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Tornadoes Kill 16 in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 1:07 PM GMT on April 28, 2014

The quiet 2014 severe weather season turned grimly violent over the weekend, as multiple deadly tornadoes ended our record-long start to a year without a tornado fatality. Media reports put Sunday's death toll at 16, with 164of deaths in Arkansas, one in Iowa, and one in Oklahoma. Hardest-hit were Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas, located about fifteen miles north of Little Rock. A large and powerful tornado that had been on the ground nearly an hour carved through the region near sunset, killing at least ten people. Damage photos appeared to show at least EF-3 type damage, and there was a report from relayed from amateur radio to the NWS that two homes in Vilonia had been “wiped clean to the foundation”, which would imply higher than EF-3 damage. There has been only one known F5 tornado in Arkansas history, on April 10, 1929. Vilonia was hit just three years ago, on April 25, 2011, by an EF-2 tornado that killed four people.


Figure 1. Travel trailers and motor homes are piled on top of each other at Mayflower RV in Mayflower, Ark., Sunday, April 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)


Figure 2. Radar reflectivity image of the supercell thunderstorm that hit Vilonia, Arkansas at 00:52 UTC (7:52 pm CDT) on April 27, 2014. Vilonia’s position is denoted by the circle with a “+“ in it, and lies underneath a classic hook-shaped echo commonly seen from strong tornadoes.


Figure 3. Doppler velocity image of the supercell thunderstorm that hit Vilonia, Arkansas tornado. Note the clump of green colors lying right next to orange and red colors over Vilonia, showing that winds moving both towards the radar and away from the radar were located in close proximity to each other, the signature of a rotating mesocyclone in a severe thunderstorm capable of spawning a strong tornado.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said three people also died in Arkansas’ Pulaski County and one in White County from tornadoes on Sunday. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) had put much of Arkansas in their “High Risk” area for potential severe weather yesterday. It was the first “High Risk” outlook issued by SPC in 2014. According to The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, the deadliest outbreak in Arkansas history occurred on March 21, 1952, when 112 people lost their lives. The most deadly recent outbreak was on March 1, 1997, which resulted in 25 Arkansas fatalities.

Outside of Arkansas, a tornado hit Quapaw, OK on Sunday, killing one person and destroying the fire station. In Kansas, the governor declared a state of emergency for Baxter Springs, where a tornado destroyed 70 homes and 20 businesses. In all, SPC logged 31 preliminary tornado reports from five states on Sunday, 107 reports of damaging winds, and 118 reports of hail. Also on Sunday, an 11-month old died from injuries suffered during a tornado on Friday in Chowan County, North Carolina. It was the first U.S. tornado death of 2014.


Figure 4. Severe weather outlook for Monday, April 28, 2014, as issued on Monday by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center.

Tornado and severe weather outbreak continues on Monday and Tuesday
The strong, slow-moving low pressure system that brought this weekend’s deadly tornadoes will spawn spawn more supercell thunderstorms capable of generating large hail, damaging winds, and a few strong tornadoes on Monday. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued their "Moderate Risk" forecast of severe weather over much of Mississippi, central and northern Alabama and west and central Tennessee. The risk of severe weather will diminish on Tuesday, but most of the Southeast U.S. will be in SPC’s “Slight Risk” region for severe weather. Wednesday will see additional severe thunderstorms along the Southeast U.S. coast, and the severe threat will finally end Wednesday night as the storm responsible moves off the coast.


Video 1. Damage from the Mayflower/Vilonia, Arkansas tornado taken from a drone operated by storm chaser Brian Emfinger of KATV.

Jeff Masters

Tornado

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Reader Comments

1001. hydrus
NOAA is back on the air ..:)
1002. hydrus
1003. hydrus
Quoting 999. TimSoCal:



Yikes. Realllly hoping my family is OK and stays that way(mostly in East Ridge).
That looks bad..I hope folks know to take cover fast.
I have a friend in Pell City, AL. Hope they don't get one tonight.
Dang, this thing means business
1006. zawxdsk
Actually I'm in red bank right now. Taking shelter in a nearby house that has a basement and is up for foreclosure. Lots of spiders. Get some blowing at times. Was raining intensely when we moved.

Cat and ferret are unhappy
1007. hydrus
Quoting 987. Chicklit:

I'm disturbed that you cannot access the WU tornado map by clicking on the top menu anymore. And when you search "tornado map" you get Tornado, WV weather. Not good.


I found it in the top menu under more & then site map. On the site map it's under severe weather..

Worth the search it's a blast from the past..
I think it may have gone over East Ridge. Hook seems to be there on latest scan. This is NOT OK.
Gluck hydrus... hope it pulls up and away. keep a "weather" eye on it.
Thanks, Skye. Still...I don't see our little nado graphics or the live reports.
1012. ncstorm
updated

1013. hydrus
Chattanooga cell look intense...I believe we are safe unless more crop up.
Quoting 1009. TimSoCal:

I think it may have gone over East Ridge. Hook seems to be there on latest scan. This is NOT OK.

Glad you're all keeping an eye on this. But I've got to get some sleep.
I hope it misses you Hydrus!
Chattanooga, Tenn under tornado warning


SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1000 PM EDT MON APR 28 2014

TNC011-065-115-290230-
/O.CON.KMRX.TO.W.0005.000000T0000Z-140429T0230Z/
HAMILTON TN-MARION TN-BRADLEY TN-
1000 PM EDT MON APR 28 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1030 PM EDT/930 PM CDT/
FOR HAMILTON...SOUTHEASTERN MARION AND WEST CENTRAL BRADLEY
COUNTIES...

AT 1000 PM EDT /900 PM CDT/...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS
LOCATED OVER SIGNAL MOUNTAIN...OR NEAR CHATTANOOGA...MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 45 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
CHATTANOOGA...CLEVELAND...SODDY-DAISY...SIGNAL MOUNTAIN...
ROSSVILLE...WALDEN...LAKESITE...RIDGESIDE...HARRI SON...EAST
CLEVELAND...FAIRMOUNT...SOUTH CLEVELAND...RED BANK...COLLEGEDALE...
NORTH CHICKAMAUGA CREEK GORGE...OOLTEWAH...EAST RIDGE...FALLING
WATER...LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN AND HALETOWN (GUILD).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

If NAM verifies, tomorrow could be just as bad as today.
TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER...
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

NWS used hashtag....we're doomed ;P
Quoting 999. TimSoCal:



Yikes. Realllly hoping my family is OK and stays that way(mostly in East Ridge).

I hope your family is safe. Hoping the tornado wasn't as bad as it looked on radar.
Just in: Significant structural damage to S Lincoln Elem School in Lincoln Co TN from #tornado just before 8:30p CT.
@TWCBreaking
1021. Grothar
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1021 PM EDT MON APR 28 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN BLEDSOE COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE...
NORTHERN RHEA COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1045 PM EDT/945 PM CDT/

* AT 1021 PM EDT /921 PM CDT/...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR PIKEVILLE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
PIKEVILLE...SPRING CITY...GRANDVIEW...MELVINE...STINGING FORK FALLS
S.P. AND PINEY FALLS S.P..

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

TORNADOES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. DO NOT
WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.
Quoting zawxdsk:
Actually I'm in red bank right now. Taking shelter in a nearby house that has a basement and is up for foreclosure. Lots of spiders. Get some blowing at times. Was raining intensely when we moved.

Cat and ferret are unhappy


Ferret?
1024. hydrus
tomorrow will have some severe weather.


Something tells me it's going to be a long night for some folks.
1026. zawxdsk
Quoting 1013. hydrus:

Chattanooga cell look intense...I believe we are safe unless more crop up.


It was kind of shocking. As the line seemed to be fading in intensity on the front side, that cell just suddenly was a threat. I wasn't impressed by the scan, but with the previous activity, I'm happy to say that we acted.

Nothing here in Red Bank. Power still on. Dade County GA is checking in okay. Buddy in East Ridge said he's okay. Corporate in Lookout Valley is alright, too. Had corporate go to the interior though. 15 minutes lead for them. Pretty good.
RT @Matt_Kroschel: CONFIRMED: Lincoln Co, Tenn EMA director tells me multiple rescue operations going on in #Flintville massive damage.
1028. zawxdsk
Quoting 1023. Astrometeor:



Ferret?


They had to share a carrier - and neither one of them like it anyway. No aminal left behind.
Evening all.... the tornado outbreak so far looks like a doozy with more to come, likely, tomorrow. I hope all our wunderbloggers stay safe in the dangerous situation.

We look like we are going to get a bit of wx here ourselves.



As I came in this evening it was lightning out, though I didn't hear any thunder. I am hoping the rain stays south of New Providence and gives some relief to the dry SE Bahamas and TCI...
Oh no!

Local Storm Report by NWS HUN: 2 W Crystal Springs [Lincoln Co, TN] trained spotter reports TORNADO at 08:45 PM CDT -- all homes gone on price lane and howell hill road...9 miles north of the state line at crossroad cemetary.
Mentioned this a few times this morning.. sure enough lastnight's Mayflower tornado did hit where the Pegasus oil sand bitman spill occurred just over a year ago.


Fate of Pegasus Pipeline Spill Neighborhoods

According to Mayflower resident Genieve Long, the iconic Mayflower Pegasus pipeline spill cul-de-sac where oil flowed through residents' backyards and into the streets, was spared.

But the RVs located by the cove connected to Lake Conway — where tar sands oil spilled in the aftermath of the ExxonMobil pipeline rupture and became a key part of an ongoing class action lawsuit — were not so lucky.

Just before she was forced to shower at a truck stop because there is currently no water or electricity in Mayflower, Long told DeSmogBlog "the RVs located along the cove were all taken out."

A picture tracked down on Twitter by DeSmogBlog testifies to this damage.
(article shows the same photo as Jeff has in his entry of the Mayflower RV park..)
Quoting 987. Chicklit:

I'm disturbed that you cannot access the WU tornado map by clicking on the top menu anymore. And when you search "tornado map" you get Tornado, WV weather. Not good.


Click "More." then "Sitemap," "Severe Weather," then "Tornadoes." I hope that is what you want....

I see Skye beat me to it"
1033. ncstorm
1034. Grothar
Nevermind he already posted it. See post 1030
1036. flsky
Just keeps getting bigger
Quoting 1034. Grothar:


Quoting 1032. PedleyCA:



Click "More." then "Sitemap," "Severe Weather," then "Tornadoes." I hope that is what you want....

Yes, thanks. Skye also posted. And when you click on map you seen nado reports.
1038. ncstorm
Torcon Index

Monday Night, April 28-29

The severe threat is likely to continue overnight and transition to a heavy rain threat overnight.

TOR:CON values:

North and central Alabama - 7
South Alabama - 6
Western Florida Panhandle - 5
North Georgia - 6
West-central Georgia - 5
Central and southeast Illinois - 2
Indiana - 2
Kentucky - 2
Northeast and south Louisiana - 4 to 5
South and east-central Mississippi - 7
West-central and northeast Mississippi - 4 to 5 early
Western North Carolina - 5
South-central and southeast North Carolina - 2
Southwest Ohio - 2
Northern South Carolina - 5
East Tennessee- 6
Middle Tennessee - 3
West Tennessee - 2
Southwest Virginia - 2
Southwestern West Virginia - 2

Tuesday, April 29

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the following areas (TOR:CON values listed):

AL south - 7
AL north - 5
AR extreme east - 2 to 3
FL west panhandle - 7
FL east panhandle, northeast - 4
GA north, central, southwest - 6
GA southeast - 4
IL south, east-central - 2
IN south - 2
IN north - 2 to 3
KY east - 4
KY west, central - 2 to 3
LA southeast - 4
LA southwest, northeast - 2 to 3
MO extreme southeast - 2
MS south - 5
MS north, central - 2 to 3
NC - 5
OH north - 2 to 3
OH south - 2
SC west - 6
SC east - 4
TN east - 4
TN west, middle - 2 to 3
VA southwest - 4
VA south-central, southeast - 2 to 3
WV west, south - 4
Wednesday, April 30

Scattered severe thunderstorms and the threat of a few tornadoes in the following areas:

AL southeast - 3 to 4
FL panhandle, north - 3
GA northeast - 3
GA central, south - 5
MD - 5
NC - 6
PA southwest - 3
SC - 6
TN extreme northeast - 3
VA - 5
WV - 3
Thursday, May 1

Isolated severe thunderstorms in southeast VA, east NC, east SC, southeast GA, FL peninsula. TOR:CON - 3 southeast VA, east NC; 2 rest of area
1039. flsky
Only for the current day though. "Yesterdays" tab doesn't do anything.
Quoting 1037. Chicklit:


Yes, thanks. Skye also posted. And when you click on map you seen nado reports.
7/10 TORCON for the Florida Panhandle? Never seen that before.
Looks bad in Tupelo,MS 8:00 curfew..

Quoting 1037. Chicklit:


Yes, thanks. Skye also posted. And when you click on map you seen nado reports.

Once I played with it, it does look half broke. Severe reports like a clear overlay, no actual reports or nados marked, photo options & such. I'll add it to the long fix list..
Link 3 E PEARL RANKIN MS 3227 9005 SEVERAL TRAILERS DESTROYED OR DAMAGED IN HIGHLANDS MOBILE HOME PARK. REPORTED BY HIGHWAY PATROL. (JAN)

0009 2 WSW BRANDON RANKIN MS 3227 9004 MANY HOMES DAMAGED. NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ON SHILOH ... PLEASANT ... ST LOUIS ... WILSON AND GAYDEN ROADS. (JAN)
Quoting CybrTeddy:
7/10 TORCON for the Florida Panhandle? Never seen that before.


Uh-oh...y'all screwed. Get some pics Kyle.
Quoting 1043. Astrometeor:



Uh-oh...y'all screwed. Get some pics Kyle.


Oh I'm fine, I live down further south.
1045. ncstorm
Who exactly is Sara on TWC? Is she a meterologist or an IT guru? I really like the setup they have now with many hands on deck calling out information..
Quoting CybrTeddy:


Oh I'm fine, I live down further south.


:/ Darn it! Go chasing then, I thought Florida was flat. Get up on a bridge or something to clear the trees.
1048. Grothar
Quoting 1036. flsky:

Just keeps getting bigger



It looks like it's consolidating
JONES MS-JASPER MS-CLARKE MS-
946 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN CLARKE...
SOUTHEASTERN JASPER AND NORTHEASTERN JONES COUNTIES UNTIL 1045 PM
CDT...

