Good morning, folks. To those currently unaware, portions of Alabama could be threatened by strong to perhaps severe thunderstorms this afternoon. The good news is that this threat certainly appears to be low-end, however any severe thunderstorm mode (damaging wind, large hail, tornado) could accompany thunderstorms that originate today, so it's important to make sure that your source(s) of warning information are in perfect-working order!
So.. here's what you need to understand. Nothing new, nothing fancy. Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms appear possible (mainly this afternoon) across most of northern & central Alabama as an upper low continues spurring off to our west. Destabilization is everything here, which will directly influence the coverage & intensity of storms today.
Thunderstorms could produce strong to locally damaging wind gusts, hailstones (possibly approaching 1" in diameter), and perhaps a tornado. The greatest odds of experiencing a twister today exist over eastern Alabama where a slightly greater threshold of low-level wind shear resides.
Like in many scenarios, these cells evolve & move through "random" locations. It's anomalous. The vast majority of people marginally threatened by storms today will NOT be affected by hazardous inclement weather. It's about the unlucky few who potentially do — emphasizing the importance of being adequately prepared. Do NOT only rely on Facebook or other social media for seeking Tornado Warning information.
In conclusion, low-end severe potential exists today for much of northern & central Alabama. The threat peaks this afternoon, and gradually lessens during the evening. That's it. Like I said, nothing fancy here. As we continue to navigate our way through the Autumn months, anticipate more frequent encounters with non-tropical cyclone-related severe weather events as statistical tornado season returns to the Deep South (starting in November).
Thank you for reading; have a wonderful day! #alwx