around 60 degrees during the game.

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: The SPC continues to have much of eastern Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley outlined in a risk for severe weather. Even early this afternoon, severe storms were developing in this region and were beginning to race off towards the east. Damaging winds and large hail are the greatest concern with the severe weather today, but isolated tornadoes and flash flooding are possible. This risk areas does approach the northwestern portions of the state. Additional storms will be developing over the Mississippi Delta this evening and will likely make it as far east as Alabama by midnight.

YES, MORE STORMS TONIGHT: Through out the week we were expecting the threat for strong and severe storms to impact Alabama later tonight. Earlier today the SPC removed most of Alabama from the threat of severe weather. We have this morning’s rain and thunderstorms to thank for that,  as that area of unsettled weather continued to hang over the southern part of the state and Gulf Coast. This has prevented a return flow off the Gulf of Mexico which would have helped instability to increase across the state. This morning’s activity worked over the atmosphere in Alabama and has stabilized it. What does this mean?

We will still see storms overnight, and some of those storms could be strong. However, as they approach the state, with the stable atmosphere over Alabama, these storms will be weakening. Overnight all locations in Alabama will see more rain and storms, but any organized and widespread severe weather is not expected to occur. We will have to watch out for some gusty winds and the threat of flooding as many areas across the state have received a soaking rain today with many small streams and creeks running full.

A quick glance of the radar shows the strong and severe storms ongoing in the risk area. As mentioned above, this activity will continue to head east towards Alabama and will be arriving later tonight.

SATURDAY GETS BETTER: A wet start to the weekend, as showers and storms are expected to be ongoing during the morning hours. The front and the rain will be exiting the region rapidly through the day, and by early afternoon we expect most of the rain to be out of Alabama. Dry air moves in behind the front and I really think we will have afternoon clearing for Saturday, with many areas seeing the sun late in the day. Afternoon highs are expected to reach the upper 60s and lower 70s. With a drier air mass moving in and a clearing sky, we do expect our overnight lows will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

SUNDAY: A phenomenal day of weather. After those lows in the 30s, full sunshine will help us all warm into the upper 60s and lower 70s. This is the first of several beautiful spring days across the state.

NEW WEEK, NEW MONTH: That is right the last day or March is Monday, that means we turn the page and enter the month of April. You could not ask for better weather for this transition with a sky full of sunshine and warm weather. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 70s while overnight lows should be around 50 degrees.

NEXT STORM SYSTEM: By midweek, it looks as though another area of low pressure will be developing over the southern Plains. We will be watching this system carefully as the SPC has already issued a risk for severe weather over portions of the Red River Valley for Wednesday. This system will be lifting towards the northeast and will swing a front through the Southeast. Still a lot of uncertainty in regards to any severe weather threat for us in Alabama, but just something to keep in mind. We are entering the heart of severe weather season for Alabama, and any system could produce severe weather. Late Wednesday we are likely see clouds increasing across the area, and showers and storms should occur Thursday into Thursday night. It looks like this system will move through the region swiftly.

THE NEXT ALABAMA WEEKEND: The storm system looks to clear the region Friday and the GFS is painting a splendid weekend for Alabama. At this time, showers and storms are not expected as dry weather will move in with an area of high pressure. Ample sunshine with afternoon highs well into the 70s, and possibly approaching 80. Overnight lows will be in the 50s.

BEACHBOUND: To start the weekend, showers and thunderstorms will occur along the northern Gulf Coast. By Sunday, the weather breaks on the beaches and the weather turns beautiful for several days. Expect highs in the 70s with overnight lows in the 50s. Next chance of rain for the Northern Gulf Coast will be late Wednesday into Thursday as the next storm system approaches. Water temperature early this afternoon was 61 degrees.

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Weather Update Just After 1 PM

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:09

The weather looking a little better for Central Alabama this afternoon as round 1 of a two round rain event has edged out of the area. Radar at 1 pm showed the bulk of the rain across southern and East Central Alabama east of a line from about Heflin to Alexander City to Montgomery, but the sky remained overcast. Much of the area along and south of the Interstate 20 corridor received on the order of 2 to 2 and a half inches of rain from round 1. This has filled streams, ditches, and small brooks as well as saturated the ground, so we will need to be wary that any additional heavy rain that might occur early Saturday morning could create flash flood issues in some locations.

Fortunately, the threat of severe storms has diminished somewhat, and the SPC has pulled the slight risk area out of nearly all of Alabama with the exception of the Southeast corner for tonight and early Saturday.

Lots of interest in the weather for the exhibition ball game tonight between the Southern League champion Birmingham Barons and the Chicago White Sox. Latest weather data and computer model runs maintains the idea that any rain or thunderstorms will not return until after midnight. Temperatures during the game will most likely be in the range from about 58 to 62, so a light jacket might be in order for those headed to the game. While we can’t completely rule out a small passing shower, the bulk of the rain is not expected to return until after the game is over. Due to the widespread precipitation this morning, patchy fog may form this evening, so be alert to this on your drive home from the game.

