Tornadoes, floods, and fires continue to pound U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:13 PM GMT on April 27, 2011

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The nation's unprecedented April tornado-fest continued full force last night, with NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logging 57 tornado reports, 295 cases of damaging thunderstorm winds, and 254 reports of large hail. The 2-day tornado count from this latest huge April tornado outbreak is already 102. With another "high risk" forecast for tornadoes today, the tornado total for this week's outbreak may rival the April 14 - 16 tornado outbreak (155 confirmed tornadoes) as the greatest April tornado outbreak in history. It is unprecedented to have two such massive tornado outbreaks occur so close together, and the April preliminary tornado count of 654 is truly stunning. Even adjusting this number downwards 15% (the typical over-count in preliminary tornado reports) yields a probable April tornado total of 550. This easily crushes the previous April tornado record of 267, set in 1974. An average April has "only" 163 tornadoes, so we are already 300% over average for the month, and may approach 400% after today's outbreak. According to a list of tornado outbreaks maintained by Wikipedia, only two other tornado outbreaks have had as many as 150 twisters--the May 2004 outbreak (385), and the May 2003 outbreak (401). One positive note--there has only been one violent EF-4 or stronger tornado this year, despite the fact we've already had about 2/3 of the 1200 tornadoes one typically gets for the entire year. Over the past 20 years, we've averaged 7 violent EF-4 or EF-5 tornadoes per year, so we should have had 4 or 5 of these most dangerous of tornadoes so far this year.


Figure 1. Satellite image of last night's storm at 8pm EDT April 26, 2011. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Fortunately, no one was killed in last night's tornado frenzy, but four twisters caused injuries, with 7 injuries in Hesterman, Mississippi, and 3 in Beekman, Louisiana. Over 100 homes were damaged when a tornado struck Edom, Texas, approximately 75 miles East of Dallas. One woman was injured when her mobile home was destroyed. The only killer tornado of the current outbreak occurred on Monday night at 7:30 pm CDT when a 1/2 mile-wide EF-2 tornado struck the small town of Vilonia, Arkansas. Four people died in the town, where 50 - 80 buildings were destroyed. Tornado warnings were issued 30 minutes before the storm hit, contributing to the relatively low loss of life.


Figure 2. Storm chaser video of a tornado yesterday in Ben Wheeler, Texas.

Another very dangerous tornado outbreak expected today
The busiest April in history for tornadoes continues full-force today, as NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued their highest level of severe weather potential, a "High Risk" forecast, for Northern Alabama, Southern Tennessee, and adjoining portions of Georgia and Mississippi. This is the second day in a row, and third time this year, that SPC has issued a "High Risk" forecast. The devastating North Carolina tornado outbreak of April 16, which generated 52 confirmed tornadoes that killed 24 people in North Carolina and 2 people in Virginia, was the other "high risk" day. Numerous tornado warnings have already been issued in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio, and Alabama this morning, but today's main action is expected to erupt late this afternoon as the cold front from a low pressure system currently over Arkansas moves eastwards over the "high risk" area. Strong daytime heating in a very moist, unstable airmass will allow a tremendous amount of energy to build up ahead of the front. The arrival of the cold front will force the warm, moist air upwards, allowing the pent-up energy to burst out and fuel supercell thunderstorms.

Related post: Are tornadoes getting stronger and more frequent?


Figure 3. Severe weather threat for Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Unprecedented flooding predicted on Ohio River
This week's storm system, in combination with heavy rains earlier this month, have pushed the Ohio River and Mississippi River to near-record levels near their confluence. The Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois is expected to crest at 60.5 feet on May 1. This would exceed 100-year flood stage, and be the highest flood in history, besting the 59.5' mark of 1937. Heavy rains of 10 - 15 inches have inundated the region over the past few days, and one levee breach at Black River levee near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, has resulted in the evacuation of over 500 homes. Poplar Bluff has received 15.45" of rain since Friday morning. The greatest rain gauge-measured precipitation from the storm occurred in Springdale, Arkansas, where 19.70" inches has fallen since Friday morning.


Figure 4. The latest River Flood Outlook from NOAA shows major flooding is occurring over many of the nation's major rivers.

