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The Freeze Watch has been UPGRADED to Freeze Warning & has been expanded southward to include much of north & north-cent...
11/01/2020

The Freeze Watch has been UPGRADED to Freeze Warning & has been expanded southward to include much of north & north-central Alabama. This warning is in effect from midnight tonight lasting through 8:00am CST tomorrow morning.

The first freeze of the approaching cold season will occur tonight. While it will be noticeably colder tonight for the majority of the state.. freezing temperatures are only to prevail over the northern & north-central portions of the state. There could be a few spots over northern Alabama that break 30 degrees tonight, especially in locations of higher terrain.

Understand that freezes are notorious for damaging to even completely destroying sensitive vegetation left unprotected!

Frost is currently NOT anticipated to be a concern associated with tonight's freeze, however short-term forecasts trends will continue to be evaluated and this may need to be re-addressed within the next several hours.

Fortunately or unfortunately (depending upon your opinion), this cold will not last for long as temperatures (both highs & lows) will eventually increase once again through this next coming week after tomorrow.

INCLEMENT WEATHER UPDATE: there are no current detectable hazards concerning severe or tropical weather for Alabama. We do note that Tropical Storm Eta has formed in the Caribbean & is anticipated to strike Nicaragua this week, but at this time we strongly believe that the odds of this cyclone entering the Gulf of Mexico are very low, let alone the negligible probability of it impacting Alabama.

CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES! #alwx

A Freeze Watch has been issued to account for the potential freeze tomorrow night for NORTHERN Alabama. Sub-freezing tem...
10/31/2020

A Freeze Watch has been issued to account for the potential freeze tomorrow night for NORTHERN Alabama. Sub-freezing temperatures are expected to prevail across this area, generally ranging in the lower 30s. A few spots may break 30°F, especially in locations of higher terrain. Make sure to protect sensitive vegetation as freezes are notorious for damaging to even completely destroying crops. Frost is not currently anticipated to be a concern, however forecast trends will closely be monitored and will be re-addressed when possible. It will be noticeably colder across most of the state tomorrow night, but freezing temperatures only appear to concern northern Alabama at this time.

This cooler weather will not last long, as forecast temperatures (both highs & lows) are anticipated to gradually increase as the next week prevails.

We are not anticipating any near-future encounters with tropical or severe weather at this time; we will continue evaluating the latest data as change in the current forecast will eventually occur.

Continue to check back for weather updates. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! #alwx

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Birmingham has INCREASED projected peak wind gusts across central Alabam...
10/29/2020

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Birmingham has INCREASED projected peak wind gusts across central Alabama! Dangerous tropical storm conditions are currently prevailing across much of southwest Alabama where peak gusts at times are close to 100mph in some spots. Peak wind gusts will weaken a little bit as Zeta progresses northeastward, but understand that 60-80mph (the expected gusting range) wind gusts are still dangerous (equivalent to EF-0 tornado), and that the significant wind contours will start covering south & central Alabama within the next 1-2 hours or so. Winds will be strongest over these areas during the wee hours, and eventually calm closer to sunrise.

WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY & ARE ONGOING!

Isolated tornadoes remain possible overnight across south & east-central Alabama through sunrise.

Flash flooding is also possible over much of the state through sunrise.

CONTINUE TO CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES! #alwx

Our tornado potential is currently in the process of EXPANDING eastward to cover most of southern Alabama late this even...
10/29/2020

Our tornado potential is currently in the process of EXPANDING eastward to cover most of southern Alabama late this evening into the overnight hours. Note that a brief tornado or two is also possible northward towards Birmingham & eastward after midnight.. but again we anticipate the majority of our tornado threat being confined to the southern portions of the state where the thermodynamic environmental profile appears highest. No tornadoes are anticipated for northern Alabama tonight. #alwx

🌪 TORNADO WATCH: a new Tornado Watch has just been issued to cover much of southwestern Alabama. The tornado potential w...
10/28/2020