AT 946 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WAS
LOCATED NEAR SANDERSVILLE...AND MOVING EAST NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO.

SOURCE...RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO.

IMPACT...YOU ARE IN A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. FLYING DEBRIS WILL
BE DEADLY TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL
BE DESTROYED. CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO HOMES...BUSINESSES AND
VEHICLES IS LIKELY AND COMPLETE DESTRUCTION POSSIBLE.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
GOODWATER AROUND 1000 PM CDT.
CRANDALL AROUND 1025 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE SHUBUTA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TO REPEAT...A LARGE...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY
TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE...TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE
TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID
WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE
CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
Haven't posted in a while, but felt obligated to after this horid website change. I miss the old Wunderground of years past. We all knew this would happen, once our beloved site was swallowed up by the overly commercialized Weather.com. So sad.
Quoting 1040. CybrTeddy:

7/10 TORCON for the Florida Panhandle? Never seen that before.


Oh no! My daugther is going to be petrified. She hates storms anyway..
Quoting 1040. CybrTeddy:

7/10 TORCON for the Florida Panhandle? Never seen that before.

Yeah, same here. Maybe this will be more than the barely severe limit storm line that squeaks by.

It probably is going to coincide with my only 2 college classes tomorrow. Wonder if we'll have to hunker down.
Quoting 1040. CybrTeddy:
7/10 TORCON for the Florida Panhandle? Never seen that before.
I hope it's not before daylight!!
debris signature...multiple ways of formation... my god my heart goes out to all of them
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
952 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1045 PM CDT

* AT 950 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR OAK GROVE...OR 11 MILES WEST OF HUEYTOWN...AND
MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
HUEYTOWN...FAIRFIELD...HOMEWOOD...BIRMINGHAM...FULTONDALE...
MOUNTAIN BROOK...GARDENDALE...IRONDALE...LEEDS AND TRUSSVILLE.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 256 THROUGH 272...
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 23 THROUGH 33...
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 85 THROUGH 91...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 115 THROUGH 140...
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.
Quoting 1046. Astrometeor:



:/ Darn it! Go chasing then, I thought Florida was flat. Get up on a bridge or something to clear the trees.


Nah, I'd rather chase down a hurricane.
1058. Gearsts
On the subject of chasing... I'm finally about to get another vehicle. I don't have it yet, but if I did, guess where I'd be? Right under where the high risk area was in central MS.
Quoting CybrTeddy:


Nah, I'd rather chase down a hurricane.


You just sit and wait for one of those, Florida sticks out like a sore thumb. One of these days your drought will end.

Shall return later. Homework needs to be done.

Quoting 1045. ncstorm:

Who exactly is Sara on TWC? Is she a meterologist or an IT guru? I really like the setup they have now with many hands on deck calling out information..
I don't know her background but I do think that she's doing a great job at her job.
Perhaps the best live-on-air weather computer info personality I've ever seen....she's helping tremendously in the coverage..

1062. zawxdsk
Quoting 1042. Skyepony:

Link 3 E PEARL RANKIN MS 3227 9005 SEVERAL TRAILERS DESTROYED OR DAMAGED IN HIGHLANDS MOBILE HOME PARK. REPORTED BY HIGHWAY PATROL. (JAN)

0009 2 WSW BRANDON RANKIN MS 3227 9004 MANY HOMES DAMAGED. NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ON SHILOH ... PLEASANT ... ST LOUIS ... WILSON AND GAYDEN ROADS. (JAN)


I-20 is also blocked eastbound near Brandon.
Damage confirmed in Sandersville, MS
Quoting 1050. airforceone:

Haven't posted in a while, but felt obligated to after this horid website change. I miss the old Wunderground of years past. We all knew this would happen, once our beloved site was swallowed up by the overly commercialized Weather.com. So sad.

the core of the website is still the same...CHANGE its an amazing thing
Quoting 1049. Astrometeor:
JONES MS-JASPER MS-CLARKE MS-
946 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN CLARKE...
SOUTHEASTERN JASPER AND NORTHEASTERN JONES COUNTIES UNTIL 1045 PM
CDT...

AT 946 PM CDT...A CONFIRMED LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO WAS
LOCATED NEAR SANDERSVILLE...AND MOVING EAST NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO.

SOURCE...RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO.

IMPACT...YOU ARE IN A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. FLYING DEBRIS WILL
BE DEADLY TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL
BE DESTROYED. CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO HOMES...BUSINESSES AND
VEHICLES IS LIKELY AND COMPLETE DESTRUCTION POSSIBLE.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
GOODWATER AROUND 1000 PM CDT.
CRANDALL AROUND 1025 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE SHUBUTA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TO REPEAT...A LARGE...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY
TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE...TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE
TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID
WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE
CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.


I saw that too. Spotters are reporting a massive tornado on the ground moving east. Not good with this being night now.
1066. ncstorm
Quoting 1061. CosmicEvents:


I don't know her background but I do think that she's doing a great job at her job.
Perhaps the best live-on-air weather computer info personality I've ever seen....she's helping tremendously in the coverage..




Yes she is..a much better improve format with TWC..
1067. ncstorm
rapidly developing tornado heading towards Birmingham per TWC
Quoting 1056. CybrTeddy:



Nah, I'd rather chase down a hurricane.

The relative quietness of peninsular FL during these tornado outbreaks just gives an eerie contrast to the severity of hurricane strikes that have the potential to happen later in the year- something all these high-tornado prone areas don't worry about.
Quoting 1059. KoritheMan:

On the subject of chasing... I'm finally about to get another vehicle. I don't have it yet, but if I did, guess where I'd be? Right under where the high risk area was in central MS.


Kori, while your a far better judge of storms of this magnitude than the majority of chasers who do it as a hobby, when they're moving at 45-65mph like they were today it's a big risk. Hope you get your cane to chase, not wishing for a land falling cane, but we both know it's coming sooner or later for you. Lots of chasers die, not largely publicized, but a little search on the internet shows many many have died chasing. Some of the best and brightest have died as we saw last year. Going to be a long night, tomorrows news will be about this outbreak. Afraid the death toll my be in the dozens if not closer to 50-70. Long track EF3/4 at night is not good at all. Stay safe young man!
Birmingham and Tuscaloosa in the cross hairs once again...
Quoting 1068. opal92nwf:

The relative quietness of peninsular FL during these tornado outbreaks just gives an eerie contrast to the severity of hurricane strikes that have the potential to happen later in the year- something all these high-tornado prone areas don't worry about.


Lightning blew out everything in my neighbors house this evening. We had strong thunderstorms in Longwood at 6pm with 1.36" of rain and intense lightning.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1006 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1100 PM CDT

* AT 1004 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAS TRACKING A
CONFIRMED TORNADO NEAR SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE...OR 9 MILES
SOUTH OF TUSCALOOSA. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE...BRYANT DENNY STADIUM...MCFARLAND
MALL...UNIVERSITY MALL...DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS...LAKE
WILDWOOD...COALING...BROOKWOOD...VANCE AND ABERNANT.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 68 THROUGH 100...
1073. Grothar
1074. ncstorm
tornado confirmed south of tuscaloosa..
hydrus you hanging in there buddy? It looks like you are getting rocked right now.
Too many tornado debris signatures to keep track of right now. Not sure what caused this sudden uptick, but several tornadoes are on the ground in Alabama right now.
7/10 torcon in the western FL Panhandle. Dr. Greg went ham on FL too with his tornado forecast this week.
All of this is making me ill... :(
Quoting 1076. TropicalAnalystwx13:
Too many tornado debris signatures to keep track of right now. Not sure what caused this sudden uptick, but several tornadoes are on the ground in Alabama right now.


The largest in Miss right now.
...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR SOUTHERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY...
Quoting 1065. StormTrackerScott:



I saw that too. Spotters are reporting a massive tornado on the ground moving east. Not good with this being night now.
"

I think its odd they labeled it as a PDS - Doesn't look to be much in terms of population there, almost entirely forest between Sandersville and Shubuta- I thought PDS's were there for extreme threat to loss of life?
You can tell there was an extra charge in the atmosphere today across the SE US because even the thunderstorms that formed around Orlando pack a little extra punch as well.
Quoting 1076. TropicalAnalystwx13:

Too many tornado debris signatures to keep track of right now. Not sure what caused this sudden uptick, but several tornadoes are on the ground in Alabama right now.


How many confirmed right now?
It's weird how limited the damage reports and storm reports for all these events has been.
Psa Airlines flight 4516 is heading right for that tornado!!!!!!
Quoting 1085. MeteorologistTV:

Psa Airlines flight 4516 is heading right for that tornado!!!!!!


Altitude?
1087. sar2401
Don't know if anyone posted this but it's going through Tuscaloosa now on nearly the same path as one of the 2011 storms -

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1012 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

ALC125-290400-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0022.000000T0000Z-140429T0400Z/
TUSCALOOSA AL-
1012 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EAST CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA
COUNTY UNTIL 1100 PM CDT...

...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR SOUTHERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY...

AT 1012 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A CONFIRMED TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR SHELTON STATE
COMMUNITY COLLEGE...OR 7 MILES SOUTH OF TUSCALOOSA...MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 35 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MCFARLAND MALL...UNIVERSITY MALL...LAKE WILDWOOD...DEERLICK CREEK
CAMPGROUNDS...COALING...BROOKWOOD...VANCE...ABERNA NT...BULL CITY
AND LAKE VIEW.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 68 THROUGH 100...
1088. ncstorm
Tuscaloosa dodge a bullet..for now..
1089. zawxdsk
Went back to check the 00z sounding for BMX...look at the storm motion with the hodograph. it's almost exactly in that right mover side. It's impressive.

1090. sar2401
Quoting galvestonhurricane:


How many confirmed right now?

I don't think anyone has a clue right now. Current SPC report:

Jeff co ema: damaged/destroyed home with multiple trees down @355 Kelly Drive Kimberly, al. #fox6wbrc
Quoting 1088. ncstorm:

Tuscaloosa dodge a bullet..for now..


That storms tracking over a ton of low cost apartments and suburban homes, looking at google maps - looks to be almost entirely residential. Hope everyone got warned.
Quoting 1084. MrstormX:

It's weird how limited the damage reports and storm reports for all these events has been.

Unfortunately, probably means multiple major rescue operations are ongoing, with the media being kept out. We'll have to wait for tomorrow morning for any real clue to the level of destruction. Hard to believe the southern portion has strengthened in the last hour and a half. This low is incredibly strong, the portion of storms in northern Illinois was pulled sharply NW in the last hour which coincided with this uptick. Amazing system to watch as a whole.
...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR NORTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY...
1095. flsky
TWC report something going towards Birmingham. Also debris ball in Brookside.
1096. ncstorm
possible EF3 tornado on the ground heading towards brookside..per TWC..(dont let Scott hear Dr. Forbes estimate that though)
Cell just north of Birmingham has significantly intensified, debris ball moving through.
Debris being lofted over 3000 ft. with tornado near Adamsviille according to abc 33/40 in Birmingham.
Tornado Warning for Madison and Marshall Counties in AL until 11:00 PM CDT

Tornado Warning for Jefferson County in AL until 11:00 PM CDT

wow!!
1100. sar2401
Good Birmingham stream with James Spann

Link
Quoting 1069. DeepSeaRising:



Kori, while your a far better judge of storms of this magnitude than the majority of chasers who do it as a hobby, when they're moving at 45-65mph like they were today it's a big risk. Hope you get your cane to chase, not wishing for a land falling cane, but we both know it's coming sooner or later for you. Lots of chasers die, not largely publicized, but a little search on the internet shows many many have died chasing. Some of the best and brightest have died as we saw last year. Going to be a long night, tomorrows news will be about this outbreak. Afraid the death toll my be in the dozens if not closer to 50-70. Long track EF3/4 at night is not good at all. Stay safe young man!


I'm a little crazy compared to the average person, and my personal ideas of fun are also vastly different. But rest assured, I will take the necessary precautions.

Thanks.
Major Damage in Kimberly and Morris with Tornado earlier now NE of Birmingham.
Quoting 1083. galvestonhurricane:



How many confirmed right now?


11 current warnings, but it's a struggle to keep up w/ incoming info as to what's confirmed

NWS Central Region Headquarters - Severe Weather Impact Graphics
Quoting 1096. ncstorm:
possible EF3 tornado on the ground heading towards brookside..per TWC..(dont let Scott hear Dr. Forbes estimate that though)


Why is that?
Too many tornado debris signatures to keep track of right now
1106. skook
Link As always awesome coverage from abc33/40
1107. ncstorm
Quoting 1104. StormTrackerScott:



Why is that?


wrong scott..
Quoting 1076. TropicalAnalystwx13:

Too many tornado debris signatures to keep track of right now. Not sure what caused this sudden uptick, but several tornadoes are on the ground in Alabama right now.

Low level jet kicked in before the nocturnal inversion could develop, shooting up ESRH. With still 1000-1500 J/kg of ML CAPE to work with, storms are staying surface based for now.





Quoting 1086. MrstormX:



Altitude?

Plane Swung south of the Tuscooloosa tornado at the last moment at about 24,000 feet
Large cyclone is large:

Morris PD confirms Kimberly Fire Dept collapsed – no injuries
1112. Pallis
Quoting 1059. KoritheMan:

On the subject of chasing... I'm finally about to get another vehicle. I don't have it yet, but if I did, guess where I'd be? Right under where the high risk area was in central MS.
May I suggest a Subaru? They usually last about 300,000 miles or more, efficient on gas, are great off road, and can drive really fast in smaller spaces than other vehicles. They are also surprisingly made in America for the most part. Back in the 80's we used to take the GL's up to 120 MPH dailly. sometimes drove them without water and oil for a spell. I would look for an all wheel or a 4xD within budget. If I was chasing a storm and one suddenly was chasing me ... well, I would be looking for alternate roads that the majority of other vehicles would not do well with. The only thing we ever broke was the CV joints, and that was only after extremely severe abuse.( running over many trees, fell off small cliff once, barreling down rocky streams, Ect!) Get foglights and a winch. We had top lights and a CB as well.
Link

Population density in Jefferson County. darker shades of orange shows area of higher density.
Mesa Flight # 2887 will be landing in Birmingham at the same time as tornado.....Scary
1115. sar2401
Lost the Birmingham feed. Looks like the tornado north of Gardendale (Tuscaloosa area) is continuing to move north. On the ground, confirmed by law enforcement, confirmed damage, don't know how much.
1116. sar2401
Quoting MeteorologistTV:
Mesa Flight # 2887 will be landing in Birmingham at the same time as tornado.....Scary

Tornado is nowhere near the airport.
Quoting 1082. StormTrackerScott:

You can tell there was an extra charge in the atmosphere today across the SE US because even the thunderstorms that formed around Orlando pack a little extra punch as well.