Extraordinary intentional levee breach of Mississippi River halted by lawsuit
In a sign of just how extreme this flooding situation is, yesterday the Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for flood control efforts on the Mississippi River, announced plans to intentionally destroy a levee protecting the west bank of the Mississippi River in Southwest Missouri. The destruction of the levee is intended to relieve pressure on the levees at Cairo, Illinois, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Cairo is currently under a voluntary evacuation order. The levee to be destroyed, located at Birds Point, is called a "fuse-plug" levee, and was designed to be destroyed in the event of a record flood. The levee protects 132,000 acres of prime farmland along the New Madrid Spillway, which is designed to take 550,000 cubic feet per second of water flow out of the Mississippi and redirect it down a 3 - 10 mile wide, 36 - 56 mile long path along the west side of the Mississippi. An 11-mile long section of the levee upstream at Birds Point, and 5-mile long stretch at the downstream end, are set two feet lower than the surrounding levees and filled with holes to accommodate dynamite. These levees will be destroyed if the Army Corps has its way, but a lawsuit by the state of Missouri is currently blocking the way. The Army Corps has now agreed to wait until Saturday to decide whether or not to blow the levee. The Army Corps' website has an unofficial damage estimate of $100 million for destroying the levees and flooding the New Madrid Spillway. At least 100 people live in the spillway and have been evacuated, and it would likely take many years for the farms to recover after flooding. The levees have been blown and the spillway opened only once before, back during the record flood of 1937.

Midwest deluge enhanced by near-record Gulf of Mexico sea surface temperatures
The deluge of rain that caused this flood found its genesis in a flow of warm, humid air coming from the Gulf of Mexico. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs )in the Gulf of Mexico are currently close to 1 °C above average. Only two Aprils since the 1800s (2002 and 1991) have had April SSTs more than 1 °C above average, so current SSTs are among the highest on record. These warm ocean temperatures helped set record high air temperatures in many locations in Texas yesterday, including Galveston (84°F, a tie with 1898), Del Rio (104°F, old record 103° in 1984), San Angelo (97°F, old record 96° in 1994). Record highs were also set on Monday in Baton Rouge and Shreveport in Louisiana, and in Austin, Mineral Wells, and Cotulla la Salle in Texas. Since this week's storm brought plenty of cloud cover that kept temperatures from setting record highs in many locations, a more telling statistic of how warm this air mass was is the huge number of record high minimum temperature records that were set over the past two days. For example, the minimum temperature reached only 79°F in Brownsville, TX Monday morning, beating the previous record high minimum of 77°F set in 2006. In Texas, Austin, Houston, Port Arthur, Cotulla la Salle, Victoria, College Station, Victoria, Corpus Christi, McAllen, and Brownsville all set record high minimums on Monday, as did New Orleans, Lafayette, Monroe, Shreveport, and Alexandria in Louisiana, as well as Jackson and Tupelo in Mississippi. Since record amounts of water vapor can evaporate into air heated to record warm levels, it is not a surprise that incredible rains and unprecedented floods are resulting from this month's near-record warm SSTs in the Gulf of Mexico.


Figure 5. Departure of sea surface temperature from average for April 25, 2001. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.

Fierce winds fan Texas, New Mexico fires
Fierce winds fanned raging fires across eastern New Mexico and Western Texas yesterday, thanks to a powerful flow of air feeding into the Midwestern storm system. Temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s combined with humidities less than 10% combined to make yesterday a nightmare fire day for firefighters attempting to control the worst springtime fires in the history of the region. At 3:53 pm MDT yesterday in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the temperature was 87°F, winds were 38 mph gusting to 46, and the humidity was 8%--a perfect storm for extreme fire weather. In Fort Stockton, Texas near the huge Rock House fire, the temperature was 91°F, winds were 35 mph gusting to 44, visibility was reduced to 5 miles due to haze and smoke, and the humidity was 5% at 5:53pm CDT. According to the Interagency Fire Center, wildfires in 2011 have already burned nearly 2.3 million acres in the U.S. This is the greatest acreage on record so early in the year, and is more area than burned all of last year. The largest U.S. acreage to burn since 1960 was the 9.9 million acres that burned in 2007, so we area already 25% of the way to the all-time record fire year--with summer still more than a month away. The fire weather forecast for today is better then yesterday, with winds not expected to blow nearly as strong.


Figure 6. Major wildfires and smoke plumes as visualized using our wundermap with the "fire" layer turned on.

For those who want to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the widespread destruction this month's severe weather has brought, stop by the portlight.org blog.

