Thursday, January 26, 2012

Severe weather to start your Friday?

7:20 AM EST 1/27/12 | Although no Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in effect at present, our Severe Weather Team is closely watching upper level dynamic and surface conditions for signs of unexpected changes. For today, the Storm Prediction Center has outlooked a large portion of the Carolina and Mid-Atlantic coast under a slight risk of severe weather. 

A line of thunderstorms, heavy rain and lightning is currently moving east into the Mid-Atlantic. The primary hazards, according to SPC, would be strong damaging winds along this squall line as it crosses the region between 7 and 10 AM. 

We urge readers in this region to remain alert to changing conditions, and monitor watches and warnings from your local NWS forecast office. Just because we are approaching the "dead middle" of winter does not mean severe weather takes a break from the weather pattern, even in less-than-likely place such as the immediate coast. 

(Forecasters Foot, Jason M., and the Severe Weather Team) 

Alabama in the line of fire...again
Florida panhandle is next


11:50 AM CST 1/26/11 | Tornado Watches and Warnings continue to plaster the map from Alabama to the Florida Panhandle as a line of strong to severe thunderstorms is plowing through some area already hard hit from Monday's outbreak in Alabama. The Florida panhandle is next in line for severe weather.

This graphicast from the Mobile/Pensacola National Weather Service shows the severe weather risk that is already underway due to the eastward moving front and cold air interacting with surface and upper level instability, as well as ample Gulf moisture surging ahead of the front. Our team is covering this event in the recently launched Florida Panhandle page on Facebook led by Forecaster Megan Hodge, a north Florida resident and senior in Meteorologst from the University of South Florida.   

For Monday's outbreak in the Mid-South, the Birmingham, AL National Weather Service confirmed at least 10 twisters ripped apart homes and lives in Central Alabama alone, in some cases, communities which had recently recovered from the catastrophic destruction of the April 27, 2011 outbreak were in fact, struck on Monday, January 24, 2012. 

This insightful report from ABC World News details some of the valuable safety lessons that Alabama residents have learned in the aftermath of such a frequently violent year of severe weather.  This news story features Meteorologist James Spann of ABC affiliate 33/40 in Birmingham, whom recently spoke at the student conference of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans. Mr. Spann aptly points out that for smoke detectors to be  in a home, "it's the law" but that same rule does not apply for having a similar alerting protection to something more destructive and unpreventable: Tornadoes

The Foot's Forecast Team strongly agrees with Mr. Spann: A NOAA All-Hazards radio in every home would go a long way toward saving more lives and protecting more property in a storm-prone area such as the Southeast. Simply put, there's no good reason to go without one. Visit this link from Midland Radio, manufacturer on where you can purchase your Weather Radio today.

(Forecasters Foot, Daniel Ross and the Southeast Severe Weather Team)

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