I noticed that looking at the radar this evening, it felt like an all around typical summer day here. Sticky and 76f this morning at 7am, hot and sunny until late afternoon with a gradual buildup of clouds, then seabreeze thunderstorms. We didn't get any rain where I was today, but I always assume we won't anyways with a 20% chance of rain.
Quoting KoritheMan:


I'm a little crazy compared to the average person, and my personal ideas of fun are also vastly different. But rest assured, I will take the necessary precautions.

Thanks.


A "little" he says. Biggest understatement of the year so far.

<3
Didn't track in the last several hours because I chose to go to a party but left before it really pick up. I don't recall skipping a high risk day on purpose before but I still had a fun night though :) Now there's intense lightning show ongoing in Western North Carolina now with a tornado warning for 6000 footers 30 miles southwest of Asheville. And of course, we got several cells still active in Central Alabama that should last for another hour or two. Crazy day indeed...
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1144 PM EDT MON APR 28 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EASTERN MCMINN COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE...
NORTHWESTERN MONROE COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1230 AM EDT

* AT 1144 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED
OVER ETOWAH...OR 7 MILES SOUTH OF ATHENS...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT
40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ATHENS...SWEETWATER...MADISONVILLE...ETOWAH...ENGL EWOOD...NIOTA...
MOUNT VERNON AND DENTVILLE.
1121. ncstorm
Georgia already issued a state of emergency in advance of tomorrow's storms..they aint taking no chances this time..
Quoting 1119. Bluestorm5:

Didn't track in the last several hours because I chose to go to a party but left before it really pick up. I don't recall skipping a high risk day on purpose before but I still had a fun night though :) Now there's intense lightning show ongoing in Western North Carolina now with a tornado warning for 6000 footers 30 miles southwest of Asheville. And of course, we got several cells still active in Central Alabama that should last for another hour or two. Crazy day indeed...


Wow, I'm impressed. Partying on Monday night...
25 minutes ago north of Waynesville, MS. Luckily seemed to have missed large population centers.



New circulation looks to be forming south of Waynesville now.


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0467
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1029 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

AREAS AFFECTED...WRN NC...WRN SC AND NERN GA

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE

VALID 290329Z - 290430Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...60 PERCENT

SUMMARY...SEVERE THREAT MAY INCREASE FROM WRN NC...WRN SC THROUGH
NERN GA. THREAT WILL EXIST FOR SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
ISOLATED TORNADOES...LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND.

DISCUSSION...SCATTERED CONVECTION INCLUDING A FEW THUNDERSTORMS ARE
DEVELOPING WITHIN ZONE OF WARM ADVECTION FROM NERN GA THROUGH WRN
NC. A COUPLE OF THESE STORMS HAVE TAKEN ON AT LEAST MARGINAL
SUPERCELL CHARACTERISTICS. VWP DATA INDICATE 35-40 KT DEEP SHEAR AND
100-150 M2/S2 0-1 KM STORM RELATIVE HELICITY. WIND PROFILES WILL
BECOME MORE FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS WITH TIME AS THE LLJ SHIFTS EWD
IN ASSOCIATION WITH AN UPPER JET ROTATING THROUGH BASE OF UPPER
TROUGH. A WARM FRONT WAS ALSO LOCATED FROM SRN NC NWWD THROUGH NERN
TN. SOUTH OF THIS BOUNDARY THE ATMOSPHERE IS ONLY MARGINALLY
UNSTABLE...BUT IS MOISTENING WITH DEWPOINTS RISING INTO THE LOW 60S.
THEREFORE...THE THREAT FOR SEVERE STORMS MAY INCREASE THROUGH THE
MORNING.

..DIAL/HART.. 04/29/2014


ATTN...WFO...GSP...MRX...FFC...

LAT...LON 35378373 35908275 35648207 34558283 34088408 35378373
Quoting 1112. Pallis:

May I suggest a Subaru? They usually last about 300,000 miles or more, efficient on gas, are great off road, and can drive really fast in smaller spaces than other vehicles. They are also surprisingly made in America for the most part. Back in the 80's we used to take the GL's up to 120 MPH dailly. sometimes drove them without water and oil for a spell. I would look for an all wheel or a 4xD within budget. If I was chasing a storm and one suddenly was chasing me ... well, I would be looking for alternate roads that the majority of other vehicles would not do well with. The only thing we ever broke was the CV joints, and that was only after extremely severe abuse.( running over many trees, fell off small cliff once, barreling down rocky streams, Ect!) Get foglights and a winch. We had top lights and a CB as well.


My last model was an '02 Ford Taurus, which, even with the check engine light on I thought gave some pretty decent mileage. I'll look into the Subaru. I'm all for gas conservation, particularly on long trips like storm chasing.
Quoting 1122. galvestonhurricane:



Wow, I'm impressed. Partying on Monday night...


Today was the last day of classes. Tomorrow is a day off before exams so there's your reason. It was just to celebrate the season my club ultimate team had this year :) Don't worry, I left before things get hardcore because it's not my thing :)
Storm headed to Birmingham is trying real hard to put something down.

1128. zawxdsk
Quoting 1123. ADPete89:

25 minutes ago north of Waynesville, MS. Luckily seemed to have missed large population centers.




That's really been the most impressive thing on radar for the last 35 minutes. The inbound/outbound signature is so large. It's either throwing some crazy debris or just an enormous rotating storm.
I'm no expert, but it appears that 'hook' on the radar that moved just south of Tuscaloosa is headed straight for Birmingham.
1130. sar2401
Quoting HurrMichaelOrl:
I'm no expert, but it appears that 'hook' on the radar that moved just south of Tuscaloosa is headed straight for Birmingham.

The circulation is starting to fade a bit but it is heading for Birmingham.
1131. ncstorm
PDS issued for parts of Tennessee F2-F5 long tracked tornados per TWC
Time to Bail - Stay Safe All - Keep Aware - Prayers to Those Who Have Already Suffered Damage. Good Luck Tonight.
1133. hydrus

Tapah
http://www.abc3340.com/category/220454/james-spann- 24-7-weather

James Spann is following the cell that is approaching downtown Birmingham.
Quoting 1128. zawxdsk:



That's really been the most impressive thing on radar for the last 35 minutes. The inbound/outbound signature is so large. It's either throwing some crazy debris or just an enormous rotating storm.


The signature south of Tuscaloosa earlier was just as impressive, I think.
HUGE circulation passed waynesboro. i hope we don't see the day where things that size get organized.
Quoting 1133. hydrus:


Tapah


Hang in there tonight..... Good Luck...
Quoting ncstorm:
PDS issued for parts of Tennessee F2-F5 long tracked tornados per TWC


TWC should be more clear. Tornado Watch #111 was extended.

New area:

1139. hydrus
Quoting 1075. StormTrackerScott:

hydrus you hanging in there buddy? It looks like you are getting rocked right now.
Breathing much easier to say the least...Made it through another one..:)..We still have scars from past storms.
1140. ncstorm
Quoting 1138. Astrometeor:



TWC should be more clear. Tornado Watch #111 was extended.

New area:




you might want to take that up with them then because they definitely said it..they have a twitter account..knock yourself out..
=/





Quoting 1115. sar2401:

Lost the Birmingham feed. Looks like the tornado north of Gardendale (Tuscaloosa area) is continuing to move north. On the ground, confirmed by law enforcement, confirmed damage, don't know how much.

1143. ncstorm
Quoting 1142. Astrometeor:



I don't have a twitter account, remember Kyle? You do it, and use the SPC page as proof.


who is Kyle?
1144. flsky
TWC noting storms heading to the west of Asheville, NC. Is this ever going to end?
Quoting 1143. ncstorm:



who is Kyle?


Me.
Quoting 1144. flsky:

TWC noting storms heading to the west of Asheville, NC. Is this ever going to end?


*sigh* That's where I am. Lightning are really picking up here. I think 6000 footers are going to destroy the cell completely, but there's enough room for a right turn if the mountains doesn't do the job.
1147. ncstorm
ohhh..you replaced it with a period..

whoever Kyle is might not appreciate you accusing him of being other bloggers..especially when the blogger is a woman..
1148. ncstorm
Quoting 1145. Bluestorm5:



Me.


nice to meet you Kyle..LOL
two tornadoes on ground
1150. ncstorm
two possible tornados heading toward Birmingham?
Quoting ncstorm:


nice to meet you Kyle..LOL


Yeah, sorry you two. I'm extremely tired. Stayed up to 2 AM local time watching the storms. Fell asleep at my Boy Scouts meeting this afternoon.
Quoting 1147. ncstorm:

ohhh..you replaced it with a period..

whoever Kyle is might not appreciate you accusing him of being other bloggers..especially when the blogger is a woman..


Ok, I have no idea what's going on now...
oh no.... debris ball...
1154. zawxdsk
Now reporting 6* fatalities near Athens, AL with earlier storms.

http://www.waff.com/story/25372175/multiple-torna do-casualties-in-limestone-co

Looks like the storms heading towards Chattanooga are losing their intensity. I still expect rain and even some more storms before morning. Just hoping for better and signing off shortly.

Edit: Said 4 and now it says 6 :(
Bessemer has 27,000 people
1156. Michfan
This is one of the craziest outbreaks I have seen in a while.
...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY INCLUDING HUEYTOWN...
Quoting ncstorm:
two possible tornados heading toward Birmingham?


Well, it was two confirmed tornadoes...now it's this:

JEFFERSON AL-
1114 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY UNTIL
1145 PM CDT...

...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY INCLUDING HUEYTOWN...

AT 1112 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 6 MILES WEST OF BESSEMER...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BESSEMER...HUEYTOWN...HOOVER...FAIRFIELD...VESTAVI A HILLS...
HOMEWOOD...BIRMINGHAM...FULTONDALE...MOUNTAIN BROOK AND ALABAMA
ADVENTURE.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 250 THROUGH 271...
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 23...
US 78 EXIT NUMBER 91...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 104 THROUGH 129...
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBER 130...

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

LAT...LON 3368 8681 3346 8668 3342 8672 3342 8675
3337 8678 3336 8683 3333 8684 3333 8688
3329 8703 3341 8718
TIME...MOT...LOC 0412Z 216DEG 25KT 3336 8706
1159. sar2401
Quoting Doppler22:
...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY INCLUDING HUEYTOWN...

Ramped up again

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1114 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

ALC073-290445-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0024.000000T0000Z-140429T0445Z/
JEFFERSON AL-
1114 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY UNTIL
1145 PM CDT...

...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY INCLUDING HUEYTOWN...

AT 1112 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 6 MILES WEST OF BESSEMER...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BESSEMER...HUEYTOWN...HOOVER...FAIRFIELD...VESTAVI A HILLS...
HOMEWOOD...BIRMINGHAM...FULTONDALE...MOUNTAIN BROOK AND ALABAMA
ADVENTURE.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 250 THROUGH 271...
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 23...
US 78 EXIT NUMBER 91...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 104 THROUGH 129...
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBER 130...
Quoting Bluestorm5:


Ok, I have no idea what's going on now...


I quoted nc and said something along the lines of:

"I don't have twitter, remember Kyle?"

Yeah...I'm sleepy.
1161. ncstorm
15,991 (2012)
Hueytown, Population
1162. hydrus
NASA released this GOES east combined with some Aqua passes of the tornadoes the last few days. Press release here..

Not looking good for Birmingham at this moment.
3 TDS's on the same storm.

Tornado just cycled for the 3rd time in 15 minutes. New couplet just formed to SE near Bessemer and gaining strength. Just amazing, amazing storm.
1167. sar2401
Another tornado forming just south of the one near Bessemer, near Birmingham, so we'll soon have two tornadoes head for main part of Birmingham.
1168. ncstorm
Brett Adair Feed..Tornado touched down in Bessemer
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1211 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN LOUDON COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE...
CENTRAL BLOUNT COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE...
CENTRAL MONROE COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1245 AM EDT

* AT 1210 AM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED
NEAR MADISONVILLE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

IN ADDITION...GOLFBALL SIZED HAIL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MARYVILLE...ALCOA...MADISONVILLE...LOUISVILLE...EA GLETON VILLAGE...
VONORE...GREENBACK...FRIENDSVILLE...TELLICO PLAINS...TARIFFVILLE...
HAPPY VALLEY...CITICO BEACH...CLOVER HILL...MCGEE CARSON
PENINSULA...TALASSEE...CADES COVE AND FORT LOUDON S.P..
Quoting 1150. ncstorm:

two possible tornados heading toward Birmingham?


For those who missed it - Met said NWS says 2 possible circulations heading towards Birmingham, running parallel to each other, a few miles apart. bad situation.

Live (most of the time) hi-def radar coverage here:
http://www.abc3340.com/
1171. sar2401
Quoting Bluestorm5:
Tornado just cycled for the 3rd time in 15 minutes. New couplet just formed to SE near Bessemer and gaining strength. Just amazing, amazing storm.

Just when it was calming down too. Never seen anything like this in my long life.
Quoting 1167. sar2401:

Another tornado forming just south of the one near Bessemer, near Birmingham, so we'll soon have two tornadoes head for main part of Birmingham.


I think the northern storm died and the southern storm took in the energy from the old storm.
I just got off work :(  I missed all the action today!  It was supposed to be a huuuuge day for Tornadic activity...I'm not too sure what I missed but there seems to have been some intense storms tonight?
Anyone else having trouble loading the velocity maps for the Birmingham radar? Says the radar's down. Wondering if it's relevant to tonight's onslaught.
Apparently this is a tornado SW of Birmingham... O_o

1177. ncstorm
Quoting 1170. Unfriendly:



For those who missed it - Met said NWS says 2 possible circulations heading towards Birmingham, running parallel to each other, a few miles apart. bad situation.

Live (most of the time) hi-def radar coverage here:
http://www.abc3340.com/


Im just waiting on John to roll up on that tornado..thanks for the feed
1178. sar2401
Quoting KoritheMan:
Anyone else having trouble loading the velocity maps for the Birmingham radar? Says the radar's down. Wondering if it's relevant to tonight's onslaught.