Jeff Masters

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I haven't seen a storm like this in quite some time. Still no rain in Seguin, Tx. Pic taken in Seguin storm near Martindale.
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Seating along the shore
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Taken within minutes after the storm cell had passed directly overhead.
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This is a shot of a lightning strike associated with some severe storms moving through this evening in Southaven, MS.
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Another tornado emergency for another densely populated area. This time it is Birmingham...

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
542 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

ALC073-117-125-272330-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0114.000000T0000Z-110427T2330Z/
SHELBY AL-TUSCALOOSA AL-JEFFERSON AL-
542 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR JEFFERSON...EAST CENTRAL
TUSCALOOSA AND NORTHERN SHELBY COUNTIES UNTIL 630 PM CDT…

...TORNADO EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR HUEYTOWN...BESSEMER...
FAIRFIELD...AND THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM AND ALL SURRONDING AREAS
...

AT 538 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR NORTH JOHNS...OR 11 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
HUEYTOWN...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BESSEMER...HUEYTOWN...HELENA...FAIRFIELD...PELHAM. ..HOOVER...
HOMEWOOD...VESTAVIA HILLS...BIRMINGHAM AND MOUNTAIN BROOK.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 242 THROUGH 282...
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33...
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 81 THROUGH 91...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 97 THROUGH 140...
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143...

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER...CALL 1-800-856-0758.

LAT...LON 3384 8676 3376 8666 3376 8655 3366 8653
3356 8655 3355 8649 3351 8649 3351 8640
3336 8636 3324 8702 3324 8715 3344 8735
3352 8730 3355 8719 3360 8718 3364 8709
3366 8709 3384 8681
TIME...MOT...LOC 2241Z 244DEG 49KT 3338 8712

$$

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damn ugly coming into birmingham
might be lucky if it clips to the NW of the city proper

still gonna be damn ugly

ya'll go donate blood tomorrow
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Quoting Levi32:


It is on the ground.
as the wind blows
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This is what is headed for Birmingham!!!

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Moving at a speed of 55mph?.That's pretty fast.My weather is about to get ugly around here real soon.
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Quoting Levi32:
925
WFUS54 KBMX 272231
TORBMX
ALC073-117-125-272330-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0114.110427T2231Z-110427T2330Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
531 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHERN SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
EAST CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT

* AT 531 PM ....


Levi... I just got back from there... that northern area of BHM is densely populated. On top of that, my daughter lives there!
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1 fatality in tus. being confirmed by the mayor
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It appears that a new hook is developing in storm F5, to the west of the current tornado bearing down on Birmingham, Al.
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The Couplet has a Heading right into Downtown Birmingham atm.

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1 fatality in Tuscaloosa, per mayor on ABC 33/40 ustream...
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Birmingham better start praying that this thing isn't on the ground yet. 'Cause if not, things are going to get ugly.



It is on the ground.
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The Tuscaloosa/Birmingham hook is as strong if not stronger has the Moore tornado in 1999.

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Birmingham better start praying that this thing isn't on the ground yet. 'Cause if not, things are going to get ugly.

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birmingham-skycam Webcam
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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
536 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

ALC073-117-125-272330-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0114.000000T0000Z-110427T2330Z/
SHELBY AL-TUSCALOOSA AL-JEFFERSON AL-
536 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR JEFFERSON...EAST CENTRAL
TUSCALOOSA AND NORTHERN SHELBY COUNTIES UNTIL 630 PM CDT…

...TORNADO EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR WELLER...NORTH JOHNS...VALLEY
CREEK...AND MCCALLA
...

AT 536 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR ABERNANT...OR 15 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
HUEYTOWN...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BESSEMER...HUEYTOWN...HELENA...FAIRFIELD...PELHAM. ..HOOVER...
VESTAVIA HILLS...HOMEWOOD...BIRMINGHAM AND CHELSEA.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 242 THROUGH 282...
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33...
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 81 THROUGH 91...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 89 THROUGH 140...
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143...

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER...CALL 1-800-856-0758.