Since my daughter lives in Chicago, it’s not an easy choice, but I’ll have to pull for the hometown boys in this game. Go Barons!!

-Brian-

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Rainfall Totals So Far

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:42

The rain gauge at my house in Helena just ticked over 2.30 inches for total rain since midnight bringing the event total here to 2.40 inches. Much of the area along and north and west of the Interstate 20 corridor has seen an end to much of the rain with the largest rain shield at 10:30 am in an area bounded by a line from Mobile to Birmingham to Atlanta to Tallahassee. As you can see from the regional radar image below, the strongest line of storms was pushing off the Alabama coast and pushing along the Northwest Florida coast in the vicinity of Pensacola.

As Ryan has noted below, the threat for severe storms appears to have diminished for Central Alabama during Round Two tonight and Saturday morning. With the widespread coverage of fairly significant rainfall amounts shown in the summary below from the NWS in Birmingham, we will need to be vigilant for areas of heavy rain in Round Two which could lead to flash flooding issues.

-Brian-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 918 AM CDT FRI MAR 28 2014 ...LATEST 24 HOUR RAINFALL REPORTS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA... LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON ...AUTAUGA... 2 ENE BENTON 2.15 IN 0800 AM 03/28 32.33N/86.78W 2 SE PRATTVILLE 2.05 IN 0910 AM 03/28 32.44N/86.43W 2 NE PRATTVILLE 1.73 IN 0902 AM 03/28 32.49N/86.42W 1 NNW PRATTVILLE 1.66 IN 0903 AM 03/28 32.48N/86.45W ...BARBOUR... 7 SSW FLORENCE MARINA STATE PA 0.27 IN 0855 AM 03/28 32.01N/85.09W ...BIBB... 1 NNE BRENT 2.41 IN 0826 AM 03/28 32.96N/87.17W ...BLOUNT... 3 SSE HIGHLAND LAKE 0.94 IN 0730 AM 03/28 33.85N/86.41W 1 WSW SMOKE RISE 0.60 IN 0803 AM 03/28 33.87N/86.84W ...BULLOCK... 7 WSW UNION SPRINGS 0.42 IN 0905 AM 03/28 32.10N/85.83W ...CALHOUN... 1 ENE BYNUM 1.84 IN 0910 AM 03/28 33.62N/85.94W ANNISTON ARPT ASOS 1.54 IN 0653 AM 03/28 33.59N/85.86W 2 E FORT MCCLELLAN 1.50 IN 0846 AM 03/28 33.72N/85.76W JACKSONVILLE ST UNIV 1.29 IN 0630 AM 03/28 33.83N/85.76W ...CHAMBERS... FIVE POINTS 0.89 IN 0901 AM 03/28 33.02N/85.35W ...CHEROKEE... WEISS DAM POWER HOUSE 0.56 IN 0700 AM 03/28 34.13N/85.80W 3 W MENLO 0.30 IN 0700 AM 03/28 34.48N/85.52W ...CHILTON... 9 E CLANTON 2.00 IN 0700 AM 03/28 32.83N/86.48W 4 NE THORSBY 1.47 IN 0910 AM 03/28 32.96N/86.67W ...CLAY... 2 ENE ASHLAND 1.43 IN 0901 AM 03/28 33.28N/85.80W 3 NE LINEVILLE 1.16 IN 0903 AM 03/28 33.35N/85.72W ...CLEBURNE... 2 W HEFLIN 1.61 IN 0814 AM 03/28 33.65N/85.63W HEFLIN 0.03 IN 0906 AM 03/28 33.65N/85.58W ...COOSA... 12 E CLANTON 2.48 IN 0717 AM 03/28 32.83N/86.42W 10 SW ALEXANDER CITY 1.64 IN 0700 AM 03/28 32.82N/86.05W ...ELMORE... 7 WNW ECLECTIC 1.65 IN 0800 AM 03/28 32.68N/86.14W 2 S TALLASSEE 1.31 IN 0900 AM 03/28 32.50N/85.89W 1 SE BLUE RIDGE 0.85 IN 0700 AM 03/28 32.48N/86.18W ...ETOWAH... WALNUT GROVE 0.47 IN 0830 AM 03/28 34.07N/86.31W SARDIS CITY 0.41 IN 0904 AM 03/28 34.17N/86.11W ...FAYETTE... 3 S BERRY 0.81 IN 0630 AM 03/28 33.62N/87.61W ...JEFFERSON... 2 NE HOOVER 1.78 IN 0906 AM 03/28 33.40N/86.80W LEEDS 1.62 IN 0800 AM 03/28 33.54N/86.53W 3 NE FAIRFIELD 1.57 IN 0815 AM 03/28 33.52N/86.88W CAHABA PUMP HOUSE 1.54 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.45N/86.72W BIRMINGHAM ARPT ASOS 1.17 IN 0653 AM 03/28 33.57N/86.75W 1 NW TRUSSVILLE 0.91 IN 0857 AM 03/28 33.65N/86.62W 4 NNE PINSON-CLAY-CHALKV 0.75 IN 0908 AM 03/28 33.74N/86.64W TARRANT 0.26 IN 0830 AM 03/28 33.60N/86.76W VESTAVIA HILLS 0.10 IN 0907 AM 03/28 33.43N/86.78W ...LAMAR... 