Been up and down for a couple of hours but only on WU. This site better improve before hurricane season.
1179. flsky
Glad the largest chunk of this stuff is moving south and away from the peninsula.
Quoting 1162. hydrus:


1180. sar2401
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1128 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EAST CENTRAL BLOUNT COUNTY IN ALABAMA...
NORTHERN ETOWAH COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1230 AM CDT

* AT 1124 PM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR ONEONTA...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ALTOONA...WALNUT GROVE...ATTALLA...REECE CITY...SARDIS CITY...TABOR
ROAD...HENDRIX...GALLANT...RAMSEY AND HOWELTON.
1181. BKnGa
Downtown Bessemer getting absolutely walloped. Could very well be the most significant storm of the day
Birmingham might be spared this time as the cell look to be falling apart (unless it recycle?). Bessemer just got hit hard, however.
1183. Michfan
Quoting 1171. sar2401:


Just when it was calming down too. Never seen anything like this in my long life.


Yup this is just crazy. This all time stuff happening here.
UAB Medical West is reportly to have taken a direct hit.
It keeps cycling up and down. With any luck, downtown Birmingham catches the downswing.

Quoting 1182. Bluestorm5:

Birmingham might be spared this time as the cell look to be falling apart (unless it recycle?). Bessemer just got hit hard, however.
1186. sar2401
Quoting Bluestorm5:
Birmingham might be spared this time as the cell look to be falling apart (unless it recycle?). Bessemer just got hit hard, however.

This storm is headed right toward the main medical/hospital district in downtown Birmingham. I haven't seen confirmation of damage at UAB West yet.
Quoting Bluestorm5:
UAB Medical West is reportly to have taken a direct hit.


It was on a tower cam on the campus. Between flashes of lightning/power flashes, you could see the dark shadow of something big.
Quoting 1186. sar2401:


This storm is headed right toward the main medical/hospital district in downtown Birmingham. I haven't seen confirmation of damage at UAB West yet.
Me either. It's unconfirmed like you said.
Alcoa, I spent a night there at a Hampton Inn. Nice place. Scary left turns though during rush hour...

LOUDON TN-BLOUNT TN-
1233 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1245 AM EDT FOR
SOUTHEASTERN LOUDON AND WESTERN BLOUNT COUNTIES...

AT 1233 AM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED 9
MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARYVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MARYVILLE...ALCOA...LOUISVILLE...EAGLETON VILLAGE...VONORE...
GREENBACK...FRIENDSVILLE...HAPPY VALLEY AND CLOVER HILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TORNADOES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. DO NOT
WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW!
There going to let the Jefferson county warning expire, even with all the cycling its done? It could pop of another in minutes the way its been going.
Quoting ADPete89:
There going to let the Jefferson county warning expire, even with all the cycling its done? It could pop of another in minutes the way its been going.


Yeah, bit surprising, I would've issued one more just to lean on the safe side given this cell's history.
Im signing off. I hope the storm near Birmingham dies, I hope Altoona is okay and my prayers go out to everyone affected today.
1193. sar2401
Quoting ADPete89:
There going to let the Jefferson county warning expire, even with all the cycling its done? It could pop of another in minutes the way its been going.

They'll warn again if cycles again, but it's definitely not showing signs of rotation right now.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
1144 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN DEKALB COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...
SOUTHEASTERN MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 1230 AM CDT

* AT 1144 PM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A CONFIRMED TORNADO
OVER ALTOONA...OR 9 MILES NORTHEAST OF ONEONTA. DOPPLER RADAR
SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ALBERTVILLE...BOAZ...DOUGLAS...RODENTOWN...ARONA.. .LATHAMVILLE...
KILPATRICK AND MCVILLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TORNADOES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. DO NOT
WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.

A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TAKE
IMMEDIATE TORNADO PRECAUTIONS. THIS IS A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION.
Looks like its cycling back up again. With maybe some RFD rapping back around again just south of Birmingham Metro.

1196. hydrus
I,m tired and have to sleep..A blessed safe night to all..


SEL4

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 114
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1230 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTHEAST GEORGIA
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
NORTHWEST SOUTH CAROLINA
EAST TENNESSEE

* EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY MORNING FROM 1230 AM UNTIL 700 AM EDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 5 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF HOT
SPRINGS NORTH CAROLINA TO 100 MILES SOUTH OF KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
Night time tornadoes are the worst
1199. sar2401
New one north of Mobile

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1150 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

ALC025-129-290500-
/O.CON.KMOB.TO.W.0019.000000T0000Z-140429T0500Z/
WASHINGTON AL-CLARKE AL-
1150 PM CDT MON APR 28 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT FOR CENTRAL
CLARKE AND NORTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTIES...

AT 1146 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO
WAS LOCATED 8 MILES EAST OF CHATOM...OR 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAINT
STEPHENS...MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

A NEW WARNING MAY SOON BE ISSUED FOR THIS AREA TO REPLACE THIS
WARNING.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
JACKSON... SAINT STEPHENS... MILLRY...
LEROY...

EDIT: Replaced with severe thunderstorm warning. Looks like Etowah County is only remaining Alabama warning.
Quoting 1186. sar2401:


This storm is headed right toward the main medical/hospital district in downtown Birmingham. I haven't seen confirmation of damage at UAB West yet.


ABC33 is reporting that an apartment complex right behind the UAB Medical Center took considerable damage. Strong smell of gas in the area. Rescue efforts have begun in the complex.

UAB isn't being reported as damaged.
1201. zawxdsk
Quoting 1195. ADPete89:

Looks like its cycling back up again. With maybe some RFD rapping back around again just south of Birmingham Metro.




I'm all for trying to reduce non performing warnings, but there is no way I'd let that one expire. Cyclic tornadogenesis has been a feature of storms all night, and this is still a very strong storm on radar. One scan doesn't make me think it's dead. If there's a 35% change of a new tornado coming soon, it needs a warning.
what the....? 3 TV signatures?

delta plane was supposed to land in Birmingham 2 hours ago...................
1204. sar2401
Quoting hydrus:
I,m tired and have to sleep..A blessed safe night to all..

GN, Hydrus.
1205. sar2401
Quoting MeteorologistTV:
delta plane was supposed to land in Birmingham 2 hours ago...................
Probably diverted to Montgomery.
1206. sar2401
Quoting zawxdsk:


I'm all for trying to reduce non piercing warnings, but there is no way I'd let that one expires. Cyclic tornadogenesis has been a feature of storms all night, and this is still a very strong storm on radar. One scan doesn't make me think it's dead. If there's a 35% change of a new tornado coming soon, it needs a warning.

Tell that to the mets. They just work on numbers and radar.
Quoting 1137. PedleyCA:



Hang in there tonight..... Good Luck...
Can't believe this went from a miserable ts to a hurricane.
1208. sar2401
Quoting evilpenguinshan:
what the....? 3 TV signatures?


There have been a number of bogus TV's today.
Quoting 1084. MrstormX:

It's weird how limited the damage reports and storm reports for all these events has been.


I don't use SPC prelims to determine the magnitude of a severe event. Severe report numbers don't do justice. For example, a single red dot could represent an area of destructive tornado damage that is widespread, or it could mean a couple trees down from an EF0. On the other hand, there can be under reporting on the SPC prelim, or over reporting. Midwest events tend to have more reports than the events as wide open plains lead to multiple reports of the same event. The deep south has thick forests, and less storm chase reporting, so often there is under reporting. I'm not sure what the surprise is as there have been numerous verified destructive tornadoes today. Today has been a nasty and long tornado outbreak, if this isn't impressive to you, then weather must not be too exciting for you.

For this reason, the number of blue, red, or green dots doesn't determine by any means the destruction of an event, yesterdays event the left 18 dead and today's brutal tornado outbreak is just such an example. Besides, there are a crap load of reports there all things aside anyway.
There was a tornado warning there - now expired.

Quoting 1208. sar2401:


There have been a number of bogus TV's today.
This is for Bessemer, AL. Easily the most intense nighttime tornado video I've ever seen O_O

Birmingham was fortunate the cells to the south undercut the supercell moving through looks like it will catch up the cell north in near Altoona very soon.
1213. sar2401
Quoting Jedkins01:


I don't use SPC prelims to determine the magnitude of a severe event. Severe reports on that page can either be much more or much less than what really happened. Mid west areas often have over reports, the deep south often has far more. I'm not sure what the surprise is as there have been numerous verified destructive tornadoes today. Today has been a nasty and long tornado outbreak, if this isn't impressive to you, then weather must not be too exciting for you.


52 tornadoes still is a respectable day.
Whew...been a long day.

Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #16
Storm Warning
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM TAPAH (T1405)
12:00 PM JST April 29 2014
============================

Near The Marianas Islands

At 3:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Tapah (985 hPa) located at 16.1N 147.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 55 knots with gusts of 80 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving north at 9 knots.

Storm Force Winds
===============
30 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
==============
150 NM from the center in east quadrant
90 NM from the center in west quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T3.5

Forecast and Intensity
=================
24 HRS 18.6N 145.8E - 55 knots (CAT 2/Severe Tropical Storm) Marianas Islands
45 HRS 20.3N 143.8E - 55 knots (CAT 2/Severe Tropical Storm) Ogasawara waters
69 HRS 23.7N 143.0E - 45 knots (CAT 1/Tropical Storm) Ogasawara waters
1216. sar2401
Quoting Bluestorm5:
This is for Bessemer, AL. Easily the most intense nighttime tornado video I've ever seen O_O


Good lesson. When all those lights go out, get into shelter ASAP.
1217. zawxdsk
Quoting 1212. ADPete89:

Birmingham was fortunate the cells to the south undercut the supercell moving through looks like it will catch up the cell north in near Altoona very soon.


Yeah, I suppose that's exactly why the warning was let expire. I hope it does the same to the NE cell. Guess I'll know soon. Goodnight all, and see you tomorrow.
1218. Thrawst
Am I the only one that sees tomorrow's severe weather setup having the same thermodynamics and wind flow speed at 500mb, but with better directional shear than today? That's not to say that today wasn't bad, because today was for sure an outbreak of strong tornadoes.
1219. sar2401
Lots of little towns in the path.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1208 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EAST CENTRAL CHILTON COUNTY IN ALABAMA...
NORTHERN COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 115 AM CDT

* AT 1206 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR GAP OF THE MOUNTAIN...OR 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF
CLANTON...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WEOGUFKA...STEWARTVILLE...GOODWATER...LAY LAKE DAM...BLUE
SPRINGS...MARBLE VALLEY...MORIAH...UNITY...STRICKLAND CROSSROADS
AND BENTLEYVILLE.
Edit: sar beat me...this time...
UAB West somehow got spared.
Quoting 1209. Jedkins01:



I don't use SPC prelims to determine the magnitude of a severe event. Severe reports on that page can either be much more or much less than what really happened. Mid west areas often have over reports, the deep south often has far more. I'm not sure what the surprise is as there have been numerous verified destructive tornadoes today. Today has been a nasty and long tornado outbreak, if this isn't impressive to you, then weather must not be too exciting for you.




Jenkins, you are a very knowledgeable member, guy just said reports were few. Tomorrow we will see what's happened and it's going to be horrific. I know it's been a tense and scary day but seems a little scathing for a pretty innocent comment. He never said it wasn't impressive, just that the damage reports weren't very up to date. Any long term follower of a severe outbreak like this knows that's always the case. He must be new to the game in some regards, cut him some slack.
Quoting 1211. Bluestorm5:

This is for Bessemer, AL. Easily the most intense nighttime tornado video I've ever seen O_O




Dang, that tornado was tearing apart electric lines.
Okay, who is going to blame Global Cooling?
Quoting 1222. DeepSeaRising:



Jenkins, you are a very knowledgeable member, guy just said reports were few. Tomorrow we will see what's happened and it's going to be horrific. I know it's been a tense and scary day but seems a little scathing for a pretty innocent comment. He never said it wasn't impressive, just that the damage reports weren't very up to date. Any long term follower of a severe outbreak like this knows that's always the case. He must be new to the game in some regards, cut him some slack.


I didn't indicate any sort of harshness or belittlement in my comment, just trying to clarify things.

If I said anything harsh, sorry, I just don't understand what I did wrong.
1227. sar2401
Quoting Bluestorm5:
UAB West somehow got spared.

The apartments that sound like they were pretty heavily damaged are literally behind UAB West, so it was a very close call. I hope their generators fired up.
Alright well time to sign off, I got a physics final exam at a disgusting 7:30 AM, I'm a little bit afraid to find the aftermath of today's outbreak. Not as horrifying as 2011, but today was still a violent and destructive tornado outbreak. What a difference a couple days makes, 2014 is no longer tornado dormant...
1229. sar2401
Apparently, one death tonight in Tuscaloosa that's "weather related" but not in the path of the earlier tornado. It occurred in a collapsed house, but I haven't heard what kind of weather it was that could have caused this.
1230. sar2401
Quoting Jedkins01:
Alright well time to sign off, I got a physics final exam at a disgusting 7:30 AM, I'm a little bit afraid to find the aftermath of today's outbreak. Not as horrifying as 2011, but today was still a violent and destructive tornado outbreak. What a difference a couple days makes, 2014 is no longer tornado dormant...

GN, Jed, good luck with the final.
Why does TWC have so many more tornado warnings in bama than NWS birmingham has?
Quoting 1228. Jedkins01:

Alright well time to sign off, I got a physics final exam at a disgusting 7:30 AM, I'm a little bit afraid to find the aftermath of today's outbreak. Not as horrifying as 2011, but today was still a violent and destructive tornado outbreak. What a difference a couple days makes, 2014 is no longer tornado dormant...


There's something very wrong with that...
Quoting 1231. VAbeachhurricanes:

Why does TWC have so many more tornado warnings in bama than NWS birmingham has?


Are they including warnings out of Huntsville and Mobile?
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1223 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN ETOWAH COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 115 AM CDT

* AT 1222 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR ATTALLA...OR 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF GADSDEN...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
REECE CITY...TABOR ROAD...MOUNTAINBORO...CRUDUP...KEENER AND BLACK
CREEK.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBER 188...
COOSA AL-
1225 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHERN COOSA COUNTY
UNTIL 115 AM CDT...

AT 1222 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR LAY LAKE DAM...OR 9 MILES
WEST OF WEOGUFKA...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WEOGUFKA...STEWARTVILLE...MARBLE VALLEY...UNITY...STRICKLAND
CROSSROADS AND PARKDALE.
No it only shows two tornado warnings in bama for me
Quoting LAbonbon:


Are they including warnings out of Huntsville and Mobile?