LAT...LON 3376 8666 3376 8655 3366 8653 3356 8655
3355 8649 3351 8649 3351 8640 3336 8636
3324 8702 3324 8715 3321 8717 3318 8729
3343 8744 3352 8730 3355 8719 3360 8718
3364 8709 3366 8709 3384 8681 3384 8676
TIME...MOT...LOC 2236Z 241DEG 47KT 3334 8718

$$

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925
WFUS54 KBMX 272231
TORBMX
ALC073-117-125-272330-
/O.NEW.KBMX.TO.W.0114.110427T2231Z-110427T2330Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
531 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHERN SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA...
EAST CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT

* AT 531 PM CDT...STORM SPOTTERS AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO ON THE GROUND
NEAR BROOKWOOD...OR 12 MILES EAST OF HOLT. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED
THIS TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.


* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BESSEMER...HUEYTOWN...HELENA...FAIRFIELD...PELHAM. ..HOOVER...
VESTAVIA HILLS...HOMEWOOD...BIRMINGHAM AND CHELSEA.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 242 THROUGH 282...
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33...
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 81 THROUGH 91...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 89 THROUGH 140...
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TO REPEAT...A LARGE...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY
TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE...TAKE COVER NOW. FOR
YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
.. space teddys? Lordy.
Yes and we know who he is.A matter of fact I'm quoting him right now.
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Holy cow Ameister those are some scary pictures. I hope people were able to get out of its patch. It would be a miracle if no one was hurt in these storms.
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The hook echo is still freaking strong! Birmingham is probably gonna be hit by the same tornado that hit Tuscaloosa.
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Large tornado heading for northern Birmingham:

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.. space teddys? Lordy.
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birmingham shuttlesworth international airport

that's gonna be ugly
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Tuscaloosa tornado images.


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A tornado now in Virginia. According to TWC.
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Quantico,VA is getting hit by what looks like an F0 or F1 based on radar alone:

... A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 645 PM EDT for
Charles... Fairfax and Prince William counties...

At 623 PM EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar and storm
spotters were tracking a tornadic thunderstorm. This tornado was
located near Triangle... or 6 miles south of Woodbridge... moving
northeast at 30 mph.

Locations impacted include...
Indian Head...
Mason Neck...
Pisgah...
Ripley...
Potomac Heights...
Bryans Road...
Pomfret...
Fort Belvoir...

A tornado has been confirmed one mile west of Quantico. Take cover
immediately.
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And it's just not going to stop!



MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0634
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0501 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...MUCH OF MS/AL TO NORTHWEST GA

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 232...235...

VALID 272201Z - 272330Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 232...235...CONTINUES.

PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION /PDS/ TORNADO WATCHES 232/235
CONTINUE UNTIL 00Z/03Z RESPECTIVELY.

A TORNADO OUTBREAK WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING ACROSS MUCH OF
MS/AL INTO NORTHWEST GA. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS/LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION! CITIES AND AREAS AT GREATEST
RISK INCLUDE BIRMINGHAM...HUNTSVILLE...THE I-59 CORRIDOR OF NORTHERN
AL...AND I-65 NEAR/NORTH OF BIRMINGHAM.

A NUMBER OF SEMI-DISCRETE/LONG-LIVED TORNADIC SUPERCELLS CONTINUE TO
FORM WITHIN A PRE-DRYLINE/PRE-COLD FRONTAL WARM SECTOR FROM
SOUTH-CENTRAL MS NORTHEASTWARD INTO MUCH OF NORTHERN AL. OTHER
TORNADIC STORMS CONTINUE TO INTERACT WITH A MODIFYING EFFECTIVE WARM
FRONTAL-TYPE BOUNDARY ACROSS FAR NORTHERN AL IN THE GENERAL
VICINITIES OF DECATUR/HUNTSVILLE.

THE SPATIALLY WIDE WARM SECTOR IS VERY UNSTABLE AMID MIDDLE-UPPER
60S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS...WITH LOWER 70S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS ACROSS
PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN/MS. MLCAPE VALUES ARE AS HIGH AS 2000-4000 J/KG
WITHIN THE WEAKLY CAPPED WARM SECTOR.

RECENT REGIONAL WSR-88D VWP DATA IS INDICATIVE OF AN INCREASE IN LOW
LEVEL WIND SPEEDS/HODOGRAPH CURVATURE OVER THE PAST FEW HOURS...WITH
0-1 KM SRH VALUES NOW ESTIMATED TO BE IN EXCESS OF 300-400 M2/S2 AND
0-3 KM SRH IN EXCESS OF 600 M2/S2 PER BIRMINGHAM/HUNTSVILLE WSR-88D
VWPS. THIS WILL REMAIN HIGHLY FAVORABLE FOR LONG-LIVED
STRONG/POTENTIALLY VIOLENT TORNADOES WITH ANY SUSTAINED SUPERCELLS
WITHIN THE BROAD/VOLATILE WARM SECTOR INTO THIS EVENING.