5 W MILLPORT 0.95 IN 0903 AM 03/28 33.55N/88.17W 6 WNW VERNON 0.67 IN 0858 AM 03/28 33.79N/88.21W ...LEE... 3 NNE AUBURN 0.98 IN 0856 AM 03/28 32.63N/85.47W 2 NW OPELIKA 0.93 IN 0909 AM 03/28 32.68N/85.40W AUBURN 0.43 IN 0655 AM 03/28 32.62N/85.43W ...MACON... 9 ESE NOTASULGA 0.66 IN 0826 AM 03/28 32.48N/85.56W ...MARENGO... DEMOPOLIS 2.45 IN 0908 AM 03/28 32.52N/87.84W ...MARION... 3 S HAMILTON 0.73 IN 0700 AM 03/28 34.10N/87.99W ...MONTGOMERY... 5 E MONTGOMERY 1.26 IN 0910 AM 03/28 32.35N/86.19W 7 WSW SHORTER 1.00 IN 0906 AM 03/28 32.37N/86.06W 5 WNW MONTGOMERY 0.72 IN 0658 AM 03/28 32.38N/86.37W 2 NE MONTGOMERY 0.64 IN 0904 AM 03/28 32.38N/86.26W MONTGOMERY DANNELLY FIELD 0.45 IN 0653 AM 03/28 32.30N/86.41W 4 WNW MONTGOMERY 0.07 IN 0858 AM 03/28 32.38N/86.34W 2 E MONTGOMERY 0.02 IN 0905 AM 03/28 32.35N/86.25W ...PERRY... 9 WNW MAPLESVILLE 2.10 IN 0841 AM 03/28 32.83N/87.04W ...PICKENS... 6 S MEMPHIS 3.26 IN 0800 AM 03/28 33.05N/88.30W ...PIKE... TROY MUNICIPAL APT 0.26 IN 0653 AM 03/28 31.78N/85.95W ...RANDOLPH... R.L. HARRIS DAM 0.88 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.25N/85.62W 4 NNE ROANOKE 0.76 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.20N/85.35W ...RUSSELL... 13 WSW FORT BENNING/LAWSON ARM 0.42 IN 0800 AM 03/28 32.29N/85.19W HURTSBORO 0.41 IN 0907 AM 03/28 32.24N/85.42W 2 SSW PHENIX CITY 0.36 IN 0905 AM 03/28 32.44N/85.02W 3 ESE SEALE 0.16 IN 0700 AM 03/28 32.29N/85.12W ...SHELBY... 1 SE HELENA 2.14 IN 0903 AM 03/28 33.27N/86.83W 2 SSW PELHAM 2.11 IN 0707 AM 03/28 33.27N/86.81W 4 E ALABASTER 2.09 IN 0725 AM 03/28 33.23N/86.75W 1 S HELENA 2.01 IN 0910 AM 03/28 33.27N/86.86W CALERA 1.96 IN 0722 AM 03/28 33.11N/86.75W SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT 1.93 IN 0653 AM 03/28 33.18N/86.78W 1 WNW HELENA 1.88 IN 0910 AM 03/28 33.30N/86.87W 4 NNW CALERA 1.87 IN 0825 AM 03/28 33.15N/86.78W 2 WSW ALABASTER 1.85 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.22N/86.86W 2 E MEADOWBROOK 1.76 IN 0820 AM 03/28 33.40N/86.67W 6 ENE LAKE PURDY 1.74 IN 0800 AM 03/28 33.46N/86.59W 4 ENE LAKE PURDY 1.68 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.44N/86.62W 1 SW MEADOWBROOK 1.63 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.39N/86.71W 1 W INVERNESS 1.62 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.41N/86.74W HELENA 1.31 IN 0908 AM 03/28 33.29N/86.85W 3 N CHELSEA 0.28 IN 0903 AM 03/28 33.37N/86.64W ...ST. CLAIR... LOGAN MARTIN DAM 1.46 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.43N/86.33W 2 SSW MARGARET 1.15 IN 0758 AM 03/28 33.66N/86.49W 2 E MARGARET 1.00 IN 0908 AM 03/28 33.69N/86.44W MOODY 0.02 IN 0859 AM 03/28 33.59N/86.49W 2 N PELL CITY 0.01 IN 0845 AM 03/28 33.59N/86.27W ...SUMTER... 1 SSW LIVINGSTON 1.39 IN 0830 AM 03/28 32.57N/88.19W ...TALLADEGA... 1 ENE TALLADEGA 1.96 IN 0826 AM 03/28 33.44N/86.08W 7 ENE VINCENT 1.89 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.44N/86.31W WATER PLANT 1.36 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.21N/86.21W ...TUSCALOOSA... 11 SSE HOLT 2.38 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.08N/87.40W TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT 1.81 IN 0653 AM 03/28 33.22N/87.61W 5 W NORTHPORT 1.75 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.24N/87.69W 8 NE VANCE 1.70 IN 0910 AM 03/28 33.27N/87.16W 2 NE HOLT 1.60 IN 0700 AM 03/28 33.25N/87.45W 14 N BROOKWOOD 1.41 IN 0830 AM 03/28 33.46N/87.35W 12 S BERRY 1.32 IN 0730 AM 03/28 33.48N/87.60W ...WALKER... WALKER CO. AIRPORT 0.70 IN 0840 AM 03/28 33.91N/87.31W 2 ENE JASPER 0.65 IN 0904 AM 03/28 33.86N/87.24W ...WINSTON... 3 NNE HALEYVILLE 0.32 IN 0656 AM 03/28 34.28N/87.60W ADDISON 0.29 IN 0630 AM 03/28 34.20N/87.18W OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. $$ NWS BIRMINGHAM AL
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Severe Weather Threat Decreases for Central Alabama