🌪 TORNADO WATCH: a new Tornado Watch has just been issued to cover much of southwestern Alabama. The tornado potential will gradually increase throughout the afternoon, eventually peaking in the mid-evening. Note that this potential will also expand eastward, so an extension or a new watch may eventually be required for areas east of the current watch area. No tornadoes are expected tonight over northern Alabama, and the potential for a tornado in central or east Alabama tonight is low. #alwx

⚠️ HURRICANE ZETA IMPACTS ALABAMA TONIGHT!WIND PROJECTION: Winds are anticipated to start pickup up over the southwester...
10/28/2020

⚠️ HURRICANE ZETA IMPACTS ALABAMA TONIGHT!

WIND PROJECTION: Winds are anticipated to start pickup up over the southwestern quarter of Alabama during the evening as Hurricane Zeta starts approaching the state. Wind gusts will be highest over this region of Alabama as solutions are suggestive of numerous 45-60mph with isolated 70mph gusts. Sustained winds will be around tropical storm-force (>39mph) too in various locations. Strong wind fields will then expand across much of central, south, and eastern Alabama after midnight as Zeta's eye potentially sweeps over southern Birmingham. Peak wind gusts are anticipated to be slightly lower compared to locations across SW AL.. however the majority of wind gusts will still be in the 35-50mph range with isolated 60-70mph (especially in locations that are more elevated). Sustained winds in excess of 30-40mph appear likely also over numerous locations over central, south, and eastern Alabama as well.

POWER OUTAGES WILL BE AN ISSUE FOR MANY TONIGHT

FLOODING PROJECTION: Periods of heavy rainfall & isolated flash flooding are possible STATEWIDE tonight. While not an extreme threat, this should still be taken very seriously just like any other inclement weather hazard. The Weather Prediction Center has a "Slight Risk" issued for the bulk of the state due to the non-zero flooding potential.

TORNADO PROJECTION: The environment is anticipated to be conducive for isolated tornadoes particularly over SOUTHERN Alabama this evening into the earlier overnight hours. A brief tornado also cannot be ruled out this afternoon prior to our main focus of tornado potential in southwestern Alabama, and again over central/eastern Alabama overnight. But understand that the majority of the tornado potential will exist across southern Alabama - particularly after sunset.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for much of southwest, south-central, central, and eastern Alabama due to the potential impacts of approaching tropical cyclone Zeta. All impacts should lessen with time throughout the late wee hours and eventually stop by around sunrise or so. Significant impacts are NOT currently anticipated for the northwestern quarter of the state other than the marginal flooding potential. Continue to check back for more updates! #alwx

The potential for tornadoes this afternoon through tonight over Alabama has INCREASED. Our main tornado potential is ant...
10/28/2020

The potential for tornadoes this afternoon through tonight over Alabama has INCREASED. Our main tornado potential is anticipated to mature by the evening hours, potentially lasting through the wee hours particularly across the SOUTHERN-HALF of the state. While we cannot rule out a tornado or two over central/east Alabama during this timeframe, understand that our main focus for isolated tornadoes will be over the southern portions of the state mainly in the evening & earlier overnight hours.

Something also worth mentioning.. we may see a tornado or two this afternoon over the SOUTHWEST quarter of the state as we've currently been monitoring mesoscale trends very closely. In fact, a Tornado Watch is likely coming soon for parts of these areas. But again our main focus for tornadoes comes later starting in the evening. All tornado potential should be completely finished by sunrise or so, and we are NOT currently anticipating any tornadoes over the northern portions of the state.

CHECK BACK FOR PENDING UPDATES! #alwx

⚠️ Yes, that was your NOAA Weather Radio — TROPICAL STORM WARNING has been issued to cover much of southwest, southern, ...
10/28/2020

⚠️ Yes, that was your NOAA Weather Radio — TROPICAL STORM WARNING has been issued to cover much of southwest, southern, central, and eastern Alabama! This watch DOES include higher population centers such as Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Auburn.

