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Weather Information and Forecasts for the North Alabama Area
Jun
13.
: Posted: 1:08 pm
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Category: Severe Weather

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch that includes much of North Alabama until 7:00pm tonight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop along a cold front as it passes through North Alabama this evening.
 
Not everyone will necessarily see rain, but where thunderstorms do occur, they could become severe. The main threat with any severe storms will be damaging wind gusts, hail, and intense lightning.
 
Here is a look at the counties in North Alabama included in the Severe Thunderstorm Watch:
 


Jan
29.
: Posted: 5:58 pm
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Still many hours away from thunderstorms reaching North Alabama, however watching very closely as the storm system develops to our west.
 
The Storm Prediction Center has indicated that a Tornado Watch will likely be issued soon for parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley, including parts of NE Louisiana, SE Arkansas, Western Mississippi.
 

 
Monitoring closely the developing thunderstorms currently over northern Louisiana. These could intensify as they lift north-northeastward into SE Arkansas, West Mississippi over the next couple of hours:
 

 
Check back for more updates!
 
For more frequent updates, be sure to follow @northalwx on Twitter!


Jan
22.
: Posted: 3:40 pm
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Category: Severe Weather

Still monitoring the threat for severe thunderstorms to impact the region late this evening and tonight. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma maintains a “Moderate” risk area that covers parts of North Alabama along and west of I-65.
 
Here is a run-down of same of the main points we’re looking at this afternoon…
 
* The main threat for severe thunderstorms will be after 9:00pm, continuing throughout the overnight hours.
* An northward moving warm front is to our south over Central Alabama. It will continue lifting northward this afternoon/evening.
* Temps over parts of Central Alabama and Mississippi are approaching 70 right now.
* The greatest overall risk of severe storms and an isolated tornado is west of I-65, but everyone should remain aware and have a way to receive warnings if they are issued overnight.
* This is NOT April 27th… but still could be dangerous in isolated areas affected.
* The threat will transition from a supercellular threat, more toward a damaging wind threat with time as a squall line organizes along the cold front.
 
Check back for more updates and follow @northalwx on Twitter for more frequent updates…


Jan
21.
: Posted: 12:12 am
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The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for portions of North Alabama that goes until 5:00am Saturday morning.
 
The Alabama counties included in the watch are: Colbert, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Walker, and Winston.
 
Thunderstorms will develop ahead of cold front over the next couple of hours and move into North Alabama. A few of the storms could become severe. The tornado threat is there, but it is relatively low. Will have to be careful since this is an overnight event, as many people will not be nearly as aware of weather conditions.
 
While this is a low-end threat, it only takes one strong wind gust or one tornado, even a small tornado to produce damage.
 
Also, its a very warm night out there, especially for January… Temperatures across the area include 67 at Muscle Shoals, 65 at Hartselle and Decatur, and 66 at Huntsville. Dewpoints are also in the lower 60s.
 
For more frequent updates throughout the night, be sure to follow on Twitter: @northalwx


Nov
17.
: Posted: 9:52 pm
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Here is some information from the National Weather Service in Birmingham on the tornadoes that impacted South Alabama on Wednesday. They affected areas like Auburn, Opelika, as well as parts of Sumter County.
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
533 PM CST THU NOV 17 2011
 
…UPDATE FOR MACON AND LEE COUNTY TORNADO…
 
THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED IN A VERY MOIST AND UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT
ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16…AHEAD OF A STRONG
COLD FRONT. THE ROTATING THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED DAMAGE IN SEVERAL
LOCATIONS ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA. IN ADDITION
TO DAMAGE ACROSS PORTIONS OF ALABAMA…THIS STORM SYSTEM CAUSED
DAMAGE FROM EASTERN TEXAS TO THE ATLANTIC COAST.
 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAMS CONDUCTED ADDITIONAL
DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA TODAY. ONE TEAM SURVEYED
IN THE MONTGOMERY AREA…WHILE THE OTHER TEAM STARTED IN LEE COUNTY.
THE INITIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR A TORNADO PATH IN MACON AND LEE
COUNTIES IS DETAILED BELOW. DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR THE MONTGOMERY
AREA IS ONGOING…AND INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THIS PATH WILL BE
ISSUED AT A LATER TIME. IN ADDITION…AN AERIAL SURVEY FROM LOWNDES
TO HARRIS COUNTY GEORGIA IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW TO FURTHER SURVEY
THE DAMAGE PATH.
 
WE WILL ISSUE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS AS THE
INFORMATION FROM ADDITIONAL SURVEYS BECOMES AVAILABLE.
 
…COMPLETED STORM SURVEYS…
 
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM ASSESSED THE DAMAGE
ACROSS SOUTHERN SUMTER AND WESTERN MARENGO COUNTIES AND FOUND TWO
SEPARATE TORNADO DAMAGE PATHS.
 
…TORNADO 1…
…SUMTER COUNTY TORNADO…
 
EVENT DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-2 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 120
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 1 INJURY
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3633/-88.0894 AT 707 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.3763/-88.0689 AT 709 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 1.50
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 600 YARDS
 
AN EF-2 TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN IN WHITFIELD AND MOVED
NORTHEAST…AND LIFTED NORTH OF COUNTY ROAD 42. ALONG ITS SHORT
PATH…APPROXIMATELY 150 SOFTWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED…50 HARDWOOD
TREES WERE UPROOTED…AND FIVE OUTBUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED. SIX HOMES
AND ONE DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME WERE DAMAGED. ONE HOME WAS DESTROYED
ALONG COUNTY ROAD 42 WHERE ONE INJURY OCCURRED.
 