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:18

When issuing the latest day one convective outlook, the SPC removed most of Alabama from the risk for severe weather we were expecting later tonight. As Brian mentioned in his post below, the ongoing showers and thunderstorms across southern Alabama and the Gulf Coast are producing subsidence on the back side of the rain shield, as well as limiting the return flow or warm, moist air back into Central Alabama. This means the atmosphere over Alabama has stabilized and is not expected to become unstable because of the rain and cloud cover. The widespread and organized threat for severe weather for Alabama for later tonight has decreased significantly. Great news!

The only parts of Alabama currently outlined within risk, the green line on the image below, are portions of southern Alabama, and the extreme northwestern corner of the state. We expect the widespread showers over Central and South Alabama to continue for the next few hours. The main concern for the near-term is some areas of flooding. Some locations have received nearly two inches of rain since midnight, and this is causing ponding on the the roadways as well as allowing streams to run full. Remember if you come across flood waters, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

Though the severe weather threat has decreased for areas in Alabama, this does not mean we will not see storms later tonight. We still expect quite a bit of severe weather to develop to our west this afternoon and evening. This activity will race east and will impact much of Alabama during the overnight hours, but because the atmosphere over Alabama is more stable, the storms should be weakening as they enter the state. We will likely see a few strong storms overnight, and an isolated severe storm will still be possible, especially for areas along the state line with Mississippi,  but organized and widespread severe weather is not expected for Alabama.

Of course we will continue to monitor trends throughout the rest of today and we will be watching the weather to our west, as things can certainly change rapidly when it comes to the weather.

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Round 1 Ending – Round 2 Tonight

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 07:53

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You might call it a one, two punch, since we’re facing a double-header rain event with one rain event coming to an end this morning and the second one shaping up for late tonight. Flooding issues have become a bigger problem for us in round two due to the widespread and relatively heavy rain which occurred early this morning with some spots recording over 2 inches of rainfall. While the afternoon will be mainly dry, some scattered showers could occur.

A strong upper trough comes out of the Rockies tonight and Saturday bringing us round two in the rain event. A good deal of uncertainty exists with the forecast tonight and early Saturday morning due to several factors. Instability as shown by CAPE values will peak this evening across the Central Gulf Coast region and should be decreasing somewhat for Alabama during the early morning hours when the atmosphere is a little cooler and a bit more stable. However, the shear potential as shown by helicity will be sufficient to allow generation of some rotating storms, so while hail and damaging wind appear to be the greatest threats, we can’t completely rule out the possibility of isolated tornadoes.

The limiting factors that are tough to fully evaluate include the presence of ongoing thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast this afternoon and evening. The presence of these storms could help to rob the surface low of some of its punch. It’s also interesting to note that the GFS MOS values should dew points only reaching the middle and upper 50s. While once again sufficient, it does not appear likely that the deep moisture as seen by surface dew points in the 60s will be able to reach all the way north to the heart of Central Alabama. Experience has shown that this can change rapidly depending in part on the strength of the surface low and precisely how fast it moves toward the northeast. So the best course of action for Central Alabama is to be prepared for the potential for severe thunderstorms tonight and early Saturday.