Hurricane Zeta will start impacting Alabama this evening starting in the southwest with the highest wind gusts (potentially reaching the 55-70mph range over the southwest quarter of Alabama). These winds will expand over much of south, central, and lastly east Alabama during the wee hours of tonight. Gusts will be a little lower, however still generally in the (45-60mph range) with isolated 70mph possible over higher-elevated areas. The winds should calm down over the state closer to sunrise.

While gusty winds can't be ruled out, we are NOT anticipated any significant wind hazard for the northern & northwestern quarter of the state as wind fields will not be extensive across the west side of Zeta's eyewall. Zeta is anticipated to be over the southern suburbs of Birmingham during the wee hours of tonight as a weakening tropical storm.

Let's not forget to mention the potential for heavy rainfall & the isolated flooding potential tonight over the ENTIRE STATE. Tropical tornadoes will also be possible particularly over the SOUTHERN-HALF of the sate starting this evening lasting through the wee hours as well.

STAY TUNED FOR PENDING UPDATES!

A state of emergency has been declared for Alabama! The Tropical Storm Watch has been EXPANDED northeastward to cover mo...
10/28/2020

A state of emergency has been declared for Alabama! The Tropical Storm Watch has been EXPANDED northeastward to cover most of central Alabama (now including Birmingham & all surrounding areas). Impacts to Alabama are expected starting tomorrow evening over southwestern Alabama, progressing to much of central into northeastern Alabama during the wee hours of Thursday morning! Very hazardous wind gusts (potentially approaching 60mph in some spots which will likely lead to power outages), periods of heavy rainfall & localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes all appear possible over portions of the state during this timeframe. The specifics will be addressed in detail below.

THE BASICS: As of 10:00pm CDT 10/27, Zeta made landfall to the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico as a category 1 hurricane yesterday. The cyclone had lost a tad of strength upon its landfall, which is expected, and will regain its core strength tonight into tomorrow as it moves away from Mexico & starts drifting towards the Gulf coast. Upon evaluating the most recent model output, it has been concluded that a southeast Louisiana impact appears most likely early evening tomorrow. Zeta then is anticipated to ride up the state of Alabama starting Wednesday evening lasting through early Thursday morning - that's when all of the fun begins for us. Understand that we've reached the advanced stages of forecasting this thing, which corresponds to much higher predictability. So we're very confident concerning the fact that a notable portion of the state WILL be impacted in the form of wind, rain, and brief tornadoes.

CONCERNING WIND POTENTIAL: This is by far our most notable concern. Zeta is currently projected to strike the southeast Louisiana coast as a category 1 hurricane. Zeta will be quickly moving northeastward by then, and is expected to maintain some core strength as it moves inland across Alabama. Zeta could very well be a sustained tropical storm as it moves through southwest into central into eastern Alabama. That means that the center could move across the Birmingham area tomorrow night! That will correspond to sustained winds potentially reaching tropical storm-force (>39mph) at times, with higher gusts. At this time, wind gusts are to be highest over the SOUTHWESTERN QUARTER of the state Wednesday night with a few gusts possibly reaching the 55-65mph range. 35-50mph wind gusts appear to be possible too across ALL OF CENTRAL into northeastern Alabama Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Let's not forget to mention that sustained winds could be close to tropical storm-force (>39mph) at times across these areas too during the night. Tropical Storm Warnings have been required for the entire portion of southwestern Alabama, with Tropical Storm Watches being active for most of central Alabama.

The Tropical Storm Watch may upgraded to a warning sometime tonight or early tomorrow. For those of you with NOAA weather radios with all hazards enabled & are in the watch area (central AL).. it might beep tonight and wake you up. If it does, it will more than likely be due to the newly issued Tropical Storm Warning.

POWER OUTAGES MAY BE AN ISSUE FOR THOSE LOCATED OVER SW INTO CENTRAL & NE ALABAMA WEDNESDAY NIGHT!