…TORNADO 2…
…MARENGO COUNTY TORNADO…
 
EVENT DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-0 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 85
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.4813/-87.8567 AT 732 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.5032/-87.8174 AT 736 AM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 2.57
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 250 YARDS
 
AN EF-0 TORNADO BRIEFLY TOUCHED DOWN IN DEMOPOLIS ALONG MARIA AVE
AND MOVED NORTHEAST WHERE IT CROSSED JEFFERSON RD. IT LIFTED ALONG
US HIGHWAY 80…EAST OF US HIGHWAY 43. APPROXIMATELY 20 HOMES IN THE
EDGEWOOD SUBDIVISION SUSTAINED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE. SEVERAL BUSINESS
SIGNS ALONG US HIGHWAY 80 WERE BLOWN DOWN. THE CENTRAL FARMERS COOP
SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE AS A PORTION OF ITS ROOF WAS
REMOVED.
 
A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM SURVEY TEAM ASSESSED THE DAMAGE
ACROSS MACON AND LEE COUNTIES…FINDING DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH AN
EF1 TORNADO. THIS TORNADO CONTINUED INTO HARRIS COUNTY GEORGIA WHERE
IT PRODUCED EF2 DAMAGE.
 
…TORNADO 3…
…MACON AND LEE COUNTIES…
 
EVENT DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-1 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 110
INJURIES/FATALITIES: 1 INJURY
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 32.5369/-85.6566 AT 1152 AM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 32.6970/-85.1173 AT 1235 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 33
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 700
 
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN NORTHEAST MACON COUNTY NEAR NOTASULGA EAST
OF COUNTY ROAD 81 AND CAUSED DAMAGE TO APPROXIMATELY A DOZEN MOBILE
HOMES ALONG COUNTY ROAD 54. THE TORNADO MOVED TO THE NORTHEAST INTO
LEE COUNTY AND CAUSED EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE WHICH RESULTED IN
DAMAGE TO DOZENS OF HOUSES AND MOBILE HOMES ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF
THE CITY OF AUBURN. SEVERAL RESIDENCES WERE DESTROYED. THE TORNADO
CROSSED THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF AUBURN UNIVERSITY’S CAMPUS AND CAUSED
DAMAGE TO HOMES AND THE BASEBALL FACILITIES AT AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL.
THE TORNADO CROSSED INTERSTATE 85 AT US HIGHWAY 280 AND CONTINUED
NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD LAKE HARDING. ALONG THE LAKE…WIDESPREAD TREE
DAMAGE AND DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES AND BOATHOUSES OCCURRED. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED INTO HARRIS COUNTY GEORGIA FOR AN ADDITIONAL 26
MILES AND STRENGTHENED TO AN EF2.
 
…MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION…
 
FOR ALL MEDIA REQUESTS REGARDING WEDNESDAY’S STORMS…PLEASE
CONTACT METEOROLOGIST-IN-CHARGE JIM STEFKOVICH AT 205-585-8635.


Jun
28.
: Posted: 10:45 am
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Category: Severe Weather

A line of severe thunderstorms is moving into Northwest Alabama this morning. The main threat with these storms are strong winds, torrential rains, and frequent lightning.
 
Much of the area over NW Alabama has seen over two to three inches of rain, and the additional rain from these storms could push that total to 5+ inches in some spots. This will cause more flash flooding of low-lying areas. The saturated soil will also allow more trees to be toppled by high wind gusts.
 
Be careful driving in the Florence and Muscle Shoals areas, there have been reports of a number of road closures due to flooding.
 
These storms will affect most of the Shoals area, but the strongest portion of these storms will move into western Colbert/Franklin counties from Cherokee to Red Bay.
 
Elsewhere, from Moulton eastward – just moderate rain falling with some embedded thunder and lightning. Nothing severe outside of the Shoals area at this time.
 
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of North Alabama through this evening, due to heavy rainfall causing flooding in low-lying areas.


Jun
28.
: Posted: 8:48 am
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Category: Severe Weather

A line of strong thunderstorms has moved through North Alabama this morning. The line now stretches from just south of Florence eastward through Moulton, near Hartselle, to near Gadsden, moving south-southeast.
 
…The strongest storm is located over eastern Colbert, western Lawrence, and eastern Franklin counties
 
…Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 9am for that storm, could produce quarter sized hail, winds up to 60mph
 
…The most intense part of that severe storm appears to be along Highway 157 just north of Moulton in Wolf Springs/NeSmith area
 
…Elsewhere, heavy rain with embedded lightning continues east of Moulton all the way through NE Alabama, none of these are severe
 


Jun
24.
: Posted: 3:57 pm
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Category: Severe Weather

…Severe thunderstorm ongoing in extreme southern Morgan County in the Massey area
 
…This storm is capable of producing damaging winds and quarter sized hail. Intense lightning also occurring
 
…Moving toward the Falkville and Lacon areas also, move indoors until this storm passes
 
…Other thunderstorms are across much of Lawrence and Western Morgan County, including Moulton, Hartselle – these are not severe
 
…A line of severe thunderstorms is moving east across Marion County, are now east of Hamilton
 
…These are also capable of producing damaging winds. Intense lightning there as well


Jun
24.

The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for extreme southern Morgan and extreme NW Cullman county until 4:15pm.
 
National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter sized hail and damaging winds in excess of 60mph. This storm was located near Battleground along the Cullman/Morgan County line. Moving east at 30mph.
 
This storm will also affect Lacon and Falkville in far southern Morgan County.


Jun
24.
: Posted: 2:19 pm
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Category: Severe Weather

…Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Central Morgan County until 2:45pm
 
…This severe storm moving into Hartselle, could contain hail up to quarter size and winds over 60mph
 
…Trees and power lines can be downed by these winds
 
…Other severe storms approaching Huntsville area, with many storms over western Madison county
 
…Intense lightning occurring with these storms, move indoors until they pass



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