The strong upper trough will move across the Southeast US on Saturday bringing an end to the rain as the surface low moves into the Mid-Atlantic states. The upper level flow goes into a fairly strong ridge pattern for the Southeast US from Sunday into the middle of next week keeping the mainly westerlies well to our north and providing us with good weather with highs climbing into the 70s for Monday through Wednesday.

Another strong trough coming out of the Rockies on Thursday promises to bring another rain event and some potential for severe weather as a strong surface low moves northeast across the western portion of the Ohio River Valley. While this is verging on voodoo country and we can’t be very specific on what we will see develop, it certainly has the look of a severe weather situation. But we do need to get beyond the one we’re watching for tonight.

The GFS continues to show an active pattern of weather systems into Week 2. There is even the indication of a strong storm with winter weather consequences for the Northeast US and Mid-Atlantic states around April 10th.

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I will have the next Weather Xtreme Video on Saturday morning, however, I’ll try to post some forecast notes here later today and tonight as the current weather situation unfolds. Enjoy the day, but please stay weather aware tonight and early Saturday on this developing weather situation. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Showers and Storms Moving In

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 21:25

The leading edge of the showers and storms is moving into Alabama a little faster than expected. Rain with a few rumbles of thunder are already affecting Lamar and Marion counties. Over the next few hours, the area of showers and storms over Mississippi and Louisiana will continue to push into and through Alabama.

There were a few severe storms over northern Mississippi earlier tonight, but things have since calmed down. We are not expecting any threat from severe weather tonight in Central Alabama. We do expect a soaking rain for many areas, and certainly some great sleeping weather. Once it starts raining at your location, it will last for several hours.

 

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Showers Arrive Overnight, Storms Tomorrow Night

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 19:03

We are supporting the Spann family as they remain in our thoughts and prayers this evening and the next several days. James’ wife Karen lost her mother earlier today. Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers as well during this time as they mourn this loss.

We are watching showers and storms developing to our west as they will be heading east during the overnight hours. They will be impacting portions of Alabama likely around midnight. By the time you wake up in the morning, expect widespread showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms to be ongoing to start the day. We are not expecting any severe weather across Central Alabama tonight. The system to our west will be lifting towards the eastern Great Lakes and the better dynamics will be lifting north with it.

As we head into Friday, the SPC does have the western edge of Alabama included in their standard slight risk for sever weather. Areas along and west of U.S. Highway 43 from Muscle Shoals, down to Fayette, Tuscaloosa, Demopolis, Jackson, and Mobile are included. This risk is not for the activity showing up on radar tonight. Another feature will move across the region tomorrow and will be the reason additional showers and storms develop tomorrow.  Most of tomorrow should be okay across the state, the severe weather threat will arrive late tomorrow night and into the early morning hours of Saturday.

The main dynamics and instability with this next system will be to the west of Alabama. Storms are expected to develop over eastern Texas and the ARKLATEX tomorrow afternoon, and will begin to head east. All modes of severe weather will be possible with storms that develop including damaging winds and a few isolated tornadoes, but the main concern appears to be the threat for large hail. As the storms head east through the afternoon and evening, they will likely merge into a line which will possibly heighten the damaging wind threat.

Closer to us in Alabama, a secondary area of low pressure will be developing in the Lower Mississippi Valley. This added shear and uplift will allow for some severe cells to develop over northern Mississippi where the better dynamics will be located. These storms will also likely merge into a line as they head east. The main timing for storms to impact Alabama are 9PM Friday to 4 AM Saturday morning. It does appear the main threats for us in Alabama will be damaging winds and hail. Since we are expecting the bulk of this activity during the overnight hours, make sure you have a way to receive severe weather alerts

SATURDAY: The showers and storms will still be ongoing Saturday morning, but should be exiting the state quickly during the late morning hours. By Saturday afternoon, I think we will begin to see clearing as afternoon highs should be around the 70 degree mark. A front also pushes through Saturday and will bring us a bit of cooler air. Lows Saturday night will likely be in the upper 30s for much of Central Alabama.

THE REST OF THE WEEKEND: Sunday will be a beautiful day across not just Alabama but the entire Southeast. High pressure will build in and will give us several days of warm and dry weather. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s while overnight lows should moderate into the lower 50s.

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Your Weekly U.S. Drought Monitor Update

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:19

A bit of an improvement in portions of the West from the drought conditions persisting there, but portions of five states continue to suffer from exceptional drought conditions. Areas in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nevada, and California remain under exceptional drought conditions. Elsewhere, a vast majority of the Midwest, the central and southern Plains, the Southwest, and areas along the West Coast continue to experience drought conditions.

For the state of Alabama conditions have gotten a little worse over the last week. We are now seeing portions of Northwest Alabama experiencing moderate drought conditions. These conditions are affecting locations in Limestone, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Colbert, and Franklin counties. Abnormally dry conditions have expanded across the Tennessee Valley as well and along with the counties listed above, portions of Marion, Morgan, Madison, and Jackson counties have now been included in the abnormally dry conditions.