There's only like 2 active warnings as of my writing this.

How many is TWC showing, VA?
1238. sar2401
EDIT: Debris ball, confirmed tornado.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1229 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 130 AM CDT

* AT 1227 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR SPRINGVILLE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ONEONTA...ALLGOOD...HOLLY SPRINGS AND HIGHLAND LAKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.
1239. sar2401
Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
No it only shows two tornado warnings in bama for me

There were warnings out of Huntsville, Mobile, and Jackson earlier this evening, so you wouldn't see everything on the Birmingham radar.
I was going to bed until I saw something spinning up SW of Asheville going toward me. I expect tornado warning in a moment.
Edit: There are 3 tornado warnings state-wide.

Easy way is to go to www.weather.gov and just watch the warnings map. A strain on the eyes, but you can see the entire state.
Quoting 1237. Astrometeor:



There's only like 2 active warnings as of my writing this.

How many is TWC showing, VA?


LOL okay, my stream on the computer was like an hour delayed... nvm
1243. sar2401
Quoting Bluestorm5:
I was going to bed until I saw something spinning up SW of Asheville going toward me. I expect tornado warning in a moment.

It seems like anywhere east of the Rockies could get a tornado tonight. Geez.
Showing a debris ball on the correlation coefficient on ABC 33/40
Link

Quoting 1241. Astrometeor:

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1229 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 130 AM CDT

* AT 1227 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR SPRINGVILLE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ONEONTA...ALLGOOD...HOLLY SPRINGS AND HIGHLAND LAKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING.
GRAHAM NC-SWAIN NC-
128 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR WEST CENTRAL SWAIN AND
NORTH CENTRAL GRAHAM COUNTIES UNTIL 145 AM EDT...

AT 125 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS STORM WAS
LOCATED NEAR FONTANA VILLAGE...OR 8 MILES NORTH OF ROBBINSVILLE...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

THIS STORM WILL AFFECT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF NORTH CENTRAL GRAHAM AND
WEST CENTRAL SWAIN COUNTIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO IS LIKELY DEVELOPING OR ALREADY OCCURRING. SEEK SHELTER IN
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST LEVEL OF A HOUSE OR OFFICE BUILDING.
PLACE AS MANY FLOORS AND WALLS BETWEEN YOU AND THE OUTSIDE AS
POSSIBLE.

PLEASE REPORT DAMAGING WINDS...HAIL...OR FLOODING TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE SPARTANBURG BY CALLING TOLL FREE...1...
800...2 6 7...8 1 0 1...OR BY POSTING ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE...OR TWEET
IT USING HASHTAG NWSGSP. YOUR MESSAGE SHOULD DESCRIBE THE EVENT AND
THE SPECIFIC LOCATION WHERE IT OCCURRED.
These are the four on Central Region's page (for Alabama):







BLOUNT TN-KNOX TN-
131 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 200 AM EDT FOR
NORTHWESTERN BLOUNT AND KNOX COUNTIES...

AT 130 AM EDT...TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD. A
TORNADO MAY DEVELOP AT ANY TIME. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED
NEAR LOUISVILLE...OR NEAR KNOXVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
KNOXVILLE...MARYVILLE...ALCOA...FARRAGUT...LOUISV ILLE...ROCKFORD...
EAGLETON VILLAGE...HALLS...BLAINE...HOUSE MOUNTAIN S.P....
MALONEYVILLE...MASCOT...LAKE FOREST...KARNS...BEARDEN...POWELL...
KIMBERLIN HEIGHTS AND SEYMOUR.
I say there are X number of warnings.

Then the page updates and it becomes X plus 1.

>.<
1249. sar2401
Quoting LAbonbon:
These are the four on Central Region's page:








I can't believe this line hasn't completely lost it's moisture tap at this point. I really thought we'd be weakening a lot more by now.
1250. BKnGa
Most of the strong storms are getting ready to move out of the tornado watch box in central/northern Alabama. I wonder if they're going to issue a new watch further east. Maybe just a severe thunderstorm watch would suffice.
...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR CROSSVILLE AND COLLINSVILLE...
ETOWAH AL-
1239 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH CENTRAL ETOWAH
COUNTY UNTIL 115 AM CDT...

AT 1237 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A CONFIRMED TORNADO WITH DEBRIS. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 6 MILES
EAST OF SARDIS CITY...OR 8 MILES EAST OF BOAZ..
.MOVING NORTHEAST AT
30 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF EXTREME NORTHERN ETOWAH COUNTY.
BLOUNT AL-
1239 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EAST CENTRAL BLOUNT COUNTY
UNTIL 130 AM CDT...

AT 1239 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A CONFIRMED TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR ONEONTA.
..MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF EASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY.
Mean bow line forming in Southern Alabama and Mississippi.

Quoting 1248. Astrometeor:

I say there are X number of warnings.

Then the page updates and it becomes X plus 1.

>.<


I know!

Which page do you use for a quick check? I have a feeling my method may be a bit convoluted w/ so many warnings of all types out.
1256. sar2401
Quoting BKnGa:
Most of the strong storms are getting ready to move out of the tornado watch box in central/northern Alabama. I wonder if they're going to issue a new watch further east. Maybe just a severe thunderstorm watch would suffice.

They'll wait until a tornado warning just touched the edge of the watch box and then extend it. They've done this twice today. The time lapse for expanding the noon tornado watch in Alabama and the first tornado was a grand total of 17 minutes. They added Jefferson County (Birmingham) when there was a tornado warning actually on the country line. I don't know what the deal is with the SPC today.
Quoting 1218. Thrawst:

Am I the only one that sees tomorrow's severe weather setup having the same thermodynamics and wind flow speed at 500mb, but with better directional shear than today? That's not to say that today wasn't bad, because today was for sure an outbreak of strong tornadoes.


We'll see, it will probably depend on how much energy gets north, if it's anything like the NAMs 1800 run then it could be worse, since storms may not cycle so much. Could be very interesting up in northern Alabama and Mississippi with the way the 300mb looks. NWS is also talking about it will be more active if storms fire out ahead of the surface boundary.
Storm never went tornado warned, but there's weak rotation over me currently. Lightning is very intense at this moment.
1259. sar2401
Quoting Astrometeor:
Mean bow line forming in Southern Alabama and Mississippi.


I had to turn off the lightning to see anything there. The lightning detection thing is broken tonight, showing huge amounts of lighting when there were no storms. It looks like the line headed toward Monroeville is cranking up.
1260. sar2401
Quoting ADPete89:


We'll see, it will probably depend on how much energy gets north, if it's anything like the NAMs 1800 run then it could be worse, since storms may not cycle so much. Could be very interesting up in northern Alabama and Mississippi with the way the 300mb looks. NWS is also talking about it will be more active out ahead of the surface boundary.

As long as we don't get some real rain here and cool off, I think it's going to be a pretty good chance for a repeat of today in SE AL GA, and the Panhandle. It's still a suffocating 76 with a dewpoint of 71, RH of 88%. I can almost take a shower by just standing outside. It smells just like the beach as well, even though I'm 100 miles from the Gulf. I'm just hoping we get worked over enough tonight to at least stabilize the atmosphere until noon or so.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1251 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WESTERN ETOWAH COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 145 AM CDT

* AT 1246 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTH OF ALTOONA...OR 6 MILES EAST OF
ONEONTA...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
ALTOONA...WALNUT GROVE...REECE CITY...SARDIS CITY...GALLANT...
RAMSEY...HOWELTON...RIDGEVILLE...ROCKLEDGE AND MOUNTAINBORO.
Quoting LAbonbon:


I know!

Which page do you use for a quick check? I have a feeling my method may be a bit convoluted w/ so many warnings of all types out.


Most people use College of DuPage, however I'm "old-fashioned" and just open a bunch of NWS sites and wait for the warning page to open up. Then I hit F5 periodically to check for updates.
1264. sar2401
Quoting Bluestorm5:
Storm never went tornado warned, but there's weak rotation over me currently. Lightning is very intense at this moment.

Weak rotation is a good thing. :-)
1265. sar2401
Quoting LAbonbon:

I think there's a tornado forming in the bowing line just west of Monroeville. We'll see if it gets a warning.


SEL4

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 114
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1230 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTHEAST GEORGIA
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
NORTHWEST SOUTH CAROLINA
EAST TENNESSEE

* EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY MORNING FROM 1230 AM UNTIL 700 AM EDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 5 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST OF HOT
SPRINGS NORTH CAROLINA TO 100 MILES SOUTH OF KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
Watch has gotten larger again...they need to stop doing that without saying anything...

ETOWAH AL-
105 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR WESTERN ETOWAH COUNTY
UNTIL 145 AM CDT...

AT 103 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR STEELE...OR 11 MILES WEST OF
RAINBOW CITY...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
REECE CITY...SARDIS CITY...RAMSEY...HOWELTON...RIDGEVILLE...
ROCKLEDGE...MOUNTAINBORO...CRUDUP AND KEENER.
Quoting 1262. Astrometeor:



Most people use College of DuPage, however I'm "old-fashioned" and just open a bunch of NWS sites and wait for the warning page to open up. Then I hit F5 periodically to check for updates.


I do the same...I guess that makes me 'old fashioned' as well :)

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
100 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN DEKALB COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 145 AM CDT

* AT 1259 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED
NEAR COLLINSVILLE...OR 11 MILES SOUTH OF RAINSVILLE...AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
FORT PAYNE...RAINSVILLE...HENAGAR...COLLINSVILLE...CROS SVILLE...
SYLVANIA...FYFFE...POWELL...GERALDINE AND VALLEY HEAD.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

TORNADOES ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. DO NOT
WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.
1271. Thrawst
Tuesday's outlook:

Unusual to see a 15% area for tornadoes without the hatched included. Almost certain the hatched figure will show up in the next update if the 15% stays.

The slight risk goes WAY up north.

Quoting 1272. Astrometeor:

The slight risk goes WAY up north.




Up to Keep's stomping grounds, looks like.
Quoting 1265. sar2401:


I think there's a tornado forming in the bowing line just west of Monroeville. We'll see if it gets a warning.


Nothing on the velocity in the lower levels, though like you said it is tightening up some a little higher up. Also looks like pretty good rotation NE of Monroeville as well.
Quoting 1265. sar2401:


I think there's a tornado forming in the bowing line just west of Monroeville. We'll see if it gets a warning.


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
130 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN AUTAUGA COUNTY IN ALABAMA...
ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 230 AM CDT

* AT 128 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR AUTAUGA COUNTY AIRPORT...OR 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
PRATTVILLE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
PRATTVILLE...MILLBROOK...WETUMPKA...AUTAUGA COUNTY AIRPORT...
COOSADA...ELMORE...DEATSVILLE...JORDAN LAKE...WEOKA MILLS AND
TITUS.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 179 THROUGH 186...
1277. sar2401
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
136 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHEASTERN LOWNDES COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHWESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 230 AM CDT

* AT 133 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR CANTELOUS...OR 10 MILES NORTH OF HAYNEVILLE...AND
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
CANTELOUS...HUNTER...MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE...MONTGOMERY RIVERWALK
STADIUM...MONTGOMERY ZOO...BOYLSTON...GUNTER AIR FORCE BASE...BOB
WOODRUFF LAKE AND TALLAPOOSA RIVER WATER PLANT.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 173 THROUGH 176...
New Warning on cell NE of Monroeville moving toward Greenville, AL.
Whelp, I'm going to bed. Good night everyone.

2:23 AM ET: Bessemer P.D. are asking people to stay out of area near UAB West.

Noticed this from shauntanner's blog


Ok, now I'm off to bed.
1283. sar2401
Quoting Astrometeor:
Whelp, I'm going to bed. Good night everyone.


GN, Astro
Quoting 1280. Astrometeor:

Whelp, I'm going to bed. Good night everyone.




Night, Astro.
1285. sar2401
Looks like the tornado may have gone through Prattville, where I used to live. Haven't heard anything from that area though. The storms west of mee have 55,000 foot tops and a lot of hail. Geez, we're going on 14 hours now.
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #17
Storm Warning
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM TAPAH (T1405)
15:00 PM JST April 29 2014
============================

Near The Marianas Islands

At 6:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Tapah (980 hPa) located at 16.5N 147.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 60 knots with gusts of 85 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving north at 9 knots.

Storm Force Winds
===============
30 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
==============
150 NM from the center in east quadrant
90 NM from the center in west quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T3.5

Forecast and Intensity
=================
24 HRS 18.9N 145.7E - 60 knots (CAT 2/Severe Tropical Storm) Marianas Islands
48 HRS 21.7N 143.4E - 50 knots (CAT 2/Severe Tropical Storm) Ogasawara waters
72 HRS 25.5N 145.0E - 40 knots (CAT 1/Tropical Storm) Ogasawara waters
1287. sar2401
Looks like the warned storm is moving right toward downtown Montgomery and Maxwell AFB
Sar, this mess is getting pretty close to you now.

On another note, earlier today there was mention on one of the streaming news sites (think it was WAPT out of Jackson) of a small town's standing mutual aid agreements with adjacent towns. In this case, the town needed aid, but the town(s) that were in line to help them were impacted as well. Have you encountered something like that before, in your previous line of work?

I don't recall which towns they were discussing, but they were quite specific in the broadcast.


URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 115
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
255 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
FAR SOUTHEAST ALABAMA
FLORIDA PANHANDLE
WESTERN AND NORTHERN GEORGIA

* EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY MORNING FROM 255 AM UNTIL 1100 AM EDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
did a tornado move threw montgomery?
1291. sar2401
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
205 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EASTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHWESTERN MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA...
NORTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 300 AM CDT

* AT 201 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR MONTGOMERY...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
WETUMPKA...MILSTEAD...TALLASSEE...MONTGOMERY ZOO...BOYLSTON...
GUNTER AIR FORCE BASE...EASTDALE MALL...LAGOON PARK...BOB WOODRUFF
LAKE AND AUBURN UNIVERSITY IN MONTGOMERY.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 168 THROUGH 176...
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 32...
Watching coverage on WSFA streaming news

1293. sar2401
Quoting nwobilderburg:
did a tornado move threw montgomery?

Broad area of circulation going through right now. No actual tornado reported yet.
Quoting 1290. nwobilderburg:

did a tornado move threw montgomery?