North of the alert area, while gusty winds in excess of 20-30mph cannot be ruled out at times, any real wind hazards are expected to stay confined to around Birmingham & southbound. So to everyone located across the northern-half (especially NW portions) of the state, NO significant impacts regarding winds are expected at this time. For people reading located in far southern or southeastern Alabama, a similar thing applies to you. While winds may be a tad higher (gusts ranging between 25-40mph).. still NO significant wind impacts are expected at this time.

CONCERNING RAIN POTENTIAL: Zeta will be a soaker for many. While it appears like the ENTIRE STATE is at risk for at least isolated flash flooding Wednesday night into early Thursday, a higher concentration threat may evolve starting across southwestern Alabama, expanding to much of central Alabama by late Wednesday night. While this is NOT anticipated to be a historic flooding event, there's still a threat. It should be taken seriously like all weather hazards.

CONCERNING TORNADO POTENTIAL: Yes, tornadoes will likely be a concern for us during the late Wednesday into early Thursday timeframe. Tropical tornadoes are traditionally brief in nature but are notoriously difficult to forecast & document. As many of you know, tropical tornadoes are a common "by-product" of tropical cyclones, typically evolving across the eastern side of a tropical system. After evaluating the most recent model data, it appears that Zeta-related thunderstorms that develop east of the eyewall will be operating in an extremely favorable dynamic environment especially Wednesday night across the SOUTHERN QAURTER of the state. However, meager thermodynamics (e.g. instability) appear to be in place too, which will likely induce a limit to how many storms can actually present supercellular characteristics & ultimately drop a tornado. So in short, we're expecting an isolated tornado threat to prevail over southern Alabama (about up to Montgomery & southbound) tomorrow night.

Something I've been asked by a few over the last two days or so regarding any possible tornado threat: "if we have a tornado threat this week, is it because of the start of Alabama tornado season, or is it strictly due to the tropical system?" - great question. It is indeed because of the tropical system; it's not because of the approaching return of severe weather season. Tornadoes that make up Alabama's severe weather season are from extratropical cyclones, or "land cyclones". Those are the classic storm systems that we experience in the late Fall into Spring that produce those big tornadoes. Any tornado potential we experience this week will be influenced by a tropical cyclone which typically are NOT major tornado producers compared to some extratropical systems we experience during severe weather season. However, any tornado immediately threatens life & property. So make sure to still take it seriously.

In short, impacts to SW into central & NE Alabama appear most likely starting late tomorrow night into early Thursday morning. If you are located anywhere across the northwestern quarter of the state, there will be little to no impacts other than rain. Thank you all for reading. Expect at least very minor changes to all aspects of the forecast. Make sure to head over to alstormalert.org for more information.

STAY TUNED & STAY WEATHER-AWARE! #alwx

Tropical Storm Warnings have been required for SOUTHWESTERN Alabama & Tropical Storm Watches have been required for SOUT...
10/27/2020

Tropical Storm Warnings have been required for SOUTHWESTERN Alabama & Tropical Storm Watches have been required for SOUTH-CENTRAL Alabama! These alerts may need to be expanded a bit eastward through today into early tomorrow. Zeta will bring potentially hazardous impacts to Alabama starting late Wednesday (TOMORROW) lasting through early Thursday morning. Dangerous wind gusts (potentially near hurricane-force), heavy rainfall & localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes will all be possible over portions of the state during this time period. This weather update will be long & comprehensive, as I attempt to communicate this critical information to you as effectively as I can.

THE BASICS: As of 7:00am CDT, Zeta has made landfall to the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico as a category 1 hurricane. The cyclone had lost a tad of strength upon its landfall, which is expected, and will regain its core strength today as it moves away from Mexico & starts drifting towards the Gulf coast. Upon evaluating the most recent model output, it has been concluded that a southeast Louisiana impact appears most likely later tomorrow afternoon. Zeta then is anticipated to ride up the state of Alabama starting Wednesday evening lasting through Thursday morning - that's when all of the fun begins for us. Understand that we've reached the advanced stages of forecasting this thing, which corresponds to much higher predictability. So we're very confident concerning the fact that a notable portion of the state WILL be impacted in the form of wind, rain, and brief tornadoes.