For East & Central Alabama, there was no change in the abnormally dry conditions as they still include portions of Talladega, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Randolph, Cleburne, Clay, Chilton, Dallas, Autauga, and Elmore counties.

For southern Alabama, abnormally dry conditions persist across the Wiregrass Region, affecting locations in Pike, Crenshaw, Coffee, Geneva, Covington, Escambia, Conecuh and Baldwin counties.

Overall, for the entire state the abnormally dry conditions have increased in the amount of area they cover. Last week it was at 18.48% of the state, this week it grew by 3.3% to 21.78%. Also, the new category of moderate drought covers 3.37% of the state. Hopefully the rainfall we will receive the next few days will help these areas and we will see a reversal of the current trends.

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Twenty Years Ago Today…

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:18

A series of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes moved across Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. These storms accounted for injuries to at least 422 persons, including 47 fatalities. Here in our state, the biggest tragedy was an EF-4 tornado that destroyed the Goshen United Methodist Church building during the morning worship service. Twenty people died inside the church, all part of an Easter drama that was in progress that Palm Sunday morning. Ten of those who died were children, including four year old Hannah Clem, the daughter of Pastor Kelly Clem.

A tornado warning was issued 12 minutes before the church was hit, but they never heard the warning. Another reminder that every church in Alabama must have a NOAA Weather Radio.

Below is a special put together ten years ago by Bill Castle of ABC 33/40 that looks back at this horrible day.

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Warming Up; Rain Ahead

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:13

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THIS MORNING: Temperatures have been slowly rising over the past few hours across Alabama thanks to clouds and a southerly breeze; some of the colder pockets were below freezing overnight. But, at daybreak, most communities are in the 40s. We do note a few sprinkles on radar at daybreak over North Alabama.

The day ahead will be generally dry with mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the 67-70 degree range as a warming trend begins. Showers become more likely late tonight after midnight.

TO THE WEST: SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up for much of Arkansas and Missouri this afternoon and tonight as a surface low deepens over the High Plains.

TOMORROW: The storms to the west will move into Alabama tomorrow morning, but the dynamic support will move well to the north of here, and with marginal instability I do not expect any severe weather. I believe the most organized storms will be from about 5:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

There should be a relative lull in the rain tomorrow afternoon and early tomorrow night. Still, a few showers could be around, but nothing too widespread. The Birmingham Barons host the Chicago White Sox at Regions Field in downtown Birmingham tomorrow evening; a very good chance they get the game in, and temperatures will be very comfortable (upper 60s). Just, a passing shower is certainly possible.

ROUND TWO: A secondary low will form just northwest of Alabama tomorrow night, and a second round of showers and storms will impact our state late tomorrow night into early Saturday morning. SPC has the far western part of Alabama under a “slight risk” for this…

The high resolution NAM model hints the main window for these storms will come from about midnight tomorrow night through 8:00 a.m. Saturday. With only marginal instability (surface based CAPE values under 750 j/kg), weak wind fields (low level jet under 40 knots), and a small amount of shear, the overall severe weather threat for our state looks very low at this point. Still, we will monitor the storms closely as they move through since this is late March.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Most of the rain will exit East Alabama by mid-morning Saturday, and the sun should break out Saturday afternoon as drier air works in here. Saturday’s high will be in the low to mid 70s. Then, expect a beautiful spring day Sunday, with sunshine in full force and a high in the low 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Dry, mild weather continues through Wednesday; the next round of showers and thunderstorms will come on Thursday (April 3). A little too early to determine if severe weather will be involved. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Today will be cloudy at times with some risk of scattered showers, then showers and storms are more likely tomorrow and Saturday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. The weather on the coast will be mostly sunny Sunday through Wednesday of next week. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 60s, with 70s just a few miles inland. The sea water temperature remains near 60 degrees.

TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY: A violent tornado touched down near that Palm Sunday morning near Ragland at 10:51 a.m. It struck Ohatchee and then hit the Goshen United Methodist Church, north of Piedmont, at 11:39 a.m. during their morning worship service. Twenty people died in the church another ninety were injured. The people in the church never heard the warning which was issued 12 minutes before the church building was destroyed. Most of those who died were performing an Easter drama when the tornado struck.

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Warmer Days Ahead; Moisture Levels Will Rise

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:25

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SUNNY, COOL LATE MARCH DAY: Hard to find a decent cloud in the Alabama sky today, but temperatures remain well below average. Some North Alabama communities are still in the 40s early this afternoon.

Tonight will be cold, but not as cold as last night. Clearly the colder pockets across North Alabama will see another freeze; places like Valley Head, Fort Payne, and Black Creek should see a low in the 28-32 degree range. Keep in mind some of these communities saw upper teens early this morning (Black Creek and Valley Head dropped to 18). Most cities, however, will see a low in the mid 30s tonight and early tomorrow.