Maybe, or one is may be forming. As rotation looks better than it did ten minutes ago.
Quoting 1290. nwobilderburg:

did a tornado move threw montgomery?


wow, that was bad spelling on my part.
Quoting 1293. sar2401:


Broad area of circulation going through right now. No actual tornado reported yet.


thats what i thought.
1297. sar2401
Quoting LAbonbon:
Sar, this mess is getting pretty close to you now.

On another note, earlier today there was mention on one of the streaming news sites (think it was WAPT out of Jackson) of a small town's standing mutual aid agreements with adjacent towns. In this case, the town needed aid, but the town(s) that were in line to help them were impacted as well. Have you encountered something like that before, in your previous line of work?

I don't recall which towns they were discussing, but they were quite specific in the broadcast.

Yeah, i"m watching the stuff headed toward me. Holding together way better than I thought. Yes, mutual aid was always an issue, so we had agreements with the state (CA) to handle mutual aid requests and they got resources from unaffected areas. It would have been almost impossible to coordinate mutual aid without the help of the state EMA.
could be something small ... maybe.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
216 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

ALC051-087-101-290800-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0033.000000T0000Z-140429T0800Z/
ELMORE AL-MACON AL-MONTGOMERY AL-
216 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY...
NORTHWESTERN MACON AND EASTERN ELMORE COUNTIES UNTIL 300 AM CDT...

AT 215 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR EASTDALE MALL...OR 7 MILES
NORTHEAST OF MONTGOMERY...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MILSTEAD...BLUE RIDGE...WAUGH...EMERALD MOUNTAIN...TYSONVILLE...
VICTORYLAND...SHORTER...ECLECTIC...LIVERPOOL AND KENT.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 4 THROUGH 32...

1300. sar2401
Quoting ADPete89:
could be something small ... maybe.


Fair bit of rotation but no reports of any tornadoes and no damage reports. A fair bit of thunderstorm wind damage is being reported from Greenville east to Andalusia. Greenville has "many trees" down and the town is without power. Winds of 58 mph reported in Mobile.
New area to keep an eye on in South Alabama

Currently there are no active tornado warnings :D

Quoting 1300. sar2401:


Fair bit of rotation but no reports of any tornadoes and no damage reports. A fair bit of thunderstorm wind damage is being reported from Greenville east to Andalusia. Greenville has "many trees" down and the town is without power. Winds of 58 mph reported in Mobile.


Oh yeah, Montgomery is in the clear, a few interesting areas closer to the panhandle. Saw that move through Greenville. I wonder if was a possible tornado, or the winds you see in one of those "mini hurricanes" you see at the far north end of a squall line, derecho.
State of Emergency declared in Georgia ahead of weather's arrival
1305. sar2401
Quoting ADPete89:


Oh yeah, Montgomery is in the clear, a few interesting areas closer to the panhandle. Saw that move through Greenville. I wonder if was a possible tornado, or the winds you see in one of those "mini hurricanes" you see at the far north end of a squall line, derecho.

Not a derecho but probably developing a good gust front. I can feel the outflow winds in Eufaula, about 30 miles east of the storms.
1306. sar2401
Quoting LAbonbon:
Currently there are no active tornado warnings :D


Almost 12 hours of tornado warnings. Thank goodness, at least for now. At least the SPC says it will only be moderately bad today until it becomes highly bad...again. :-)
1307. sar2401
Wowsers. Mobile Regional Airport reports 4.00 inches of rain in one hour!
1308. RTLSNK
Morning, Tornado Watch 115 issued for 87 Georgia Counties at 0343 hours. Macon, GA here.

Edit: make that 87 Counties.
Sar - did vital1 ever come back to the blog since his 'ears popping' post? He may have, but I was off-line for a while earlier, and may not have seen it if he did.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE...RESENT
ALABAMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY CLANTON ALABAMA
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
316 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
THE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY IN ETOWAH.

DUE TO ONGOING SEARCH AND RESCUE IN AND AROUND THE SMITH
INSTITUTE AREA AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS WITH DOWNED POWERLINES AND
OTHER DEBRIS...ALL NON EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ARE REQUESTED TO STAY
AWAY FROM THE AREA UNTIL FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS ARE GIVEN FROM THE
LOCAL AUTHORITIES.


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 400 AM CDT

* AT 323 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 8 MILES NORTH OF VICTORIA...OR 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
BRUNDIDGE...AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BRUNDIDGE...HAMILTON CROSSROADS...TENNILLE AND BRUNDIDGE MUNICIPAL
AIRPORT.

Was a confirmed tornado south of auburn, near Beauregard. Cell is now warned.



you
1313. RTLSNK
1314. sar2401
Getting closer to home...

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
352 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTH CENTRAL RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 430 AM CDT

* AT 350 AM CDT...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 6 MILES SOUTH OF GRIFFEN MILL...OR 14 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF SMITHS...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
SMITHS...PHENIX CITY...BLEECKER...LADONIA...SMITHS STATION...
CRAWFORD...LADONIA SPORTS COMPLEX AND MONTEREY HEIGHTS.
1315. sar2401
Wayne Co.MS

Time: 2014-04-29 04:00 UTC
Event: null TSTM WND DMG
Source: EMERGENCY MNGR
Remark: *** 6 INJ *** REPORTS OF AT LEAST 10 HOMES DAMAGED ACROSS WAYNE COUNTY...MAINLY FROM THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF THE COUNTY TO THE SOUTHEAST.
SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
402 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

ALC081-290930-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0036.000000T0000Z-140429T0930Z/
LEE AL-
402 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHEASTERN LEE COUNTY
UNTIL 430 AM CDT...

...TORNADO EMERGENCY SOUTHEASTERN FOR LEE COUNTY...

AT 359 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A
CONFIRMED TORNADO.
THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
GRIFFEN MILL...OR 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SMITHS...MOVING NORTHEAST AT
50 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
SMITHS...SMITHS STATION AND MONTEREY HEIGHTS.

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

LAT...LON 3251 8506 3248 8506 3247 8507 3247 8516
3247 8522 3252 8524 3262 8508 3258 8506
3251 8500
TIME...MOT...LOC 0902Z 245DEG 43KT 3251 8515

$$

GRANTHAM
1317. sar2401
North of Columbus GA

ALC081-290930-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0036.000000T0000Z-140429T0930Z/
LEE AL-
402 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHEASTERN LEE COUNTY
UNTIL 430 AM CDT...

...TORNADO EMERGENCY SOUTHEASTERN FOR LEE COUNTY...

AT 359 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A
CONFIRMED TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF
GRIFFEN MILL...OR 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SMITHS...MOVING NORTHEAST AT
50 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
SMITHS...SMITHS STATION AND MONTEREY HEIGHTS.
1319. RTLSNK
Quoting 1318. ADPete89:






No chance you see that coming, even in the day time
1321. sar2401
Report via Amatuer radio Skywarn net reports structural collapse with entrapment from tornado damage in Smiths Station AL
Quoting 1320. VAbeachhurricanes:



No chance you see that coming, even in the day time


Yeah doesn't look like there is anything left, but power flashes were reported north of Simon Station.
Is anyone having trouble getting access to weather.gov??

Mine is very slow to load. I had to refresh 5 times to get the homepage.
1325. sar2401
Lightning is now so continuous that I'm unable to copy or transmit on the VHF or UHF ham radio. I've never had this level of static from lightning on those bands. It's almost like a strobe light show.
1326. sar2401
Quoting AussieStorm:
Is anyone having trouble getting access to weather.gov??

Mine is very slow to load. I had to refresh 5 times to get the homepage.

Morning, Aussie. Yes, I've had on and off problems with the weather sites, and radar is dropping lots of frames.
Quoting 1324. AussieStorm:

Is anyone having trouble getting access to weather.gov??

Mine is very slow to load. I had to refresh 5 times to get the homepage.


No issues here w/ it loading.

I'm headed to bed. Hope the weather doesn't affect you guys too much...

Night, all.
1328. sar2401
Quoting LAbonbon:


No issues here w/ it loading.

I'm headed to bed. Hope the weather doesn't affect you guys too much...

Night, all.

GN, LA. I'm going off also as soon as I make sure this line is finally done.
One area I hope doesn't get overlooked in terms of severe wx today is NC. Yesterday the environment was @ best marginal for severe wx with CAPE @ best in & around 1500, w/ values in excess of 2,000 locked deep into SC well south of the warm front which has now back tracked southwestward due to the stubborn & classic CAD set-up in place. Aside from the regions of Mississippi & Alabama in the moderate risk area, central-eastern NC has the highest helcity values, not to mention, unlike areas of MS/AL relying more so on mid-upper level tropospheric support with the plethora of convection & clouds overhead that will lead to a reduction in CAPE, areas in NC that are able to get southwest of the slow moving warm front, (appears mainly south of highway 64) will be basking in relatively more plentiful sunshine, with juicy dew points well into the 60s, & consequently CAPE values look to exceed 2,000 J/Kg, certainly a recipe for severe wx. Although shear appears to be under 30-40 knots for the most part, in a more unfavorable environment yesterday, NC was still able to produce a tornado warned storm in Bladen County that I likely suspect received a momentary boost from riding along a substantial outflow boundary from the remnants of storms which moved through Fayetteville earlier in the afternoon.

Given more favorable parameters, wouldn't be surprised if central-eastern NC gets a bit more into the action today, but regardless the bulk of the activity & associated tornadoes should still reside over Dixie Alley...
1330. LargoFl
good morning,second round comes today............stay alert and safe folks.......................
Off to the races.

Quoting 1328. sar2401:


GN, LA. I'm going off also as soon as I make sure this line is finally done.
Morning SAR. Looks like this line is moving into ur area... stay safe!

1333. LargoFl
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
502 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

MDZ003>005-009-010-501-502-VAZ025>031-036>040-042 -050-051-501>504-
WVZ050>053-055-501>506-301000-
WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-
EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-AUGUSTA-
ROCKINGHAM-SHENANDOAH-FREDERICK VA-PAGE-WARREN-CLARKE-NELSON-
ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-LOUDOUN-ORA NGE-CULPEPER-
NORTHERN FAUQUIER-SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-WESTERN HIGHLAND-
EASTERN HIGHLAND-HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-HARDY -
WESTERN GRANT-EASTERN GRANT-WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-
WESTERN PENDLETON-EASTERN PENDLETON-
502 AM EDT TUE APR 29 2014

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA...
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA...AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GARRETT COUNTY.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WILL BE CAPABLE OF
PRODUCING DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND EVEN THE THREAT FOR A FEW
TORNADOES.

THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR MAIN STEM RIVER FLOODING WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. RIVER FLOOD WATCHES HAVE BEEN ISSUED
FOR PORTIONS OF THE POTOMAC...RAPPAHANNOCK AND SHENANDOAH RIVER
BASINS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE REQUIRED WEDNESDAY. IN ADDITION...PLEASE
REPORT ANY FLOODING OBSERVED TODAY OR TONIGHT TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE.

$$

1334. LargoFl

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH AND
CENTRAL GEORGIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...

...SCATTERED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED TODAY AND
TONIGHT OVER NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA...
...A FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES THROUGH TONIGHT...

.WEATHER HAZARDS EXPECTED...
DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...ISOLATED TORNADOES...AND FREQUENT
LIGHTNING. MINOR TO POSSIBLE MODERATE RIVER FLOODING WILL
CONTINUE.

.DISCUSSION...
A SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO FAR NORTHWEST GEORGIA LATE
TONIGHT. MODERATE INSTABILITY AND WIND SHEAR WILL ALLOW FOR THE
POTENTIAL OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS TODAY AND TONIGHT OVER NORTH AND
CENTRAL GEORGIA.
1335. LargoFl
central alabama........................................... ..
1336. LargoFl
Headline from CNN...............stay alert and safe folks............................................. ....75 million people under storm threat
1337. sar2401
Finally. My county was the last in Alabama to have the tornado watch expire. First Alabama warning was 1237 yesterday, last was 0420 this morning. No more watches or warnings in Alabama now. Long day and night. Now I have to get some sleep so I can drive two hours to a doctor's appointment in Montgomery at 1:00 and try to be the redeveloping storms back home again. Sometimes living in the South can be a real challenge. :-) Gn, everyone.
1338. LargoFl
Quoting 1337. sar2401:

Finally. My county was the last in Alabama to have the tornado watch expire. First Alabama warning was 1237 yesterday, last was 0420 this morning. No more watches or warnings in Alabama now. Long day and night. Now I have to get some sleep so I can drive two hours to a doctor's appointment in Montgomery at 1:00 and try to be the redeveloping storms back home again. Sometimes living in the South can be a real challenge. :-) Gn, everyone.
good luck SAR...stay safe..going to get rough up there once again later today....
1339. LargoFl
North Carolina stay alert next few days............................................
...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH A FEW TORNADOES HIGHLY PROBABLE
ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

SEVERAL BANDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CROSS CENTRAL
NORTH CAROLINA TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. WHILE THE NEAR
SURFACE AIR MASS IS STABLE EARLY THIS MORNING...THE ATMOSPHERE IS
EXPECTED TO BECOME UNSTABLE...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SOUTH AND EAST
SECTIONS OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA THIS AFTERNOON...AND ACROSS
THE ENTIRE AREA TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

IN ADDITION...THE WIND PROFILE OVER OUR REGION WILL BE FAVORABLE
FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THUNDERSTORMS THAT CONTAIN ROTATING
UPDRAFTS. THESE STORMS WILL HAVE A GREATER POTENTIAL OF PRODUCING
SEVERE WEATHER INCLUDING TORNADOES.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES....EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS... AND
SPOTTER GROUPS SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST WEATHER CONDITIONS AND BE
PREPARED FOR POSSIBLE ACTIONS AND AUGMENT STAFFING THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

PEOPLE ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA NEED TO KEEP ABREAST OF THE
LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. HAVE A
SOURCE OF WEATHER INFORMATION READILY AVAILABLE. ALSO...MAKE
CONTINGENT PLANS NOW OF WHERE YOU WOULD GO TO TAKE SHELTER IN THE
EVENT OF WEATHER EMERGENCY WHETHER YOU ARE AT HOME...WORK...OR IN
YOUR CAR.

$$
1340. LargoFl
Tupelo, Mississippi (CNN) -- The scope is staggering. Some 75 million Americans are under threat of severe weather on Tuesday.

People from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, and from the Midwest to the East Coast, are advised to keep their eyes to the sky and their ears to the radio. That's a third of the country.