CONCERNING WIND POTENTIAL: This is by far our most concern. The wind. Yup. WIND. Zeta is currently projected to strike the southeast Louisiana coast as a category 1 hurricane. Zeta will be quickly moving northeastward by then, and is expected to maintain some core strength as it moves inland across Alabama. Zeta could very well be a sustained tropical storm as it moves through southwest into south-central into eastern Alabama! That will correspond to sustained winds potentially reaching tropical storm-force (>39mph) at times, with higher gusts. At this time, wind gusts are to be highest over the SOUTHWESTERN QUARTER of the state Wednesday night with a few gusts possibly reaching the 60-70mph range. 40-50mph wind gusts appear to be possible too across SOUTH-CENTRAL Alabama (particularly south of Birmingham & north of Montgomery) Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Tropical Storm Warnings have been required for the entire portion of southwestern Alabama, with Tropical Storm Watches being active for portions of south-central Alabama. These tropical weather alerts may need to be expanded eastward.

POWER OUTAGES MAY BE AN ISSUE FOR THOSE LOCATED OVER SW INTO SOUTH-CENTRAL ALABAMA WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

North of the alert area, while gusty winds in excess of 30mph cannot be ruled out at times, any real wind hazards are expected to stay SOUTH of Birmingham. So to everyone located across the northern-half of the state, NO significant impacts regarding winds are expected at this time. For people reading located in far southern or southeastern Alabama, a similar thing applies to you. While winds may be a tad higher (gusts ranging between 30-40mph).. still NO significant wind impacts are expected at this time.

CONCERNING RAIN POTENTIAL: Zeta will be a soaker for many. While it appears like the ENTIRE STATE is at risk for at least isolated flash flooding Wednesday night into early Thursday, a higher concentration threat may evolve starting across southwestern Alabama, expanding to much of central Alabama by late Wednesday night. While this is NOT anticipated to be a historic flooding event, there's still a threat. It should be taken seriously like all weather hazards.

CONCERNING TORNADO POTENTIAL: Yes, tornadoes will likely be a concern for us during the late Wednesday into early Thursday timeframe. Tropical tornadoes are traditionally brief in nature but are notoriously difficult to forecast & document. As many of you know, tropical tornadoes are a common "by-product" of tropical cyclones, typically evolving across the eastern side of a tropical system. After evaluating the most recent model data, it appears that Zeta-related thunderstorms that develop east of the eyewall will be operating in an extremely favorable dynamic environment especially Wednesday night across the SOUTHERN QAURTER of the state. However, meager thermodynamics (e.g. instability) appear to be in place too, which will likely induce a limit to how many storms can actually present supercellular characteristics & ultimately drop a tornado. So in short, we're expecting an isolated tornado threat to prevail over southern Alabama (about up to Montgomery & southbound) tomorrow night.

Something I've been asked by a few over the last two days or so regarding any possible tornado threat: "if we have a tornado threat this week, is it because of the start of Alabama tornado season, or is it strictly due to the tropical system?" - great question. It is indeed because of the tropical system; it's not because of the approaching return of severe weather season. Tornadoes that make up Alabama's severe weather season are from extratropical cyclones, or "land cyclones". Those are the classic storm systems that we experience in the late Fall into Spring that produce those big tornadoes. Any tornado potential we experience this week will be influenced by a tropical cyclone which typically are NOT major tornado producers compared to some extratropical systems we experience during severe weather season. However, any tornado immediately threatens life & property. So make sure to still take it seriously.

In short, impacts to SW into south-central Alabama appear most likely starting late tomorrow night into early Thursday morning. If you are located anywhere across the northwestern quarter of the state, there will be little to no impacts other than rain. Thank you all for reading. Expect at least very minor changes to all aspects of the forecast. Make sure to head over to alstormalert.org for more information. I anticipate I'll have another update sometime later this afternoon or evening.

STAY TUNED & STAY WEATHER-AWARE! #alwx

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