WHILE STRONG TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH ANY SUSTAINED
SUPERCELLS WITHIN PDS TORNADO WATCH 232/235...THE RELATIVELY HIGHEST
CONCERN OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS WOULD APPEAR TO BE ACROSS
WEST-CENTRAL AL AND NORTHERN HALF OF AL INTO FAR NORTHWEST GA.
HERE...IN ADDITION TO THE AFOREMENTIONED RESIDUAL SURFACE
BOUNDARY...RELATIVELY STRONG/BACKED LOW LEVEL FLOW IS EVIDENT IN 21Z
SUBJECTIVE ANALYSIS AMID A RELATIVE MAXIMA OF 2-HR PRESSURE
FALLS...ESPECIALLY ALONG/NORTH OF I-20 IN NORTHERN AL.

..GUYER.. 04/27/2011


ATTN...WFO...FFC...BMX...HUN...MOB...MEG...JAN...

LAT...LON 32559038 34728873 34398454 31278702 31499023 32559038
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DCH hospital- trees awnings and windows

might be other hospitals

Birmingham next
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They just talked to a person that works at the hospital. Not as bad as feared.
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Someone from BCH was just talking to them on that ABC Newsstream
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Hospital is OK, just damaged.
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The cell headed towards Birmingham already looks like it has an impressive debris ball on radar.
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i think we have are 1st EF5 sic parkbrug IW
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Quoting Patrap:
BCH Medical Center ham radio Report,

DESTROYED

and a mall
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TORNADO WARNING
ALC071-089-TNC051-272245-
/O.NEW.KHUN.TO.W.0095.110427T2223Z-110427T2245Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
523 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN FRANKLIN COUNTY IN TENNESSEE...
NORTHEASTERN MADISON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHWESTERN JACKSON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA
...

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 516 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A TORNADO NEAR MERIDIANVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 65 MPH. A
TORNADO WAS LAST REPORTED ON THE GROUND JUST NORTH OF HUNTSVILLE.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
PRINCETON.
FRANCISCO.
HYTOP.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHERN ALABAMA AND CENTRAL TENNESSEE.

&&

LAT...LON 3485 8605 3475 8659 3492 8664 3500 8638
3500 8632 3502 8631 3507 8616
TIME...MOT...LOC 2222Z 243DEG 56KT 3489 8647

$$

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Quoting Tazmanian:



this is no time for jokes


don't think that was a joke, taz
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Quoting 7080734:
There's another tornado heading towards Tuscaloosa.
Okay folks I'm gonna have to say it.....ALL HELL HAS OFFICIALLY BROKEN LOOSE.PEOPLE IN THE PATH TAKE COVER AND STAY SAFE.
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531. skook
Anyone else have live news links other than the abc one?
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That ones gonna drop

soon
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Quoting weathergeek5:
Report of a frozen Teddy Bear falling in Guntersville from EricFisherTWC on Twitter



this is no time for jokes
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Ham operators report major destruction at a hospital.
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The mayor of Tuscaloosa was on TWC and he said the city hall has significant damage, as well as a police station.
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1 2 punch another tornado just fired up coming into downtown.
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TORNADO WARNING
TNC051-272245-
/O.NEW.KHUN.TO.W.0093.110427T2219Z-110427T2245Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
519 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR...
FRANKLIN COUNTY IN TENNESSEE
...

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 516 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A TORNADO NEAR HUNTLAND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH. A TORNADO HAS
BEEN REPORTED ON THE GROUND BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
WINCHESTER.
COWAN.
SEWANEE.
ST. ANDREWS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHERN ALABAMA AND CENTRAL TENNESSEE.

&&

LAT...LON 3529 8591 3526 8589 3523 8589 3523 8586
3506 8587 3499 8608 3499 8624 3515 8631
3531 8596 3531 8595
TIME...MOT...LOC 2218Z 244DEG 50KT 3508 8619

$$

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BCH Medical Center ham radio Report,

DESTROYED
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

JeffMasters's Recent Photos

Lake Effort Snow Shower Over Windsor, Ontario
Sunset on Dunham Lake
Pictured Rocks Sunset
Sunset on Lake Huron