The greatest risk will again be in the Deep South, with Mississippi and Alabama in the bull's eye for the worst of the storms.
Getting it right now. Woke up to a thunder clap. Heavy rain, and a LOT of lightning, but haven't seen or heard a lick of wind, maybe it was on the leading edge while I was still asleep?
Lightning getting closer and more frequent on the backside of this line. Spectacular!
1343. LargoFl
Quoting 1341. opal92nwf:

Getting it right now. Woke up to a thunder clap. Heavy rain, and a LOT of lightning, but haven't seen or heard a lick of wind, maybe it was on the leading edge while I was still asleep?

gee stay safe opal..that line of storms looks nasty.......
Quoting 1341. opal92nwf:

Getting it right now. Woke up to a thunder clap. Heavy rain, and a LOT of lightning, but haven't seen or heard a lick of wind, maybe it was on the leading edge while I was still asleep?



Probably a nice waterspout where that hook is over the gulf.
LargoFl - thanks for the Virginia information!
Quoting 1340. LargoFl:

Tupelo, Mississippi (CNN) -- The scope is staggering. Some 75 million Americans are under threat of severe weather on Tuesday.

People from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, and from the Midwest to the East Coast, are advised to keep their eyes to the sky and their ears to the radio. That's a third of the country.

The greatest risk will again be in the Deep South, with Mississippi and Alabama in the bull's eye for the worst of the storms.


I'm anxious/eager to see how much of the big stuff this will bring to the FL Panhandle. Here are some highlights from the Scientific Forecast Discussion:

Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Tallahassee Florida
249 am EDT Tue Apr 29 2014

..strong to severe thunderstorms expected today through
Wednesday...

..heavy rainfall with areas of flash and riverine flooding
expected as well...

Near term [through today]...
....
Despite how far to the northwest this low
center appears to be displaced for impacts over our area today, it's
circulation is enormous over the eastern conus, dominating
conditions from the north central Gulf of Mexico northward into much
of eastern Canada. This system will continue to develop band after
band of strong to severe thunderstorms
that will form into fairly
large mesoscale convective system features across the southeast U.S. Today, then continuing over
the next 2 to 3 days at least, before we are on the much safer and
drier westerly side of the upper low's circulation.


With
abundant deep layer tropical moisture in place, giving US excellent
sfc and mean layer instabilities as well as steadily cooler air
aloft which will yield steepening low to mid-level lapse rates, very
high directional wind sheer with decent vertical speed sheer (all
feeding into an extremely negatively tilted trof axis), and the

stage appears to be set for all facets of severe weather to
potentially occur across our County Warning Area during the next few days.
This
includes the threat for tornadoes (of which a few could be strong),
damaging wind gusts of 60-80 mph, and large hail.
During the next 24
hours, which includes today, the best threat for severe weather
will be over western portions of the County Warning Area or almost the western 2/3
of the region.
Additionally, even though the individual storm cells
will be moving quite fast in their respective to the MCS, the
overall effect for rainfall will lead echo training and cell
re-development as each mesoscale convective system moves through.
Therefore, since we are
expecting widespread storm total rainfalls of 3 to 5 inches (with
isolated areas around 10" or slightly greater will be possible) over
the next 3 days, as those areas within the Flash Flood Watch are
expected to get hit with 3 or more mcss. High temps should be held
down to the 80 to 85 degree range with the increase in convection
and cloud cover.

Short term [tonight through thursday]...
for much of the short term period we will remain in a relatively
stagnant synoptic pattern with a strong, closed mid-upper level low
over the upper Mississippi River valley, and a cyclonically curved
mid-upper level jet rounding the base of that over the southeast. In
general, the stronger flow aloft will remain just north of our area,
but there should be a favorable overlap of deep layer shear (0-6km
at least 40 knots) and moderate instability over the northwest half
of our area to support a continuation of the severe thunderstorm
threat into our area.
Specific threats and timing will be highly
contingent upon the convective evolution in the near term period
(prior to 00z wednesday), which is still somewhat uncertain.
In
general though, it looks like another substantial round of
thunderstorms should begin redeveloping west of the area this
afternoon and begin pushing into our area later tonight and into
Wednesday.
We reflected this general timing in the grids. However,
it should be noted that it would be reasonable to expect convection,
some possibly severe storms, any time from tonight into Wednesday
evening
- especially across the northwest half of the area. While
the main threat should be damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail
will also be possible.
Based on quite a few convection allowing
models generating very high updraft helicity and updraft velocity
values, an isolated strong tornado or two cannot be ruled out. An
isolated significant wind gust (to 75 mph or higher) also cannot be
ruled out.
There will be an accompanying flash flooding threat which
is detailed below in the hydrology section. Models suggest the front
is likely to linger into Thursday, but by then most rain should be
focused in the southeast half of our area. If the front is delayed
more than expected, the flash flooding threat could be prolonged.
1348. LargoFl
Quoting 1345. pastagirl:

LargoFl - thanks for the Virginia information!
stay alert up there..stay safe
Quoting 1343. LargoFl:

gee stay safe opal..that line of storms looks nasty.......

Only threatening thing right now is the lightning. Some of them are REALLY CLOSE. One might have hit some trees in our front yard area.
1350. LargoFl
guess we all must remember whats out there right now is still the first wave of storms..the 2nd round in slowly building,this afternoon evening and even tomorrow we get that one...dangerous storm this is,CNN says 29 have died so far...stay alert folks..
1351. LargoFl
Quoting 1349. opal92nwf:


Only threatening thing right now is the lightning. Some of them are REALLY CLOSE. One might have hit some trees in our front yard area.
oh wow..hope you dont lose power opal...
Huh, apparently it was below severe limits. (was previously was labeled severe) Makes sense though. Haven't seen wind over 25 miles an hour with it being still most of the time during this storm.

Special Statement
Statement as of 5:31 AM CDT on April 29, 2014
...A line of strong thunderstorms will affect southern Okaloosa County in northwest Florida...through 600 am CDT...

At 529 am CDT...strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 14 miles southwest of Mary Esther to Fort Walton Beach to 6 miles east of Niceville...and moving south at 20 mph.

* Locations impacted include... Ocean City... Fort Walton Beach... Shalimar... Lake Lorraine... Destin... Wright... Valparaiso... Niceville... Mary Esther...

The primary threats from these storms are wind gusts up to 50 mph. Winds this strong could blow off tree limbs and also blow around small unsecured objects.

Pea to dime sized hail...frequent cloud to ground lightning strikes and very heavy rain can be expected with these storms. Seek shelter indoors until these storms have passed.
1353. LargoFl
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
531 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

FLZ006-291100-
COASTAL OKALOOSA FL-
531 AM CDT TUE APR 29 2014

...A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT SOUTHERN OKALOOSA
COUNTY IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA...THROUGH 600 AM CDT...

AT 529 AM CDT...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM 14 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARY ESTHER TO FORT WALTON
BEACH TO 6 MILES EAST OF NICEVILLE...AND MOVING SOUTH AT 20 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
OCEAN CITY... FORT WALTON BEACH... SHALIMAR...
LAKE LORRAINE... DESTIN... WRIGHT...
VALPARAISO... NICEVILLE... MARY ESTHER...

THE PRIMARY THREATS FROM THESE STORMS ARE WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
WINDS THIS STRONG COULD BLOW OFF TREE LIMBS AND ALSO BLOW AROUND
SMALL UNSECURED OBJECTS.

PEA TO DIME SIZED HAIL...FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING STRIKES
AND VERY HEAVY RAIN CAN BE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS. SEEK SHELTER
INDOORS UNTIL THESE STORMS HAVE PASSED.

&&

$$
Quoting 1351. LargoFl:

oh wow..hope you dont lose power opal...

Surprisingly, the power has been stable. Not even a flicker. I'm very surprised cause this is probably the worst lightning storm we've had here in many many months.

Although I wouldn't be surprised if there was damage from strikes on houses or something.

Edit: Ok nevermind, power just went out for a few seconds at the same time of a big strike. hahaha
Quoting LargoFl:
guess we all must remember whats out there right now is still the first wave of storms..the 2nd round in slowly building,this afternoon evening and even tomorrow we get that one...dangerous storm this is,CNN says 29 have died so far...stay alert folks..


What we're left with this morning is the lined out left overs from yesterday.
The high risk tornado producing storms will be the isolated cells that reform this afternoon.
The area for today's setup is a very dangerous part of the S.E. with a history of deadly tornadoes (Birmingham down through Tuscaloosa and S.W. from there).
1356. LargoFl
Quoting 1354. opal92nwf:


Surprisingly, the power has been stable. Not even a flicker. I'm very surprised cause this is probably the worst lightning storm we've had here in many many months.

Although I wouldn't be surprised if there was damage from strikes on houses or something.

Edit: Ok nevermind, power just went out for a few seconds at the same time of a big strike. hahaha
LOL stay safe opal
1357. LargoFl
THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES ACROSS THE ENTIRE WATCH AREA.

..KERR..04/29/14

ATTN...WFO...TAE...FFC...

&&

STATUS REPORT FOR WT 115

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

ALC031-045-061-067-069-291140-

AL
. ALABAMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

COFFEE DALE GENEVA
HENRY HOUSTON
$$


FLC005-013-037-039-045-059-063-077-131-133-291140 -

FL
. FLORIDA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BAY CALHOUN FRANKLIN
GADSDEN GULF HOLMES
JACKSON LIBERTY WALTON
WASHINGTON
$$


GAC007-011-013-015-021-035-037-045-047-053-055-05 7-059-061-063-
067-077-079-081-083-085-087-089-093-095-097-099-1 11-113-115-117-
121-123-129-131-135-139-143-145-149-151-153-157-1 59-169-171-177-
187-193-195-197-199-201-205-207-211-213-215-217-2 19-223-225-227-
231-233-237-239-243-247-249-253-255-259-261-263-2 69-273-281-285-
291-293-295-297-307-311-313-321-291140-

GA
. GEORGIA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BAKER BANKS BARROW
BARTOW BIBB BUTTS
CALHOUN CARROLL CATOOSA
CHATTAHOOCHEE CHATTOOGA CHEROKEE
CLARKE CLAY CLAYTON
COBB COWETA CRAWFORD
CRISP DADE DAWSON
DECATUR DEKALB DOOLY
DOUGHERTY DOUGLAS EARLY
FANNIN FAYETTE FLOYD
FORSYTH FULTON GILMER
GORDON GRADY GWINNETT
HALL HARALSON HARRIS
HEARD HENRY HOUSTON
JACKSON JASPER JONES
LAMAR LEE LUMPKIN
MACON MADISON MARION
MERIWETHER MILLER MITCHELL
MONROE MORGAN MURRAY
MUSCOGEE NEWTON OCONEE
PAULDING PEACH PICKENS
PIKE POLK PUTNAM
QUITMAN RANDOLPH ROCKDALE
SCHLEY SEMINOLE SPALDING
STEWART SUMTER TALBOT
TAYLOR TERRELL TOWNS
TROUP UNION UPSON
WALKER WALTON WEBSTER
WHITE WHITFIELD WORTH
$$


That was one seriously impressive lightning event as it passed thru this morning! Scary!
The sky has a cool luminescent green/gray color as the sun comes up. (not that there is a supercell on top of me, but I guess it has to do with the line that just moved through)
1360. LargoFl
Quoting 1358. PensacolaDoug:

That was one seriously impressive lightning event as it passed thru this morning! Scary!
wow amazing storm this is...
1361. LargoFl
tomorrow will be rough once again gee.............................................
1362. LargoFl
wow look at supercells later today............................................. .
I tell you that was "Crazy" with Hail and Wind gust of 62 MPH then to get 4.30" of rain in just 1 hour. It was Very Imperssive to say the least.... I am wondering just how Bad it will be today :o)


Taco :o)
thunderstorm season is just a few weeks away for central florida. plenty of moisture available. any forecasts? no sign of evac. this spring?
Quoting 1361. LargoFl:

tomorrow will be rough once again gee.............................................



yippee
1366. LargoFl
Quoting 1363. taco2me61:

I tell you that was "Crazy" with Hail and Wind gust of 62 MPH then to get 4.30" of rain in just 1 hour. It was Very Imperssive to say the least.... I am wondering just how Bad it will be today :o)


Taco :o)
yeah this is one strong storm system
1367. LargoFl
1368. LargoFl
The pro mets chim in on what is going on at Nino 1+2. See the conversation at my ENSO Blog .
Quoting LargoFl:

Nice map - you can really see how central Alabama is the area to watch for severe weather. As soon as we add some day time heating to the mix, the storms should start to pop.
1371. VR46L
Good Morning Folks !

Another tragic 24 hrs

At least 11 killed as tornadoes and severe weather pound South
1372. LargoFl
geez..as you browse the web,what awful pictures of the twister destruction in several states yesterday..my god nature really can be brutal and yeah life changing all in a few minutes geez.........prayers for those who lost loved ones
1373. VR46L
Quoting 1370. Sfloridacat5:


Nice map - you can really see how central Alabama is the area to watch for severe weather. As soon as we add some day time heating to the mix, the storms should start to pop.



Yep Tomorrow.....

Line is weakening to the north. Best chance of severe weather is down near and along the Florida Gulf Coast.
Wouldn't be out of the question to see a waterspout forming offshore just a head of the main line. That's seems to be the area where storms are still developing and feeding into the line.
1375. StormWx
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Off to the races.



Wow that region is jumping big time. However the 3.4 region has cooled just a tad and is still below the 0.5C threshold. Its just a matter of time, but for now we still wait. These things take time bubba :o)

1376. LargoFl
Quoting 1370. Sfloridacat5:


Nice map - you can really see how central Alabama is the area to watch for severe weather. As soon as we add some day time heating to the mix, the storms should start to pop.

yes folks really need to stay alert today..we saw yesterday how fast those tornado's sprung up huh...
1377. StormWx
An interesting pattern next week, to say the least.



Closer look at the area of interest. Development feeding into the line along the coast.
Could see a quick spin up near the coast.
Wow, what a beautiful day here!...3rd day in a row...not a cloud in the sky. Couldn't ask for more perfect weather.

Does anyone know if Elvis' house got destroyed?
(please, only 'non-pyschoanalysts' need reply...thanks)

Quoting 1371. VR46L:

Good Morning Folks !

Another tragic 24 hrs

At least 11 killed as tornadoes and severe weather pound South
YA SAD BUT WE ARE OVER THE WORSE NOW WITH 24 HRS LEFT TO GO TILL ITS GONE
sorry caps locked
Quoting 1379. Waltanater:

Wow, what a beautiful day here!...3rd day in a row...not a cloud in the sky. Couldn't ask for more perfect weather.