WARMING TREND BEGINS TOMORROW: We rise into the 60s tomorrow as a warming trend begins. Moisture levels will also slowly rise, and we project a mix of sun and clouds. Just a small risk of a shower during the day; showers are more likely late tomorrow night as a cold front approaches.

To the west, SPC has much of Arkansas and Missouri in the standard “slight risk” of severe weather tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night.

FRIDAY: Showers and storms will increase across Alabama, but the upper support will lift out well to the northeast, and with marginal instability we don’t expect any severe weather. In terms of timing, the best chance of rain will come during the morning hours Friday. I sure can’t rule out a shower Friday afternoon or Friday night, but there should be a relative lull in rain activity then. The day will be mild with a high in the low to mid 70s.

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FRIDAY NIGHT/SATURDAY MORNING? SPC has a pretty good part of North Alabama in a “slight risk” for severe weather during this period as a secondary low forms to the west. The main window for this second round of storms will come from about 12:00 midnight Friday night through 12:00 noon Saturday; the latest GFS run has shifted surface low position more to the south, which would lessen any severe weather threat for North Alabama. Also, instability and shear values are rather marginal, so at this point I don’t think severe weather will be too much of an issue for our state.

However, this is late March and we are getting into the core of our spring tornado season, so any system this time of the year has to be watched closely.

REST OF THE WEEKEND: The rain will end from west to east during the midday hours Saturday; the sun might pop out late in the day. Saturday will be comfortable with a high in the low 70s. Then, Sunday promises to be a delightful day with ample sunshine and a high near 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Look for mostly sunny mild days and clear, cool nights Monday through Wednesday with highs in the mid 70s. The next chance of showers and thunderstorms will come Thursday or Thursday night (April 3)… too early to determine if there will be a severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Tomorrow will be cloudy at times with some risk of scattered showers, then showers and storms are more likely Friday and Saturday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. The weather on the coast will be mostly sunny Sunday through Wednesday of next week. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 60s, with 70s just a few miles inland. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is only 59 degrees.

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Current U.S. Snow Coverage

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:38

With the very cold weather across Alabama this morning, it reminds us the Winter of 2014 is not finished yet. Though we’ve had warm weather lately, and warm weather is in the forecast for the next seven days, it certainly was a cold morning across Alabama and the Southeast.

As we look at the latest U.S. snow coverage map, we continue to see a fair amount of snow on the ground in the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, around the Great Lakes, and up-and-down the Rocky Mountains. Elsewhere across the U.S., very little snow is on the ground as the recent warm weather has allowed much of the U.S. to begin to thaw.

This morning’s U.S. snow analysis has 22.1% of the country with snow on the ground. Last week at this time, it was 28% of the country, and one month ago, the area covered was at 38.2%. The coverage area continues to slowly decrease as spring tries to take hold, and I will be glad to see these percentages continue to decline the next few weeks.

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Warming Trend Begins Tomorrow

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:16

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LATE MARCH FREEZE: Here are some observations across Alabama just before daybreak…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 18
Valley Head 18
Broomtown 19
Fort Payne 21
Russellville 21
Cottondale 23
Cullman 23
Gadsden 24
Haleyville 24
Fayette 24
Sycamore 25
Concord 25
Bessemer 27
Pleasant Grove 27
Anniston 28
Tuscaloosa 29
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport 29

FYI… the record low for today (March 26) at Birmingham is 22 degrees set in 1955… the “official” observation for Birmingham won’t get that low, but clearly some of the outlying areas are there.

Today will be sunny and cool with a high in the mid 50s, but the wind will be light making the day much more comfortable.

TONIGHT: I think it is important to note that temperatures will fall pretty quickly after sunset this evening, and some of the colder pockets over Northeast Alabama will most likely see another freeze late tonight and early tomorrow. Places like Valley Head and Black Creek… maybe even Gadsden. But Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and most other places will see a low in the mid 30s, and temperatures will begin to rise after midnight slowly as a south wind begins to kick in.

WARMER TOMORROW: We rise into the 60s tomorrow as a warming trend begins. Moisture levels will rise, and a few isolated showers could show up during the day, but most communities will be dry. Showers become more likely tomorrow night.

RAIN RETURNS: The weather will be mild and unsettled on these two days. A band of showers and storms will move into the state late tomorrow night into Friday morning with a surface front. The main upper support will pass well to the north of Alabama, and with marginal instability values, severe weather is not expected with this first batch of storms. The main chance of rain with this feature will come from about midnight tomorrow night through 12:00 noon Friday. We might even see a few peeks of sunshine Friday afternoon; the high Friday will be in the low to mid 70s.