Does anyone know if Elvis' house got destroyed?
(please, only 'non-pyschoanalysts' need reply...thanks)


morning walt did ya have some breakfast this am yet

Quoting 1382. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

morning walt did ya have some breakfast this am yet


Morning sir!
1384. ncstorm
Good morning..the storm has officially stalled and might backtrack some today per GMA.
1385. VR46L
Quoting 1381. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

sorry caps locked


I thought you were yelling at me ...

I would not count against the East, getting in on the action on Thursday



1387. VR46L
Also Cape is pretty High



Quoting 1385. VR46L:



I thought you were yelling at me ...

I would not count against the East, getting in on the action on Thursday




I would never yell at ya vr
watch that walt guy he might steal your cornflakes if ya let him
1391. VR46L
Quoting 1384. ncstorm:

Good morning..the storm has officially stalled and might backtrack some today per GMA.


HRRR shows significant cells in MS in the Afternoon



It's almost May and winter is still kicking us in the __.It'll be raining heavy at times during this week.It seems it'll be below normal for the first week of May as well...
Quoting 1393. washingtonian115:

It's almost May and winter is still kicking us in the __.It'll be raining heavy at times during this week.It seems it'll be below normal for the first week of May as well...

ROFL!
Quoting 1390. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

watch that walt guy he might steal your cornflakes if ya let him


as long as he doesn't pee in them... jes sayin'...
Quoting 1395. indianrivguy:



as long as he does pee in them... jes sayin'...
I 'jes' might...if I can't stop from laughing...you guys are hilarious this morning!
Quoting Waltanater:
ROFL!


I grew up in Washington D.C. (moved to central Oklahoma when I was 16 years old).
But you never know what you're going to get along the mid Atlantic.
Some summers are cool and rainy, and others are hot and sunny.

A few years ago, I went back to Washington D.C. to visit a friend during the summer and it was miserably hot and humid. It was hotter and more humid than South Fl. We couldn't do anything outside because it was just too hot (heat index 105-110 degrees).

So we headed out to Ocean City Maryland for a few days to cool off. Always loved going to Ocean City as a kid.
nobody eat the cornflakes walt can have the whole box
Quoting 1397. Sfloridacat5:



I grew up in Washington D.C. (moved to central Oklahoma when I was 16 years old).
But you never know what you're going to get along the mid Atlantic.
Some summers are cool and rainy, and others are hot and sunny.

A few years ago, I went back to Washington D.C. to visit a friend during the summer and it was miserably hot and humid. It was hotter and more humid than South Fl. We couldn't do anything outside because it was just too hot (heat index 105-110 degrees).

So we headed out to Ocean City Maryland for a few days to cool off. Always loved going to Ocean City as a kid.
Remember D.C use to be a swamp before they re-modified it.
Quoting 1398. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

nobody eat the cornflakes walt can have the whole box
Mmmmm, mmmm, mmmm....now, why wasn't this item on the "Breakfast sideboard!?"
Quoting 1393. washingtonian115:

It's almost May and winter is still kicking us in the __.It'll be raining heavy at times during this week.It seems it'll be below normal for the first week of May as well...



same here wash lots of rain today up too 25 mm then ends late this evening then rain reforms again after midnight before dawn tomorrow with another 10 to 15 mm then showers for 3 days after that

so the rest of the week and weekend coming will be damp

o I forgot cool as well high 40's for highs that's it
rain is at the door winds are gusty as well up to 60kmh se this am

1403. hydrus
Quoting 1398. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

nobody eat the cornflakes walt can have the whole box
I have to make a confession...I sometimes eat corn flakes.....with maple syrup....the whole box......i feel shame....:)
Quoting 1403. hydrus:

I have to make a confession...I sometimes eat corn flakes.....with maple syrup....the whole box......i feel shame....:)
its ok hydrus as long as ya get to the box before walt does you be safe to eat it
1405. Torito
It's gonna rain!

1406. Torito
Tapah:

Good Morning from Tallahassee.

Condolences to the Families of the lives lost yesterday in the tornadoes.  Florida does not have the same dynamic set-up as the mid-west so in spite of the strait-line wind issue and rain issues, we will probably not see any strong tornadoes (F3 or higher) in these parts.

For you bloggers West of me, let us know what to expect as the line comes through your parts; it is draped from Panama City to Marianna at the moment and headed towards to Big Big in about an hour.  I would much rather it come through in the am as opposed to the pm with daytime heating.  Looking good for us so far but I can't speak for the rest of the State later in the day. 
Quoting washingtonian115:
Remember D.C use to be a swamp before they re-modified it.


Yeah, I always thought it was cool that there was a low and high tide on the Potomac River in the D.C. area (we lived near Mount Vernon in Va).

My friend lived on an inlet off the river, and they saw a 3' tide every day. Lots of people would get their boats stuck in the mud during low tide.
During the winter it was cool ice skating on the inlet. During high tide we could just walk out onto the ice, but during low tide we would have to climb up to get off the ice.

Well there's already been some non weather action today in Ga...very close to me someone shot 6 people at a fedex. I swear there were a million police officers there. Took me forever to get to school.
A morning look at GEOS-5.
Late afternoon & early evening may see severe weather in middle TN & Northern GA. This would move east to NC, SC & VA in the night.












This moves so slow that it refires Thursday evening from AL to PA....




Friday evening may bring some storms to SC & some coastal mid Atlantic states.. Starting to look like more rain & such for FL...I'll go outside chance of something severe Saturday by they way this has trended so far.
things are looking realing good in AL for sever weather today has there are no AM t-storms or clouds cover has there was on monday
HRRR holds this south

1416. vital1
Good morning from Jackson, MS. Thank you for the prayers yesterday. We were in my office at the Jackson International Airport next to the NWS and it was terrifying. Our ears popped, the walls and ceiling tiles sucked in and then dead silence. No wind, no rain, nothing. The tornado appeared to have "jumped" over us. A co-worker's home in Highland Park was one of a few left standing. We deployed to Louisville, MS to assist with the hospital evacuation and I got home at 0515 this morning. I'm about to go back to work and await this afternoon's weather and see what happens.

I can honestly say that was as scared as I've ever been for my life. The tornado north of us in Madison County was tracking towards my house where my son was and we had one bearing down on us. The day certainly lived up to the hype.
In spite of tornado watches in some parts of Florida at the moment through 11:00 am, the southern tier of the Jet is nowhere near Florida.  We should not expect any tornadoes later today with the exception of a few minor spin ups in really strong t-storms later in the day as they mature:


Here in DC area, worried about flash and mainstem flooding, former depends on training, latter depends
on synoptic scale evolution. Also concerned about what happens wednesday if the wedge breaks and I think the LWX forecast discussion this AM covers it well. Snipped text

SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
THINGS GET MORE INTERESTING WED AS WMFNT MAKES A RUN AT CWFA. IT MAY
HV TROUBLE DOING SO AT FIRST...BUT THINK THERES ENUF WND AT LLVLS TO
ERODE WEDGE. THE BIG QSTN IS HOW FAR N WL THAT PROGRESS TAKE
PLACE...AS WND FIELDS...HODOGRAPHS...AND MODEST INSTBY ALL SUGGEST
THAT THE WARM SECTOR WL BE PRIMED FOR SVR WX...PRIMARILY DMGG GUSTS
AND A TOR OR TWO. BEST ESTIMATE WL BE APPROX THE PTMC RIVER. THATS
NOT TO SAY THAT A FEW GUSTS /OR A TOR/ CUDNT PUNCH THRU ON THE COOL
SIDE OF THE BNDRY. COORD W/ SPC...AND SLGT RISK SVR AS WELL AS 5 PCT
CONTOUR HV BEEN NUDGED NWD TO INCL ENTIRE CWFA IN A SVR RISK WED.
MOST LKLY TIMING WUD BE AFTN-EVE. HV BEEFED UP THUNDER WORDING.

HVY RA THREAT WL CONT THRU THE PD AS WELL...W/ PWAT RISING TO NEAR 2
INCHES...WHICH EXCEEDS 2 STD DEVIATIONS AND ALMOST APPROACHES 3 STD
DEVIATIONS ABV NRML. ALL THE INGREDIENTS AVBL TUE NGT CARRY THROUGH
WED AND THEN SOME...AS FLOW BECOMES DEEPER AS SFC WNDS BECOME MORE
SLY AS WELL.

SINCE THE PARENT LOW FILLS SLOWLY...THE FWD PROGRESS OF ALL SYNOPTIC
FEATURES BECOMING DELAYED. THE SLOWER GFS/ECMWF PREFERRED...WHICH
BRINGS THE CDFNT INTO BUT NOT THRU THE CWFA WED NGT. THUS GRIDS NOW
HV CAT POPS E OF I-95 STRAIGHT THRU WED NGT. AM TAPERING OFF TO CHC
POPS W OF BLURDG AFTR MIDNGT.



Convection as a wedge breaks up and mixes out is of special concern since the previous lack of mixing creates a strong low level shear and helicity.
1419. StormWx
Getting up to 90 today, slight chance of a shower here in CFL. Looks to cool down a few degrees this weekend. Hopefully AL/MS wont have another outbreak like yesterday, that was wild.

Quoting 1416. vital1:
Good morning from Jackson, MS. Thank you for the prayers yesterday. We were in my office at the Jackson International Airport next to the NWS and it was terrifying. Our ears popped, the walls and ceiling tiles sucked in and then dead silence. No wind, no rain, nothing. The tornado appeared to have "jumped" over us. A co-worker's home in Highland Park was one of a few left standing. We deployed to Louisville, MS to assist with the hospital evacuation and I got home at 0515 this morning. I'm about to go back to work and await this afternoon's weather and see what happens.

I can honestly say that was as scared as I've ever been for my life. The tornado north of us in Madison County was tracking towards my house where my son was and we had one bearing down on us. The day certainly lived up to the hype.


Good to see you're alright. I talk to my Dad this morning, and apparently the rotation stayed off the ground where his family lives in Chattanooga, so everone is safe and sound. Let's hope today is nowhere near as crazy as yesterday.
clouds in gom refuse to move.. MS has sun, lots of AL is cloudy...i need them to break up already
You know where all this rain needs to be?.Some where like Texas where they are going through a drought or Cali.The rain bucket hasn't stopped since November.I forgot the last full week where we didn't see rain.
How many people actually slept "under" a mattress last night!?
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
clouds in gom refuse to move.. MS has sun, lots of AL is cloudy...i need them to break up already


Little Rock Arkansas had cloudy conditions with light rain most of the day on Sunday. Temperatures were also held down in the upper 60s due to the light rain and clouds.

But across southern Arkansas the sun was out with temps in the mid 80s. This was the area where the tornadic supercells first got going. These storms then continued on to the Little Rock area killing 16 people.

I was actually suprised the storms held together as they moved into the rain cooled environment near Little Rock.
1426. JNTenne
Beautiful and quiet morning out here.. looks like possible storms again this afternoon though I think they will be south and east of our position.
On a more global note, just came across this online. The number of people killed by 'Animals' annually...
Link

tuscaloosa and birmingham are right in this again...possibly why the storms arent in a cycling mood
Who wants a nice omega block to start the summer off right?

Quoting 1428. nofailsafe:

Who wants a nice omega block to start the summer off right?


Well I'll look on the bright side.At least the heat and humidity have been held off.Thank you!.Someone must have listened to me when I asked for a normal summer again and not 2010.2011,and 2012 levels.
Quoting 1428. nofailsafe:

Who wants a nice omega block to start the summer off right?


Is that a cereal? LOL
Quoting 1401. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:



same here wash lots of rain today up too 25 mm then ends late this evening then rain reforms again after midnight before dawn tomorrow with another 10 to 15 mm then showers for 3 days after that

so the rest of the week and weekend coming will be damp

o I forgot cool as well high 40's for highs that's it


We're expecting a saturating soaking rain tonight and tomorrow morning and then possibly training convection tomorrow night which on top of saturated soils could be a special problem. At least it isn't falling on a 2' snowpack.
Another active day today. Overall, wind shear is not as strong today as it was for yesterday's outbreak, but it's still more than adequate to support supercells capable of producing tornadoes, a few of which could be strong to significant.
1433. ricderr



Good morning.......crappy day yesterday as we had to admit our 13 year old to the hospital.....she'll be fine the question is will we? :-)

as for el nino.....here's a more fluid graphic showing all regions....while regions 1 and 2 are finally feeling the dramatic effects of the KW...all other regions have dipped slightly....yes....i still believe we'll have an el nino event...but we can easily see that it is a long process...there's nothing instantaneous about it.....
I may also add that the pattern is very el ninoish right now.In spring 2009 we didn't have much of a spring besides that heat wave in April and just before spring closed out on June 21 that's when it decided to warm up and become sunny.June 2009 was very wet and cloudy.People kept asking "where's summer?".Now after the summer of 2009 people started asking "Why won't summer go away?"

Quoting 1423. washingtonian115:

You know where all this rain needs to be?.Some where like Texas where they are going through a drought or Cali.The rain bucket hasn't stopped since November.I forgot the last full week where we didn't see rain.


My garden dried out quite a bit from 4/15 to 4/24 or so and moisture was optimal this weekend. However I'm expecting it to be ttoally sodden after tonight.

I always design vegetable plots expecting flooding rains and should have no problems. My basement
is another matter :-(
Does anyone know if Elvis' house got destroyed?
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Quoting 1428. nofailsafe:

Who wants a nice omega block to start the summer off right?




Thanks for posting this, NFS (as a heads-up) -- but it makes me nervous. I seem to remember a summer here in SW Florida where that was the prevailing pattern, and here on the coast we couldn't buy rain for squat, due to the near-continuous westerly flow. East coast got soaked, central spine of the state got soaked, but the SoFla Gulf Coast just baked under sea breeze every day.
1439. LargoFl
well i gotta go get that shingles shot..3 people on my block got it..i dont lol...and dont want it..man they are suffering....guess if you had the chicken pox when you were young..shingles COULD be in your future as you grow older..then again one of the ladies here by me is only 25...guess it can come out anytime....well gotta go...later folks..stay alert out there.
ALABAMA SWIMMER JOHN SERVATI KILLED BY SEVERE WEATHER

Died saving his girlfriend from a collapsing wall. I actually met him a couple times. Nice guy. My other friend goes to Alabama too.