SEVERE STORMS FRIDAY NIGHT/SATURDAY MORNING? A secondary low will form over Arkansas Friday night… moving to Kentucky by Saturday morning. This feature will bring a second round of showers and storms to Alabama, and SPC has decided to issue the standard “slight risk” of severe weather for parts of North Alabama…

The main window for stronger storms with this feature will come from about midnight Friday night through 9:00 a.m. Saturday (we will be able to narrow that down even more later this week). Surface based CAPE values rise to near 750 j/kg, which is adequate for severe storms, but certainly not overwhelming for late March. Wind fields are marginal, but shear values would support organized thunderstorms.

Bottom line is that it looks like a pretty marginal threat for now, but we will keep an eye on it, and you have to respect any weather system in late March and early April since we are in the core of the spring tornado season in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

REST OF THE WEEKEND: We might see a bit of sun Saturday afternoon following the morning storms, but Sunday will be a beautiful day, with sunshine in full supply and a high around 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Dry, mild weather will continue Monday through Wednesday. The GFS continues to suggest another thunderstorm opportunity by late Thursday or Friday of next week; too early to really determine if this will bring a severe weather situation to our state.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny, cool weather for the Gulf coast today from Panama City over to Gulf Shores; the early morning low will near 40, and the high around 60. A shower is possible tomorrow, but showers and storms are more likely Friday and Saturday. Then, the weather looks rain-free Sunday through Wednesday of next week with highs in the 60s on the immediate coast, with 70s inland. Sea water temperatures remain around 60 degrees.

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Freezing Temperatures Late Tonight

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 15:49

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COLD, BLUSTERY LATE MARCH DAY: As forecast, this day has been windy and cold. At 3:00… Birmingham reports only 51 degrees with a northwest wind averaging 20 mph, gusting at times to 30 mph. And, just for fun, there are snow showers over the northeast corner of the state (photo is from Hazel Green via @shannong63).

FREEZE WARNING TONIGHT: The sky will be clear tonight, and the wind will slowly die down. By daybreak tomorrow, we project lows in the 25 to 30 degree range for most North-Central Alabama communities; colder valleys over North Alabama could see low 20s. A freeze is likely deep into South Alabama… only the lower half of Mobile and Baldwin Counties are not in a freeze warning.

And, as discussed here several times, I doubt if this is the last freeze. The average date of the last freeze in Birmingham is March 26, but considering the persistent upper air pattern (western ridge, eastern trough), I figure one or two more good cold snaps are possible during the first half of April.

Tomorrow will be sunny and cool, but the wind will be light and variable making for a more comfortable day. The high will be in the mid 50s.

RAIN BY THE END OF THE WEEK: Thursday will be warmer with a high in the 60s. Moisture levels will begin to rise, and while I can’t rule out the chance of a shower during the day, the better chance of organized rain will hold off until late Thursday night.

To the west, SPC has a “slight risk” of severe weather up Thursday from northeast Texas through much of Arkansas and Missouri.

Showers and a few thunderstorms are likely in Alabama Friday, but we do not expect any severe weather issues here with weakening upper support and very marginal instability values. The best chance of showers and storms will come Friday morning, but we can’t rule out a few showers into the afternoon hours as well.

OUR WEEKEND: A secondary low pressure center will form over Arkansas late Friday night, and will move to Kentucky Saturday. This will drag a cold front into the state, and will bring another round of showers and thunderstorms late Friday night into Saturday morning. While dynamic support will be better, there is hardly any surface based instability, so again severe weather is not expected to be a problem. Drier air begins to move into North Alabama Saturday afternoon, and some sun could break through the clouds. The day will be mild with a high in the low 70s.

Sunday promises to be bright and sunny, with a high near 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry and mild Monday through Wednesday with highs in the 70s; next chance of rain comes toward the end of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny, cool weather for the Gulf coast tomorrow from Panama City over to Gulf Shores; the early morning low will near 40, and the high around 60. A shower is possible Thursday, but showers and storms are more likely Friday and Saturday. Then, the weather looks rain-free Sunday through Wednesday of next week with highs in the 60s on the immediate coast, with 70s inland. Sea water temperatures remain around 60 degrees.

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Snow Showers in North Alabama

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:12

There is an upper-level feature working across the Tennessee Valley today and it is producing enough uplift and instability to allow clouds and some snow showers to develop in the region. Clouds are spreading to the southeast today and these should mainly affect northern and eastern portions of Alabama. The rest of the state is experiencing almost all sunshine this afternoon.

The snow showers are showing up well on the regional radar as they are covering many areas of the Tennessee Valley. Of course no accumulations because the ground is so warm, and actually air temps are in the 40s in these areas. There is enough cold air and moisture aloft to allow this rare springtime spectacle.

Pictures via social media show some areas are seeing decent snow showers. There will be no travel issues or anything like that, just a reminder the winter of 2014 is not quite done.

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